DPReview Fujifilm X-T20 Review: Silver Award

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X-T20 currently in stock at AmazonUS here

Fujifilm X-T20 Review

DPReview just published their X-T20 Review. At the end it gets the silver award with an overall score of 82%. They consider a good camera for photographers seeking a stylish camera with direct controls, excellent image quality and a great selection of lenses and not so good for action photographers and those requiring ultra-high-quality 4K video.

Here are the Pros and Cons:

Pros Cons
  • Excellent JPEG quality, especially color
  • Good high ISO noise performance
  • Build quality is solid for camera in this price range
  • Dynamic range is very good, though not class-leading
  • Numerous direct controls
  • Responsive AF system with up to 325 selectable points
  • High resolution EVF
  • Great Film Simulation modes
  • 8 fps burst shooting w/continuous AF
  • UHD 4K/30p video capture
  • Highly customizable
  • Exposure compensation available when using Auto ISO with manual exposure
  • External mic input
  • Camera can be charged over USB connection; external charger included
  • Small phase detection area compared to peers
  • Hunting can be an issue with continuous autofocus in low light
  • AF tracking performance is variable
  • No histogram, face detection or zebra warnings in movie mode
  • Auto mode switch can be flipped too easily, leading to loss of custom settings and Raw
  • Joystick for positioning AF point would’ve been nice
  • Fn button difficult to reach, even harder to press
  • Can’t access memory card slot while camera is on a tripod

You can check out the Full review at DPReview.

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Big Fujifilm X-T2 and X-Pro2 Kaizen Firmware to be Announced March 23

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Ok, there is a bit of confusion regarding the epic Kaizen Firmware update coming for X-T2 and X-Pro2, especially since Fujifilm, just today here, released a firmware for X-T2, X-Pro2 and X-T1 (and the EF-X500 flash).

I went again through the messages the 2 anonymous sources wrote me, and if I got it right (but please sources correct me if I’m wrong) this is what Fujifilm currently plans:

  • Announcement of the huge Firmware udpates with 33 improved features on March 23 (Note: Announcement, not release)
  • First Firmware coming still in March
  • Second Firmware coming in May

Sure, delays can always happen, but the important thing to know is that X-T2 and X-Pro2 owners will soon be able to download a complete new camera… for free :)

long live Kaizen :)
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Fujifilm GFX in Stock at AmazonUS (sold by Amazon) – Limited Number

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A limited number of Fujifilm GFX 50s is right now in stock at AmazonUS (ships and sold by Amazon).

GFX IN STOCK CHECK

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Fujifilm Released Firmware Update for X-Pro2, X-T2, X-T1 and EF-X500

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Just as rumored here, Fujifilm released a firmware update to fix some bugy with the EF-X500 flash. You can now update the flash to ver. 1.02 using the X-T1, X-T2 and X-Pro2 with latest firmware. Here is the full list:

NOTE 1: The X-A3 Firmware 2.00 is already out since March 6 (and I reported about it March 6 here)
NOTE 2: Follow FR on Facebook, RSS-feed and Twitter, so you won’t miss it when the big Kaizen Firmware will be out ;)

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X100F Lensmate Thumbrest + Half Case * GFX Sensitvity Stops at ISO 1,600 + Reviews * 50/2 Image Review * Fuji Guys X-T20 Top Features (miXed zone)

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X20 Award Nominated Image

Award nomination with Fuji X20: Dario Ayala was just nominated for a Canadian National Newspaper Award, the highest recognition for Canadian journalists and photojournalists, for an image that he made last summer using the Fuji X20 whose line, sadly, has been discontinued. The X system gets a lot of love, but this series was a bit overlooked during its existence. See the image on instagram here and link to the nomination here.

Fujifilm GFX
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Fujifilm GFX facebook member C. shared the image above on the group. It shows a heavily overexposed image and what seems to be an insane highlight recovery capbility of the Fujifilm GFX 50s. This image was a great opportunity to clarify what happens inside the GFX:

X-guru Rico (also GFX facebook member), looking at the image above, explained here:

Sensor analysis shows us that the GFX stops writing gain into the RAW file beyond ISO 1600. So this ISO 6400 shot is actually a ISO 1600 shot that is 2 stops underexposed. So 2 stops of the “amazing highlight recovery” are fake. ;) Lightroom simply applied a virtual 2 stop gain on import, which is of course fully reversable. Basically shooting at ISO 6400 is like shooting with DR400% always on.

Nothing really new here, since all Fujifilm cameras with X-Trans I, X-Trans II and also the X-A1/2 and M1 worked exactly the same way. X-Trans III are different, they bake the gain into each RAW (except for ISO 51200, which is actually ISO 25600 with a 1 stop import gain).

To perform a proper test of sensor highlight recover potential, you have to expose a series of shots at base ISO 100, then try to recover and normalize each of them and see where you put your personal limit of acceptable quality.

it was always nice to have additional DR at high ISO with most EXR I and EXR II cameras. This feature is now back with the GFX, but sadly, Adobe LR/ACR fails to apply correct import amplification in most cases. Basically, everything except for ISO 100, 125, 160 and 200 is somewhat off, often by a larger margin than is acceptable. There’s also a white balance issue at higher ISO settings which affects pretty much all external RAW converters (RAWs from the in-camera converter are okay). Of course, I have documented all of this and sent it to Fujifilm, so maybe Adobe will improve GFX support in a few weeks/months with their next Lightroom update.”

Yesterday, GFX member Wei already pointed out over at the group here after the technical sensor measurements tests by Photons to Photos, that “you can’t push the sensitivity up by adopting an ISO higher than 1600. Your sensitivity stops there

More GFX Links worth to be checked out

  • 20 Days with GFX 50s at huseyintaskin: “Once you enlarge the photo from the computer and look it up, it creates a quality threshold that will never come out of your mind. Whatever you do, your mind is staying in that quality. […] DR is an advantage for me, I can make cinematic tones more comfortable. Each transition is very soft in these colors that you give me in these intermediate tones. It gives a rich transition result.”
  • Fuji GFX portrait session review at mikekobal: “Impressive sensor performance at low and high ISO settings. Fuji’s color science shines once again, jpegs out of the camera are beautiful, lots of latitude for easy tweaks, better then raw files on certain cameras!”
  • Join our super-active and super-helpful Fujifilm GFX community
  • Don’t miss a single GFX tidbit and follow our public GFX Facebook page

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