With a rich heritage, the X70 from Fujifilm has a lot going for it. Phil Hall sees if it can live up to expectations

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Fujifilm X70 review – Our verdict

The X70’s combination of a 16.3MP X-Trans CMOS II sensor and sharp lens can deliver excellent results

The X70’s combination of a 16.3MP X-Trans CMOS II sensor and sharp lens can deliver excellent results

It would be harsh to label the X70 as a cut-down X100T, as this cracking compact carves out a niche all of its own in the Fujifilm line-up.

There are a couple of caveats to think about, though, before you go rushing out to get one. The absence of a built-in viewfinder means you have to rely on the touchscreen for shooting, and while it performs very well, I invariably found myself wishing I could raise the camera to my eye a lot of the time – I’d probably end up buying the optional optical viewfinder. Secondly, I can understand not wanting to use the same lens as the X100T, but I can’t help feeling that 28mm might just be too wide for a lot of photographers. Perhaps something like a 50mm would have wider appeal, but this will come down to personal taste and the type of subjects you regularly shoot.

The X70 does a great job with colours straight out of camera

The X70 does a great job with colours straight out of camera

That aside, the lens is very good and paired with the well-proven 16.3MP X-Trans CMOS II sensor, will deliver images with excellent levels of detail and well-controlled image noise. That’s not forgetting the excellent colour output from the X70’s JPEG files and a host of decent film simulation modes.

Cloak this in a stylish, compact and well-made body that offers a host of body-mounted controls and customisation, along with a decent AF performance, and you end up with an excellent enthusiast’s compact camera that you’ll always want by your side – whether that’s as a partner to your DSLR or CSC, or simply if you want to travel light and want a camera that can deliver high-end results but fit in your pocket at the same time.

WDC lens rating 4.5 stars

  1. 1. Fujifilm X70 review - Introduction
  2. 2. Fujifilm X70 review - Features
  3. 3. Fujifilm X70 review - LCD Display
  4. 4. Fujifilm X70 review - Build and handling
  5. 5. Fujifilm X70 review - Performance
  6. 6. Fujifilm X70 review - Autofocus
  7. 7. Fujifilm X70 review - Image quality
  8. 8. Fujifilm X70 review - Our verdict
  9. 9. Fujifilm X70 review - First look
  10. 10. Fujifilm X70 review - Full specification
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  • David Robinson

    The lack of built Viewfinder seems daft to me, the X30’s electronic viewfinder is perfect and also ideal for when you can’t see the screen at all on a bright sunny day. That said the addition of the touch screen on the X70 is welcome just for easy selective focus.