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Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review

August 2014 | By Jeff Keller
Buy on GearShop$599.00


Based on a pre-production Fujifilm X30

The Fujifilm X20, introduced in January 2013, was a pretty impressive camera. With a 2/3" X-Trans sensor, relatively fast 28-112mm equivalent F2-2.8 lens, and a design that fitted right in with the company's other X-series models, it was a refreshing alternatives to other premium compacts.

While not a huge leap forward, Fujifilm's X30 has some noticeable changes, including a move from an optical to electronic viewfinder as well as adding an articulated LCD. The X30 also gains a ring around its lens for adjusting settings, as well as a dedicated movie record button. The 'guts' of the X30 remain the same, meaning that it has a 12MP X-Trans CMOS II sensor and EXR Processor II. One of our main complaints about the X20 - battery life - has been dramatically improved on the X30.

Fujifilm X30 key features

  • 12MP 2/3"-type X-Trans CMOS II sensor (8.8 x 6.6mm)
  • EXR Processor II
  • 28-112mm equiv. F2.0-2.8 lens with manual zoom adjustment
  • Hybrid (contrast + phase detection) autofocus system
  • ISO 100-3200, expandable to 12800 (JPEG only)
  • Six customizable buttons plus ring around lens
  • 2.36M dot OLED electronic viewfinder with 0.65x (equiv.) magnification
  • 3.0" 920k dot 3:2 tilting LCD
  • 12 fps continuous shooting
  • Addition of 'Classic Chrome' Film Simulation Mode
  • Built-in Wi-Fi including remote control from a smartphone or tablet
  • Full HD movie recording (1080/60p, 36Mbps bit rate), with built-in stereo microphone and external mic input

That's an impressive list of specs for a camera with an MSRP of $599. We've been using X-Trans sensors for a while now and have been impressed with their quality, though they don't tend to handle green tones terrible well. The EXR Processor II performs well, with snappy focusing and a fast burst mode. The only areas in which the camera feels sluggish are menu navigation and wake-from-sleep (which is slow on most Fujifilm cameras).

While a lot of people love their optical viewfinders, the one on the X20 wasn't terribly good. The X30 has a beautiful XGA OLED viewfinder that's quite large for this class. The rear LCD is also nice, and now has the ability to tilt upward by a little more than 90 degrees and downward by 45.

Fujifilm has expanded its selection of Film Simulation modes with the addition of 'Classic Chrome', which simulates the appearance of Kodachrome (though for licensing reasons, Fujifilm can't say that). The camera lets you bracket for film similation modes (among other things) and you can also change it using the in-camera Raw processor.

One final addition is Wi-Fi, which is nearly standard on enthusiast cameras in 2014. Using the Fujifilm Camera Remote app you can control the camera, download photos, or add location data from your smartphone.

Specs compared

The table below gives you a quick look at the differences between the X20 and X30:

 
Fujifilm X20
Fujifilm X30
Effective resolution
12.0 Megapixel
Processor
EXR Processor II
Lens focal range
28-112mm equiv.
Lens maximum aperture
F2.0-2.8
Control ring around lens
No
Yes
LCD design
Fixed
Tilting (~90 up/45 down)
LCD size (resolution)
2.8" (460k dot)
3.0" (920k dot)
Viewfinder
Optical
Electronic
Viewfinder coverage
85%
100%
Continuous shooting
12 fps
Max video resolution
1080p/60
External mic input
No
Yes
Wired remote input
No
Yes
Wi-Fi
No
Yes
Battery life (CIPA)
270 shots
470 shots

We've already covered most of those, but it's worth noting just how much better battery life is on the X30. At the time of publication, the X30 has the best battery life of any enthusiast compact.

Equivalent Aperture

Below is a look at how the X30's 2/3" sensor and fast lens affect depth-of-field and (potentially) image quality:

The above chart shows the changes in 35mm equivalent aperture as the equivalent focal length increases. This chart allows you to see the effect of the different aperture and lens ranges, taking into account the different sensor sizes. The X30 starts out with most of the inexpensive enthusiast compacts and stays neck and neck with the Olympus XZ-2. This is interesting, as it shows how the larger sensor of the X30 and faster lens of the XZ-2 cancel each other out. The more expensive cameras G1 X II and RX100 III have an advantage throughout their focal range, though the RX100 II falls behind the X30 at around 60mm.

So what does this all mean? Simply put, it means that the X30 allows for shallower depth-of-field than the cameras that are 'above it' on the chart and, more appropriately here, vice versa. One could also make the assumption that the X30 will have pretty good low light performance unless compared to a couple of more expensive models.

Pricing and Accessories

The X30 will be available in black and silver

The X30 will be available in black or silver/black at a price of $599.95. Available accessories include a leather case, lens hood and protective filter, various external flashes, and an external mic.


If you're new to digital photography you may wish to read the Digital Photography Glossary before diving into this article (it may help you understand some of the terms used).

Conclusion / Recommendation / Ratings are based on the opinion of the reviewer, you should read the ENTIRE review before coming to your own conclusions.

We recommend to make the most of this review you should be able to see the difference (at least) between X,Y and Z and ideally A,B and C.

This article is Copyright 2014 and may NOT in part or in whole be reproduced in any electronic or printed medium without prior permission from the author.

