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FUJIFILM X-T30 Review – Powerful Little Giant Mirrorless Camera

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Fujifilm launched the X-T30 early this year, it's the latest addition to the FUJIFILM X series range of mirrorless cameras. It packs the latest X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor, which is the company’s latest camera sensor.


The Fujifilm X-T30 is a trimmed-down version of the X-T3 in a more compact package. It's priced at ₱52,990 (body only), while the package that comes with the XF18-55mm kit is priced at ₱75,990!

I was able to get my hands on the Fujifilm X-T30. Here’s my personal experience with this mirrorless compact camera.

FUJIFILM X-T30 Unboxing Video:


26.1MP X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor
X-Processor 4 image-processing engine
Ultrasonic Vibration – Sensor Cleaning System
X Lens mount
SD memory card slot
Extended output of ISO 80/100/125/25600/51200
4K 60fps 10-bit video recording
3.0-inch color LCD monitor
0.39-inch OLED Color Viewfinder
Film Simulation: 16 modes
WIFI 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.2
USB Type-C
HDMI micro connector (Type D)
2.5mm stereo mini connector (microphone)
Hot shoe
Approx. 383g
NP-W126S Li-ion battery

Fujifilm X-T30 Design
Just like any of the X-T series, the X-T30 comes in a retro design and weighs 383 g with a battery and SD card. It’s available in black, silver, and charcoal silver. But personally, I like the classic black color.


Fujifilm X-T30 – Colors

In terms of looks, I think the Fujifilm X-T30 is one of the best-looking cameras out there. It has rounded corners, a very articulate design, and a magnesium-alloy body, which makes it look really great.

Fujifilm X-T30 – Lens

Now let’s go to the dials at the top. There are controls for exposure settings, shutter speed dials, and a mode dial, and it also has an exposure compensation dial. There’s also the power switch and the shutter button, which you can customize by using a shutter release button like the one I got from Lensmate.

There’s also the Fn (function) button and a small lever to switch to auto mode. Speaking of the auto mode, the SR auto shooting mode has 58 presets that automatically select the best mode based on the subject you are shooting.

Fujifilm X-T30 dials

The back of the Fujifilm X-30 camera is where most of the interesting features are, it has the "Focus Lever" (known as a joystick), as Fujifilm calls it, instead of the normal d-pad controls.


There’s a Q (quick access) button at the upper right side thumb grip, which is not really the ideal place. I would rather have it placed in line with the focus lever.

The 3-inch LCD allows touch-based operation, it’s handy for use with menu navigation, swiping images in playback, touching the shutter, and touching the focus. It can be tilted in limited up and down positions, but if it could tilt 360 degrees, it would be a great camera to use for vlogging.

Fujifilm X-T30 LCD panel

It also has an electronic viewfinder (EVF), which is great if you want to focus on your subject. It also offers a 100 frames-per-second refresh rate in Boost Mode. Also, the Fujifilm X-T30 has a built-in flash and still has a dedicated hot shoe at the top.

Features and Performance
One of the cool things about the Fujifilm cameras is that they are easy to use, and there are a lot of tutorial videos on YouTube that you can watch if you want to maximize the use of this camera.


Fujifilm X-T30 ports

If you are not a camera expert, just like me, you can always use the "auto" feature of the Fujifilm X-T30, but it's a great idea to learn and use the manual mode on this camera to fully utilize its full capabilities.

As I mentioned earlier, the Fujifilm X-T30 is equipped with a 4th-gen X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor, the same as its big brother, the Fujifilm X-T3. It offers an ISO range of 160–12,800 and can be expanded to a range of ISO 80–51,200.

This camera is quick; as soon as I turn it on, I can take a shot in 1.3 seconds, and it focuses in less than 0.05 seconds, so you won't miss any of those priceless moments.

I love playing with Fujifilm's film simulations; they are great features of the camera, and I think it’s one of the big reasons why photographers love Fujifilm cameras.

