Fujifilm has released this morning the new premium compact Fujifilm X30. It replaces the model Fuji X20 (review) released over a year ago and is built around a second generation X-Trans CMOS sensor, without a Low Pass filter, with 2/3 inch in size, that provides a resolution of 12 megapixels. In terms of novelties, the Fuji X30 replaces the optical viewfinder with an electronic one, which the company says is the best in its class, comes with a tilting LCD screen, a few new buttons, and an improved autonomy by 80%, along with integrated Wi-Fi, which has already become a standard on current compacts.
In addition, the new Fujifilm X30 boasts good performance of the autofocus system, which now can achieve focus in just 0.06 seconds according to the official press release, but also a very short startup time of only 0.05 seconds and an absolutely imperceptible shutter delay of 0.01 seconds. For those who want to photograph subjects in motion, the Fuji X30 is able to capture up to 11 frames per second at full resolution (12 megapixels, JPEG) with active autofocus. The X30 borrowed some software functions from its more advanced mirrorless cousins, like Focus Peaking, found for the first time on a compact camera, as well as the 360° panoramic mode.
All these features make the Fuji X30 a serious contender not only for advanced compacts, but also for entry-level mirrorless cameras. We will have this camera down for tests and will see how well it performs, but the fact is that it will be an interesting fall, especially as Fuji X30 is opening the series of product launches of early September, before Photokina.
Fujifilm X30 technical specifications at a glance:
- X-Trans II CMOS sensor 1/2.3 inch, no AA filter
- 12 megapixel resolution
- Full HD video recording
- EXR II Processor
- Fujinon 28-112 mm F 2.0-2.8 (4 x zoom) Lens
- Continuous shooting up to 12 fps
- Tilting LCD screen, 3 inch, 920k pixels
- Focus Peaking function
- 360º Panorama
- Battery autonomy approx. 470 frames
- Hybrid autofocus system (0.06 seconds)
- Startup time of only 0.05 seconds