How the Fuji X20 Got On My List

Recorded on July 7th, 2016

Fujifilm X20

I have a text file called “Researchx - Camera wishlist 2010-10-09.txt”.1 In it, I have the names, models and prices of any cameras that have popped up as notable in the last six years. I also put links to particularly good camera reviews, and sometimes even a short excerpt if there’s an especially enthusiastic quote from someone I trust.

The Fuji X20 is one of those notable cameras. It came out in 2013 and I still don’t have one, but the X20 is what made me start to notice Fuji cameras in general. Adam Riley is a talented photographer (street, wedding, and otherwise), and his Fuji X20 Review was what ultimately got that camera on my list. He goes deeply into what its strengths and weaknesses are, and the stories about the optical viewfinder and the fast focusing are cool. But the images Riley includes in the review are the selling point. Shot after gorgeous shot. I have no illusions that I could achieve the same compositions and light with such a machine — those photos are the result of a skilled photographer who has practiced for a long time. But, still, it means something to know that the Fuji line of cameras can enable those kinds of pictures.

If the X20 appeals to you but you want something newer, keep an eye on the X30 and X70. If you have really deep pockets, go for the X100T.


  1. The filename starts with “Researchx” because all my text files that have any sort of research in them start that way. The “x” on the end is borrowed from Merlin Mann, who I think I heard mention this practice first on an old Mac Power Users episode years ago. He starts text files with words like that as a sort of faux tag he can search on, since any text file isn’t likely to have “researchx”, “agendax”, “listx”, etc. in the body of the note. 

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