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v_roma
By v_roma (5 days ago)

I love the new design and I have always loved the way the Fuji X10 and X20 handled, particularly the manual zoom. In fact, the haptics alone have me tempted to get the Fuji X30 despite the small sensor size since it solves my main gripe by far with the previous two models, which was the crappy viewfinder. All that said, it is a shame that Fuji did not go with a 1" sensor. I am sure there are all kinds of reasons but, in the current environment with 1" compact options multiplying plus the announcement of the LX100, a 2/3" sensor on a camera larger than a NEX 6 is hard to make sense of.

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (4 days ago)

"A 2/3" sensor on a camera larger than a NEX 6 is hard to make sense of".

Not mention that NEX 6 is $100 cheaper than X30.

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Photoman
By Photoman (4 days ago)

Would prefer to spend more and get a RX100M3 or Pana LX100.

1 upvote
captura
By captura (1 day ago)

Too much has been made of the relative value of having large sensors. These days, most of the technical advancements have been made with smaller sizes.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHYidejT3KY&feature=youtu.be

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gmke
By gmke (5 days ago)

Although everyone has the experience of buying something with appeal only to find later they wish they had spent a little bit more, I have yet to regret buying a 1:1.6 / f1.8 compact camera because I still get good use of it. Though not my main camera now, I don't always need or require the best camera I own. Bottom line: the pitch on these fast glass compacts is valid. If you don't have a camera and wish to enter the game, you should NOT buy a 1:2, 1:2.3 or 1:2.5 pocket camera. I have one of those too, that I use outdoors at Scout Camp once a year. General photography requires a bit more and these advanced compacts are a great place to start. If you are only ever going to buy one camera, you SHOULD fork out that little extra for one-inch because the slightly larger sensor gives you two stops, 4x shutter. Another $100 will get you THREE stops if the LX100 that comes out tomorrow lives up to the rumors. 8x shutter speed will save some shots! All our picky opinions are about keepers.

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Chimayred
By Chimayred (1 week ago)

uh, guys, don't really know a lot about technology, but i do use an X10, have an EM-5, had a Nikon DSLR a few years ago, and have had a bunch of cameras that took really good pictures....and I have to tell you, the quality of the pictures on the X10 are sensational, and the X20 is even better. I spend a half hour a day looking at pics on Flicker's X10/X20 group and Sony RX100 group, and i'll be damned on my Ipad if I can tell that one has a 1" sensor (which BTW is a geometric joke....it's not like it is a full frame or something....) or not. The FUji pix are sensational, so are the Sony. There is more to a camera and IQ than sensor size, i mean, arne't we just looking at pixel envy again? What about image stabilization, color rendition, focus time, etc.? Sorry, i've taken great pictures with my old G10, which now has a sensor in it that my photo shop tells me is for a point and shoot (even though I bought it from them...). Come on. Look at the pictures, not the sensors.

2 upvotes
Anastigmat
By Anastigmat (1 week ago)

That much money for a big camera with a puny sensor. Never going to waste my money on it.

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captura
By captura (1 day ago)

"The times they are a changin.' "

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jmkuba
By jmkuba (1 week ago)

Too little change between X20 and X30 and between X100S X100T and wait for successors

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jeremyclarke
By jeremyclarke (1 week ago)

Too little is relative. "Appropriate" is just as accurate unless you think you SHOULD be upgrading your camera every year. Anyone with an X20 or X100S should have many more years of enjoyment out of it, these new models are for people who don't have one yet.

7 upvotes
captura
By captura (1 day ago)

Yes, and if you are doing JPEGS, consider the X10 or the X100.

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tbcass
By tbcass (1 week ago)

Why is a camera with such a small (2/3) sensor so large? If I want a camera that big I'll get a mirrorless 4/3 or APS-C. "Just Sayin" ;-)

4 upvotes
jeremyclarke
By jeremyclarke (1 week ago)

Ergonomics is one reason. I love how my X-E1 feels in my hand, anything much smaller would be ridiculous to use with an EVF. Most of the tiny MFT cameras have no built-in EVF, so there's no real comparison.

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tbcass
By tbcass (6 days ago)

Sure there is. 4/3 which is of similar size and ergonomics and has better IQ. I don't own a 4/3 camera so don't accuse me of being some kind of fanboy. It just doesn't make any sense to me.

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captura
By captura (1 day ago)

Not always true. The Sony NEX-5 series cameras are relatively small and lightweight, but offer one-handed shooting and great handling with one of the smaller lenses attached.

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seanmcd
By seanmcd (1 week ago)

Why do I want this camera so badly?

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jeremyclarke
By jeremyclarke (1 week ago)

Maybe it's the improved UI compared to the older Fuji cameras? Maybe you are just a junkie for owning everything and leaving comments on DPReview?

It's probably not the bokeh.

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wolfie
By wolfie (1 week ago)

About to be shamed by the the smaller Lumix LX100 with M43 sensor and faster zoom ...

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onlooker
By onlooker (1 week ago)

LX100(0) is supposed to have MFT sensor? I thought it was supposed to be the same 1" as in FZ1000.

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jfoote
By jfoote (2 weeks ago)

How did 16 people already have this? It hasn't been released yet?

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sanhodo
By sanhodo (1 week ago)

I'm sure you are right. Mainly just wishful thinkers.

1 upvote
captura
By captura (1 day ago)

And how is it that they became such rabid fanboys?

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Mateus1
By Mateus1 (2 weeks ago)

HUGE camera for such tiny sensor. Fuji should take lesons from Sony how to put 1" sensor and fast lens into body. Porobably Panasonic LX-8 will be also much smaller than X30. Some APS-C are just a little bigger than X30.

