Gorgeous pics, but…
THE LOW-DOWN: This 16mp APS sensor camera has a fixed 18.5mm (28mm film equivalent) f2.8 lens. It has the usual Fujifilm control layout of aperture ring around the lens and shutter speed dial on the body top. Put both into A position and it equates to P on any other camera. There is a digital zoom function that simulates 35 and 50mm angles of view, with small loss of image quality. As far as we could tell this only works in Auto mode, so no RAW capture. The tilting high definition screen is the only viewfinder. The camera is beautifully made and once the eccentric controls are mastered is a pleasure to use. The 148 page printed manual covers the functions and features.
LIKE: The image quality is gorgeous. Focus, exposure and colour are consistently spot on. But the truly wonderful thing about this camera is its high ISO performance. At ISO6400 photos are not just useable, they are miraculous with the barest hint of noise that looks for all the world like fine film grain.
DISLIKE: There is an optional viewfinder but a camera costing $950 should have one in the kit.
VERDICT: The Fujifilm X70 has some brilliant qualities that will appeal to photographers with a special application in mind. Think of it as a Leica Q with $5000 change! The fixed lens and the absence of a viewfinder rule it out for general purpose photography. But if Fujifilm is your heart’s desire then the company’s X-T10, for a few dollars more, comes with a 16—50mm interchangeable lens, gives you the fabulous picture quality, a viewfinder and entry to the company’s range of superb lenses.