X20 pocket-lint review: “The high-end compact camera hierarchy has a new champion.”

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Pocket-lint posted his X20 review. They assigned to the X20 five out of five stars (the RX100 gained 4½ stars here). Read why in this review. Here just the verdict:

“The Fujifilm X20 is not only the camera that irons out its predecessor’s orb-related imaging issues, it’s also the camera that pushes image quality up a notch to class-leading levels. The chunky, retro-styled build doesn’t make the X20 the tiniest of models and the design, even just aesthetically, won’t suit all tastes – but we’re big fans and think its looks are just as stand-out as its images. The advancement of the camera’s optical viewfinder with its digital overlay is also welcome, even if the limited field of view and inconsistent – yet unavoidable – presentation of focus areas can frustrate a little. Yet, and in context, we can’t think of a better OVF in a camera at this price point. There may be no touchscreen and no vari-angle bracket mount, but we have no care. The one thing that the X20 has missed out on – in order to make the very most from its 28-112mm f/2.0-2.8 equivalent lens – is a built-in neutral density filter. Sounds small, but we’re surprised at its omission. That small blip aside and this is high-end compact camera perfection. We’ve got a lot of love for the X20, and it’s given us a lot of love back. The high-end compact camera hierarchy has a new champion: all hail the Fujifilm X20.”

X100S: BHphoto / AdoramaAmazonUS / AmazonDEAmazonUK / AmazonITA / DigitalRev / your ebay / your Amazon
X20:  BHphoto (blacksilver) / Adorama (blacksilver) / AmazonUS (blacksilver) / AmazonUK (blacksilver) / AmazonDE / AmazonITA / DigitalRev / your ebay / your Amazon
Sony Cyber-shot RX100: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

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  • Ben

    Happy St.Patricks Day!
    Good job on the website!

    • patrick

      True!!! I completely forgot it! I’ll run to the nearest Irish Pub… thanks Ben.

  • Edwin

    If this cam has had a DX format sensor like the x100s, then I would have bought 10 pieces X20’s at once. With the present sensor it is to difficult te get blurred backgrounds and to much noise. So please fuji X30 with DX format sensor!

    • Thomas

      If you want a dx format sensor why dont you get 10 pieces of the x100s? What the hell are you on about?

      • Adrian

        I sort of agree with you, but do note that the 100s is a) more expensive and b) has a FIXED lens, which is kind of a big deal.

      • Adrian

        I sort of agree with you, but do note that the 100s is a) more expensive and b) has a FIXED lens, which is kind of a big deal.

  • Sky

    I call it: BS.
    Last time I checked “high-end compact camera hierarchy” had a champion that stood completely unharmed by any competitor in compacts market or even: in mirrorless market.
    It was Sony’s RX1.

    • Adrian

      Yes, because price simply does not matter when defining a category, nor does the availability of a zoom lens.

  • Will

    It’s a nice cam but if you’re really looking at IQ, rspecially higher ISO’s, the RX100 beats it easy. Everyone is still clinging to the tiny sensor, give it a year or two.

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