Professional Features of Fuji X20
I ordered a Fuji X20 to play around with. I have only used professional and prosumer cameras and an iPhone and this is my first point and shoot. Fuji combined a classic film based rangefinder and and a point and shoot and came up with some serious camera candy. This is one miniature Nikon-looking, gorgeous picture-taking, perfectly-designed little point and shoot camera.
It’s silent. It is all electronic, nothing moves when you take a picture. When you turn the “shutter taking” sound effect off, it is a truly silent camera. When you leave the effect on, it’s a very slight “whisp”, not click-y at all, more reminiscent of a leaf shutter. It also means you can hand hold it at slow shutter speeds.
It’s the size of an iPhone. It’s thicker than an iPhone, but has very similar height and width. It is truly portable, easy to tuck away.
Fast focusing and no shutter lag. One of the main “features” of a point and shoot is that there used to be a delay between the time you pressed the button and the camera took the picture, that is known as shutter lag. The absolute quickness of this camera to take pictures makes it a professional choice.
Knobs, buttons, screens. All right where they should be. It is easy to use and feels comfortably familiar in my hands.
Nice kit lens. The X20 built in lens is a 28-112, 2.0-2.8, that makes it a prime zoom. It is sharp at the edges of the image as well as the center area and at all lengths which make it a pro quality lens.
It has a Fn button. It’s called a Function button. You can set that button to do almost anything you want, call up the ISO, whatever setting you want to change ASAP. Press the Fn button and you do it right away without submenus. On a pro camera this can be set to almost any focus or meter or custom setting, very handy in fast moving situations.
12fps. You get twelve frames per second, the electronic shutter helps no doubt.
Hot shoe. Very, very handy. It’s sort of a rebel camera. (No pun intended) because it is so small and still looks like a classic rangefinder. This camera is essentially a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
OVF. It has an optical viewfinder rather than an EVF or electronic viewfinder. This helps with shooting in low light and seeing your subject in real time. If a photography session were indoors and didn’t use flash, that would be considered low light shooting.
Macro. It will focus as close as 1cm. Being able to come in that close means not carrying specialized equipment or a separate camera.
Rubber grips. So you can hold it firmly and accurately with one hand to take pictures without it moving or slipping down. When you shoot candidly and quickly, you need a camera with a rubber (or leather) grip to easily position and hold the camera at different angles.
Focus point selection. The ability to move the focus point around the viewfinder. This feature shows how serious Fuji is about making great cameras. It is a feature you may not use very much but sometimes can be indispensable.
I’ve had it a week and played with all the features and am definitely going to use it a lot. It’s just the coolest little camera.