Fujifilm Announces X-T30

  By Kaitlyn Kerr

Fujifilm has announced the X-T30, the successor to their mid-level X-T20 and the little brother to the X-T3. The camera features a slightly redesigned body in comparison to the X-T20 including a joystick control popular on other Fuji models, but the guts of the camera really reflect much of the X-T3.

The X-T30 uses the same upgraded sensor (X-Trans CMOS IV) and X-processor 4 used in the X-T3, providing great colour, image quality, and low-light performance. The autofocus, complete with face and eye-detection has been improved over the initial release of the X-T3, though a firmware updated will follow that will bring this to the X-T3 as well.

Like the X-T3, the X-T30 will record 4K footage (oversampled from 6K) at 8-bit 4:2:0 internally, or 10-bit 4:2:2 out via HDMI. A 2.5mm mic jack has been included, as well as a USB-C connection, which can be used with an adapter to a regular 3.5mm headphone connection for monitoring audio. This USB-C connection can also be used to power the camera or charge the battery in-camera.

Unlike the X-T3, however, the X-T30 has a single UHS-I SD card slot, and is not weather-sealed to the degree of its bigger brother. In comparison to the X-T20, Fujifilm has made the back thumb grip slightly more prominent and moved the Q function button onto the grip for easy access and to facilitate the addition of a joystick, which has been popular on the X-T2 and X-T3 for selecting focus points and quickly navigating through menus. The two-way tilt LCD is also slightly thinner, making for a slimmer camera profile.

The X-T30 will be available in three different configurations: body only at $1199, kitted with the XC15-45mm at $1299, and kitted with the popular 18-55mm lens at $1699. The camera will be available in black, silver, or charcoal silver and is expected this spring. Preorders can be placed now.

Watch Dave and Evelyn’s first impressions with a production X-T30 below.

Kaitlyn Kerr

Kaitlyn Kerr

Kaitlyn is a craft beer enthusiast and self-labelled film nerd. Suitably, she is one of the hosts of Calgary's Beers & Cameras meetup group. She also drinks too much coffee and wants to see too many places. When not helping coordinate events or exploring whatever city, town, or backroad she can, she also works as a freelance photographer and assistant.