One of the questions I get a lot is in regard to My Fujifilm X70 Settings.

So today, I’m going to answer those questions.

Firstly though, I want to say “thank you” to all of those that took the time to comment, email and in some cases phone (from Peru of all places) with words of kindness following my rant last week.  It means a lot.  I mean it.

Now, as it’s the 21st century, I’ve made another little YouTube video to accompany this Fujifilm X70 Settings blog post.  If you get a chance, it might be worth looking through it as I talk quite a bit about how I shoot certain images with the Fujifilm X70:

Fujifilm X70 Settings – Zone Focusing & Metering

I mentioned in the video because the X70 doesn’t have a native viewfinder, I typically use it via a zone focusing mechanism.

By the way, there is a great description of Zone Focusing on the DPS website if you want to dig deeper into the technique.

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In a nutshell, because of the wider focal length than perhaps the X100 range, it’s “easier” to have a greater chance of focus accuracy using a wider aperture.

In the image above, I’m using the distance scale at the bottom of the screen (which goes from 0.1 to 10 to infinity in range).

In the example above, the camera is set at F16 and is indicating that everything from around 1.6 meters to around 8 meters will be in focus giving those parameters.

Unfortunately, the X70 does not give HDMI-out recording of anything other than playback so I can’t take clean screenshots accurately for this Fujifilm X70 Settings post.  Bear with me on the gritty iPhone pictures.

Because of the ridiculously small size of the camera, and it’s light weight, this manifests itself as a pretty incredible camera to shoot “from the hip”.

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When it comes to getting in close, and shooting those angles and shots that you won’t get with a camera by raising it to the eye, I think the X70 is probably the best bet in the Fuji X-Series range at the moment.fujifilm x70 settings

The above image is shot with the WCL-X70 which gives an even wider field of view (14mm, which is approximately 21mm in full frame terms).

One thing to note when using the X70 and especially when using the wide angle converter is that the edges do barrel a little.  The middle three-quarters of the frame will be perfectly fine, but you may need to do a little distortion correction for the edges.

Metering with the X-70 and Function Buttons

The X70 has, like most of the X-Series of cameras, a set of customisable function buttons.  Some of these I disable completely, like the one on the top plate which by default is the Video button.

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Because I use Spot Metering a lot, I set Fn6 to my photometry.  Because the X70 doesn’t have a dedicated photometry button or dial, if you do want to change metering frequently, I recommend setting it to one of the function buttons.

I choose Function Button 6 as it’s in the same location as the one I use on my X100F.

I use the small button on the left of the LCD for film simulation and the button that is visually labelled as “erase” on the back of the camera, I set to face recognition (which works pretty sweet on this camera).

Back Button Focusing & Meter Lock

One of my complaints about the X70, is the cluttered button configuration on the back of the camera.  The left, DISP BACK and AF-L/AE-L buttons are way too close to the LCD for my fat fingers.

That said, short of making the camera bigger, I’m not sure what the engineers could have done.

I always shoot with a back button configuration and, for the X70, as the AFL is not a configurable button, we are forced to use the AF-L button itself.

If there is an update to this camera, I’d love to see the Q or the rear command dial configurable as function buttons for the Fujifilm X70 Settings.  And, additionally, the ability to assign AF-L to that button as with the X100F.

I’ll typically pop the camera into manual focus on the front, then use the AF-L button on the back to lock my focus.

Note, I pretty much always focus/recompose.  I always switch the joysticks off on the cameras that have them and whilst this is a personal choice, I find it a much quicker way of working.

As I said, I’ll focus first, then meter accordingly.  Once I’m happy with my metering exposure, I will half depress the shutter button to lock the metering in, then recompose.  And click.

In Shooting Menu 4, I set the AE/AF-Lock Button to AF-L only.  That enables me to control the exposure lock separately.

I also set the AE/AF-Lock Mode to Switch here.

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Metering for the highlight area and focusing/recomposing allows me to work really quickly when shooting weddings with the X70, especially when there is a good light contrast in the scene.

Colour & Monochrome Fujifilm X70 Settings

Sadly, the X70 doesn’t have the Acros film simulation.  But it does have Classic Chrome and additionally, the X70 is a camera that I find myself using the Velvia film simulation on a lot too.

Martin Parr is a favourite photographer of mine, and I often refer to my X70 as my “Martin Parr” camera.  Not because the images I take are anywhere near his calibre, but because of the camera itself, I feel, let’s me explore better and because I can get so much closer, I can get glimpses into the everyday life that I feel I can’t with other cameras.

