Fujifilm announces X-S20 and XF 8mm f/3.5 lens

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Fujifilm has a new X line APS-C mirrorless camera, the $2,349 X-S20, which the company hopes will pique the interest of vloggers and content creators. 

The X-S20 appears to take the latest processor of the X-H2 and the X-T5, and combine them with the same sensor as the last-generation X-S10. 

Image: Fujifilm
Image: Fujifilm

This means the X-S20 still has the same 26 megapixel resolution as the X-S10, but video output does see a bump to 6.2K (up from 4K) with the option for Apple ProRes footage. 

Other features include a seven-stop in-body image stabilisation system, an AI-based subject-detection autofocus system equivalent to that in the X-T5, 4K webcam streaming, more than twice the battery life of the X-S10, and an optional external cooling fan for extended video recording in high res.

Image: Fujifilm
Image: Fujifilm

The X-S20 is equipped with a 2.36-million-dot EVF with 0.62x magnification as well as a 1.84-million-dot vari-angle rear LCD monitor.

The X-S20 supports recording 10-bit video internally and features a 3.5mm microphone / earphone jack for connecting external accessories. 

When an ATOMOS HDMI device is connected, the X-S20 can record RAW video output as 12-bit Apple ProRes RAW at resolutions up to 6.2K and frame rates up to 29.97fps. Although it's worth noting it only has a single UHS-II card slot which does limit its versatility a little.

Image: Fujifilm
Image: Fujifilm

One interesting feature is the new Vlog Mode, which Fujifilm says calls up simplified, touch-friendly controls relevant to self-recording, such as a one-touch background defocus mode that automatically sets the lens to its widest aperture. 

Finally, at the same time as the X-S20, Fujifilm has announced the XF 8mm f/3.5R WR, making it the widest prime lens for the X system (equivalent to a 12mm focal length on 35mm full-frame format). 

It consists of 12 lens elements in nine groups including three aspherical elements and two ED elements. It measures 52.8mm long, weighs 215g, and has a 62mm filter thread size. It will set you back $1,429 and is available from June. 

You can read about the new gear at the Fujifilm website. 

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