Fujifilm X70 digital camera

Look, I don’t have an addiction to Fujifilm cameras. I just like them, that’s all. Observant readers who look at the EXIF data below my images on this site[1] might have spotted a few images where the camera model reads “X70” and might have guessed that I’d succumbed to temptation and added another toy to my collection. And they’d be right. I blame Jessop’s for having it out on display where I could pick it up and play with it[2] and making me buy it minutes later. Or maybe I blame Fujifilm for making nice cameras.

Anyway, what we have here is, more or less, a smaller (and cheaper) companion to the lovely X100 series. It lacks the X100/X100S/X100T hybrid viewfinder, indeed it lacks any kind of viewfinder at all[3], so you have to compose using the LCD display. This is made much easier by it having a good tilt range – it can flip right around to face the front should you be inclined to take self-portaits[4], where it automatically inverts the display so it’s the right way up.

The lens is a fixed-focus 18.5mm, equivalent to 28mm on a full-frame camera, so the field of view is moderately wide – noticeably wider than the X100’s 23mm (equivalent to 35mm, etc, etc), with a maximum aperture of f/2.8, down from f/2 on the X100. It shares the X100’s nicely clicky aperture dial, which in automatic modes doubles as a controller for other settings (user selectable, nice).

On the top plate you’ll find the exposure setting and exposure compensation dials, the usual shutter release (not threaded for an old-school cable release this time) surrounded by the on/off switch, a function button that defaults to video recording and two new buttons – there’s a switch that flicks between fully automatic and whatever setting you have selected with the dials, and another function button that selects the drive mode (and there are the usual selection of those (still image, continuous shooting, bracketing, advanced photo filters, etc, etc). The back has the usual Fujifilm Menu/OK button with selectors around it, the handy Q button for getting to loads of settings from one screen, a combined AE-L/AF-L button (set it to your liking in the menu), a display mode/back button and another function button which defaults to WiFi function. Above the tilting screen you’ll find the image playback and delete buttons. And finally, on the front you’ll find the focus mode switch.

As it’s quite a small camera, the moderately large handgrip is welcome – I’ve found that it balances well in my quite large hands. Apart from that, if you’ve used any other Fujifilm cameras, you’ll know what to expect from the handling and general usability.

It uses the same NP-95 battery as the X100 series (Fujifilm are nice like that), and you might want to be aware that the charger supplied is of the USB variety – it charges with the battery in the camera. If you’ve already got an X100 and some spare batteries that’s probably not an issue, of course, but if you haven’t, you might want to budget for a normal charger.

While out and about today, I had a play in a variety of conditions, and I’m beginning to get the idea of how to get good results. It works really well with the display tilted to horizontal, and with the camera held low for good old-fashioned shoot from the hip street photography as in this unedited JPG

Shoot from the hip (SOOC)

Shoot from the hip (SOOC)

Camera: X70
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/350s
Focal length: 18.5mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 23 April, 2016

Or indeed this one

Monument

Monument

Camera: X70
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/550s
Focal length: 18.5mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 23 April, 2016

I tend to regard Central Arcade as a good place to test cameras – the light from the glass roof can be overwhelming, but I think it’s done nicely here:

Central Arcade

Central Arcade

Camera: X70
Aperture: ƒ/10
Shutter speed: 1/60s
Focal length: 18.5mm
ISO: 250
Taken: 23 April, 2016

So, on its first proper outing, the X70 has made me quite happy. It’s small enough to slip into a pocket or indeed carry everywhere you go. Not as flexible as a camera with a zoom lens perhaps, but that just makes things more interesting…

 

[1] Those of you who never get past the couple of lines shown on Facebook won’t see that…
[2] This is such a nice thing to do…
[3] Though a hotshoe accessory one will be available
[4] It’s much too nice a camera to call them “selfies”