The retro styling of Fujifilm’s cameras not only makes them very different from all rival manufacturers but also makes them one of the easiest cameras to pick up and start using. As a mirrorless camera with a 26.1Mp APS-C sized-sensor, this is a slight improvement on its predecessor, the X-T20, but is one of the highest resolutions of any digital camera with an APS-C sensor.
The extra performance of this camera owes much to its X Trans CMOS 4, and the X-Processor 4 image processing engine, first seen in the X-T3. This perfect combination means you’re able to shoot still images with the same performance factors as the more expensive X-T3, leading to richer colours and vastly improved auto focusing.
While this is a step-up from its baby brother, the X-T20, in terms of physical size it’s almost identical. At 118.4 x 82.8 x 46.8mm the X-T30 is just a little deeper than the X-T20 yet weighs the same (383g). This weight has been carefully distributed to give you the optimum stability when holding the camera.
Although previously available only as an extendable option, in the X-T30, ISO sensitivity starts at 160 and can now be selected even when shooting RAW. When it comes to continuous shooting, it’s possible to achieve 8fps in full resolution mode using the mechanical shutter, but using the electronic shutter, the X-T30 supports blackout-free high-speed continuous shooting of up to 30fps (in this mode you can also select Silent shooting).
The super-fast, high-performance auto-focusing system is one of the X-T30’s standout features. Great in low-light conditions and when tracking fast-moving subjects, it works in conditions as low as -3EV – perfect when you want to autofocus at night. That X-Processor 4 engine can take the credit for this, giving the X-T30 (and the X-T3), the best Auto Focus system in Fujifilm’s X range.
Thanks to improvements in the AF algorithms, the X-T30 now delivers advanced AF-tracking performance, meaning the camera is better at face and eye detection. Plus, there’s also a new Face Select function, which enables you to autofocus on a single person from a group and then track them.
Focusing uses a phase detection system that spans the entire frame – that’s a whopping 2.16Mp, or about four times that of the X-Trans CMOS III used in earlier cameras in the range. You can select your focus point using either a touchscreen on the rear or a Focus Lever. This replaces the D-pad directional input selector button, freeing up space on the rear of the camera.
If you don’t want to spend time working out the settings for your next shot, the Auto mode comes in particularly handy. With 58 preset settings, the camera can automatically choose the best settings for the job so you can get on with composing your photo.
Video was a big deal in previous cameras in the Fujifilm X range, persuading many people to make the switch because of its video credentials alone. If video is your thing, you won’t be disappointed here either.
The auto-focusing system works just as well with video as it does with stills. Face and eye-detection AF is available, and when you combine this with the Face Select function, it’s possible to switch who is in focus during your recording, simply by using the touchscreen panel or Focus Lever.
At its maximum resolution, you can record smooth 4K/30P video. In fact, the X-T30 records in 6K (6240 x 3510 pixels) in order to produce stunning 4K video footage. High resolution audio recording is also possible without any need for extra accessories. Interestingly, the X-T30 also supports the DCI format (17:9), which gives an even more cinematic look to your videos. Finally, F-Log recording and 4:2:2 10-bit output via the HDMI port are also supported, making it easier to create more professional videos.
If you loved the specs of the X-T3 but the price was out of your range, then the X-T30 is the answer. It offers the same phase-detect AF system as the X-T3, but in a smaller, lighter body. And with Auto modes aplenty, you need very little camera knowledge to be able to pick it up and start shooting.
Sign up for our latest news and offers
Receive the best offers right to your inbox by signing up to our newsletter