Fujifilm X-T20 Review

Dynamic and solid, the X-T20 is both satisfying to use and easy to enjoy.

Fujifilm X-T20 Review

Plus

  • 4K video
  • Good ISO range
  • AF system is versatile
  • Good viewfinder
  • Tactile grip and buttons

Minus

  • Not weather-sealed
  • Display resolution is a bit cramped

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Introduction

This mirrorless camera is a mid-range device, both in price and features. However, the features that are included are worth a look if you’d like a camera that can deliver great video and image quality in one piece of equipment. Although it looks clunky, it’s actually quite comfortable to use and feels satisfying to experience for yourself. Let’s see what else the camera has in store in our Fujifilm X-T20 review.

Design

The X-T20 almost has a 90s-inspired design, with magnesium plates on the top and bottom, plus a tactile grip that extends around the camera’s perimeter. It feels a bit heavy in the hand despite being less than 400 grams in weight. This solidity helps to give it a feeling of stability and durability, though we didn’t exactly test how well it can survive a drop from a sizable height! Unfortunately, it isn’t weather-sealed.

Fujifilm X-T20 - Design

The camera has several physical controls, including a big shutter speed dial, an exposure compensation dial, a dedicated movie button, and a programmable function button right next to it. To change your ISO settings, you have to go into the main menu or assign the function button to this operation manually.

The X-T20’s solidity gives it a feeling of durability.

Most importantly, you’ll find the trademark Fujifilm Quick menu on the back, marked with a “Q” button. This essentially lets you mess with the major or most-needed settings without having to dive into the main menu and search for them. It’s great for adjusting things on the fly as you get the hang of the camera.

The X-T20 has a slot for a single SD card, plus an input for a microphone.

Features

A built-in flash feature can be activated by a collar release. It’s not super durable, so be careful when pressing it back down for storage. Near this release, you can find a lever that lets you set the camera to an automatic exposure mode; it’s perfect for novice photographers.

Fujifilm X-T20 - Flash

The X-T20 is also equipped with a 3-inch touchscreen. It’s nothing too fancy and lacks some more advanced controls, but it lets you control your shutter by tapping or squeezing your fingers together on the surface. This is also how you zoom in when reviewing already-snapped images, by the way. You can pull the display out to some extent and down if you want to take a picture from an elevated position.

The 3-inch touchscreen isn’t too fancy, but it gets the job done.

The display has an added benefit, however. It’s equipped with a great processor that blooms an image onto the screen super quickly. Shutter lag is practically nonexistent, too. The resolution could be a bit better, however, as images look a little cramped on the screen.

Image Quality

The X-T20 has an excellent autofocus system. It’s phenomenal for tracking both faces and objects up close and afar, thanks to the digital AF systems integrated with the camera’s small computer. You can alter the settings with the AF function whenever you like or adjust its parameters, allowing you to fine-tune exactly what your camera focuses on in a busy environment. The AF has a setting to let you shoot in 8fps for continuous capture, or you can go with 5fps for live viewing.

Fujifilm X-T20 - Focus

The X-T20 also boasts a quality X-Trans CMOS III APS-C sensor. It’s as impressive as it sounds, boosting image capture up to 24.3 megapixels in size. You’ll be able to snap pictures of superior quality and information. The more megapixels you can gather, the better the image will turn out, even without taking post-processing or other settings into consideration.

The Dynamic Range mode is particularly good for combining with low ISO settings.

It also provides a very versatile ISO range between 200 and 12,800. Even with this wide shooting range, the X-T20 lets you capture images in either JPEG or RAW formats depending on your preference.

The camera is equipped with a 2.36 million-dot viewfinder. You’ll be better equipped to take images in a variety of lighting conditions, even high-brightness ones, with this viewfinder’s abilities.

Overall, we’d rate the image capture quality of the X-T20 with high marks, even at higher ISO settings. You do start to see some extra image noise and clutter closer to ISO 3200, but that’s to be expected. Since you can record images in multiple formats, you should be able to clean up most problems in post-processing if you’ve any experience in that arena.

Fujifilm X-T20 - Control

There’s a Dynamic Range mode we’d like to point out, in particular, as it lets you capture images across a huge spectrum of colors and detail with any of the ISO settings. It’s a great mode to combine with lower ISO settings to preserve shadow details and contrasting colors.

Video captured is in 4K, taken in 3840×2160 at 30fps. You can also take video at Full HD quality with 60fps and 1920×1080, plus both modes can have a film simulation attached. This can lend your videos a look of “professionalism” or make your home movies look a little more authentic and real. Furthermore, the HDMI port can be used to transfer the video footage straight to a monitor or TV with no reduction in quality.

Battery Life

The battery life is only alright for a camera of this size. You can get around 350 shots on a full battery. However, it can be charged via USB or with the dedicated charger that comes with the purchase. Anyone wishing to use the video recording functions or the flash feature should bring an extra battery, however, as those features drain its charge much more quickly than standard photos.

Fujifilm X-T20 - Colours

Conclusion

We like this camera a lot. Its negatives are mostly minor, such as the cramped touchscreen interface and the lack of weather protection. But overall, it brings a lot of value to the mid-price camera market. The tactical controls and excellent grip only accentuate its fantastic image and video capturing capabilities.

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