Fujifilm XP30

Fujifilm FinePix XP30 front

Fujifilm XP30 summary

Fujifilm XP30 is FujiFilm's Waterproof digital camera originally announced on August of 2011. The camera uses a 14MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4320 x 3240.

FujiFilm introduced this model in an effort to update the earlier FujiFilm XP10 (Read Full Comparison) & then introduced the newer Fujifilm XP50 (Read Full Comparison) in order to replace this model.

The XP30 is rated #59 out of 74 in Waterproof cameras & over all #980 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our database. You should try our Advanced camera finder to find camera ratings based on your customized factors.

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Fujifilm XP30 history

The Fujifilm XP30 is part of a family of products. You can see the detailed range underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Fujifilm-FinePix-XP130 front thumbnailFujifilm XP130
XP30 vs XP130
Fujifilm-FinePix-XP120 front thumbnailFujifilm XP120
XP30 vs XP120
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Fujifilm-XP90 front thumbnailFujifilm XP90
XP30 vs XP90
Fujifilm-XP80 front thumbnailFujifilm XP80
XP30 vs XP80
Fujifilm-FinePix-XP70 front thumbnailFujifilm XP70
XP30 vs XP70
Fujifilm-FinePix-XP60 front thumbnailFujifilm XP60
XP30 vs XP60
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Fujifilm-FinePix-XP200 front thumbnailFujifilm XP200
XP30 vs XP200
Fujifilm-FinePix-XP50 front thumbnailFujifilm XP50
XP30 vs XP50
Fujifilm-FinePix-XP150 front thumbnailFujifilm XP150
XP30 vs XP150
Fujifilm-FinePix-XP30 front thumbnailFujifilm XP3028-140mm
FujiFilm-FinePix-XP10 front thumbnailFujiFilm XP10
XP30 vs XP10
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Fujifilm XP30 Pros and Cons

Below is a list of advantages and disadvantages of the Fujifilm XP30 based on factors which are oftentimes considered useful in a digital camera.

above average minimum ISO (100)
built in lens has zoom (28-140mm 5.0 x zoom)
decent MP (14 megapixels)
features tracking focus
has built in flash
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
pretty wide (28mm)
weather proofing
cannot use external flash
fixed screen
lack of manual focus
lacks phase detect AF
lacks RAW format
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
max zoom aperture not good (f4.9)
missing HDMI socket
missing headphone socket
missing mic socket
missing Time Lapse function
no aperture priority
no manual exposure
no shutter priority
not so great battery pack (200 shots)
screen has low resolution (230 thousand dots)
screen isn't selfie friendly
sensor is small (1/2.3")
slow fps (1.0 frames per second)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.9)
small screen (2.7")
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
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Fujifilm XP30 Sensor details

The specification of the sensor in the Fujifilm XP30 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4320 x 3240 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). In body stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter can cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 14 megapixels and supports a standard ISO range of 100 - 3200. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not saved which means that the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The picture underneath illustrates the XP30's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The XP30 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.

Fujifilm FinePix XP30 sensor size 400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Fujifilm XP30 dimensions

Fujifilm XP30 weighs 0.36 lbs (165g / 5.82 ounces) & the measurement of the camera is 99mm x 68mm x 24mm (3.9" x 2.7" x 0.9"). The weight of typical Waterproof camera is 196g so the Fujifilm XP30 is less heavy when compared to its rivals.

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Here is a shot of the Fujifilm XP30 beside a softdrink so you're able to get a sense of its scale.

Fujifilm FinePix XP30 dimensions scale

The top view just below will highlight the button layout on the XP30.

Fujifilm FinePix XP30 topview buttons dials

Fujifilm XP30 Lens specs

The XP30 is equipped with a built in lens featuring a focal range of 28-140mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which isn't really amazing however it might be convenient in some circumstances.

At the widest 28mm, the lens has an aperture of f3.9 and that's really slow and not great for low light events and you will probably struggle to get a shallow depth of field. You could also need to raise the ISO producing noisy photos. Towards the tele end, 140mm comes with f4.9 which is fairly slow and you might need to set slower shutter speeds.

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Fujifilm XP30 Connectivity

The XP30 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras that feature NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to copy images and usually alter settings without the hassle of connecting straight to the camera.

