Small but mighty, the Fuji X-T30 is just that. What seems to be a smaller, lighter, and more simplified version of the X-T3, this little camera has a lot to offer the mirrorless market.
The X-T30 is smaller and lighter than the X-T3. It’s 3.3in tall by 4.7in wide, and weighs less than a pound (.84lb, specifically). If you’re coming from another Fuji camera, like the X-T3 or an X-Pro 2, this will definitely feel less robust. The LCD screen is a 3” touch screen that can tilt up and down away from the camera body for extra visibility when shooting low or high.
On the back, the X-T30 only has a clickable joystick, instead of directional navigation buttons around the menu button, as seen on the X-T3. The “Q” custom function menu button has moved to a raised piece of the hand grip, for supposed easier access. While this might be helpful for some, I found myself hitting it accidentally while shooting. (Fuji has even released a firmware update to reduce the sensitivity of this button, as many people are having this problem).
Looking top down on the camera, there are 3 different dials: shutter speed, exposure compensation, and camera mode. Additionally, there are switches for a full auto mode and enabling flash, as well as the on/off switch and shutter button. The biggest changes here are that there is no longer an ISO dial, none of the dials have locks, and they’ve added a full auto mode. This will be frustrating for some, especially for seasoned Fuji shooters. But for newer shooters or new Fuji users, this simplifies the experience on pretty much all fronts.
The 2.36M dot OLED viewfinder (say that 5 times fast) is .39”, and has an approximate magnification of .62x. While everything in this EVF this is less than what the X-T3 offers, it is brighter than the previous Fuji X-T20.
The X-T30 also has a built in flash, rather than a removable one as seen on other Fuji X models. If anything, this just makes the camera more compact, with less removable pieces to carry around. The X-T30 takes the same battery as most previous Fuji X series models (Fuji NP-W126S Battery). The battery port holds one battery, and also houses a single SD card slot.
I won’t dive too deep into the tech specs, but there are a couple of things worth going over. The X-T30 has the same 26.1MP APS-C sensor found in the X-T3. It also offers a lot to video shooters, capturing 4K up to 30fps, and 1080 up to 120fps (like the X-T3). It only shoots up to 8 bit internally, but can record up to 10 bit 4:2:2 to an external recorder (also like the X-T3). It has 425 point phase detection for quick and accurate AF tracking while shooting. It has continuous shooting of 8fps using the mechanical shutter, and up to 20fps electronic shutter (vs 11fps mechanical shutter on X-T3).
Starting from the top, as we mentioned earlier on, there are no locks on the setting dials, and there is no designated ISO dial. This isn’t a deal breaker, but will likely be frustrating for anyone used to having all their settings at the tip of their fingers- to adjust ISO, you’ll need to do a little bit of maneuvering in the settings menus. The X-T30 also isn’t weather sealed, which also may not be a deal breaker, but users should be aware depending on your environment.
There is only one SD card slot instead of 2, which could be frustrating for the video shooters wanting more storage. The “Q” custom settings button on the back does protrude from the camera and is a little too easy to bump while shooting, pulling up a menu when you don’t intend to (but, Fuji has a firmware to remedy this somewhat). The screen has less flexibility, only allowing you to tilt it up or down. And finally, the tripod mount is not in line with the lens, so if you have a plate on the camera, you can’t quickly access the battery or memory card.
The form factor of the X-T30 makes it perfect for travel, fast paced shooters, or a B-cam that doesn’t weigh you down. While recording, you have the option to enable a front and rear facing tally light. This is a great little feature for solo shooters, or for using while running multiple cameras, to always know when you’re rolling.
While shooting, the LCD screen settings will adjust to portrait or landscape mode, making vertical shooting easier. And, while there is a built in flash, the X-T30 also has a hot shoe mount for other flash options.
We think that the Fuji X-T30 is a great option for those who are new to the Fuji family, or even new to shooting- it’s a great way to get accustomed to how Fuji cameras work, without breaking the bank. It would also make a great B cam, especially for someone who already has a Fuji X-T3.
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