Fujifilm X-T30, all the information, contact and samples of the new evil of reduced size but advanced features
After introducing the fourth generation of X-Trans CMOS and processor, the Japanese company has officially launched the second model, which incorporates this new technology. And unlike what you might think (but do well in the previous rumors), it’s not an X-Pro 3 or X-H2, but the little Fujifilm X-T30, a model for enthusiasts who are very versatile Nickname the “little giant”.
And that is, as we already have in the analysis of the Fujifilm X-T20, this model is a very small and compact camera with similar functions to its older sister (then the X-T2 and now the X-T3). and virtually the same image quality when using the same sensor and image processor.
It is no surprise that Fujifilm’s press release speaks of a camera aimed at a wide spectrum of audiences , ” from beginners to advanced “, which includes “a multitude of new functions “. These include the new 26.1 megapixel X-Trans 4 sensor , the X-Processor 4 processor and a newhigh-performance AF system .
Few external news
However, the design of the new camera is identical for front and top. You’ll need to take the camera and turn it around to see the main change in which the right side is redesigned, where the usual crosshead has disappeared. Now a joystick in the style of the appearance of the family is present in the X -T2.
This change is accompanied by a thickening of the rubber zone in this rear part and the relocation of the Q button for quick access. This allows a better grip, although the front grip is still small (has not changed). Apart from that, the only change is a thickening of the now slightly more protruding buttons (though this is very hard to see). The case remains compact and lightweight (only 383 grams) and the rear LCD screen is now 1.3 mm thinner and promises an improved tactile response.
Incidentally, the outside audience is interested in the fact that the new model, in addition to the colors that the X-T20 already had in black and black plus silver, will also be available as X-T100 in silver carbon, two months later the others reach the shops ,
If externally there is hardly any news inside it is a completely new camera, or at least that’s how they presented it to us. Logically, the fact of renewing the sensor and processor is not trivial, but it is that the novelties go further, and especially affect the fields of autofocus and video recording .
The Fijifilm X-T30 incorporates an improved algorithm based on the algorithm used by the X-T3 “to provide even better AF tracking performance.” Thus, it promises “perfected face / eye recognition accuracy and the introduction of face selection function of face selection to give the selected object priority for autofocus.”
This is achieved thanks to the fact that the number of phase detection pixels of the sensor has been increased to 2.16 million (four times that of the X-Trans CMOS 3). In addition, through the sensor’s phase detection, the AF area covers the entire frame (approximately 100%) for fast and accurate focusing on a subject in the box.
This development of AF operation will also be available during video recording, in the other section there will be a significant improvement. In the presentation, Fujifilm officials emphasized that there is no camera in this segment that offers some of these features, and that the X-T30 can be a great support camera for someone who already uses an X-T3 for this purpose (by the share the same sensor).
In any case, the X-T30 offers more advanced 4K / 30P video functionality , the ability to record high-resolution audio and the ability to track eyes during recording. To achieve better quality, the X-T30 records in 6K (6240 x 3510) and translates it to ” an amazing quality in 4K “.
In addition, the camera also supports the DCI format (17: 9) , allows recording 4K / 30P video at 4: 2: 0 8 bits on the SD card and offers F-Logrecording functions and 4: 2: 2 10 bit a through the HDMI port . For the rest, they could not miss the exclusive film simulations of the house that now include the Eternal mode that can be used in both photo and video.
Fujinon XF 16mm F2.8 R WR
Together with the Fujifilm X-T30, the X-family has introduced a new fixed wide-angle lens, characterized by its compact size and lightness, without sacrificing “a very high resolution performance due to its optical design“. according to Fujifilm. It is the Fujinon XF 16mm F2.8 R WR, whose small metal body is made of and sealed as “brothers” of the Fujinon XF 23mm F2 R WR, the XF 35mm F2 R WR and the XF 50mm F2 R WR.
This new lens kit (available in black and later in silver) has a weight of just 155 grams and a length of 45.4 mm. Its equivalent focal length is 24 mm, its maximum aperture is 2.8 and the diaphragm has nine blades.
The optical design is based on ten elements distributed in eight groups with two aspheric lenses. This design and “the optimal array of aspherical lenses eliminates spherical aberrations and field curvature while delivering outstanding performance from the center of the image to every corner.” For AF, the target is “controlled by a high-precision motor to achieve a faster and quieter autofocus.”
Firmware 3.0 for the X-T3
All the novelties in the field of autofocus that we have mentioned for the X-T30 are going to be turned on the X-T3 thanks to the update of the internal software that has also been presented, although it will not be released until April (day to be determined).
Price and availability
Contact and samples
Our first impression with the new X-T30 was dejà vu because certainly (as we mentioned) both models seem identical . Its size is traced and from the front nothing has changed. The viewer has undergone some slight change that affects the brightness and resolution but is basically the same as the X-T20, small but with good results. The screen is still tilting up and down but not enough to make selfies or record yourself on video.
It can also be missed that the body is sealed . A decision, which we were told from Fuji Spain, responds more to an attempt to differentiate the model of the X-T3, but that we still find annoying (mostly because the price of the camera would justify it).
As usual, the time that we had to test the camera was quite scarce but considering that it is a model so similar to the previous one, as regards ergonomics and so on, we refer to the analysis of the X-T20 .
In terms of handling and behavior, it is difficult to draw conclusions but of course we like the added joystick . Of course, it is located a little low in such a way that it was hard for our thumb to find it . On the other hand, the Q button is too close to hand (above the joystick in fact) which makes it easy to activate by mistake.
The handling has been improved, as the two control wheels can now be fully configured and the joystick is in good condition, allowing flexible control of the focus point (and navigation through the menus). Of course, you can also select with your finger, but as before, the touch interface is sensitive and prone to inadvertent activation. Although it is something that needs to be tested in peace, it now seems advisable (thanks to the joystick) to disable the touch screen.
As for rapprochement, it seemed to us that he did it very aptly, but we could barely review the novelties in this area, so we left the topic of rapprochement with eyes and faces for a better time.
As far as image quality is concerned, as we said on the X-T20, the result is very similar to its older sister, in this case the X-T3. That means it offers high quality, excellent detail, highly controlled noise up to about 6,400 ISO, and color reproduction that Fujifilm are proud of. On the other hand, you are probably also suffering from the same problem as processing certain programs we are talking about here.
As usual, we could not open the RAW but the fact is that the JPEGs that directly deliver the camera are spectacular . As always, you can check for yourself the results with the photos that we attach and those of the gallery, although we think they look very good (and always bearing in mind that they are samples of a preproduction model).
Regarding the new objective XF 16mm F2.8 R WR, it must be said that its compact size and light weight match very well with this model and that the results promise to continue with the known quality of the optics of the house. By the way, its brightness is a worse point than its range brothers (which are ƒ2), something that responds to a design that sought to offer image quality in a very small size.