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Fuji expand their Pro range
So CES in Las Vegas has kicked off for 2013. Annoyingly it clashes with the SWPP Convention in London which means staying in Blighty this year.
So onto the first of the announcements and that's from Fujifilm. The X10 and X100 are frankly brilliant cameras. When the X100 first camera out, everyone stopped and stared. Here was a retro great looking camera with bang up to date tech including that hybrid viewfinder. That was two years ago now (where has time gone) and speculation about a replacement has been around for some time.
So what's new? Well quite a lot, although you'd be hard pushed to tell looking at it. The biggest news is the new X Trans sensor which is based on the same technology as found in the X-E1 and X-Pro1. I have yet to meet anyone who has used one of those cameras not to be blown away by not only the image quality and colours but also the lack of noise at high ISOs. Well the X100s also uses a new EXR Processor II which is claimed delivers 30% less noise too. So we should be expecting very great things from the camera.
The new processor has also given us a far quicker camera, not only in start-up time but also in shooting speeds. Speaking of speed, Fujifilm have massively improved the autofocus and now claim the X100s has the fastest AF of any current compact.
The hybrid viewfinder was always one of the X100's party tricks but resolution has moved on and so it's great to see this has been increased from 1.44m to 2.35m dots.
If you want to focus manually, there's now focus peaking and a great new feature called Digital Split Image which overlays two images and allows you to line them up manually (bit like a Leica rangefinder).
Moving on to the new X20. The premium compact camera market has shot up in the last year or so and you could possibly give Fujifilm a fair pat on the back for driving it along.
The X20 moves the game on from an already very impressive X10. First up is the new optical viewfinder with a Digital Trans Panel at less than 1mm thick, it displays the shutter speed, aperture, ISO, focusing area and other shooting info in the viewfinder.
The X20 also benefits from the same X-Trans technology found in its bigger brothers, although the megapixel count is 12mp rather than 16mp (although we suspect for most people it will be more than enough due to the lack of optical low-pass filters). Like the X100s, the new sensor is supposed to improve low light performance by 30% over its predecessor.
Autofocus has been dramatically improved with built-in Phase Detection offering AF in as little as 0.06 seconds. It is also claimed that due to the Back-Side Illuminated sensor structure, the pixels can work in low light conditions, something that does tend to test AF systems.
The lens is a 4x zoom f/2-2.8 manual barrel zoom lens with IS that is claimed to compensate for camera shake by up to 4 stops.
We look forward to getting our hands on both these cameras.