Fujifilm has just launched a trio of products: the X-T30 mirrorless camera, Fujinon XF16mm f/2.8 R WR lens, and the tough XP140 compact camera.
X-T30 Mirrorless Camera
The X-T30 will be launched on March 20 this year, the latest in line in its X series of mirrorless cameras. With a 4th generation image sensor and processor, the 26.1-megapixel X-T30 now features 2.16 million on-sensor phase detection pixels spread over the 100% of the frame.
The eye- and face-detection autofocus tracking performance has also been improved over previous models, and is now available in AF-C mode, which is ideal for portraits and dynamic environments. It performs well even in profile from the side, with photographers now able to set priority on either left or right eyes. With multiple subjects, photographers can select a specific person’s face to set focus, exposure and white balance on.
Low-light autofocus performance has also been extended from +0.5 to -3 EV, which correlates to lighting conditions of a candlelit scene. With a lowered native base ISO of 160, the X-T30 promises reduced noise and improved colour reproduction.
With a compact and lightweight camera body, the X-T30 weighs in at only 383g (body only) while designed for enhanced stability and balance when paired with a variety of lenses. Ergonomics has also been improved with a thumb-operated focus lever, which replaces the selector buttons found on previous iterations. To cater to photographers of all breeds, Fujifilm’s trademark classic control dials enable intuitive and tactile physical manipulation of exposure parameters. An added Auto mode lever quickly accesses the Advanced SR Auto mode for intelligent, automatic photography, allowing the camera to assess autofocus and exposure settings, ideal in challenging situations.
The 3.0-inch, 1.04 million-dot LCD display is thinner by 1.3mm, and offers better touchscreen response. Along with the focus lever, it offers a more intuitive experience when operating the autofocus system on the camera. It is able to tilt upwards and downwards, which is ideal for high- and low-angle shooting, and especially in video mode. A 2.36 million-dot electronic viewfinder has a higher resolution with a similar magnification ratio to DSLRs at 0.62x with the added benefit of real-time monitoring of the final image with exposure, film simulation and focus parameters factored into the finder, reducing the need to constantly check the photo output.
The X-T30 can shoot continuously at 8.0fps at full resolution with the mechanical shutter, and at 30fps with the blackout-free high speed electronic mode. This can be coupled with a Sport Viewfinder mode, which provides a 1.25x crop (16.6megapixels) within the viewfinder to aid in tracking subjects even before they enter into frame. With its electronic shutter, photographers are able to stay silent in sensitive situations.
Fujifilm’s extremely popular film simulations are also available for stills or video, along with the added Eterna simulation. This complements the 4K (62404x3510p) recording at 23.98,24 and 25 frames per second on the X-T30 with bitrates of either 200 or 100Mbps. F-Log recording and 4:2:2 10bit output is possible through the HDMI port with external recorders, with DCI support enabling cinematic, professional-quality videography. Face- and eye-detection autofocus are also available when recording video, along with the Face Select function that enables quick focus racking between subjects with the use of the touchscreen display or the focus lever.
The camera can also be paired with smartphones and tablets for automatic transfer of images for quick access to social media. The Fujifilm Camera Remote application also enables remote shooting. The Capture One Express Fujifilm, Fujifilm X Raw Studio and Fujifilm X Acquire developing software is also available for free.
The camera will be available in Black, Silver, and in Charcoal Silver that will be launched in May, two months after the other models. The X-T30 (body only) will retail at a RRP of SGD 1,399. Bundled with the XC15-45mm lens, it will cost SGD 1,549. With the XF18-55mm lens, it comes in at SGD 1,999.
XF 16mm f/2.8 R WR Lens
Fujifilm also announced the availability of the Fujinon Lens XF16mmF2.8 R WR. With a 35-mm full-frame equivalent of 24mm, the XF 16mm f/2.8 R WR delivers outstanding colour reproduction and image quality, with edge-to-edge sharpness delivered in a compact and lightweight form factor at only 155g.
The lens also sports high-speed silent autofocus, combining smaller, lighter focusing elements and a silent stepping motor in an inner-focus AF system. With 10 elements in eight groups, the XF 16mm f/2.8 R WR sports two aspherical lens elements to ensure reduced field curvature and spherical aberrations. It also is able to take close-up images with a minimum focus distance of 17cm.
Its light form factor, however, does not diminish its build quality. Similar to the XF23mmF2 R WR, XF35mmF2 R WR and the XF50mmF2 R WR, the metal build on the 16mm lens extrudes a sense of quality and robustness, while seals at nine locations along the lens barrel make the lens dust and weather resistant and capable of operating in temperatures as low as -10°C. Paired with Fujifilm’s weather-sealed mirrorless cameras like the X-Pro2, X-T2, X-T3 and X-H1, the lens is able to perform even in dusty environments or in light rain.
XP140 Rugged Compact Camera Introduces 4K Video Recording
The XP140 is Fujifilm’s answer to the GoPro. Waterproof up to 25m, freeze-proof to up to -10°C, shockproof up to 1.8m and dust-proof, the XP140 is the camera to take along your wildest adventures – or as a woe-free first camera for your child. Weighing only 207g (with battery and memory card), the camera remains unobtrusive, while offering a 5x optical zoom that starts with a 28mm equivalent focal length at its widest, extending to 10x with the Intelligent Digital Zoom function.
Its 16.4 megapixel sensor delivers good performance even in low-light conditions or underwater with a maximum sensitivity of ISO 12,800. With CMOS-shift Optical Image Stabilisation, the XP140 controls shake while reducing motion blur.
Fujifilm’s Advanced SR Auto Mode uses subject and scene detection to determine camera settings that are optimised for a variety of situations, with Eye Detection automatically focussing on subjects in frame. Self-timer modes enable you to be part of the frame, with a Smile mode that snaps a photo when it detects smiles, and a Face Auto Shutter mode capturing a photo when it detects a subject facing the camera.
The XP140 supports 4K 15P video recording, with a High Speed Video (1280x720p) function that enables 4x slow motion, along with a time-lapse mode on board to help tell an engaging story.