The Fujfilm X20 is the manufacturer's flagship compact and it arrives with an overhauled feature set on its predecessor. How does it perform? Find out in our Fujifilm X20 review
Fujifilm X20 review – Design
Just like its elder siblings, the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 and the Fujifilm X-E1, the Fujifilm X20 could be easily mistaken for analogue model. The top-plate carries everything we may expect on such a camera, including a built-in flash and a hotshoe for external flashguns (or a microphone), as well as mode and exposure compensation dials.
The Fujifilm X20’s body makes use of die-cast magnesium, around which Fujifilm has wrapped a synthetic leather to improve handling; this serves its purpose well. Despite metal used extensively throughout the rest of the camera’s construction – from the top-plate dials to the zoom ring and even the lens cap – at 353g the X20 isn’t terribly weighty, yet feels as durable as it needs to be.
Sadly, the Fujifilm X20 is one of a growing number of models whose exposure compensation dial – while tremendously useful in itself – is easily knocked out of place as it is taken out of and placed into a pocket or bag. Admittedly, any exposure compensation applied is indicated on the screen, although not quite as obviously as on other models, making any unwanted changes easy to miss.