Fujifilm FinePix F20 Zoom Review

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Review posted 2/05/2007

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Sitting alongside the award winning FinePix F30 in Fujifilm's compact line of digital cameras, the FinePix F20 is an affordable model for photo lovers who don't want to compromise on quality. With sensitivity levels of up to ISO 2000 and advanced Picture Stabilization technology, the FinePix F20 delivers detailed, natural looking photographs with little need for flash, even in very low light...without image blur.

The FinePix F20's sleek, lightweight body disguise its technology-heavy specifications. Featuring a 6.3 MegaPixel 6th Generation Super CCD, RP Processor II and ISO 100-2000 sensitivity, the F20 delivers images that remain sharp and natural in bright sunshine, low light or with fast moving subjects. Fujifilm's Real Photo Technology cameras are among the only digital compact cameras to deliver high ISO at full resolution. This means there's no need for a trade off between high-quality, low light photography, and potential print size.

For those moments when a flash is needed, the FinePix F20's i-Flash intelligent flash system automatically sets power output and exposure for balanced results, combining natural foreground illumination with optimum background exposure. Its innovative Dual Shot mode takes two pictures in quick succession; one with flash, and one without, then displays them side- by-side for on-the-spot comparison.

FinePix F20 Features:

  • 6.3 million pixel 6th Generation Super CCD HR sensor
  • 3x optical zoom lens (36-108mm equiv)
  • Compact and stylish metal alloy body
  • Movie Mode; 640x480 30fps w/sound AVI format
  • Auto, Manual, and 15 Scene modes (including Anti-Blur)
  • Large 2.5" LCD color monitor with Anti-glare coating and low light Gain-up
  • Shutter speeds from 4 sec. to 1/2000 sec. (depends on shooting mode)
  • ISO equivalent from 100 - 1600 (Up to ISO2000 in Anti-blur/Natural Light mode)
  • The Continuous capture modes (Top-3, Final-3, Long-period) Maximum of 2.2 fps up to 3 frames.
  • Includes approx. 10MB of internal memory
  • Uses removable xD-Picture cards
  • Powered by rechargeable Li-ion battery
  • USB 2.0 connectivity and PictBridge direct-print

The FinePix F20 is available now with a retail price of US$299.

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The FinePix F20 and a standard CD for size comparison.

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FinePix F20 Specifications

CCD Sensor 1/1.7-inch Super CCD HR
Number of Effective Pixels 6.3 Million Pixels
Number of Recorded Pixels

Still image: 2,848 x 2,136 / 3,024 x 2,016 (3:2 format) /2,048 x 1,536 / 1,600 x 1,200 / 640 x 480 pixels

Movie: 640 x 480 pixels (30 frames/sec.), 320 x 240 pixels (30 frames/sec.)

File Formats

Still image: JPEG (Exif Ver. 2.2), Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG), (Design rule for Camera File system compliant/ DPOF-compatible)

Storage Media Internal memory (approx. 10MB)/ xD-Picture Card (16MB - 1GB)

Recording capacity with 256MB xD Picture Card (not included)

Still image:
• 6MP (F)"> 85"> • 3:2 "> 169">
• 6MP (N) 169
• 3MP 325
• 2MP 409
• 0.3MP 1,997

• 640x480"> Approx. 223 sec. ">
• 320x240 Approx. 7.3 min
Lens Fujinon 3.0x optical zoom lens, F2.8 - F5.0
Lens Focal Length (Rated)/ (35mm Equiv.)

8.0 - 24.0mm (36-108mm on a 35mm camera)

Aperture Range Wide-angle: F2.8 - F8, 10 steps in 1/3 EV increments
Telephoto: F5.0-F8, 10 steps in 1/3 EV increments
Optical Zoom 3.0x
Digital Zoom 6.2x
Focus - Auto / Manual / Macro Auto Focus (Single, Continuous)
(Center, Multi)
AF assist illuminator available
Focusing Range


Approx. 2.0 ft. to infinity

Macro - Close-up

Wide Angle: Approx. 2.0 in. to 2.6 ft.
Telephoto: Approx. 1.0 ft. to 2.6 ft.


AF System: TTL contrast type
AF Mode: Single, Continuous
AF Area: Center, Multi

Exposure Control 256-zones TTL metering (Multi/Spot/Average
Exposure Mode Programmed AE (AUTO/SP), Shutter Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE
Color Control Modes B&W, Chrome, Standard
Sensitivity Auto / Equivalent to 100/200/400/800/1600 (Up to ISO2000 in Anti-blur/Natural Light mode)
Shutter Speed 4 sec. to 1/2000 sec. (depends on shooting mode)
White Balance Automatic scene recognition, Preset (Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light, Custom
Flash Auto Flash

Flash Mode

Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Force Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction + Slow Synchro

Effective Range (ISO Auto)

2.0 - 21.3 ft. (Wide), 2.0 - 11.5 ft. (Tele), 1.0 ft. - 2.6 ft. (Macro)

LCD Monitor

2.5 in., Aspect Ratio: 4:3 Amorphous silicon TFT, Approx. 153,000 pixels, Coverage approx. 100%


Approx. 10 sec./2 sec. delay

Power Supply NP-70 Rechargeable Battery, AC Power Adapter AC-5VW (included)
Dimensions 3.7(W) × 2.2(H) × 1.1(D) in.
Weight Approx. 5.3 oz.(excluding battery and xD-Picture Card)
Shooting Modes
Auto, Picture Stabilization, Preprogrammed Scene Position (SP), Macro, Movie, Burst/Continuous
Natural Light/Natural Light & with Flash/
Position: Portrait/Landscape/Sport/Night/Fireworks/Sunset/Snow/Beach/Museum/Party/Flower Close-Up/Text
1. Top-3 (max. 2.2 frames/sec., up to 3 frames)
2. Final-3 (max. 2.2 frames/sec., up to 3 frames)
3. Long-period (max. 0.7 frames/sec., up to memory card size)
Movie Recording 640 x 480 pixels (30 frames/sec.)
320 x 240 pixels (30 frames/sec.)
With Monaural sound, AVI format (Motion JPEG)
Playback Functions Single frame, 9 Multi-Frame, Sort by Date, Image Rotate, Post shot Assist window (3 frames), Voice Memo, Trimming, Automatic Playback
Memory Type Internal memory (approx. 10MB)
xD-Picture Card (16MB-1GB)
Optional Accessories

xD-Picture Card: 16MB, 32MB, 64MB, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB
AC Power Adapter AC-5VX
Battery Charger BC-70
Soft Case SC-FXF30

Accessories Included

Li-ion battery NP-70
AC Power Adapter AC-5VC
Hand Strap
USB cable
A/V cable
CD-ROM with:

  • FinePix Viewer
  • ImageMixer VCD2 LE for FinePix

Owner's Manual

* Specifications as represented from manufacture, subject to change without notice.

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