NO MORE SECRETS: X-20 complete press release

x20 release


The X20’s bright optical viewfinder features a newly-developed Digital Trans Panel. This displays the shutter speed, aperture, ISO, focusing area and other shooting information perfectly clearly, even in low-light conditions. What’s more, the X20’s Advanced Optical Viewfinder synchs with the zoom lens, so that users can accurately compose shots using the viewfinder, even when the focal length is constantly changing.

The combination of a newly-developed 12 megapixel 2/3-inch X-Trans CMOS II sensor and EXR Processor II enables the X20 to capture very high quality images, with up to 20% higher resolution (*1) and 30% less noise (*2). What’s more thanks to the removal of the optical low pass filter and very powerful processor, the FUJIFILM X20 will produce clear images with minimal graininess, even at high ISO settings.

The newly-developed X-Trans CMOS II sensor has built-in Phase Detection pixels which enable the X20 to high-speed Auto Focus (AF) in as little as 0.06 seconds (*3). Additionally, the EXR Processor II offers fast responses with a start-up time of approx. 0.5 seconds (*4), a shutter time lag of approx. 0.01 seconds and a shooting interval of 0.5 seconds, providing advanced flexibility.

(8) Key Features

·        NEW Advanced Optical Viewfinder with a Digital Trans Panel

·        NEW 12 megapixel 2/3-inch X-Trans CMOS II sensor

·        Intelligent Hybrid AF in 0.06 seconds (*3)

·        Improved EXR Processor II

·        High quality fast f/2.0-2.8 lens

·        4x FUJINON manual barrel zoom lens

·        2.8inch High Contrast LCD monitor (460K dots)

·        Pop-up Super Intelligent Flash

·        Fast start-up time of 0.5 seconds (*), shutter time lag of 0.01 seconds

·        Super Macro mode (1cm)

·        Motion Panorama 360

·        8 Advanced Filters

·        Q button for frequently used menu items

·        Function (Fn) button

·        NEW GUI showing the focal distance, aperture value and shutter speed in sync with the zoom ring or command dial rotation

·        Advanced SR Auto mode with 64 shooting patterns

·        Full HD video (60fps)

·        Manual focus during video recording

·        Output for Stereo Microphone (sold separately)

·        Focus Peak Highlight function on the LCD screen

·        Available in all black or two-tone black and silver

·        4 types of shutter sounds – Lens Shutter, Focal Plane Shutter, Mirror Up and Silent Shutter

Read the whole press release here.


NO MORE SECRETS: X-100s complete press release




Two years ago, FUJIFILM launched the prestigious X100 with a FUJINON 23mm f/2 fixed prime lens and superb image quality, in a beautifully designed compact camera body.  Its unique style and international acclaim has carved out a niche for a new genre of Premium Compact Camera, designed in pursuit of optimum operability. Today, FUJIFILM is proud to announce the launch of the FUJIFILM X100S, the successor to the FUJIFILM X100, inheriting its elegant design and high-performance lens, whilst evolving further to meet customers’ demands with the introduction of a higher-definition Hybrid Viewfinder and a new sensor and processor.

The X100S has the ability to capture high resolution images, comparable to those taken on full-frame sensors. This is down to a combination of its newly-developed 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor and EXR Processor II, which together increase resolution by approx. 25% (*2) and reduce noise by more than 30% (*3). Clear images with minimal graininess, even at high ISO settings, can also be produced, thanks to the removal of the optical low pass filter and the introduction of a more powerful processor.

The newly-developed X-Trans CMOS II sensor has built-in Phase Detection pixels which provide the X100S with the world’s fastest AF in as little as 0.08 seconds (*1). Additionally, the EXR Processor II offers very speedy response times with a start-up time of approx. 0.5 seconds (*4), and a shooting interval of 0.5 seconds. Plus with its shutter time lag of only 0.01 seconds, it allows you to react quickly and capture each precise moment you want to with no missed photo opportunities.

Also new to the FUJIFILM X100S is the world’s first (*5)Digital Split Image” feature, which displays dual images on the left and right to be lined up for manual focusing. This enables accurate focusing especially when working with an open aperture or macro shooting. What’s more there is a handy Focus Peak Highlight function, which shows you precisely which area of your composition is in focus.

Depending on the subject and scene, users can switch between two viewfinder options: optical or electronic. The Optical Viewfinder (OVF) is useful when users want to see their subject in the same bright clarity that they see with the naked eye, or when time lag is an issue. The high resolution 2.36 million dot electronic viewfinder (EVF) is useful when you want to be able to visually check focus, exposure, white balance and depth of field whilst composing the shot.


