Fujifilm just announced their “mini X-T2” – the new Fuji X-T20 compact mirrorless camera with 4K recording and a 24 megapixel APS-C sensor for just $899. The sensor is ported from the bigger X-T2, however the Fuji X-T20 does seem very familiar to its bigger and more expensive brother the Fujifilm X-T2.
Available in both Silver and Black, the new X-T20 will appeal to those who prefer a more vintage looking mirrorless camera, that can of course produce stunning photographs. Fujifilm pride themselves with their film stock heritage and have implemented some of their popular film stock emulations such as Astia, Classic Chrome, Velvia, ACROS and others into the X-T20, much like they did with their flagship APS-C model – the X-T2.
In a bit of a surprise move, Fuji decided to include UHD up to 30p into this little guy, however they seem to have forgotten F-log just like on the bigger X-T2. However this time, F-Log is not even present on the HDMI out, leaving you stuck with the built in (but nonetheless, lovely) film simulations for some really nice in-camera footage.
The Fujifilm X-T20 is however limited to only 10 minutes in 4K/UHD (it can only do 3840 x 2160) and around 15 minutes in 1080p, which is a huge minus for those planning on picking this camera up for long form content such as events.
You can’t get this limited extended with a battery grip as you could with the X-T2. Also on the audio side of things – there is for some reason a 2 ring 2.5mm audio input so you will need an adapter if you want to plug a mic like the Rode VideoMic Pro for example. There is no headphone output either.
Fujifilm X-T20 Features
24.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS III Sensor
UHD 3840 x 2160 video at 23.98/24/25/29.97p (at 100Mbps)
The Fujifilm X-T20 does feature a touchscreen tilting LCD so in theory it could work for video as well. Probably not as good as in stills mode, where you can change the focus point with your finger, but it’s nice to have it. Check out a (rather stills oriented) overview video below by Fujifilm X-Photographers Palle Schultz from Denmark.
NOTE: From 3:30 onwards for some 4K footage shot on the X-T20.
I think Fujifilm have certainly good intentions with their X-T20 and X-T2 in the realm of video, however IMHO they are firmly a photographers tool.
The 4K features don’t appear to be groundbreaking, but rather a useful addition to what I am sure are great stills cameras. I am looking forward to one day picking up one of these and testing them out.