The Straits Times
Published on Jan 08, 2013

First look at Fujifilm X100S and X20


LAS VEGAS - Digital Life managed to get a brief hands-on with Fujifilm's latest cameras, X100S and X20, during a press conference at the International CES (formerly known as Consumer Electronic Show) 2013.

Exterior wise, the X100S looks exactly the same as its predecessor. However, it packs a newly developed 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II image sensor, up from X100's 12.3-megapixel. The new sensor has built-in phase detection pixel for faster autofocusing (AF) at 0.08sec, according to Fujifilm.

Compared to X100, the AF of X100S felt significantly faster and was able to lock on to a focus in less than a second inside the dim lighting of the press conference room.

The X20 looks slightly different from X10 with an extended rear viewfinder. This is probably due to the new advanced optical viewfinder with a digital trans panel. The trans panel is basically an overlay over the optical viewfinder that displays stats, such as shutter speed and aperture.

X20's optical viewfinder now moves according to the focal length when you zoom in or out. This is much better than the fixed optical viewfinder of X10. The AF also feels zippy and locks on to a focus in at least a second under dim lighting.

However, the Fujifilm executives present were quick to point out that the cameras are still pre-production units running beta firmware and thus do not represent the final product.

The X100S and X20 will be available in the US on March at a price of US$1299.95 and US$599.95 respectively. Local availability and pricing was not available at press time.