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Fujifilm X-T30 II Mirrorless Camera Review

A compact, unobtrusive camera that produces excellent results... it sounds like the Fujifilm X-T30 II has impressed John Riley but does it do enough to be awarded an ePHOTOzine review accolade?

| Fujifilm X-T30 II in Mirrorless Cameras

Fujifilm X-T30 II Mirrorless Camera Review: Fujifilm XT30II Front Flat View | 1/6 sec | f/16.0 | 53.0 mm | ISO 100

Quick Verdict

Quality of results is never in doubt with Fujifilm and even when a lower cost, stripped-down version is offered the savings are made in facilities rather than the final results. Enter the X-T30 II, an updated but lower cost introduction to the Fujifilm mirrorless range. Any disadvantages are more about handling than anything else, but apart from the fiddly nature of some of the controls, we have here a reasonably priced, well-made camera that uses the same technology as its much more expensive siblings and is capable of excellent results.

+ Pros

  • Excellent results
  • Light and compact
  • Well made
  • Fast, accurate, silent AF
  • Excellent colour balance
  • Useful video features
  • Effective and familiar film simulations
  • Well priced

- Cons

  • Some controls are fiddly and liable to nudging accidentally
  • No weather sealing
  • Card slot and battery in the same housing




Fujifilm has a long history and an enviable reputation for being capable of producing the highest quality cameras and lenses. This extends currently to outstanding medium format cameras of up to 100MP resolution, but at prices that are not unrealistically out of reach. Against this high level of capability, there are even more affordable choices as well, such as the new X-T30 II, which sports versatile video capability as well as high-quality stills.

For this review, we have the camera body and the previously reviewed Super EBC Fujinon 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS zoom lens. Let's see how we get on with these out in the field.



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Fujifilm X-T30 II Features

Fujifilm X-T30 II Mirrorless Camera Review: Fujifilm XT30II With XF 18 55mm F2,8 4 With Hood | 1/5 sec | f/16.0 | 53.0 mm | ISO 100

The camera is obviously well made and inspires confidence. It is based around a 26MP APS-C format X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor with no AA filter, the same X-Processor 4 found in the X-T4 and X Pro-3, and offers facilities that cater for both the stills photographer and videographers. It is a shame there is no weather sealing, which is more and more becoming a minimum expectation. It is small, weighing in at a modest 382g body only, including battery and SD card. Add the Fujinon 18-55mm lens, including lens hood, and we still have a very reasonable total of 707g. It is worth noting that the Fujinon lens is faster than most 18-55mm zooms, offering f/2.8-4 as opposed to the more usual f/3.5-5.6. Being APS-C format, the “35mm equivalent” field of view of the lens is approximately 27-82.5mm, from a useful wide-angle to a useful portrait lens.


Fujifilm X-T30 II Mirrorless Camera Review: Fujifilm XT30II Rear View | 1/4 sec | f/16.0 | 78.0 mm | ISO 100

In terms of stills photography, the AF is fast, silent and accurate and secures focus in as little as 0.02s. The mechanical shutter can fire at up to 8fps and the electronic shutter at up to 20fps, or 30fps with a slight crop. For video, the camera is compatible with 17:9 DCI format, F-Log video format and Full HD 240p high-speed footage. This gives the equivalent of 10x slow motion. 4K is there, and another interesting feature is that this is oversampled from a 6K signal.

Fujifilm X-T30 II Mirrorless Camera Review: Fujifilm XT30II Front Oblique View | 1/10 sec | f/16.0 | 68.0 mm | ISO 100
The videographer is not forgotten in the film simulations provided and the Eterna/Cinema setting looks particularly interesting. The full list of film simulations covers the “look” of many a photographers' favourite film emulsions:

  • Provia/Standard
  • Velvia/Vivid
  • Astia/Soft
  • Classic Chrome
  • Pro Neg High Contrast
  • Pro Neg Standard
  • Classic Neg
  • Eterna/Cinema
  • Eterna Bleach Bypass
  • Acros (Black and White)
  • Monochrome
  • Sepia

The monitor is a touchscreen, although that can be switched off if desired. There is also a discrete, tiny built-in flash, something that is often missing in the latest models. All this is packed into a small camera body that is very unobtrusive in use.


