From Mark, a good concise summary of the X70 and comparison to the EX1.
Hey Mark–on your empty channel, do you switch it to ‘line’ to ‘turn it off’?
You’ll find the X70 similar to the EX1 in many many aspects. For example it gives the same profile control , and the very first thing that I used to do on EX1 (reduce the detail to make it more fluid panning) can be repeated on the X70. But there are differences of course: the lens of the X70 can’t be compared to the excellent fujinon of the EX1. But the sensor of the X70 lives on a different planet. Even with a consumer lens low light is managed beautifully on X70 and the picture quality is uncomparable. The size of the X70 looks small enough for hand-holding it but it still needs a shoulder support (the X70 “looks” small but it’s not, even the weight is not that “small”. And is “front-heavy” just like the EX1. The stabilization (set to active on X70 pretty much by default) is much MUCH better on X70. The ND filters engage in a sort of “brutal” manner on X70. So you need to be careful about that. The on-camera controls on X70 are small and difficult to push and hard to find in the dark. The audio section gives an excellent DB control but you can’t mix on-camera mics with XLR (will be one or the other). Again if XLR is set with only a shotgun attached I have to report that there are “unusual” noises coming out of the empty channel. Not the end of the world but if you are shooting a music performance live then it may be a problem. Other than that the X70 is capable of replacing the EX1 in an instant.
The X70 gives both SDI and hdmi (like the EX1r). The zoom speed of the X70 is not as slow as the EX1 at the slowest setting, but is stable , unlike the EX1 that can be jerky at times.
the autofocus of the X70 is truly “state-of-the-art”, it gives the same face recognition of the EX1 but now you can lock the face that you want to follow. That alone may make many cameramen to switch!
a final note : there are no switches underneath the handle, so we can say goodbye to those idiotic controls placed right where you put your hand to handle the camera that became a nightmare on EX1 (you grab the EX1 by the handle and the color bars or something else show up… never understood that one LOL)
Finally use the X70 on AVCHD, it’s 28Mbps but the pictures are stunning (compared t the 35Mbps of the EX1). Forget the XAVC (another idiotic and useless nonsense in my opinion).