Fujifilm X70 Digital Camera Review
A DSLR-sized sensor puts a lot of imaging muscle in your pocket.
By the Numbers
In the lab, the X70 smoked our tests like you wouldn't believe. Super high sharpness, great color, decent white balance, and superb noise performance make this a great. However, Fuji seems to be content not to make video a priority, and the X70 falls short there.
With an overall average of 2296 line widths per picture height, the Fuji X70 is a seriously sharp shooter. Owing in large part to the sensor/lens combo, this camera boasts sharpness normally reserved for comparatively-specced mirrorless or DSLR cameras.
It does use a heavy hand with oversharpening by default, but you can turn this setting down/off if you so desire by digging through the Q menu. You may notice that hard edges get a little soft at the edges of the frame at f/2.8, but otherwise shots are sharp across the whole picture. For best results, I suggest sticking to f/4.
You may notice some haloing as a result of the oversharpening, but again, easily dealt with, and easy to miss.
Color & White Balance
Color is quite decent on the X70. With a ∆C 00 (saturation corrected) error of 2.24 and an overall saturation of 113.2%, you can't improve much without being perceptually perfect, so kudos Fuji!
White balance is another issue, however. Like most cameras, it struggles in incandescent light—posting color temperature error of around 2000 kelvin. However, it does famously well in daylight or fluorescent light. In both conditions, you can expect less than 400 kelvin errors. Not bad if I do say so myself.
Noise just isn't an issue on the X70. At all. You may want to turn down noise reduction to -2 in the Q menu, but even without aggressive NR, the X70's highest level of grain only ends up being 1.81% at ISO 6400. That's commendable, especially for a point and shoot. Not much to talk about here.
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