Fujifilm X-T30 Review

March 12, 2019 | Mark Goldstein |

Fujifilm X-T30 News

The new Fujifilm X-T30 mirrorless camera is designed for all photographers, from beginner to advanced.

The Fujifilm X-T30 comes in three colours, Black, Silver and Charcoal Silver, and will be available from March 2019 for Black and Silver and May 2019 for Charcoal Silver, priced as follows:

  • Fujifilm X-T30 Body Only - £849 / $899
  • Fujifilm X-T30 with XC 15-45mm lens - £899 / $999
  • Fujifilm X-T30 with XF 18-55 lens - £1199 / $1299

Fujifilm UK Press Release

FUJIFILM launches the latest addition to the X Series range, designed for all photographers from beginner to advanced, the versatile and powerful FUJIFILM X-T30

Setting new standards in compact and lightweight mirrorless cameras

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) has announced that it will launch the FUJIFILM X-T30 (hereinafter “X-T30”) mirrorless digital camera on March 20th 2019. It will be the latest addition to the X Series range of cameras, renowned for their outstanding image quality, proprietary colour reproduction technology and intuitive dial-based handling.

The X-T30 is equipped with a host of new functions, making it a small yet powerful companion for any photographer.  It offers outstanding performance, utilizing the 4th Generation image sensor and processor which also includes 26.1 megapixel resolution and fast high-performance AF.  In addition, phase detection pixels are now across the entire frame (100%). Other advanced features include a Focus Lever for shifting a focus point easily, a new intuitive touch-screen panel with improved response, and an improved body design that offers better holding stability to ensure comfortable shooting even with larger lenses.

The AF algorithm has been improved from that used in the renowned FUJIFILM X-T3 to deliver even more advanced AF-tracking performance. This includes enhanced accuracy in face / eye detection and the introduction of a Face Select function to provide priority auto-focus on a selected subject.

This evolution of AF performance is available not only with still photos but also during video filming. Improved exposure stability during face / eye AF and face recognition in the AF-C (continuous AF) mode adds to ease of use. Video performance itself has also been enhanced, offering high-resolution audio recording and smooth 4K/30P video recording.

As a result of the above developments, the camera appeals to a broader range of users from professional photographers to first time beginners, by being always able to deliver premium quality pictures with ease, regardless of experience.

X-T30 Main Features 

1. Compact and lightweight camera body, designed for comfort with advanced handling

―The compact and lightweight camera body, weighing just 383g, is designed for enhanced stability when holding the camera. The use of the Focus Lever, replacing the Selector Buttons, allows for extra grip space at the rear for added comfort.

―The rear LCD monitor is thinner by 1.3mm and offers improved touchscreen response. It complements the Focus Lever to achieve faster and more intuitive camera operation.

―The X-T30 is available in the popular black, premium silver and a new color, charcoal silver. The charcoal silver will be launched on May, two months after the launch of black and silver.

2. The X-T30 features the 4th generation image sensor, X Trans CMOS 4, and image processing engine, X Processor 4, to deliver the still photographing performance equivalent to that of the FUJIFILM X-T3.

―Despite its compact and lightweight body, the camera has 26.1 megapixel resolution, one of the highest among APS-C sensor digital cameras, as well as exceptional low noise performance and outstanding color reproduction. 

―The lowest native sensitivity is ISO 160, previously only available as extended ISO, is now available when shooting RAW.

―FUJIFILM’s exclusive Film Simulations now include ETERNA mode. This camera also incorporates numerous shooting functions that broaden your ability to customize your pictures, such as “monochrome adjustments” available for ACROS and Monochrome, and “Color Chrome” effect that produces deeper colors and gradations.

3. New AF system that is great in low light conditions and when tracking fast-moving subjects

―The number of phase detection pixels on the X-Trans CMOS 4 image sensor has been increased to 2.16 million, about 4 times that of X-Trans CMOS 3 models. The on-sensor phase detection AF area now covers the entire frame (approx. 100%), making it possible to quickly and accurately focus on a subject anywhere in the frame.

―The low light limit for phase detection AF has been expanded from +0.5EV to -3EV, making it possible to autofocus in very poor lighting such as at night or under dim light, such as candles.

―Combined with the X-T3, X-T30 boasts the best AF performance and functionality of any X Series camera, combining fast image processing with the X-Processor 4 engine and AF algorithm enhancement to boost accuracy in face / eye detection. The Face Select function has been also introduced to provide priority autofocus on a selected person when multiple faces have been detected within a frame.