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Griffo 155
By Griffo 155 (1 week ago)

There is simply no need for Fuji to change the sensor size from 2/3 to 1inch... Having used both sensors 2/3 on Fuji XF1 and 1inch on Nikon 1 V1 the quality is better on the Fuji... Mainly due to the layout of pixcels...

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Mateus1
By Mateus1 (1 week ago)

Yeah, it's "very simple" but for you, not for many dissapointed X-10/20 users who expected 1" sensor and are not going to move for x30. New buyers will chose 1" Sony or Panasonic expected LX-8.

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tbcass
By tbcass (1 week ago)

"By Griffo 155 (3 days ago)
There is simply no need for Fuji to change the sensor size from 2/3 to 1inch... Having used both sensors 2/3 on Fuji XF1 and 1inch on Nikon 1 V1 the quality is better on the Fuji... Mainly due to the layout of pixcels..."

I just compared the Sony RX100iii to the Fuji X20 (same sensor as X30) and at iso 1600 the Sony easily beats it. At lower iso the Sony beats it due to greater resolution. Fuji made a mistake using a 2/3 sensor. The pixel layout performs no miracles but it sounds good on paper.

I owned a Fuji S9000 back in the day when they touted the "Super CCD" because of it's pixel layout. It was no better than any other similar cameras in IQ.

Comment edited 43 seconds after posting
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Griffo 155
By Griffo 155 (5 days ago)

If you want 1inch sensor I'd go Nikon 1! they pack a great punch...

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captura
By captura (1 day ago)

I own an X10 and also a Nikon 1 J1. Each has it's points. The N.1 is exceptionally intelligent and offers the highest keeper rate of any camera I have ever owned.

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perry rhodan
By perry rhodan (3 weeks ago)

"The built-in OIS (optical image stabilization) mechanism delivers an image stabilizing effect equivalent to 3.0-stop*4 and is extremely effective in preventing blurring caused by camera shake or subject movement". Snipped from the fujifim dot com site. Huh?

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onlooker
By onlooker (1 week ago)

Hehehe... Fujifilm has figured out a way to stop time.

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jeremyclarke
By jeremyclarke (1 week ago)

Ha ha okay I think you got them. What an awkward mistake, it sounds so natural on first reading but is so obviously wrong when you think about it.

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jeremyclarke
By jeremyclarke (1 week ago)

Wouldn't be them figuring out how to stop time, but instead them hooking the OIS up to subject tracking, and shifting the lens to match the movement of a subject. Like it would give you a similar effect to when you pan to track a car and end up with a sharp car but motion-blurred background.

PROBABLY NOT WHAT THEY MEANT GUYS.

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Robert Garcia NYC
By Robert Garcia NYC (3 weeks ago)

I don't understand this says it would need a bigger lens for a 1". Sony's are pretty small and very high quality. I don't see why Fuji can't do this.

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solsang
By solsang (3 weeks ago)

Fuji currently doesn't make a 1" sensor and would have to develop at new, and given the tragedy of X10 orbs because of using a new sensor they are understandably very cautious of doing the same mistake again!!

They have optimised the current sensor and firmware very well so there is less green smudging and less shadow noise in the X30, much cleaner than the X20 and absolutely useful at iso 1600

The autofocus is WAY better, even in low light, and by using the same sharp 28-112 they can keep it free from CA and corner softness which might have been a problem using a new 24mm (although i had really hoped that they made it 24-150mm:)

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Dabbler
By Dabbler (2 weeks ago)

Sony RX100III only zooms to 70mm. To runout to 112 and have fast aperture the lens would have to be bigger.

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tbcass
By tbcass (1 week ago)

True but the camera is so big as it is who cares if the lens is bigger?

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captura
By captura (1 day ago)

The RX100 III which as you say, only zooms to 70mm, is much smaller than the X30. But the previous model RX100 II had a longer lens range to 100mm. It's all give a little here, take a little there.

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SMPhoto
By SMPhoto (3 weeks ago)

I would think Fuji might jump on the 1" bandwagon. This camera is considerably larger than the R100, yet has less than half the sensor area. I know that is one thing that allows the faster lens, but I would jump on 16-20mp 1" version of this camera, even if if the lens dropped to say 2.8-4.0.

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nlko
By nlko (3 weeks ago)

I own the X20. It is true that it uses a lot of battery and forces me (for saving battery) to use a lot the view finder that covers seulement 85%. So a better battery and a real viewfinder is a plus.

The ergonomy of the X20 was good but the X30 control ring, one more programmable button and a better placed Q button is a plus too.

Anyway as I have been disappointed by the Fuji warranty support I won't buy it neither could recommend the brand.

(for instance in my case I discovered that a tiny scratch on the body voids the warranty for any internal trouble that it would have later.)

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lensblade
By lensblade (3 weeks ago)

For me the spec is ok, provided the camera itself remains small in size. But I find the design of the X30 lacks the elegance of the X10/X20. It looks bigger and altogether a bit run-of-the-mill. Bigger batteries with longer life are always useful, but that advantage is tempered by the fact that the batteries used on the X10/X20 are small and easy to carry. Fuji may have positioned this camera in no-mans-land where people are short of reasons to buy it.

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snapa
By snapa (3 weeks ago)

... or maybe that button should not be there until about a month after the camera has been released. That way, immature children would not be able to play with things that should not be there in the first place.

3 upvotes
DanK7
By DanK7 (3 weeks ago)

...and maybe the 15 people who have clicked "I had it" can tell us why they got rid of theirs...(something's kinda funny)

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Aroart
By Aroart (3 weeks ago)

I think people should stop talking about cameras they haven't used and use the cameras they own...

