Fujifilm X70 Initial Impressions and Images

A couple days ago my combined birthday, Father's Day, and "only if you sell off an older camera" (my wife) present arrived. I had been obsessing over the Fujifilm X70 in my search for the perfect walkabout and travel camera. Obsession lead to bargaining lead to reality. My fate was sealed.

Fujifilm X70


Now I am trying to figure out if I am satisfied with it.

I am not going to review specs, but suffice to say the camera is well appointed. The small size is perfect. I generally prefer composing off the LCD, so a viewfinder, to me, is optional. It is solidly built, and feels and looks very cool.

Fujifilm X70 tripod
Ultimate travel combination?
So why the hesitation?  Sharpness. I am unsure if my used copy of the camera is not right in some way, or my expectations are outrageously high, but I feel the OOC images are not as sharp as they should be.

Perhaps I was hoping for images rivaling the crispness of the 14mm, except that lens alone is the cost of the entire X70. Perhaps I was hoping for the "magic" of the 35mm and the X70 would render that certain quality that is hard to describe but visible. I am not a pixel peeper, but this nagging doubt made me one.

I ran a very informal test. I put the 18-55 zoom on my X-T1 and matched the focal length (18mm), aperture, ISO, and film settings with the X70. I then took a series of identical pictures, transferred them to my Chromebook, renamed them to 1a and 1b, 2a and 2b, etc., and asked my wife tell which is better, A or B? Two of the images, she thought, were so similar she could not decide. However, for four of the images she strongly preferred version B. Version B came from the X70.

This little test makes me think that I am over-thinking my gear and too obsessive. I really like the X70 and will further test it. Next month I've booked a nine day trip with my son to Peru. I need to determine if the X70 will be the only camera I take with me. Can I leave the other bodies and lenses home, severely lighten my load, and still be satisfied with the images I take back?

Here are some initial pictures from the X70 from the waterfront by Save the Bay in Providence, Rhode Island. Images are from jpegs processed in Snapseed on a Nexus 7:

Save the Bay Providence Fujifilm X70

Save the Bay Providence Fujifilm X70

Save the Bay Providence Fujifilm X70

Save the Bay Providence Fujifilm X70


Save the Bay Providence Fujifilm X70

Save the Bay Providence Fujifilm X70

Save the Bay Providence Fujifilm X70

UPDATE:

I am an idiot! On my Chromebook with Google Photos, I was using "pinch to zoom" to check the sharpness of the image. This method, rather than zooming in on the image was actually magnifying the screen instead, at the current resolution, so images became increasingly blurry as they were made larger. Using the magnifier tool properly zooms into and enlarges the image while adjusting the resolution. The X70 images retain their sharpness. Sturm und drang over. The X70 is a wonderful little device.