Cameras

Fujifilm X100 And X20 Get New Faster Guts To Match Their Slick Design

If you have been following the saga of the fancy Fujifilm cameras, you can rest easy. Here’s the refresh you’ve been hearing about that was accidentally posted and then taken down. Meet the X100S and X20.

And we loved the X100 and the X10. We loved them in many ways. They look beautiful on the outside, they take beautiful photos on the inside. Fujifilm is ripping out their guts and keeping their beautiful retro cases. The new cameras won’t just be beautiful — they’ll be fast.

The pro-targeted X100S has a higher resolution 16.3-megapixel APS-C sensor. It’s a new generation imager called the X-Trans CMOS II sensor. According Fujifilm, the technology to drastically improves the signal to noise ratio for improved image quality. Overall, you’re looking at 30 per cent less noise in your images. That’s a big improvement that bumps up the top ISO setting one stop.

The sensor is also also outfitted with phase detection autofocus sensors on the imager, which Fujifilm says helps it churn focus faster than any other system in the world. It has also upgraded an upgraded 23mm f/2.0 Fujinon lens and the new EXRII processors on the camera.

And what about the X100′s dope hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder? It’s getting even better, with the 2.36-million dot digital panel very same one use in the X-E1. Wow.

The X20 is also getting an upgraded X-Trans CMOS II sensor, this time at a 12.1-megapixel 2/3-inch sensor. All of the image quality improvements trickle-on down.

That makes us happy because the sluggish AF on the X100 and X20 was basically our only complaint about the spectacular cameras.

The X100S and X20 will be available at the end of March for $US1300 and $US600 respectively. We’ll keep you posted on Australian pricing and availability.

What you’re looking at above is the the X100S’s new Digital Split Image mode. It’s an innovative picture-in-picture feature that helps you find focus manually using the cameras LCD display.

Both the X100S and X20 cameras are still spectacularly satisfying to hold. We knew that would change. That feeling’s unchanged from the last camera.

But the new more robust autofocus makes both the X100S and X20 way more pleasurable to shoot with in automatic modes than before. While shooting around a bit in a poorly lit conference hall, we were shocked at how the focus never hunted before locking on. So far so good. Navigate through the menus and flip on the battery executing “high-performance mode,” and Fujifilm says you’ll notice an even bigger difference.

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