Fujifilm X70 Compact goes to Valencia

FujiFilm X70 user review

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For Christmas I headed off to Valencia in seach of some sun, blue skies and tapas. For the trip my main camera was the Olympus OM-D EM5 II paired with my newly purchased M.Zuiko 12-100mm f4 Pro Travel-Zoom but I decided to supplement the EM5 II with my Fujifilm X70 compact (plus a 21mm wide lens adaptor).

Now Fuji’s tiny 16mp APS-C 28mm f2.8 fixed prime equipped Trans “X” compact is a great carry anytime option but its semi wide 28mm (equivilent) lens (or ultre wide 21mm equivilent adaptor) is not everyone’s cup of tea so can it deliver the goods?

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Well yes and no.

To be used as the one and only camera on a small break can be challenge, sure you can capture wide vista’s or impromptu street captures but for those distant candid captures is of no use whatsoever.

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The X70 low light high-ISO performance JPEG performance is excellent so whilst RAW images can be processed nicely in Lightroom in many ways the Fuji X70 is best left in JPEG for 80% of the time.

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The fixed f2.8 28mm prime lens is an OK performer but its definately not as good optically as many of Fuji’s other Fujinon primes and shows distict corner softness.

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I did loved the rear touch screen but I wish it was fully articulated and there were plenty of times under the bright blue Spainish skies when an EVF would have been very useful.

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General AF performance is overall acceptable but not exactly what I’d call snappy especially in low light. I found the 21mm wide adaptor delivered pretty good images and the extra wide capture was a godsend at times.

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So overall the Fuji X70 put in a solid performance but to be used as the only option on a small break or to be considered a viable travel option, well that’s a big ask and I’d personally consider the X70 as a back-up option supplementing a genuine all in one travel option like a superzoom / bridge camera, a travel compact or a combination like the OMD EM5 II and the excellent M.Zuiko 12-100mm f4 “Pro” travel zoom.

Mark Baynham ( Januray 2017)

 

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