Fujifilm X-T30 review in progress
Operation and controls
The X-T30 is a highly customizable camera, despite having just a few physical buttons. The menu systems is modern, responsive and easy to navigate using the joystick or control dials.
- The tilting touchscreen allows for tap-to-focus, touchpad AF and navigation of the customizable Quick Menu.
- The X-T30 has a Movie Silent Control mode that lets you use the touchscreen instead of dials when capturing video, but the on-screen buttons are too small
- There are four customizable buttons, and you can assign functions to 'swipes' on the LCD
The X-T30 has a pretty run-of-the-mill tilting LCD. It has a resolution of 1.04 million dots and can tilt up by a little more than 90° and down by 45°.
The display can be used to set the focus point, as you'd expect, and it can also be used as a touchpad when using the viewfinder. You can select the active area of the touchpad to help prevent 'nose focusing'. Moving the AF point is responsive regardless of which method you use.
|Q.Menu from the X-T3|
You can also use the touchscreen to adjust settings on the customizable Quick Menu. When you tap on a box up to five options are shown, and if there are more, you tap the tiny arrow on the right side of the list, which isn't as easy as it sounds. We found that it's quicker to use the control dials to navigate through the options than our fingers. You can half-press the shutter release or press the 'Menu/OK' button to confirm the selected setting.
|Movie Silent Control menu from the X-T3|
If you're shooting video and don't want to use any dials (which makes sense, as the clicking noise can be picked up by your microphone,) there's a feature called 'Movie Silent Control' available. You can adjust the exposure, ISO, mic/headphone level, wind filter, white balance and Film Simulation without touching a physical button. The problem is that the virtual buttons are tiny, which makes it difficult to select the setting you want. Let's hope Fujifilm is listening and can enlarge those virtual buttons a little bit.
On the plus side, you can use the joystick to navigate the on-screen buttons. And, more importantly, engaging Movie Silent Control ensures you have distinct video and stills exposure settings, which makes it easier to jump back and forth between the two.
There are four physical buttons on the X-T30 which can be customized, which includes pressing the rear dial inward. The seven pages worth of options are far too many to list here, but rest assured that virtually every function is available for assignment. You can also 'swipe' the LCD in four directions as another way to adjust settings.
As you'd expect, the direction of the focus ring can be set and, in great news for video shooters, the ring can be set to linear operation.
If you don't want to wade through the enormous menu system on the X-T30, you can easily create your own 'My Menu'.
The X-T30 offers three Auto ISO settings, each of which allows you to define a minimum and maximum ISO setting, along with a shutter speed threshold at which the camera should increase ISO. There's an Auto option to link this to focal length but no way to bias this faster or slower.
While you can't assign the minimum shutter speed to a custom button, you can assign ISO and from there use the joystick to adjust the value fairly quickly.
Auto ISO can be used in manual mode for both movies and stills, and can be used in conjunction with exposure compensation, so that you can select your shutter speed, aperture and target brightness, then let the camera maintain them using ISO.
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