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Fujifilm X70 review

March 16, 2016

Overall Rating:

4.5

Fujifilm X70


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Price as Reviewed:

£549.00

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
  • Sensor: 16.3MP, APS-C X-Trans CMOS II
  • Output size: 4896 x 3264
  • Lens: 18.5mm f/2.8 (equivalent to 28mm)
  • Shutter speeds: 1/4,000sec-30secs (extended to 1/32,000sec), bulb up to 60mins
  • ISO: 100-51,200 (extended)
  • Exposure modes: PASM, Advanced SR Auto
  • Metering: Multi, Spot, Average
  • Exposure comp: ±3EV in 1/3 steps
  • Drive: 8fps
  • Movie: Full HD at 60fps
  • LCD: 3in, 1.04-million-dot tilt-angle touchscreen
  • Stabilisation: N/A
  • AF points: 77-point
  • Memory card: SDHC/SDXC
  • Dimensions: 112.5 x 64.4 x 44.4mm
  • Weight: 340g (with battery and card)

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