Looks like the Fujifilm X-S20 is getting an old sensor, but a new battery

(Image credit: Fujifilm)

Plenty of signs are pointing towards the Fujifilm X-S20 coming soon – but some of those signs might disappoint users hoping that the camera would possess the company's new, high-resolution image sensor.  

With the breakthrough 40MP sensor being featured in cameras like the Fujifilm X-T5 and Fujifilm X-H2, folks had their fingers crossed that it would trickle down into cameras like the Fujifilm X-S20. 

However, the latest report from Fuji Rumors notes that the X-S20 will not get the shiny new sensor, and will instead see the familiar 26MP resolution.

"According to trusted sources, the Fujifilm X-S20 will feature the 26MP BSI X-Trans IV sensor, so exactly the same sensor we currently have on the Fujifilm X-T4, X-T3, X-S10 and many other Fujifilm cameras," wrote the site.

"As an owner of the 40MP Fujifilm X-T5 sensor, my personal wish would be to see that sensor in as many future Fujifilm X series cameras as possible, but I am well aware that many of you consider the combo 26MP + X-Processor 5 to be the best option for the Fujifilm X-S20."

That said, while the sensor will be something old, the battery will be something new: the NP-W235 battery. (Now just for something blue…)

Again according to Fuji Rumors, it looks like we’ll see a significant improvement in the battery life of the X-S20 as it will feature the newer, higher-powered 2200mAh battery as used on the medium format Fujifilm GFX 100S.

For anyone who shoots at high burst rates for long periods of time, this will come as welcome news as it means you’ll get more shots out of a single charge. The downside, of course, is it does take a little longer to charge than the W-126S battery found in the original Fujifilm X-S10 – but this isn’t likely to put anyone off. 

The X-S10 was released in November 2020 and was a huge hit due to its compact size, impressive specs, outstanding image quality and price. While diehard Fujifilm fans grumbled over the lack of exposure dials, others were delighted to have such a top-spec camera that was so affordable. 

With the choice of the existing 26MP sensor rather than the newer, more expensive one, it looks like Fujifilm is keen to keep that magic formula for the X-S20. 

If you enjoyed this article, be sure to check out our full Fujifilm X-S10 review, see where it stands among the best Fujifilm cameras, and look at the best Fujifilm lenses to see what to pair with it. 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.