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12-megapixel digital camera with 4X optical zoom (Black)
Item # 072X20K | MFR # 16314740
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Our take on the Fujifilm X20 by Crutchfield's David Brown
Don't just take pictures, create pictures
Looking for better picture quality and more extensive manual controls than you get with the typical point-and-shoot? Fujifilm's compact X20 marries a cool retro design with advanced digital camera features that photo enthusiasts will appreciate. Building on the success of last year's popular X10 camera, the X20 uses an upgraded sensor, processor, and viewfinder, to capture beautiful, print-worthy photos.
Improved sensor and processor for even better photos
Fujifilm's improved 2/3-inch X-Trans CMOS II sensor is designed for lightning-fast auto focus as well sparkling image resolution. Hybrid AF automatically switches between standard contrast auto focus and faster phase detection AF, for speedy focus times even while shooting fast action. And given this sensor's sophisticated design, there's no need for an optical low-pass filter — that means the sensor captures unfiltered light directly from the lens, for ultra-high resolution beyond what you'd expect from its 16.3-megapixel specification.
Like the sensor, the improved EXR Processor II features a newly developed noise-reduction process, which separates and minimizes noise, allowing spectacular low-light performance. Plus, the enhanced processor means faster response times — from quicker start-up speeds to continous shooting up to 12 frames per second at full resolution.
Classic performance with modern features
The X20's 4X optical zoom lens is bright and fast across the zoom range, for capturing detailed low-light shots or freezing fast-action. And the manual zoom and metal exposure dials give you the creative freedom and tactile feel associated with classic cameras. Yet the X20 comes with plenty of modern-day features like artistic filters, including film simulation mode, which uses advanced processing to re-create the classic look of Fujifilm's color films.
A bright view, with numbers too
When you put your eye up to the X20's optical viewfinder, you'll discover more than just a bright view to set up your shot. Fujifilm incorporated its newly developed Digital Trans Panel into the viewfinder. It's an ultra-thin LCD overlay that diplays real-time shooting data, great for making adjustments to settings while lining up shots. The viewfinder is also synced with the zoom lens for an accurate representation of the camera's view, even as you zoom in and out.
What's in the Box:
- Digital camera (black)
- Slip-on lens cap (installed)
- NP-50 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.6V 1000 mAh)
- BC-50B Battery charger (4.2V 0.6A)
- US AC adapter plug
- Neck strap
- 25" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and proprietary USB connector on other end)
- 2 Metal strap clips
- Clip attaching tool
- 2 Protective covers
- FinePix CD-ROM software disc
- Owner's Manual (English)
- Owner's Manual (Spanish)
- Fujifilm Worldwide Network sheet
- Technical support contact sheet
- Product Registration sheet
- Manual correction sheet
- 12.0-megapixel effective recording
- 2/3-inch X-Trans CMOS II sensor
- Fujinon 4X optical zoom lens 7.1-28.4mm, f/2.0-2.8 (35mm equivalent focal length: 28-112mm)
- minimum focus distance: 1.6 ft. (normal), 4 inches (macro mode), 0.4 inches (super macro mode)
- high-def movie mode with stereo sound (up to 1080p, 60 frames per second)
- optical zoom viewfinder with real-time shooting data and eye sensor, approx. 85% coverage
- 2.8" LCD screen (460,000 dot resolution), approx 100% coverage
- advanced Fujifilm EXR II image processor offers high-speed phase detection auto focus, accurate color, and low noise
- optical image stabilization for blur-free photos and video
- film simulation mode re-creates the look of classic Fujifilm color films
- threaded shutter button compatible with mechanical shutter release cables
- durable, lightweight magnesium top and base with easy-to-grip leather-grain finish
- built-in flash
- hot shoe for optional Fujifilm flashes
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Exposure Modes and Controls:
- continuous shooting mode: up to 12 frames per second at full resolution (up to 11 JPEG frames)
- shutter speed range: 30-1/4,000 seconds
- sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent) range: 100-12,800
- program auto, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, and manual exposure modes
- auto exposure, film simulation, dynamic rage and ISO sensitivity bracketing (up to 3 frames for each)
File Formats and Storage:
- image storage modes: JPEG, RAW, and RAW+JPEG
- H.264 MOV movie files up to 1920 x 1080 resolution at 60 frames per second with stereo sound
- uses optional SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
Connections and Dimensions:
- high-speed USB interface
- mini HDMI output (cable not included)
- 5-1/16"W x 2-13/16"H x 2-1/2"D
- weight (including battery and memory card): 12.4 oz.
