Fujifilm announces the X100s and X20

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Don't let that little letter fool you — the X100s is a completely new camera underneath the external chassis.

The X100s.
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Fujifilm has announced a successor to the rangefinder-style X100, which featured a hybrid viewfinder. Though the body and lens is the same as its predecessor, the X100s gets a new sensor, AF system and viewfinder.

The sensor is a 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II, which uses a similar technology to that found in Fuji's interchangeable lens camera (ILC) range, also dubbed the X-series. A digital split-image feature shows the same image on the left and right of the viewfinder to line them up for precise focusing. Focus peaking is also available.

Thanks to the new processor, Fuji is claiming the world's fastest AF at 0.08 second (compared with other cameras with a Four Thirds-sized sensor or larger). The X100s can record 1080/60p video as well.

The X20 is a tad smaller than the X100s.
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Also on the agenda is the X20. This is an upgrade from the X10 (no surprises there) and keeps the same lens as before. A 12-megapixel 2/3-inch X-Trans CMOS II sensor and focus peaking appear as well. Speed is also touted on the X20, with AF cited at 0.6 second.

No local pricing or availability for either model has been announced, though the X100s and X20 will be available in the US from the end of March for US$1299.95 and US$599.95, respectively.

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Simon78 posted a comment   


I wasn't sure how to email you so I will post here.Firstly,I love your work! I'm just getting into photography and your stories have been really helpful.My question is..I want a DSLR that will be good for landscape/seascape,city skylines as well as portraits and sporting events..I am about to buy a Canon 60d with a 18-135mm lens..

Is that a good camera in your opinion for what I have in mind? or would I be better served with another model or brand?

Cheers, Simon


Lexy Savvides posted a reply   

Hi Simon,

That sounds like a good camera for your needs. The 18-135mm lens isn't the sharpest though in my experience, but it is a great general-purpose lens. Realistically, the body is not as important as the lens - after all you will want to upgrade the body more often than you will buy another version of a similar lens you have. If you can, spend more on the lens than the body and treat it as an investment.

Don't worry too much about the brand either. As long as the camera you choose feels right to you, and has the specs that you need, that's the most important part.

If you had some extra cash lying around for a better lens now, or later on down the track, on the Canon side I would suggest the 24-105mm f/4 L series lens which is again general purpose but fantastic for portraits and most other applications. Only issue with this lens is that you will encounter crop factor because the 60D has a crop (i.e. smaller than full-frame sensor). Therefore the lens will not have a true 24mm wide-angle field of view, it will be more like 37mm at the widest end.

Hope this helps, if you have any other questions feel free to ask me on Twitter @lexysavvides or find me on Google+ :)


Simon78 posted a reply   

Hi Lexy,

Thanks for your prompt reply.I'll check out the 24-105mm lens you suggested and see if fits in with what I want to spend..

Yeah, the crop factor is a bit of a bummer but I figured I would get a cheaper camera to start with and maybe upgrade to a 5d mk11 or simliar after a couple of years if my skill level improves.

Thanks again for your help.

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