Snap Verdict

As soon as the X-T3 was announced we could pretty much guarantee what the specification of the X-T20’s replacement would be. And sure enough, the Fuji X-T30 has the same sensor and processing engine combination. That means that you can get the same image quality as from the X-T3 from a smaller, more affordable camera.

Fujifilm has also made a few handling improvements upon the X-T20. The most noticeable is the exchange of the navigation pad for a joystick controller. It’s a great move.

There’s still some testing to be done but already I’m impressed with the Fuji X-T30. I liked the X-T20 but, the X-T30 makes a solid upgrade.

Specification

In the X-T30, Fujifilm has paired its 26.1Mp backside-illuminated (BSI) APS-C format 4th generation X-Trans CMOS sensor with the same 4th generation X-Processor as is in the X-T3.

In addition to the benefits of a BSI sensor, the processor is 3x faster than the previous generations. This helps boost speed, performance and image quality. There are even a few enhancements that have yet to reach the X-T3 via a firmware upgrade.

As with the Fuji X-T3, the 4th generation sensor and processor combo enable a native range of ISO 160 to 12,800. This can be expended to ISO 80-51,200.

Fujifilm X-T30 Review

Autofocus

Aside from the step-up in resolution from 24.3Mp to 26.1Mp, the new sensor in the X-T30 also enables a better AF system than the X-T20’s. For instance, there are 2.16 million pixels used for phase detection autofocusing rather than 0.5 million. This gives 100% coverage with AF points.

Each AF point also benefits from 4x as much data.

According to Fuji, this, the new processing engine, an improved algorithm and the BSI design of the sensor combine means the AF system is sensitive down to -3EV.

Fujifilm has also worked on the Face & Eye Tracking system. It’s now faster and more stable than the X-T20’s. The X-T30’s exposure is less likely to fluctuate when a face is detected.

In addition, smaller or more distant faces can be detected. Previously a face needed to occupy at least 10% of the vertical space. The X-T30 can detect faces that take-up just 7% of the space.

As before, there’s a menu section dedicated to customising the continuous Autofocus (AF-C) settings. This doesn’t offer quite as much control as the X-T3, but it’s a nice feature to have. There are 5 preset options that let you tailor the camera’s AF response.

Continuous Shooting

For when you need to capture fast action, the X-T30 has a maximum continuous shooting rate of 30fps (frames per second). This uses the electronic shutter and there’s a 1.25x crop applied to the image. As a result, the image resolution drops to 16Mp.

This rate can be maintained for up to 26 Jpegs or 17 raw files with no visible blackout in the viewfinder. Alternatively, you can shoot full-resolution images at 20fps for up to 53 Jpegs or 17 raw files.

Switching to the mechanical shutter gives a maximum shooting rate of 8fps for up to 90 Jpegs or 18 raw files.

Video

The X-T3 made a significant step up in video features over the X-T2 and the X-T30 does the same in comparison with the X-T20.

In 4K mode (17:9 and 16:9), video is captured at 6K and then downsampled to 4K (4096 x 2160 or 3840 x 2160 respectively). At this resolution the maximum frame rate is 30p. Switch to Full-HD resolution, however, and you can shoot at up to 120fps.

If an external recorder is connected via the X-T30’s HDMI port it’s possible to record 4:2:2 10bit footage. However, when an SD card is used for storage, the output drops to 4:2:0 8bit.

Further good news is that there’s both F-Log recording and the Eterna Film Simulation mode. These are designed to produce flat footage with greater scope for grading. Fujifilm’s other 15 Film Simulation modes are also available if you want to give stills or videos a particular look in-camera.

Although the X-T30 has a USB-C connection that allows battery charging, there’s a battery charger supplied in the box. That USB-C port can also be used to connect an external mic.

