Review of Fujifilm X-T30: overcome the inherent weakness of Fujifilm - VnReview
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Review of Fujifilm X-T30: overcome the inherent weakness of Fujifilm – VnReview


Without a lot of styling changes compared to the X-T20 predecessor, the X-T30 is focused on a significant upgrade in internal hardware with the only X-T3 premium technology from the system. Focus to image sensor.

Fujifilm X-T30, the latest mirrorless model of Japanese camera manufacturer, has just officially landed in Vietnam market. This can be considered a compact and lower priced version of the high-end X-T3 series.

The official price of Fujifilm X-T30 in Vietnam is 21.99 million VND for the camera body only. If purchased with XC Kit 15-45mm, the price will be VND 24.99 million and bought with XF 18-55mm Kit pipe, the price will be VND 31.99 million.

At this price, the X-T30 will compete directly with rival Sony A6400, which has just been launched in Vietnam. Sony alpha A6400 price is 22.99 million VND for the camera body only. If purchased with SELP kit 16-50mm, the price will be VND 25.99 million and purchased with 18-135mm SEL kit, the price is VND 32.99 million.

Typical classic design, many convenient button rotation but slightly small grip

So far, Fujifilm's mirrorless cameras are still famous for their characteristic nostalgic design like film cameras and the X-T30 continues to promote that tradition. Inheriting almost all of the X-T20's designs from strong, strong square lines, color schemes, leather covers or a series of rounds, buttons, all make for a unique retro X-T30 original in mirrorless village.

As soon as you hold it in your hand, you can immediately feel the firmness and rigidity of the magnesium alloy frame. The rotation, buttons are carefully, carefully with high sensitivity, smooth. Only the grip is a bit shallow, making it easy to hold the device. If most other camera companies try to streamline the rotation on their mirrorless models and direct users to the touch screen, Fujifilm is the exact opposite.

The company tried as many revolutions as possible despite its compact body, and for those who have mastered the camera, this is indeed a worthwhile feature. I can quickly tweak familiar parameters such as ISO, speed, aperture, exposure compensation, switching between shooting modes without having to fumble around in the "matrix" menu. The following rotation rings can be pressed down to turn into 2-in-1 buttons, with one click to fine-tune 2 different parameters, very convenient. Holding the camera for a long time to operate does not cause fatigue thanks to the light weight of only about 4 lbs.

Of course, if you are new from a smartphone, you may find it a little confusing and Fujifilm is also very attentive with Full Auto mode with just a push button for you to enjoy watching.

The biggest change on the X-T30 comes from the back. Four traditional circular navigation buttons are replaced with joysticks. This new device makes it easier to switch points and move around in the menu, but it looks cool but also sacrifices custom buttons as fast as the previous two generations. However, the layout of the Q key for quick access to the shooting parameters is not reasonable when located right on the rear edge, it is easy to accidentally click the wrong button.

Another worthwhile upgrade on the X-T30 is the 3.1-Gen1 USB-Type C port, which is currently very popular thanks to its unobtrusive advantages, integrating both audio and video, power only. with 1 cable. Fujifilm itself also uses this connection port to charge the battery directly without using a removable battery charger.

Thanks to the USB-Type C port, you can share the cable with your phone to charge the battery, copy the image to a computer or use it with a convenient backup battery. I tried the Type C to 3.5mm jack of the Bphone 3 to plug in the headset and the X-T30 worked perfectly. This will be an essential feature for those who shoot videos. However, I don't understand why the machine uses the 2.5mm mic port instead of the more popular port 3.5. You will have to purchase additional jacks to add a removable mic.

The screen on the X-T30 is 3 inches in size, with a resolution of 1.04 million pixels for good quality, bright, sharp, true color, good looking in the sun. This screen supports multitouch gestures to select focus points, view images, zoom in, and select settings quite smoothly. The operation to flip up and down to capture at the corners as hard as hips, close to the ground or high above the head is smooth but unfortunately the machine does not support flip or flip flip for more convenience for taking selfie or vlog recording.

Electronic viewfinder (EVF) of 0.39 inch size, 2.36 million pixels using OLED technology, 0.62x magnification delivers impressive quality, vivid colors, contrast, high detail, smooth display thanks to 100Hz scan frequency. Reasonable size brings a pleasant shooting experience. The proximity sensor automatically switches between the screen and the active viewfinder, without turning the screen off when leaving the device at the waist like some Canon mirrorless models.

Agile focusing speed, good noise reduction, unique image color emulator

In terms of specs, the X-T30 uses APS-C X-Trans crop sensor with a 26.1 megapixel resolution like the X-T3 and the X-Processor Pro 4 processor is 3 times faster than the previous model. there. BSI sensor also helps the machine work better in low light conditions. The extended ISO of the device can reach 51,200.

The most significant upgrade of the X-T30 is the 2.16 million-point autofocus system, covering 100% of the frame. Compared to the X-T3, the X-T30 even has a faster focusing speed thanks to the latest firmware, while the X-T3 will have to wait for an upgrade in the future.

Autofocus was previously a disadvantage of Fujifilm models, especially at a low level. However, on the X-T30 there has been a clear improvement in the ability to capture focus, especially with subjects with small details or low light. During the evaluation, I used the X-T30 with 2 XF18-55mm f / 2.8-4 R LM OIS lenses and a new model XF 16mm f / 2.8 R WR. The machine has good focusing speed with both lenses, especially the ability to recognize the face, recognize the eyes better than the previous two generations, sticking to the correct definition even when the model has turned away. or moving at high speed.

New sensors and processor chips make Fujifilm X-T30 a big advantage in noise handling compared to X-T20. The new model helps the self-confidently set ISO Auto up to 3,200 or 6,400 when you want to prioritize quick shooting. Particle noise is handled well, details are still visible and colors are correct at these two ISO levels. Fujifilm's image quality has the advantage of usually human skin, suitable for portraits.

With Fujifilm cameras, it is impossible not to mention fake film color filters. Although there are many modes, Vivid is the most used filter. In bright enough conditions, especially outdoors, this color mode enhances natural image sharpness, enabling photos to be shared on social networks without additional editing software. In addition, Classic Chrome filters and especially the new Eterna / Cinema movie emulation mode appearing on the X-T30 are also worth a try.

The X-T30 still uses the same type of battery as the X-T3 and actually shows that it has a fairly good battery life. I can shoot from 500 to 800 shots but the machine still has 2 to 3 bars of battery. It has Performance Boost mode to increase the speed of focus and smoothness of the electronic viewfinder, but this time the battery will drop quite quickly.

summary

Facing the fierce competition of many competitors, especially the stubborn names like Canon or Nikon, Fujifilm still knows to find its own way, convincing users who prefer classic and nostalgic features. It can be seen that the X-T30 took advantage of and inherited almost all of the power of its predecessors such as X-T20 and X-T3, creating a medium-sized, powerful and eye-catching mirrorless.

The strength of the X-T30 is the ability to focus quickly, almost overcome the inherent disadvantages on Fujifilm machines. The system of buttons, convenient rotation helps convenient operation, good noise reduction ability. It also has many modern equipment such as a rechargeable USB Type C port with backup battery, audio output support, multi-function joystick.

The point of improvement of the X-T30 is the grip when the size is too small, making it difficult to handle with one hand. Rotation screen rotation is not flexible, inconvenient when selfie or vlog recording. 2.5mm mic port is not popular, requires additional conversion plugs.

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