Fujifilm unveils X100S and X20 at CES 2013

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Front view of the X100S

In this year’s CES, Fujifilm adds two new fixed-lens cameras to its X-Series roster—one is the X100S, an update to the X100, and the other is the X20.

Compared to the X100, the X100S boasts of a faster hybrid autofocus (AF) system, being able to lock in a subject at an incredible speed of 0.08 of a second at the quickest. It carries a 16.3-megapixel APS-C-sized X-Trans CMOS II image sensor and EXR Processor II—upgrades to the X100 that are meant to improve photo quality, reduce image noise, hasten boot time, and minimize shutter lag. The new sensor also reduces shooting interval to only 0.5 seconds and raises burst shooting speed to 6.0 frames per second (fps). The X100S increases the sensitivity range of the X100 to up to ISO 25600 and has boosted its video recording resolution to Full HD.

Rear view of the X100S

Like its predecessor, it has a hybrid viewfinder that allows the photographer to switch from optical (OVF) to electronic (EVF) mode. Aside from the hybrid viewfinder, the X100S also has a 2.8-inch LCD screen with a 460K-dot resolution. Fixed on the body of the X100S is a Fujinon lens that has the same fixed-focal length as that of the X100: a 23mm (equivalent to 35mm on a 35mm format) lens with a maximum aperture of F2.

Front view of the X20

The X20—a successor to the X10—has a 12-megapixel, 2/3-inch-type CMOS sensor and also an EXR Processor II image processor like the X100S. On its body is a fixed 4x optical zoom lens with a focal length of 28mm to 112mm with a maximum aperture of F2.0 on the wide-angle end and F2.8 on the telephoto end. It boasts of an “Advanced Optical Viewfinder” that has a horizontal apparent field view of 20 degrees and 85% coverage. The viewfinder syncs with the zoom lens and comes with an eye sensor. As you peer into the viewfinder, you will be able to see some of your settings, such as the mode your camera’s in, the focusing area, shutter speed, and aperture. The information on the viewfinder are displayed in bright green LED to avoid difficulty of seeing the settings when shooting dark scenes. The LED characters shift to red when the camera encounters an error.

Both cameras have filters and effects alongside manual and automatic shooting modes, and they still carry Fujifilm’s trademark Film Simulation filters, which emulate the colors and effects produced by some of the company’s brands of film.

Rear view of the X20

The X100S and the X20 will be available in late March, according to The Verge. We’re still awaiting the announcement as to whether or not it will be officially available in the Philippines on the same release date set for the U.S., but we sure hope it doesn’t take too long before we get to lay our eyes and hands on these goodies.