Fuji X70 Review: Prime-lens pocket cam offers great image quality, cool styling, but mixed performance


posted Friday, July 15, 2016 at 12:43 PM EST


The earlier Fuji X100-series of cameras earned high marks for their image quality performance as well as cool retro design. The cameras' characteristic 35mm eq f/2 prime lens might be seen as a limiting factor, but for many the beauty was in simplicity. Now, Fuji's come out with a more compact sibling, the Fuji X70. Offering the same 16MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor, but mated to a wider 28mm eq. f/2.8 lens is more pocketable than its predecessor and more affordable -- altogether putting it in direct competition to the Ricoh GR II.

We've just taken the wraps off our finalized Fuji X70 review, and by and large, the X70 racks up a similar list of pros and cons as the larger X100T. The X70 is capable of capturing excellent images and its high ISO performance is quite impressive for a camera of this size. The array of film simulation modes are very fun and make getting great looking photos straight from the camera very easy. But, there are a number of downsides that is shares with the X100-series. Autofocus performance is inconsistent and sluggish in low light, buffer depth is shallow and its video quality is underwhelming.

28mm equivalent (18.5mm), f/2.8, 30s, ISO 1600

All told, if video, super-speedy performance or the versatility of a zoom lens aren't priorities for you, then the Fuji X70 might be right up your alley for a stylish, pocketable steet shooter or travel camera. For all the details, head over to our full Fuji X70 Review, or jump right the end with our X70 Conclusion. Of course, if you haven't already, be sure to read through our Field Test as well as our Image Quality Comparison and Print Quality Analysis.

28mm equivalent (18.5mm), f/8.0, 1/20s, ISO 200, Classic Chrome film simulation.

Fuji X70 ReviewConclusion