The last couple of weeks I have spent my time getting to know the Fujifilm X30. I have taken pictures in and around Leesburg, VA including the leaves changing colors for the Fall. As I progress I want to note a few things.
If you are looking for a point and shoot, with capabilities other than “auto,” this camera is perfect for you. It is nicely built, easy to use and produces a nice file. I like the looks of it. I think it has a bit of a modern look which suits me fine. I know some have complained about its appearance but I like it. It is a small, light camera which can easily be put in a backpack for a hike. You will come back with some beautiful pics.
I like the three different film simulations I have used so far. In Part 1 I used Classic Chrome and in Part 2 I used Velvia. In this post I have used Standard. You will find that this is truly the standard with Classic Chrome being slightly muted and Velvia slightly more vivid, color wise.
So far I have found a couple of things I would like to change. It needs an ND filter if you are going to try to shoot wide open during the day. I was finally able to do that on a cloudy, rainy, dreary day. I wish the filter was built-in like the X100 series.
The camera only goes to f/11. Not sure why but it should be able to get to at least f/16. I am confused by this. Not good.
The X30 can go to 1/4000 of a second but only at “small aperture.” I would prefer 1/4000 sec be available at all apertures. I don’t understand Fujifilm’s thinking on this either.
This post is more pic heavy than word heavy. The pics were originally large, fine, JPEG’s.
So far I like this camera. If you are expecting files like the X-T1 or any other APS-C camera you won’t get them. Noise is present as you increase the ISO from 200. It is okay to ISO 1600. I wouldn’t go higher than that.
I am curious what the RAW files will look like and how they will respond to adjustments in LR, especially noise reduction. I hope to have that post out as soon as Adobe releases LR 5.7. The new Camera RAW is out so LR 5.7 shouldn’t be far behind.
My goal in the following pics is to show how beautiful the colors are that come out of the X30 on the standard setting. I really like the way the camera faithfully reproduces them. I did do some processing in LR 5.6 as I wanted to show how the JPEGS respond to a little touch up. I didn’t do much.
This pic does show some DOF as I was able to shoot at f/2.5, 1/80 sec at ISO 200.
This pic also shows some DOF. It was taken at f/2.8, 1/180 sec at ISO 200.
One of the things that Fuji Rumors predicted was discounts on the X30 soon after its release. I paid the MSRP of $599 but I am already seeing it on sale for $509. I think the main reason for this is that the camera is in its third generation and it still has a 2/3″ sensor. If it would have had a 1″ sensor, or larger, this wouldn’t be the case. More about this in Part 4.
You can find Part 1 here.
You can find Part 2 here.
You can find Part 4 here.
© Vic Schmeltz