Fujifilm already has a very good camera in the 6-megapixel FinePix F30, released in February. But to reach a broader mass market, Fuji made a little brother to this marvelous compact and released it as the FinePix F20 in July, priced lower but retaining the F30â€™s major features that matter for a good point-and-shoot camera to perform well.
Does the F20 perform well? PhotographyBLOG made its own hands-on testing of the F20 and confirmed that it is indeed a good point-and-shoot camera, â€œand certainly one of the most successful marriages of price to performance.â€
Image quality is very good and itâ€™s a lot easier to use. To attain a lower price point Fuji did not over stretch the F20â€™s SR chip by limiting it to ISO 2000 â€œonlyâ€ versus the F30â€™s ISO 3200. But who shoots beyond ISO 800? Likewise, the F20 dumbed down its 2.5-inch LCD a bit at 153,000 pixels (F30 has 230,000).
More importantly, the F20 does not have aperture and shutter priority modes like the F30 which might matter to a more advanced photographer. But for point-and-shooters like grandmama, itâ€™s an excellent camera.