New Camera: Fujifilm x70

With the way I shop, it feels like it’s Christmas everyday! No, but really, I should actually cut back a bit. So last week when I was at a department store shopping for my friend’s baby’s 2nd birthday, when there was a 25% sale on EVERYTHING (and of course naturally, I would casually stumble across a department store with discounts on everything – per usual – and to be honest I wasn’t surprised). I think it’s mainly because ‘real’ Christmas is coming up soon and brands just want to get rid of the old winter season goods before the big boys come rolling in – hello, boxing day!

Apart from looking around for children’s toys, I was intentionally hunting for this new camera in mind that I’ve always wanted to get for the longest time, but didn’t have the time to go looking for one until this very glorious day when, at 4:45pm, I saw the sign “10% discount on everything!” and also the sign “Closing at 5pm”. The expected thought would be to turn around and go home as the doors were already closing. But my reality, I walked right in the doors half open. No shame. I had one mission to get in and get out with my camera and it was already 4:46pm. I had 14 minutes.

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Fast forward to the good part! I got my camera and with minutes to spare! It was the last one in silver and the one I wanted the most over the generic black one.

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So this camera is called: Fujifilm X70 in Silver

The Fujifilm X70 is a compact fixed lens camera with a design similar to the company’s X100 series. It has a fixed 28mm equivalent F2.8 lens paired with Fujifilm’s time-tested 16MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor and omits their hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder – or indeed any kind of built-in viewfinder at all. Instead, the X70’s user interface employs a Fujifilm first: a touchscreen. And a tilting one, at that.

Features:

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

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I knew I want the three components of touch screen, built in wifi and tilting screen for my selfies that also had a manual dial for easy access to changing aperture, shutter speed and ISO.

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After much deliberation with other brand and other types of compact camera, I wanted something that was more manual, and that also has the auto option, to give me the opportunity in learning how to use an actual manual camera to take less mediocre photographs. Since I already have the Canon EOS 600 DSLR (that is way too big and chunky to take with me everywhere) and the Canon N2 (that is a teeny tiny camera that is very good for daily use but needed something more) I really wanted something else in between those sizes that could take nice pictures just like my Canon 600D, but something more compact for when I travel.

At the moment I’ve been using my Canon N2, the quality is great and it’s very easy to use. But it’s time I invested in a proper camera to deliver better quality pictures and also to improve on my photography skills, which I have been lacking so so much these days! Using my iPhone 6s as my daily camera of taking pictures of food is such a disgrace, and don’t get me started on my Snapchat pictures as well!

At the moment, I’m still learning the ropes on this new gizmo and should get the hang of it soon! And eventually I’ll start uploading pictures using my new camera (no pressure, I should deliver decent photos of myself on holiday very shortly).

I love the dark coffee coloured leather camera cover I just got from eBay, its very snug and smooth. Notice my little pup in the background, his name is Cooper the Corgi and he’s almost 10 months old! (You can follow him on Instagram: @coopercorg)

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I’m starting to like the new quote of purchasing cameras: “small is smart” and it really is!

Ling x

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