Fujifilm X20

Fujifilm X20 front

Fujifilm X20 summary

Fujifilm X20 is FujiFilm's Small Sensor Compact digital camera initially launched on April of 2013. The camera has got a 12MP, CMOS X-TRANS II 2/3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4000 x 3000.

FujiFilm launched this model in order to replace the previous Fujifilm X10 (Read Full Comparison) and then launched the newer Fujifilm X30 (Read Full Comparison) to update this model.

The Fujifilm X20 stands at #7 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and overall #473 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. Please try out our Smart camera filter to find camera listings based on your personalized criteria.

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Fujifilm X20 history

The Fujifilm X20 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the detailed range underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Fujifilm-X30 front thumbnailFujifilm X30
Fujifilm X20 vs Fujifilm X30
Fujifilm-X20 front thumbnailFujifilm X2028-112mm
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Fujifilm-XF1 front thumbnailFujifilm XF1
Fujifilm X20 vs Fujifilm XF1
Fujifilm-X10 front thumbnailFujifilm X10
Fujifilm X20 vs Fujifilm X10

Fujifilm X20 Pros and Cons

Below is a list of upsides and downsides of the Fujifilm X20 based on factors which are normally regarded as necessary in a digital camera.

above average flash sync (1/1,000s)
built-in flash
delivers RAW files
fast aperture at full zoom (f2.8)
focusing manually
good battery life (270 shots)
good zoom range (28-112mm 4.0 x zoom)
great max aperture (f2.0)
great minimum ISO (100)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes HDMI out
offers tracking autofocus
rather wide (28mm)
screen size is decent (2.8")
sensor has phase detect AF
does not posses selfie friendly screen
heavier than average in class (353 grams)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low megapixels (12MP)
no external mic support
no headphone support
no moving screen
no Time Lapse recording
screen has low resolution (460 k dots)
small sensor (2/3")
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Fujifilm X20 Sensor details

The Fujifilm X20 is run by the EXR Processor II processor. The size of the sensor in the Fujifilm X20 is 8.8mm x 6.6mm (2/3"). The 58 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter may cause cropping.

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The CMOS X-TRANS II sensor boasts 12MP and provides a standard ISO range of 100 - 12800. RAW photos are supported so you have wider margin for error.

The picture underneath displays the Fujifilm X20's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The Fujifilm X20 sensor comes with a crop factor of 4.1 and is presented in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Fujifilm X20 dimensions

Fujifilm X20 weighs 0.78 lb (353 gr or 12.45 ounces) and the sizing of the camera is 117mm x 70mm x 57mm (4.6" x 2.8" x 2.2"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr so the Fujifilm X20 is more heavy when compared with various competitors.

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Down below is a shot of the Fujifilm X20 besides a soft drink so you're able to have a feel for its scale.

Fujifilm X20 dimensions scale

The top view under will illustrate the button layout on the Fujifilm X20.

Fujifilm X20 topview buttons dials

Fujifilm X20 Lens specs

The Fujifilm X20 has a built in lens providing a focal range of 28-112mm giving it a 4.0 x zoom which is definitely not exceptional but it will surely be invaluable in certain circumstances.

At the widest 28mm, the lens provides an aperture of f2.0 making it ideal in low light situations and getting a shallow depth of field. It would also enable you to go with a lower ISO to capture better photos. On the tele end, 112mm comes at f2.8 making it pretty decent and allows you to use high shutter speeds.

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Fujifilm X20 Connectivity

The Fujifilm X20 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that come with NFC or Bluetooth support can easily be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to send images and in some cases adjust camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly to the camera.

Many applications even allow a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it could be connected to an external screen. Almost all cameras enable you to charge the battery pack through the USB port.

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Fujifilm X20 Video specs

The highest possible video quality in the Fujifilm X20 is 1920 x 1080 and it can capture in H.264 file format. 1080p quality delivers a great balance in video quality vs file sizes but 1080p won't give you much room to crop. The camera does not offer a mic or headphone socket so you get no control over your audio. It is probably a better idea to buy a different model should you require good audio in your videos.

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Fujifilm X20 Weather Sealing

There is no environment proofing for the Fujifilm X20 so you need to be careful in wet or dusty conditions.

Fujifilm X20 Screen and Viewfinder

The Fujifilm X20 has got a 2.8" fixed display screen boasting a resolution of 460k dots.

