Fujifilm X70 – Quick Hands-on Review

Shot with the Fujifilm X70
Shot with the Fujifilm X70

I had the pleasure of trying out the new Fujifilm X70 during Gulf Photo Plus 2016. The recently announced X70 features (via Fuji’s website):

  • The Ultimate APS-C sized sensor compact X
  • New 18.5mm wide angle lens
  • X-Trans™* CMOS II & EXR Processor II
  • Manual Dial Operation
  • Auto Mode Selector Lever
  • Fastest AF 0.1 sec.
  • New Tilting LCD & Touchscreen Monitor
  • New Digital Tele-Converter

It is a sweet little camera. It’s small and fits nicely in your hands. Street shooters will love this as a take-anywhere camera. It fits nicely in a jacket pocket and can be used discreetly. What I love about the Fuji X-T1 is the tilting LCD screen. The Fuji X70 features the same (sorely lacking on the new X-Pro2). The touch-screen functionality of the LCD can be used for focusing or triggering the shutter.

Testing out the Fujifilm X70
Testing out the Fujifilm X70

The digital zoom is a nice touch for those of use not liking to shoot at the standard wide 18.5mm lens., coming in 35mm and 50mm features. The zoom ring is a tad on the small side and fiddly until you get acquainted with it. Alas, it suffers from all the same woes digital zoom brings to the table.

What I like:

  • Small and compact
  • Great JPGs straight out of the camera
  • Great color and B&W images
  • Easy to use
  • WiFi connectivity with the Fuji Remote App
  • Much improved menu layout compared to previous Fuji bodies
  • Same great Fuji quality

What I don’t like:

  • Digital zoom is  tad soft
  • Digital zoom is only accessible in single shot mode – not in burst mode
  • The 18.5mm lens – more of a personal issue as that doesn’t match my shooting style

Thanks to Fujifilm UAE for the loan on the camera. I also had the chance to shoot the X-Pro2 – a brief review is forthcoming.

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