Fujifilm X-T30 Review Hands-on: Fantastic bang for the buck and a really great mirrorless camera


posted Friday, May 3, 2019 at 5:30 PM EDT

In the field with the Fuji X-T30; a great camera and fantastic bang for the buck


The Fujifilm X-T30 follows the same pattern as its predecessor, the X-T20, by including many features from Fujifilm's higher-end cameras in a relatively compact, lightweight and affordable camera body. In the case of the X-T30, the camera shares the same image sensor as the X-T3, along with many shooting features for both stills and motion photography. I was a big fan of the X-T20 and as you can see in my Fuji X-T30 Field Test, I am very impressed with the updated model as well.

With its 26-megapixel X-Trans 4 image sensor, the X-T30 delivers very good image quality across much of its native ISO range while also offering full-sensor phase-detect autofocus coverage. The autofocus performance, in particular, is a big step up from the X-T20, especially when shooting in low light. With respect to video, the camera offers both DCI 4K and 4K UHD resolutions and can record 4K video at up to 30 frames per second. Video autofocus is also notably better than it was with the X-T20, although recording time limits on the X-T30 are a minor blemish on an otherwise impressive video camera. 

XF 16mm f/2.8 lens at 16mm (24mm equiv.), f/11, 1s, ISO 160.

The design of the camera itself has seen only minor alterations, such as a new joystick, but is otherwise is a fine example of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." The X-T30 is lightweight and stylish while still offering a good amount of buttons and dials. The electronic viewfinder, while offering the same basic specs as the one found in the X-T20, has a faster refresh rate and improved overall performance, which makes shooting through the EVF a more enjoyable experience. In fact, nearly every aspect of using the X-T30 is enjoyable overall. It is a well-designed camera, and it delivers a lot of performance for the money. To learn more about my hands-on time with the Fujifilm X-T30, head to my Field Test.

Fuji X-T30 Hands-On Field TestFuji X-T30 Overview