The Fujifilm X30 camera is a slightly upgraded version of the company’s X20 model that is meant to appeal to both amateur and professional photographers. The image quality remains pretty similar between the two models due to the fact that both have the same sensor size, processing engine, and lens design.
However, the X30 replaces the optical viewfinder with an electronic one, and incorporates a hybrid auto focus system to improve upon the previous model. The screen on the X30 is also larger than the X20 and features a tilting aperture for easy viewing in all kinds of shooting angles.
The built-in WiFi connectivity allows you to wirelessly transfer images and videos to your smartphone, desktop computer, or other device. You can also control the camera’s settings through an app available on your phone or tablet.
For a more detailed look at the positives and negatives in the Fuji X30 review, read on below.
- Solid structure with easy to reach features;
- Electronic viewfinder reduces parallex error and allows you to see how settings changes affect your photo;
- Good amount of ISO control for having a small sensor;
- Includes easy to use WiFi capability;
- Auto focus is quick and accurate.
- Has a smaller sensor than other similar models;
- Display lacks touchscreen capabilities;
- Zoom function and exposure dial are easily confused when not looking directly at the camera;
- Lacks an ISO dial and a built-in lens cap;
- Camera size is large considering the size of the sensor.
- 28-112 mm f/2.0-2.8 lens;
- 12MP 2/3 inch X-Trans CMOS II sensor;
- 4x Optical zoom lens;
- 3 inch 920 thousand dot LCD display with tilting capabilities;
- EXR Processor II;
- Hybrid auto focus;
- Full HD 1080p Video at 60fps;
- Real time electronic view finder with 2.36 million dots and 0.62x magnification;
- Built-in WiFi integration;
- ISO sensitivity ranges from 100-3200.
How Much Does It Cost?
You can find a used Fujifilm X30 camera for a range of prices starting at around $399.
All About the Fujifilm X30
How It Looks and Feels
The Fuji X30 review of the design and build reveals much similarities to the Fuji X20 with its combination of faux leather and metal finishes. The finish on the X30 is made from a high quality material to provide a strong grip that makes it feel secure while holding it in your hand, even without a strap. The strong quality of the build ensures that the camera will last through many hours of filming.
Despite the strong build and secure hand grip, the Fuji X30 is larger than some of its competitors, which may make it clumsier to handle. At the same time, the controls are easy to access, with a PASM mode dial and exposure compensation dial on the top of the camera. Another positive is the lens contains two different control wheels, one for the zoom function and the other for major shooting parameters. Because these lens controls are both smooth, you need to look on the display to see which setting you are using.
How It Displays
The big standout of the Fuji X30 review is the electronic view finder that shows you the entire coverage, provides fine details, and displays sharp contrast. Although the display is often overlooked due to the flashier EVF, it is much improved over previous models. The three inch screen features a 920 thousand dot resolution for a clear image.
One downside of the display is a lack of touchscreen capabilities that would make controlling the screen easier. However, the tilting feature allows you to easily see your image while shooting from both high and low angles.
How It Performs
Despite the small size of its sensor, the Fuji X30 review shows that the camera is still able to produce a fine amount of detail with very little digital noise. The white balance system in the Fuji camera produces vibrant colors, especially in natural light settings.
The digital noise is relatively low at the recommended ISO range of 100 to 3200, while the top ISO of 12,800 shows some blurring and softening of the image. As you raise the sensitivity level, the need for a larger sensor becomes more obvious.
The hybrid auto focus feature works quickly during the daytime in outdoor settings. Once you have low lighting or shoot indoors, you will notice a slight adjustment by the auto focus control. The auto focus is also not strong enough to capture a moving object, or a subject in really low light.
Does It Record Video?
While completing the Fuji X30 review, the video feature reveals a lack of 4k capabilities found in most high quality smartphones. Despite this, you still have the option to insert an external microphone and have access to a 2.5 mm microphone input. You also have access to special features on the video controls, including the Classic Chrome Film Simulation mode and the full 1080p HD video feature.
Because the zoom lens has smooth controls, you do not have to worry about hearing noise in your video while you change between settings. This makes for smoother video without any unnecessary background noise.
The Bottom Line
Because of its decision to stick with the 2/3 inch sensor rather than upgrading to a larger one inch sensor, the Fuji X30 review does not stand up to other similar cameras in terms of image quality. The size of the camera is also bulky considering the size of its sensor.
If image quality is not of major importance to you, or you tend to shoot in daylight outdoors, this camera has a lot of special features and a sturdy build to make up for some of what it is lacking.