For Fujifilm, reducing the phenomenal X-T3 in a smaller package was always going to be a winning proposition. For several consecutive years, the company has followed its flagship mirrorless X series camera with a more portable (and more affordable) option that still offers many of the flagship's best features and capabilities. This reduction series is actually Fujifilm's most popular camera line; The X-T20, introduced in 2017, became the company's best-selling camera. And now his successor is here.
With the $ 899 X-T30, Fujifilm is filtering some of the most impressive aspects of the X-T3 in a camera that costs $ 600 less. And considering that many have considered the X-T3 as the best Fujifilm camera in history, that's a very good starting point. It has the same 26.1-megapixel fourth-generation APS-C sensor, processing power, fast shots and the complete set of Fujifilm film simulations that require little retouching. The X-T30 can record excellent looking 4K video, and its 425-point phase detection autofocus system spans the entire frame. In fact, at this time, the X-T30 actually offers better precision auto-focus and face detection than the X-T3, at least until a firmware update arrives for the latter at some point of this month.
Of course, you give up some subtleties for the lowest price: this camera is not sealed against the weather and its electronic viewfinder is not as enveloping or sharp as the X-T3 . But those compensations are pretty standard at this price. Everywhere, it is difficult to find anything that exceeds the X-T30, especially if you are attracted to the many dials and controls of Fujifilm for manual control when the moment requires it.
Camera more compact and lighter than the X-T3. The X-T30 alone weighs 0.844 pounds compared to the flagship of 1.19 pounds. But in terms of size, for me the X-T30 is actually a little too small. As with my previous Fujifilm cameras, I had to buy the metal grip for the X-T3 to keep my little finger from always hanging from the bottom. With the X-T30, my ring finger also has nowhere to go, which makes it an uncomfortable but safe grip. The heavier telephoto lenses of Fujifilm may cause some discomfort. If you already have the extra grip for the X-T20 or even the previous X-T10, it will also fit the newer camera. Having said that, I can also appreciate the argument that the light weight and reduced size of the X-T30 in a bag are some of its best advantages, especially for such a powerful camera. It just is not a great option for those of us with giant hands. The Sony A6400, perhaps the most direct rival of the X-T30, works a little better on ergonomics despite its similar size.
The X-T30 looks identical to the X-T20 from the front and top. You have the same dials for the mode, the shutter speed and the exposure compensation. It loses the dedicated ISO dial that is present in the larger X-T3, but it is very easy to assign ISO to the front or rear control knob for instant adjustments. There is also a small pop-up flash hidden, which is not something that can be obtained with the larger Fujifilm cameras. But honestly, I never found much use for that. The same applies to the advanced SR auto mode (scene recognition) of the camera, which can be changed by moving a lever near the shutter speed dial. You are not buying a Fujifilm camera to use it in fully automatic mode.
Around the back is where the X-T30 changes are more pronounced. The four-way d-pad has been completely removed, replaced by an eight-way autofocus joystick that is also the way you navigate through the camera menus. The Q button (for quick access to your basic settings) has also been repositioned slightly. I have seen some complaints that it is easy to press accidentally, but this was never the case for me. Fujifilm has thinned the 3-inch touch screen, which is still removed and articulated vertically, but does not turn completely to look forward to vlogging. As with the X-T3, I really enjoy using the touch screen to quickly move my focus point when I look through the viewfinder.
There is a 2.5mm microphone jack between the X-T30 ports, but if you want to monitor the audio when you record a video, you will need the USB-C headphones or use a 3.5mm USB-C adapter. Fujifilm is compatible with USB 3.1, which allows full camera operation when you connect an external battery (with USB Power Delivery) or a charger, even when the battery is completely exhausted. The only SD card slot is located right next to the battery slot.
The X-T30's viewfinder is brighter than the X-T20's, according to Fujifilm, and it's more sensitive with a 0.005-second delay and a very smooth refresh rate of 100 fps. The latter only applies when the camera is put in boost mode, which consumes the battery faster. But it's worth doing if you're shooting action. Even with those improvements, this is no match for the EVF of the X-T3. On the one hand, it is smaller (0.39 versus 0.5 inches) with a lower increase (0.62x instead of 0.75x), and that difference is noticeable when looking through both backs to backs. Nor can it match the most expensive camera in resolution (2.36 million versus 3.69 million points). Finally, the X-T3 has a larger eyepiece that extends further out from the back of the camera; As someone with glasses, the X-T30 was just not so good to shoot, and my nose pressed constantly against the rear LCD.
As I said before, the X-T30 has even better autofocus capabilities than the X-T3 at this time. Both cameras can detect faces in a frame, but the X-T30 will really allow you to choose which face you want as the main subject. It can also detect and block faces that are smaller (farther) in a shot. And, apparently, the black hair could take off the detection of Fujifilm's face before, so it has also been resolved. Those are the main improvements, and will reach the X-T3 in a short time. Otherwise, the X-T30 has the same reliable and fast autofocus system of the most expensive camera. You can shoot up to 8 fps in continuous mode with the mechanical shutter, a bit slower than the 11 fps of the X-T3. But both cameras can shoot in a sports mode at 30 fps very fast that applies a cut of 1.25x. No need to turn off the viewfinder when you do this, and the continuous autofocus continues to work all the time.
The video is where the X-T30 is a step below the X-T3. You can still record beautiful 4K images (reduced 6K sample), but it is limited to 10 minute clips. I do not think it's an arbitrary restriction, since this little camera would probably start to overheat if it went through that. And the 4K frame rate reaches a maximum of 30 fps instead of the 60 fps of the X-T3. (You can also record at 120 fps in 1080p for slow motion shots). Professional videographers will definitely lean towards the X-T3 for its longer recording times, but the X-T30 is not far behind, it can record 8-bit 4: Video 2: 0 directly to the SD card or 4: 2 video 2 of 10 bits to an external recorder. That allows for great post-processing flexibility, but if you're not a professional, Fujifilm's Eterna color filter makes it a natural-looking video that's easy to adjust and adjust quickly.
As always, the JPEG files of the X-T30 look really cool. All the simulations of the Fujifilm movie are included, and it is very fun to try them and see what works best for a certain shooting scenario, whether you are looking for more vivid colors, black and white humor shots or something with softer tones . The company recently launched a redesigned mobile application for iOS (it will hit Android this summer), but I'll just say there's still room to improve in terms of speed and eliminate unnecessary steps. The Wi-Fi connection between your phone and the camera is stable, and sending photos to your phone for a quick post on Instagram is an excellent option. That's all I really do with the application, but you can also use it as a remote shutter via Bluetooth.
You can buy the X-T30 in several kit configurations; I recommend pairing the camera with Fujifilm's excellent 35mm f / 2 main lens. Like the body, it is designed to be lightweight and compact, and has the characteristics of a perfect street setting. The X-T30 faces stiff competition in its price class (especially from Sony). But if you have already invested in the Fujifilm lens line and have been waiting for an irresistible update, this could be, if you have the right hands.
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