Fujifilm X 70 – First with Touch Screen

TEST: Fujiflm X 100 is a popular camera among photographers. But for many, it is a little too pricey to buy instead of another Compact. Now comes the fujifilm with the X 70 that have the same quality image but with a lower price tag.

When Fujifilm launched its X 100, it quickly became popular, as have the sequels to the model, X100T X100S, have become very popular and. The question is whether their newborn little sibling X 70 will be as popular? An important element that contributed to the X 100 series ‘ popularity is the advanced hybrid viewfinder.

Many people like to have a viewfinder to look in even on a compact camera. The x 70 is not the viewfinder. X 70 may be content with the touch screen as a viewfinder, which is not so bad at all.

It is the first camera in the X-series which has a touch screen, the fold-out screen is a nice addition that can surely leave some excuse that it does not have the pleasant hybrid viewfinder.

But X 70 retains the order the camera type, big sensor from the X 100 series. It also has a bright lens with a fixed focal length, like store brothers (more views on the lens will come later).

However, 18.5 mm lens offers focal length equivalent to about 28 mm in 35 mm format, instead of the equivalent 35 mm as X100T has. Aperture tops out at f/2.8 which is slightly worse than X100T’s f/2. But it’s not so bad though, f/2.8 is good enough.

Less camera-same sensor

Size is about one centimeter less than the X 70 X100T in all directions, that is, one centimeter less, one centimeter thinner and one centimeter shorter (lengthwise). This results in a weight is 100 grams less than X100T. 340 grams with battery and memory card. It sounds not so much, but it’s considerably less than the cameras in the X 100 series. To make a comparison with any other brand is almost identical in size with Nikon Coolpix A which has the same resolution but still have a few years old.

Therefore, it is hard not to be impressed by that Fujifilm has managed to get to that, theoretically, good image quality in such a small package. This is a camera that goes down in a jacket pocket, thigh pocket, or other smaller, larger pocket. Thus not the framfickan Bistro on the jeans.

Many inherited from the X 100

There is so much that is the same if you have used an X 100, X100S or X100T. Controls and functions are similar, but the X 70 has a slightly different layout. This is because the retractable touch screen. The button bar to the right of the screen on the X 100 series is scattered on the left-hand page and the button for the image display mode and delete are now located on the top of the screen. Button to select the photo mode (burst, bracketing, etc) are now located on the top side of the camera instead of on the back.

All controls to adjust the viewfinder available on the X 100 series shines so clear by their absence on the X 70. Even Un-buttons are a little different. There are still many buttons that can be programmed but it is only one of these that is clearly marked with the UN, other programmable buttons do you find in the menus, not because it is especially difficult, but still. For example, Fn button on top of the camera marked with a red little one as a video dedikerad button, although it can be used for other things.

The x 70 also receive the electronic viewfinder that allows shutter speeds up to 1/32000, which is convenient when you want to use a large aperture in bright environments. You can use the electronic shutter also makes it possible to sync a Flash with faster shutter speeds than a focal-plane shutter capable of; something that can be nice if you like to use Flash, the X 70 also has a hot shoe so it is possible to use both radio transmitters, external Flash or ttl cable for faster transfer if you so wish. The auto focus has a new features zone and wide which came with X-T10 and then updated to X-T1 also. Had it been a regular Compact with a zoom, I had not thought it was something weird that autfokusen was a little rubbery and perhaps sounded a bit. But in a fixed lens, one gets the feeling that the focus should move faster. It’s not slow so that it interferes with, or well, just a little. I think the course a bit too often and a little too much. But, it’s not like X-Pro1: an when it came, I was happy to see that it was slightly faster.

Smart controls

Like the X 100 series has the physical controls for shutter speed, Aperture, and Expo-eringskompensation. Or Yes, like most X-series cameras. This is very nice when you can quickly and easily check and adjust its exposure.

X 70, however, has received a contribution among the controls that are not X 100 cameras have. A lever that activates a auto mode. Then the camera aside from what all other knobs are set on and selects the exposure and the focus method itself. If you’re going to lend to a non-fotokunnig companion or family member, you can easily knock over your camera in the» fool «mode, the camera takes care of everything. When you get the camera back, turn just over lever to manual mode again. Simple and convenient.

The controls feels really nice, the knobs are made of aluminum and all buttons are distinct. The only button that feels a bit limp is actually trigger and on/off switch that sits around the trigger. Not so bad in comparison with some other cameras, but in comparison with the other controls on the camera.

A slider that, however, I would like to change something is input the wheel. Or Yes, it’s not an input wheel without anything resembling a wheel that you can only tighten one or the other direction. It spins. Here I had liked to have had a real input wheel, it had raised the feeling. Like on the X 100 series, there is a ring on the lens that can be used for different settings.

The initial setting is to control the electronic teleconverters, which feels pretty natural.

Not quite the right focal length

This part of the exam, you may take with a grain of salt, depending on how you shoot. Choice of focal length is something that is quite subjective and X 70: s 28 millimetres falls me not really taste.

I would have rather seen that it went down to 24 mm as a» ordinary «standard zoom. Or the like X100T had a little more tele and gave around 35 millimeter instead. I came often find myself wanting a little more wide-angle or a little more tele. As to the X 100 series, there will be a wide angle adapter that provides the equivalent of 21 mm.

Directly in the camera is a digital tele-converter in two steps to get the equivalent of 35 and 50 mm. Leica has a similar solution to their advanced compact camera q. difference is that Leican has eight megapixels extra starters, so when you crop the image to get more focal length is not quality deterioration as much as in the X 70.

It should be said that the technique is still useful in the x 70, but one should not expect full image quality when changing focal length.

Improved wifi and touchscreen

Former Fuji cameras I have tested, I think has had a little unstable and rowdy wifi not always done what I wanted to do.

But with the X 70, I was able to pair your phone with the camera on the first attempt and it was no problem to transfer pictures or operate the camera with your phone. It’s the same phone and the app previously so the change seems to be made in the software or hardware of the camera. The x 70 is as I mentioned before the first camera in the X-series, touch screen.

Fuji, however, has done the same as many others when it comes to touchscreen functionality. It had been a party if it was possible to scroll through the menus using the touchscreen and maybe make more settings. It is great that there is a touch screen, but it feels like you just dipped your toes a little bit in touchscreen pool. They should have thrown themselves in head first to utilize the touch screen fully.

Image quality

Fujifilm has done well with the x 70, image quality is no different from X100T, which is a good score. The lens is sharp and nicely, but with slightly lower brightness than in the most crisp X100T. Sensor in X 70 ‘s some snap after the most crisp APS-C sensors because it has lower resolution. However, there are very nice images.

Summary

The x 70 is a really nice compact camera. Fuji managed to poke into an APS-C sensor in such a small size is impressive. Operation and controls are really nice. Autofocus is not blazing fast, but it is fast enough for most subjects.

Despite a few flaws, this is an exciting and interesting camera.