Video

When most people think about manufacturers that produce cameras that are excellent at both stills and videos, Fujifilm probably isn't a name that comes up. The truth is that Fujifilm's X-T2 was already a very capable video shooter, and the X-T3 was even better, earning its place as one of the best stills/video hybrids we've tested.

Impressively, the less expensive X-T30 inherited the majority of the X-T3's features. To name just a few things, the X-T30 captures oversampled DCI and UHD 4K video (at up to 30p), supports F-Log and can output 10-bit 4:2:2 footage to an external recorder. What didn't come over? There's no 4K/60p, H.265 codec, 400Mbps bit rate on the X-T30, or 10-bit capture (meaning no HLG).

Key takeaways:

  • The X-T30 captures beautiful 4K/30p footage using the full width of the sensor, though the maximum recording time is 10 minutes
  • The camera supports F-Log and 10-bit 4:2:2 output, features that very few cameras in this price range offer
  • Video autofocus is very good, though the camera can only track faces, and not something that you select via the touchscreen
  • Good level of video control and support tools.
  • Eterna profile for attractive out-of-camera footage

Video options

The X-T30 doesn't have as many choices for resolution, frame rate and bit rate as the X-T3. And for people buying a $899 camera, that might be helpful. And here they are:

Quality Frame rates Bit rates
DCI (17:9)
(4096 x 2160)
29.97p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p 200, 100 Mbps
UHD
(3840 x 2160)
Full HD (17:9)
(2048 x 1080)
59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p 200, 100, 50 Mbps
Full HD
(1920 x 1080)

There's a high-speed movie mode as well, which is captured at Full HD (1920 x 1080). Video is captured at 100p or 120p and played-back at 59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 24p or 23.98p. There is a roughly 1.3x crop when using the high-speed mode.

It's important to note there is a hard 10 minute limit when capturing 4K video, presumably to prevent overheating.

Video tools

There are no shortage of capture tools available on the X-T30. You've got your focus peaking (with the ability to enlarge what's on the screen for precise manual focusing, though not during capture), zebra pattern, separate audio level controls for internal and external mics, and access to Fujifilm's Film Simulation modes, including Eterna, a cinematic color profile with relatively low contrast and saturation, and which can be used straight out of camera or as a great starting point for additional color grading.

More experienced users will be pleased to see support for F-Log as well as 10-bit 4:2:2 output over HDMI, with the ability to internally record 8-bit 4:2:0 at the same time.

There's also Movie Silent Control, which lets you control the most important video-related tools, from aperture and shutter speed to ISO and mic level, via the touchscreen. The icons on the LCD are on the small side, and it's easy to miss your intended button, but at least you're not picking up the sound of rotating dials.

One nice thing about Movie Silent Control, specifically, is that it allows you to have two completely different groups of settings: one for stills and another for video. If you want to use the Provia Film Simulation mode for stills and Eterna for video, you can set it and forget it. And, you can jump straight from video to stills shooting without finding yourself at 1/48 sec shutter speed.

And, in case you missed it, the X-T30 has a 2.5mm connector for an external mic and it can accept headphones via its USB-C port.

Video autofocus

The X-T30 is continuous or manual focus only, though there is a sort-of Single AF mode that lets you disable continuous focusing by holding down the AF-L button (a toggle option is also available). Alternatively, you can press AF-L in manual focus mode to conduct a single AF acquisition if you want to quickly set focus before you start recording.

There are two focus area modes: multi and area. Multi-area keeps whatever's closest in-focus, while area lets you select from 91 focus points. Face and eye detection is available and works pretty well, even while the subject is moving. Faces are the only thing that the camera will track while capturing video: it won't track a subject you've tapped on the screen.

As you can see above, the AF system used face and eye detection to keep the subject in focus as they moved diagonally toward the camera. By watching the light in the background, you can see that it refocuses fairly smoothly and doesn't hunt too much.

There are two settings that let you fine-tune continuous AF. First, there's tracking sensitivity, with a scale of 0-4, that defines how long the camera will wait before refocusing on a subject that's entered the frame. The second option is AF speed, which is how responsive the system is.

Overall, we found the system to work quite well, both with face detection and in general. The camera would hunt once in a while, but that was the exception, rather than the rule.

Video quality

At the UHD 4K resolution the X-T30's video looks great, capturing a bit more detail than the Sony a6400, and holding its own against some of the most capable video/stills cameras, like the Sony a7 III. The quality of the X-T30's DCI 4K footage is fractionally softer than UHD.

Dropping down to 1080, the X-T30 has a large advantage over the Sony a6400. It's a lot closer to the Panasonic GX9 (which is over-sharpened, in our opinion) but doesn't reach the same level of detail as Panasonic's GH5.

Something else to take into consideration is rolling shutter, which (among other things) makes straight lines 'lean' as you rapidly pan the camera, or if a fast-moving subject passes in front of the camera. We've measured the amount of rolling shutter on the X-T30 and found it to be very low, and much better than on Sony's a6400.

Sample video

The sample video below illustrates a journey from Edmonds, Washington to the serene Dosewallips State Park on the west side of the Hood Canal, and was shot at 4K/30p, 200Mbps. The first half is handheld, while the second is on a tripod.

DPReview TV on the X-T30's video

DPReview TV's video expert Jordan Drake took a deep dive into the X-T30's video capabilities in the movie below. The entire video was shot on the X-T30, which will give you an excellent idea as to how it performs.