“The Fujifilm X-T30 is a mini version of the Fuji X-T3, and is powered by a 26MP APS-C X-Trans 4 CMOS sensor and the X-Processor 4 image processor”
The Fujifilm X-T30 was unveiled globally about a month ago and has now made it to India. Fujifilm’s latest compact mirrorless camera packs in much of the goodness of its higher priced brethren, but brings the goodies in a more affordable, mainstream packaging. As with so many of its cameras, the Fujifilm X-T30 has a whole bunch of features that are trickled down from its pricier cameras higher up in the portfolio and is, in fact, a mini version of the venerable Fujifilm X-T3, which is one of the best mirrorless cameras in India.
The Fujifilm X-T30 is powered by the trusted X-Trans CMOS 4 APS-C image sensor, producing 26.1 million effective pixels. This is combined with Fujifilm’s proprietary X-Processor 4 image processor, which among other features, enables up to 30fps continuous shooting with the electronic shutter (20fps without the 1.25x sensor crop), and 4K 30fps videography in combination with any of Fujifilm’s iconic film simulation modes. Native ISO goes up to ISO 12800, with extended range going all the way up to ISO 51200.
In terms of movie recording, the Fujifilm X-T30 can shoot up to DCI 4K (or “full” 4K) at 30fps, or full HD at up to 120fps. However, keen professionals will note that the in-camera subsampling is restricted to 8-bit, 4:2:0 in the X-T30, and video recording is capped at 200Mbps bandwidth. While these are still good enough for the average consumer, professionals will note the difference between the X-T30, and other, more video-dedicated mirrorless cameras that are in the market. The full-frame autofocus points, with improved face and eye tracking, will also enable better focusing while in motion and when shooting in more difficult lighting conditions (the X-T30 can see at -3.0 EV as well).
The Fujifilm X-T30 also gets a 0.39-inch OLED viewfinder, and a 3-inch LCD display that provides nearly 100 percent screen coverage and is also touch enabled. To ensure that the dimensions remain compact, Fujifilm has done away with the retro-looking but functional ISO-lock and shutter speed-lock buttons, as well as the D-pad and the dedicated audio port that were present on the Fujifilm X-T20. Instead, you now get the joystick, which Fujifilm calls the ‘focus lever’, as well as a USB-C port that can be used for charging, connectivity to laptop and audio (possibly with a dongle, for now).
All of these factors combine to give the Fujifilm X-T30 the nifty edge that the likes of the Fujifilm X-E3 have enjoyed in the market. With compact dimensions and performance that matches Fujifilm’s flagships, the X-T30 has the potential to match the success of its predecessor. The camera is available now in two kits, and is priced at Rs 74,999 (body-only), Rs 94,999 (with the 18-55mm lens), and Rs 99,999 (with the 18-135mm lens).