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……
When the announcement hit that Fuji was adding the X70 to the family, I shrugged and rushed to look at the X-Pro 2 instead. I wasn’t interested in a new compact camera. Then I got a chance to spend a couple of months with the X70, and from the moment I picked it up and started shooting I realized my mistake. The X-Pro 2 is a professional’s dream, but this…this is the camera that’s going to put the X Series in the hands of more people than ever before. X70 vs. X100T: The Obvious Comparison. There are two or three cameras that people have been comparing the X70 to. The most obvious is its own sibling, the X100T, but beyond that we have similar compacts like the Ricoh GR and Sony’s RX100 series. What stands out to me is how well the X70 manages to bring together the best aspects of those cameras…….
You can’t deny the attraction of a camera that can shoot at the level we photographers need and want, but at the same time can fit in most pockets. This camera is so damn easy to take with you anywhere and its image quality is spot on – true to the Fujifilm we love and know so well. The lens has a focal length of 18,5mm, but is the same physical size as the 23mm on the X100, so all filters, lens hoods,etc. will fit. I’m not going to lie: it took me a while to warm to the camera, more than I’m used to with any other cameras in the Fuji X-range. I wasn’t quite comfortable with using it without a viewfinder and first couple of times I picked it up, I put it to my eye out of habit. I also found the controls a bit close to the LCD, which also comes from being used to having more real estate on my cameras…….
- Scott found some info that Canon may actually step up their game in the mirrorles segment.
- Marco gives a fairly thorough hands on review of the new Fujifilm X70 compact camera that he has been working with for a month now. He shares a lot of hands on experiences about what worked well and what does not work so well. And Marco gives some solid firmware improvement wishes that the Fujifilm marketing and product engineering team should take a close look at. In the end, Marco gives his thumbs up or thumbs down verdict on this camera.
- In an interview with Panasonic North America manager Tom Curley, Marco finds out some interesting information about Panasonic and the cooperation with Leica. And there are plenty of information regarding current Panasonic cameras and what their particular strength are. You can find out more about Panasonic Lumix cameras on their website at LumixLounge.com or follow them on Twitter @LumixUSA
- Scott closes the show with some of his own thoughts on Panasonic Lumix cameras.