Fujifilm X-T20 Mirrorless Digital Camera w/XC16-50mmF3.5-5.6 OISII Lens - Silver
- 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III APS-C sensor with no low-pass filter and X-Processor Pro
- 5.0Fps Live-view shooting, start-up time of 0.4sec., shutter time lag of 0.050sec. And shooting Interval of 0.25sec
- 3.0" tilting Touchscreen panel for operation at almost any angle
- 4K video using the x series’ famous film Simulation effects (including ACROS). you can output recorded video to an external monitor via the HDMI port and input audio from an external microphone
- Af-c custom settings for moving subjects
The compact and lightweight Fujifilm x-t20 comes with an updated sensor and Processor, a reworked AF algorithm, and a tilting touchscreen LCD monitor. The x-t20 also has enhanced video functionality and is capable of capturing 4K movies with Fujifilm’s popular film simulation modes
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I am a beginner / amateur in photography, attached are some pictures that I've taken with this and the 16-50 & 35mm lenses.
Build Quality: It's nice. Some plastic, but in the right places. Nice metal edge. It feels solid, but not too heavy that it feels unbalanced. I would say fuji struck a perfect balance with this one. The latches feel good, the buttons feel good, the shutter button and rear screen are fast, with minimal to no delay.
Processor: Fast, shooting raw+jpg can take a little while for files to buffer, even with a nice fast card. I've seen worse, but you won't be shooting a nascar race with this thing.
Image Quality: BLOWN A.W.A.Y. good. I wasn't expecting what came out of this little camera to be so freakin good. Fuji has just this magic with their JPG's that others only dream about. The new xtrans processor has excellent low light performance, and images look super clean. I shot quite a few 6400+ and it was completely usable. I'd say it beats my 6d, and that's known for low light cleans on it's JPG's. Detail is superb. I shot with the slightly better 17-55 2.8-4 "kit" and it was better than a d610 with a 85mm 1.8 attached (I know, I didn't believe it till I saw it either.
Touch Screen: I didn't think I'd care about a touch screen, but touch focusing on a point on the fly is an incredible experience, and one that I don't know if I could give up now. Why do ALL cameras not have this feature? I found myself naturally clicking my target, and shoot. It's so fast, and intuitive I very rarely missed a shot.
Exceptional IQ and Low Light
JPG'S are incredible
CONS: Battery could be SLIGHTLY better (I got around 450 per battery)
The screen would sometimes lag between live view, and the viewfinder.
A couple weird bugs with the image on the screen appearing with what looked like a filter, when no filter was chosen (it didn't shoot with a filter, it just looked this way till I changed shooting modes.
The viewfinder is a little small. The rear screen is so good I didn't use the viewfinder hardly at all. It didn't lag shooting anyway.
OVERALL: If you're in the market for a small, interchangeable lens camera, this one is incredible. I was debating returning it at first, but after this wedding shoot I'm hooked. I only have one lens, and it's a stock. But the files coming from this thing just are too good. You will NOT look like a "pro" photographer at a wedding using one of these, but just let your images speak for themselves. I love how I can be discrete, and this thing would be wonderful for street photography.
TLDR: BUY IT!
I decided that the extra features on the X-T2 weren't important enough to my uses to justify paying the much higher price, especially considering I have to also buy lenses.
For context: I'm a casual hobbyist. I've been using the Panasonic FZ1000 and I think it's a great bridge camera. But it does have limitations so I decided it was time to return to an ILC to get the benefits of a larger sensor and better lens. My last ILC was my 1980 Minolta film SLR, so it's been a while! Also, I'm primarily a JPEG shooter.
When I started researching cameras I was immediately attracted to Fujifilm because of the physical controls, especially the aperture rings on the lenses. My biggest frustration with digital photography has been the dependence on menus, and Fuji gets you as close to the physical feel of a film camera as possible.
There is still some dependence on menus or scrolling through selections with a wheel in the X-T20, but so far I'm very happy with the spartan physical layout. The Q button brings up the quick menu to make frequent changes as easy as possible and the Q menu is customizable. The other buttons and wheels are customizable to at least some extent as well, and that's very important to me.
After my bulky bridge camera with a really good grip the X-T20 takes some getting used to. It's so small! That's a huge part of its appeal, but it requires adjustment. The "grip" on the front is barely there, and the same goes for the thumb ledge on the back.
I had a little difficulty at first because of this. I kept pressing part of my hand against the 4-way selector buttons and my grip was just plain awkward and at an odd angle. The solution for me was to change technique and use my left hand to do all the supporting and my right hand to steady, which feels backwards at first but didn't take long to adapt to. With a larger/heavier lens than the 18-55 it probably becomes necessary.
So far everything works pretty much as expected. Many say Fuji cameras have a steeper learning curve for those new to the brand, but Fuji seems to design for the way I think and I've been picking everything up quite rapidly.
I don't have a camera on my ancient phone, so shooting with a touch screen is a totally new experience and I've been getting a kick out of it. You can use the touch screen to change focus point, just focus, or focus and shoot. There is a little symbol in the upper right corner you can touch to toggle between those modes, or turn the touch screen off. The touch screen isn't active for menus.
I'm a viewfinder shooter so won't use the touch screen a lot, but it's very cool to have. It's especially useful for candid and street type photography because you can flip out the screen, hold the camera down by your waist, and pretend you're fiddling with something so people don't know you're shooting.
The dials for shutter speed and exposure compensation are quite a bit stiffer than I expected. They aren't easy to spin with the edge of a finger while using the viewfinder, you need to get more of a grip. But with reversing the roles of my hands in holding the camera that's easier to do. Evidently the dials were too easy to turn on earlier models causing unwanted/unnoticed settings changes, so the stiffness is to prevent annoying accidents.
The one real drawback so far is the Fn button on the top near the shutter release. It's small and slightly recessed, so difficult to use by feel. I won't assign anything to it unless really needed.
One of my big reasons for getting a new camera was wanting better low light performance, and with my limited shooting the X-T20 is exceeding my expectations so far.
Between the excellent IS in the lens and great noise handling I was able to get some nicely sharp hand-held shots well after sunset. At high ISO settings the noise is a fine grain and rather pretty as noise goes. Very high ISO is actually useable as long as you don't get crop happy or print enlargements.
I'm quite pleased with my choice. The XF 18-55 lens feels so very right on the X-T20 body, and the combo feels so very right to shoot with. I expect years of enjoyment with this camera because it's just plain fun to use and that's what it's all about.
I think the X-T20 is a great choice for those ready to move up from a bridge camera, casual hobbyists like me who can't justify breaking the bank, or those who want a second smaller body for travel, hiking, etc.