Fujifilm’s X-Pro 2 has all of the Fuji buzz right now, thanks to its flagship status, but today I wanted to chat with you about another recent Fujifilm offering – the X70. This is Fuji’s take on what a premium compact camera should be, and it has some significant things to note over other cameras in this market segment, including a large APS-C sensor and a flipable, selfie capable, rear LCD.
The APS-C sensor you find in the X-70 is none other than the same (more or less) 16MP X-Trans sensor that Fuji has been rocking in their X-Series cameras like the X-T1 and X-E2. It is a sensor that we know is very capable in a wide variety of situations and having it included in such a small, compact package makes for an incredibly portable – yet powerful – combination.
Paired with the 16MP X-Trans sensor is a fixed 18.5mm F/2.8 lens, which for those of you who care, offers an effective field of view similar to a 28mm lens on a 35mm full frame camera. This means the camera is in a sort of sweet spot, where it’s wide enough to capture scenes but long enough that you can take a portrait without worrying about ridiculous distortion.
Compared to similar premium compacts, like Sony’s RX100 series and Canon’s G7X, the X70 offers a unique blend of performance and portability, at the expense of a zoom lens. The reason for this is obvious, due to the larger APS-C sensor in order to have a long zoom like the G7X or RX100 it would need to essentially be a full sized lens, thus taking the camera out of the small and compact market it was designed to compete in. It’s definitely a trade-off, but one that has more advantages than disadvantages in my opinion.
Probably the biggest head scratcher of the X70 is the lack of an EVF, and to be honest, before I used the camera I thought that this would be a bigger deal. However, after having used the camera for some time now, I can say that Fuji has done a great job with the screen, and being able to move and rotate it does wonders for composing your shot in bright daylight. I had more trouble reading my iPhone 6s than I did the X70, so take that for what it’s worth. Is it as easy to use as an OVF or EVF, no, but its very usable – even in bright daylight.
Speaking of the LCD, I forgot to mention above that it is also touch enabled. This makes scrolling through your images so quick and convenient. You can also tap on an object to focus and snap a shot, and while that is not a feature I make use of often, it is one that can come in handy for sure. A nice aspect of the selfie screen is that at arms reach, that 18.5mm lens offers a great shot of you and your surroundings, or you and whoever you are posing for a shot with.
For me, the X70 is a perfect travel/day cam for any photographer who wants DSLR quality in their pocket. The X70 produces IQ on par with what it’s APS-C X-Trans siblings produce making it one of the best compacts currently available. It is the perfect traveling companion, and can actually fit in a pocket (as long as you aren’t in skinny jeans). So long as you are comfortable with a fixed 28mm equivalent lens, or zooming with your feet, you will be very satisfied with what you can accomplish with the X70.
The X70 really defied my expectations and has me considering one as my next camera purchase. If you are in the market for something in this segment, I highly reccomend giving the X70 a look.