Features & Controls


Shown above is the Fujinon 28-112mm (35mm equivalent), f/2.0-2.8 lens of the X20. With its large maximum aperture, this lens allows for excellent low-light photography throughout the entire 4x optical zoom range. Also assisting you with your low-light images is the camera's lens shift optical image stabilization, correcting up to 4 stops, to stop blurring from shaky hands. To the right is the focus control switch for single shot AF, continuous AF and manual focus. 

Capturing light date for the X20 is a new, larger 2/3-inch X-Trans CMOS II processor. Much larger than the sensor you will find in most compact digicams, this sensor also features same random pixel format and backside illumination that was so successful with the X-Pro 1 and X-E1 cameras. It also has allowed phase detection pixels which help to speed up the AF system without sacrificing image quality. In the end, it produces less noise with and sharper overall results than the sensor found in the X10.

Fuji's small pop-up flash unit can be completely hidden by pressing it down inside the camera body. This flash unit must be popped up manually in all shooting modes, so you must be prepared when you want to use it. At ISO Auto it has a range between 16.4ft. (T) to 23ft. (W).

The advanced optical viewfinder of the X20 surprisingly shows you the focus point and exposure information with a digital readout inside the viewfinder itself. It will also zoom with the camera. To the right of the OVF, you will find the eye sensor, which shuts off the LCD screen when you raise the camera to your face. To the left is the diopter adjustment. With only 85% coverage, you will capture a noticeable amount more than what you were looking at. Unfortunately the lens is too long and you will see when using the wide half of the zoom range.

If you prefer to shoot via the LCD screen, you will be pleased with the 2.8-inch, 460,000 dot TFT LCD that Fuji has equipped on the X20. With 100% coverage, it is more accurate than the OVF. With 11 levels of adjustment, the LCD is easy to see in just about any lighting condition that you will find yourself in.


To the left of the OVF you will find the flash release. Under that are the playback buttons, Exposure controls, Burst shooting controls and the White Balance controls. In playback mode the two middle buttons act as the zoom in and out controls.


On the right side starting at the top you have the command dial and the Exposure and Focus Lock button. Next you have the 4-way controller with shortcuts for AF, Flash, Self-Timer and Macro settings. In the middle is the MENU/OK button that takes you to main camera menu and allows you to make your selections. Around the 4-way controller is another selection dial, making navigation and changing settings incredibly easy. At the bottom you have the DISP/BACK button for changing the Info you see on the LCD screen and "Q"uick menu button. 


Hidden under a door on the right side of the camera you will find its two I/O ports. On top is a USB 2.0 port for connecting to a computer or printer. On the bottom is the HDMI output, allowing you to view you images and videos on any HDTV. A USB cord is provided, however you will need to purchase a HDMI cord separately.

File storage is done on any SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card. With the X20's capabilities you will want to use a faster card. A minimum of a class 4 card is required for the HD movies. We are testing the camera with the SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-1, Class 10 card shown above. 

Powering the X20 is a 3.6V, 1000mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery. This battery allows the camera to capture up to 270 images on a single charge when shooting with the LCD screen. It will capture quite a few more if you only use the OVF. Also included with the camera is the compact quick-charger shown above. It is capable of being plugged in directly to the wall or having a power cord attached.

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