X-T30 Specification  
Model nameFUJIFILM X-T30
Number of effective pixels26.1 million pixels
Image sensor23.5mm×15.6mm (APS-C) X-Trans CMOS 4 with primary color filter
Sensor Cleaning systemUltra Sonic Vibration
Storage mediaSD memory card (~2GB) / SDHC memory card (~32GB) / SDXC memory card (~512GB)
UHS-I
File format of still imageJPEG: Exif Ver.2.3 *1, RAW: 14bit RAW (RAF original format) / RAW+JPEG
Number of recorded pixels[L]〈3:2〉 6240 × 4160 〈16:9〉 6240 × 3512 〈1:1〉 4160 × 4160
[M]〈3:2〉 4416 × 2944 〈16:9〉 4416 × 2488 〈1:1〉 2944 × 2944
[S]〈3:2〉 3120 × 2080 〈16:9〉 3120 × 1760 〈1:1〉 2080 × 2080
Lens mountFUJIFILM X mount
SensitivityStandard outputAUTO1 / AUTO2 / AUTO3 (up to ISO12800) / ISO160~12800 (1/3 step)
ISO80/100/125/25600/51200
Exposure controlTTL 256-zone metering, Multi / Spot / Average / Center Weighted
Exposure modeP (Program AE) / A (Aperture Priority AE) / S (Shutter Speed Priority AE) / M (Manual Exposure)
Exposure compensation-5.0EV~+5.0EV 1/3EV step (Movie: -2.0EV~+2.0EV)
Shutter typeFocal Plane Shutter
Shutter speedMechanical ShutterP mode: 4sec. to 1/4000sec. A mode: 30sec. to 1/4000sec. S/M mode: 15min. to 1/4000sec. Bulb mode: up to 60min.
Electronic Shutter *2P mode: 4sec. to 1/32000sec. A mode: 30sec. to 1/32000sec. S/M mode: 15min. to 1/32000sec. Bulb mode: 1sec. Fixed
Mechanical +
Electronic shutter
P mode: 4sec. to 1/32000sec. A mode: 30sec. to 1/32000sec. S/M mode: 15min. to 1/32000sec. Bulb mode: up to 60min.
Synchronized shutter speed for flash1/180sec. or slower
Continuous shootingApprox. 30fps [Only electronic shutter, 1.25 x Crop ] (JPEG: 26 frames Lossless compression RAW: 17 frames Uncompressed RAW: 17 frames)
Approx. 20fps [Only electronic shutter, 1.25 x Crop ] (JPEG: 53 frames Lossless compression RAW: 17 frames Uncompressed RAW: 17 frames)
Approx. 10fps [Only electronic shutter, 1.25 x Crop ] (JPEG: 95 frames Lossless compression RAW: 18 frames Uncompressed RAW: 18 frames)
Approx. 20fps [Only electronic shutter ] (JPEG: 32 frames Lossless compression RAW: 17 frames Uncompressed RAW: 17 frames)
Approx. 10fps [Only electronic shutter ] (JPEG: 81 frames Lossless compression RAW: 18 frames Uncompressed RAW: 18 frames)
Approx. 8fps (JPEG: 90 frames Lossless compression RAW: 18 frames Uncompressed RAW: 18 frames)
Approx. 5fps (JPEG: 205 frames Lossless compression RAW: 24 frames Uncompressed RAW: 19 frames)
Approx. 4fps (JPEG: 209 frames Lossless compression RAW: 28 frames Uncompressed RAW: 20 frames)
Approx. 3fps (JPEG: 216 frames Lossless compression RAW: 34 frames Uncompressed RAW: 21 frames)
Pre-shot: Approx. 30fps [Only electronic shutter, 1.25 x Crop ] (max. 10 frames while half press, max. 12 frames after full press, total max. 22 frames)
Pre-shot: Approx. 20fps [Only electronic shutter, 1.25 x Crop ] (max. 10 frames while half press, max. 22 frames after full press, total max. 32 frames)
Pre-shot: Approx. 10fps [Only electronic shutter, 1.25 x Crop ] (max. 10 frames while half press, max. 68 frames after full press, total max. 78 frames)
*Recordable frames depends on recording media
*Speed of continuous shooting depends on shooting environment and shooting frames
Auto bracketingAE Bracketing (Frames: -2, -3, +3, +2, ±9, ±7, ±5, ±3 Step: 1/3EV, 2/3EV, 1EV, 4/3EV、5/3EV、2EV、7/3EV、8/3EV、3EV)
