My intention with the X70 was to have it with the WCL adaptor and have it as my carry around camera and the XPro2 for when I needed the extra power or zooms. I’d purchased the converter only a few days before the trip and didn’t have a chance to play with it much before hand. So it was very much bolt it on and off we go. The X70 doesn’t have an eye piece / viewfinder – just a tilt LCD screen on the back. I did find myself raising the camera and putting it to my eye a few times before muscle memory kicked in. I was dubious when I got it that the X70 was going to be too small for my hands, but it’s not too bad, yes some of the buttons on the right hand side next to the screen are difficult to press, but I tended to set this as my shortcut to the film simulations and i didn’t really change it that much. …….
Last month I flew to Sydney for few days. I had just my carry-on luggage (7Kg). It was a trip to see few friends. I thought to take my DSLR with me but than I decided not to because it would take most of my luggage allowance and it would also look a bit intimidating when taking photos. I used my mobile instead. Portability should be one of the most important feature when buying travel related gear. Weight and size are two important specs to consider. An amazing looking bag at 10Kg or a beautiful luggage at 5Kg? If you travel and change accommodation frequently, probably 5Kg is the solution, be practical. Back to the camera world. Do you know why your mobile phone is a great camera? ……
My journey with the Fujifilm X Series camera began with the X10. It was so much fun to hike and bike with that little camera; I felt so liberated and I loved the color and look of the images it produced. Of course, the X10, and the subsequent X20 and X30 had pretty small 2/3″ sensors, so even though I sold a few large reproduction photos to clients I shot with that camera, on the overall scale, it couldn’t really compete on a pro level with the higher end models. Problem solved. This year, Fujifilm revamped the line and introduced the X70, which brought full X Series image quality and performance into a pocket sized camera. With the 16MP X-Trans sensor, the X70 is essentially an entry level version of the X100, and even though it has a slightly wider lens, it still has the same classic design and produces the same image quality as the X100 and almost every other model in the line…….
Being a small camera, the Fujifilm X70 has been designed to be the everyday carry around for photographers who enjoy quality without the need for carrying heavy equipment. The general design of the camera follows X Series heritage, but with a few added bonuses that are sure to please the eager fans and it is these features that just might make this camera brilliant. Featuring a new touch screen users can now select whatever shooting mode suits them. Selecting from either touch ‘Shot’ or ‘Focus’ photographers can now engage directly with the back of the screen, bypassing the shutter button to either focus on a subject or to touch to take the shot. While this is a welcome option, if you prefer to be ‘touch free’ then turning off one of these functions is simple. All you have to do is touch the screen on the back until you see the ‘Off’ function…….
My wife and I had a short trip to Malta coming up and of course my thoughts immediately turned to what gear should I take with. Normally I would happily have taken my X-Pro2, which I love. However I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to borrow an X-70 from Fujifilm UK, so I thought let’s travel light for a change and take up their kind offer. I had been considering purchasing one as a travel camera so this would be a good test. When I received the X-70 I was also delighted to have been given the wide-angle converter and the optical viewfinder to try out. If you want to read a thorough review of the X-70 and all its features, then this article is not for you. This piece will be purely about how the X70 performed as a lightweight travel camera……
Excluding iterative releases of the X100, the X70 marks Fuji’s second fixed focal length “Premium Compact Camera.” It came as a bit of a surprise alongside the announcement of the X-Pro2. Fuji were likely hoping to recapture the magic of the X100 again, but with a miniaturized version, and more consumer-centric features. Overall, the feature-set is great. It’s the “miniaturization” that I think has the biggest impact on the usability of the camera, or perhaps more accurately, how the camera is used. Whether or not it succeeds will come down to your shooting style. In that respect, maybe they did recapture the original X100’s magic. Unboxing. Not much to say here. All the usual suspects are included, wait, all but one, the charger. Instead, we get a USB cable with AC-5VF AC power adapter. If you want to charge your battery, or the spare battery you’ll likely want, you’ll need to get yourself a dedicated charger, either Fuji’s own BC-65N→, or a third party option.……
Fujifilm’s X-Pro 2 has all of the Fuji buzz right now, thanks to its flagship status, but today I wanted to chat with you about another recent Fujifilm offering – the X70. This is Fuji’s take on what a premium compact camera should be, and it has some significant things to note over other cameras in this market segment, including a large APS-C sensor and a flipable, selfie capable, rear LCD. The APS-C sensor you find in the X-70 is none other than the same (more or less) 16MP X-Trans sensor that Fuji has been rocking in their X-Series cameras like the X-T1 and X-E2. It is a sensor that we know is very capable in a wide variety of situations and having it included in such a small, compact package makes for an incredibly portable – yet powerful – combination…….
I have had the privilege of trying out the Fuji X70 for a couple of months now. It has been a true joy to shoot with and I only wish Fuji wasn’t expecting it back! As for a review of the camera itself, I find myself with a very interesting dilemma. I could launch into your typical review, talking about the pros and cons and sum it all up with my final thoughts. However, plenty of others have done just that. Most of those reviews are very consistent as well. To make a long story short, I love using the little thing but hate not having a viewfinder. There you go. Easy enough. I’m actually going to take a different approach. I’m not going to elaborate on the technical aspect, but rather the creative one…….
And onto the WCL-X70…If you have read this blog recently, you’ll know about my initial commitment to disliking the new Fuji X70 and then, actually, falling head over heals in love with it. You can read about my first day at the races with the Fuji X70 if you so wish. Well, subsequently, I have kindly been loaned a WCL-X70 from Fujifilm UK- that’s a Wide Angle Converter in English and its made just for the little Fuji X-70. Oh, and the image quality and sharpness is superb. I’ve been working on a long term personal project for a while. I’ve tentatively called it “Burning Britain”, but I think it might end up just being about…well….being British……
I recently went on a long vacation to Belize. It was one of those rare trips where everything went smoothly, and it was a legitimate break from my everyday life. But I was incredibly anxious before I left — not because I was afraid I’d forget my passport, or that my allergy to bee stings would ruin my vacation. Instead I was worried about answering the most important question I ask before any trip I take: which camera do I bring? Last year when I spent some time driving around the American Southeast, I forced myself to bring one camera: my Fujifilm X100s. I chose to leave everything else — my DSLR, my lenses, my camera bag — at home……