- Page 1 Fujifilm X70
- Page 2 Performance, image quality and verdict
Fuji X70 – Performance and AF
The X70 is ready to go in around two seconds of switching on the camera to focusing for your first shot. You can set the camera to auto switch-off to save power once it’s been on for a while, or just switch it off and on again. Since the camera is constantly using a screen, it’s advisable to leave auto-off on so as not to drain the battery excessively when the camera isn’t in use.
Processing speeds are reasonably quick and although an LED will indicate that the camera is still processing immediately after you’ve taken a shot, you’re able to carry on shooting straight away.
Autofocusing speeds are pretty good, especially in decent light. When the light drops a little, the lens will hunt a bit more to acquire focus, but it’s relatively rare for a false positive to be displayed. The X70 can automatically switch to macro focusing, detecting the subject that’s placed in front of the lens. However, you may find it a little frustrating if you often like to take close shots of small objects, such as flowers.
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Fuji X70 – Image Quality
Fuji has impressed in terms of image quality with every single one of its X series cameras to date, so it’s no surprise to see that we’re in for yet more excellence with the X70.
Images are bright, with a satisfying amount of punch. It’s also possible to experiment with how colours look by using different film simulations, such as Provia, Velvia and Astia. Classic Chrome is a personal favourite: it gives a pleasant, slightly muted filmic look.
The level of detail present in shots is also impressive, especially when looking at images at normal printing or web sizes (A4 or below). Even shots taken at higher ISOs (3200 and above) show a decent amount of detail without bringing in too much noise to render the image unusable.
Since the X70 shoots in raw format, you also have the option to use those to balance detail with noise reduction in some shots – for example, if you’ve photographed something particularly detailed.
Automatic white balance copes well with different lighting conditions, erring a little towards yellowish tones when shooting under artificial lighting conditions, but it isn’t particularly unpleasant. Meanwhile, the all-purpose metering setting generally produces well-balanced exposures in most conditions; the exposure compensation dial doesn’t need to be touched all that often.
You can see a collection of photo samples below.
Fuji X70 – Video
The X70 can shoot Full HD video at a variety of frame rates, but it’s a stills camera first and foremost – it isn’t meant as a camera for videographers. That said, you can manually control settings such as aperture while shooting video, which is useful.
That said, you can’t change the autofocus point while video is recording, so it’s probably something you’ll use just for recording off-the-cuff movies, rather than anything more serious.
Should you buy the Fuji X70?
Fuji X series cameras tend to be quite niche products. The X70 is no different because, although it’s far cheaper than the X100T, it’s still an expensive proposition for a model with a fixed lens.
However, image quality is fantastic – as you’d expect from something with an APS-C sized sensor – and enthusiast photographers will love the manual controls and design of the camera. If you’re looking for an backup to your main camera, the X70 could be an attractive proposition.
It could also functionally serve as your only camera, so long as you’re prepared to compromise on a single focal length, or are suited to a certain stylistic choice.
A lack of a viewfinder is likely to be an issue for enthusiast photographers – especially if your other camera has one. However, the screen is excellent, and goes some way to make up for not having one. Plus, don’t forget that you can purchase an add-on if you really miss one.
A pocket-sized camera with an APS-C sensor, a stylish body and manual control – although the X70 isn’t cheap by any stretch of the imagination, you’re getting a little marvel for your money.
Score in detail
Image Quality 9
Build Quality 9