The Fujifilm X-T30 was introduced by the company as the successor to the X-T20, and also as a slightly trimmed down version of its flagship camera, the X-T3. While that may sound like a con for the X-T30, it’s actually far from it.
Aside from certain differences, the X-T30 is a compact mirrorless camera which shares a good number of features found in its larger sibling, and at a fraction of the price. Here’s how it fares out in my testing.
Build and Design
The X-T30 that was provided to us came in a gorgeous retro-styled all-black colour scheme, but you can also opt for a silver and black option as well. Despite having a very solid build, the camera is actually light even with the 18-55mm kit lens attached. It’s also significantly smaller, which is very welcoming especially when you’re all too familiar with the bulkiness of DSLRs.
The dial and button placements may look cramped thanks to the camera’s design, but it’s easily adapted to after familiarising yourself with it. The X-T30 may be light but it still has a good amount of heft which feels just right when held in one hand. However, the handgrip is ridiculously small which is not entirely comfortable or secure when held. There is a way to make it more palatable, but that involves purchasing battery grip or third party handgrip addon.
The electronic viewfinder is excellent in terms of display quality, and it also boasts a sensor which activates when your eye is close enough. Alternatively, you can also use the touchscreen LCD to determine and capture your shots. The LCD is all-in-all great with sharp visuals and not much clutter. Unlike the X-T3’s which is much more articulated, the X-T30’s LCD display can only tilt 45-degrees back for high angle shots, and 90-degrees flat on a hinge for a waist-line shots.
Fujifilm cameras are known to be one of the best APS-Cs around, and the X-T30 does not fall back on that claim. Thanks to it being equipped with a 26.1MP sensor, huge ISO range, and quad-core X Processor 4, the camera delivers beautiful and crisp photos with fast autofocus and high shutter speed even in lowlight. It is able to shoot continuously up to 30fps, and just like the X-T3, the camera features an incredible phase detection autofocus system with face and eye detection.
Unless you’ve acquired a Fujifilm lens that is equipped with Optical Image Stabilisation (which the 18-55mm kit lens does not), you probably won’t enjoy recording videos with the X-T30 - especially when using it as is without any form of external support such as gimbals. If you can look past that, the camera is able to record 4K videos up to 60fps, and 1080p up to 120fps. Video quality is top notch, but without built-in stabilisation, the X-T30 is ideal if you’re planning to record videos stationary on a tripod.
The Fujifilm X-T30 may lack in certain minor aspects, but I’ve actually enjoyed my time using it. For those who already have a background in using sophisticated cameras will find the camera really easy to use. Also, for those who regularly travel or go outdoors for photography, the X-T30 is such a great device to have - thanks to its compact size which can be easily stored in a bag, while also comfortably carried in hand or on your neck due to its light weight.
If you are planning to make your first jump into mirrorless cameras or wanting an upgrade without the need to fork out too much cash, the X-T30 is a great recommendation in terms of quality, performance, and price.