Fujifilm recently held a press conference at the CES 2013 to unveil a new pair of fixed-lens rangefinder-inspired cameras. These two snappers – the X20 and X100S – is slated to replace their current entry-level and mid-ranged X-Series offerings.
The X100S and its entry-level counterpart don’t differ much from its predecessors in terms of design and construction. Both still possess the same throwback look and magnesium alloy build that made it popular among photo-enthusiasts.
All of the improvements on these snappers are found inside. This includes the new EXR II processor and XTrans II CMOS sensor, which Fujifilm claims to significantly improve the autofocus and low-light capabilities. As if sensor-processor wasn’t enough, the imaging giant also threw an on-chip phase detection AF system to further expand the X100S and X20’s autofocus performance.
Fujifilm also upgraded the pair’s viewfinders. They equipped the X100S with the same Hybrid viewfinder found on the X-Pro1. The only difference is that the X100S’ HVF features the same pixel density (2.36M-dot) as the company’s current flagship camera – the X-E1.
Though not as significant of an improvement compared to its mid-range sibling, the X20’s Optical Viewfinder also received a slight improvement which now tells it user about the exposure of their composition.
The fixed lenses of these two new cameras are also remained untouched; 28-112mm f/2.0-2.8 for the X20 and 23mm f/2.0 for the X100S. Unfortunately, both the X100S and the X20 still have the same subpar 2.8-inch 460K-dot LCD screen of their predecessors.
Both cameras are slated to hit the shelves starting March and will come in two color variety (Black and two-tone Silver and Black). The X100S will retail for USD1,299 and the X20 for USD599.
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