Fujifilm has updated its compact X-mount mirrorless camera with the company’s latest X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor, powerful autofocus capabilities inherited from the X-T3 further up in the Fujifilm range and some external design tweaks to make it easier to grip and use with larger lenses.
The X-T30 is like a pocket-size version of the X-T3. The X-T3 still boasts the best features in the range and was the first of Fujifilm’s cameras to adopt its new 26.1-megapixel APS-C sensor, but the new X-T30 now offers many of the same features in a smaller and less expensive body.
Fujifilm says it’s designed for all photographers, from beginner to advanced, and “sets new standards in compact and lightweight mirrorless cameras.” It’s available in black and silver versions initially, with a new charcoal silver finish to arrive two months later in May 2019.
The 26-megapixel sensor brings a modest increase in resolution over the 24 megapixels of the previous X-T20, but the new sensor brings a huge 4x increase in phase detection autofocus points, which now number 2.16 million and cover 100% of the image area.
As well as offering much wider AF coverage than its predecessor, the lower light limit for the X-T30’s autofocus has been reduced from +0.5EV to -3EV, allowing it to work in much dimmer lighting. Fujifilm says the AF system now offers enhanced face/eye detection accuracy and a new Face Selection function for giving priority to selected subjects in both still and video modes.
The AF improvements aren’t just inside the camera. Fujifilm has dropped the four-way Selector Buttons on the back of the X-T20 in favour of a small Focus Lever for changing the AF point quickly and easily.
The Focus Lever gives a better ‘grip space’ on the back off the camera ands Fujifilm says the X-30, small as it is, now gives better ‘holding stability’ and more comfortable shooting with larger lenses.
The X-T30 also has a slimmer touchscreen display (by 1.3mm) with improved response, and the body remains impressively light at just 383g.
The larger and more expensive X-T3 still offers more powerful professional video features, but the X-T30 closes the gap considerably. It captures 4K UHD video as ‘oversampled’ 6K data to maximise the definition and image quality, and while footage is recording internally with regular 4:2:0 8-bit colour sampling, if you use an external recorder connected to its HDMI port, the X-T30 can capture 4:2:2 10-bit video, with the option of Fujifilm’s F-Log recording. The X-T30 also supports the slightly wider 17:9 DCI format.
Available: March 20 2019
Price: Body only £849, with XC15-45mm lens £899, with 18-55mm lens £1,199
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