X-T3 too much for a beginner?

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Bill Ferris
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Re: X-T3 too much for a beginner?

The two cameras have much in common. They're built around the same sensor, feature the same image processor, have the same autofocus system, and will make still images of the same quality when photographing the same scene with the same lens.

Depending on the photography and videography you do, one or the other may be the better fit. Potential advantages of the X-T3 include include better video performance specs and features. The X-T3 has a dedicated headphone jack. The X-T30 does not but you can use the USB-C port to monitor audio. The X-T3 can record in 4K at up to 60 fps and at a higher bit rate. With its dual media slots and better battery life, I'd consider the X-T3 significantly better for video.

That said, 4K files are huge, take up a lot of drive space, and really push a computer when running Final Cut or Premiere Pro. If you're publishing mostly to YouTube and your content is mostly informational vs artistic visuals, the video performance advantage may not be as valuable.

It sounds like this will be your first interchangeable lens camera (ILC). The X-T30 is very capable and works with all the same lenses as the X-T3. If the cost savings of the X-T30 would allow you to spend an extra $500 on a lens, tripod, camera pack, photo & video editing software, or other kit that will support this emergent interest, it may be the better choice.

Either way, you'll be getting a solid ILC and buying into a great system of lenses. Good luck with your decision.

By the way, if the content creation you do has special needs or would benefit from certain specific functionality, sharing that with the group might spark more input that's targeted at evaluating how these cameras address your specific priority needs.

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