The performance of the Advanced SR Auto mode has been improved in line with the enhancement of the camera’s AF performance. In this mode, the camera automatically chooses the optimum shooting settings for a given scene from 58 presets, so you can achieve the best image quality without having to worry about any of the settings.

4. Enhanced video functionality

― The X-T30 has more advanced 4K/30P video functionality, ability to record high resolution audio without requiring additional equipment and eye tracking functionality during video recording.

― The X-T30 records in 6K (6240x3510) to produce stunning quality in 4K (3810x2160). The camera also supports the DCI format (17:9), which gives an even more cinematic look to your videos.

―The Film Simulation modes can be applied not only when shooting stills but also while recording video, including the “ETERNA” motion picture emulator.

―4K/30P video can be recorded at 4:2:0 8bit to an SD card. F-log recording and 4:2:2 10bit via the HDMI port capabilities means the camera can record video suitable for more serious videographers

X-T30 Specification

Model name FUJIFILM X-T30

Number of effective pixels 26.1 million pixels

Image sensor 23.5mm×15.6mm (APS-C) X-Trans CMOS 4 with primary color filter

Sensor Cleaning system Ultra Sonic Vibration

Storage media SD memory card (~2GB) / SDHC memory card (~32GB) / SDXC memory card (~512GB)

  UHS-I

File format of still image JPEG: Exif Ver.2.3 *1, RAW: 14bit RAW (RAF original format) / RAW+JPEG

Number of recorded pixels [L]〈3:2〉 6240 × 4160 〈16:9〉 6240 × 3512 〈1:1〉 4160 × 4160

  [M]〈3:2〉 4416 × 2944 〈16:9〉 4416 × 2488 〈1:1〉 2944 × 2944

  [S]〈3:2〉 3120 × 2080 〈16:9〉 3120 × 1760 〈1:1〉 2080 × 2080

Lens mount FUJIFILM X mount

Sensitivity Standard output AUTO1 / AUTO2 / AUTO3 (up to ISO12800) / ISO160~12800 (1/3 step)

  Extended output ISO80/100/125/25600/51200

Exposure control TTL 256-zone metering, Multi / Spot / Average / Center Weighted

Exposure mode P (Program AE) / A (Aperture Priority AE) / S (Shutter Speed Priority AE) / M (Manual Exposure)

Exposure compensation -5.0EV~+5.0EV 1/3EV step (Movie: -2.0EV~+2.0EV)

Shutter type Focal Plane Shutter

Shutter speed Mechanical Shutter P mode: 4sec. to 1/4000sec. A mode: 30sec. to 1/4000sec. S/M mode: 15min. to 1/4000sec. Bulb mode: up to 60min.

  Electronic Shutter *2 P mode: 4sec. to 1/32000sec. A mode: 30sec. to 1/32000sec. S/M mode: 15min. to 1/32000sec. Bulb mode: 1sec. Fixed

  Mechanical +

Electronic shutter P mode: 4sec. to 1/32000sec. A mode: 30sec. to 1/32000sec. S/M mode: 15min. to 1/32000sec. Bulb mode: up to 60min.

  Synchronized shutter speed for flash 1/180sec. or slower

Continuous shooting Approx. 30fps [Only electronic shutter, 1.25 x Crop ] (JPEG: 26 frames Lossless compression RAW: 17 frames Uncompressed RAW: 17 frames)

  Approx. 20fps [Only electronic shutter, 1.25 x Crop ] (JPEG: 53 frames Lossless compression RAW: 17 frames Uncompressed RAW: 17 frames)

  Approx. 10fps [Only electronic shutter, 1.25 x Crop ] (JPEG: 95 frames Lossless compression RAW: 18 frames Uncompressed RAW: 18 frames)

  Approx. 20fps [Only electronic shutter ] (JPEG: 32 frames Lossless compression RAW: 17 frames Uncompressed RAW: 17 frames)

  Approx. 10fps [Only electronic shutter ] (JPEG: 81 frames Lossless compression RAW: 18 frames Uncompressed RAW: 18 frames)

  Approx. 8fps (JPEG: 90 frames Lossless compression RAW: 18 frames Uncompressed RAW: 18 frames)

  Approx. 5fps (JPEG: 205 frames Lossless compression RAW: 24 frames Uncompressed RAW: 19 frames)

  Approx. 4fps (JPEG: 209 frames Lossless compression RAW: 28 frames Uncompressed RAW: 20 frames)

  Approx. 3fps (JPEG: 216 frames Lossless compression RAW: 34 frames Uncompressed RAW: 21 frames)