Main Features

(1) Sensor performance comparable to full-frame output

The X100S features FUJIFILM’s newly-developed 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor with a unique, highly randomised, colour filter arrangement. The benefit of the new array is the elimination of the need for an optical low-pass filter; these are used in conventional sensors to reduce false colour and moiré effects but they also reduce image resolution. The removal of the optical low-pass filter allows the X-Trans CMOS II sensor to maximise the light it receives directly, enabling users to capture much finer detail and optimise resolution levels.

The X100S uses a Lens Modulation Optimiser to reduce optical effects such as lens diffraction, which occurs when light passes through a lens. Even when stopped down to f/16, the X100S retains sharpness and texture in the smallest details, demonstrating the extent of the sensor and lens combination’s capabilities, perfectly.

The excellent sensitivity of the X-Trans CMOS II sensor is coupled with the new EXR Processor II’s advanced signal processing capacity, which can reduce noise by more than  30% (*2) compared to its predecessor.  Even when shooting in low-light, at a high ISO setting, the FUJIFILM X100S will produce crisp images with minimal grain.


(2) The World’s fastest Auto Focus and High-speed EXR Processing

With built-in Phase Detection, the X100S offers the world’s fastest AF speed of just 0.08 seconds(*1).  The Intelligent Hybrid AF can switch to Contrast AF, dependent on the demands of the subject or scene, to ensure that the camera always auto-focuses quickly and with precision.

The EXR Processor II delivers processing speeds twice that of FUJIFILM’s previous generation processor (*6).  The fast responses result in an impressive start-up time of approx. 0.5 seconds (*4), and a shooting interval of 0.5 seconds. In addition the X100S delivers a burst shooting rate of up to 6 frames per second (max. 29 frames) at the full resolution of 16.3 megapixels and the shutter time lag is a mere 0.01 seconds.


(3) Enhanced manual focus performance with the world’s first (*5)Digital Split Image’ display

Making use of the built-in phase detection pixels for AF action, the X100S is the world’s first (*5) camera to offer a “Digital Split Image” feature, which displays dual images on the left and right to be lined up for manual focusing.  This enables accurate focusing especially when working with an open aperture or macro shooting.

In addition, the X100S offers a handy Focus Peak Highlight function, which emphasises the outline of the subject focus plane.  It provides the photographer with a guide, even in situations where it is difficult to calculate focusing accuracy, allowing users to enjoy manual focusing comfortably, however challenging the conditions.


(4) Premium Hybrid Viewfinder for easy image composition

Offering users freedom when composing photos and adaptability for a range of shooting conditions, the X100S’s Hybrid Viewfinder combines both an Optical and an Electronic Viewfinder.

The electronic viewfinder uses a 100% coverage, extra high resolution, 2,360K-dot High Definition LCD panel.  It shows depth-of-field during macro shooting, as well as white balance settings, allowing users to accurately compose their shot while continuously looking through the viewfinder.

The premium quality optical viewfinder offers an easy-to-see magnification of 0.5 at a 23mm focal length and a horizontal apparent field of view of 26 degrees.  The all-glass construction uses high-refractive index glass to minimise chromatic aberrations and distortion.

While in the optical viewfinder mode, users can make adjustments to shutter speed, aperture, ISO and other settings without having to take their eye off the viewfinder.  The shooting frame (Bright Frame) and text brightness automatically adjust according to the ambient light available, to ensure that the information on the display is easy to see at all times.

The system features an OVF Power Save mode, which activates the power-saving function in the optical viewfinder mode to double the maximum number of images per full charge from 300 (*7) in normal operation.

With FUJINON’s proprietary coating, the viewfinder cleverly resists fingerprints and can easily be wiped clean, so that users can enjoy the optical viewfinder’s clear display without compromise.


(5) FUJINON 23mm f/2 lens offering premium image quality in a compact body

Specifically designed for this model, the FUJINON 23mm f/2 Single Focal Length Lens has a fixed angle of incidence of light into the lens, which facilitates optimum optical design. Taking full advantage of this, the X100S demonstrates advanced levels of image clarity, not only in the centre of the image, but also through to the edges of the photo. The versatile focal length of 35mm (*8) delivers an angle of view ideal for a diverse range of subjects and scenes.

The lens consists of 8 elements in 6 groups, and includes a high-performance double-sided aspherical element and highly-refractive converging glass elements, which deliver a high level of detailed performance with minimal aberration, excellent sharpness and beautiful colour reproduction.  Moreover, FUJINON’s proprietary HT-EBC coating is applied to effectively control image flares and ghosting.