Film Simulation bracketing (Any 3 types of film simulation selectable)
Dynamic Range Bracketing (100%, 200%, 400%)
ISO sensitivity Bracketing (±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV)
White Balance Bracketing (±1, ±2, ±3)
Focus Bracketing (Frames: 1~999, Step: 1~10, Interval: 0~10s)
FocusModeSingle AF / Continuous AF / MF
TypeIntelligent Hybrid AF
(TTL contrast AF / TTL phase detection AF)
AF frame
selection
Single point AF: EVF / LCD: 13×9 / 25×17 (Changeable size of AF frame)
Zone AF: 3×3 / 5×5 / 7×7 from 91 areas on 13×9 grid
Wide/Tracking AF: (up to 18 area) *AF-S: Wide / AF-C: Tracking
All
White balanceAutomatic Scene recognition / Custom1~3 / Color temperature selection (2500K~10000K) / Preset: Fine,
Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White),
Incandescent light, Underwater
Self-timer10sec. / 2sec.
Interval timer shootingYes (Setting: Interval, Number of shots, Starting time)
FlashManual pop-up flash (Super Intelligent Flash)
Guide number : approx. 7 (ISO200 · m) / approx. 5 (ISO100 · m)
Flash modesTTL(FLASH AUTO / STANDARD / SLOW SYNC.) / MANUAL / COMMANDER / OFF
SYNC. MODE
1ST CURTAIN / 2ND CURTAIN
Hot shoeYes (Dedicated TTL Flash compatible)
Viewfinder0.39 inch approx. 2.36 millions dots OLED Color Viewfinder
Coverage of viewing area vs. capturing area: approx. 100%
Magnification: 0.62× with 50mm lens (35mm equivalent) at infinity and diopter set to -1m-1
Diagonal angle of view: approx. 31° (Horizontal angle of view: approx. 26° ) Built-in eye sensor
AUTO Brightness Setting: 50~800cd/㎡
LCD monitor3.0 inch, aspect ratio 3:2, approx. 1.04 million dots touch screen color LCD monitor(approx. 100% coverage)
Movie recordingFile formatMOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264,Audio: Linear PCM / Stereo sound 24bit / 48KHz sampling)
File size[DCI 4K(4096×2160)]  29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p 200Mbps/100Mbps up to approx. 10min
Frame rate[4K(3840×2160)]    29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p 200Mbps/100Mbps up to approx. 10min
Recording time[Full HD(2048 ×1080)] 59.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p 200Mbps/100Mbps up to approx. 15min.
[Full HD(1920×1080)] 59.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p 200Mbps/100Mbps up to approx. 15min.
[Full HD(1920×1080) High speed rec.] 120p/100p 200Mbps(recording) up to approx. 6min.
*For recording movies, use a SD memory card with UHS Speed Class 3 or higher.
*Although movie recording will continue without interruption when the file size reaches 4GB, subsequent
footage will be recorded to a separate file which must be viewed separately.
Photography functionsAdvanced SR AUTO, Face / Eye detection AF, Auto Red-eye Removal, Select custom setting, Panorama, Color space, Setting (Color, Sharpness, D-range, Highlight tone, Shadow tone), Framing guideline, Frame No. memory, Histogram display, Preview depth of focus, Lens Modulation Optimizer, Pre-AF, Number of Focus Points setting, MF Assist, Focus check, Focus Peak Highlight, Electronic level, Multiple exposure, Release priority / Focus priority selection, Fn button setting , ISO AUTO control, Instant AF setting (AF-S/AF-C), AF-C CUSTOM SETTINGS , SHUTTER AF , SHUTTER AE , AF-ON , Interlock spot AE & Focus area, Focus area setting, AE-L/AF-L button setting, Edit/Save Quick menu, Preview exp./WB in manual mode, Shutter Type, Touch Screen Setting, Sports Finder Mode, Pre-Shot, Flicker Reduction
