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, adds Bluetooth to its wireless options, and thankfully Fujifilm’s figured-out how to geo-tag successfully via the phone app. Expect the X-T30 in March at a body price of 849 GBP, and available in black, silver or a new charcoal colour following in May.
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