Fujifilm X70 Compact Camera
Camera manufacturers are fantastic at what they do. The technology they cram into ever new iterations of their products is simply amazing. Sure, they drive professionals like me cray cray. They seem intent on fixing things that aren't broke and totally ignore the problems we complain about. Then again, professionals like me forget that "We" aren't the profitable end of the market, it's the everyday consumers who drive sales year after year. Having said that, it's puzzling that they are so inadequate at telling "consumers" just how to use their cameras and get the most out of them.
My previous article "Setup Your Fuji Camera Like A Boss" has been wildly popular. In fact, most of my "Fuji" traffic goes straight there which tells me that we can certainly be doing a better job of showing/teaching people how to get the most from their purchases. So...I've decided to update it. Partly because I've learned more about the people who buy Fuji cameras, and of course because new models have hit the scene. For this revision I'm using my trusty travel camera, the X70. Be aware though that the menu system is slightly different from model to model...accounting for additional functionality that my X70 doesn't have. The setup tips that follows will work for most, if not all Fujifilm cameras though.
I also want to stress that my method of setting up these cameras is so that when I turn on the camera, it just gets out of my way and allow me to shoot with confidence. I hate fiddling with buttons and dials when I'm in the moment. Things like Film Simulation, Face Detect, RAW vs JPEG are all personal choices based on what I'm planning for the images. Always configure your camera with the end use of your images in mind. Sometimes that means configuring and saving multiple CUSTOM PROFILES, which Fujifilm allows you to do. I'm going to suggest something radical...find a Fujifilm X-Photographer who's work you identify with and ask them how they setup their personal cameras. If your photographer of choice is me, continue on to see just how I do it, and why.
SETUP MENU 1
SETUP MENU 2
SHOOTING MENU 1
Pro Negative High Contrast | XF60mm F/2.4 Macro Lens
Astia : XF18-55mm F/2.8-4 R LM OIS Lens
Velvia | Fujifilm X70 Compact Camera | 18.5MM F/2.8 Lens
If you shoot JPEG the film simulation will be baked into the finished image, though you can make minor adjustments afterwards. RAW provides you the option of choosing the film type after the fact by using one of two RAW Processors: Silkypix or Adobe Lightroom CC.
SHOOTING MENU 2
SHOOTING MENU 3
SHOOTING MENU 4
X70 W/STI MIC Attached
SHOOTING MENU 5
The VIEW MODE button on the viewfinder of an XT-10 Camera
Battery capacity is a big issue for many mirrorless camera users..and while I don't want to minimize this for anyone, I've personally found it to be no big deal. Mirrorless cameras have a lot more going on at any given time as compared to a standard DSLR or MEDIUM FORMAT equivalent. My old DSLR batteries lasted all day with plenty of charge left when I returned home each evening. Let's just say that I don't leave home now without a backup battery...just in case.
Having said that, there are some things you can take to extend your batteries on long days of shooting.
By setting up my cameras in this way I've rarely needed more than three batteries for an entire day of shooting weddings (12 hours on average). For normal days out and about 1 or 2 batteries is just fine and that includes travel and street shooting.
I hope this helps as much as the previous version of this article. As always you can send me an email if there is something specific I haven't covered here.