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Monochrome Fujifilm X70 Settings

  • Monochrome + R Filter
  • Sharpness +1
  • Highlight Tone -1
  • Shadow Tone +2
  • Noise Reduction -2

Classic Chrome Fujifilm X70 Settings

  • Classic Chrome Filter
  • Colour – 0
  • Sharpness +2
  • Highlight Tone -1
  • Shadow Tone +2
  • Noise Reduction -2

Velvia Fujifilm X70 Settings

  • Velvia Filter
  • Colour – +2
  • Sharpness +1
  • Highlight Tone -1
  • Shadow Tone +2
  • Noise Reduction -2

You’ll notice a subtle difference between each three of these settings (which are keyed into to the custom settings).

Primarily, I find the sharpness needs a boost when shooting classic chrome.  It may just be my ageing eyes or my perception, but that works for me.

When I’m shooting Velvia too, I’m choosing to do it for a reason – and that is usually because it’s a vibrant and colourful day.  In which case, I’ll set the Colour setting to +2 to give a colour drenched look to the images.

Performance & Battery Preservation

If you have the camera, you’ll know it takes the NP-95 batteries.  Which are the smaller, lower capacity batteries that the X100/S & T used.

I *think* the batteries are rated at around 350 shots and that’s probably a good estimate.  I’m fairly sure I get more than that, though I haven’t really done a scientific check.

What I will say though, is my battery management is pretty similar across all the cameras.  So:

  • Using the Disp/Back button I will normally have the LCD set to the Custom view.  Bear in mind there is no EVF in the camera and unfortunately, there is no way of switching the LCD off (would like to see that in a Firmware Update).  I will normally just display battery life and basic exposure date.  I don’t have things like horizon etc showing as that does take up more battery juice.
  • I’ll have my performance mode set to HIGH.  This actually uses up more battery power, however, when coupled with the idea of switching the camera off between shooting sequences it works very well.  With High Performance on, the camera wakes up much quicker so you can save a lot of battery power by switching off, rather than relying on the auto-power-off mechanism.

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There isn’t a lot of other settings that are of note for the X70.  Each of the configurations, of course, are personal preference but I hope this little guide will give you a headstart if you are using the camera.

And a great camera it is too!

Buy the X70 on Amazon (if you are quick): http://amzn.to/2qZiT9u

If you are interested, I still have some spaces left on my Wedding Photojournalism workshop in London in July.  You can see all my available workshops here.

As ever, I’m happy to answer any questions you may have.  Please leave a comment below and feel free to share this post too if you so wish.

  • Happy Snapping – Kevin (in my Studio in Malmesbury, listening to BBC Radio 4 – The Archers))
  • Hi kevin, detailed and good review with very good photos, my question is, you always use the 16: 9 in the X 70 as in the X100F, or only the 3: 2

    Regards

    • Hi Sergio. Actually, I haven’t really been using the 16:9 at all in the X70. I may consider it a bit more but typically the X70 images are not likely to be used in Photo films so much so I tend to stay with 3:2. I normally shoot J+R with the X70 though so easy enough for me to try.

  • Great article, Fabulous shots!!!

  • Brilliant as always Kevin. Thanks for sharing.

  • I want one!

  • stefano

    hi Kevin, thanks for the infos, i was wondering when you shoot from the hips do you still use spot metering ? i tried and it’s difficult to get a good metering, because you can miss the exact spot. thanks a lot again ciao

    • Hi Stefano – yes, usually. As I’ll lock the focus with the AFl and then the metering by half depressing the shutter button.

  • Is it waterproof?!

    Since it has a 28mm lens I am assuming the swimming pool shot was taken from in the pool 😉

    Great post – thank you.

  • julia

    Absolutely lovely! Question…are your black and white shots taken like that or done in color then changed?

    • Some of these are from raw and some are B&W jpegs that I’ve warmed up a little and treated in LR.

  • Hi Kevin,

    Do you have any articles where you detail what your post processing looks like?

    • Not really. I’ll think about getting something sortedz

  • Thanks for all the useful info, Kevin. It’ll be great to read your post process article.

  • Thanks for the great post. I have been so impressed with the X70. I couldn’t pass up a great deal on a used one, and was so sure the 28mm focal length wouldn’t be for me. But I’ve been quite impressed at how versatile it is, and of course the size is absolutely amazing.

    Are you an Auto-ISO shooter, Kevin? If not, do you have any buttons assigned for ISO?

  • Timo

    I’ve got the Camera too for a while.
    Thank you so much for that GREAT article. Very usefull and interesting.
    Custom Settings for the Film Simulations are set allready and will be testet today.

    Thank you!

  • I have one of these little power houses and i have to say its always with me and gives superb results.
    Havent tried mine at a wedding yet but will do i am sure

  • Mark

    Hey Kevin. Thanks for sharing! By the way, the Amazon link is to YouTube.

