Fujifilm has officially unveiled their latest retro-styled enthusiast X100S and X20 snappers, and we’re finding ourselves wolf-whistling at their seductive old-school looks. This is what cameras are supposed to look like!
Replacing the well regarded X100 compact, the $1,300 X100S packs Fujifilm’s newly enhanced APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor and beefed up EXR Processor II, and comes with a fixed FUJINON 23mm F2 lens, containing a nine-blade shutter.
Fujifilm’s wonderful hybrid optical and electronic viewfinder system is also present and correct.
The new APS-C sensor is claimed to offer performance close to that of a full-frame DSLR sensor, with Fujifilm saying that the camera is capable of autofocus speeds of up to 0.08 seconds.
The company also says that the new sensor increases the image resolution by 25 percent over its predecessor while reducing noise by 30 percent over the first-generation X100.
Beautifully crafted from magnesium alloy and synthetic leather, the X100S offers a burst mode of 6 frames per second (29 frames max), full HD video recording (60 fps and 30 fps), Intelligent Hybrid Autofocus, and a new Focus Peaking function for highlighting high contrast areas.
We love the look of this thing almost as much as we love the Olympus OM-D, and if only we had a spare wedge of cash…
The cheaper but still attractive X20 ($600) replaces the X10 and comes with a new 12MP 2/3-inch X-Trans CMOS II Sensor and EXR Processor II, which conspire together to deliver the “world’s fastest autofocus speed of up to 0.06 seconds”, according to Fujifilm.
There’s an enhanced optical viewfinder onboard that offers a Digital Trans Panel that “displays critical imaging information syncing perfectly with the manual zoom lens.”
The improved sensor is claimed to bring about improved noise reduction and image quality, while other features include Intelligent Hybrid Autofocus, Focus Peaking , a Super Macro Mode (down to just 0.039 inches), a new Graphical User Interface, Full HD at 60 fps, and a microphone jack.
Available in black and silver, the X20 comes with 2.8-inch LCD (460K dots) display around the back and a fixed FUJINON F2.0-2.8 4x manual zoom lens.
Both cameras will be strutting onto the shelves by end of March, and there’ll be matching accessories coming up soon too.