Film simulation mode16 modes (PROVIA/Standard, Velvia/Vivid, ASTIA/Soft, Classic Chrome, PRO Neg.Hi, PRO Neg.Std,
Black & White, Black & White+Ye Filter, Black & White+R Filter, Black & White+G Filter, Sepia, ACROS,
ACROS+Ye Filter, ACROS+R Filter, ACROS+G Filter, ETERNA/Cinema)
B & W Adjustment: -9~+9
Grain effectSTRONG, WEAK, OFF
Color chrome effectSTRONG, WEAK, OFF
Dynamic range settingAUTO, 100%, 200%, 400%
ISO restriction (DR100%: No limit, DR200%: ISO320 or more, DR400%: ISO640 or more)
Advanced filterToy camera, Miniature, Pop color, High-key, Low-key, Dynamic tone, Soft focus,
Partial color (Red / Orange / Yellow / Green / Blue / Purple)
Playback functionsRAW conversion, Image rotate, Auto image rotate, Face Detection, Red-eye removal, Photobook assist, Erase selected frames, Multi-frame playback (with micro thumbnail), Slide show, Protect, Crop, Resize, Panorama, Favorites, Voice Memo Setting
Wireless
transmitter
StandardIEEE802.11b/g/n (standard wireless protocol)
EncryptionWEP / WPA / WPA2 mixed mode
Access modeInfrastructure
Bluetooth®StandardBluetooth Ver 4.2 (Bluetooth low energy)
Operating frequency (Center frequency)2402 - 2480MHz
Wireless functionsGeotagging, Wireless communication (Image transfer), View & Obtain Images, Remote camera shooting, PC Autosave, Image Transfer Order, instax printer print
Other functionsExif Print, 35 Languages, Date/Time, Time difference, Sound & Flash OFF, Performance Setting, Preview exp. in Manual mode, LCD Brightness, LCD Color, Preview Pic. Effect, DISP. Custom Setting , LARGE INDICATORS MODE(EVF) , LARGE INDICATORS MODE(LCD) , LARGE INDICATORS DISP. SETTING , Copyright Setting
TerminalDigital interfaceUSB Type-C (USB3.1 Gen1)
HDMI outputHDMI micro connector (Type D)
Otherø2.5mm, stereo mini connector (Microphone), Hot shoe, Synchronized terminal
Power supplyNP-W126S Li-ion battery (included)
Battery life for still images*3Approx. 380 frames (Normal Mode) When XF35mmF1.4 R is set.
Actual battery life of
movie capture*3
*Face detection is set to OFF
[4K] approx. 45min. (29.97p)
[Full HD] approx. 45min. (59.94p)
Continuance battery life of
movie capture*3
*Face detection is set to OFF
[4K] approx. 60min. (29.97p)
[Full HD] approx. 75min. (59.94p)
Dimensions118.4mm (W) x 82.8mm (H) x 46.8mm (D) / 4.66in. (W) x 3.26in. (H) x 1.84in. (D)
WeightApprox. 383g (including battery and SD memory card)
Approx. 333g (excluding battery and SD memory card)
Operation
Environment
Operating Temperature0°C~+40°C
Operating Humidity10%~80% (no condensation)
Starting up periodApprox. 0.4sec.
Accessories includedLi-ion battery NP-W126S, Shoulder strap,
Body cap, Strap clip, Protective cover, Clip attaching tool, Owner's manual,
*1 Exif 2.3 is a digital camera file format that contains a variety of shooting information for optimal printing.
*2 The Electronic Shutter may not be suitable for fast-moving objects. Flash can not be used.
*3 Approximate number of frames or movie recording time that can be taken with a fully-charged based on CIPA Standard.