  • stefano

    hi again Kevin, sorry to bother you, but i was wondering what kind of straps you are using for your camera during a wedding. I’m looking for something now, but i cannot make my mind up as i would like something that gives me freedom of movement and comfort. sorry again 😀 have a great day.

    • Hi Stefano, I use UpStraps from the USA for my cameras.

  • Another great article, Kevin! Thanks! I’ve had this camera for a while, but usually use my X100F or T or my XPro-2. I’ve been a bit put off with the lack of view finder… but your article gives me some new ideas on how to use it, so I’ll pull it off the shelf and have a go. Appreciate the thoughts on zone focussing – sounds ideal for this camera. And, as always, I love reading about your settings. I’ve tried them out on my other cameras and find they work well, so I’ll try them out on the X70. Thanks!

    • Yes, the VF (or lack of) took me by surprise too. In fact, when the X70 was first released I thought I would be terrible because of this…..but I soon changed my mind.

  • JONATHAN

    Hi Kevin, I wonder what kind of HDR setting you used to choose on your Fujifilm X70 and the reason why you prefer one to another. Thanks

    • Hi, Jonathan – there is no High Dynamic Range used in the images….do you mean Dynamic Range (as in the in camera setting?)….if so, I set that to Auto. The camera is far cleverer than I am 🙂

  • Jay

    Hi Kevin,

    Thanks so much for detailed post and video. I contemplated this camera for a while being somewhat of Fuji enthusiast and on budget. I use xt20 currently and have a few lenses mostly portraits (35 1.4, 56 1.2, 90 f2) and your video helped convince me to give this a shot. I also rented the 14/16 which I know are on their own league but I am only beginning to do some voluntary work events and have a wedding for relative this weekend so I picked this camera up for those sudden group shots at wedding/events among it’s small profileetc.

    Is there any suggestions/settings to optimize the camera for indoor reception/ for weddings? Are there any flashes/ off market ones that is simple to use as fill light that you may recommend and did you use any flash on these photos?

    Thanks so much looking forward to more posts and sorry for many questions!

    • Hi Jay – I use the little EF-X20 flash with this camera really well. Between them, they are still tiny.

  • First and foremost, many thanks for an articulate, helpful, entertaining and cool article, Kevin! You aren’t merely a fine photographer…you also have a way with words. Seriously. I’m writing with a quick and possibly dumb question. I just purchased a lightly used x70 – the latest in a long line of interesting compact cameras I’ve had, including a Ricoh GR (fine camera but I couldn’t quite bond with it) and, in the dim mists of analog prehistory, my trusty ancient Rollei 35. My specific dumb question has to do with the x70’s AF-L and metering capabilities. I’ve initially set mine up not too dissimilarly from the way I believe you set yours up — I have my AE/AF-lock button set to AF-L only, which I use to lock focus. The AE/AF-Lock Mode is set to Switch. I tend to focus first, then subsequently recompose and frame. But after locking focus, I also like to meter different exposures until I find one that works – then ideally lock that in with some kind of AE-lock — and finally recompose (reframe) and shoot. Sounds good, right? EXCEPT…my problem is, I can’t figure out a simple way (with another button? or assigning another Fn button?) to lock the metering I want. Earlier, in this article, you mentioned doing something similar — you said that “once I’m happy with my metering exposure, I will half depress the shutter button to lock the metering in” — which sounds like a fantastic solution….BUT: when I depress my shutter button halfway….NOTHING HAPPENS. So my question is – how does one activate the shutter button/exposure metering lock? Is it hidden in some menu somewhere? I hope the foregoing makes sense – and thanks in advance for your advice on this!

    • Hi Miguel,

      The way that I do it is the set the camera in M mode. Use the AFL button to lock the focus, then use the shutter button to half depress which locks the exposure as I wish to have it. Then I can recompose and shoot. Works perfectly well for me…..

  • Thank you, Kevin. That helps.
    It’s a lovely little camera.
    Cheers!
    Miguel

  • Hi kevin

    This paragraph………which took me a whole evening to digest and put into practice is brilliant and has helped me get better images from my x70 …so thank you …very chuffed. ”

    “I’ll typically pop the camera into manual focus on the front, then use the AF-L button on the back to lock my focus.

    Note, I pretty much always focus/recompose. I always switch the joysticks off on the cameras that have them and whilst this is a personal choice, I find it a much quicker way of working.

    As I said, I’ll focus first, then meter accordingly. Once I’m happy with my metering exposure, I will half depress the shutter button to lock the metering in, then recompose. And click.

    In Shooting Menu 4, I set the AE/AF-Lock Button to AF-L only. That enables me to control the exposure lock separately.

    I also set the AE/AF-Lock Mode to Switch here.