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Watch the Fujifilm X-Summit 2023: live announcement of X-S20 and XF8mm

Fujifilm's first X-Summit of 2023 was held in Bangkok today. This is what was announced

Fujifilm X-Summit 2023
(Image: © Fujifillm)

Fujifilm's first X-Summit of 2023 takes place today, on Wednesday, 24 May. This time the event is being held in Bangkok, Thailand, for the first time ever, with the live conference starting at 4pm local time - which will be 5am ET / 10am BST).

X-Summits have become a regular events in which Fujifilm announces the latest lenses and cameras in its GFX and X ranges - and where we get briefings on the company's development roadmap. Last year, we had no fewer than three X-Summits which in turn were headlined by the announcements of the Fujifilm X-H2S, X-H2, and the X-T5.

Why you can trust our Fujifilm coverage
Chris George with Fujifilm GFX100
Why you can trust our Fujifilm coverage
Chris George

Chris has been writing about photography and digital cameras since they first appeared. He has reported on Fujifilm X-mount and GF-mount cameras since the systems were first launched, and has had the honor of attending three X-Summits in person – in London, Tokyo and New York.


So what are we expecting from the Bangkok X-Summit? As ever, the rumors are already giving us some odds-on favorites for what will be announced.

Of course, there are other cameras that we have all been hoping that Fujifilm will update. I have lost count of the number of times that people have asked about an an update for the X-Pro3 - which logic tells us would be called the X-Pro4. The last model in this family was released way back in 2019, when no one had even heard of Covid. It would be great if we could get some update on this rangefinder range at this X-Summit.

Also due an update is the GFX range... this family of medium format of mirrorless cameras last got a new models in 2021, with the GFX 100S and then the GFX 50S II.  We'd love to see an update of the flagship GFX 100, or a return of a camera like the discontinued rangefinder-styled GFX 50R.

The X-Summits are also the time that Fujfilm releases new lenses, or tells us about new optical designs it has in development.

There are also three outstanding lenses on the GF lens roadmap for Fujifilm's medium-format cameras. Slated for 2023 is the GF55mm f/1.7 - and two tilt-shift lenses Fujifilm GF30mm f/5.6 T/S and GF 100mm f/5.6 T/S Macro which were shown in prototype form at last year's New York X-Summit. We'd love to see these get a full launch with detailed specifications and pricing.

The X-Summit has already become something of a fixture in the camera calendar - but this Fujifilm event only started back in 2019, so in the history of photography is still relatively new. This May 2023 will be the tenth X-Summit.

The X-Summit is not the only Fujifilm event going on in Bangkok this week. On Saturday May 27, the company is also hosting Fujikina. This public event is for X-photographers offering photowalks, talks, galleries and a chance to see the latest Fujifilm kit. For full details and to register for the limited-ticket events check out the Fujikina Bangkok web page. Activities run from 9am to 6pm and take place at some of the Thai capitals most iconic landmarks - such as the Giant Swing, and Wat Pho. The last Fujikina was held in New York, last September.

It is hot in Bangkok today – and despite being overcast it is 36°C (97°F). Thunderstorms are expected in the next couple of hours - just before the first Fujifilm X-Summit of 2023 takes place. We are standing by to bring you the news and our commentary on the announcements as they begin in just under three hours time - 5am ET / 10am BST.

While most people have seen the rumors, and are therefore expecting the Fujifilm X-S20 to be launched today - others have other things on their wishlist. I've been looking through the comments on Fujifilm's X-Summit YouTube page - and here are some of my favorite suggestions:

Just 15 minutes or so to go before the 10th X-Summit gets under way...
Has anyone wondered what the building is on the YouTube holding screen for this event? Its the old Bangkok Railway Station in the Pathum Wan district of the capital. It was built in 1916, and was used as a rail terminus right up until 2021. It has now to become a railroad museum - and has already been used as a venue for steam locomotive meets.

And we are off!

Bangkok has special meaning for Fujifilm we are told as this is the number one travel destination in the world - and travel is the most popular photo subject.

And that tees up nicely the first new product - the X-S20.

A high-capacity battery is the first features - and it offers a 26MP X-Trans 4 sensor. 

The use of the X Processor 5 we are told means it is lower power device. Ans this uses the large NP-W25 used in top models in the X-range. CIPA says 750 shots per charge - but Fujifilm hopes in real travel situations will give you 1000 shots

So there is an new app to - the X-App. Android and iOS versions will be available for download tomorrow. One new feature is a GPS logger function

Missed the specs when they flashed on screen? Here you go…

After the distraction of the benefits of fill-flash, we are getting the video specs of the X-S20 - which can shoot at 6.2K, and record in V-Log and VLog2. A new option on the mode dial is called VLOG - offering access to basic video functions.

The X-S20 can use the FAN-001 accessory fan to cool the camera down when video shooting - particularly useful in the Bangkok heat! The fan was introduced with the X-H2S, and can also be used on the X-H2.

New firmware for the X-H2 and X-T5 - as promised earlier in the year. Offering improved autofocus - with an improved motion prediction algorithm. More types of subjects can be recognised too - new ones include insects and drones.

So the first lens of the X-Summit... its the XF8mm f/3.5. Widest prime for X-mount to date

Fujifilm XF 8mm f/3.5 R WR

Fujifilm XF 8mm f/3.5 R WR (Image credit: Gareth Bevan / Digital Camera World)

We are now at the Bangkok Photohotel and Photocafe - that looks and cool...

X-App gives an activity log - showing the total number of shots you have taken with each of your Fujifilm cameras. Nearly all current cameras - but they need to have the Bluetooth function. If your camera doesn't have Bluetooth, you will need to keep using the existing Camera Remote).

Prices are here:

So no final "One last thing" this time :(
But we are left with the tantalizing promise of the next X-Summit…

Here are some of the official photos of the new Fujfilm X-S20…

And here are some close-up images of the new Fujiflm XF8mm F3.5 R WR

Our Reviews Editor Gareth Bevan has been in Malta for the last couple of days shooting with the new camera - and this is his early hands-on version of his Fujifilm X-S20 review

Fujifilm X-S10 vs X-S20

(Image credit: Fujifilm / Future)

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