Fujifilm introduced Wednesday its X-S20 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (ILC) offering double the shooting time of the previous model, lighter weight and 6K video resolution.

Fujifilm’s new compact offering maintains the legacy value of the popular X-S10 ILC, while significantly stepping up it’s utility for vlogging.

The Fujifilm X-S20 is available for pre-order now at a $1,299 suggested retail price for the body only and will be available in stores in late June. Fujifilm will also make the camera avaiable in two lens kit options including an XC 15-45mm 3.5-5.6 zoom lens for $1,399, or with an XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 zoom lens for $1,699.

The X-S20 packs an assortment of automated shooting features to simplify the task of creating one-man productions while maintaining popular features like the included handgrip, 2.36-million-dot electronic viewfinder, and the 1.84-million-dot fully articulationg LCD screen, optimized for handheld selfies.

One of the major changes is the expanded battery life, made possible through the use of a higher capacity battery, comparable to the Fujifilm X-T5 and X-H2 models. This is said to add enough power for up to 800 more frames per charge from the previous version.

Even with the larger battery capacity, the X-S20 body weighs just over 1.08 pounds, while maintaining the camera series’ compact overall body design. This includes a utilitarian button and dial arrangement that prioritizes electronic controls over manual settings for effective work on the fly.

The Fujifilm X-S20 continues to offer the 26.1-megapizel X-Trans IV back-side illuminated CMOS (APS-C) sensor for high-resolution shooting. The 5-axis in body image stabilization system is said to provide up to 7-stops of stabilization with appropriate lens.

Image processing is supported by the company’s latest X-Processor 5, with advanced subject recognition functions for videos.

For starters, X-S20 steps up to 6.2K/30p video capture in 4:2:2 10-bit chroma subsampling. It also supports Apple ProRes RAW externally through an Atomos device connected to the HDMI port, or Blackmagic RAW using the Blackmagic Design Video Assist 12G.

Also supported is the Fujifilm F-Log for expanded color grading in post-production, with more than 13 stops of dynamic range.

Other recording options of the X-S20 include 4K/60p and full HD 1080p at up to 240fps. Sound is supported via 3.5m jack.

For simplified “Auto Mode” adjustments on the fly, the X-S20 includes a new deep-learining AI subject recognition and tracking system. This is capable of distingusing between animals, birds, cars, motorcycles, bicycles, airplanes, trains, insects, and drones for optimal picture quality.

In addition, the X-S20 newly adds a “Vlog” mode that helps the user easily dial in the most critical vlog settings for easy access, including fast-access to controls during a shot, including a “Product Priority Mode” to adjust focus on products and objects held up in the frame, while keeping faces sharp. Additionally a Background Defocus Mode will increase degree of background blurring for the most professional effects.

In addition, the Fujifilm X-S20 will support additional control when connected to a TG-BT1 tripod grip.

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Fujifilm includes 19 classic film simulation looks that can be applied to video, as well webcam use. Four custom function options are provided on the command dial to program original simulation styles.

Key specification of the X-S20 include the following:

CMOS Sensor: 26.1MP Fujifilm X-Trans IV (APS-C)
Processor: Fujifilm X-Processor V
Photos: 14-bit RAW, HEIF, JPEG
Video Res.: Up to 6K30P 4:2:2 10-bit internal, 4K60P, 1080HD240P
Stabilization: 5-axis in-body; 7-stops
Shutter: 1/4000 (mechanical) 1/32000 (electronic)
Continuous shooting: up to 30fps (1.25x crop) or 20fps (no crop)
EVF: 2.36 million dot
Screen: 3-inch 1.84 million dot vari-angle LCD touchscreen
Storage: 1x UHS-II, SDXC, SD Card
Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth, USB-C, HDMI Micro
Battery: NP-W235 Li-ion battery, approx 800 frames

In related news, Fujifilm also introduced the XF8mmF3.5 R WR Lens (XF8mmF3.5) ultra-wide-angle prime lens targeted at photographers and content creators. The lens is suitable for Fujifilm’s X Series of lightweight, compact mirrorless digital cameras.

It will ship June 29th at a $799.95 suggested retail.

Main features include:

• An equivalent 35mm focal length of 12mm, 121 degrees diagonally
and 112 degrees horizontally makes for very wide field of vision support.

• 12 lens elements in nine groups, including three aspherical elements and two extra-low dispersion (ED) elements controlling lens distortion, spherical aberration, and astigmatism.

• Combined short focusing lens moving distance with an Inner Focus system for autofocus
(AF) speed of up to 0.02 seconds.

• Compact design measuring just over 2 inches long, weighing approximately 7.6 ounces.

• Dust, weather and low-temperature-resistant design.

FujiFilm also announced its new “XApp” Smartphone App designed for use with Fujifilm’s
applicable GFX System and X Series digital cameras will be available starting Thursday (May 25th).

The free XApp can be downloaded to Apple iOS and Android devices, and will join the
FujiFile Camera Remote app (Camera Remote), which connects a Wi-Fi compatible digital camera with a Smartphone (or tablet) for remote image making, image transfer, and viewing.

The comapany said the XApp features have been significantly enhanced for use optimization through the addtion of new features promoting greater wireless connectivity and speed.

Other features include:

• The “Image Transfer Order” function makes it possible to transfer images from a
compatible Fujifilm digital camera to a Smartphone or tablet device even when the camera.

• A re-designed high-contrast look in black and white as base tones, with larger text from Camera Remote with greater visibility.

• When connected via Bluetooth, XApp allows users to remotely operate their compatible
Fuji GFX System and X Series cameras while checking live view on a Smartphone
or tablet device. Settings include aperture, ISO, and shutter speed configurable from the Smartphone or tablet device.

• Using XApp’s new “Backup/Restore” function, compatible product users can save camera
settings such as “Shooting Menu” and “Setup Menu” in the App or restore them back to the
applicable cameras.

• Auto synching of date, time, and geolocation information of the compatible Fujifilm digital camera connected to XApp.

• A new Activity function that automatically aggregates and displays image information, such as the number of images created, and the camera/lens/Film Simulation mode used with any given image, for easy reference.

• XApp’s Timeline function allows users to selectively permit the transfer of Activity records
to a Smartphone or tablet device and chronologically view critical information, including
images, number of images created, image location information, and the camera/lens used,
thus auto-generating an activity feed that can be modified to suit individual user

• Firmware Update Notifications with simple to follow instructions to keep cameras up to date.

Fujfilm said the new XApp firmare is available out of the box for the new X-S20 mirrorless digital camera.

Compatible FujiFilm camera models including the following:
GFX100, GFX100S, GFX50S II, GFX50R, X-H2S, X-H2, X-Pro3, X-T5, X-T4, X-T3, X-T30 II, X-T30, X-S10, X-E4, and X100V.

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