Similar in size to the compact and lightweight X-T20 and with the same classical SLR-look styling, the new X-T30 introduces a number of Fujifilm’s fourth-generation X mirrorless system developments – as seen in the X-T3 – to a mid-range model, including the ‘X-Trans CMOS 4’ sensor and the ‘X Processor 4’ quad-core CPU. The sensor employs a backside-illuminated (BSI) design and has an effective resolution of 26.1 million pixels which is optimised by the omission of an optical low-pass filter. The native sensitivity range is equivalent to ISO 160-12,800, with extensions either side to ISO 80 and 100, or ISO 25,600 and 51,200.
Continuous shooting is at up to 8.0 fps with the camera’s focal plane shutter, but can be at up to 30 fps with the sensor-based shutter and a 1.25x image crop (which delivers a 16.6 MP image). At full resolution, the maximum shooting speed is 20 fps with the sensor shutter. A ‘Pre-Shoot’ function begins buffering images – again with a 1.25x crop – when the shutter release is pressed to its half-way (i.e. autofocus and metering) position, at speeds between 10 and 30 fps, which is designed to eliminate reaction times when shooting fast action. There’s a single memory card slot for SD format devices, and it’s still only UHS-I speed compliant.
The autofocusing system’s phase-difference detection pixels (there’s 2.16 million of them) covers the entire frame area, and Fujifilm says the AF algorithm has been improved from that used in the X-T3 to give more reliable subject tracking and increased speed in the face/eye detection. Usefully, eye-detection now works in the continuous AF mode. There’s also a new ‘Face Select’ function which gives priority autofocusing on a selected subject. The low-light sensitivity now extends down to EV -3.0 (at ISO 100). There’s a total of 425 AF measuring points and, as on the X-T3, a wide choice of area modes with variable ‘Zone’ sizes.
Also like the X-T3, the X-T30 has extensive video capabilities, including 4K recording in both the Cinema and Ultra HD resolutions (but at 25 or 24 fps, and not 50 fps), Full HD slow-mo speeds, a 10-bit 4:2:2 output at the HDMI connection (but with 8-bit 4:2:0 internal recording), the F-Log gamma and Eterna ‘Film Simulation’ profiles, higher-quality 24-bit 48 KHz audio recording, and enhanced autofocus tracking with face/eye detection. The 4K footage is actually recorded at 6K resolution (6240x3510 pixels) and then down-sampled to enhance image quality.
The X-T30 has an OLED-type EVF with a resolution of 2.36 megadots, a magnification of 0.62x (35mm equivalent) and the option of 100 fps refresh rate to minimise lag. The LCD monitor screen is adjustable for tilt and has a resolution of 1.4 megadots. Fujifilm says the touchscreen control is now more responsive, and the panel itself is 1.3 millimetres thinner than the X-T20’s.
Other notable features of the new X-T30 include a joystick-type controller for easier navigation of the AF points (Fujifilm calls it the ‘Focus Lever’), a built-in flash, ‘Colour Chrome Effect’ processing, a big choice of ‘Film Simulation’ profiles (including ACROS B&W), both WiFi and Bluetooth LE wireless connectivity, and in-camera battery charging via USB-C.
The Fujifilm X-T30 is available in a choice of three finishes – black, silver and charcoal silver – and is priced at $1599 for the camera body only or $2199 packaged with the XF 18-55mm f2.8-4 R LM OIS standard zoom. The black and silver versions will be available in Australia from March while the silver charcoal body arrives in May. For more information visit http://www.fujifilm.com.au