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S$1,399 X-T30 Singapore Launch: The 4K/30p, 100% PDAF Coverage “Little Giant”

Outwardly similar, the 26.1-megapixel X-T30 has quite few physical improvements over its predecessor the X-T20. With a brighter EVF, a thinner and more responsive touchscreen LCD, the X-T30 also has an altered grip section, a new eight-direction joystick that replaces the old four-button direction pad, and a new automatic-manual lever that presents overall usability improvements over its predecessor.

The new grip design improves ergonomics; the new Automatic switch is visible near the centre of the image. Also visible is the the thumb-operated 8-direction joystick. Image: Ian Ling

Within, the X-T30 is radically more powerful. Image quality is powered by the 4th generation image sensor, the X Trans CMOS 4 and accompanied by the quad-core X Processor 4 image processing engine. With similar innards, the X-T30 performs on par with Fujifilm’s flagship X-T3 on the image quality and performance front.

The X-T30 keeps Fujifilm’s characteristic retro-functional design, packing exceptional capabilities into a smaller form that the brand calls “The Little Giant”. Image: Ian Ling

Of course, compared to the X-T3, the X-T30 has several shortfalls that betray its focus on the market of intermediate users. It still only has a single card slot, and isnt weather sealed, limitations that should only matter to professionals whose performance and reliability is overwhelmingly important for their reputation.

Improved software translates into several advancements in autofocus features, even when compared to the flagship X-T3. Not for long, though – the X-T3 will receive a firmware update within months that will bring these incredible performance features to the flagship product.

The automatic lever primes the camera to recognize scenes and adapt settings accordingly. Here the camera correctly identifies the scene as “landscape”. Image: Ian Ling

Just like the X-T3, the X-T30 with the X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor allows for a base ISO of 160, previously available only in the extended range.

Continuous shooting on the camera tops out at 8fps with mechanical shutter and 30fps with blackout-free electronic shutter with the added option for silent shooting – ideal for sensitive situations.

Advances in the autofocus algorithm has translated into giant strides in face-detection autofocus and autofocus tracking since the landmark launch of the flagship X-T3. The X-T30 is now able to detect and track faces as small as 7% of the vertical length of the frame – compared to the larger 10% required to be detected on the firmware on the X-T3. Users are also able to select faces to prioritise, which is handy in group photos or crowded scenes.

Like its predecessors, the flash on the Fujifilm X-T30 is cleverly concealed in the “pentaprism” hump. Image: Ian Ling

The frame now also features 100% coverage phase detection autofocus points, with an expanded low light capability with a -3ev low light limit from +0.5ev. This means more challenging compositions and lighting conditions are a small feat for the X-T30. 

The new processor also translates into 300% faster autofocus speed between targets that are spaced far apart. 

Videography has only been recently on Fujifilm’s agenda list for its X-series of mirrorless cameras. The brand touts Gen 4 video capabilities on its latest cameras, good enough for use on local Mediacorp TV drama serials – where the X-T3 was featured heavily and was used in the production. 

The mode dial on the off-hand side of the camera

The X-T30 records in 6K (6240x3510p), downsampled for stunning 4K 30fps quality, all while preserving eye-tracking functionality. In addition, the camera is also able to record high bit depth audio at 48KHz 24bits in-body without additional equipment. There’s also a USB-C analogue headphone output for audio monitoring, along with DCI (17:9) format support and hallmark Eterna film simulation that allows for an overall professional-looking output.

F-log and 4:2:2 10-bit recording is available through the HDMI port for the ultimate possible quality.

The port selection on the X-T30. Image: Ian Ling

Rolling shutter in electronic shutter is also vastly reduced, with little to no rolling shutter artefacts even in high speed movement at low shutter speeds of around 1/60s.

A new 16mm f2.8 R WR lens was also announced alongside the X-T30. At only 155g, it perfectly complements the lightweight 383g body of the X-T30 as an ideal lightweight and compact set-up for travel photography. It will be available separately in the coming months.

The X-T30 with the new XF 16mm f2.8 R WR lens. Image: Ian Ling

The camera will be available at a recommended price of S$1,399 (body only), S$1,549 with the XC15-45mm kit lens, and S$1,999 with the XF18-55mm kit lens.

It will come in Black, Silver and Charcoal Silver. The version in Charcoal Silver will be launched in May.

Ian Ling
http://uncommontragedy.com
Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

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