Fujifilm X-T30 Review

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Fujifilm X-T30 Review

In this post, we are checking out the brand-new Fujifilm X-T30. This lifestyle camera is super intuitive to use, very versatile. Fujifilm X-T30 essentially a concentrated version of the Fujifilm X-T3.

In keeping with Fujifilm’s tradition, they’ve made Fujifilm X-T30 very intuitive and easy to use. You can operate it with the dials if you want full manual control or you can make this camera very automatic.



Overview: Fujifilm X-T30 Review

Body
Sensor & Processor
Autofocus
Photography Features
Color Science
Touch Screen
Electronic Viewfinder
Video Features
Lenses
Battery
Conclusion
Fujifilm X-T30 Specs.

Body

The Fujifilm cameras are incredibly engaging and they are super stylish. Fujifilm X-T30 has retro SLR design, it is really handsome and super easy to carry with you. Fujifilm X-T30 is gonna come in three colors (black, silver and charcoal silver) and it has all the handling that you love from a Fujifilm camera and a much smaller package.

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It is 383 grams but they did make it a nice durable construction with the top and bottom plate being made of aluminum and everything feels really good about this camera.

Fujifilm X-T30 has incredible analog controls but they are paired with modern flourishes as well. You have a joystick for selecting your AF point you can also use that to scroll through menu options. The little awesome pop of flash is very stylishly hidden.

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They’ve added the Q button right to the top of the grip which you can find very easily you can refer to it nicely. But if you had larger hands or if you’re wearing gloves you might accidentally bump that.



Sensor & Processor

You’ve got the latest generation 26.1MP BSI X-Trans Sensor and the newest X-Processor 4 Quad-Core CPU. Basically, it means you’re gonna get beautiful image quality.

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The real evolution of Fujifilm X-T30 from the Fujifilm X-T20 is the processor. X-Processor 4 Quad-Core CPU allowing for separation of information like auto exposure and the autofocus. The processor of the Fujifilm X-T30 also allows for better autofocus, like better eye detection, better face detection from farther away subjects and moving subjects.

Autofocus

The autofocus system in the Fujifilm X-T30 is greatly enhanced over the previous generation. There’s been strong improvements in face and eye detection. With this camera, you do get 425 phase-detect autofocus points as well which gives you real-time face and eye detection and this is amazing to work with.

Face detection is now twice as fast as the previous generation for moving subjects. Eye detection now works when you’re in the continuous AF mode. If you’re photographing people this is more convenient than ever.



Photography Features

The Fujifilm X-T30 can shoot at 8fps which is the same as Fujifilm X-T20. But you can push it with the electronic shutter up to 30fps with a 1.25 crop but be mindful of rolling shutter. Keep in mind you have to watch your shutter speed this camera does not have in body image stabilization.

I really like what they call the SR+ mode which stands for Scene Recognition. With this mode, Fujifilm X-T30 is not just looking for a proper exposure but it’s adjusting all the parameters in the camera to give you the best hit rate. If you have a husband/wife, spouse or a friend that doesn’t know anything about photography all you have to do is flick that switch on, hand them the camera and they’ll be taking beautiful photos in no time.

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You can tell the Fujifilm X-T30 we want to shoot whether it’s sunsets, fireworks, beach, snow portrait, enhanced portrait, it has all of those different options and all you have to do is flick the little dial on the front.

Color Science

Probably the biggest reason why most people use Fujifilm cameras is their color science. Whether you are shooting photos or videos you’ll have full access to digital versions of the Fujifilm’s popular film stocks.

One of the things we love about the Fujifilm is there film simulation modes. Provia and Velvia our killer saturated slide films. Acros is an amazing contrasty black and white film. Just like you have in its bigger siblings the X-T3 in the X-H1 you have Eterna under the hood of the Fujifilm X-T30 which gives cinematic look for both photo and video.



Touch Screen

There is a little flip screen on the Fujifilm X-T30. The LCD screen is actually a little bit thin so it nicely sits against the body. If you are doing some of those high angle shots you can tilt it towards to you. When you are shooting low to the ground flipping the screen up really gives you like all options and angles without you having to lay on the actual floor.

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The touch screen of the Fujifilm X-T30 has a lot of logic in it comes from smartphones. If you are used to flicking through your images on a smartphone, you are used to pinching and zooming in to make sure you’ve gotten the critical focus that’s all right here.

If you hold down the display back button on the back of the camera you’ll get a really simple menu that pops up. This menu allows you to customize what buttons do what, and what gestures, what swipes on the back screen do what. It’s a great way to set up the camera for the way that you shoot.

You can tilt the screen, of course, it’s not a full flippy screen. I wish that Fujifilm X-T30 had the flip out screen of the X-T100 that would put this right in line with the best vlogging cameras on the market.

Electronic Viewfinder

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They made some changes on Electronic Viewfinder in the Fujifilm X-T30. Now the refresh rate is a 100fps so it’s a bit faster than Fujifilm X-T20, the resolution is also higher it’s 2.36 million dots which is comparable to the Sony A6400.

The viewfinder is quite small in X-T30 and it might be a little bit surprising especially because so many mirrorless cameras are coming up with these big beautiful viewfinders. It is nice and clear but it does look quite small compared to a lot of other cameras.