7 upvotes
EssexAsh
By EssexAsh (3 weeks ago)

oh how wise you are. Lets just remove all reviews completely from now on and be done with it.

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Dabbler
By Dabbler (2 weeks ago)

You can't just 'jump on 1" bandwagon' . Sony makes their own 1" sensor. Nikon uses Aptina sensor. And Fuji prides themselves on their sensors and the IQ they produce. And the Fuji 2/3" sensor is not less than half the size of a 1" sensor. At least not based on what I learned in elementary school.

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Provia_fan
By Provia_fan (3 weeks ago)

The other thing is reading through all these posts paints a really weird picture of the authors of a lot of the posts: people with very small hands with psychic powers, they can see the future but yet still look for what they want in the wrong place or rather thing.... :D its entertaining...i'm gonna go take some photos with my small sensor camera, I think it's a better thing to do than looking at it with ruler and metric tape at hand, it's not what it was made for. I see things don't ever change in these forums, I think i'll go back into photos and avoiding forums like this :D I'll leave you wit the work of Alex Majoli and his small sensor camera (which since the advent of the 1" sensor has been deemed worthless) http://www.robgalbraith.com/multi_page8c1c.html?cid=7-6468-7844

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munchaussen
By munchaussen (3 weeks ago)

forums -although im new in this one-, helps to debate and consider a lots of things from a camera and/or its evolution, i think anyone will not stop buying a camera only considering what its spoken here, and without having a solid and personal conclusion of an item.
i know what your point is, but as i said before- i prefer to hear all the opinions from different perceptions and cares; rather than have an unique veredict about a camera. that veredict is and should always be, personal. XD

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
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Faxutojournalist
By Faxutojournalist (5 days ago)

Provia_fan,

Thank you for that link! I own an X10 (as well as other Fuji bodies) and have taken images that have won awards and have sold prints from it. These reviews and these discussions generally tend to be based on the "is it worth it" context, so they are less philosophical than your comment. Though valid points on larger sensors, IQ, etc, I find that the resulting images as well as how the camera fits your needs and style are more important. e.g., I can agree that the RX100 images look better at high ISOs, but the ergonomics and getting at the functions/settings expeditiously doesn't work for me with this camera (I was looking to replace my X10), but it does with the X10. The images out of the X10 (likewise the X20/X30) are fine if you're not shooting portraits where extreme shallow DOF is required. To me, the X10/X20/X30 is a nice reportage camera. You can see my X10 images at http://www.lightandmatter.org/2012/equipment-reviews/fujifilm-x10-the-little-camera-that-can/

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Provia_fan
By Provia_fan (3 weeks ago)

It looks like many are not familiar with the concept of cognitive friction and complain about the cameras looking the same and offer the same features, but If I was to enter the Fujifilm market at the low end with intention to reach the higher end, I wouldn't like my camera controls or interface to change much as I upgrade. It is in fact made that way so people would not have to go through a steep learning curve. Think about that next time you use a camera different from yours.

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Paul Farace
By Paul Farace (3 weeks ago)

No OVF, no like... no purchase!

-- owner of XPro1, X100, XT1

3 upvotes
munchaussen
By munchaussen (3 weeks ago)

hahahahaha

2 upvotes
fakuryu
By fakuryu (3 weeks ago)

The XT1 has a full time EVF right?

11 upvotes
richheath
By richheath (3 weeks ago)

I have a feeling you wouldn't like the OVF of an X10/20; especially if you're expecting something comparable to the X100. As an X10/X100/X-E1 owner I can assure you that an EVF of X30 proportions is much preferable to the dinky X10 OVF.

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zcus
By zcus (3 weeks ago)

Has the movie mode improved at all??

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Michael Doleman
By Michael Doleman (3 weeks ago)

Just one question. What does "terribly good" mean?

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munchaussen
By munchaussen (3 weeks ago)

LOL

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avicenanw
By avicenanw (3 weeks ago)

And I don't know what terribly well is either ... "they don't tend to handle green tones terrible well".

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Felts
By Felts (3 weeks ago)

It's the Queens English, what!
(Said in a terribly posh English accent)

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technomad
By technomad (3 weeks ago)

It's one step ahead of "Jolly decent"

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Death89
By Death89 (3 weeks ago)

So good, its bad would be a modern equivalent I suppose.

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munchaussen
By munchaussen (3 weeks ago)

People, if fuji´s puts a 1" sensor and all the things u want, the camera would cost like...ehm.. 1000 dollars, or even mor. LOL

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ThatCamFan
By ThatCamFan (3 weeks ago)

How do you come to that conclusion? Firstly many 1" sensor camera's go for less than 1000$ (heck I got a Nikon 1 system + 2 lenses for under 500$) And even if it would be 1000$ with a 1" so what?

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Seagull TLR
By Seagull TLR (3 weeks ago)

If Fujifilm puts a 1" sensor, people bitch it is not Micro Four Thirds sensor. If Fujifilm puts a Micro Four Thirds sensor, people bitch it is not APC sensor. If Fujifilm puts an APC sensor, people bitch it is not FF sensor.

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ThatCamFan
By ThatCamFan (3 weeks ago)

Yes and no Seagull, it is correct people will bitch over anything, but sometimes the complaints do have some merrit, for example charging 600$ for what can be regarded today as OLD technology like the X30 (Also hello Canon)

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theprdg
By theprdg (3 weeks ago)

Does anyone know what storage format this camera requires (i.e. exFAT, FAT32, etc.)? Much thanks!

