06 Mar Fstoppers Takes a Hands-On First Look at the Fujifilm X-T30: Best Camera Under $1000?
They say the third time’s the charm, and that’s certainly the case with Fujifilm’s new X-T30. I got a chance to take a hands-on look at a pre-production X-T30 and put it through its paces recently. How did it do?
As some background, I’ve been an X-series user for the past few years with an X100T and later an X-T1. I’ve been a big fan of the X-T1 for journalism as a second camera to a DSLR or a primary camera for certain events. I also carry it along to weddings for the gorgeous color and sharp Fuji lenses, such as the 56mm f/1.2 R. The X-T30 is technically two generations newer than the X-T1, though it sits below the single digit T-series model (X-T3) in the lineup. That said, my X-T1 has always been the bridesmaid and never the bride in my shoots, always being a second camera to my battle-tested full-frame DSLRs.
The X-T30 shattered that perception. Fujifilm packed a formidable APS-C camera into a tiny package here that retails for under $1000. That puts it squarely head-to-head against the likes of full-frame mirrorless cameras such as the EOS RP and the long-in-the-tooth Sony Alpha a7 II, and I would argue that it’s a better buy than both of those, sensor size be damned.
The Fujifilm X-T30 borrows heavily from its higher-end stablemate, the X-T3, and that’s no bad thing. Starting with the specs, here are the highlight features of the Fujifilm X-T30:
- 26.1 MP BSI APS-C X-Trans CMOS 4 image sensor
- Quad-core X-Processor CPU (that helps to drive face detection and Eye-Detection AF)
- AF sensitive down to -3EV (think a landscape lit by moonlight)
- 4K video at 30 fps, or Full HD video at 120 fps
- Tilting (though not swiveling) screen with touch capability
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