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