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Fujifilm X-T30

Fujifilm X-T30

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Fujifilm X-T30 Review: Most of the X-T3 for nearly half the price

Fujifilm X-T30 Review: Most of the X-T3 for nearly half the price

Posted   05.14.19
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91 Engadget Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
91

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

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Engadget Review

If you have the budget for a mid-range camera, the 26.1-megapixel X-T30 delivers the same image quality as the X-T3 for $600 less. It has excellent handling, fast shooting speeds and autofocus performance nearly on par with Sony’s A6400. The big bonus is video, as the X-T30 delivers crisp, downsampled cinema 4K with 10-bit external output and a USB headphone jack option. The main downsides are a lack of in-body stabilization, smallish battery, and single UHS I card slot. Overall, the X-T30 is another great Fujifilm offering, and the best mid-range APS-C mirrorless camera available.

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Pros
  • Sharp 4K video
  • Good eye-tracking autofocus
  • Fast shooting speeds
  • Great ergonomics
Cons
  • No in-body stabilization
  • Single memory card slot
  • Middling electronic viewfinder
91 Engadget Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
91

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

How we score

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Average Critic Score
 
90
Camera Jabber
On the whole, the X-T30’s control arrangement is excellent, with a nice responsive touchscreen and a healthy collection of buttons and dials. The location of the Q button is the only blot on its copybook. Whilst this is frustrating at first, it doesn’t take too long to adapt to it. You’ll still press it accidentally, but you quickly get back to the view you want in the viewfinder or on the screen.
 
80
Camera Labs
For me it’s this combination of effortless photo quality, attractive styling and an unrivalled lens selection in its peer group that makes the X-system so compelling. So if you want access to all this in a compact body at a mid-range price, the X-T30 comes Highly Recommended.
 
90
Photography Blog
In conclusion, cameras like the flagship X-T3 may grab all the headlines, but models like the X-T30 make a lot more sense for the majority of enthusiast photographers, offering most of the same functionality in a more portable format at a price that is a lot easier to bear. Fujifilm have definitely hit that sweep-spot with the X-T30, making it a deserved winner of our Highly Recommended award!
 
90
Stuff
The Fujifilm X-T30's dial-based controls are appealing to enthusiasts and pros, and it backs them up with speedy, accurate focus, 4K video, and a strong lens library.
 
80
Digital Trends
The X-T30 offers a shooting experience that distills the practice of photography into its most important and engaging aspects. And that is perhaps Fujifilm’s greatest strength. For all the features and power, nothing ever gets in your way, and nothing distracts you from the essence of the art. A camera that pours this much tech into a design that allows you to completely forget about it is quite an accomplishment.
 
80
Digital Photography Review
The Fujifilm X-T30 is an exceptional value for the money, offering excellent image quality, a (generally) well-designed body with plenty of direct controls, and an autofocus system that handles most situations with ease, with face detection being a weak point. Video is a real highlight, in terms of both quality and controls, and offers features previously found on more expensive cameras. All-in-all, it's hard to go wrong with the X-T30, one of the best midrange cameras we've tested in a long time.
 
90
Imaging Resource
Fujifilm has got plenty right here: a tough body, sound AF performance, great image quality straight out of the camera and lovely 4K videos, and all for a very reasonable price. We have some reservations around operation and the electronic viewfinder, but there's far more here to love than to be concerned about.

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