Fuji launch the FinePix X100S & X20

The Fuji X100S


Last week the team at Fuji announced some news that I'm sure a lot of photographers and Fuji-fans have been waiting for: the X100S, successor to the extremely popular X100 model, is here. Also announced was the X20, a replacement for the popular X10 model.

Fuji FinePix X100S

The X100 has been given a few key tweaks and developments, including a newly developed CMOS II sensor, upgrade to full HD 1080p video and a much-anticipated AF system upgrade. Here are the headline features...

Key Specs

  • Newly developed 16.3 megapixel APS-C sized X-Trans CMOS II sensor
  • World's fastest Auto Focus* in as little as 0.08 seconds
  • 23mm f/2 FUJINON lens
  • Full 1080p HD movie capability
  • Enhanced manual focus performance (with the Digital Split Image feature and the Focus Peak Highlight function)
  • 10 simulation modes, including: Velvia, PROVIA and ASTIA film simulation options
  • Max ISO 3200, expandable to ISO 12800 (at reduced resolution)

Fuji X100s

Rear view of the Fuji X100s


Fuji X100S

Top view of the Fuji X100S


The new APS-C sized X-Trans CMOS II sensor, boosts the megapixel count from 12.3 to 16.3 and in conjunction with phase detection technology, its Auto Focus speeds are now faster. The sluggish AF speed of the X100 was often a sticking point with photographers and Fuji released a series of Firmware updates, which greatly improved the camera's AF performance.

With the X100S, Fuji have gone a step further than just incorporating a few further tweaks to AF performance and have come out with the bold announcement that the new model has the "world's fastest Auto Focus" at just 0.08 seconds*. In Fuji's words:

The advanced APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor features embedded phase detection pixels and an optimized AD converter for faster signal readout and accelerated operations, while the new EXR Processor II more than doubles processing performance compared with the previous generation processor**. - source

To further assist manual focus too, Fuji have included the world's first Digital Split Image feature. As you can see in the video example below, this feature overlays two images and allows you to line them up manually - giving more accurate focusing when working with an open aperture or macro.

Manual focus has also been made more accurate with the new Focus Peak Highlight Feature, which shows you which areas of your image are in focus by highlighting the subject focus plane. You can see an example of how this works in the video below:

In Comparison: X100S vs X100

  X100S X100
Megapixels 16.3 12.3
Sensor APS-C size X-Trans CMOS II APS-C size CMOS sensor
Lens 23mm f/2 23mm f/2
ISO range 200-6400 200-6400
Max extendable ISO 100-25600 100-12800
HD Video 1080p (60 fps/ 30 fps) 720p (24 fps)
Screen 2.8? LCD (460k) 2.8? LCD (460k)
Weight 405g 405g


Want to read more about this new model? Take a look at that Fujifilm X100S microsite.

Fuji FinePix X20

Fuji X20

The Fuji X20 in Silver


Fuji also announced the X20, successor to the popular X10 model with a few tweaks and developments to enhance performance.

Key Specs

  • 12 megapixel 2/3-inch X-Trans CMOS II sensor
  • Improved AF speed, in as little as 0.06 seconds
  • 28-112mm (35mm equivalent) f/2 - f/2.8 FUJINON lens
  • Full 1080p HD movie capability at 60fps
  • 100-12800 ISO sensitivity
  • More creative shooting features, including: film simulation modes, advanced filters and multiple exposure mode

Fuji X20

Rear view of the Fuji X20


Like the X100S, the X20 also boasts a newly developed sensor - in this case, it's the 2/3-inch size X-Trans CMOS II in addition to the improved EXR Processor II. Likewise, one of the big highlights of this new model is it's better Auto Focus performance, with AF speeds as fast as 0.06 seconds and a shutter lag of as little as 0.01 seconds.

The advanced optical viewfinder displays real time shooting data, including shutter speed, ISO and focusing area. As per the previous model, the X20 boasts a 4x optical zoom lens with a focal range of 28-112mm (35mm equivalent) and the very nifty metal zoom ring with built-in power switch function is still on board too.

In Comparison: X20 vs X10

  X20 X10
Megapixels 12 12
Sensor 2/3 inch X-Trans CMOS II 2/3 inch
Lens 28-112mm 28-112mm
ISO range 100-12800 100-12800
Max extendable ISO 100-25600 100-12800
HD Video 1080p 1080p
Screen 2.8? LCD (460k) 2.8? LCD (460k)
Weight 333g 350g

Coming soon...

The Fuji X100S and Fuji X20 are expected to be available in March 2013 and are available to pre-order at Wex now.

*As announced by Fuji on 7th January 2013 - source.

**Compared with the EXR Processor Pro - source.