Sadly the display screen isn't a touch screen.

Fujifilm X20 screen and viewfinder Photography Glossary

The ViewFinder specifications regarding Fujifilm X20 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Optical (tunnel)
  • Coverage 85 percent

In those sunny outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and tricky to view, viewfinders are quite valuable.

Fujifilm X20 Shutter specs

Fujifilm X20 has the capability to shoot continuously at 12.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Fujifilm X20 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Fujifilm X20 has got both inbuilt flash and also external flash support. The highest flash sync is 1/1000 seconds.

Fujifilm X20 Autofocusing specs

Fujifilm X20 has got both Phase Detect Autofocus and Contrast Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot quicker and exact when compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing.

It also includes Tracking Autofocus for objects that move. Fujifilm X20 has the ability to use manual focus in case it is needed in low light situations or you need more exact focus control.

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Fujifilm X20 Battery life

The battery life (NP-50) for the Fujifilm X20 is fashioned to last for 270 shots as per the CIPA requirements making it higher than the usual when compared to its class. The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 features the best (470) battery life in this class of cameras.

Underneath is a number of Small Sensor Compact cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

Fujifilm X20 for various styles of photography

The following chart displays a outline of the Fujifilm X20 for various styles of photography. To check out more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.

Fujifilm X20 Portrait photography features

The Fujifilm X20 receives a score of 47 which is moderate, meaning that it is relatively suited for portraits. Photographing portrait photos leans heavily to sensor dimensions, support for RAW photos together with the flexibility to work with off-camera lighting.

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has manual focus
high flash sync (1/1,000 seconds)
exports RAW files
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor is very small (2/3")

Fujifilm X20 Street photography highlights

Getting a reasonable rating of 58, the Fujifilm X20 is somewhat acceptable to use in street photography. A good street photography camera gives a good balance of picture quality plus portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
no moving screen
sensor is tiny (2/3")
more heavy than competition in class (353 grams)

Fujifilm X20 Sports photography details

A reasonable sports photography points tally of 52 means the Fujifilm X20 is relatively acceptable for shooting sports. A camera must have good tracking and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides tracking focus
good battery (270 per charge)
supports phase detect auto focus
resolution not great (12MP)
sensor size is small (2/3")

Fujifilm X20 Travel photography info

Portability is very crucial when choosing a camera for travel. In general, the Fujifilm X20 gets a very good 61 as a travelling camera which is a respectable option to take with you on your travels.

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good battery life (270 per charge)
has built in flash
quite wide (28mm)
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
no Timelapse recording
more heavy than competition in class (353 grams)
low resolution (12MP)
display isn't selfie friendly

Fujifilm X20 Landscape photography factors

In case you're planning to pick a camera for landscape pictures, the biggest aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Fujifilm X20 at it's reasonable score of 55 as a landscape camera is fairly suited compared to its competition.

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focusing manually
relatively wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f2.0)
screen size is good (2.8 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
great battery power (270 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (2/3")
lack of Time Lapse mode

Fujifilm X20 Vlogging features

A vlogging camera should have a moving display screen, microphone port and if possible image stabilization. Taking all things into account, the Fujifilm X20 is not acceptable as a vlog camera as it receives a horrible rating of 31.

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reasonably wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f2.0)
image stabilization (Optical)
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
no external microphone port
more heavy than competition in class (353g)

Fujifilm X20 Alternatives

If you are looking for replacements to the Fujifilm X20, here is a selection of the highest placed cameras that fall into the class of Small Sensor Compact.

The diagram underneath provides you an overview of the Fujifilm X20 vs it's top scored competitors shown earlier.

There are more cameras you may take into account as alternatives. To go through a detailed comparison, visit the "compare" link.

Photography Glossary


General Information
Brand Name
Fujifilm X20
Small Sensor Compact
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
EXR Processor II
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
8.8 x 6.6mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW support
Max native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-112mm (4.0x)
Maximal aperture
Macro focus range
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen size
Resolution of screen
460k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Screen technology
TFT color LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (tunnel)
Viewfinder coverage
85 percent
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
7.00 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize
1/1000 seconds
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
Video data format
Mic support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
353 grams (0.78 lbs)
Physical dimensions
117 x 70 x 57mm (4.6" x 2.8" x 2.2")
Battery life
270 pictures
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
Card slots
Launch pricing