Fujifilm brings new cameras to Brunei

by Haadi Bakar
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Fujifilm yesterday launched several new cameras from its 2017 catalogue for the Brunei photography market.

During an event hosted by the country’s authorised distributor of the camera brand, Rose Photo Studio, and Fujifilm Malaysia, invited photogs were given the opportunity to test out Fujifilm’s brand new X-T20, X-T2, the X100f and the GFX 50s cameras.

The GFX 50s stole the show yesterday for being the most advanced mirrorless camera in Fujifilm’s entire lineup. Fujifilm is able to fit a 51.4-megapixel CMOS medium format image sensor into a mirrorless camera body.

The GFX 50S is powered by Fujifilm’s latest X-Processor Pro processor. It’s the same chip that’s powering the X-T2 and X-Pro2.

With such a massive image sensor, the GFX 50s is ideal for professionals in landscape or travel photography.

It’s also the priciest of all Fujifilm digital cameras, retailing for around B$11,000 for just the body alone.

There are currently six G Mount lenses designed for the GFX 50s.

Veteran photographer HM Yusof (L) tries out Fujifilm’s medium format mirrorless GFX 50s during the launch event at Seameo Voctech yesterday.

For the average consumer, there’s the new range of X-series cameras available, from the premium X100f down to the mirrorless X-T20, Fujifilm’s followup to the highly popular X-T10 (which I personally own one, great camera by the way!)

I had the chance to test out the X-T20. Despite looking a lot like the X-T10, there are several under-the-hood upgrades that distance itself from its precedessor, such as increased megapixel count (24mp vs 16mp), bumped up ISO sensitivity (12,800 vs 6400), touch-screen LCD display and the ability to shoot 4K video.

Fujifilm also cranked up the autofocus points from 49 to 91, with 49 phase detection areas on the X-T20. There’s also a new film simulation mode, ACROS, added to the list of filters in the new camera.

Fujifilm X-T2 and X-T20 cameras on display at yesterday’s launch event at Seameo Voctech.

A step up model to the X-T20 is its big brother, the X-T2, or if you’re a true enthusiast, opt for the fixed-lens X100f. Both these cameras are in Fuji’s premium range, and they perform exceptionally well and also produce outstanding image quality.

However, the X-T20 should be an easy pick for those looking to take their first dip into mirrorless cameras. The X-T20 is up against other mirrorless with APS-C image sensors such as the Sony A6300, but Fuji definitely wins in the looks department simply for that retro film camera design.

Rose Photo Studio is selling the X-T20 for B$1,650 with a kit lens, and B$1,500 for just the body. Meanwhile, the X100f retails at B$2,050.

During the launch event, Fujifilm also introduced the all new XF 50mm f2 lens for the portrait junkies.


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