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Fujifilm X-T30 Camera Review

Reviewed: the new Fujifilm X-T30, the 26mp X-Series mirrorless camera, with the sensor and processing power of the X-T3, but in a more compact camera body at a more affordable price.

| Fujifilm X-T30 in Mirrorless Cameras

Fujifilm X-T30 Camera Review: Fujifilm X T30 Graphite Silver (8)

Quick Verdict

The Fujifilm X-T30 offers the same great image quality of the X-T3, with the same 26mp APS-C CMOS sensor, and the same image processor, but in a more compact camera body, and at a more wallet friendly price. There's also high quality 4K CINE video recording, and with a retro style design, and plenty of external control, there's a lot to like about the X-T30, making it a great time to invest in the Fujifilm X Series. 

+ Pros

  • Same 26mp sensor as X-T3
  • Excellent image quality
  • High-speed continuous shooting
  • Rapid focus, and numerous options
  • CINE 4K video recording
  • Price

- Cons

  • Easy to accidentally press the Q button
  • Short video recording times


Fujifilm X-T30 Camera Review: Fujifilm X T30 Graphite Silver (1)

The Fujifilm X-T30 is Fujifilm's mid-level APS-C mirrorless camera with an electronic viewfinder (EVF). The X-T30 features the same 26mp BSI CMOS sensor as the X-T3, and is an update to the X-T20, which is Fujifilm's best selling X series camera, striking a balance between high-performance, and affordable pricing.


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The camera will initially be available in silver or black from 20th March, with a Charcoal silver (grey) version coming in May 2019, with prices starting at £849 body only.

Fujifilm X-T30 Features

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Fujifilm are calling the X-T30 "the little giant", however we'd call it a "Mini X-T3"

The X-T30 is more compact than the X-T3, and weighs just 383g body only, as well as featuring a thinner screen on the back, along with other design changes, when compared to the X-T20.

Featuring the same 26mp BSI CMOS sensor and technology that's available in the Fujifilm X-T3, the X-T30 has a number of high-end features, inherited from the X-T3, including 30fps continuous shooting (at 1.25x crop), 4K video recording, ETERNA film simulation and more.

The X-T3 was called the 4th generation of sensor and image processor, and the X-T30 is being called "Generation 4.1" – with this bringing a number of new features. As the X-T30 adds new features, and updates, these will be added to the XT3 via a firmware update. The X-T3 update will be available in April.

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With the same 26mp APS-C X-Trans BSI CMOS sensor as the X-T3, the camera offers 4K video recording. This is made from 6K footage (a 21.9mp image) which is downsampled to 4K UHD / CINE resolution at 30fps. The camera can output 4.2.2 10bit to HDMI or record 4.2.0 8bit to the internal SD card. The audio recording quality has been improved, with the camera recording digital high bit-depth 24bit 48KHz audio.

Fujifilm has spent time updating the autofocus system, updating the AF algorithm. Using the same sensor as the X-T3, there is 100percent coverage of the sensor, with 2.16m phase detection pixels.

Fujifilm says that this gives more precise and faster AF (The image processor processes 4x more data than the X-T2/H1 cameras). There's improved face and eye tracking, which supports smaller faces, for example when someone is further away, it will detect them sooner. This is also improved for stills and video. In addition, the camera offers improved exposure, which remains constant even if the camera detects black hair. A new feature is Face select, which lets you choose the main subject with the touch screen.

There's also non-stop phase detection AF, and when focusing from distance, Fujifilm says there is up to a 300% improvement in focusing speed (especially when using telephoto lenses).

These new features will be added to XT3 firmware due April 2019.


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High-speed continuous shooting: The X-T30 offers up to 30fps 1.25x crop (16mp), using an electronic shutter, for up to 26 frames (JPEG), you can also shoot at 20fps (1.25x crop), which is blackout-free, again using the electronic shutter, for up to 53 frames (JPEG). It's possible to shoot at up to 20fps at full resolution using the electronic shutter, or 8fps using mechanical shutter, for up to 90 frames (JPEG) at full resolution, or up to 18 raw images. The X-T30 has half the buffer size of the X-T3.

Fujifilm X-T30 Updates compared to the X-T20:

  • Grip shape changed
  • D-pad replaced with joystick
  • New rear grip
  • Thinner screen (-1.3mm)
  • Moved Q button
  • Improved touchscreen response (this will also be added to XT3)
  • USB type C
  • ETERNA film simulation
  • Improved speed EVF (boost mode 100fps)
  • 380 shot battery life
  • Bluetooth built-in

Other features include Auto WB lock feature, flicker reduction, Colour chrome effect, Warm/cool adjustments for mono / Acros.


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The X-T30 supports USB-C charging, as well as USB-C headphone adapters.

