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CES 2013: Fujifilm introduces advanced X100S, X20 cameras with retro designs

Consumer Reports News: January 07, 2013 06:38 PM

The most intriguing introductions from Fujifilm today were two new advanced cameras: The 16-megapixel X100S (replacing the X100) has a fixed f/2 23mm lens and cost $1300, while the 12-megapixel X20 (replacing the X10) has a 4x manual zoom lens and cost $600.

The new models feature some significant new technology, including a hybrid sensor (with both contrast detect and phase detect AF sensor) and a new processing engine. The design is decidedly twentieth century: As you can see from my photo above of the X100S, a variety of knobs, buttons, switches and controls make it stand out in a menu-driven, touch screen universe dominated by smart phones. In other words, it looks as if it has more in common with my father's film rangefinder camera than with my daughter's smart phone.

This is a smart move by Fujifilm. There are still enthusiasts who crave such designs.

Both models share a number of features, including imaging sensors that combine both phase detect and contrast detect autofocusing pixels to improve autofocus speed and accuracy. Both also have a 2.8-inch display. But they differ in other ways: The X100S has a unique hybrid viewfinder design, which can be used as either an electronic or optical viewfinder, while the X20 has a lens that can zoom (although manually). Both models are also pricey for advanced point-and-shoots.

The X100S and X20 will both be available in March.

Check out the rest of our CES 2013 coverage.

Terry Sullivan

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