Fujifilm X 30: With Better Control

TEST: Fujifilm X 30 is the third generation of advanced compact cameras with zoom lens from Fujifilm. Two major news has surfaced to this year. But the question is whether this news will help or hinder?

Fujifilm has two advanced compact camera series that is crowned by the current model X100T and so this, X 30, which now will be tested. The x 100 is fast optics and a larger sensor than the X 30.The x 30 compensates its smaller sensor having a zoom lens with a fairly high brightness, 28-112 mm f/2.0-2 8.

The sensor has a resolution of 12 megapixels and is the same as in the predecessor X 20 in addition to being picked off the low-pass filter and thus should focus have spruced up a step. The lens was also satisfied with the then X 20 is also left unchanged.

New and changed

Despite the fact that the sensor and the lens is the same as in the past, it has happened to some stuff. On the X 30 has added a control ring on the lens, in addition to the zoom ring which is also used to turn on the camera.The control ring can be programmed to adjust different things. Fuji also has decided that it is time to pick off the analogue viewfinder in favour of simply having an electronic.

The screen on the back is also the new. It has become something bigger and can additionally be tilted 90 degrees upward and 45 degrees down.Being bigger means that Fuji had to move around a bit on the keypad on the back. Basically the same features remain but the buttons have been moved around and some features ports instead of the new functional rings. Function key on the top has been replaced with a live button for video recording. On the front page has an additional button got to choose which function to use with reduced ring. How to use the new buttons and controls work, we are going back to.

The x 30 has also been endowed with Wifi, in default mode, there is a direct button on the back that kicks off wifi sign cubits and have the app installed on your smartphone or tablet so you can control the camera and transfer pictures from camera to phone/tablet.

Fujifilm has also added a new film simulation, or effect filters if you would rather call them for it, this time it’s Classic Chrome which appeared in camera. Something that Fujifilm spent a lot of time during its press preview of the camera, so it was obvious that they put great emphasis on the new filter. The idea behind this effect is to fit the documentary photographers and will give the shadows not beckar through and colors that are not too saturated.

Battery capacity has been a shake-up and must now cope with 470 shots on a single charge. But the actual number of shots to get out of a single charge depends of course on how much you use the screen and wifi.The hand grip is also slightly changed from X 20, in my eyes, it has become a little better, even if the differences are not huge.

One of the major changes to the X 30 is therefore that the previous analogue viewfinder has disappeared and been replaced by a fully electronic. And it’s a decision I salute. Maybe I can think of that those who liked the retro analogue feel gave is not satisfied.

But, functionally, the new superior. With the analogue viewfinder, it received a paralaxfel, maybe not so serious, but enough that it could interfere. It was also not able to see such as filter effects directly in the viewfinder. The electronic viewfinder is high resolution and really fast. There is no noticeable lag in it, so it feels like an analog that way.

You’ll also see focus points and see when the camera finds the right. The information that is displayed in the viewfinder is rotated with the camera so if you shoot vertically ports information in the viewfinder at the bottom in the right direction. A simple thing but right nice.

The screen on the back is larger, more high-definition and Tiltable. But otherwise it works as before. It goes to angle is helpful when you want to shoot from the high or low angles, but there is nothing exceptionally magnificent over it without the screen feels like most of the other.

Tricky call

The new functional ring is a smart move. It is convenient to be able to adjust various settings with a quick hand grip and lens are of course already in front and pillar on the right frequently because it has a manual zoom ring, which is really nice.

With the button on the front panel, you can choose if you want to control ISO, white balance, effects filters, bracketing/continuous shooting and shooting mode. So far so good, but it’s not quite on the course anyway. The ring is a little hard to use, it has no markings or a way for the user to notice how much to turn to end up on the correct setting.

It feels almost like it accelerates when you turn it on, which is that the farther you turn on it the faster you scroll through options. There is a feeling that is hard to describe but it does ring a bit unwieldy. It requires concentration to end up on the correct effect filter when twists on the ring.

Programmable buttons

As I mentioned earlier, the keys a move around a bit because of the larger screen. But despite all the buttons have a dedicated function as they are tagged with going virtually all programming. It has so clearly both advantages and disadvantages. Benefits that you can get the camera to work the way you want, disadvantages to all the buttons already have a symbol or text on it, which means that if you try the different programmings so can be confusing.

For example, the button on the top side of the camera that is marked with a red färgplutt. A check mark means that the traditionally used to record video, but you can reprogram to several other things. Convenient for those who want to, but I think that it would have been better to have a few different UN-buttons that could be programmed and let other buttons may be dedicated to the confusion becomes a little less. But it is probably right.

Fujifilm has since their first X 100 received some complaints on their autofocus. The x 30 is not breathtaking in any way regarding the autofocus, but it’s also not something you notice that a clear disadvantage. It works as you would expect for a camera in this class. Sometimes it hunts a bit, sometimes it goes slightly wrong. But I would have liked to have seen is a little less focus points or boxes. Now it becomes sometimes a little too vague.

Image quality

The sensor in the camera is inherited from X 20 and even if we removed the low-pass filter, there has not been any noticeable changes in image quality. The lens of the camera is also the left then X 20 but there is nothing to complain about.

On the whole, one can thus conclude that it is mainly on the management front as we have news of the camera and the picture quality is good for the sensor size. It had, however, been able to wish for a slightly larger camera sensor size given.

Summary

You can see the improvements from X 20 so it has become a little smoother and better camera. Differences in management are found mostly in the functional ring around the lens, but it’s not quite as good as one could wish for.

Fujifilm X 30 is perfect for anyone looking for an advanced compact camera with a retro look. With the help of wifi is quick to share photos via social media, or email, which is a plus in the edge in today’s fast communication society.