Conclusion

What we like What we don't
  • Superb out-of-camera JPEGs
  • Malleable Raw files
  • Excellent 4K video quality with no crop
  • Compact and well-built
  • Solid AF speeds and good subject tracking after setting adjustment
  • Tilting touchscreen LCD
  • Burst speeds up to 20 fps using electronic shutter
  • Support for F-Log and 10-bit 4:2:2 output
  • Settings for stills and video can be made independent of one another
  • Full set of Film Simulation modes, including Eterna
  • USB-C port can be used for data transfer, charging and headphones
  • Poor placement of Q.Menu and AF joystick*
  • More flexible LCD would've been nice for video use
  • Video autofocus subject tracking only works for faces
  • 10 minute limit for 4K capture
  • EVF a bit small
  • Face detection can lose and rediscover faces rapidly, making it hard to select the desired subject
  • No in-body image stabilization
  • External battery charger not included

* Fujifilm released a firmware update on April 18th to increase amount of time before the Q.Menu opens after the button is pressed. We're evaluating the change and will update this review as-needed.

Overall conclusion

The Fujifilm X-T30 may be the 'little brother' of the superb X-T3, and we were impressed - surprised, actually - at just how many features were carried over from a camera costing $600 more. For $900 (body only) you're getting a compact camera with an impressive 26MP sensor, oversampled 4K video and the direct controls that make the camera a pleasure to use. Our main quibbles are the lack of in-body IS (though, to be fair, only the X-H1 currently offers that feature in Fujifilm's lineup) and poor ergonomics on the back of the camera. And that's about it.

Out of camera JPEG, ACROS profile. ISO 160 | 1/400 sec | F4.5 | Fujifilm 23mm F2 R WR
Photo by Jeff Keller

As with all Fujifilm cameras, out-of-camera JPEGs look fantastic, especially in terms of color. The sensor's low noise levels make the X-T30 an attractive option for low light shooting, and it captures enough dynamic range to brighten shadows without a significant noise penalty. Video quality is top-notch, with both DCI and UHD capture using the full width of the sensor. The X-T30 has virtually every capture tool you'll ever need, plus the surprising inclusion of 10-bit Log output (for which you'll need an external recorder to take advantage of).

If there was an X-T30 Mark II, the only real changes we'd like to see are a more flexible LCD, the ability to track more than faces in movie mode and the relocation of both the poorly placed Q.Menu button and AF-point joystick, or at least the ability to disable them.

Out of camera JPEG, Standard/Provia profile. ISO 160 | 1/180 sec | F4 | Fujifilm XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 @ 49mm equiv.
Photo by Jeff Keller

Quite often when we review cameras we end up on the fence about what award a camera will earn. There's no such hesitation with the X-T30. Its combination of still and video performance and value for the money make an easy winner of our gold award.


What we think


Richard Butler
Technical Editor
The X-T30 does an awful lot of what the X-T3 does but what it doesn't do is feel as nice. It's tremendous value for money and a very strong all-round contender in its class, but the smaller body puts the joystick in a poor position and the smaller, lower-res viewfinder is a recognizable step down. I just can't love it, the way I do the X-T3.

Barney Britton
Senior Editor
The X-T30 is the latest in a line of cameras from Fujifilm that offer beginners and enthusiasts great value for money. The flagship X-T3 is one of our favorite cameras in this class, so the fact that the X-T30 gives you so many of the powerful features but for less money makes it extremely attractive. If you’re looking to get into the X-system but don’t have a ton of money to spend, the X-T30 is a no-brainer.

Carey Rose
Reviews Editor
The X-T30 is incredibly compelling at its price point. With a few (expected) compromises, you really can shoot just about anything with it. With that being said, for my money, I’d save up a bit more coin and spring for the X-T3 to rid myself of those compromises altogether.

Compared to other midrange mirrorless cameras

The X-T30's closest competitor is the Sony a6400. The a6400's biggest advantage over the X-T30 is its autofocus system: its 'Real-time Tracking' is as good as it gets: just point the camera at your subject and it follows. Its face/eye detection is far more reliable, and allows you to choose your subject with far more accuracy. The a6400 has a larger EVF and better battery life than the X-T30, but we find its handling to be much less engaging than the Fujifilm. The X-T30's video is better, with no crop at 4K/30p and far less rolling shutter.

The Panasonic Lumix DC-G95/90 is an impressive beast, with in-body image stabilization (that works in conjunction with IS-equipped lenses), a large EVF and V-LogL support. The X-T30 wins in terms of autofocus, battery life and crop-less 4K video (here's why that matters). The Fujifilm is also about $200 less costly when both cameras are equipped with their respective kit lenses.

We've covered this earlier, but are likely some folks trying to choose between the X-T30 and X-T3. The latter has a sturdier, weather-sealed body, better ergonomics, 4K/60p capture, 10-bit internal recording and a large, ultra-high res EVF. Unless you really need those features, save the $600 and get the X-T30 instead.


Scoring

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Fujifilm X-T30
Category: Mid Range Interchangeable Lens Camera / DSLR
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Movie / video mode
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Conclusion
The Fujifilm X-T30 is an exceptional value for the money, offering excellent image quality, a (generally) well-designed body with plenty of direct controls, and an autofocus system that handles most situations with ease, with face detection being a weak point. Video is a real highlight, in terms of both quality and controls, and offers features previously found on more expensive cameras. All-in-all, it's hard to go wrong with the X-T30, one of the best midrange cameras we've tested in a long time.
Good for
Those seeking a lightweight camera with great out-of-camera image quality, flexible Raw files and top-notch video
Not so good for
Those seeking best face and eye AF performance. Serious videographers who need the very best spec.
84%
Overall score