Fujifilm X20 review – White balance and colour

Image: The Film Simulation Bracket option quickly processes a single image upon capture into three film simulation styles of the user’s choosing: here, the Provia, Velvia and Monochrome options were selected. It’s also possible to do this via in-camera raw processing, although it’s a shame this lacks the option to preview the image prior to processing

Straight out of the camera, images appear relatively lifelike in terms of colour, but curiously they are often more pleasing in raw files than in JPEGs captured using the standard Provia film simulation mode. Because of this, some scenes will benefit from using a different film simulation mode if images are to be printed immediately. Some users may find it useful to assign the film simulation option to the Fn button on the top-plate, where it can be conveniently accessed prior to an image being captured. Portraits captured on the default Provia option show faithful skin tones, while the Velvia film simulation mode brings a welcome boost to the colour of landscapes while keeping the overall scene realistic.

In natural light there appears to be no issue with colour casts from the auto white balance system, and even when challenged with scenes containing sodium street lamps or fluorescent sources, the camera appears adept at reproducing the scene with well-balanced accuracy.

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