Fujifilm made very significant
advances in video capabilities with the X-T2 – especially with the optional Vertical Power Booster Grip fitted – but the X-T20 isn’t designed to have nearly the same aspirations. In other words, this isn’t a camera that you’re likely to buy primarily to make videos, but if you do want to record clips as an adjunct to your photography, it’s actually pretty capable. By the way, that accessory grip can’t be fitted.
For starters, like the X-T2, the X-T20 can record in 4K at the Ultra HD resolution of 3840x2160 pixels with the choice of 30, 25 or 24 fps, giving a bit rate of 100 Mbps. Incidentally, unlike the X-T2, the X-T20 doesn’t crop the sensor when recording 4K video so it’s using a technique called pixel skipping which results in a small loss of sharpness, but on the plus side, preserves the field-of-view so there’s no additional increase in the effective focal length. The X-T20 records video in the MOV format using MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression, and the 4K clip length is limited to ten minutes (15 minutes for Full HD video).
Streaming to the camera’s HDMI connector is available with both 4K and 2K video (8-bit, 4:2:2 colour), with the option of simultaneously recording 4K internally (4:2:0 colour) to a memory card and streaming Full HD to an HDMI device (but, as with the X-T2, not the other way around). A handy ‘HDMI Rec Control’ sends start/ stop commands to the external recorder when the shutter button is pressed.
However, the X-T20 doesn’t have the flat F-Log colour profile for streaming (which makes colour grading easier in postproduction), but you can still wind the colour saturation back via the colour saturation parameter in the IQ Menu and all the ‘Film Simulation’ presets are also available when recording to the memory card.
The touch focus controls come into their own when shooting video and the X-T20’s continuous AF works smoothly and reliably. Magnified image and focus peaking displays are provided for manual focusing (but not the ‘Digital Split Image’ display). For exposure control, both aperture and shutter speed can be manually selected, and the full sensitivity range of ISO 200 to 12,800 is available.
On the audio side, the X-T20 has built-in stereo microphones supplemented by a stereo audio input, although it’s the smaller 2.5 mm connector so you’ll need an adaptor for third-party mics with the 3.5 mm plug. There isn’t a stereo audio output. Audio levels can be manually adjusted over five steps, and stereo level meters are shown in the LCD monitor.
The X-T20 tops all this off with a very creditable video performance so Fujifilm is now mixing it with the other highfliers in video here – Panasonic, Olympus and Sony – as far as a mid-range mirrorless camera is concerned. At the same price point in D-SLRs nothing comes close. Of course, Fujifilm does have a considerable heritage in moving pictures with its Fujinon lenses for both TV and cinematography, so perhaps the camera end of the business is just catching up. It’s a very welcome development and makes the X-T20 just that little more wellrounded.