Key Features

  • X-TRans CMOS 4 Sensor 26MP
  • Media: SD cards, 1 slot
  • Shutter speeds 900s to 1/4000s (Mechanical shutter)
  • Shutter speeds 900s to 1/32000s (Electronic shutter)
  • ISO 160-12800 (80-51200 Extended)
  • 8fps (Mechanical shutter)
  • 20fps (Electronic shutter)
  • 30fps (Electronic shutter - image cropped)
  • AF capture time 0.02s
  • 3” Monitor 1.62 million dots
  • 2.36 million dot EVF, 0.93x magnification
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • 6K oversampled to 4K/30p 4:2:0 8-bit
  • F-log BT.709 playback
  • DCI 17:9 format
  • Full HD 240p
  • 382g body only, with battery and SD card
  • 707g with Fujinon 18-55mm, including hood
  • Film simulation modes
  • USB Type C, HDMI Micro Type D and 2.5mm mini connectors


Fujifilm X-T30 II Handling

Fujifilm X-T30 II Mirrorless Camera Review: Fujifilm XT30II Front View | 1/6 sec | f/16.0 | 88.0 mm | ISO 100

 There are numerous physical controls, which does make handling much more convenient than having to constantly delve into menus. Looking first at the top plate, the exposure compensation dial is suitably firm in its action, so we have the convenience of the dial, compact camera style, but there is no tendency for the setting to be accidentally nudged. The same can be said of the shutter speed dial, which is likewise firm and very functional. There is a handy switch to turn the camera fully auto in one action, also a good idea. The Fn button is set to adjust the “performance boost” feature and cycles through the options. The on/off switch surrounds the shutter release button, which is the most efficient place for it, but unfortunately, it is extremely light in operation and is easily nudged back to on. It would seem therefore wise to make sure the power save setting automatically switches off the camera after a short while, to ensure the battery does not inadvertently run down.

On the left side of the top plate, the mode dial is also firm enough to be reliably set without any accidental mishaps. Another small lever operates the release of the very discrete pop-up flash. The camera is so small it is almost a surprise to find a flash there at all, but it could be useful for some fill flash as required.

The base plate has the off-centre tripod socket and the battery/card compartment. A separate card compartment would have been good, but the compact nature of the camera body may have made this difficult. It is not possible to change the card or battery with the camera on a tripod.


Fujifilm X-T30 II Mirrorless Camera Review: Fujifilm XT30II Rear View Showing Articulated Screen | 0.4 sec | f/16.0 | 68.0 mm | ISO 100

Looking at the back of the camera, we have the tilting screen, which is limited to tilt only but can still be useful for low or high viewpoints. The menu buttons are of good quality, as is the small four-way lever that can be used to select focus points as well as to navigate the menus. The Q menu button is very prominent and if the camera is routinely carried in one hand, without a strap, then it could easily be constantly pressed when it is not wanted. A very unfortunate placement. The front and back control wheels can either adjust their set parameter or by pushing the wheel in can change the feature to be affected. For example, the front wheel can change the aperture or ISO. The action is so light though that pressing the wheel whilst turning it is almost inevitable. The answer is to use the aperture ring on the lens instead and this proves to be much more reliable.

The camera is of course very compact and the handling quirks mostly relate to this, but the advantages of size, weight and lower cost are very real and may suit many photographers. Those who find the camera too fiddly may well be better served looking at the Fujifilm X-S10, X-T4 or X-Pro 3.


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Ben200 14
16 Mar 2022 5:00PM
I am on my third X series camera and overall I really enjoy them. I chose the XT - 30 for its size and weight and accept there are trade offs. However the Q Button is a complete pain. It is too easily knocked at precisely the wrong moment. I generally disable it which means accessing its features is also a pain.
It might be that the II series has tightened up on the controls but their lightness on my camera is another source of real irritation.
These two issues are especially annoying because they are design features which could so easily have been eliminated in development and at times have had me regretting parting with my XT-20.

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