Around 3 months ago or so I had a severe case of GAS (gear acquisition syndrome). I wanted, no needed a small compact pocketable camera for every day use. Of course Fujifilm's X70 fitted the bill. It's small, it's pocketable it has the internal gubbings of many X series cameras and looks pretty cool too. Problem solved, or so I thought.
Fuji's X70 is somewhat of a pocket rocket. Featuring very similar specifications to X series cameras such as the X100T and X-T1, the X70 is the perfect everyday camera, ideal for making big photographs from its small size. I bought it and in truth I was kind of smitten, but not in the same way as other Fuji X series cameras I own or owned.
The issues for me are pretty personal really - it isn't quite pocketable enough, certainly it's a hell of a squeeze in a pair of jeans for instance, and this is only compounded if you choose to put a lens hood or protective UV filter on the front of it. It doesn't feature a viewfinder either. No big deal for a lot of people, but I actually like to use a viewfinder, whether it's the OVF or EVF found on my X100 and X-Pro2.
In real terms I didn't carry it anymore than I did my X100T and I much prefer the 23mm (35mm) focal length of the X100T in comparison to the 18mm (27mm) length the X70 has. Also shooting wide open on the X100T means I'm shooting at a whole stop more open than the f/2.8 aperture featured on the X70. OK, so this is less of a deal, but nevertheless photographing indoors makes a difference.
However, it's not all bad news. There is much to admire about the little X70. The focal length of the lens may not be to my liking but it is a lovely and sharp optic, even wide open. Unlike the X100T which is a little soft wide open, there's not much of that on the X70.
The quality of the images are fantastic, as good as many other X series cameras. JPG's are fantastic and need very little work on, there's the usual wide selection of film simulations should you wish to use them and with the option to flip it into auto mode, you can hand it off to someone else to take a photograph for you.
I've never been a huge fan of flip screens, some people like them - for me I'm really not fussed, but what I didn't really like much is the touch screen. Originally I set the camera up without it, and for most of the time that's where I left it. Again, it's just one of those things I don't see much point in.
I think at the end of the day if I didn't have the X100T or indeed the X-Pro2, the X70 would do just about everything I want from a camera. I really do see the merits of it, however, the love affair I have with the X100 series runs deep and it's not a Mistress I can easily give up.
Hopefully the little X70 is going off to a new home where it will be much loved and enjoyed.... for the time being I'll stick with what I've got and look on with increasing interest at Fuji's new kid on the block, the X100F.