Fuji have made a big deal at CES that they are very comfortable being a major player in the third camera market segment that sits between smart phones and DSLR cameras, particularly in reference to their X-series of cameras. Before we jump into the new X100s and X20 though, lets look at the list of compact cameras Fuji announced.
The XP60 is for all those adventurous shooters, going down to 6m under-water and sporting a 5x optical zoom with 16mp sensor.
The T550 and T500 have a 16mp CCD sensor with 12x zoom lens. The main difference between them is that the T500 has a 2.7-inch screen where the T550 has 3.0-inch.
The big zoom S-range has been revamped. The S8500, S8300 and S8200 equipped with a 46x, 42X and 40x zoom range lenses respectively. Seems that the S8500 will be available in European regions while the S8300 is aimed for the USA. The S8200 is available all over the world and shares the 16mp Backlit CMOS sensor as the other two cameras. Then there is the SL1000 which has a massive 50x optical zoom. It also has a 16mp sensor.
The HS50EXR and HS35EXR take over from the HS20. The HS50EXR has a 42x optical zoom and Fuji’s new EXR CMOS II (that’s version 2) sensor. The HS35EXR is using the older sensor with a 30x zoom.
Lets look at the X10’s replacement first, the X20. The new X20 feature the X-trans CMOS sensor technology that we have seen in the X-Pro 1. It also has an optical viewfinder which has a “Digital Trans Panel” allowing you to see information on Shutter Speed, ISO and Aperture for example, in the viewfinder. Overall speed of the camera and it’s autofocus is said to be a big improvement too.
A little over 2 years ago, Fuji created a great deal of noise in the photographic world when they announced the very retro styled, X100. Now the replacement has arrived, the X100s. The sensor has been upgraded to a 16mp APS-C X-Trans one, similar to what is in the XE-1 and X-Pro 1. A higher resolution optical/electronic hybrid viewfinder is inside and a faster processor which apparently allows Fuji to claim the fastest autofocus speed of any camera in its class… not that that is a very wide field, but its certainly good news if it is as good as they claim. Also a very welcome improvement is the digital, split-image manual focusing system which is also meant to be much faster than the old X100. We are eager to experience it for ourselves (since focus speed was our greatest criticism of the X100) but initial reports are good.