Fujifilm X-T30 Review

Build and Handling

One of the things I like most about Fujifilm’s X-series cameras is their build. They feel nice and solid. And even though the X-T30 sits below the X-T3 in the line-up, it doesn’t feel like a major step down in build quality.

The top and bottom plates are made from magnesium alloy while the dials are of milled aluminium. However, it’s important to remember that the X-T30 isn’t weatherproof.

Fujifilm is offering the X-T30 in three colours, Black, Silver and a new Charcoal Silver. I tend to go for black cameras, but they’re all nice and the Charcoal Silver looks very stylish.

Mini X-T3

While it has much of the same technology inside it as the X-T3, the X-T30 is smaller and lighter. And although Fujifilm has stuck with the same mini-DSLR shape as the X-T20 for the X-T30, it has a key handling change that we saw introduced with the more rectangular and rangefinder-like X-E3.

I’m referring to the removal of the navigation pad (AKA D-pad) on the back of the camera. The introduction of a mini joystick makes this redundant and it saves a lot of space. Consequently, the camera is a bit easier to hold as your thumb has more room.

I like the X-T20 a lot but I was disappointed that Fujifilm didn’t give it the joystick that was such a popular addition to the X-T2. I’m pleased that Fujifilm has made the change for the X-T30. It’s great for changing the AF point while you look in the viewfinder.

Fujifilm has also given the X-T30 the touchscreen gesture control that was introduced with the X-E3. Although this can result in a few accidental settings changes, I like that I can get quick access to some key features with a swipe of my finger on the screen.

The tilting screen is also a little thinner than the X-T20’s and this makes the camera a little smaller overall. It would be nice if there was a dual-tilt mechanism but I guess there have to be a few cuts made to keep the X-T30’s price down.

In another change from the X-T20, the X-T30’s grip is a slightly different shape to improve handling with larger lenses. I’ve yet to try the X-T30 with a long lens, but the grip felt very comfortable with an 18-55mm kit lens mounted.

Fuji X-T30 Review

Viewfinder and Screen

Fujifilm has kept the size and resolution of the X-T30’s electronic viewfinder the same as the X-T20’s. That means it’s a 0.39-inch OLED with 2,360,000 dots. However, the manufacturer says it’s brighter and smoother, with a refresh rate of 100fps in boost mode.

I found it gives a nice clear view with plenty of detail. I’ll have to wait until I get a full-production sample in for testing to try it with a moving subject. The boosted frame rate should make is easier to follow fast subjects as well as make the viewing experience more natural.

Beneath the viewfinder, the 3-inch tilting screen provides an alternative means of composing and reviewing images. With 1,040,000 dots, this provides a decent view although the pre-production sample I had seemed to show images a little warmer than the EVF and the final images in its default set-up.

Exposure Control

Another feature that I like about Fuji’s enthusiast and pro-level X-Series cameras is their traditional exposure controls. The X-T30 has a shutter speed dial on the left of the top-plate with markings running from 1-1/4000sec. This also has B and T (Bulb and Time) mode, along with an A for Automatic setting.

For full traditional exposure control, the camera needs to be used with a lens with an aperture ring. However, there are also front and rear dials for making setting adjustments.

If the shutter speed dial and the aperture ring are both set to A, the X-T30 is in Program mode. The exposure is taken care of automatically. However, if you set an aperture value using the lens ring and leave the shutter speed dial on A, the camera is in aperture priority mode.

Alternatively, when the aperture ring is on A and a shutter speed value is set via the dial, the X-T30 is in shutter priority mode.

If you want to shoot in manual exposure mode, just set specific values on both the shutter speed and aperture controls.

Exposure Compensation

A dedicated exposure compensation dial is located on the far right rear corner of the X-T30’s top plate. There’s no lock on it so I’ll keep an eye on whether this is easily knocked out of position when I get a review sample in for testing.

The exposure compensation dial has settings running from +/-3EV. There’s also a ‘C’ setting that allows you to use the front command dial to apply compensation values up to +/-5EV.

