Fujifilm X70 Review

February 15, 2016 | Mark Goldstein |
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Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 16 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 8Mb.

The Fujifilm X70 produces images of outstanding quality. It recorded noise-free JPEG images at ISO 100 all the way up to 6400, with a little noise at ISO 12800 and more visible noise and slight colour desaturation at the faster setting of ISO 25600, an amazing performance for a camera with an APS-C sensor. The highest speed of 51200 is best avoided though. The RAW files were also excellent, with usable images throughout the entire range of ISO 200-6400.

The images were a little soft straight out of the Fujifilm X-T10 at the default sharpening setting and ideally require some further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop, or you can change the in-camera setting. The night photograph was excellent, with the maximum shutter speed of 30 seconds being long enough for most after-dark shots, and the Bulb mode allowing much longer exposures if required.

The Dynamic Range settings subtly improve detail in the shadows and highlights, while the Film Simulation modes hark back to a bygone era. The Advanced Filters provide some creative control over your JPEGs. Motion panoramas are the icing on the proverbial cake, although they didn't work very well in mixed lighting conditions or with moving subjects in the frame.

Noise

There are 10 ISO settings available on the Fujifilm X70 for JPEGs, and 6 for RAW files. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting for both JPEG and RAW files.

JPEG RAW

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

 
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ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

 
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ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

 
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ISO 51200 (100% Crop)

 
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Sharpening

Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Web - Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera JPEG images are a little soft and ideally benefit from some further sharpening in a program like Adobe Photoshop. You can also change the in-camera sharpening level.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

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Focal Range

The Fujifilm X70's fixed lens provides a focal length of 28 in 35mm terms, as demonstrated below.

28mm

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File Quality

The Fujifilm X70 has 2 different image quality settings available, with Fine being the highest quality option. Here are some 100% crops which show the quality of the various options, with the file size shown in brackets.

16M Fine (8.02Mb) (100% Crop) 16M Normal (6.49Mb) (100% Crop)
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16M RAW (32.2Mb) (100% Crop)  
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Macro

The Fujifilm X70 offers a Macro setting that allows you to focus on a subject that is 10cm away from the camera.

Macro

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Flash

The flash settings on the Fujifilm X70 are Auto, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction Auto, Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash and Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Suppressed Flash - Wide Angle (28mm)

Forced Flash - Wide Angle (28mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are some portrait shots. As you can see, neither the Forced Flash setting or the Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash option caused any red-eye.

Forced Flash

Forced Flash (100% Crop)
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Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash

Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash (100% Crop)

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Night

The Fujifilm X70's maximum shutter speed is 30 seconds and there's also a Bulb mode for exposures up to 60 minutes in length, which is excellent news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 30 seconds at ISO 200.

Night

Night (100% Crop)

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Dynamic Range

The Fujifilm X70 has three dynamic range settings - 100% (on by default), 200%, and 400% - and an Auto setting if you want to let the camera take control. These settings gradually increase the amount of detail visible in the shadow and highlight areas, with the side-effect of more noise appearing in the image. Note that you can't actually turn this feature off.

100%

200%

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400%

 
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Film Simulations

The Fujifilm X70 offers 11 different film simulation modes to help replicate the look of your favourite film stock from the past.

Provia / Standard

Velvia / Vivid

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Astia / Soft

Classic Chrome

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Pro Neg. Hi

Pro Neg. Std

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Monochrome

Monochrome + Yellow Filter

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Monochrome + Red Filter

Monochrome + Green Filter

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Sepia

Sepia

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Advanced Filters

The Fujifilm X70 offers 13 different filter effects which can be previewed on the LCD screen.

Toy Camera

Miniature

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Pop Color

High-Key

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Low-Key

Dynamic Tone

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Soft Focus

Partial Color (Red)

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Partial Color (Orange)

Partial Color (Yellow)

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Partial Color (Green)

Partial Color (Blue)

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Partial Color (Purple)

 
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Motion Panoramas

Just like Sony's Cybershot range, the Fujifilm X70 can create motion panoramas up to 360 degrees in length. Exposure is set on the first frame, which caused real problems for our indoor shot where different light sources caused large areas of vertical banding. The X70 performed much better outdoors, although watch out for moving subjects in the frame as the X70 won't compensate for this.

360 Degrees
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Multiple Exposure

The Fujifilm X70 can combine two consecutively taken shots to create a single multi-exposure.

Multiple Exposure

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