Other benefits of this lens are the beautiful, soft, round-shaped Bokeh that is produced from the 9 blade lens diaphragm. In addition the lens allows you to get as close as 10cm from your subject in macro mode for stunning close-up shots. And its built-in 3-stop ND filter enables blurring of the background in portraits, or applies a gorgeous creamy look to flowing water even in a bright setting.


(6) Elegant design and sophisticated functionality

The front of the X100S proudly bares the letter “S” as confirmation of its extensive evolution from the FUJIFILM X100. Down to the tiniest detail, the premium build and feel of the X100 is continued in the X100S. FUJIFILM’s top quality Japanese engineering is evident from the high precision components used and the perfectly optimised body.

The X100S’s top and base parts are made of magnesium alloy to achieve a lightweight, resilient, yet delicate design.  A specially-formulated coating is applied to give its surface a steel look for an added premium feel.  All the dials and rings have been milled from solid metal, with attention paid to the finer details such as finger grips and enhanced operability. The exterior is finished with synthetic leather, which is durable and resilient to the environment yet reproduces the texture of real leather, while still offering the practical benefits of additional grip and comfort.

The layout of the dials and rings allow users to operate the aperture ring on the lens with their left hand, and the shutter speed dial and exposure compensation dial on the top panel with their right hand, meaning all the settings can be adjusted comfortably without having to take your eye off the viewfinder. And to make you feel even more at home, you can even customise your shutter sound by choosing between the four different sounds available:  Lens Shutter, Focal Plane Shutter, Mirror Up and Silent Shutter.

The menu system has been also updated to incorporate a Q “Quick” button which allows you to quickly call up frequently-used menu items such as ISO setting and Film Simulation modes. In addition, the Fn (Function) button allows users to assign functions frequently used while shooting, for convenient use at the touch of a button.


(7) Artistic photography

The X100S features FUJIFILM’s proprietary ‘Film Simulation Modes’. Users can choose from ten simulation options which replicate the results achieved by FUJIFILM colour reversal films (Velvia / PROVIA / ASTIA), professional colour negative films (PRO Neg. Std / PRO Neg. Hi), monochrome filters (MONOCHROME, Ye filter, R filter and G filter) and SEPIA.

Also available on the X100S is the Advanced Filter function; users can choose from 8 different artistic effects which can be previewed on the LCD screen:

Pop Colour – great for boosting contrast and colour saturation

Toy Camera – create shaded borders as if you were taking a photo on a toy camera

Miniature – adds top and bottom blur for a diorama or miniature effect

Dynamic Tone – create a fantasy effect by dynamically-modulated tonal reproduction

Partial Colour – highlights one colour and leaves the rest of the image in black and white (choose from red, orange, yellow, green, blue or purple)

High Key – enhances brightness and reduces contrast to lighten tonal reproduction

Low Key – create uniformly dark tones with few areas of emphasised highlights.

Soft Focus – blurs the focus of the image edges to create a softer effect

In addition a Multiple Exposure function enables users to combine two separate images together for special creative effects. And for greater artistic freedom, the aspect ratio can be selected from 3:2, 16:9, and 1:1 (square) to accommodate a wide range of photographic styles.


(8) Full HD Video Shooting

The X100S can shoot at 60fps during Full HD video recording (1920 x 1080) for very smooth video capture. Plus shooting at the high bit-rate of 36Mbps will result in reduced noise and enhanced image quality that reveals every detail, from individual leaves in the trees, to subtle changes in facial expression. During video recording, users have access to many of the additional modes available in still image capture. Film Simulation modes can be used, White Balance settings can be adjusted, you can even make the most of the fast lens to produce beautiful bokeh and also operate the Intelligent Hybrid AF for high-speed and high-precision focusing.


(9) FUJIFILM X100S Key features list:

·                  16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor

·                  EXR Processor II

·                  High Definition Hybrid Viewfinder (OVF / EVF)

·                  FUJINON 23mm f/2 lens

·                  Intelligent Hybrid AF (with the world’s fastest AF speed of 0.08 secs (*1))

·                  Start-up time of 0.5 secs (*4)

·                  Shutter time lag of 0.01 secs

·                  Shooting interval of 0.5 secs

·                  High-contrast and wide viewing-angle 2.8-inch Premium Clear LCD (460K dots)

·                  Super Intelligent Flash

·                  Burst shooting rate of up to 6 frames per second at full resolution (max. 29 frames)

·                  Focus Peak Highlight function

·                  Digital Split Image display

·                  Artistic filters

·                  Full HD movie recording (60fps / 30fps)


