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Fujifilm X30 Summary

12 Megapixels12 MegapixelsElectronic View FinderElectronic View FinderStabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Fuji X30 Assessment

The Fuji X30 is an excellent premium compact and is one of only threeFuji X30, X20 and X10 to have a mechanical zoom. Its lens is equivalent to 28-112mm which is suitable for a wide variety of subjects and has a rather bright maximum aperture. The X30 offers complete manual controls and an efficient interface, including dual control-dials and plenty of external controls.

Image quality is excellent for its sensor-size with low noise, good dynamic-range, nice colors and superb sharpness. Metering is highly conservative and WB is mostly good but struggles a little more than average.

The Fuji X30 clearly distinguishes itself by speed. It delivers a class-leading autofocus performance and, particularly so, in low-light where it can focus reliably down to very low light-levels. Operating speed is also unusually fast.

There is far more competition than ever which makes settling on a premium compact difficult. With regards to focus speed, the X30 is easily the winner. Other cameras differ mostly in terms of their lenses which are electronic-only.

Choosing the Fuji X30 over another premium digital camera comes down to autofocus speed and lens preference. The mechanical zoom certainly makes it easier to frame with the X30. No camera is perfect but this one clearly shows plenty of strength.

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PROS CONS
Class-leading fast and reliable autofocus Below average white-balance accuracy
Very low image noise Not Exposure-Priority except in Manual mode
Excellent sharpness Wrong Live-Histogram
Good dynamic-range Dark exposure of low-contrast scenes
Conservative metering Stepless control-ring
Nicely saturated colors Video capture delay
Very responsive Minimal grip
Mechanical zoom
Superb EVF
Great ergonomics
Good battery-life
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

Related Information

Previous Models
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By Neocamera on 2014-10-10

Fujifilm X30 Highlights


Medium digital camera

Sensor-Size: 8 x 6mm

1/1.7" Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

12 Megapixels Fixed LensISO 100-12800
4X Mechanically Linked Wide Optical ZoomShutter 1/4000-30s
Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
0.39" Built-in EVF 2.4 Megapixels (0.65X)Custom white-balance
Automatic Eye-Start sensorSpot-Metering
12 FPS Drive, 18 ImagesHot-Shoe
1920x1080 @ 60 FPS Video RecordingLithium-Ion Battery
3" LCD 920K PixelsSecure Digital Extended Capacity
Internal Memory
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