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John McCormack
By John McCormack (3 weeks ago)

- Glad to see that "Silent Mode" is carried over to the X30.

- Can someone explain the advantage of the "Classic Chrome" film look? The samples I've seen on the Fujifilm site don't look all that unique or different - not the Kodachrome look we had back in the day.

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avicenanw
By avicenanw (3 weeks ago)

It seems like it is their version of Kodachrome. Both Kodak and Fujifilm have a long history in photographic film emulsion. I don't know why they don't call it Fujichrome (which is a Fujifilm trademark). Maybe they want to differentiate it from their digital version. My 2 cents.

Comment edited 11 minutes after posting
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JimW-203
By JimW-203 (1 week ago)

I suspect "Classic Chrome" allows the potential buyer to pick whatever vintage emulsion gets the emotions going. It could be any: AgfaChrome, AnscoChrome, KodaChrome, EktaChrome, ad infinitumChrome. It may actually emulate a specific emulsion, but many buyers will still see their favorite in their imagination of what "Classic" entails.

Comment edited 55 seconds after posting
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LuBOSS
By LuBOSS (3 weeks ago)

Here's why I'll never buy X30:
I was one of the first owners of X10, I won it in a photo competition (€569 saved).
My experience went frome excitement to quite a big disappointment. My main complaints are that despite good overall photo quality, faces are unnaturally skewed towards edges of the picture, supermacro has really very small DOF, difference between dynamic range 100% and 400% is almost none, I never managed to shot 360° cylinder-view panorama even under perfect conditions, and modes such as soft skin or pro focus (bokeh) have very apparent signs of post-processing.
Anyway, not to mention the rubber grip that fell off, two main issues are a lot of dust in the lens despite using lens cap + case, and after 2 and 3/4 years the lens got broken - the zoom ring is cracking between 50-85mm and the picture on the lcd is 'jumping'. Turning the camera off is too hard. And the IS seems to be gone.
Est. repair cost €260.
So I'm not going to risk €550+ for new camera with the same lens :(

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
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kforever
By kforever (3 weeks ago)

I had X10 also (bought since 2011) and use almost everyday to take many documentation photo for job until now instead of using my X-E2 and X-M1. I've been replace my lens due orbs phenomena because my X10 is first generation production.

For dust, okay i had the same thing. Its the problem but almost no affect to my photo quality. But for lens broken ? Never feel the same like you. How do you use it ?

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (3 weeks ago)

"I never managed to shot 360° cylinder-view panorama even under perfect conditions"

Did you use a pano head and a correctly aligned entrance pupil? If you didn't, no wonder you had parallax errors. Only cameras (e.g., iPhones) that continuously sample the very center vertical area of the sensor (instead of stitching much wider shots) can produce almost-flawless panos WRT parallax errors when shooting handheld.

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LuBOSS
By LuBOSS (3 weeks ago)

@kforever, "How do you use it ?" - well, what should I say: normally? carefully? always using a lens cap, a case, also a neck strap. Anyway, prior to the lens problem, there already was a problem with the zoom ring - using it was not as smooth as when the camera was new and turning the camera off became quite tough. I was told by the repair service guy, that there were people having troubles to turn their camera on, sometimes totally jammed in the off position. It was because of some on/off switch related part that got broken or detached from its place. He said, that in his opinion having zoom ring working also as a mechanical on/off switch was a stupid idea from Fuji. And in my case, most likely that problematic on/off switch (or its related part) caused some other part(s) in the lens getting jammed and getting broken afterwards as I was using the zoom ring. I know that my problem is not unusual and I lost my trust in that Fuji's "Made-In-Japan" quality statement.

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makofoto
By makofoto (1 week ago)

Haha ... LuBOSS complaining about very small DOF in Supermacro mode shows that he KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY!!!

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LuBOSS
By LuBOSS (1 week ago)

@makofoto, and you surely never tried X10 - and compared its output with supermacro shots from other cameras.
And btw, as you could see, I won my X10 in a photo contest by Fuji and my picture was taken with, guess with what a 'pro' machine: Canon A570IS, beating all DSLRs...
So obviously you're right, I know nothing about photography - believe what you want - whether it's true, that's the question, but that doesn't bother you.
PS: I have a friend, who knows absolutely nothing, I mean NOTHING, about music theory. He can 'play' piano with one finger. But he has music in his head. And when I heard his EP, I've fallen off the chair how great it was.
Got the point?

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Backstage
By Backstage (3 weeks ago)

Hope this is not the expected bt not confirmed X100T ;-) Electronic viewfinder, tilt screen, ...

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (3 weeks ago)

Jeff, doesn't the X30 have the largest viewfinder of its class? Not to mention that it's built in?

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Sannaborjeson
By Sannaborjeson (3 weeks ago)

Got lost in Fuji's model range.
Too many same-looking cameras with nearly identical features and IQ.

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Lightime81
By Lightime81 (3 weeks ago)

I totally agree with you. To my admittedly amateur eye, I feel like almost every camera company has too many models with too much feature overlap. It seems like they could all benefit their bottom line by making fewer models.

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (3 weeks ago)

"Got lost in Fuji's model range"? Try Nikon 1's J and S line.

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calking
By calking (3 weeks ago)

This is true -- they have released a dozen models that are all similar.