(10) Premium Accessories available for the FUJIFILM X100S

·                 Wide conversion lens WCL-X100 – designed specifically for X100 and X100S, shortens the lens’ focal length from 35mm (*8) to 28mm (*8).  It offers a broader field of view while maintaining the powerful performance equivalent to that of the main body’s lens

·                 Premium Leather case LC-X100S – Users can remove / insert a memory card and battery without having to take this case off.  This is a practical ‘Quick Shot’ case, made of premium genuine leather

·                 Shoe Mount Flash – Three types of Fujifilm external flashes are available, capable of the proprietary high-precision TTL auto flash control:  EF-20 and EF-X20 with the guide number 20, and EF-42 with the guide number 42

·                 External stereo microphone MIC-ST1 For recording real sound with impact to go with premium-quality images and full-HD movie



*1 Fujifilm research as of November 2012. Compared with other compact digital cameras equipped with an APS-C sensor and a non-interchangeable lens based on CIPA standards and conducted in High Performance mode.

*2 Fujifilm research. Compared with X100 and conducted in f/16.

*3 Compared with FUJIFILM X100

*4 High Performance mode

*5 Fujifilm research as of November 2012

*6 Compared with the EXR Processor Pro.

*7 Maximum shots from a fully charged NP-95 lithium battery pack, based on the CIPA test standard.

*8 35mm format equivalent


Well, there is still one more secret… The price.

PS.: I’m back home from Belgium now. Great country. And for all my Belgian readers, here is my winner: Chimay blue ;-)

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New Fuji FinePix HS50EXR at FujiUK

FUJIFILM’s new flagship FinePix Long zoom Camera is listed on the Fuji UK website (click here).

Here the specs:

FinePix HS50EXR Key features list:

·   FUJINON 42x optical manual zoom (f/2.8-5.6 24-1000mm*2)

·   Optical Image Stabilisation

·   Up to 84x with Intelligent Digital Zoom

·   16 megapixel ½-inch EXR-CMOS II sensor with Phase Detection AF

·   EXR Processor II

·   Intelligent Hybrid AF : 0.05sec, world’s fastest *1

·   Continuous shooting: 11fps at full resolution (Max 5 frames), 5.5fps at 8M for seamless capture

·   Start-up time of 0.5 sec.*3

·   Shooting interval of 0.5sec.

·   108 EXR Auto shooting patterns

·   Full HD movie 1080p/60fps with continuous phase detection AF and stereo sound

·   3.0-inch Vari-Angle LCD screen(920K-dot)

·   High resolution EVF(920K-dot) with eye sensor

·   Q button for direct control of settings

·   Super Macro down to 1cm

·   Manual exposure control(P/S/A/M modes)

·   Focus Peak Highlight function on the LCD screen

·   RAW shooting (RAW, JPEG, RAW+JPEG image capture modes)

·   8 Advanced Filters

·   10 Film simulation modes

·   Multiple exposure

·   Image capture aspect ratio of 1:1 (square) in addition to 4:3, 16:9, and 3:2

·   Virtual horizon “electronic level” display

·   External microphone input (microphones sold separately)

·   Hot-shoe attachment for the use of external flash guns

·   Lithium-ion battery with up to 500 shots per charge

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XF-14mm delivery estimate at AmazonUS

XF 14mm shipping

R. forwarded to me this email he received from Amazon:

“We now have delivery date(s) for the order you placed on November 30, 2012: Fujifilm XF 14mm F2.8 Lens Wide Angle Lens. Estimated arrival date: January 25, 2013 – March 19, 2013.”

You may remember that Fuji postponed the launch of this lens because of the strong sales of the XF18-55 mm lens. Read Fuji’s official announcement I posted here, The XF18-55 achieves the 7th position at Amazon Camcorder-Lenses best seller rating.


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X-series AF performance: AF-L button focus method

AF-L Button

Back again!

Alexander from fujifilm-x-opinions linked me to the ongoing discussion inhere. He wrote:

“It seems that some people have better AF performance in manual mode using the AF-L button on the X-Pro1 than using the normal AF-S and half-pressing the shutter. I have tried to test this and here are my findings:

I do have the impression, that AF using the AF-L button in manual mode and AF-S are not the same (using the same size of AF focus field). I cannot yet say that one or the other is faster, but in the test I did I saw that the 35mm lens in AF-S mode sometimes went all the way to a very short distance and starting to search for the focus point from there (resulting in a high pitched sound). When I used manual mode and AF-L I did not observe the same behaviour. This was the same on the X-Pro1 as well as the X-E1.”

P.S.: He also posted the 4th part of his Trinity Comparison. This time Alexander compared the OVF’s of the X-100 and X-PRO1… no difference? Wrong. Read his test results here!


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