Fujifilm X70 Review for City and Travel Photography

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By Stefano Ferro

What is the most important characteristic of a camera for city and travel photography?

Is it the sensor size? Or the lens aperture? Or the ISO range?

To me it’s the portability and the Fujifilm X70 is a winner in this respect.

Why?

Because the best camera is the one that’s with you.

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I planned few days in Sydney. I decided to fly with my carry-on luggage, I could only take 7kg with me. I am used to flying light and I do not find that complicated to organise just the essentials.

What I find challenging is to decide what camera to take with me. I usually shoot with Nikon, fantastic gear but heavy. I sometimes end up taking just my mobile.

Not anymore with the X70. I had it for few weeks and I got so easily addicted to it. I now take it with me everywhere.

This camera is not just light. It’s the size of a compact and a heart of a DSLR. The Fujifilm X70 has an amazing 16MP APS-C sensor in that tiny body.

There is only one limit you have to live with. The X70 has a fixed prime lens with an equivalent focal length of 28m and an aperture of f/2.8.

The legs are the only form of zooming you have. And they work very well, by the way.

Yes, there are situations when you really need a zoom lens and yes, in that cases the X70 will not help. But then there are occasions when you would not take with you an interchangeable lens camera, because too bulky, and the X70 is the perfect camera to have.

The wide aperture at f/2.8 gives an amazing bokeh where needed, still maintaining amazing details on your subject.

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The X70 is not a backup on an interchangeable lens camera. It’s so much more than that.

In the city is really what you need. The perfect camera for street photography. Small and unpretentious.

I find that 28mm is not always the optimal focal length for a portrait. That’s why the digital tele-converter at 35/50mm is a great feature to have.

During some landscape photography with the X70 I missed the EVF (you can buy an OVF separately) however I find easier to shoot people with the LCD. The OVF attachment looks too professional and people seems more worried about who you are.

Who would I suggest this camera too?

To everyone that is shooting with a mobile, or a small compact, and want to step up with the own creativity. It’s really a pleasure to use Fujifilm in manual mode.

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But not only. I highly suggest it to anyone shooting with a DSLR and looking for another camera to always take with you, anywhere, anytime.

Check more photos and read the full review of the X70 here.

About the author

Stefano Ferro

Italian photographer Stefano Ferro has lived and worked all over the world, but now calls Melbourne home. He successfully runs MEL365.com, a travel photography website that focuses on visual stories from Melbourne, Australia, and around the globe. His work has been published in magazines and websites internationally.

This camera just might be brilliant

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Being a small camera, the Fujifilm X70 has been designed to be the everyday carry around for photographers who enjoy quality without the need for carrying heavy equipment. The general design of the camera follows X Series heritage, but with a few added bonuses that are sure to please the eager fans and it is these features that just might make this camera brilliant.

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Featuring a new touch screen users can now select whatever shooting mode suits them. Selecting from either touch ‘Shot’ or ‘Focus’ photographers can now engage directly with the back of the screen, bypassing the shutter button to either focus on a subject or to touch to take the shot. While this is a welcome option, if you prefer to be ‘touch free’ then turning off one of these functions is simple. All you have to do is touch the screen on the back until you see the ‘Off’ function.

The footprint of the X70 compared with the X100 series is somewhat smaller. With that said, the X70 still incorporates a generous grip for larger hands, while one hand operation is enhanced due to the ergonomic button layout of the back of the camera. Accessing the shutter speed dial is a breeze and if you find 1/4000 second isn’t going to be fast enough we would recommend you turn on the ‘MS+ES’ (Mechanical Shutter + Electronic Shutter) setting that will enable up to 1/32,000 second – perfect for shooting those direct sunlight shots at F2.8!

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Something many Fujifilm photographers rave about is the Fujifilm X Series Film Simulations that really provide a unique shooting experience. Selecting RAW+Jpeg will provide the best advantage when photographing in a film simulation. The film simulation can only be applied to a jpeg in camera, however when you shoot in RAW you can apply the film simulation when processing the photo in Adobe Lightroom. All you will need to do is navigate to the develop module and scroll down to find the ‘Camera Calibration’ and then ‘Profile’. It’s here that you would select the desired film simulation. You can see in the images below the difference it makes to a photo without having to compromise on quality.

It’s here that you would select the desired film simulation. You can see in the images below the difference it makes to a photo without having to compromise on quality.

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How to apply a Film Simulation in Adobe Lightroom

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In this example notice the colour difference when we applied the Velvia Film Simulation

The other setting that’s worth trying out on the X70 is the film simulation bracketing mode. Located within the DRIVE button this mode will capture three different images using a selection of three film simulations. You can program in whatever film simulation you want by accessing the menu – MENU/OK > FILM SIMULATION BKT. This setting is a great way to capture black and white images and colour at the same time – just note that this mode doesn’t support RAW capture. You should think about using this mode to give you an idea of what film simulation will look the best for the scene you want to photograph.

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This setting is a great way to capture black and white images and colour at the same time – just note that this mode doesn’t support RAW capture. You should think about using this mode to give you an idea of what film simulation will look the best for the scene you want to photograph.

So, if you are looking for a new premium camera or one that will become your everyday shooter, then the Fujifilm X70 is most likely it. Don’t feel you have to compensate by downgrading in quality or even features for that matter, because the X70 is unlike most mirrorless cameras around this price point. You still get a hot shoe for on-camera flash, an electronic shutter, excellent battery life and even an aperture ring around the lens for ultimate control. The only thing that’s missing is the viewfinder, but Fujifilm have you covered on that – there’s an optional VF-X21 external optical viewfinder that provides a bright frame for the 28mm and 21mm angles of view (35mm equivalent).

All that’s left is to get the camera in your hands to test out the full range of features for yourself, and if you’re not impressed, just turn the screen around and take a selfie!