This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.
First Look: Advanced compact camera, $600
About Video Transcript

First Look: Advanced compact camera, $600

2:45 /

The Fujifilm X20 has a lot to recommend it, especially if you're looking for a more old-school shooting experience in a digital compact or want an optical viewfinder and can't afford the Fujifilm X100S.

-Fujifilm's X20 Advanced Compact incorporates a new 2/3 inch version of the company's high-end Xtrans sensor, albeit at the same 12 megapixel resolution as its predecessor, the X10. But while image quality is much better than the X10, it's still only about the same as its competitors. On the other hand, enhancements to the design and interface including a Settings Overlay in the viewfinder and a quick control panel, deliver a more enjoyable streamline shooting experience. With several important differences, the design of the X20s identical to that of the X10, and those change make it even more enjoyable to shoot with them before. The body has the same magnesium allow chassis and an aluminum front. And the black and silver version shares the aesthetic with its sibling the X100S. In addition to delivering a read out with the mode shutter-speed in aperture, it provides an auto-focus area display and a focus lock indicator. Though it's not a through to lens viewfinder, the focus area really helps when framing the scene. Another change which greatly enhances the camera's appeal is the addition of Manual Focus Peaking-- the highlighting of in-focus edges. As a result of using this, I found myself trusting the manual focus a lot more and using it a lot more with the X20 than with the X10. The X20 also gains the same shooting quick menu as Fujifilm's other cameras. Also thanks to ditching the EXR sensor of the X10, there's no more confusing choices about choosing the correct auto or reduced resolution mode in order to get the optimal photo quality. That was one of the things I really dislike about the X10. In fact, the only thing left that I really dislike is the twist the lens to power on. In conjunction with its clunky lens cap, it really slows down that time from pocket to shot. The X20's advanced shooting modes add a very basic double exposure mode and a typical set of special effects filters. The camera's photos are far better than the X10s. but even so at best they match competitors like the P7700 or the G15, both of which are a bit cheaper. And it's also not quite as good as the larger sensored Sony RX100, plus the videos subject to various artifacts. It's a pretty fast camera though with zippy shooting in auto focus. There's a lot to recommend it especially if you're looking for a more old school shooting experience in a digital compact, or you want an optical viewfinder. It delivers very good [time0:02:30] performance, a nice feel on a streamlined interface. But its image quality while very good, just doesn't stand out from the competition and its video disappoints. I'm Lori Grunin and this is the Fujifilm X20.

New releases

This umbrella shoots air to keep...
5:41 October 17, 2014
This week on Crave, we get a look at the Air Umbrella, which takes a highly unusual approach to keeping you...
Play video
Apple's iPad Air 2 and iMac 5K...
5:02 October 17, 2014
Apple makes solid upgrades across their product line at their iPad and Mac event, but it's pretty clear they...
Play video
Pricey Sylvania LED not the brightest...
1:37 October 17, 2014
Look further than this expensive bulb if you want a high-lumen LED.
Play video
The 404 Show 1,567: Teens deal...
45:07 October 17, 2014
It's a super clean show today! We'll talk about the real life social implications of "FOMO," interesting data...
Play video
Apple SIM could mean big changes...
2:55 October 17, 2014
Apple's new iPads make it easy to switch carriers, Will.i.am debuts his version of a smartwatch, and CBS joins...
Play video
Best selfie phones
2:54 October 17, 2014
For the unabashedly narcissistic, five phone for selfie pros.
Play video
The LG G3 S is a low-end phone...
2:40 October 17, 2014
Check out our video review of the LG G3 S, a 5-inch Android phone with low-end specs, but the same design...
Play video
Samsung offers extra help, silent...
1:54 October 17, 2014
A new version of Samsung's 11.6-inch Chrome OS laptop comes with direct access to support, sturdier construction...
Play video