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Fujifilm X-T30 Full Review : Performance

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Fujifilm X-T30 Performance

Click "High Res" to view full-size original JPEG images, straight from the camera, unedited (unless specified otherwise). You can view additional sample photos in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

 

Fujifilm X-T30 Sample Photos

Exposure is generally reliable, although, in situations where there are both very bright, and very dark subjects in the scene, the camera can slightly over-expose shots, and to avoid this you can use exposure compensation, or shoot raw and edit the photos later. The auto dynamic range (DR) option can help avoid this, keeping detail in bright areas.

Lens Performance - The XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS lens performs admirably, producing detailed images with plenty of detail. It's possible to throw the background out of focus for pleasing bokeh and background blur when using the full-zoom, and for a "kit lens" the results are very impressive. The built-in optical image stabilisation (OIS) helps to keep images sharp even in less than ideal shooting conditions. Lens Modulation Optimiser is built-in and is designed to reduce the effects of diffraction, as well as corner softness. Read our XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens review for more on how this lens performs. 

There are plenty of Fujifilm X-mount lenses available to choose from. 

 

Fujifilm X-T30 Other sample images

* Where are pre-production camera was used, this is noted on the sample photo caption.

 

Fujifilm X-T30 ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - The camera gives great performance at ISO speeds up to ISO3200 and even ISO6400, however, there is a noticeable drop in fine detail at ISO3200. Results are even reasonably good at ISO12800 (and ISO25600), meaning you may be able to get usable images, depending on your intended use. At these higher ISO speeds, images tend to show grain (or noise) that looks quite like film grain. ISO51200 shows the highest level of noise, and although colour saturation remains reasonably good, we'd still recommend avoiding this. You can adjust the noise reduction settings to increase or decrease the strength, by plus or minus 4. These photos were taken on default settings. As the camera is using the same sensor and image processor as the X-T3, the results from both are virtually indistinguishable. 

 

Fujifilm X-T30 White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) gives a warm result under tungsten lighting, with the tungsten preset giving a slightly more neutral result. AWB gives a warm result under mixed lighting. AWB performs best under fluorescent lighting. There are three different fluorescent presets available so that you can find one that matches your lighting. 

There are multiple white balance options available (including underwater), and you can customise each setting, adjusting the red and blue bias. However, there are no “white” auto white balance settings, so if you’re looking for whiter whites (for example for product shots), then you’ll need to use one of the custom white balance options, of which there are three. 

 

Fujifilm X-T30 Digital filters

Digital Filters - There are numerous film modes available, as well as separate options for "Classic Chrome" (giving more subtle colour reproduction for deep colours) and "Grain Effect" (giving a grainy or film grain effect), with settings of off, weak and strong. There are numerous "Advanced Filters" with all the usual effects, including toy camera, and miniature to name a few. 

 

Rome Panoramic DSCF0111 | 1/450 sec | f/6.4 | 55.0 mm | ISO 320
Rome Panoramic | 1/450 sec | f/6.4 | 55.0 mm | ISO 320

Panorama mode - The camera features an automatic panoramic mode, where you simply press the shutter release button and pan the camera from one side to the other. Results are good with a sharp detailed photo produced, with good stitching, but the resolution is fairly low, at roughly 9mp.

 

Video: 4K and FullHD video recording uses the full width of the frame so that the only crop is due to the different aspect ratio from switching from 3:2 (Photo) to 16:9 (Video). Unfortunately, there is a time limit on the length of a single video recording, of 10 minutes for 4K and 15 minutes for FullHD video. Once you’ve reached this limit you can then start again. There are options for Interframe Noise Reduction (NR), as well as F-Log for later grading.

There are numerous options for video, including 4K (UHD) and 4K CINE at 30 (29.97fps), 25, 24, and 23.98fps, and you can set the data rate, with up to 200mbps available. FullHD video can also be recorded at higher frame rates of 50 and 59.94fps. High-speed video can be recorded at 100 or 120fps, for playback at up to 5x slower creating slow-motion video. There are time-code settings, and you can even customise whether a video recording light is visible on the back or front of the camera. You can use ISO speeds up to ISO25600. There are options to adjust the colour settings, dynamic range, and highlight and shadow tone. 

You can view additional sample videos on the ePHOTOzine YouTube Channel.



Photographs taken using the Fujifilm X-T30

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Comments


RayBeck Plus
13 39 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2019 8:24AM
FYI the Home sheet say X-T3 when, of course, it should be X-T30.

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joshwa Plus
8 873 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2019 9:23AM
Found it and fixed, thanks Smile
pablophotographer 7 1.1k 343
8 Mar 2019 9:42AM
Or we call it a Jananese mini Q2 with more perks?
20 Mar 2019 11:49AM
Any thoughts if Fuji might disable recording limit in future firmware update?

As its possible via HDMI...

joshwa Plus
8 873 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2019 2:41PM
Hi Manrad / all,

We tend to take a mixture of images, some of the photos shown here were taken with the X-T30* with a shallow depth of field to give a "stylish" or "lifestyle" style photo (*or similar camera). We have uploaded our studio product shots, these are available here: https://www.ephotozine.com/equipment/item/fujifilm-x-t30-7147/images

Thanks
Josh
Manrad 1
20 Mar 2019 8:08PM
Josh,

My apologies, I shouldn't be telling you folks how to do your jobs. If you can delete my post, please do. Thanks.
joshwa Plus
8 873 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2019 8:02AM
Hi Manrad, no worries Smile
23 Mar 2019 8:26AM
I've had an email reminder today about ePhotozine, and I am glad I did. I have an xt3 and xe3, but don't like the xe3 and the way the menus work. It is also far too easy to change the exposure compensation dial. The xt3 is fantastic and, important for me, I like the ISO dial, which the xt30 doesn't have. The locking buttons on this (and the shutter speed dial) to stop it being accidentally turned are great, I wish the compensation dial had that too, though on the xt3 it's not easy to turn accidentally as it doesn't hang over the edge.

So I'm selling the xe3 and getting another xt3. I would love the xt30, especially for its size, but the lack of an ISO dial is the killer for me. This article confirms it. I hate changing the ISO on the xe3. I'm definitely a dial rather than a menu person!
23 Mar 2019 9:01AM
I think you're changing an ISO on a horizontal dial, on xt30.
23 Mar 2019 5:56PM
You're right, Vedranpapes. I didn't put it very well. I love being able to see all three settings - ISO, Exposure Compensation and Shutter Speed by just glancing at the top. If only all Fuji lenses had aperture markings too, my cup would run over! As it is, three out of four isn't bad.
23 Mar 2019 11:48PM
Hehehe, true 😊

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