Fujifilm X-T30 II

26MP X-Trans BSI-CMOS sensor | Hybrid AF system | 4K/30p video capture

What we like:

  • Excellent image and 4K video quality
  • 20 fps burst shooting with AF
  • Support for F-Log and 10-bit output

What we don't:

  • Placement of joystick and Q Menu buttons not ideal
  • 4K recording limited to 10 minutes
  • Face detection can be unreliable
The Fujifilm X-T30 II is a midrange mirrorless camera with a 26MP X-Trans BSI-CMOS sensor. The 'Mark II' gets an improved screen and more memory that allows the more advanced AF of the more expensive X-T4.
The X-T30 II is very well-built for its price. Its dedicated dials help you feel connected with the camera, but the placement of the Q Menu button and joystick aren't ideal. The tilting touchscreen is reasonably responsive, and custom functions can be assigned to directional 'swipes.' The EVF is high-res but on the small side.
One of the better midrange mirrorless cameras, but the image-stabilized X-S10 isn't much more expensive.
The autofocus system is responsive and subject tracking is good (after some settings adjustment), though its face detection is just fair. Capture bursts extend up to 20 fps with continuous autofocus, and even faster with a 1.25x crop, and the additional memory gives it a deeper buffer than the original X-T30 . Battery life is pretty reasonable for such a small camera.
Image quality is one of the X-T30 II's strongest assets. JPEGs look great right out of the camera, Fujifilm's Film Simulations are lots of fun and its Raw files are quite malleable, allowing one to brighten shadows without a significant increase in noise.
The X-T30 II also captures top-notch Cinema and UHD 4K video. There's no crop, minimal rolling shutter, plenty of control and 10-bit Log output to an external recorder. Weak points include a 10 -minute limit on 4K and subject tracking limited to faces. There's a 2.5mm input for an external mic and the USB-C socket can be used for headphones.
While it has its flaws - mostly in terms of ergonomics - the X-T30 II is decent value for the money. Its image and video quality, direct controls and responsive performance make it one of the better midrange mirrorless cameras, but the image-stabilized X-S10 isn't much more expensive.

Carey Rose

Studio Test Scene (Fujifilm X-T30)