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (3 weeks ago)

"they have released a dozen models that are all similar". Also Nikon has lot of accessories for Nikon 1 system such as Wifi adapter, GPS adapter, Video lighter, flashes.

Oh well. Nikon has to find a way to sell its body first.

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Provia_fan
By Provia_fan (3 weeks ago)

I suppose you are not familiar with the concept of cognitive friction, but If I was to enter the Fujifilm market at the low end with intention to reach the higher end, I wouldn't like my camera controls or interface to change much. It is in fact made that way so people would not have to go through a steep learning curve. Think about that next time you use a camera different from yours.

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fakuryu
By fakuryu (3 weeks ago)

"Got lost in Fuji's model range."

Try any other DSLR line

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solsang
By solsang (3 weeks ago)

There are 3 different fuji X cameras; the X30, the X100s and the ILC, then you select based on how much money you have:)

Fuji themselves said in an interview that they have too many ILC models now, and was going to cut down, the A, E and M are quite alike, while the PRO and T1 share the high end, mainly separated by the optical viewfinder

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Zigadiboom
By Zigadiboom (3 weeks ago)

Fuji have no doubt produced some fine cameras over the last few years. However to be frank this model falls short. The body is much larger than the RX100 yet the sensor is much smaller. The X30's camera dimensions r almost the same as the G1X Mark 2 yet the latter's sensor is way bigger.

Fuji's sensor tech is very good with excellent low light performance and dynamic range particularly from its APSC's. Stuff one of those or slightly smaller into the X30 body and people will definitely take notice.

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (3 weeks ago)

And nobody's taking notice now?

:)

A large sensor isn't the end all for choosing a camera. What's important is how much a camera makes you want to use it, the IQ is definitely good enough for most needs.

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Larry Liebenbaum
By Larry Liebenbaum (3 weeks ago)

I bought my X20 just over a month ago. I feel that, among other complaints, Fuji has cheapened the X20 unnecessarily without having added any real, substantial gains. No increase in shutter speeds; no increase in aperture. On the other hand the improvement in the monitor is a giant leap forward. Maybe, after I've used the x20 for five years, I could be persuaded to upgrade .

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phoenix15
By phoenix15 (3 weeks ago)

Suddenly it becomes the most popular camera in DPR ? How come ?

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Revenant
By Revenant (3 weeks ago)

Because it's the most recently announced. The popularity list is based on the number of views in previews/reviews during the last five days. The X30 won't stay at the top for long.

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kecajkerugo
By kecajkerugo (4 weeks ago)

For the 1 in sensor lovers:
1. Yes, The latest 1 in Sony sensor is the best at this point but.....
2. Notice that X-trans sensors are more capable than the Bayer ones in the high ISO department so the smaller Fuji sensor can be ~ equally capable as a larger one (see below)
3. Compare the Fuji X20 samples to the Nikon J/V series, older, newer whichever one you want (low light, set up same, print resolution for back to back). Do you see it? It is now arguable that 1 in is always better. Older Nikon ones are worse (look at the JPEGs and RAWs), newer are just different: less chroma noise on Fuji, ~ more noise overall on the Fuji but not much.
4. The X30 implemented new processing engine so the JPEGs are just better than for the X20 (search on the Fuji- rumour) so the comparison would be more favourable for the Fuji with the X30 files available.
5. Sensor is not everything: the lens does the job too!
6. Fuji cameras are just pleasure to use (controls are for photographers)

Regards.

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (3 weeks ago)

Controls or slightly better sensor, I'll take controls 10/10 times.

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (3 weeks ago)

Very well said "5. Sensor is not everything: the lens does the job too!"

Panasonic LX7's lens is brighter and wider; F1.4-2.3/24-90mm. This is major reasons that I bought LX7 but NOT Fuji X10 even X10 has OVF.

I do not think X10/20/30 has one stop advantage in low-light IQ comparing to LX7 as LX7's lens is one stop brighter.

If Fuji want to compete with flagship P&S from Sony and Pana, give us a 24mm lens at least.

It is a shame for Fuji engineers are unable to develop a brighter and wider lens than X10/20 for such a big body. Is not it?

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ThatCamFan
By ThatCamFan (3 weeks ago)

1. Eyup there is no buts.
2. Not really, they fake the numbers and the reason DXO mark does NOT do tests on them is because Fuji refuses to hand out the real ISO numbers, iso 400 is more like iso 200 actually on fuji's. Which is the reason for me selling the X100s
5. Yes the sensor is not everything but it is one of the two most important things in camera.
6. Yes they are.

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BlueBack
By BlueBack (4 weeks ago)

I suppose X30 have the same exellent macro functions as X10-- ?

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BlueBack
By BlueBack (4 weeks ago)

What about the un-usable and kincy manual focus at X10 and X20. Is it quick and easy at X30----- ?
BlueBack

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (4 weeks ago)

For me, an ideal P&S should have:
- Better low-light IQ
- Bright and wider lens
- Small
- Longer battery life (X30 has very long battery)
- Fast start-up time
- One hand operation

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (4 weeks ago)

Now, here is X30, but it is not a small P&S camera compare to Sony RX100-M3, but RX100 has 200% larger sensor and wider and bright zoom. Plus "One hand operation" Sony has auto lens cap+power zoom.

