A User Review of Fujifilm X30 – Part 1: Introduction

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Disclaimer: I purchased this camera for my own personal use. This post was not sponsored by Fujifilm in any way. My previous camera usage history includes Canon PowerShot G10, G12 & G1X, Canon EOS 50D, Fujifilm X-E2, X-T1 and X100S. I have brief hands-on with X20 and X-Q1 before this.

Fujifilm has announced the release of X30 camera, their “Pro-compact” camera 2/3” sensor and a 4x optical zoom lens, which effectively replaced the dated X20. Specification of the camera can be viewed here on Fujifilm’s official site.

A lot of people would ask the question “why”. Why should I buy this over the X-Q1, why should I buy this over the X-A1, X-M1 or even the X-E1/2 and etc. Some even go as far to question why such camera ever existed. Before I answer to those questions, let’s take a quick spin with the camera and see how well it does.

First off, some notable features in the X30 (Click here for all the features of X30):
1. Optical View Finder of X20 replaced by Electronic View Finder in X30
2. New buttons layout akin to Fujifilm new design language
3. Customizable Q menu & up to 6 customizable function buttons
4. Built in wifi for remote shooting and direct instax printing
5. Full manual control in video mode
6. New film simulation of Classic Chrome
7. Built in interval shooting mode for time lapse
8. New dual control ring on the lens for quick setting adjustment
9. Bigger battery capacity than X20, rated approx. 500 shots per charge + USB charging
10. New 3″ Tiltable LCD screen

Noticed that something is missing? Yes, generally the hardware department fairly remains. You get the same 2/3″ X-Trans CMOS II sensor with reasonably fast auto focus, same resolution at 12 megapixel and same 4x optical zoom 28-112mm equivalent F2-2.8 lens. The major improvement are more on the software side than on the hardware. So the good news is, probably some of these goodness will arrive on the X20 via firmware upgrade in the future, and those accessories on the X20 can probably shared on the X30 as well. The bad news? Well, not really any, just that if you are hoping for new sensor technology or higher megapixel… you’ll probably get disappointed.

I do not owned the X20, hence I can’t do a direct comparison between the picture taken by both camera. While generally I believe in terms of image quality the two cameras will be on par with each other, but the overall experience of using the camera is the key difference among the two. Same goes to the X-Q1, which sports the same sensor, though with different optics and a more compact construction. The X30 by all means is not a compact camera, though it is classified as one. I would personally call this kind of camera as “professional compact” as they are generally a compact camera that grew up with some pro-features packed within.

In terms of spec sheets comparison with other cameras, image quality comparison with other cameras and etc., I believe you can easily get tons of articles and webpages that do just that. Here, I’ll share with you my personal feeling of actual using of the camera instead, and hopefully this will give you a better idea on how the camera actually performs, what to expect, and whether the camera really suits you.

Stay tuned for my hands-on review in coming post.

A User Review of Fujifilm X30 – Part 1: Introduction
A User Review of Fujifilm X30 – Part 2: On the Outside
A User Review of Fujifilm X30 – Part 3: On the Inside
A User Review of Fujifilm X30 – Part 4: Sample Shots
A User Review of Fujifilm X30 – Part 5: Final Words

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