  Pre-shot: Approx. 30fps [Only electronic shutter, 1.25 x Crop ] (max. 10 frames while half press, max. 12 frames after full press, total max. 22 frames)

  Pre-shot: Approx. 20fps [Only electronic shutter, 1.25 x Crop ] (max. 10 frames while half press, max. 22 frames after full press, total max. 32 frames)

  Pre-shot: Approx. 10fps [Only electronic shutter, 1.25 x Crop ] (max. 10 frames while half press, max. 68 frames after full press, total max. 78 frames)

  *Recordable frames depends on recording media

  *Speed of continuous shooting depends on shooting environment and shooting frames

Auto bracketing AE Bracketing (Frames: -2, -3, +3, +2, ±9, ±7, ±5, ±3 Step: 1/3EV, 2/3EV, 1EV, 4/3EV、5/3EV、2EV、7/3EV、8/3EV、3EV)

  Film Simulation bracketing (Any 3 types of film simulation selectable)

  Dynamic Range Bracketing (100%, 200%, 400%)

  ISO sensitivity Bracketing (±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV)

  White Balance Bracketing (±1, ±2, ±3)

  Focus Bracketing (Frames: 1~999, Step: 1~10, Interval: 0~10s)

Focus Mode Single AF / Continuous AF / MF

  Type Intelligent Hybrid AF

(TTL contrast AF / TTL phase detection AF)

  AF frame

selection Single point AF: EVF / LCD: 13×9 / 25×17 (Changeable size of AF frame)

Zone AF: 3×3 / 5×5 / 7×7 from 91 areas on 13×9 grid

Wide/Tracking AF: (up to 18 area) *AF-S: Wide / AF-C: Tracking

All

White balance Automatic Scene recognition / Custom1~3 / Color temperature selection (2500K~10000K) / Preset: Fine,

Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White),

Incandescent light, Underwater

Self-timer 10sec. / 2sec.

Interval timer shooting Yes (Setting: Interval, Number of shots, Starting time)

Flash Manual pop-up flash (Super Intelligent Flash)

  Guide number : approx. 7 (ISO200 · m) / approx. 5 (ISO100 · m)

Flash modes TTL(FLASH AUTO / STANDARD / SLOW SYNC.) / MANUAL / COMMANDER / OFF

  SYNC. MODE

  1ST CURTAIN / 2ND CURTAIN

Hot shoe Yes (Dedicated TTL Flash compatible)

Viewfinder 0.39 inch approx. 2.36 millions dots OLED Color Viewfinder

Coverage of viewing area vs. capturing area: approx. 100%

Magnification: 0.62× with 50mm lens (35mm equivalent) at infinity and diopter set to -1m-1

Diagonal angle of view: approx. 31° (Horizontal angle of view: approx. 26° ) Built-in eye sensor

AUTO Brightness Setting: 50~800cd/㎡ 

LCD monitor 3.0 inch, aspect ratio 3:2, approx. 1.04 million dots touch screen color LCD monitor(approx. 100% coverage)

Movie recording File format MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264,Audio: Linear PCM / Stereo sound 24bit / 48KHz sampling)

  File size [DCI 4K(4096×2160)] 29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p  200Mbps/100Mbps up to approx. 10min

  Frame rate [4K(3840×2160)]     29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p 200Mbps/100Mbps up to approx. 10min

  Recording time [Full HD(2048 ×1080)]  59.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p  200Mbps/100Mbps up to approx. 15min.

  [Full HD(1920×1080)]   59.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p  200Mbps/100Mbps up to approx. 15min.

  [Full HD(1920×1080) High speed rec.] 120p/100p  200Mbps(recording) up to approx. 6min.

  *For recording movies, use a SD memory card with UHS Speed Class 3 or higher.

  *Although movie recording will continue without interruption when the file size reaches 4GB, subsequent

    footage will be recorded to a separate file which must be viewed separately.

