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Date: 21/03/2013 | By: Mathieu

Experimenting with the Fuji X20: A Homemade Macro Test

E-M5, 1/100, f/ 2/1, ISO 6400

Experimenting with the Fuji X20: A Homemade Macro Test

Update: Check out our x20 full review, Photoshow gallery, Advanced mode test, and high ISO test.

Yesterday, we published the very first pictures taken with the Fujifilm x20 the day the camera arrived. Tonight, back at home, I was inspired to play around with the macro mode. The important thing was to find something small and detailed to photograph, so I turned to my old collection of Formula 1 cars, as I was a big Ayrton Senna fan when I was little. I took three of them, and put them in different positions on our dining room table.

After placing the camera on a tripod, I set the ISO to 100 and the macro mode to Super Macro. There are two modes on the X20, the Macro and Super Macro mode. The first one lets you use a little bit more focal range, while the second lets you focus in really close. However, it is restricted to only the widest angle and flash is disable. With the Super Macro mode, the X20 can focus really close at its widest angle, around 1 cm.

The Gilles Villeneuve 1982 Ferrari almost "touching" the lens.
The Gilles Villeneuve 1982 Ferrari almost “touching” the lens…
... and the result!X20, 2.5s, f/ 5.6, ISO 100
… and the result!
X20, 2.5s, f/ 5.6, ISO 100

The macro setting is easily accessible by pressing the left side of the sub-command dial on the rear of the camera. I set the focusing to manual. To focus manually, you have to use the sub-command dial, while the main command dial is used for speed and aperture. Personally, I don’t really like focusing with the sub-dial. I would have preferred a dedicated dial, or to focus by operating the lens directly, but it’s not the end of the world.

I tested different apertures to see how the camera handles sharpness.

While macro photography probably won’t be the primary use of the Fujifilm X20, I find the results very good in terms of the overall quality. Sharpness is also clean and constant at every aperture. I can imagine that this camera would really please amateur photographers who enjoy taking close-up photos of nature, such as flowers. Here are the pictures. Enjoy!

N.B.: The pictures below have been exported from the original JPGs files downloaded from the camera. No post processing added.

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About the author: Mathieu Gasquet

Mathieu Gasquet is a professional photographer with French and Italian origins. Besides running his own video and photography studio 3Dit Lab, he is also the official photographer for the National Cinema Museum in Turin. You can follow him on Google+, Twitter or Facebook!

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