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Summary

Highly Recommended awardThe Fujifilm X-T30 follows a tried-and-trusted recipe now on its third generation, delivering the same sensor, processing and autofocus of the flagship X-T3 in a smaller, lighter and much more affordable body. As such it becomes the second body to feature Fujifilm’s latest 26 Megapixel / APSC / X-Trans IV sensor with 100% phase-detect autofocus coverage and electronic bursts up to 30fps with optional pre-burst capture too. It may lack the X-T3's weather-proofing, twin card slots, larger and higher resolution viewfinder, 4k up to 60p and screen that angles sideways as well as vertically, but it boasts a popup flash absent from the flagship, and now includes an AF joystick too. Compared to rivals, it lacks built-in stabilisation, 4k movie clips longer than ten minutes, a standard 3.5mm mic input (instead continuing to force you to adapt the 2.5mm jack), and a card slot that can exploit UHS-II card speeds. But as a general-purpose body, the X-T30 remains a great choice, not just against new rivals but also as an upgrade for the earlier X-T20 and even the X-T2.

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Fujifilm XT30 review

In depth

The Fujifilm X-T30 is a mid-range mirrorless camera, aimed at enthusiasts who want the quality and flexibility of the X-system, but in a smaller, lighter and more affordable package than the flagship X-T3. Announced in February 2019, it replaces the X-T20 from almost two years earlier, and like its predecessors, it shares a some key specifications with its more sophisticated sibling.

Most importantly, the X-T30 inherits the 26 Megapixel / APSC / X-Trans IV sensor and image processor which made its debut on the X-T3 – indeed the X-T30 leapfrogs the X-Pro line to become the second body to feature Fujifilm’s latest sensor. It also means the X-T30 not only inherits a broader phase-detect autofocus system with 100% coverage across the sensor, but also the latest collection of Film Simulations including Eterna (for pleasing video) and the neat Monochrome adjustment which can warm or cool black and white images. And while the top mechanical burst speed of 8fps is slower than the 11fps of the X-T3, the X-T30 inherits the faster electronic shutter bursts up to 20fps with the full frame, or 30fps with a 1.25x crop with or without pre-burst capture. So far, so similar to the X-T3, but the X-T30 does miss out on that model’s 4k 60p video, instead supporting 4k up to 30p for 10 minute clips, or 1080p up to 60p for 15 minute clips. High-speed 1080 is also available up to 120p.

The body is virtually identical to the X-T20 before it, sharing the same battery (good for 380 frames and USB chargeable), the same 2.36 Million dot OLED viewfinder with 0.62x magnification, a popup flash, single card slot (still UHS-I only), and the same 2.5mm jack which can double as a microphone input (albeit with an awkward adapter for most microphones). In a new move though, the rear buttons have been almost entirely replaced by an AF joystick, a classy inclusion at this price-point and one that provides alternative navigation to the tilting touchscreen. Finally, the X-T30 updates its USB port to Type-C (with headphone compatibility), adds Bluetooth to its wireless options, and thankfully Fujifilm’s figured-out how to geo-tag seamlessly via the phone app. In my in-depth video below (playable from 12 noon GMT on 18 March), I’ll show you everything you need to know about the X-T30 and how it compares to its predecessor, the X-T20, its biggest rival, the Sony A6400, and what you get if you spend 500 more on the flagship X-T3!

 

 

 

 

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Above: Fujifilm X-T30 on the left and the rival Sony A6400 on the right

 

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