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Fujifilm X-T30 is a minor refresh of popular X-series model

Create: 08/01/2019 - 15:15
Fujifilm X-T30

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 26.1-MP X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor
  • Improved low-light auto focus performance
  • Still photo frame rate at 30 frames per second

Fujifilm doesn’t stand still when it comes to its X-series of mirrorless cameras. In addition to news lenses, the company also has released another body.

In this case, it’s the Fujifilm X-T30, which is the body that uses SLR-like styling.

The X-T30 uses a 26.1-MP X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor that lacks a low-pass filter. Fujifilm says the camera uses the new X-Processor 4 Quad Core CPU, which helps the face-detection system for both stills and video.

The non-medium format X cameras use an APS-C sensor and the X lens mount, which now boasts a lineup of 31 lenses.

The phase-detection autofocus now uses 2.16 million pixels and covers the entire frame. Low-light autofocus performance has been improved to -0.3EV.

4K VIDEO

As expected, the X-T30 records 4K video at 30 frames per second or 120 frames per second at Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution. For those who are doing pro-level video, the camera can record 10-bit, 4:2:2 color through the HDMI port.

In addition to the electronic viewfinder, the camera also features a 3.0-inch touch-enabled LCD monitor that provides two-way tilting.

Included is built-in WiFi and Bluetooth v4.2 that allows for speedy transfer of files, as well as remote control of the camera.

Images are saved to a single SD memory card.

MECHANICAL AND ELECTRONIC SHUTTERS

The X-T30 offers both mechanical and electronic shutters with the top speed being 1/4,000 for the mechanical shutter and topping out at 1/32,000 for the electronic option. The shutter can be kept open for up to 60 minutes in Bulb (better make sure the battery is fully charged). When set to autoexposure, the longest speed is 30 seconds.

Using the electronic shutter, the camera can shoot as quickly as 30 frames per second. Using the manual shutter, the top rate is eight frame per second.

Fujifilm offers an accessory hand grip but not a battery grip. That means the X-T30 is limited to one battery at a time, which can record about 380 still photos before it will need to be recharged.

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

The camera is 4.7 x 3.3 x 1.8 inches (118.4 x 82.8 x 46.8mm)and weighs 13.5 ounches (383 grams).

The X-T30 will be available as body only or with the XC15-45mm kit lens.

The body, in both black and silver, will sell for US$899, and US$999 with the kit lens. When purchased with the XF18-55mm lens, the price rises to US$1,299.

About the Author

Mike Elek is a longtime journalist and was one of the original editors for The Wall Street Journal Online. He also has worked as a reporter and editor in Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; Vineland, N.J.; Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; New York City; and Hong Kong. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran. He shoots with film and digital cameras.