Fujifilm upgrades the sensors in its excellent midrange X-series cameras


Fujifilm is announcing two new cameras today, though they will be very familiar to anyone that follows the company’s product lines. The new X100F and X-T20 are successors to the X100T and X-T10, respectively, and feature familiar designs with the new sensors and processors that debuted with the higher-end X-Pro2 and X-T2 last year. Both cameras will be available in the US starting next month.

The fixed-lens X100F (“F” stands for “fourth,” as it’s the fourth X100 series camera, in case you were wondering) carries over many of the features of its predecessor, including the clever and innovative three-mode hybrid electronic and optical viewfinder. It maintains the 23mm f/2 lens and basic overall design from the earlier X100 cameras, but gains the integrated shutter speed and ISO dial and rear joystick from the X-Pro2. Fujifilm says it also redesigned the controls of the X100F to all be accessible from the right side, to better enable one-handed shooting with the camera.

In addition to gaining the new 24-megapixel X-Trans III CMOS sensor, the X100F now has 91 phase detection focus points (up from 49) that cover 40 percent of the imaging area. The X100F will be available in silver or black at launch for $1,299.95.

 The interchangeable lens X-T20 replaces the excellent X-T10 from 2015 and provides the same image quality as the more expensive X-series cameras while costing under $1,000. It, too, has the new 24-megapixel X-Trans III CMOS sensor and X-Processor Pro and has the new autofocus system used in the X100F, plus new continuous autofocusing settings. The X-T20 can also shoot video in 4K resolution, up from the 1080p output of its predecessor.

 Finally, Fujifilm is also formally announcing the new 50mm f/2 WR X-mount lens, which will work with the X-T20, X-T2, X-Pro2, and other interchangeable lens X-Series cameras. It features a weather-resistant design and is compact and lightweight compared to Fujifilm’s 56mm f/1.2 lens. The 50mm f/2 will sell for $449.95 in February.
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