- rechargeable NP-50 lithium ion battery
- battery charger
- lens cap
- neck strap
- USB cable
- software CD-ROM
- owner's manual
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Features and Specs
|LCD Screen Size||2.8"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||28-112mm|
|Internal Memory||24 MB|
|Sensor Size||2/3" CMOS|
|Highest Resolution||4000 x 3000|
|Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||12.4|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Retro Design: The Fujifilm FinePix X20 digital camera is designed to look like a classic 35mm film camera with many of the features of a high-quality DSLR. It has a synthetic leather-wrapped body with a die-cast magnesium top and base, and precision milled metal rings and dials. The manual 4x optical zoom lens is protected by an aluminum lens cap.
Fujinon Zoom Lens: The X20 is equipped with a bright F2.0 (W) - F2.8 (T) Fujinon 4x zoom lens with a focal length of 7.1mm to 28.4mm (35mm equivalent: 28mm-112mm). The zoom mechanism operates manually by turning the lens ring. The camera's power switch is incorporated into the zoom ring.
Note: The camera does not allow for interchangeable lenses.
LCD Monitor: The X20 has a 2.8" color LCD monitor featuring approximately 460,000 dots and approximately 100% horizontal and vertical coverage in the shooting mode. When shooting, you can choose from a standard display, 3 information displays, or a custom display.
Optical Viewfinder: In addition to the LCD monitor, the camera has an Optical Viewfinder with approximately 85% frame coverage. No information is displayed in the viewfinder, and, depending upon the zoom position, you may see part of the lens through the viewfinder. A built-in diopter allows you to adjust the viewfinder to your eyesight, either with or without glasses.
Image Sensor/Processor: The FinePix X20 features a large 2/3" X-Trans CMOS II image sensor with 12-million effective pixels. The sensor works together with the EXR Processor II to give you high quality images, Full HD Movie recording, and high-speed continuous shooting.
Recording Media: Still images and movies can be recorded onto optional SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards. The X20 also has an internal memory of approximately 24 MB to allow you to store a few test images in case your memory card is full.
Still Image Quality: The FinePix X20 records still images in JPEG format in 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, and 1:1 aspect ratios in three sizes (Small, Medium, and Large) and two compression ratios (Fine and Normal). In addition, RAW images can be recorded from the raw, uncompressed image data from the camera's image sensor. RAW format images must be processed on a computer using the supplied RAW File Converter application software. You can also shoot a RAW + JPEG image at the same time, with separate RAW and JPEG files recorded and stored. The available image sizes include:
|4:3 Image Sizes||3:2 Image Sizes||16:9 Image Sizes||1:1 Image Sizes|
|L: 4000 x 3000
M: 2816 x 2112
S: 2048 x 1536
|L: 4000 x 2664
M: 2816 x 1864
S: 2048 x 1360
|L: 4000 x 2248
M: 2816 x 1584
S: 1920 x 1080
|L: 2992 x 2992
M: 2112 x 2112
S: 1536 x 1536
Motion Panorama: The camera is capable of taking panoramic images by panning the camera through one of three angle settings. As you pan the camera, multiple frames are recorded and automatically stitched together in the camera to create the panoramic image. The Motion Panorama 360° can be saved for playback as a continuous loop. The Motion Panorama options are:
- Motion Panorama 360°:
- Vertical: 1624 x 11520
- Horizontal: 11520 x 1080
- Motion Panorama 180°:
- Vertical: 1624 x 5760
- Horizontal: 5760 x 1080
- Motion Panorama 120°:
- Vertical: 1624 x 3840
- Horizontal: 3840 x 1080
HD Movies: The FinePix X20 can record movies in Full HD (1920 x 1080/60 fps,), Standard HD (1280 x 720/60 fps), and Standard Definition (640 x 480/30 fps) in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 with stereo audio. A Class 10 SD memory card or higher is recommended when shooting HD or High Speed movies.
High Speed Movies: High Speed movies can be shot at 640 x 480 @80 fps, 320 x 240 @150 fps, and 320 x 112 @ 250 fps. These movies, when played back at normal speed, show the subjects in slow motion. No audio is recorded; focus, exposure, and white balance are not adjusted automatically.
Shooting Modes: The FinePix X20 has a rotary mode dial on the top of the camera. You have the following choices in Shooting Modes:
- P, S, A, M: The camera lets you set the shutter speed and aperture automatically or manually in these four shooting modes. The shutter speed and aperture settings combine for these shooting modes:
|Shooting Mode||Shutter Speed¹||Aperture²|
¹ Shutter Speed Options: 1/4000, 1/3000, 1/2500, 1/2000, 1/1600, 1/1200, 1/1000, 1/800, 1/640, 1/500, 1/400, 1/320, 1/250, 1/200, 1/160, 1/125, 1/100, 1/80, 1/60, 1/50, 1/40, 1/30, 1/25, 1/20, 1/15, 1/13, 1/10, 1/8, 1/6, 1/5, 1/4, 1/3, 1/2.5, 1/2, 1/1.6, 1/1.3, 1", 1.3", 1.5", 2", 2.5", 3", 4"
² Aperture Options: F/2.0, F/2.2, F/2.5, F/2.8, F/3.2, F/3.6, F/4.0, F/4.5, F/5.0, F/5.6, F/6.4, F/7.1, F/8.0, F/9.0, F/10, F/11
SR+ (Advanced SR Auto): The camera automatically optimizes settings to the scene. Available scenes include: Landscape, Night, Night (Tripod), Macro, Beach, Sunset, Snow, Sky, Greenery, Sky & Greenery, and Auto.