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (4 weeks ago)

If X30 is designed by Sony, the lens will be very much on par with LX7 (F1.4-F2.3, 24mm-90mm) if not brighter or longer because such big camera/small sensor.
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Mike FL
By Mike FL (4 weeks ago)

Back to useability and (low-light) IQ, I do not think X30 will be better than aged Pana flagship LX7 (even X30 has 50% larger sensor), but LX7 has:
- Wider zoom - useability
- Full one stop bright lens
- LX7 can shot with one hand after you take out the lens cap or use a 3nd part auto lens cap, but X30

Question; Will Pana release a LX8?

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (4 weeks ago)

I do not know why I can not post all the text at once even it is much less than max allowed characters. Oh well.

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Dabbler
By Dabbler (2 weeks ago)

In what universe is Sony's 1" sensor 200% larger than Fuji's 2/3" sensor?? And the RX100III lens may be slightly wider (4mm) but is 42mm shorter focal length (70 vs 112mm). People who buy lottery tickets don't understand math.

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (2 weeks ago)

Dabbler,

You need to go back to elementary school first...

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Ashuaria Lee
By Ashuaria Lee (4 weeks ago)

599bucks for 2/3 size 12MP sensor camera? hmm....I'd rather go RX100mk2

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arqomx
By arqomx (4 weeks ago)

one thing that could use an improvement : tethered lens cap :D

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SergeyMS
By SergeyMS (4 weeks ago)

No significant improvements comparing X20... Lenses and sensor are same. Other options not so important for me. I will proceed use X20 and wait really big improvements. Same story with new Sony 100III... Nice cameras, but no reason to replace previous models.

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (3 weeks ago)

I can understand why X20 users might not rush to upgrade (though the X30 is a nicer camera, based on my limited usage).

However, the RX100 III is a much better camera than its predecessors. If you can live with the reduced reach at the long end, it's wider, sharper and brighter than the earlier modes. The electronic viewfinder greatly increases the camera's usability in bright light and the video features are much improved.

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the Photomaker
By the Photomaker (4 weeks ago)

I’m disappointed at the X 30 and loss of the retro looking optical finder I use on my x10 in bright light.
Also, the X30 size difference from the X10/X20 means I can’t use my $140 Really Right Stuff quick release which helps balance.
Being a Leica user, I fell in love with the X10 as a travel camera. The images are ok, except in contrasty situations, so I was upgrading to the X20, but, waited for the X30 to be released, and sorry I did.
The only X30 feature I need is the tilting LCD for low angle shots. I was also hoping the X30 had a wider lens, which Lumix offers. I shoot tight spaces and need a 24mm lens, but 21mm would be ideal.
Too many people want super-tele lenses, and don’t understand the need for super-wide lenses or how to use them.
I bought an Xpro-1 for fine-art work. After seeing the quality images from this camera, I am replacing my Nikons and use my X Pro-1.
Now, still needing a quality small camera, I’ll just pick up a discontinued X20 and wait for the X40.

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Eugene232
By Eugene232 (4 weeks ago)

X40 has been released already.
it is a x100

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (4 weeks ago)

" Leica user, I fell in love with the X10"

X10 more looks like Leica as X10 has no logo.

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Mike Yorkshire
By Mike Yorkshire (4 weeks ago)

Eugene - the X100 has a fixed lens at 35mm equivalent - nothing like the X30 in fact.

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photoshack
By photoshack (4 weeks ago)

I preordered today based on the timing of things: I was looking for a "backup" camera to my 5dMkIII and was not having much luck with a used 5D and didn't really want to mess with the rebel series. I don't care about sensor size...I can take a good photograph with 6 mp. I have had a X100S (loved it but returned it because fixed lens was not flexible enough) which had the EVF that worked great. My hope is this little camera's EVF is also as good.

The fuji film simulation was really nice, and got me thinking in "chrome" colors again. Anyway, my X100S experience led me to this camera...we'll see how it goes.

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PicOne
By PicOne (4 weeks ago)

in your circumstance I probably would have recommended an EOS M.. well under $400 and get the EF lens adapter.

In this age, with so many apps that do color (and B&W) film emulations (eg. Alienskin's Exposure), and do it better and with a lot more control, not sure why it's such a selling point built into camera OS.

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Revenant
By Revenant (3 weeks ago)

The less time you spend in post-processing, the more time you can spend using your camera. I guess that is one reason why some people prefer having things like film emulations, art filters, HDR and sweep panorama in the camera. Convenience is always a selling point.

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photoshack
By photoshack (3 weeks ago)

Well, I cancelled my preorder. I guess I will wait and see what others have said before ordering. Seems like I really need something like a Rebel for a back up camera anyway...use my lenses. I did have an EOS M previously, but I sold it ...can't hang without a viewfinder. My eyes aren't that good, and in bright sunny daylight the viewfinders are unusable for me anyway...

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lacroix75
By lacroix75 (4 weeks ago)

I love Fuji cameras but I'd rather get a discounted X100s or the heavily discounted X-E2. Maybe it's just me but I never thought that the X10, X20 and X30 line is well positioned in the market at $600. I would consider it for $400 as a travel camera tops but not a penny more.

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Eugene232
By Eugene232 (4 weeks ago)

imo x10 -x30 are P&S cameras which Fuji try to sell as a "normal" cameras

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Dabbler
By Dabbler (2 weeks ago)

The XE2 is new and not heavily discounted, you must mean the XE1. But you still have to buy glass and although Fuji lenses are terrific they are anything but cheap. Also you're not going to slip the XE1 with zoom in your coat pocket. My X20 fits my jacket pockets.

