Fuji® X-T20 Fast Start

Lesson 5/20 - Top & Back of Camera


Fuji® X-T20 Fast Start


Lesson Info

Top & Back of Camera

All right, over on the far left-hand side is your flash lever, which will pop your flash up. I think they very creatively hidden it into the little bump on the top of the camera there. And so, let's talk a little bit about some of the flash options on the camera. The built-in flash is not all that powerful. We do also have a hot shoe, which means it's got electronics running through it that will trigger a flash and synchronize it with the shutter of the camera. And there's lot of different options for flashes on the camera. To start with, the built-in flash is not really all that powerful, but it's good for subjects that are pretty close by. There's not a lot of flashes to choose from in the Fuji lineup right now. The main flash that they have is the EF-X500, and this is their top-of-the-line flash. It's got a lot of great features and capabilities and is quite a bit more powerful than the built-in flash. They do have a number of other flashes, and they're kind of designed for differen...

t cameras. They're very compatible. They can use them perfectly fine on this camera, but I suspect in the future, Fuji will bring out some wider variety different levels of flashes beyond the EF-X500. But it's the main one I would recommend for anyone who really does need to use a fair bit of flash. That little mark over on the side of the camera indicates where the focal plane of the sensor is. In a very rare case, you may need to measure the distance from your subject to the focal plane for manual focusing reasons or exposure reasons. And if you needed to do that, that's just letting you know where in the frame or where in the body the sensor is located. Let's move onto the backside of the camera. We have our tilting LCD on the back of the camera. I find that I often need to put two fingers on the back of the camera, so let me just show you real quickly. Sometimes when I pull out, it doesn't really want to come out fully, and so, by putting my thumb at the top, I can pivot the screen out a little bit more easily in that regard. And it has a modest range in here. Main thing is that it's got two little nubbins, so you can pull down on the top, but a lot of times I'm just leveraging it out like so. The EVF, electronic viewfinder, has 2.4 million dots. It's a very good EVF. It's not quite as big as the big brother camera to this, the X-T2, but it is very workable in pretty much all situations. Right next to it is a diopter, which controls the focusing of the viewfinder itself. And that does get bumped from time to time, so make sure that when you look through the viewfinder, all the information that you're looking at, all the numbers and graphics and things like that are very clear to your own eyes. If they're not, just give that little diopter a turn and make it clear for your own eyes. The camera will switch back and forth between the LCD on the back and the EVF, according to whether it sees something very close to the camera with that eye sensor. And so, the eye sensor can be turned off if you don't want it to work, but it'll automatically go back and forth so that you can use your eye up to the viewfinder and then use both eyes on the back of the camera. The view mode controls the way that the camera switches back and forth between the LCD and the EVF. The standard is the auto-mode where it will automatically go from the EVF to the LCD according to that eye sensor on the camera if it senses that your eye is nearby. Now, another option is to just turn on the EVF all the time or the LCD all the time. And another good option is EVF with the eye sensor, which means the eye sensor will turn on only when you are looking through it, and this is going to save a little bit of battery life. And so, if you're the type of person that enjoys using the electronic viewfinder and you don't want it on all the time when you're not looking through it, it's only going to turn on when you look through it. And so, just by pressing the View Mode button, it will cycle through those different options.

Class Description

We know what it’s like to dive right into taking pictures with your new camera. But trying to understand the manual can be a frustrating experience. Get the most out of your new mirrorless Fuji X-T20 with this complete step-by-step walk-through of the camera’s features.

Join expert photographer John Greengo for a fast-track introduction, and unlock your camera’s full potential. In this Fast Start class, you’ll learn:

  • How to use the exposure control system
  • How to understand and use the 325-point autofocus system for great photos
  • How to shoot great 4K video with full sensor coverage

John is a CreativeLive veteran instructor and an experienced photographer. He has extensive experience teaching the technical minutiae that makes any camera an effective tool: aperture, ISO, the Rule of Thirds, and the kinds of lenses you’ll need to suit your camera body. This Fast Start includes a complete breakdown of your camera’s exposure, focus, metering, video and more. John will also explain how to customize the Fuji X-T20 settings to work for your style of photography.


Paul Reid

Excellent classes. Well structured. Easy to follow. Great explanations and practical tips. I've learned so much about my Fuji X-T20 since watching!

Eddie Maleterre

I use my X-t20 in full automatic mode since last February. I am really beginner in photo and the instructions booklet delivered with the camera is really boring. I am French and despite my bad English. I understand all these lessons. Today I use my X-T20 at 60% of these capacities and soon more... thanks to you, John Greengo to be that clear ;-) Just because of those lessons I don't regret y choice to had buy that Fuji X-T20