DSCF0347FUJIFILM X20 (7.1mm, f/6.4, 1/900 sec, ISO200)

So, my X20 arrived a few weeks ago and I went around snapping things here there and everywhere – some of the images I have posted up on to a set here on Flickr.

It’s a great camera, but probably not one that I personally would use as a primary camera.  That isn’t to take away from it, but when you have an X-Pro1 and X100s then the majority of the time I’ll be using those.  So what I decided to do was lend it to someone who would actually buy it to use every day camera – my mum!  As it happened, my parents were off on a trip to Vietnam for 3 weeks.  Her existing Canon point-and-shoot was very good, but not a match for the X20.  As it was a once in a lifetime trip I decided to be brave and lend it to her for the three weeks they were away.  It would give me a good idea what a relative novice could do with the camera, and would also bring out any issues that I wouldn’t necessarily see myself. More about that will be coming up in my review later, but for the moment I just want to share with you a small selection of the 2182 images she took with it on the trip!

Below are a selection of images from a set I have uploaded onto Flickr here.  I have uploaded them in higher resolution than normal so you can have a good look at them.

I set the camera up to shoot JPEG only in Astia film simulation as I knew that would work best for a rounded selection of scenes.  Why not RAW? Well, I knew there would be thousands of images coming back and I didn’t want to fill my hard drives up!  I also knew that they weren’t going to be used in any professional capacity.  I think these images show just how good the Fujifilm JPEG engine really is in-camera.

The camera was taped into the ‘P’ position, allowing the use of the exposure compensation dial for minor exposure corrections.  I gave her a very basic 30 minute roundup of the functions of the camera, but other than that I left her to it.

I have done some very basic editing on them, moved the odd slider here and there, but not by much and some are straight out of the camera.

Out of the 2000+ images, only around 10 were totally out of focus.  Maybe just 50 were slightly off.  Not bad!  Shots down to around 1/10th were still good and useable thanks to the OIS.

Onto the photos!

Click on any of the images to get a larger version.

The X20 is absolutely awesome at photographing things close up – food, flowers etc all just look stunning.  If that’s your thing then the X20 is well worth a look.

DSCF0204-2FUJIFILM X20 (9.3mm, f/2.2, 1/100 sec, ISO100)

DSCF0080-3FUJIFILM X20 (10.4mm, f/2.2, 1/30 sec, ISO200)

DSCF0157FUJIFILM X20 (25.6mm, f/4, 1/800 sec, ISO200)

DSCF0527-3FUJIFILM X20 (7.1mm, f/2, 1/240 sec, ISO200)

DSCF0457-2FUJIFILM X20 (7.1mm, f/5, 1/800 sec, ISO100)

DSCF0480FUJIFILM X20 (7.1mm, f/2, 1/60 sec, ISO1600)
I had to double check the EXIF data on this last one!! Can you believe those colours and lack of noise come from a compact camera at ISO 1600?!
No noise reduction applied in post.

DSCF0622FUJIFILM X20 (7.1mm, f/4, 1/800 sec, ISO100)

The larger sensor of the X20 allows you to isolate subjects – something most point-and-shoot cameras struggle with.

Landscapes – check!  Great dynamic range from the camera.

DSCF0347FUJIFILM X20 (7.1mm, f/6.4, 1/900 sec, ISO200)

DSCF0217-2FUJIFILM X20 (16.7mm, f/8, 1/900 sec, ISO100)

DSCF0134-3FUJIFILM X20 (7.1mm, f/2, 1/180 sec, ISO400)

DSCF0824-2FUJIFILM X20 (7.1mm, f/2, 1/60 sec, ISO1250)

In this shot from Ha Long Bay the sky was totally white and appeared to be blown out in the original image, but I was able to recover a surprising amount of detail even from the JPEGs.

DSCF0690FUJIFILM X20 (7.9mm, f/4, 1/480 sec, ISO200)

People.  Being small and discrete the camera is quite easy to just pull up and snap.  I reckon this makes a fabulous street camera.

DSCF0023FUJIFILM X20 (11.7mm, f/2.2, 1/120 sec, ISO800)

DSCF0216FUJIFILM X20 (7.1mm, f/2, 1/30 sec, ISO1000)

DSCF0234-2FUJIFILM X20 (21mm, f/3.2, 1/280 sec, ISO400)

DSCF0339FUJIFILM X20 (7.1mm, f/2.8, 1/300 sec, ISO400)

DSCF0508FUJIFILM X20 (7.1mm, f/2, 1/105 sec, ISO200)

DSCF0510-2FUJIFILM X20 (7.1mm, f/4, 1/850 sec, ISO100)

DSCF0620-2FUJIFILM X20 (15.4mm, f/3.6, 1/250 sec, ISO100)

Shooting in the dark!  Great results at slow shutter speeds and high ISO.

DSCF0155-3FUJIFILM X20 (7.6mm, f/2.2, 1/9 sec, ISO1600)

DSCF0478-3FUJIFILM X20 (7.1mm, f/2, 1/10 sec, ISO1600)

Colours!  I’ve already shown off some pretty colourful photos, here are a few more – this is one of the reasons many Fujifilm shooters love their camera!

DSCF0321-2FUJIFILM X20 (7.1mm, f/2, 1/150 sec, ISO100)

DSCF0408-3FUJIFILM X20 (12.7mm, f/2.2, 1/55 sec, ISO200)

DSCF0487-2FUJIFILM X20 (7.1mm, f/2, 1/30 sec, ISO500)

I think the X20 handles the sharp range in contrast here excellently.

Black and White?  Yes!  These are very basic conversions on LR5.

DSCF0001-2FUJIFILM X20 (10.4mm, f/2.2, 1/30 sec, ISO1000)

DSCF0346-2FUJIFILM X20 (7.1mm, f/2, 1/60 sec, ISO800)

DSCF0337-2FUJIFILM X20 (7.1mm, f/2, 1/70 sec, ISO100)

DSCF0628-2FUJIFILM X20 (7.1mm, f/2, 1/220 sec, ISO800)

I saved the best until last… I absolutely love this shot – I wish I had taken it!!  I don’t think I could have done better with my X100S.

DSCF0727-2FUJIFILM X20 (13.2mm, f/2.5, 1/40 sec, ISO200)

 Go and take a look at the other images on Flickr now if you want!  Click here to see them.

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Matthew Maddock is a commercial photographer based in the Lake District, UK. Specialising in the hospitality and outdoor sports industry. He is a Fujifilm X-Photographer and Getty Images contributor. His portfolio can be viewed at memaddock.co.uk

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