Fujifilm J30

 
Fujifilm FinePix J30 front
 
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Expand to 3200)
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 32-96mm (F2.9-5.2) lens
  • 133g - 92 x 56 x 20mm
  • Revealed July 2009
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
96
Imaging
36
Features
10
Overall
25

Fujifilm J30 overview

Fujifilm J30 is FujiFilm's Ultracompact digital camera first revealed on July of 2009. The camera comes with a 12MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 4000 x 3000.

The J30 is ranked #142 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and all-around #1206 out of 1422 for cameras in our collection. You can try out our Advanced camera filter to see camera results based on your personalized factors.

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Fujifilm J30 Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of advantages and drawbacks of the Fujifilm J30 based on criterias that are typically seen as essential in a digital camera.

built-in flash
good min ISO (100)
good zoom range (32-96mm 3.0 x zoom)
does not have image stabilization
external flash not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lack of HDMI support
lack of headphone jack
lack of manual focus
lack of mic jack
lack of Time Lapse mode
low resolution screen (230 k dot)
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/1,400s)
no aperture priority mode
no articulating screen
no manual control
no phase detect AF
no RAW support
no shutter priority
screen is not selfie friendly
screen is small (2.7")
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
slow max aperture (f2.9)
sluggish at long end (f5.2)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
video quality not great (640 x 480 pxls)
wide angle not fantastic (32mm)
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Fujifilm J30 Sensor information

The dimension of the sensor in the Fujifilm J30 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3 and 3:2.

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The CCD sensor boasts 12MP and gives a standard ISO range of 100 - 1600. The ISO can also be expanded digitally to a maximum of 3200. Unfortunately, RAW files are not saved therefore the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The picture below illustrates the J30's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The J30 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is showcased in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Fujifilm J30 dimensions

Fujifilm J30 weighs 0.29 lbs (133g or 4.69 ounces) and features outside dimensions of 92mm x 56mm x 20mm (3.6" x 2.2" x 0.8"). The weight of general Ultracompact camera is 121g so the Fujifilm J30 is very similar as compared with its competitors.

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Listed below is a visual of the Fujifilm J30 besides a softdrink so you're able to have a sense of its size.

Fujifilm FinePix J30 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will provide the button design on the J30.

Fujifilm FinePix J30 topview buttons dials

Fujifilm J30 Lens information

The J30 is equipped with a built in lens giving a focal range of 32-96mm giving it a 3.0 x zoom which isn't very good nevertheless it might be very helpful in a few cases.

At it's widest 32mm, the lens offers an aperture of f2.9 and that is kind of sluggish and not ideal in low light conditions and you will likely struggle to capture a shallow depth of field. You will likely also have to boost your ISO setting which results in noisy images. Towards the long end, 96mm comes at f5.2 which is really slow and you will have to use slower shutter speeds.

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Fujifilm J30 Connectivity

The J30 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that feature NFC or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to send files and at times change settings without connecting straight with the camera.

Many apps also give a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can easily be attached to an external screen. A lot of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery through the USB port.

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Fujifilm J30 Video information

The highest video quality in the Fujifilm J30 is 640 x 480 and it can save in Motion JPEG file format. 480p is awful by today's requirements. You should really go for at least FUll HD quality for good video. The body doesn't include a mic or headphone port which means that you have got zero control over your sound. It is perhaps best to buy an alternative camera if you want better sound in your videos.

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Fujifilm J30 Weather Sealing

Fujifilm J30 doesn't have weather sealing so wet conditions can damage the camera.

Fujifilm J30 Screen and Viewfinder

The Fujifilm J30 comes with a 2.7" fixed display screen with a resolution of 230k dots.

Unfortunately the display screen isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Fujifilm J30 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

In those bright outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and tough to view, viewfinders are pretty helpful.

Fujifilm J30 Shutter information

The highest shutter speed is 1/1400 seconds.

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Fujifilm J30 Flash and Hot shoe information

Fujifilm J30 includes just built-in flash without external flash ability.

Fujifilm J30 Autofocus information

Fujifilm J30 includes only Contrast Based Autofocus and doesn't have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more faster and precise compared to Contrast Based focusing.

Fujifilm J30 lacks manual focusing. Manual focusing ability is good during low light scenarios or you need to have more accurate control on depth of field.

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Fujifilm J30 Battery life

The typical Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 offers the highest (320) battery life within this type of cameras.

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Fujifilm J30 for different types of photography

The following bar chart indicates a summation of the Fujifilm J30 for different types of photography. To find out more, browse to the specific section below.

Fujifilm J30 Portrait photography highlights

The Fujifilm J30 receives a score of 21 which is really bad, meaning that it is not appropriate for portrait images. Taking portrait images favors heavily to sensor dimensions, support for RAW files along with the capability to work with off-camera flash.

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focusing manually not possible
lack of manual mode
no external flash support
low MP (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format

Fujifilm J30 Street photography advice

Getting a reasonable points total of 48, the Fujifilm J30 is fairly suitable to use in street photography. A good street photography camera gives a good balance of image quality plus portability.

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no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files

Fujifilm J30 Sports photography advice

A really bad sports photography points tally of 18 indicates the Fujifilm J30 is not appropriate for photographing sports. A camera should have very good focusing plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/1,400 seconds)
no shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF

Fujifilm J30 Travel photography information

Size is really critical when buying a camera for travel. Over-all, the Fujifilm J30 gets a moderate 52 as a travelling camera which is relatively adequate to buy for your journeys.

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flash built-in
does not have Timelapse function
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
wide angle not great (32mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.9)

Fujifilm J30 as a Landscape photography camera

For anybody who is looking to buy a camera for landscape photography, the most significant aspect will be image quality. The Fujifilm J30 at it's really bad grade of 24 for a landscape camera is not appropriate in the current market.

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no manual focus
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (32mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.9)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
no manual control
does not have image stabilization
megapixel count low (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse recording

Fujifilm J30 Vlogging details

A camera for vlogging should really offer a moving display screen, microphone input and ideally image stabilization. Considering all the details, the Fujifilm J30 is not appropriate for vlogging as it gets a really bad rating of 22.

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wide angle not great (32mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.9)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
video res low (640 x 480 pixels)
lack of external microphone socket

Fujifilm J30 Alternatives

If you want alternatives to the J30, below is a number of the top rated cameras which fall in to the category of Ultracompact.

The graph listed below shows you an overview of the J30 vs it's top ranking competitors suggested above.

These are various other cameras you might consider as alternatives. To look at a comprehensive comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand Name
FujiFilm
Model type
Fujifilm FinePix J30
Category
Ultracompact
Revealed
2009-07-22
Body design
Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 3:2
Maximum resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW support
Maximum native ISO
1600
Maximum boosted ISO
3200
Min native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Lens
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
32-96mm (3.0x)
Maximum aperture
f/2.9-5.2
Macro focusing distance
10cm
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
2.7"
Resolution of screen
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Lowest shutter speed
8 seconds
Highest shutter speed
1/1400 seconds
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
3.50 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
640x480
Video data format
Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
133g (0.29 pounds)
Dimensions
92 x 56 x 20mm (3.6" x 2.2" x 0.8")
Other
Battery ID
NP-45A
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC Internal
Storage slots
1
Launch pricing
$150