Fujifilm X30 Review

Overall 43
Imaging 13
Features 48
Size 77
Price 0

Main Features

  • 12.0 MP 2/3" CMOS X-TRANS II sensor
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Tilting Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 12.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (60p/50p/30p/25/24p), 1280 x 720 (60p/50p/30p/25/24p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 119 x 72 x 60 mm
  • Weight: 423 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Fujifilm X20. Compare

Fujifilm X30 Summary

This review is devoted to X30 that Fujifilm has first introduced to the public in Aug 26, 2014. This model is a Small Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 12.0 MP and a 2/3" (8.8 x 6.6 mm) sized CMOS X-TRANS II sensor.

This is an upgraded model that Fujifilm released to replace their older product X20. To learn more about the specs and difference between these two models, check our complete comparison by following this link:
Fujifilm X30 vs. X20

In Small Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #273 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 43/100 and it takes a rank of #649 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Fujifilm X30 Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Fujifilm X30 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Max Aperture: F2.0-2.8
  • Screen Type: Tilting
  • Max Native Iso: 12800
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Af Phase Detection: Yes
  • Number Of Focus Points: 49
  • Viewfinder: Electronic
  • Continuous Shooting: 12.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Microphone Port: Yes
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Weight: 175 g
  • Battery Life: 470 shots

CONs

  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Sensor Resolution: 12.0 MP

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Complete Comparison of Fujifilm X30 With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Compact Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Fujifilm X30. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Compact cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Fujifilm X30

Fujifilm X30 has the following external dimensions 119 x 119 x 60 mm (46.85 x 28.35 x 23.62″) with the weight of 423 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Compact type cameras is 175g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Fujifilm X30, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Fujifilm X30 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 60mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Fujifilm X30 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Fujifilm X30 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Fujifilm X30 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Fujifilm X30 — 470 shots
Min: 140 shots
Average: 241 shots
Max: 470 shots

Thickness

Fujifilm X30 — 60 mm
Min: 10 mm
Average: 26 mm
Max: 60 mm

Weight

Fujifilm X30 — 423 g
Min: 103 g
Average: 175 g
Max: 423 g

Unfortunately, Fujifilm X30 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Fujifilm X30 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Fujifilm X30 Photo and Sensor Features

Fujifilm X30 comes with EXR Processor II processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 12.0 MP and is equipped with a 2/3" (8.8 x 6.6 mm) sized CMOS X-TRANS II sensor.

The base of Fujifilm X30 has the following ISO range 100 - 12800 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Fujifilm X30 features a 12.0 MP 2/3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Fujifilm X30 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 2/3" sensor featured in Fujifilm X30 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Fujifilm X30

LCD and ViewFinder

Fujifilm X30 is equipped with a Tilting 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 920k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

The Fujifilm X30’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 2,360k dots.

100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Fujifilm X30 are its 12.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, X30 comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/4000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

X30 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Focusing

One more highlight that makes Fujifilm X30 stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations. With the smart AutoFocus system presented in this model, photographers can choose from 49 points.

In addition, X30 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Fujifilm X30, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Fujifilm X30 allows you to save files in H.264 formats.

Fujifilm X30 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

In addition, Fujifilm X30 is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone for recording high-quality sound with its help.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Fujifilm X30 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, X30 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect X30 with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Fujifilm X30 provides a shooting life of 470, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 241 shots.

Compared to all models in the Small Sensor Compact category, Fujifilm X30 offers the highest battery life that reaches 470 shots.

How Good is Fujifilm X30 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Fujifilm X30’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Fujifilm X30’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the X30 to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Fujifilm X30 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Fujifilm X30 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 50. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Fujifilm X30 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 2/3" (8.8 x 6.6 mm) sensor

Fujifilm X30 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Fujifilm X30 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 77. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Fujifilm X30 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (119 x 72 x 60 mm)
  • Small 2/3"(8.8 x 6.6 mm) sensor

Fujifilm X30 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Fujifilm X30 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 80. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Fujifilm X30 can be called a 80 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Continuous Shooting (12.0 fps)

Disadvantages:

  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (49)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (12800)
  • Small battery life (470 shots)

Fujifilm X30 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Fujifilm X30 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 70. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Fujifilm X30 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 2/3" (8.8 x 6.6 mm) sensor
  • Big weight (423 g)
  • Big size (119 x 72 x 60 mm)

Fujifilm X30 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Fujifilm X30 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 61. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Fujifilm X30 can be called a 61 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small 2/3" (8.8 x 6.6 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (12 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Max Native ISO (12800)

Fujifilm X30 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Fujifilm
Model X30
Announced Aug 26, 2014
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 1
Screen
Screen Type Tilting
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 920k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 2,360k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.65
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 12.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 7
Flash Modes Auto, forced flash, slow synchro, commander, suppressed flash
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average Yes
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS X-TRANS II
Sensor Size 2/3"
Sensor Dimensions 8.8 x 6.6 mm
Sensor Area 58.08 mm2
Sensor Resolution 12.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4000 x 3000
Max Native ISO 12,800
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 49
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p/50p/30p/25/24p), 1280 x 720 (60p/50p/30p/25/24p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats H.264
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 423 g
Physical Dimensions 119 x 72 x 60 mm
Battery Life 470 shots
Battery Type 470 shots
Battery Model NP-95
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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