Photography functions Advanced SR AUTO, Face / Eye detection AF, Auto Red-eye Removal, Select custom setting, Panorama, Color space, Setting (Color, Sharpness, D-range, Highlight tone, Shadow tone), Framing guideline, Frame No. memory, Histogram display, Preview depth of focus, Lens Modulation Optimizer, Pre-AF, Number of Focus Points setting, MF Assist, Focus check, Focus Peak Highlight, Electronic level, Multiple exposure, Release priority / Focus priority selection, Fn button setting , ISO AUTO control, Instant AF setting (AF-S/AF-C), AF-C CUSTOM SETTINGS , SHUTTER AF , SHUTTER AE , AF-ON , Interlock spot AE & Focus area, Focus area setting, AE-L/AF-L button setting, Edit/Save Quick menu, Preview exp./WB in manual mode, Shutter Type, Touch Screen Setting, Sports Finder Mode, Pre-Shot, Flicker Reduction

Film simulation mode 16 modes (PROVIA/Standard, Velvia/Vivid, ASTIA/Soft, Classic Chrome, PRO Neg.Hi, PRO Neg.Std,

Black & White, Black & White+Ye Filter, Black & White+R Filter, Black & White+G Filter, Sepia, ACROS,

ACROS+Ye Filter, ACROS+R Filter, ACROS+G Filter, ETERNA/Cinema)

B & W Adjustment: -9~+9

Grain effect STRONG, WEAK, OFF

Color chrome effect STRONG, WEAK, OFF

Dynamic range setting AUTO, 100%, 200%, 400%

ISO restriction (DR100%: No limit, DR200%: ISO320 or more, DR400%: ISO640 or more)

Advanced filter Toy camera, Miniature, Pop color, High-key, Low-key, Dynamic tone, Soft focus,

Partial color (Red / Orange / Yellow / Green / Blue / Purple)

Playback functions RAW conversion, Image rotate, Auto image rotate, Face Detection, Red-eye removal, Photobook assist, Erase selected frames, Multi-frame playback (with micro thumbnail), Slide show, Protect, Crop, Resize, Panorama, Favorites, Voice Memo Setting

Wireless

transmitter Standard IEEE802.11b/g/n (standard wireless protocol)

  Encryption WEP / WPA / WPA2 mixed mode

  Access mode Infrastructure

Bluetooth® Standard Bluetooth Ver 4.2 (Bluetooth low energy)

  Operating frequency (Center frequency) 2402 - 2480MHz

Wireless functions Geotagging, Wireless communication (Image transfer), View & Obtain Images, Remote camera shooting, PC Autosave, Image Transfer Order, instax printer print

Other functions Exif Print, 35 Languages, Date/Time, Time difference, Sound & Flash OFF, Performance Setting, Preview exp. in Manual mode, LCD Brightness, LCD Color, Preview Pic. Effect, DISP. Custom Setting , LARGE INDICATORS MODE(EVF) , LARGE INDICATORS MODE(LCD) , LARGE INDICATORS DISP. SETTING , Copyright Setting

Terminal Digital interface USB Type-C (USB3.1 Gen1)

  HDMI output HDMI micro connector (Type D)

  Other ø2.5mm, stereo mini connector (Microphone), Hot shoe, Synchronized terminal

Power supply NP-W126S Li-ion battery (included)

  Battery life for still images*3 Approx. 380 frames (Normal Mode) When XF35mmF1.4 R is set.

  Actual battery life of

movie capture*3

*Face detection is set to OFF [4K] approx. 45min. (29.97p)

[Full HD] approx. 45min. (59.94p)

  Continuance battery life of

movie capture*3

*Face detection is set to OFF [4K] approx. 60min. (29.97p)

[Full HD] approx. 75min. (59.94p)

Dimensions 118.4mm (W) x 82.8mm (H) x 46.8mm (D) / 4.66in. (W) x 3.26in. (H) x 1.84in. (D)

Weight Approx. 383g (including battery and SD memory card)

Approx. 333g (excluding battery and SD memory card)

Operation

Environment Operating Temperature 0°C~+40°C

  Operating Humidity 10%~80% (no condensation)

Starting up period Approx. 0.4sec.

Accessories included Li-ion battery NP-W126S, Shoulder strap,

Body cap, Strap clip, Protective cover, Clip attaching tool, Owner's manual,

*1 Exif 2.3 is a digital camera file format that contains a variety of shooting information for optimal printing.

*2 The Electronic Shutter may not be suitable for fast-moving objects. Flash can not be used.

*3 Approximate number of frames or movie recording time that can be taken with a fully-charged based on CIPA Standard.

AVAILABILITY, IMAGES AND PRICING:

The FUJIFILM X-T30 comes in three colours, Black, Silver and Charcoal Silver and will be available from March 2019 for Black and Silver and May 2019 for Charcoal Silver priced as follows:

Fujifilm X-T30 Body Only - £849.00 

Fujifilm X-T30 with XC15-45mm lens £899.00

Fujifilm X-T30 with XF 18-55 lens £1,199.00

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