Fujifilm X70 Field Test: Fixed focal length camera delivers good images and offers excellent controls


posted Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 2:35 PM EDT


What do you get when you put a 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor into a relatively compact camera body with a fixed focal length 28mm f/2.8 equivalent lens? The new Fujifilm X70, a more compact sibling to the well-regarded X100T.

As has been the case with every Fujifilm camera I've used, the X70 offers ample physical controls and an excellent physical design. As has also been the case with other Fuji cameras, it too produces really nice images.

During my Field Test with the Fuji X70, I found myself enjoying taking photos and very rarely being frustrated by the X70's minor shortcomings. The camera has a few quirks, such as its odd thumb control on the rear of the camera and its clunky menu system, but these oddities are vastly outweighed by the positives.


The $700 Fuji X70 uses the same sensor as the X100T but offers a slightly wider fixed focal length lens for $600 less (granted, the X70 has an f/2.8 rather than f/2.0 lens). The X70 offers a lot of performance for the money and proves to be an excellent value.

This is an interesting new product from Fujifilm and one I am very happy that they offer. For street photographers or others looking for a smaller camera to keep in a jacket pocket while out and about, the X70 is an appealing option. It is more than capable enough to serve as a primary camera for shooters comfortable with a fixed 28mm focal length, as well.

To read more about the X70's performance, including autofocus, high ISO, and video, check out my Fuji X70 Field Test!

28mm equivalent (18.5mm), f/11, 1s, ISO 200.
28mm equivalent (18.5mm), f/2.8, 30s, ISO 1600 This image has been modified.
28mm equivalent (18.5mm), f/5.6, 1/950s, ISO 400, flash fired. This image has been cropped.

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