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FUJIFILM X-T30 Review – Powerful Little Giant Mirrorless Camera


Fujifilm launched the X-T30 early this year, its the latest addition to 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 the trimmed-down version of the X-T3 in a more compact package. Its priced at Php52,990 (body only) while the package that comes with the XF18-55mm kit is priced at Php75,990!
I was able to get my hands on 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
Ultra Sonic 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 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, it weights 383 g with battery and SD card. It’s available in black, silver, and charcoal Silver colors. But personally I like the classic black color.


Fujifilm X-T30 – Colors

In terms of look, I think the Fujifilm X-T30 is one of the best-looking cameras out there. It has rounded corners, with a very articulate design and it has 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, 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 from 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 selects 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, it has the “Focus Lever” (known as a joystick) its what 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 the really 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, touch shutter and touch focus. It can be tilt is limited up and down position only if only this could tilt 360 degrees, it’s 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 its best to use the viewfinder. 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 its a great idea to learn and use the manual mode on this camera to fully utilized its full capabilities.

Like I mentioned earlier the Fujifilm X-T30 is equipped with 4th-gen X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor 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 to 51,200.

This camera is fast, just as I switch the power I (1.3sec) can take the shot and it focuses on the on less than 0.05sec so you won’t miss any of those precious moments you want to capture.

I love playing with Fujifilm – Film Simulations they are great features of the camera I think it’s one of the big reasons why photographers love Fujifilm cameras.

The PROVIA Standard and Velvia Vivid are one 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 performance on taking pictures and videos. The Fujifilm X-T30 is one the best compact camera in its price point, it’s a perfect travel companion to capture all those precious moments.


In terms of low-light, the Fujifilm X-T30 performance is also great, it also has eye-detect and face-detect functionality that is impressive in terms of ability to select a face in the frame and lock on it, this function is great when shooting a 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 on the pictures I rake, they look vibrant and natural-looking which is a great combination for me. I do love taking pictures on jpg format, since I don’t really print them, most of it 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 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 ETERNA film simulation mode to capture videos and edited them using 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 video clips at a time.


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


For a wireless connection, it has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and low powered Bluetooth 4.2 that can use to connect on your smartphone using the Fujifilm Camera Remote app that is a free download on both Andriod and Apple devices. The app can be used to control the camera wirelessly and to copy transfer the images to your smartphone.

The Android version is a bit slow in transferring files coming to the camera, while the iOS version has much faster transfer speed and the connection is more stable compared to Android that sometimes it 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 works great, it does support SDHC Card (-32G) / SDXC Card (-512G) UHS-I type of memory cards. I suggest get the SDHC cards with the highest/faster write speed like the SanDisk Extreme PRO UHS-I SDXC Card 170 MB/s SD card.

Besides the SD card slot is the battery compartment, it comes with NP-W126S lithium-ion battery in the package, the same battery that Fujifilm X-T3 uses. Fujifilm claimed that one full charge, the camera can shoot approximately 380 pictures, and can record around 45-minutes of 4K or HD videos which is not bad at all. But since it supports charging via 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 its 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, it can shoot 4K videos which is plus for a photography centric camera. The control dials are easy to learn and use, even an amateur photographer can easily be acquainted with using this camera. The Film Simulations selection for taking phots is amazing. The FUJIFILM X-T30 great cameras for beginners like me, enthusiasts and pros alike.

Image quality is amazing
Film simulation great function
Compact design
26.1MP X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor
Classic look
Auto Switch
Tilting touch 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
2.5 headphone jack
No Image stabilization

The Fujifilm X-T30 is available in three color schemes the black, silver and charcoal silver. Its priced at Php 52,990 Body only or it’s also available with FUJINON XF18-55MM for Php75,990.

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