Fujifilm’s high-end shooters feature a bit of tech that makes them unique: The X-Trans sensor that separates green, red, and blue light differently than the chip in nearly every other camera. It gives photos a distinct filmlike, moiré-free look that some photographers love and others hate.
The X-Trans magic gets cheaper this year with two cameras built around the 24-megapixel X-Trans III sensor in last year’s flagship X-Pro2. The interchangeable-lens X-T20 and fixed-lens X100F feature a high-resolution APS-C sensor, shoot RAW in Fujifilm’s own .RAF format, and retain the throwback looks of their predecessors.
The mirrorless X-T20 replaces the X-T10 and offers a higher ISO ceiling (12,800), 4K video recording at 30fps and 24fps, a more powerful autofocus system, and a touchscreen interface. You can tap the adjustable 3-inch LCD to focus and shoot. But don’t worry—the X-T20 offers the same knobs and buttons as the X-T10, and an eye-level 2.3 million dot OLED viewfinder.
Fujifilm’s revamped autofocus system should be plenty responsive to your taps. The hybrid phase- and contrast-detection autofocus system offers greater coverage and more focus points to keep moving subjects sharp. You also get five continuous shooting modes that max out at 14 frames per second.
The X100F is the latest sibling in Fujifilm’s much-loved X100 line of compact, fixed-focal-length cameras. This new “F” model has a 35mm f/2.0 lens and an “advanced hybrid viewfinder” similar to what you see on the X-Pro2. It’s an optical rangefinder-style peephole with up to 6x magnification and digital overlays for extra information about your shot—things like focus peaking and exposure settings. It offers the same hybrid hybrid phase- and contrast-detection autofocus system as the X-T20.
Around the back, the X100F gets a significant redesign over the previous version (the X100T) it replaces. Fujifilm moved most of the buttons to the right of the 3-inch LCD display to make it easier to access all of your settings with right thumb.
While both cameras are cheaper than the X-Pro2, they’ll still set you back. The Fujifilm X100F goes on sale next month for $1,300, while the X-T20 is $900 for the body or $1,200 for a kit that includes an 18-55mm, f/2.8-f/4 zoom lens. Of course, both of these cameras are replacing models that are still excellent. The previous X-T10 and the X100T are still capable shooters, and because they’re a year or two old, they’ll see a price drop now that the new models are out.