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lacroix75
By lacroix75 (1 week ago)

then get a discounted x100s and avoid the x20 and X30 line all together if you don't already have one. Btw, the x-e2 is heavily discounted; try amazon or ebay; you can buy it new for little over $600 and get the Fuji 27mm pancake for about $300 and I guarantee it will fit nicely in you jacket. But wait, you'll have much better pictures with an APS-C sensor ;)

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ethanolson
By ethanolson (4 weeks ago)

I own a 1" camera and let me tell everybody that the noise on the 1" is worse than on smaller sensors (even 1/1.7") as evidenced by my Nikon's noise profile versus the Pentax Q7. There's a couple of stops difference. It's that bad, and now that they're on V3, it's not really gotten better. So Fujifilm probably took a smart road in sticking with a better sensor for their X30.

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photofan1986
By photofan1986 (4 weeks ago)

That's because the Nikon 1 sensor sucks. We are talking about Sony 1 inch sensors.

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Vignes
By Vignes (3 weeks ago)

I thought Sony supplies sensors for Nikon...

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Dabbler
By Dabbler (2 weeks ago)

Nikon uses Aptina sensor. Sony makes sensors for a lot of other makers including Nikon but for some reason Nikon couldn't or wouldn't use the Sony sensor. Nikon 1 claim to fame is extremely fast FPS and I wonder if the Aptina sensor was custom made to scan images to the buffer much faster than Sony sensor could handle.

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Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (4 weeks ago)

Oh please people, can we stop that silly 1" sensor saga?
It is not possible physically to have such a lens and its reach and aperture and keep the compactness.
The difference in sensor size is easily overcome with better optics and better ergonomics that will allow you have a camera in hands that is more enjoyable to use, and will make a difference between a camera one can brag about, or a camera that takes the shot effortlessly.

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ThatCamFan
By ThatCamFan (3 weeks ago)

Read a manual on how the camera operates and then you can correct your error in claiming that the sensor size is easily overcome with better optics due to the depth of field and other important factors.

And yes that FZ-1000 Is as big as a 1D mark IV, oh no wait it's not, its just as big as your TINY compact sensor bridge cameras.

Also notice the fact the Sony is probably smaller and it has got 1"

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Dabbler
By Dabbler (2 weeks ago)

I have the FZ1000 and it is easily the biggest of the bridge cameras. The Sony RX10 is smaller but heavier due to higher quality materials, it uses metal in a lot of places the FZ1000 uses plastic.

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ThatCamFan
By ThatCamFan (2 weeks ago)

Remember the Fuji X-S1? Pretty sure that one is Bigger.

Google "fuji fz1000 vs x-s1" photo nr 16 is the one that compares 3 cameras including FZ 1000 & X-S1, the X-s1 is MUUUUUUUUUCH bigger.

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Dabbler
By Dabbler (2 weeks ago)

You got me, the X-S1 is bigger. But the FZ1000 is a far cry from any TINY compact bridge camera.

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ThatCamFan
By ThatCamFan (2 weeks ago)

That is true Dabbler but I believe in the not so distant future you will be able to have a very small camera with a 1" sensor and quite a bit of zoom. We now got Full frame compact camera's, something we could only DREAM of 5 years ago. So it is only a matter of time when they find a method.

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Skipper494
By Skipper494 (4 weeks ago)

For this kind of camera, I'll stick to my Nikon P7000

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captura
By captura (4 weeks ago)

This thing is a heavyweight! 70 gm. more than an X20.
My X10 broke so I'm just going to work with my Nikon 1 and my Sony APS-C cameras.

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splendic
By splendic (4 weeks ago)

Despite the fact that in the Body and Design section you wrote:

"The camera's I/O ports are kept under a plastic cover on its right side. They include a remote/mic input, micro HDMI, and micro USB."

...on the Specifications page, the "Microphone Port" is labeled as "no."

Can you say for sure which it actually is?

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solsang
By solsang (3 weeks ago)

Fuji sells a microphone for the X30 mic input:

http://www.fujifilm.com/products/digital_cameras/x/fujifilm_x30/accessories/

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Robert Garcia NYC
By Robert Garcia NYC (4 weeks ago)

I kinda like it but not at current price tho.

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Jazz1
By Jazz1 (4 weeks ago)

I like some of the new features. But none of them make me in a hurry to replace my X20. Does this mean the X30 is a failure? No. It just means the X20 was pretty solid in the first place. I'm also thinking of keeping the X20 and buying one of the Fujifilm's bigger brothers!

By the way I've got a Wood Grip for then Fuji X20 X10 by J.B. Camera on the way to further enhance the retro look of the X20. No I don't work for J.B. Just letting X20 owners know you can funk it up a little more.

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captura
By captura (4 weeks ago)

Yup, pimp my ride. I'd like one of those yellow plastic thread-in shutter buttons, too for my X10.

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richheath
By richheath (3 weeks ago)

Using the X10 made me buy an X-E1 when it first came out. Since then I've added an X100 (original). I use them all for different things. Call me a fuji-holic.

I don't think I'll bother upgrading the X10 (as nice as the X30 seems), but do plan on upgrading the X-E1 to an X-E2 or X-T1 when the prices look good, mainly to make my life easier shooting my toddler.

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captura
By captura (3 weeks ago)

Why did not uing the X10 not cause you buy the X-A1, instead? They both have Bayer sensors.

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richheath
By richheath (2 weeks ago)

A camera is no use to me without a viewfinder. Plus I bought the X-E1 as soon as it came out, way before the X-A1.

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radissimo
By radissimo (4 weeks ago)

non-clicky wheel=silver award ;)

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