Staying proper to the pattern it has hooked up over the last few years, Fujifilm is following up on its release of the X-T3 with a smaller, lighter, and more affordable camera that keeps many of the first-class components of it the flagship. According to the business enterprise, the X-T20 is its first-rate-selling X-collection camera, so producing a worthy observe-up is critical. Next month, the new X-T30 is delivered for $899 (body handiest) or $1,299 in a kit with the agency’s 18-55mm lens. (A 15-45mm kit will also be to be had for $999.) Black and silver color options will be had at release, with a brand new gunmetal “charcoal silver” following in June.
From the front, the X-T30 appears pretty just like the X-T20; however, Fujifilm has achieved some tinkering with the rear design. The agency has brought a focal point joystick and removed the d-pad, figuring that the diverse dials, recognition lever, touchscreen, and Q button — now in an extra convenient spot for thumb get right of entry to — are ok for controlling the digicam. That rear LCD is 10 percent thinner than the X-T20’s. The entire bundle is a great deal tinier than the X-T3. I assume it’s a touch too small to be my everyday.
With the X-T30’s reduced size, you lose out at the locking ISO and shutter velocity dials that the X-T3 has (plus the lockable diopter) and ought to live with the best one SD slot, but at the complete Fujifilm has finished a terrific job retaining the guide controls of its larger cameras, and masses of the buttons may be custom designed in your preferred feature. The tiny integrated flash is likewise, nonetheless, right here.
Inside, loads are much like the X-T3. The X-T30 has the identical 26.1-megapixel X-Trans CMOS 4 backside-illuminated sensor and X-Processor 4 quad-center CPU as the X-T3, providing all the performance advancements autofocus pace and accuracy that Fujifilm has made with its fourth-era gadget. Phase-locate autofocus points are spread across the complete frame. Continuous shooting runs up to 30fps with the digital shutter (and a 1.25x crop). It can take cognizance down to -3.0EV and may manner functions 150 percent quicker than the X-T20.
And get this: the X-T30 will honestly deliver with higher autofocus abilities than the X-T3. It’s got stepped forward face and eye tracking — you could pick out the face you need to prioritize if there are several human beings in a shot — and continues an extra stable exposure while that specialize in someone with black hair. It also can detect faces that absorb as little as 7 percentage of the body. (The X-T3 will obtain all of those enhancements and extra via a firmware update in April.) In phrases of stills, the X-T30 matches the X-T3 at what’s most critical. The essential difference is that the buffer runs out a bit faster at some burst-taking pictures.
A video is wherein the X-T30 is a moderate step down from the T3. First, 4K recording is constrained to 30p, while the pricier digicam can hit 60p. Second, an in-digicam video is confined to 8-bit four:2:0 footage. (The X-T3 can file 4K/60p in 10-bit 4:2:0 internally to an SD card or 4:2:2 externally over HDMI. The X-T30 can also output 10-bit 4:2:2 via HDMI — just no longer internally.) Third, the X-T30 maxes out at a bitrate of 200Mbps versus 400Mbps at the X-T3. But the video fine continues to be extremely good, as it’s downsampled from a unique decision of 6K at full sensor readout. And closing, there’s no conventional headphone jack on this digital camera for audio monitoring, but Fujifilm has an answer: USB-C. Yes, dongle lifestyles have come to the camera international; if you plug in a USB-C headphone adapter, you can use the port for audio instead of charging. And it really works! It’s clean to mock a dongle placing out of a camera. However, I suppose it’s a clever answer for limited port space.
Alongside the X-T30, Fujifilm is launching a brand new 16mm f/2.8 lens that it’s positioning within the same family as the 23mm, 35mm, and 50mm f/2 water-resistant primes. It has the same, clicky, delightful aperture ring and a compact design just like the others, so I think the relationship makes sense — although it’s now not pretty as speedy. The focusing gadget “is pushed via a stepping motor, which drives the lens’ focusing factors into place through unique electrical pulses for extraordinarily speedy and auto-focusing abilities,” says Fujifilm. And you may experience this lens consciousness as you turn the point of interest ring. I like it. However, I ought to see how others may now—the 16mm f/2.Eight costs $399.Ninety-five and will be to be had in March (black) or May (silver).