X20 vs X10 vs RX100 + more X20 and X100s reviews

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I’ve announced it 2 days ago. This week could be an interesting “review-week”. We started yesterday with the first impressions of the X20 and X100s at riflessifotografici, and you should not miss the X-pert corner this Friday, with the X100s vs X100 article of Rico Pfirstinger (in the meantime check his Flickr set here).

This time two Spanish magazines tested the X20 and X100s, Dslrmagazine and quesabesde.

1) Dslrmagazine posted his X20 review here (translated version) and the X100s review here (translated version).

2) Quesabesde compared the performance of the X10, X20 and RX100. Click here (translated version). Can the X20 really compete with the Sony RX100? Now we know, the X20 is faster than the X10. Especially in low light conditions you’ll notice the faster AF-performance. The image quality is outstanding for an advanced compact camera. Of course the X20 beats the X10 also in terms of image resolution, details, ISO performance and more, but can the X20 really match the RX100? This comparison shows that the RX100 (with 20.2 MP and 1″ sensor) beats the X20 (with 12MP and 2/3″ X-Trans sensor). But Fuji did an “excellent work“, making it one of the “most desirable compact cameras“. At quesabesde you can also download the RAW files of the sample shots!

IMHO, the missing viewfinder on the RX100 is already reason enough to go for the X20. But I’m sure some of you would go for the RX100 (bigger sensor in smaller camera)… so feel free to add your own PROS and CONS (X20 vs RX100) in the comments and vote this poll:

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X100s: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonDEAmazonUK / AmazonITA / DigitalRev
X20: AmazonUS (blacksilver) / BHphoto (blacksilver) / Adorama (blacksilver) / AmazonUK (blacksilver) / AmazonDE / AmazonITA / DigitalRev
Fuji X10: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Sony RX100: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

 image courtesy: quesabesde

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X100s + X20: Riflessifotografici first impressions online!

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In my last post I told you that riflessifotografici plans to publish the X100s and X20 reviews. The reviews have still to come, but now they provided us a foretaste of what will come. The X100s first impressions (read heretranslated version) and  X20 first impressions are online (read heretranslated version)!

Massimiliano is right now testing the X100s (compared to the X100), while Donato has his hands on the X20. These are just their first impressions. For an in depth view we have still to wait a bit. It wouldn’t be riflessifotografici-style to write down something just in order to be one of the first to post a review. FR-readers know it. So take your time, Max and Donato.

X100s: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonDEAmazonUK / AmazonITA / Digitalrev
X20: AmazonUS (blacksilver) / BHphoto (blacksilver) / Adorama (blacksilver) / AmazonUK (blacksilver) / AmazonDE / AmazonITA / Digitalrev

X100s: Massimiliano is working with the X100 and X100s. The body is almost identical, so he confused sometimes one camera with the other. But he immediately recognized the error, once he shot with it. If he should put it all in one word, this could be “reactivity”. The X100s is very fast: start up time, focus speed, writing time to the memory card [personal note: as Rico suggested in his X20 vs X10 comparison, you should use also a fast SD-card, as the SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-1 95 MB/s ]. The X-Trans sensor (and no low pass filter) improved also the details (you’ll see a 100% crop X100 vs X100s). He calls the X100s the “probably best camera of the X-series“. There is more to read (and see) here (translated version).

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X20: Donato took his first shots at night. A good opportunity to shoot some high ISO images and to test the new hybrid-AF system (contrast+phase detection) in low-light conditions. The results are better than those of any other X-series camera: “For people like me, who prefer advanced compact cameras or CSC to big and heavy SLR cameras, this would be enough to justify the introduction of this model.” It seems that now the Autofocus is no more a “weak spot” compared to the DSLR’s AF. There are some more interesting considerations and findings to read in Donato’s first impressions and… if you wan’t to see the 100% crops of the image below just click here (translated version).

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Have a great start in this new week!

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X100s: Rico’s first samples + Fredrik’s review

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click on the image or here for Rico’s X100s Flickr set

1) Rico Pfistinger just posted his X100s and X100 comparison shots at Flickr here. I’m sure you can’t wait for this Friday’s X-Pert Corner ;-). You can read also his general discoveries on Flickr.

2) In the meantime you can have a look at Fredrik’s website. As Brian Kraft, he also updates his site continuosly. Faster than the X100, in good light conditions it “never fail to find focus or miss focus” but, very rarely, fails to lock focus in low light. “MF response is fast, even in low light. […] You can set the camera to automatically zoom into the MF assist modes (standard, focus peaking, split image) when you touch the MF ring. Half-pressing the shutter will zoom out. Nice feature!” Also the EVF is improved to the previous version, “less lag, if any“. There is really much much more to read at Fredrik’s site. His conclusions:

“If the X100S doesn’t receive the gold award over at DPReview, it has to be for some technical reason which I probably wouldn’t care about. Of course, this is a highly personal opinion, from having used the X100 for two years while being very happy with it, despite its shortcomings.This is the upgrade I have been waiting for. Hat off to Fuji.”

3) Good news also from riflessifotografici. They announced on their website that they will soon publish the X20 and X100s first impressions.

It seems that we could have an exciting “review-week”. So, stay tuned on Fujirumors, I’ll tell you when the riflessifotografi review goes online (already next week?) and….  don’t miss the X-pert corner this Friday with the X100 vs X100s!

