Valhalla, NY—Along with the ultrawide-angle Fujinon XF8mm f/3.5 R WR lens and the XApp smartphone app for GFX and X series digital cameras, the Fujifilm X-S20 mirrorless ILC was introduced.
The digital interchangeable-lens camera (ILC) has a lightweight, compact form reminiscent of its predecessor, the Fujifilm X-S10. However, the X-S20 brings new features, such as AI-based subject-detection autofocus (AF). And for content creators, it records 6.2K/30p video as well as streams 4K/60p video natively through USB-C.
“X-S20 is truly a dream camera for any content creator looking to take their photos and video creation to the next level, but especially for the ones that are documenting their lives, traveling the world or streaming their stories online,” said Lisa Baxt, marketing director, Electronic Imaging Division, Fujifilm North America Corporation.
“It offers premium image quality and advanced portability, catering to a variety of image creation styles ranging from casual self-portraits to full-fledged photography and videography. With content creators turning to digital cameras more than ever before, we are confident that X-S20 will be well received by users pushing long-form content to platforms, like Twitch, especially since no fees are required to unlock the feature.”
Fujifilm X-S20 Key Features
The X-S20 employs a back-illuminated 26.1-megapixel X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor. It mates with the high-speed X-Processor 5 image-processing engine. Together they produce high-res images while keeping power consumption lower than the X-S10.
It also adds subject-detection AF developed with deep learning/artificial intelligence (AI) technology. AI is used to detect animals, birds, cars, motorcycles, bicycles, airplanes, trains, insects and drones. The evolved AF prediction algorithm also enables stable focusing even in AF-C mode.
Moreover, its auto mode, which automatically selects optimum settings according to scenes, is complemented with a new auto subject-detection function. This feature automatically detects and tracks a subject while keeping it in focus.
In addition, the ILC uses a five-axis IBIS (in-body image stabilization) mechanism. When paired with the Fujinon XF35mm f/1.4R lens, for instance, the system offers up to 7.0-stops of shake correction. As a result, it is easier to create images or video handheld, at night or in low-light conditions.
Further, the camera offers 19 film simulation modes, including “nostalgic neg,” characterized by high saturation and soft tonality. There are also film simulation presets for various subject types and scenes to produce a photographic film look.
Also notable is its 2.36-million-dot electronic viewfinder with 0.62x magnification. The EVF is complemented by a 1.84M-dot rear LCD monitor with a vari-angle structure. You can position the monitor in a range of angles, making self-portraits simpler. What’s more, while the X-S20 features the X-S series’ large grip for handheld stability, the camera can also be used with the Fujifilm TG-BT1 tripod grip for vlog production.
Video Creation Features
The X-S20 provides 6.2K/30p video recording and other video functions, including the new vlog mode. Set the X-S20 mode dial to the vlog position, and you can change the camera’s settings using the touchscreen while recording. There’s also a background defocus mode to blur out the background naturally and get a cinema look with the tap of a finger.
Plus, the ILC records 6.2K/30p 4:2:2 10-bit video internally as well as supports high-speed 1080/240p slow motion and 4K/60p streaming through USB-C. In addition, Fujifilm integrated F-Log2 for recording video in the expanded 13+ stops dynamic range for more tonality. This adds greater freedom in postproduction.
Moreover, when combined with an Atomos HDMI device, RAW video output is recorded as 12-bit Apple ProRes RAW at resolutions up to 6.2K and frame rates to 29.97 fps. Further, when combined with the Blackmagic Design Video Assist 12G, RAW video output is recorded as Blackmagic RAW at 6.2K and frame rates up to 29.97f ps.
The X-S20 also has a 3.5mm microphone/headphone jack for compatibility with today’s available audio tools.
Further, a USB-Type C cable can connect the camera to a computer for use as a webcam without additional software. Alternatively, content creators can utilize OBS Studio with the X-S20 to stream 4K/60P video from the camera to the online streaming platform of their choice. Film simulation modes are also available during livestreaming or online meetings.
Additionally, the ILC’s high-capacity NP-W235 battery more than doubles the number of frames in economy mode to 800, compared to the X-S10.
Weighing 1.1 pounds with battery/media, the camera measures a portable 5.0×3.4×2.6 inches. The Fujifilm X-S20 will launch around June 29, 2023, in various configurations. SRPs: body only, black, $1,299.95; with the Fujinon XC15–45mm f/3.5–5.6 OIS PZ lens, $1,399.95.
Fujifilm will also kit the X-S20 with the Fujinon XF18–55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens; SRP: $1,699.95.