Fujifilm is making an attempt to beat Sony at its personal recreation with the launch of the 26-megapixel X-S20, a content material creation-oriented digicam. Although it has an analogous physique and the identical sensor as its predecessor, the X-S10, it presents some main enhancements by way of video high quality and extra. On the similar time, it is significantly costlier than the X-S10 was at launch.
“X-S20 is actually a dream digicam for any content material creator seeking to take their photographs and movies creation to the following stage, however particularly for those which might be documenting their lives, touring the world, or streaming their tales on-line,” stated Fujifilm’s Lisa Baxt, basically describing the digicam’s market and objective.
Although it has the identical last-generation 26-megapixel X-Trans sensor because the X-S10, it makes use of the corporate’s new X-Processor 5. That allowed Fujifilm to put in its newest deep studying AI autofocus know-how that enhances speeds and permits the digicam to detect animals, birds, vehicles, bikes, bicycles, trains, bugs and drones, very like the higher-end X-H2 and X-T5. Plus, it may possibly detect all of these robotically, so the consumer would not want to choose a topic earlier than capturing.
That additionally boosted the digicam’s video powers significantly. The place the X-S10 was restricted to 4K 30p 10-bit video, the X-S20 can shoot 6.2K 4:2:2 10-bit open gate video that may be cropped into any horizontal or vertical format you need. It may possibly additionally deal with DCI 4K at 60 fps and tremendous slow-mo 1080/240p video. As well as, it helps F-Log2 with as much as 13-plus stops of dynamic vary (DR), the place the X-S10 was restricted to F-Log with a cease much less DR.
It presents a a lot larger 360Mbps bit-rate due to help for sooner UHS-II playing cards, although there’s nonetheless solely a single card slot. You may as well document 12-bit Apple ProRes and Blackmagic RAW video at 6.2K 30p and 5.2K/30p externally, both to Atomos or Blackmagic recorders. Lastly, Fujifilm is providing an optionally available exterior cooling fan that enables for six.2K video recording for as much as 80 minutes, in comparison with 40 minutes with out the fan.
Fujifilm flattered Sony by imitation with its devoted “Vlog” operate on the mode dial. This new setting offers you direct entry to a vlogging contact menu that gives features like product precedence focus mode, background defocus, high-speed recording, face/eye detection and extra. Very similar to Sony’s V-series fashions, product precedence mode disables face/eye detection so the digicam will deal with a product positioned in entrance of it, whereas background defocus opens the lens aperture as extensive as attainable for extra background blur.
Additionally new is UVC/UAC help that lets the digicam work instantly as a webcam by simply plugging it into your PC. You may as well stream 4K/60p video dwell on-line utilizing OBS studio.
For images, the X-S20 can fireplace bursts at as much as 8 body per second in mechanical shutter mode, or 20 fps in digital mode. The buffer helps over 1,000 JPEG or compressed RAW photographs in mechanical mode — significantly greater than earlier than. Nonetheless, it is restricted to 35 frames for uncompressed RAW photographs, about double the X-S10. In digital mode, the buffer can deal with 79 compressed RAW photographs earlier than filling, or 28 uncompressed RAW pictures.
As earlier than, it comes with five-axis in-body stabilization, although Fujifilm has boosted the ability from six stops to seven with supported lenses. It additionally has a totally articulating 3-inch show, with decision boosted to 1.84 million dots, up from 1.04 million. The OLED digital viewfinder has 2.36 million dots of decision and a 100 fps refresh.
It retains a lot the identical physique design with a barely bigger grip, and 491 gram weight that is a contact heavier — but it surely’s nonetheless fairly gentle for such a robust digicam. Different options embody microphone/headphone and HDMI micro ports, and sure, the pop-up flash is again.
The X-S20 is priced at $1,300 (physique) solely, which is significantly greater than the $1,000 launch value of the X-S10. You may as well seize it in a equipment with XC15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 lens for $1,400, or with the XF18-55mm f/2.8-4 lens for $1,700. Transport begins on June twenty ninth.
Together with the digicam, Fujifilm unveiled the XApp designed to regulate X- and GFX-series digicam for distant capturing, file transfers and extra. The corporate stated it “listened rigorously to consumer suggestions” when growing the app, so this is hoping it is a big step up from the earlier (dreadful) app. Fujifilm additionally unveiled the ultra-wide-angle XF8mmF3.5 lens ($800) delivery on or round June twenty ninth, 2023.
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