No-one could suggest that the Fujifilm XT-30 is inexpensive, but compared to its predecessor the X-T3 (£1,699 with the 18-55mm lens) it is definitely a lot more compatible with the average photographer’s budget. So it’s definitely easier on the pocket than its more expensive relative.
Even so, the real question is – is it really worth the money overall? Read on to find out.
The X-T30 can usefully be thought of as being like a smaller X-T3 in shape and features, and it actually uses the same processor and sensor. As a result of it being smaller and lighter it is much better for shooting on the go. The only thing we would say though is that it has a single SD card slot which makes backing up while travelling a bit more of a challenge.
Thankfully there are still plenty of direct access control buttons and dials which will keep even the most tactile photographers happy. On the right plate you will find two dials for exposure and shutter speed and happily on the left there is a drive mode dial. Unlike the more expensive X-T3 there is a big auto switch which responds well to a quick flick of your finger.
As you might imagine with Fujifilm the image quality really is outstanding; capturing film-like quality images with a really great dynamic range and vibrantly natural colours. Even in low lighting it still delivers impressively.
The focusing is also quick and accurate in most cases except in very low lighting where it might take a little longer.
The only disappointment for us is the fact that you don’t have image stabilisation in the body, but you can get round this by using quick shutter speeds. If you buy the 18-55mm f/2.8-4 kit lens kit option it does have stabilisation. Obviously you can buy the camera with a 15-45mm kit lens which is reasonable but the 18-55mm f/2.8-4 kit lens is definitely superior in performance.
If you quite enjoy making a movie on occasion you will pleased to know that you have DCI 4K available in frame rates up to 30p. You also have Standard 4K up to 30p, too, not to mention Full HD and Full HD slow-mo. You can use the X-T30’s USB Type-C port to plug your headphones into, and there is a socket for your microphone.
There are so many plus points here and so little to argue with that it’s hard to resist coming to the conclusion that the Fujifilm X-T30 is definitely worth the money. The pros overwhelmingly outweigh the cons.
You can buy it on Amazon here:
Or on eBay with just the camera body
Learn the secrets to shooting video on a DSLR camera in this fantastic 6hour course. Sign up here https://bit.ly/39xqa71