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.

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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.

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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.

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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