Fujifilm will release its latest addition to its X series of mirrorless digital cameras, the compact and lightweight X-S20 in June, accompanied by a new lens and new app. 

Among the key features carried in the X-S20 are AI-based subject-detection AF, a recording capability of 6.2K/30P video, a high-capacity battery that can shoot up to 800 frames, more than double the previous model, making it an ideal content creation and travel camera.

With the popular rise of content creation, the X-S20 is the tool for content creators to tell their story, Fujifilm optical services division general manager, Shaun Mah said. “It empowers those wanting to document travel, social media content and new businesses to have a digital presence while using easy to use features and is content creation made easy.”

The X-S20 caters to a variety of shooting styles ranging from casual self-portraits to fully-fledged photography and videography. It is equipped with the back-illuminated 26.1MP sensor X-Trans CMOS 4 and X-Processor 5 high-speed image processing engine for producing quality images. The new auto-detection function automatically tracks and keeps in focus intended subjects such as animals, aircraft and insects.

There is a 3.5mm microphone/earphone jack for connecting external accessories for video recording. The new Vlog mode produces a range of content, with settings easily changed with the touch of a button for self-portraits.

The X-S20 comes with 19 Film Simulation modes including Nostalgic Neg, characterised by high saturation and soft tonality and Film Simulation pre-sets, designed for various subject types and scenes, when choosing photographic films. Film Simulation modes are available during live streaming or online meetings with shooting settings adjusted while the camera is connected to a computer.

Another June release from Fujifilm is FUJINON XF8mm F3.5R WR interchangeable lens, its widest lens to date in the X Series.

The ultra-wide angle (UWA) prime lens carries a focal length of 8mm, equivalent to 12mm in the 35mm film format. It has a viewing angle of 121 degrees diagonally and 112 degrees horizontally said to capture information from an area about double the effective visual field, beyond what human vision can recognise, delivering edge-to-edge visual clarity, weighing in at just 215g.

The Fujifilm XApp for the GFX/X Series of digital cameras is available now as a free download, for smoother and faster wireless communications and picture transfers from a camera to a smartphone tablet. Among the new functions are the ‘timeline’ for gathering and displaying shooting information and ‘activity’ for displaying shooting details on a cumulative basis.

The X-S20 RRP is priced at $2,349 and the XF8mm F3.5R WR at $1,429.