Auto: This simple point-and-shoot mode is recommended for first-time users of digital cameras.
Advanced: The Advanced mode combines "point-and-shoot" simplicity with sophisticated photographic techniques as Advanced Filter, Multiple Exposure, Pro Focus, Pro Low Light, or Motion Panorama 360.
SP (Scene Position): You can set the camera according to particular shooting conditions or a specific type of subject. Scene Positions include: Portrait, Portrait Enhancer, Landscape, Sport, Night, Night (Tripod), Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Underwater, Party, Flower, and Text.
Movie: You can shoot short movies with audio. Movies can be recorded in Full HD (1980 x 1080), High Definition (1280 x 720), or Standard Definition (640 x 480).
Custom 1, 2: In the P, S, A, M, and all EXR Priority modes, you can save current camera and menu settings and recall them whenever the mode dial is rotated to Custom 1 or Custom 2.
ISO Sensitivity: The X20 gives you several options for setting the ISO Sensitivity:
- Auto: The Auto settings will adjust the sensitivity settings according to the shooting conditions.
- Auto (with maximum): The sensitivity is set automatically as above, except that the sensitivity will not be raised above a set maximum of 400, 800, 1600, or 3200.
- Default Sensitivity: You can set the default sensitivity between 100 and 3200, and the camera automatically sets the sensitivity between the default and maximum values. Sensitivity is only raised above the default value when the shutter speed required would be slower than the value selected for the minimum shutter speed.
- Minimum Shutter Speed: The minimum shutter speed can be set between 1/4 sec and 1/125 sec.
- Manual: You can manually set the camera's sensitivity to ISO 100, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, or 12800.
White Balance: White balance is used to preserve natural colors under different types of lighting. You can select Auto, Direct Sunlight, Shade, "Daylight" fluorescent lamps, "Warm White" fluorescent lamps, "Cool White" fluorescent lamps, Incandescent light and Underwater (requires waterproof case). In addition, you can measure for a white balance value or display and select from a list of color temperatures.
Film Simulation: The X20 can simulate the effects of different kinds of film, including sepia and black-and-white. You can select one of the following options:
- PROVIA/Standard: standard color reproduction
- Velvia/Vivid: a high-contrast palette of saturated colors, suited for nature photos
- ASTIA/Soft: a soft-toned palette of less-saturated colors
- PRO Negative Standard: A soft-toned palette with a range of hues enhanced for skin tones. Recommended for studio portrait photography.
- PRO Negative Hi: Offers slightly more contrast than PRO Neg Std, and is recommended for outdoor portrait photography.
- Monochrome: standard black-and-white
- Monochrome + Y Filter: black-and-white pictures with slightly increased contrast; tones down the brightness of the sky
- Monochrome + R Filter: black-and-white picture with increased contrast; also tones down the brightness of the sky
- Monochrome + G Filter: softens skin tones in black-and-white photos
- Sepia: takes pictures in sepia tone
Exposure Compensation: Using the dedicated Exposure Compensation dial on the top of the camera, you can alter the exposure from the value suggested by the camera, making pictures brighter or darker. You can adjust the exposure a total of 13 steps from -2.0 to +2.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps. Exposure compensation is available in all shooting modes except Manual.
Continuous Shooting: The Continuous Shooting mode includes two burst modes and four bracket modes:
- Top: You can shoot continuously while the shutter release button is pressed. There are 4 speeds, each with a maximum number of frames: Super High: 11 frames @ 12 fps; High: 14 frames @ 9 fps; Middle: 20 frames @ 6 fps; and 39 frames @ 3 fps.
- Best Frame Capture: The Best Frame Capture mode lets you take a series of 8 pictures starting before and ending after the shutter button is pressed. You can choose the frame rate at 12, 9, 6, or 3 fps. You can vary how the 8 frames are distributed before and after the button is pressed.
