Now that I’ve recovered from the week of PMA@CES — hey, the Future Imaging Summit went great! — I can cover what is hopefully the only major camera announcement we’ve missed so far… And just as our first new models for 2013 came from Fujifilm, so do these two higher-end models.
Thanks to phase detection, Fujifilm says its new X20 delivers the world’s fastest autofocus speed in its class — 0.06 seconds — as well as 20 percent higher resolution and 30 percent reduced noise as compared to the previous X10. The new sensor has “a highly randomized and unique color filter array that eliminates the need for an optical low-pass filter,” Fuji says.
The 12 megapixel camera has an optical viewfinder with an overlaid “Digital Trans Panel” that displays imaging information synched with the manual zoom lens, the company adds.
The X20 has an F2.0-2.8 4x manual zoom lens made of 11 glass elements in 9 groups. The image stabilization mechanism shifts 5 lens elements to compensate for camera shake by up to 4 stops, Fujifilm says.
It has a die-cast magnesium alloy body, and is priced at $600.
The “professional-grade” X100S goes that camera even better with a larger APS-C-sized sensor and a 23mm F2 fixed lens.
Compared to the previous X100, its image resolution is 25 percent better at 16MP, and noise reduction 30 percent improved. Also, autofocus clocks in at 0.08 seconds, and the hybrid viewfinder switches between optical or electronic.
More information is here.