This front command dial is also used for setting the aperture when a lens without an aperture ring is mounted. Pressing the dial switches between aperture and exposure compensation control. It’s a neat solution that you quickly get used to.

Performance

So far I’ve only been able to shoot with a pre-production sample of the Fuji X-T30 and in a fairly limited range of shooting scenarios. However, as the sensor and processing engine is the same as in the X-T3, we can predict how the new camera will perform. That said, we will test the X-T30 fully when a production sample becomes available just to be sure.

Image Quality

It’s not possible to process raw files from the X-T30 yet but at normal viewing sizes the Jpegs I shot at ISO 12,800 look very good. A vase of flowers in dim conditions looks very natural with a good level of detail.

If you zoom in to 100% the high ISO setting makes itself more apparent. There’s a slight texture of grain visible, but its fine-grained and uniform. And as you’d expect, there’s less detail visible than in a low-ISO image. However, I’d happily use the camera in its entire native range of ISO 160-12,800.

Exposure and Colour

As I mentioned, so far I’ve only shot in a fairly limited range of conditions but the X-T30’s metering system coped well with bright sunshine, high contrast and very dim lighting.

Of course, having an electronic viewfinder means that you can assess exposure and colour before taking the shot, so there shouldn’t be many incorrect exposures. However, it looks like X-T30 users won’t need to make heavy use of the exposure compensation dial.

So far the colours from the X-T30 look typically Fujifilm. And with 16 Film Simulation modes to choose from, there’s something to suit everyone. The Provia/Standard mode is a good general purpose option and Acros is great for black and white images.

When I tested it, I found that the X-T3’s Auto White Balance system works well. It retains the atmosphere of a scene without giving images a strong cast. On the whole, I used the preset white balance values to have a creative impact on my images. For example, I used the Shade setting to warm up early morning shots a tad.

Dynamic Range

I found that the X-T3’s raw and JPEG files cope with significant brightening and I expect the same to be true of the X-T30. For example, in some instances, I was able to brighten the raw files by 4EV and some JPEGs withstand 3EV brightening.

That’s very useful for landscape photographers or in high contrast situations. It means you can underexpose to capture more highlight tonality and pull out detail from the shadows.

If you go looking for it you’ll find more luminance noise in the brightened shadows but at normal viewing sizes it’s usually acceptable.

I expect the X-T30 will put in a very similar performance. I’ll check as soon as I can with a production sample.

Autofocus

I think the X-T20’s autofocus (AF) system is pretty snappy so I’m looking forward to testing the X-T30’s with some moving subjects. It certainly seemed fast and decisive at the press event I attended. It even coped pretty well with very low light.

The Face & Eye Detection AF correctly identified most of the faces and eyes that I pointed the camera at. Some spectacles seemed to cause it a few issues, but I was using a non-final sample so it may improve.

When eyes were identified in the frame, the camera stuck doggedly with them, which will be useful for social photography. Helpfully, you can use the joystick on the back of the camera to select the face or set of eyes that you’re most interested in. Another useful feature for crowded social situations.

Video

The X-T30 makes quite a step-up in video capability over the X-T20. The video I’ve shot and reviewed so far looks very good but there’s a lot more testing and scrutinising to be done before we can pass final comment. However, it’s great to see that Fujifilm has enabled such a depth of video features in this level of camera.

Sample Images

Early Verdict

I like the X-T20 and the X-T3 is a great camera, but the X-T30 looks to offer very good value for the money. It has a terrific build and packs in a fantastic array of features that’s not far off what’s offered by the superb X-T3.

It lacks the metering mode and sensitivity (ISO) dial of the X-T3, but given the range of Auto ISO options and the fact that the viewfinder allows you to assess exposure before you take the shot, that doesn’t seem like a major loss.

The most important aspect of any camera for many enthusiasts is the image quality, the X-T30 shouldn’t make any compromise on the X-T3 in this regard. If you don’t need a weatherproof camera, the X-T30 is a pretty compelling alternative to the X-T3. It looks like Fujifilm could have another success on its hands.

 

 

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Fujifilm X-T30