Jul 2, 2013

Fujifilm X20 Review

Introduction

We reviewed the Fujifilm X10 compact camera when it was introduced because it filled a gap in Pentax's camera lineup - Pentax did not at the time offer any compact cameras with a viewfinder.

Even though Pentax now has a decent line-up in the compact camera segment with the Pentax X-5 (which has an electronic viewfinder), and the Pentax MX-1 compact (no viewfinder) and the Pentax Q10 ultra-compact systems camera (no viewfinder but interchangeable lenses), the Fujifilm X20 might still be an interesting alternative, especially for those who value having an optical viewfinder.

In the compact segment Pentax also offers the WG-3, but being rugged and waterproof it is in a class of its own and the X20 is thus not a realistic alternative for the WG-3.

The Fujifilm X20 is basically a premium point and shoot  with a non-interchangeable zoom lens in an appealing retro design. Thanks to a 2/3 inch sensor, it promises better image quality than your standard point-and-shoot (such cameras use 1/2.3" or 1/1.7" sensors). We see the Fujifilm X20 and the Pentax MX-1 aim at the same user group, namely enthusiasts looking for a capable, compact camera as a supplement to their DSLR.

The Pentax X-5 is more of an entry level model and the Q10 of appeals to users who want the versatility of an interchangeable lens camera in an ultra-compact form factor. If you're interested in the Fujifilm X20 you may also want to check out our in-depth review of the Pentax MX-1.


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