Fujifilm X-T30 review
|What we like||What we don't|
* 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.
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.
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
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 is relative only to the other cameras in the same category. Click here to learn about the changes to our scoring system and what these numbers mean.
Category: Mid Range Interchangeable Lens Camera / DSLR
Ergonomics & handling
Metering & focus accuracy
Image quality (raw)
Image quality (jpeg)
Low light / high ISO performance
Viewfinder / screen rating
Movie / video mode
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.
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