- AE bracket: 3 frames (selected exposure, overexposure, underexposure) by 1/3, 2/3, or 1 EV
- ISO bracket: 3 frames (selected sensitivity, sensitivity raised, sensitivity lowered) by 1/3, 2/3, or 1 EV
- Film Simulation: 3 frames (any 3 types of film simulation)
- Dynamic Range: 3 frames (100%, 200%, 400%)
Self-timer: The camera gives you the choice of a 10-second or 2-second self timer. The 10 second self timer is recommended for self portraits, while the 2-second self timer is used to reduce blur caused by the camera moving when the shutter button is pressed.
Focus Mode: The camera has a 3-position focus mode selector next to the lens on the front of the camera. The following options are available:
- Single AF (AF-S): Focus locks while the shutter button is pressed halfway. Good for stationary subjects.
- Continuous AF (AF-C): The camera continually adjusts focus to reflect changes in the distance between the camera and the subject. Good for moving subjects.
- Manual Focus (MF): Focus manually using the sub-command dial on the back of the camera. The LCD monitor indicates the focus distance range (in meters or feet) and the depth of field.
Focus Range: The camera's focus range is approximately 1.6' to infinity in Wide Angle, and 2.6' to infinity in Telephoto. In the Macro mode, the focus range is approximately 0.3' to 9.8' in Wide Angle, and 1.6' to 9.8' in Telephoto. In the Super Macro mode, the focus range is 0.3" to 3.2' (wide angle).
Flash Modes: The FinePix X20 has a built-in manual pop-up flash with an effective range of 0.9' to 22.9' in Wide Angle, and 1.6' to 16.4' in Telephoto. Red-eye removal minimizes the "red-eye" effect, and is available for each flash mode. You can choose from the following flash modes:
- Auto: flash fires automatically as required by the shooting conditions
- Forced Flash: flash will fire whenever a picture is taken
- Slow Synchro: auto flash combined with slow shutter speeds (tripod recommended)
- Suppressed Flash (Off): flash does not fire, even when the subject is poorly lit.
Light Metering: The X20 uses 256-segment, TTL (through-the-lens) metering, where the camera automatically assesses the scene and selects the optimum exposure. You can select from three metering options: Multi, Spot, or Average.
Viewing Images: Images can be played back one-at-a-time or in a variety of multi-frame views. Multi-frame options include a side-by-side two-frame display (with smaller thumbnails of the previous and next frames, 9-image grid (3 x 3) and a 100-image grid (10 x 10) of micro-thumbnails. In the 9- and 100-image grid views, the highlighted image is slightly enlarged.
Image Search: The Image Search function lets you search pictures by the following criteria: by Date, by Face, by Favorites, by Scene, by Type of Data, and by Upload Mark.
Playback Zoom/Cropping: You can enlarge a still image in the monitor according to the image quality (size). After you have zoomed in and scrolled the picture to the desired composition, you can create a cropped image of a picture. Copies will have an aspect ratio of 4:3, and will be saved as a separate file.
Resize: To create a small copy of a picture, you can select "Resize" from the menu. The new images vary in size with the original image.
Slide Show: You can view pictures in an automated slide show. You can select normal playback, normal playback that zooms in on faces, or multiple pictures at once.
Printing Pictures: Using DPOF (Digital Print Order Form), you can designate which images to print, and whether to print them with or without date. Pictures can be printed as followed:
- Printer or Photo Lab: plug the camera into a Pictbridge-compatible printer, insert the memory card into a compatible printer, or take the memory card to a digital photo lab
- Transferring to Computer: transfer the images to a computer before printing them
Power Requirements: The FinePix X20 is powered by the supplied NP-50 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery. A fully-charged NP-50 is good for approximately 270 shots. The supplied BC-50B battery charger will charge an NP-50 battery in about 110 minutes.
Auto Power Off Function: When the camera is operated on battery power, the Auto Power Off function will automatically turn off the camera to reduce the drain on the batteries if no operations are performed for 2 minutes or 5 minutes, as set in the menu. Regardless of the option selected, the camera will not automatically turn off when connected to a printer or computer, or when a slide show is in progress.
Digital In/Out: The FinePix X20 features a proprietary jack for connecting the supplied USB cable. This output allows you to download your photos to your computer via USB, or connect the camera to a compatible PictBridge printer, or plug in the optional Fujifilm MIC-ST1 external microphone.
HDMI: The camera has a mini-HDMI (Type C) output for connecting the camera to your HDTV. An optional mini-HDMI to HDMI cable is required.
Operating System Requirements: The FinePix X20 comes with MyFinePix Studio Version 4.2 for Windows and RAW File Converter versions for Windows and Macintosh on CD-ROM. In order to use this software, your computer must have one of the following operating systems:
- MyFinePix Studio Ver.4.2/RAW File Converter for Windows: Windows 8, Windows 7 (SP1), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows XP (SP3)
RAW File Converter for Macintosh: Mac OS X Version 10.6 - 10.8
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