Fujifilm X70 Compact Camera | Long Term Review

August 25, 2016  •  2 Comments

X70X70Leigh Miller | www.leighmiller.ca


My images were taken within the past eight months since the X70 was launched. I've traveled a great deal using it as my second camera. In fact much of the time it was my only camera. Post Processing was done in Adobe Lightroom CC, Adobe Photoshop CC and Google Color Efex Pro.


The X70 is my goto "do anything" pocket camera. It replaces the XP80 which originally replaced the X30, X20 and X10 compact cameras. Each of those had their own issues and advantages...they also lacked the one thing I've become very used to: The APSc X-Trans sensor. Like the other compact models before it, the X70 has a nice solid build, excellent lens but has been significantly upgraded with a faster (and more accurate) Auto-Focus, a Flip-Out Screen which is also touch enabled. It's also larger than those prior models however, still very pocketable depending on your level of tolerance. As I mentioned in my first review, the 18.5mm (28mm effectively in 35mm terms) is perfect though you wouldn't think so at first blush. If you add a little care when framing it's really easy to avoid distortion and the lens is sharp right from F2.8. In my opinion it's sharpest at F4...I usually got to F5.6 when the lighting permits.

So nearly seven months on I'm impressed with how well it's held up. No loose knobs, rubber grips or buttons to report. The rear LCD screen is possibly the only weak point (I thought) but that's held up well under constant use. I'm actually surprised at how much I like using the camera. I used to be "that guy" that went everywhere with a bag full of gear. I've toned it down a lot over the past few years though. While this focal length isn't for everyone, consider it from this perspective: Your iPhone uses the same focal length. 

Some issues I noted though are as follows:

Vignetting...there is a slight amount of edge darkening that is automatically corrected when processing RAW files in the Silkypix software. Adobe Lightroom CC does not do as good of a job. JPEGS don't seem to show any issues.

Then there is the slight bit of distortion. It's minor and the average user probably won't notice. I had to really look closely myself when reviewing a seascape shot. Again, Silkypix does an excellent job but Adobe Lightroom needs a little help. Your mileage will vary though.

Video has improved a great deal and I can pretty much shoot on-the-go video that look very good. The files are also mildly editable in Final Cut Pro X. I've had good success pushing the white balance and saturation without it falling apart.

A very good all around pocket camera and I prefer it to the Ricoh GR II it's closest competitor even though that camera has a slightly better lens. I also (still) prefer it to the X100S/T which I've just never quite got warm, fuzzy feelings for.

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Comments

Chris E(non-registered)
Excellent review and sample photos. I was getting tired of Fuji camera samples that were all in B&W or vintage looking :) I know it's a Fuji strong point, if you prefer that look, but I like seeing vivid colors myself.
oldsweng(non-registered)
I have found myself using the X70 more and more. My XT1 is gathering dust! The X70 has some IR sensitivity which I have been using to shoot B&W IR with a R72 filter with some success. Crank up the ISO and handheld IR photos are very usable.
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