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Fujifilm boosts X-S mirrorless

Posted on Jul 10, 2023 by Samara Husbands

Fujifilm’s new X-S20 is a compact and lightweight mirrorless packed with video spec, designed for filmmakers or vloggers on the move

It features AI-based subject detection autofocus and records 6.2K/30p video, with a high-capacity battery that means the camera can take around 800 still frames.

The £1249/$1300 X-S20 has a back-side illuminated 26.1-megapixel X-Trans CMOS 4 cropped sensor and high-speed X-Processor 5 image processing engine. The body, weighing just 491g, has five-axis in-body image stabilisation that offers up to a seven-stop advantage. The subject detection AF can recognise animals, birds, cars, motorcycles, planes and drones and offers AF performance equivalent to the Fujifilm X-T5.

There is support for recording 6.2K/30p 4:2:2 10-bit video internally as well as 4K/60p and 1080 at 240p.

F-Log2 recording expands the dynamic range to more than 13 stops. And when combined with an Atomos HDMI monitor/recorder, Raw video can be recorded as 12-bit Apple ProRes Raw at resolutions up to 6.2K/29.97fps. With a Blackmagic Design Video Assist 12G, Raw can be recorded as Blackmagic Raw at the same resolution and speed.

The camera also features a 3.5mm microphone/earphone jack and new vlog mode, which makes it easy to produce content when the camera is combined with the optional tripod grip, TG-BT1.

The X-S20 comes with 19 different Film Simulation modes including Nostalgic Neg, with high saturation and soft tonality. There is a 2.36-million-dot EVF with 0.62x magnification as well as a 1.84-million-dot rear LCD vari-angle monitor.

A USB-C cable connects the camera to a computer to use as a webcam without other software. Film Simulation modes are available even during live streaming or online meetings.

Originally published in the July/August issue of Pro Moviemaker.

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