Fujifilm X-T30 Unveiled; Designed for All Photographers from Beginner to Advanced

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The original Fujifilm X-T10 was announced about 4 years ago, that was around May 2015, followed by its successor, the Fujifilm X-T20, in January 2017, or less than two years thereafter. Today, the third generation and the latest addition to the Fujifilm X series mirrorless camera was finally unveiled globally, meet the Fujifilm X-T30.

Fujifilm X-T30 Unveiled; Designed for All Photographers from Beginner to Advanced
Fujifilm X-T30 Unveiled; Designed for All Photographers from Beginner to Advanced

The Fujifilm X-T30 unveiling today is considered as on-schedule, since it is already more than two years since the released of the X-T20, and almost half a year since the launched of the Fujifilm X-T3. We mentioned the X-T3 because the X-T30 is curved on its image, both inside and out. The X-T30 has the same 26.1MP 4th generation X-Trans CMOS backside-illuminated image sensor, and identical quad core X-Processor 4 image processing engine found in the X-T3. Thus, users can expect similar, if not the same, photography performance as the more expensive X-T3.

Fujifilm X-T30 Promotional Video

As such, the AF algorithm has been improved significantly from its predecessor, it delivers advanced AF-tracking performance that includes enhanced face and eye detection accuracy, which is available on both still photos and video filming. Speaking of video functionality, it has the ability to record in 6K (6240 x 3510) to produce stunning output in 4K (3810 x 2160) resolution and up to 10bit, making it also suitable even for serious videographers.

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Fujifilm X-T30 Front

In terms of the camera body, it has identical height and width as the X-T20, 82.8mm x 118.4mm respectively, although slightly thicker - 46.8mm versus 41.4mm, it is still considered compact and lightweight. Consumers can choose in three color options, namely black, silver and charcoal silver, the first two are available at launch, while the last one to follow in June.

Fujifilm X-T30 Back

Price wise, the Fujifilm X-T30 has an international price tag of US$899 (Php47K) for the body only, US$999 (52K) for body + 15-45 kit lens, and US$1,299 (68K) for body + 18-55mm kit lens, while local pricing is yet to be announced. Meanwhile, the Philippine launch is set more than two months from now - March 20, 2019.

Official Fujifilm X-T30 Press Release:

The X-T30 is equipped with a host of new functions, making it a small yet powerful companion for any photographer.  It offers outstanding performance, utilizing the 4th Generation image sensor and processor which also includes 26.1 megapixel resolution and fast high-performance AF.  In addition, phase detection pixels are now across the entire frame (100%). Other advanced features include a Focus Lever for shifting a focus point easily, a new intuitive touch-screen panel with improved response, and an improved body design that has offers better holding stability to ensure comfortable shooting even with larger lenses.

The AF algorithm has been improved from that used in the renowned FUJIFILM X-T3 to deliver even more advanced AF-tracking performance. This includes enhanced accuracy in face / eye detection and the introduction of a Face Select function to provide priority auto-focus on a selected subject.

This evolution of AF performance is available not only with still photos but also during video filming. Improved exposure stability during face / eye AF and face recognition in the AF-C (continuous AF) mode adds to ease of use. Video performance itself has also been enhanced, offering high-resolution audio recording and smooth 4K/30P video recording.

As a result of the above developments, the camera appeals to a broader range of users from professional photographers to first time beginners, by being always able to deliver premium quality pictures with ease, regardless of experience.

Main X-T30 Features

1. Compact and lightweight camera body, designed for comfort with advanced handling
  • The compact and lightweight camera body, weighing just 383g, is designed for enhanced stability when holding the camera. The use of the Focus Lever, replacing the Selector Buttons, allows for extra grip space at the rear for added comfort.
  • The rear LCD monitor is thinner by 1.3mm and offers improved touchscreen response. It complements the Focus Lever to achieve faster and more intuitive camera operation.
  • The X-T30 is available in the popular black, premium silver and a new color, charcoal silver. The charcoal silver will be launched on May, two months after the launch of black and silver.

2. The X-T30 features the 4th generation image sensor, X Trans CMOS 4, and image processing engine, X Processor 4, to deliver the still photographing performance equivalent to that of the FUJIFILM X-T3.
  • Despite its compact and lightweight body, the camera has 26.1 megapixel resolution, one of the highest among APS-C sensor digital cameras, as well as exceptional low noise performance and outstanding color reproduction.
  • The lowest native sensitivity is ISO 160, previously only available as extended ISO, is now available when shooting RAW.
  • FUJIFILM’s exclusive Film Simulations now include ETERNA mode. This camera also incorporates numerous shooting functions that broaden your ability to customize your pictures, such as “monochrome adjustments” available for ACROS and Monochrome, and “Color Chrome” effect that produces deeper colors and gradations.

3. New AF system that is great in low light conditions and when tracking fast-moving subjects
  • The number of phase detection pixels on the X-Trans CMOS 4 image sensor has been increased to 2.16 million, about 4 times that of X-Trans CMOS 3 models. The on-sensor phase detection AF area now covers the entire frame (approx. 100%), making it possible to quickly and accurately focus on a subject anywhere in the frame.
  • The low light limit for phase detection AF has been expanded from +0.5EV to -3EV, making it possible to autofocus in very poor lighting such as at night or under dim light, such as candles.
  • Combined with the X-T3, X-T30 boasts the best AF performance and functionality of any X Series camera, combining fast image processing with the X-Processor 4 engine and AF algorithm enhancement to boost accuracy in face / eye detection. The Face Select function has been also introduced to provide priority autofocus on a selected person when multiple faces have been detected within a frame.
  • The performance of the Advanced SR Auto mode has been improved in line with the enhancement of the camera’s AF performance. In this mode, the camera automatically chooses the optimum shooting settings for a given scene from 58 presets, so you can achieve the best image quality without having to worry about any of the settings.

4. Enhanced video functionality
  • The X-T30 has more advanced 4K/30P video functionality, ability to record high resolution audio without requiring additional equipment and eye tracking functionality during video recording.
  • The X-T30 records in 6K (6240×3510) to produce stunning quality in 4K (3810×2160). The camera also supports the DCI format (17:9), which gives an even more cinematic look to your videos.
  • The Film Simulation modes can be applied not only when shooting stills but also while recording video, including the “ETERNA” motion picture emulator.
  • 4K/30P video can be recorded at 4:2:0 8bit to an SD card. F-log recording and 4:2:2 10bit via the HDMI port capabilities means the camera can record video suitable for more serious videographers

For more info, visit http://www.fujifilm.com/products/digital_cameras/x/fujifilm_x_t30/

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