Fuji kicked off the X-series with the original X100, a camera that had a distinct retro aesthetic, great image quality and an optical viewfinder. It made waves and eventually led to Fuji’s successful X-Series of interchangeable lens cameras. The X100 has seen two more iterations, and today I’m looking at the newest ‘little brother’ of the X100 series: the Fujifilm X70. The X70 features the same APS-C sized sensor as its bigger brother, the X100T, but it comes in a more compact body and with a wider fixed lens of 18.5mm (28mm Full Frame equivalent field of view). To reduce the size, Fuji also removed the excellent hybrid viewfinder and replaced it with the first touch screen on a Fuji camera. Does Fuji have another hit on its hands…..
The X70 was delivered 5 minutes before my train was due to leave for Edinburgh. It takes 5 minutes to drive from my house to the station, so I ripped open the cardboard box and then quickly opened the familiar black Fuji box (no ripping here). I grabbed the plastic bag with the camera inside and stuffed it in my pocket. I had batteries, an SD card, a leather wrist strap and a lens hood in my camera bag just incase the X70 arrived on time (Thanks Royal Mail Special Delivery). I got To the platform with only seconds to spare, boarded the train and sat down to unwrap the small, but surprisingly weighty X70. I bought the black version because I wanted it to be as stealthy as possible on the street, otherwise I might have gone for the silver and black version (like myX100). But this was about function rather than looks. The camera is pretty much an X-T1 with a touch screen LCD, but without a viewfinder……
In a past blog post, a long time ago, speaking of a then possible X-M1 successor, I urged Fujifilm to produce “an X-100 for the rest of us”. The X-M1 line was sadly discontinued, but, a bit more than a year later, Fuji gave us a camera very close to what I had in mind. Surprisingly, even making it possibly better than what I envisioned back then. Technical characteristics for the camera are already well known, so I will not expand in this department. The X70 follows the X-100 paradigm, but in a more modern, generalized form, adding some characteristics which are unique to this model. If you have a look at the original post linked above, you’ll see that I suggested using a moderately fast, short range zoom. This was not implemented in the X70, but, first, allow me a comment. If the global camera market was in a better (read: healthy) state, I have no doubt Fuji would release more than one versions of this camera; and one of them would probably feature such a lens. After all, Fuji has a tradition in implementing such a multi-version policy, as can be seen in older (film) camera lines they had…..
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…….