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Fuji is Not Pulling Punches with The New X-T20 and X100F

By Justin Heyes on January 19th 2017

It may be the start of the new year, but Fuji is not pulling any punches and is coming out strong. In addition to the GFX 50S, Fujifilm is updating two of its more popular cameras with the new X100F and ant the X-T20.

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Fujifilm X-T20

The X-T20 sits below the pro class of camera that Fujifilm offers; this does not mean that it is anything but. Like its predecessor the X-T10, the X-T20 packs much of the technology from the flagship X-T2 in a smaller more affordable package. Fuji stuffed a 24.3MP X-Trans III image sensor, a touch-screen rear display, a built-in EVF, a 91-point focus system with phase and contrast detection, the X-Processor Pro, and 4K video capture.

The X-T20 has a boasts a modest 5fps capture rate, falling short of the 8fps supported by the X-T2, but it does retain weather resistance. One of the biggest improvements to the X-T20 is the inclusion of 4K video recording. A video option is now present on the Drive Dial, and users will have access to Film Simulation effects during recording, including ACROS.


At a Glance:

  • 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III APS-C sensor
  • Tilting touchscreen LCD
  • Base ISO extended to 12,800
  • New ACROS film simulation with optional grain simulation (available on all simulations)
  • 91 AF points, with 40% of the imaging area covered by phase detection points
  • Improved AF algorithm with better accuracy on low-contrast and finely detailed subjects
  • AF speed as fast as 0.06 seconds
  • 2,360K-dot OLED viewfinder
  • 4K video (3,840 by 2,160) at 29.97p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p and 100 Mbps
  • Full HD video at 60 fps
  • Interval shooting with unlimited frames
  • Electronic shutter with speeds up to 1/32,000 s
  • Eye detection AF
  • Wi-Fi control
  • Weather and dust resistant to 32°F

The X-T20 is available in It will sell in silver or black, and it’s priced at $899 in the US for the body only and will ship in February. There are a couple of kit options, including one with the XF 18-55mm for $1,199 and another with the XC 16-50mm for $999.

Fujifilm XF 50mm F2 R WR

Also released by Fuji is a new X Lens, the XF 50mm F2 R WR. The XF 50mm f/2 R WR continues the trend of compact high-quality lenses that we have come to expect from Fuji. The weather-sealed, low-cost, f/2 prime features a 76mm equivalent focal length, and it weighs just 7 ounces. The lenses are available in black or silver for $449 from B&H and will be available in late February.

Fujifilm X100F

Last, but not least is the update to the magical X100T, the X100F. While the X100F does not have a major exterior overhaul, featuring the same 23mm f/2 lens and the same body design, the internals are a different story. The sensor is not the 24.3 MP X-Trans III APS-C chip used in the X-T20, X-T2 along with the X-Processor Pro. The X100F also boasts a hugely improved AF system, featuring 49 phase-detect AF points for even faster focusing.

At a Glance:

  • 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III APS-C sensor
  • 23mm f/2 lens
  • Advanced hybrid viewfinder
  • User-adjustable magnification in rangefinder mode for improved focusing accuracy
  • 60 fps electronic viewfinder
  • Realtime parallax correction
  • Improved performance times, including 0.5-second startup time, 0.2-second shooting interval, 0.01-second shutter lag, and AF speed as fast as 0.08 seconds
  • 91 AF points, with 40% of the imaging area covered by phase detection points
  • New ACROS film simulation with optional grain simulation (available on all simulations)
  • Built-in ISO dial
  • Built-in three-stop ND filter
  • Electronic shutter with speeds up to 1/32,000 s
  • Digital teleconverter option with 50mm and 70mm-equivalent angles of view
  • Interval shooting with unlimited frames
  • Wi-Fi control

Physical upgrades include the implementation of a joystick on the rear of the camera, which will help users adjust and control the AF point more easily, a new shutter speed with integrated dial, and a C position on the exposure compensation dial for setting the amount in-camera from -5 to +5 EV. A redesigned back moves all the buttons to the right side of the camera, making one-handed operation possible.

The X100F is available in black or Silver and is being announced alongside the new WCL-X100 II Wide and TCL-X100 II Tele lenses. Pre-orders are open now for $1299 at B&H.

