Meet my new camera the Fuji X70. A 16MP APS-C compact camera with a 18.5mm f2.8 fixed lens.
I have been considering a small camera for a while to get in close for street photography. I was interested in a Ricoh GR but there are a few points I am not happy with on the GR. This Fuji camera would appear to be the answer and has a good reputation.
The first outing was not a raging success, it must have been the darkest day of the year and it was trying to snow as well.
But, I was happy with the different style of shooting that I could use. Flip screen folded out (there is no viewfinder on the X70) one handed operation and shooting from the hip. As this camera is so small it fits in my jacket pocket when not being used.
I have decided to shoot in JPEG only with this camera using the in camera settings and film emulation modes. Two main reasons for this are Fuji has a good reputation for these settings and colours and why not let the camera do the work. Secondly the version of Lightroom I have does not support Fuji RAW files so using a third party programme slows down and adds to the process.
The next part of this journey is to master zone focusing as I become more familiar with this camera.
Update. I have been using this camera for a few weeks now and really enjoying it. The menus are easy to negotiate and the available settings are very useful.
I have tried several different film emulation settings, noise, shadow and highlight settings. But, the default JPEG setting SOOC at the moment is giving me the best results allowing for minor tweaks in Lightroom.
I have also started experimenting with the different focal length settings. There is a clever setting in the menu that allows the user to change between 18, 35 and 50mm. Not sure how this works but with a twist of the front dial I can swap between any of the three lengths. The image quality so far using this seems good and it does not look like just a case of digital zoom.