Fujifilm X-T30 Key Features:

  • 26.1mp BSI CMOS sensor - X-Trans CMOS 4 (APS-C)
  • 100% coverage Phase Detection AF, 2.16m dot
  • X-Processor 4
  • 3inch tilting touch-screen
  • Brighter EVF, 800cd/m2, 100fps (boost mode), 0.62x magnification
  • 4K, 30fps video recording, CINE/UHD
  • FullHD, 120p video
  • Output 4.2.2 10bit to HDMI / 4.2.0 8bit to SD
  • Improved AF down to -3.0 EV
  • ISO160 - ISO51200
  • Up to 30fps continuous shooting, 1.25x crop
  • 20fps blackout-free burst using electronic shutter
  • 8fps continuous shooting with mechanical shutter
  • 2.5mm microphone socket
  • Headphone socket (using USB-C adapter)


Fujifilm X-T30 Handling

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The rear joystick is the most noticeable change to the camera (even though it's small) and the biggest change to how you'll use the camera. This makes it quick and easy to change the focus position, scroll through photos or navigate your way through the menu system. If you're used to using the Fujifilm X-T3, then switching between the X-T3 to the X-T30 will be straightforward.

The grip has also been changed, with the Q button repositioned here. This gives the camera a slightly larger rear thumb grip.

The camera has the same solid build quality as the X-T20, with top and bottom metal plates. There's also a built-in pop-up flash. On top is a Fn/function button that can be customised, and you can also customise the AE-L and AF-L buttons, as well as what happens when you push in the rear dial. Another way to customise and set the function buttons is to simply hold the button in for 2 or 3 seconds, and then you’ll get the menu pop-up, with all of the available options. There are four touch-screen "swipe" functions that can be customised.

The top shutter speed dial lets you quickly set the shutter speed, but you don’t have to use these, instead you can set this to T, and use the rear dial to set the shutter speed more precisely. The front command dial can be used to quickly change the ISO speed (on default settings), and this can be customised.


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The 3inch touch-screen is thinner, but still can be tilted up and down. The touch-screen lets you swipe different directions to quickly access different settings, or you can use it to set the focus point, take photos, or set the AF area. If you want, you can switch the touch-screen controls off. The screen quality is good, with very good colour reproduction, and an accurate representation of what you get when you take the photo. I.E. WYSIWYG, what you see is what you get. Unfortunately, the screen can't be tilted enough for selfies.

The electronic viewfinder (EVF) has an eye-detection sensor so that it will automatically activate when you hold the camera up to your eye. The view is good, with matching colour reproduction, and can help when shooting in bright sunlight. The magnification is 0.62x, so may seem small if you're coming from a larger camera, but should impress if you're coming from a smaller camera.

The camera has full manual controls, with shutter and aperture dials, plus an exposure compensation dial. With front and rear control dials, as well as direct manual controls, the camera is intuitive to use and is an enjoyable experience. A switch can put the camera into Auto mode so that even if you've somehow got the camera settings wrong, you can still take photos, and let the camera work out the best settings for you.

Focus is rapid, with the camera quick to lock on to the subject. Face and eye detection focus works well, particularly in good light. In low light conditions face detection can struggle at times, and focus becomes slower. You can choose between 117 or 425 focus points. For most people 117 will be plenty, but for additional control, it’s nice to have the option.

The menus are the same as found on other X series cameras, and there's a "MyMenu" section where you can put your favourite settings so that it's quicker to get to settings. The Q button gives quick access to settings on the rear screen as well, although care needs to be taken to ensure you don't accidentally press this, as you can end up changing settings unexpectedly.

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Battery life is rated at 380 shots, however, the number of shots you get will depend on your shooting style, and settings. USB Type-C charging is possible, which means you should be able to charge whenever needed, however, we'd also recommend picking up a spare battery.

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Photographs taken using the Fujifilm X-T30

Near Snake Pass, Peak DistrictThe BenchPeterborough Ring Road UnderpassMaking a pointCallander woodsClearing MistRolling MistTrees in the MistSilver and GoldEvening light on Loch LinnheHigh Tide At CorpachGannetNight on Vulcan

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RayBeck Avatar
RayBeck 18 43 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2019 8:24AM
FYI the Home sheet say X-T3 when, of course, it should be X-T30.
joshwa Avatar
joshwa Plus
13 927 1 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2019 9:23AM
Found it and fixed, thanks Smile
pablophotographer Avatar
pablophotographer 12 2.2k 450
8 Mar 2019 9:42AM
Or we call it a Jananese mini Q2 with more perks?
vedranpapes Avatar
20 Mar 2019 11:49AM
Any thoughts if Fuji might disable recording limit in future firmware update?

As its possible via HDMI...

joshwa Avatar
joshwa Plus
13 927 1 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:

Manrad Avatar
Manrad 5
20 Mar 2019 8:08PM

My apologies, I shouldn't be telling you folks how to do your jobs. If you can delete my post, please do. Thanks.
joshwa Avatar
joshwa Plus
13 927 1 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2019 8:02AM
Hi Manrad, no worries Smile
agp1337 Avatar
agp1337 5 1
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!
vedranpapes Avatar
23 Mar 2019 9:01AM
I think you're changing an ISO on a horizontal dial, on xt30.
agp1337 Avatar
agp1337 5 1
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.
vedranpapes Avatar
23 Mar 2019 11:48PM
Hehehe, true 😊

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