The Provia Standard and Velvia Vivid are two of my favorite settings when taking scenes with a lot of colors, but the classic Chrome is a great way to tell stories via images, and ACROS is also great with its Ye/R/G FILTER.

Overall, I’m impressed with the X-T30's performance in taking pictures and videos. The Fujifilm X-T30 is one of the best compact cameras at its price point, and it’s a perfect travel companion to capture all those precious moments.


In terms of low light, the Fujifilm X-T30's performance is also great, it also has eye-detect and face-detect functionality that is impressive in terms of the ability to select a face in the frame and lock on, this function is great when shooting 4K video.

Image Quality
This camera can take really great quality images. I like to use the Standard film simulation because I get the colors I want in the pictures I take; they look vibrant and natural-looking, which is a great combination for me. I do love taking pictures in jpg format since I don’t really print them and most of them I only share with my friends on my social media.

High-Quality 4K Videos
Another great feature of this camera is the auto switch, which is great for shooting videos. It can support 4K video recording—well, it actually records in 6K (6240×3510) to produce quality in 4K (3810×2160). The camera also supports the DCI format (17:9) for a more cinematic look. I like using the ETERNA film simulation mode to capture videos and edit them in Filmora 9. The 4K recording on this camera is up to 200Mbps, or around 10 minutes of video while recording at 1080p will have 15 minutes of video clips at a time.


This camera did not come up short when it comes to connectivity, it includes a 2.5mm stereo microphone/remote jack, a micro HDMI Type-D port, and a USB-C port for charging and data transfer. It also supports USB-C headphones via an adapter.


For a wireless connection, it has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and low-powered Bluetooth 4.2 that you can use to connect to your smartphone using the Fujifilm Camera Remote app, which is a free download on both Android and Apple devices. You can use the app to control the camera wirelessly and copy and move pictures to and from your smartphone.

The Android version is a bit slow in transferring files coming from the camera, while the iOS version has a much faster transfer speed and a more stable connection compared to Android, which sometimes takes more than once to be able to connect to the camera.

It supports one SD card slot for storage, I tried my 128GB SD and it worked great; it does support SDHC Card (-32G) / SDXC (-512G) UHS-I type memory cards. I suggest getting the SDHC cards with the highest or fastest write speed, like the SanDisk Extreme PRO UHS-I SDXC Card (170 MB/s SD card).

Besides the SD card slot in the battery compartment, it comes with an NP-W126S lithium-ion battery in the package, the same battery that the Fujifilm X-T3 uses. Fujifilm claimed that on one full charge, the camera can shoot approximately 380 pictures and record around 45 minutes of 4K or HD videos, which is not bad at all. But since it supports charging via the Type-C port, you can simply carry a powerbank to charge the Fujifilm X-T30 and use it at the same time; just don’t mind the cable. But it's also a good idea to invest in spare batteries for long photo trips.


The Verdict
The Fujifilm X-T30 is indeed an amazing camera. With its classic signature design, it’s a great camera to bring when you travel, and it can shoot 4K videos, which is a plus for a photography-centric camera. The control dials are easy to learn and use, even an amateur photographer can easily become acquainted with using this camera. The Film Simulations selection for taking photos is amazing. The FUJIFILM X-T30 is a great camera for beginners like me, enthusiasts, and pros alike.

Image quality is amazing
Film simulation is a great function
Compact design
26.1MP X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor
Classic look
Auto Switch
Tilting touch-screen LCD display
Great autofocus
4K video recording
Built-in flash

No weather sealing
No in-body stabilization
limited 4K video recording
Battery life
No dedicated ISO dial
2.5mm headphone jack
No image stabilization

The Fujifilm X-T30 is available in three color schemes black, silver, and charcoal silver. It's priced at ₱52,990 for the Body only. It’s also available with FUJINON XF18-55MM for ₱75,990.
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