Fujifilm's X100S and X20 combine old school, new school
LAS VEGAS—OLED and 4K TVs aren't the only great-looking thing at CES this year, as two additions to Fujifilm's higher-end X series lineup with an old-school aesthetic were on display at the show.
Despite the retro looks, the two cameras are filled with the company's latest sensor and autofocus technologies. The Fujifilm X100S is on the very high-end of the fixed-lens camera market, with a new 16-megapixel APS-C size sensor and a maximum aperture of F2.0 on its ultra-wide-angle 23mm lens. It's a fixed-focal-length camera, so you'll need to zoom with your feet.
Like the X100 before it, the X100S has a hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder, which overlays exposure and other information on a scene as you're looking through the side-mounted optical eyepiece. The camera has the expected the manual exposure controls for still images, as well as dedicated ISO and exposure-compensation dials on the top of the camera for quick adjustments.
While the new X100S camera is similar in both style and features to the X100 released in 2011, there are some significant changes beyond the new, higher-resolution sensor and wider-angle lens. Fujifilm claims that the X100S has a lightning-quick autofocus speed of just 0.08 seconds. The camera's maximum ISO of 25600 is also a one-stop boost over its predecessor, and it records higher-definition 1080p video at a faster 60fps frame rate, as well.
And it isn't cheap, as you might expect. At $1300, due in March, the Fujifilm X100S is in the same price tier as a mid-range DSLR.
For less than half that price ($600), you can pick up Fujifilm's new X20 premium compact beginning in March. The X20 has a 12-megapixel, 2/3-inch-type CMOS sensor behind a 4X-optical-zoom lens (28mm to 112mm) that offers a maximum aperture of F2.0 on the wide-angle end and F2.8 on the telephoto end.
Autofocus speeds are also a strength of the smaller X20, as Fujifilm claims that the camera's hybrid phase-detection/contrast-detection AF system can lock in on a subject within 0.06 seconds. The camera has a 12fps burst mode at full resolution, as well as 1080p video capture at 60fps.
The X20's optical viewfinder also offers an eyes-up digital data overlay, but it's a much more limited version of the hybrid display in the X100S; you still can see information about the shooting mode, shutter speed, and aperture settings as you're peering through it.