 

About

Justin Heyes wants to live in a world where we have near misses and absolute hits; great love and small disasters. Starting his career as a gaffer, he has done work for QVC and The Rachel Ray Show, but quickly fell in love with photography. When he’s not building arcade machines, you can find him at local flea markets or attending car shows.

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Griffin Conway

    Just added that x100F to my wish list. Can’t wait to see some reviews and test one out.

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  2. Steven Pellegrino

    I’m very excited about the X100F. I’m a photojournalist who is doing more and more with mobile journalism and am using my iPhone more than I am using my Nikon.

    I used to shoot with the original X100 and an XE1 before I went back to Nikon, but now I’m looking to ditch the DSLR and go back to mirrorless.

    I’d always felt the previous X100 upgrades were minor from one version to next, but this one is significant.

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    • adam sanford

      I think fixed lens rigs like the X100 cameras, the RX1 cameras, Leica Q, etc. are the ‘gateway drug cameras’ to get photographers to switch brands.

      With no lenses to buy, it’s a contained investment sort of experiment for CaNikon folks, but they may end up falling in love with the form factor, controls, shooting experience, etc.

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    • Chelsea Blatchford

      Adam Sanford, that’s how Fuji got me! I got the x100t for personal use when it was first released and now I’ve dumped my canons and L lenses for xt1, xt2, and the 100 series.

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  3. Jean-Francois Perreault

    The X-T20 is looking pretty good! I’ll wait a bit for the real reviews to come in next month but right now, I must say it is very interesting.

    Can you point out where you saw this camera was weather sealed? I’ve been reading contradicting articles about this and the press release I read did not mention anything about weather sealing.
    Also, BH does not mention it either so I’m wondering where people saw it was weather sealed.

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    • Justin Heyes

      From Fuji: The X-T20 is weather and dust resistant; operates as low as 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

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    • Jean-Francois Perreault

      Ok thanks!
      I read Fuji’s press release and it doesn’t mention weather sealing. And no store mention it either.
      http://www.fujifilm.com/news/n170119_03.html

      Maybe there’s another version of the press release out there that I can’t find? Or Fuji told it you guys directly?

      Thanks again! I really wasn’t expecting the X-T20 to be WR and I’m very surprised it is but that’s great news!

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    • Jean-Francois Perreault

      There was indeed a mistake in Fuji’s first press release. The X-T20 is in fact NOT weather sealed.

      That line has been removed from the new press release.

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  4. adam sanford

    Could you imagine if Nikon put the D810 sensor in the D610? If Sony put the A7R II sensor in the A7 II? If Canon put the 5D4 sensor in the 6D?

    Because that’s kinda what Fuji just did, right?

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    • Kyle Stauffer

      Kinda threw the “we’re more worried about losing sales to our own flagship cameras than losing sales to the competition” out the window!

      Gain/steal more customers and then fine-tune supply/demand/profit as necessary with the entire camera line the following year. Is this business model not followed for reasons unknown to me by the other Camera makers?

      I know I was just ranting a little about this yesterday, but do you remember when Nikon did this very same thing and put a flagship full-frame sensor into a D300? A cult was born!

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    • Josh Leavitt

      That’s exactly what Fuji did. I facepalmed myself when I read the specs of the X-T20, but I was also very happy at the same time since I held off on buying an X-Pro2, or the X-T2. Nothing makes me feel better than getting the same IQ out of a flagship camera for a fraction of the cost.

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    • Lenzy Ruffin

      What if Canon just put decent 4K capabilities in the 5D4? I bought an XT2 last month (still also a Canon shooter) and this doesn’t bother me at all. I applaud Fuji’s “more is more” approach. Jam as much tech into each camera as you can and if you don’t want to worry about cannibalizing your higher-end cameras, then innovate more and put stuff in them that will compel people to buy them. Canon could learn a lot from Fuji on this, if they were interested in learning.

      If I were buying today, I’d still buy the XT2 because it meets my requirements better than the XT20. Bravo, Fuji for aggressively innovating. This is exactly the kind of company I thought I was buying into. Now if they’d just make My Menu usable…

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