FUJIFILM Announces X-S20 Mirrorless Camera and XF 8mm f/3.5 R WR Lens05/24/2023
The FUJIFILM X-S20 was designed for hybrid content creators looking for a feature-packed camera they can take anywhere. Building on the earlier X-S10, the X-S20 upgrades to an X-Processor 5 for faster, more reliable performance, improves in-camera stabilization for cleaner footage, introduces a Vlog Mode for simple recording, and adds a deeper grip for easier handheld use. Perfect for vlogging, travel, or everyday carry, the X-S20 has something to offer for nearly every flavor of creator.
Accompanying the X-S20 is the XF 8mm f/3.5 R WR lens, offering the 35mm equivalent of a 12mm focal length on APS-C format cameras. Perfect for wide-frame still or video capture, the new prime is a solid option for vlogging, landscape photography, or astrophotography.
Like its predecessor, the X-S20 uses an APS-C format 26.1MP X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor featuring a back-illuminated design capable of delivering sharp imagery with natural color rendering under a variety of lighting conditions. Unlike its predecessor, it is the first X-S series camera to be paired with an X-Processor 5 imaging engine, meaning quicker, more responsive AF, as well as faster still and video processing.
Optimized for handheld use, whether recording a vlog, taking selfies, or making photos the old-fashioned way, the X-S20 has a larger grip for a more secure hold. Capture further benefits from five-axis in-body image stabilization (IBIS) capable of up to seven stops of compensation, a one-stop improvement over the X-S10.
The X-S20 also introduces a “Vlog” option on the mode dial to simplify subject focusing and streamline on-the-go video capture. A 3.5mm jack allows a variety of accessories to be added, and the TG-BT1 Grip offers hands-free control. 4K streaming is possible for live broadcast, as well as 6.2K/30p, 4K/60p, and 1080/240p available alongside 10-bit internal recording. Finally, battery life nearly doubles with the X-S20, making extended trips and recording sessions a reality.
The XF 8mm f/3.5 R WR is a wide-angle prime perfect for capturing expansive landscapes, herculean architecture, or―your selfies. Designed to complement FUJIFILM’s 40MP X-Trans sensors, it incorporates two extra-low dispersion (ED) and three aspherical elements to suppress aberrations. Its rectilinear design minimizes distortion at the edge of frame to deliver consistently natural-looking images. Focusing is quick, and quiet, with low focus breathing when recording video.
Weighing only 7.6 ounces, it is as easy to carry out into the wilderness as it is to take selfies while vultures close in from above. Speaking of surviving the elements, the 8mm f/3.5 features a weather-resistant design to protect against dust, moisture, and extreme temperatures. It accepts a 62mm front filter.
Alongside these new products is the reveal of the revamped FUJIFILM XApp, which will be available starting on May 25. Focusing on making a more stable connection between the app and your camera, this setup should provide a much more reliable experience for photographers.
Relying on a combination of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, the XApp is compatible with FUJIFILM's newer cameras:
- X-T5, X-T4, X-T3
- X-T30 II, X-T30
- X-S20, X-S10
- GFX 100, GFX 100S, GFX 50S II, GFX 50R
Photographers will be able to quickly transfer images to their smartphone as well as control the camera remotely using a live view and settings on the XApp. A worthwhile upgrade and something that seems like it will make the app something that people will want to use all the time.
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