Fujifilm X-T30 review in progress
Fujifilm's new X-T30 brings much of the feature set of the high-end X-T3 at a more reasonable price. If that sounds familiar, it's because the relationship between the X-T20 and X-T2 was the same.
With the X-T30 you receive the same 26MP sensor and processor as the X-T3, a more advanced AF system (which the X-T3 will soon gain via firmware update,) plenty of direct controls and a tilting touchscreen, all in a smaller body. The X-T30 also comes at a significantly lower price than the X-T3, with the body priced at $899, versus $1499 for the X-T3. We'll discuss what features are cut in order to make the X-T30 the less expensive of the two options a bit later in this article.
- 26.1MP APS-C X-Trans BSI-CMOS 4 sensor
- X-Processor 4
- Hybrid AF system has 425 phase-detect points spread across the entire frame
- Burst shooting at 30 fps with no blackout (but 1.25X) crop using electronic shutter; 20 fps without crop
- 2.36M-dot OLED viewfinder w/0.62x equiv. magnification and 100 fps refresh rate in boost mode
- 3" tilting touchscreen display
- Dedicated drive, shutter speed and exposure compensation dials
- Joystick for AF point selection
- Eterna Film Simulation mode
- DCI and UHD 4K/30p capture using full width of sensor
- 4:2:0 8-bit internal recording or 4:2:2 10-bit HDMI output
- USB-C socket with headphone support
- Single SD card slot (UHS-I only)
That's a lot of camera for under $900 body-only. If you'd like to add a lens, you can get the camera and the 15-45mm F3.5-5.6 OIS Power Zoom lens for $999, or with the excellent 18-55 F2.8-4 lens for $1299. The traditional black and silver models will be available in March, with the 'charcoal silver' model shown in this review coming in June.
What's new and how it compares
The X-T30 borrows the sensor and processor from the more expensive X-T3, and that's great news. It has a more advanced AF system (for now) and impressive video specs for its price range.
Body and handling
For a $900 camera, the X-T30 is surprisingly well-built. It has a tilting touchscreen LCD, nice EVF and direct controls that make it a pleasure to use.
Operation and controls
In addition to four customizable buttons you can also 'swipe' the X-T30's LCD in one of four directions to adjust settings. The camera offers two different customizable menus so you can set it up the way you'd like.
Shooting with the X-T30 is a mixed bag. The results are great, but the ergonomics need work.
View over 70 real-world photos taken with the Fujifilm X-T30.
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