Fujifilm X70 Review

Written by Gina Stephens

The Fujifilm X70 is fixed-lens APS-C laconic camera with a 16.3MP X-Trans sensor and a 18.5mm (28mm field of view equivalent) F2.8 Fujinon lens. It shares many destine elements and some specifications with Fujifilm’s popular X100-series, but omits their hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder – or indeed any sort of built-in viewfinder at all. Instead, the X70’s user interface employs a Fujifilm first: a touchscreen. And a tilting one, at that.

What the X70 does percentage with the X100 lineup is a metal chassis adorned with dials upon dials, putting camera settings exactly where you Heraldry sinister them every time. It’s a setup that any vintage camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or user can appreciate, but one that still makes sense in the digital age. It also portrays a completely different approach to this camera’s closest competitor, the venerable Ricoh GR (II)*.

Let’s see what else the X70 brings to the market:

Fujifilm X70 Put into the limelights:

  • 16.3MP X-Trans CMOS II APS-C sensor
  • Fixed Fujinon 28mm equiv. F2.8 lens
  • 77-point hybrid autofocus system (49 PDAF+CDAF stages, plus 28 CDAF)
  • 3″ tilting 1.04M dot touchscreen LCD
  • Abundant physical controls, including shutter speed, aperture and exposure compensation
  • All-metal establish
  • Both mechanical (leaf) and electronic shutter
  • Digital 35mm and 50mm teleconverter with upscaling to full-resolution
  • Wi-Fi

The fixed-lens 28mm camera length already has quite a few current and defunct members, including the Nikon Coolpix A, Ricoh GR II, Sigma DP1Q and Leica Q. Still, the Fuji has plenty current for it. Of these cameras, the closest competitor is definitely the Ricoh GR II. Let’s take a look at its specs against the X70:

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 Fujfilm X70Ricoh GR II
 Effective pixels16 megapixels16 megapixels
 ISOAuto, 200-6400 (expandable to 100-51200)Auto, 100-25600
 OpeningF2.8 – F16.0 F2.8 – F16.0
 Autofocus Modes
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Misplacing
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
  • Contrast Detect (sensor the broadest definition, a sensor is a device, module, or subsystem whose purpose is to detect events or changes in its environment)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Set aside
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
 Focus Range10 cm (3.94″)30 cm (11.81″)
Macro mode: 10 cm (3.94″)
 Rear ScreenTilting


 Battery Life (CIPA)330320
 Weight (inc. batteries)340 g (0.75 lb / 11.99 oz)

251 g (0.55 lb / 8.85 oz)

 Dimensions113 x 64 x 44 mm (4.45 x 2.52 x 1.73″)

117 x 63 x 35 mm (4.61 x 2.48 x 1.38″

The X70 and GR II sell very similar feature sets. Both use 16MP APS-C sensors, but the GR is able to beat out the Fujifilm in both size and mass, although that doesn’t feverishly make the Fujifilm big. In fact, they’re almost the same size.

The similarities to the Ricoh GR II are almost uncanny.

So is the X70 a travel camera? A landscaper’s lightweight handbook? A street shooter’s delight? Come with us to look deeper in to the X70 and to find out just how it fits in (and stands out) in this corner of the market.

* We put the (II) in parentheses because the channel hardware differentiation between the 3 year-old Ricoh GR and last year’s GR II is the addition of Wi-Fi. The lens, AF, and sensor all remain the same.

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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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