Video Features

One thing that was a nice pleasant surprise of Fujifilm X-T30 is that it is souped up in terms of video. It has 4K at 30p you can do up to 120p if you’re shooting HD. For the first time in X-T class of camera Full HD up to 120fps slow motion. Now the only thing is you do have a limit of a 10 minute record time if you are shooting 4K.

Fujifilm X-T30 is a really potent little video camera that a lot of people I think are gonna be really impressed with. It does have F-Log. If you don’t want to grade your footage afterward it’s got this beautiful internal profile.

Now we have to give it a hard time because Fujifilm X-T30 only has a 2.5mm microphone jack. You can use an adapter, it also has USBC so there are adapters that allow you to do a USBC to 3.5mm if you want to monitor your sound through headphones. It is a workaround it would be nice if they had the actual inputs but it’s nice that they’ve they thought of it and you can always just go in and buy some adapters online.



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I think you are going to be very pleasantly surprised with the video quality of this camera. It does have a lot of other great advanced video features; you have ZEBRA if you want to monitor your highlights. Another nice thing that I really like about the Fujifilm X-T30 is the ability to control your autofocus speed as well as the tracking.

Fujifilm X-T30 does the real-time face detect but since you’re able to control the speed you can get that really nice focused pull look. If you’re shooting cinematic home videos or something like that you can really get this sort of nice cinematic quality to it.

Fujifilm X-T30 does have focus peaking as well if you want a venture into the manual focus side of things when it comes to video.

If you’re into doing time lapses you’ll be happy because it does have interval timer shooting however it doesn’t build the file in camera for you so you have to do that in software.

Lenses

It is an old adage camera is only as good as its lens system. Fujifilm has one of the most complete catalogs of dedicated glass out there today. Their lenses are light, small and optically really nice. It’s nice to be able to adjust your aperture rate on the lens and your other manual controls using the dials and that’s something that Fuji has really nailed.

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Fujifilm X-T30 is very good with the brand-new XF 16mm f/2.8 R WR. This lens like a 24mm. It is great if you’re shooting landscapes, cityscapes, architecture or street photography.

The WR here it stands for Weather Resistant. It means you have seals and gaskets in the lens that keeps dust and moisture out. The WR line from Fujifilm is awesome. It’s incredibly compact. The lens focuses very quickly.

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In addition to the XF 16mm f/2.8 R WR, we can offer you the XF 35mm f/2 R WR. That reads like a normal 50mm lens and on the X-T30 it can fit perfectly into your pocket. If you’re going around the city, you got your camera, you got your strap, you got your two lenses in this case a camera bag is really optional. You don’t really need it.



Battery

It is a fairly demanding processor and we don’t have a very big battery to work with. So if you are buying this camera definitely gonna want to get an extra battery or two especially if you’re somewhere traveling.

Another great out-and-about type feature of the Fujifilm X-T30 is USBC chargeable while it’s even operational. So you got the carry on a charger, you just carry around the plug USBC cable and you’re good to go while you’re traveling out there. ıf you carry an external battery pack around that is it definitely an option.

Conclusion

Fujifilm X-T30 is incredibly capable of making beautiful insanely high-quality photos and videos. Who is the Fujifilm X-T30 for? I mean maybe you’re a first-time camera buyer looking for premium features without the bulk of a flagship camera, maybe you’re a seasoned professional and you’re trying to find a way back to the fun of image making. All these dedicated buttons and dials make the shooting experience with the Fujifilm X-T30 incredibly engaging and so much fun. There are just so many things under the hood of the Fujifilm X-T30. It’s just an amazingly unique camera.

There’s a lot of advanced techs it can push you as a photographer and a videographer. But then it also has a lot of the simple easy-to-use controls if you’re new to photography but you want something that just feels really good in your hand.

Overall this is a jump in evolution from the X-T line. If you’re in that market this is pretty much the one to go for you. This camera pretty much gives you everything you need in a little tiny package and just a little bit more in case you want to grow with it.



Fujifilm X-T30 Specs.

Price
MSRP $899 (body only), $999 (w/15-45mm lens), $1299 (w/18-55mm lens)
Body type
Body type SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor
Max resolution 6240 x 4160
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 26 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
Processor X-Processor 4
Image
ISO Auto, 160-12800 (expands to 80-51200)
Boosted ISO (minimum) 80
Boosted ISO (maximum) 51200
White balance presets 7
Custom white balance Yes (3 slots)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, normal
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 425
Lens mount Fujifilm X
Focal length multiplier 1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,040,000
Touch screen Yes
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.93× (0.62× 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder resolution 2,360,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 900 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic) 1/32000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 5.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flash Yes (via hot shoe)
Flash modes Auto, on, slow sync, manual, commander
Continuous drive 30.0 fps
Self-timer Yes
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Average
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes
Videography features
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Modes
  • 4096 x 2160 @ 30p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 4096 x 2160 @ 25p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 4096 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I supported)
Connectivity
USB USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
USB charging Yes
HDMI Yes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone port Yes
Headphone port No
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.2
Remote control Yes (via wired remote or smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description NP-W126S lithium-ion battery & Charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 380
Weight (inc. batteries) 383 g (0.84 lb / 13.51 oz)
Dimensions 118 x 83 x 47 mm (4.65 x 3.27 x 1.85)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS None

 

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