Since it’s introduction the Fujifilm X10 and X20 has always felt a little bit lacking compared to its X100s brother. It’s always sported an optical viewfinder that was good but did not truly vibe well with the camera’s zoom lens. Now Fujifilm has gone in the opposite direction and given the new X30 a full-time EVF plus a few other upgrades that will make everyone notice its new street shooter.
Like the Fujifilm X-T1’s fabled viewfinder, the X30 sports a big 2.36M dot OLED Real Time Viewfinder. It has the same 0.005-second lag time, but comes with a slightly lower magnification factor at 0.65x. Fujifilm has also fitted a new tilting LCD with double the resolution at 920k dots–which isn’t a whole lot in comparison to many other modern cameras.
Otherwise the X30 is largely the same camera as the X20 featuring the same 12MP X-Trans CMOS sensor and 7.1-28.4mm f2-2.8 zoom lens. At the front of this 4x zoom lens users will find a newly added control ring positioned behind the manual zoom control to adjust aperture and shutter speed. Coupled with a front facing function button, photographers will also be able use the ring to set functions such as ISO sensitivity, film simulation, white balance and continuous shooting can.
The Fujifilm X30 is not a completely new X20 that we were hoping for. But with these new ergonomics and screens should be enough of a reinvention to make the X30 shine on its own even in the shadow of the X100s. The Fujifilm X30 will be available in late September for $599.95 and until then check past the break for more specs and images.
- 12MP 2/3” X-Trans CMOS II sensor
- EXR Processor II
- 2.36M dot OLED Real Time Viewfinder with 0.005 second lag time, 0.65x magnification
- Intelligent Hybrid AF in 0.06 seconds
- Fast start-up time of 0.5 seconds
- Shutter time lag of 0.01 seconds
- High speed continuous shooting of 12fps (11 frames continuously in JPEG at full resolution)
- FUJINON F2.0-2.8 lens 4x manual zoom lens with HT-EBC coating
- Tilting 3.0” Premium Clear LCD (920k dots)
- ‘Classic Chrome’ and other film simulation modes
- Long lasting battery with approximately 470 photos per charge. Charges using supplied micro USB cable
- Pop-up Super Intelligent Flash
- Super Macro mode to .039”
- Full HD video 1080p at 60fps; bit rate of 36Mbps for clear capture of delicate movements