X100s: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonDEAmazonUK / AmazonITA / Digitalrev
X20: AmazonUS (blacksilver) / BHphoto (blacksilver) / Adorama (blacksilver) / AmazonUK (blacksilver) / AmazonDE / AmazonITA / Digitalrev

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miXed Zone: XF 14mm photozone test report and more

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X-E1 + XF 14mm

XF14mm Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay / X-E1: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

The photozone test report can be read here. Some PROS: “The Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 R is a highly attractive ultra-wide lens with few shortcomings. The most important factor for an ultra-wide lens is certainly image sharpness and the Fujinon delivers here. It is bitingly sharp in the image center and good to very good in the outer image region. […] very low CA [… ] Distortions are basically absenteven in RAW data – which is surprising for such a wide lens and even more so for a mirrorless one.CONS: “The primary weakness of the Fujinon is the very high amount of vignetting. Most RAW converters as well as the camera (JPEGs) can (mostly) compensate this automatically though. […] lack of weather sealing

image courtesy: photozone (XF 14mm distortion)

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Ken Rockwell’s comprehensive X-E1 review can be read here: “The X-E1 is an excellent camera for people photos and for people who want a lightweight camera that performs as well or better than DSLRs. Its color rendition for people is superb, but not very good for nature and landscape snaps.” He also posted his XF14mm review here. “The Fuji XF 14mm f/2.8 ASPH is an extraordinary lens. When a lens is just about optically and mechanically perfect, there isn’t much to say, other than to get one.

photographyblog XF14mm review (click here): “The Fujifilm XF 14mm F2.8 R’s auto-focus system is its minor weak-point, with a slight delay before locking focus and a rather loud mechanism. On the plus side it offers a generously wide focusing ring, a very welcome aperture ring which makes it quick, easy and precise to set this key element of exposure, and an innovative focus collar for quickly switching between auto an manual focus, the latter coming complete with a focusing distance scale with depth-of-field markings that makes it easier to zone-focus.

XF14mm at ephotozine here. The PROS: Extremely sharp in the centre. Excellent sharpness towards the edges when stopped down. Lightweight. Useful hyperfocal scale. Excellent build. Virtually no distortion. Low CA levels CONS: Falloff of illumination towards the corners can be quite pronounced.

thephoblographer XF14mm review: some CONS: a bit slower than the 35mm f1.4 X – wish that the focusing and aperture rings were smoother – wish that it could focus closer, even with the macro setting activated and PROS: Excellent sharpness when stopped down. When using a studio light, the specular highlights really make this lens sparkle…

Lasse wrote me this email: “Hi, I thought you might like to link to the first Scandinavian review of the X-E1 with the XF 18-55mm. Earning six out of six stars, where image quality weigh’s a good 50 percent, when the total is added up. It’s published in Swedish, Danish and Norwegian, and here’s a link to one of them. (english version)”

Nikon Coolpix A vs X100s specs comparison

Based on the specs comparison, thenewcamera recommends you to buy the X100s. Both cameras feature an APS-C sensor and don’t have a low-pass filter. The X100s beats the Nikon Cooplix A almost in every aspect, except the image stabilization and size/weight… oh, and it’s also cheaper. Click here to read more.

Check in stock info and price at
Nikon Coolpix A: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Fuji X100s: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonDEAmazonUK / AmazonITA /

FinePix HS50EXR

From the conclusions of pocket-lint (read the review here): “We like the FinePix HS50EXR a lot: it’s an accomplished superzoom that’s put Fujifilm right back up there and in the mix and shown just what this brand can do. It can hold its head up side by side with the levels of its nearest competitors, it just ought to be a touch more cost effective by comparison.”

Check in Stock info and price at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

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X20 vs. X10

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by Rico Pfirstinger

Talk to Rico (questions & feedback)Sample images set Comparison images set

Same, same, but different! That’s what Fujifilm’s new X20 compact camera is for those who know its predecessor, the X10. From the looks of it, the X20 and X10 are quite the same, so X10 users will immediately feel at home. However, it’s a new and different home, one with a more conventional X-Trans sensor. Yep, compared to EXR even an X-Trans sensor is pretty old-fashioned. So in order to get the best results from an X20, you might want to shoot it less like an X10 and more like a X100(S), X-E1 or X-Pro1.

In order to compare the image quality of the X10 and the X20, we have to shoot with image resolution M, aka 6 megapixels. That’s because the X10 is an EXR camera with a split-sensor of 2 x 6 MP. Sure, you can also use it in HR mode to get full-size 12 MP output, but why would you buy an EXR camera in the first place if you weren’t interested in its unique features, such as hardware-based DR expansion, or pixel binning to reduce noise and artifacts under low light?

So I took both cameras and shot a series of samples. Click here to open the X20 vs. X10 shootout set on Flickr. While you are at it, you might also want to take a look at my ever growing X20 samples set.

In order to get comparable results, I put both cameras in 6 MP (size M) mode, set DR to Auto (or DR100% for some shots) and also used matching film simulation modes (Astia, Provia and Velvia). Noise reduction was set to -1, the rest was all default settings. After completing the series, I redeveloped each X20 image in 12 MP resolution using the camera’s internal RAW converter. This way we got two versions of each shot from the X20, one with 6 and one with 12 MP.

Looking at the full-size samples, you will recognize that even at 6 MP, the X20 is able to resolve better midtone and highlight detail while keeping noise levels lower and the image cleaner. Have a look at this example:

X10:
DSCF6416 - X10, DR200%, M

X20:
DSCF0139 - X20, DR200%, M

However, it’s a different situation when you look at dark shadow details in images that were shot with DR200% and, even more so, DR400% dynamic range expansion modes:

X10:
DSCF6415 - X10, DR400%, M

X20:
DSCF0137 - X20, DR400%, M

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