Many applications even enable a Liveview and hit the shutter in case you are not near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external monitor. The majority of cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack with the USB port.

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Fujifilm XP30 Video specs

The max video quality in the Fujifilm XP30 is 1280 x 720 and you can shoot in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is low for today's standards. You really should aim for at least 1080p quality for decent video. The camera does not have a microphone and / or headphone port which means you have got little control over the audio. It is perhaps best to consider a different model if you require decent audio for your videos.

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Fujifilm XP30 Weather Sealing

Fujifilm XP30 features weather proofing making it a fantastic choice for use in tricky locations. This is especially valuable in case you are uncertain about the conditions you might face in outdoor photography.

Fujifilm XP30 Screen and Viewfinder

The Fujifilm XP30 houses a 2.7 inch fixed display supporting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the display isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder specifications for Fujifilm XP30 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be rather beneficial in sunny outdoor conditions which will make the camera screen washed out and hard to see.

Fujifilm XP30 Shutter specs

Fujifilm XP30 has the capability to shoot continuously at 1.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Fujifilm XP30 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Fujifilm XP30 has only inbuilt flash with no external flash support.

Fujifilm XP30 Autofocus specs

Fujifilm XP30 has just Contrast Detect AF & does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more faster & exact when compared to Contrast Detect focusing.

It also boasts Tracking AF for moving things. Fujifilm XP30 has no manual focus. Manual focus ability is useful in low light conditions or you need more exact focusing control.

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Fujifilm XP30 Battery life

The battery pack (NP-45A) in the Fujifilm XP30 is built to last for 200 shutters with respect to the CIPA benchmarks which is less when compared to it's competitors. The usual Waterproof camera battery life is 274. Olympus TG-4 comes with the maximum (380) battery life in this range of cameras.

Here is a listing of Waterproof cameras which have the strongest battery life:

Fujifilm XP30 for specific categories of photography

The following illustration gives a summary of the Fujifilm XP30 for specific categories of photography. To learn more, have a look at the specific section underneath.

Fujifilm XP30 Portrait photography factors

The Fujifilm XP30 gets a rating of 30 which is lousy, and means the camera is just not acceptable for portrait photography. Shooting portraits favors greatly towards sensor specs, RAW support along with the potential to use external flash.

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sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
no manual mode
external flash not possible
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files

Fujifilm XP30 Street photography info

With a nice points tally of 63, the Fujifilm XP30 is a fine pick to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.

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has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment sealing
screen does not articulate
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files

Fujifilm XP30 Sports photography info

A lousy sports photography points total of 41 suggests the Fujifilm XP30 is just not acceptable for taking photos of sports. A camera must have great focusing plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count good (14MP)
supports tracking autofocus
environment proof
slow fps (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
very small sensor (1/2.3")
terrible battery pack (200 CIPA)
does not have phase detect auto focus

Fujifilm XP30 as a Travel photography camera

Size is really crucial in picking a camera for travel. All round, the Fujifilm XP30 gets a nice 65 for a travel camera which makes it a respectable pick to take with you on your trips.

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environment sealing
decent MP (14MP)
flash built-in
rather wide (28mm)
missing Time Lapse recording
not so great battery life (200 shots)
screen is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.9)

Fujifilm XP30 as a Landscape photography camera

When you are planning to choose a digital camera for landscape photos, the most significant factor will be image quality. The Fujifilm XP30 and it's lousy score of 40 as a landscape camera is just not acceptable in the current marketplace.

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pretty wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent MP (14MP)
environment proofing
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
no manual mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
low battery (200 shots)
missing Time Lapse recording

Vlogging with Fujifilm XP30

A camera for vlogging should posses a articulating screen, microphone input and if possible IBIS. Considering all things, the Fujifilm XP30 is just not acceptable as a vlog camera as it delivers a lousy score of 29.

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relatively wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.9)
does not have a selfie friendly display
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have external mic support

Fujifilm XP30 Alternatives

If you want replacements to the XP30, below is a selection of the top rated cameras which fall within the class of Waterproof.

The line chart down below provides you an overview of the XP30 vs it's top scoring rivals suggested earlier.

Following are additional cameras you might check out as alternate options. To read through a complete comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Fujifilm FinePix XP30
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
4320 x 3240
RAW images
Maximum native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Cross focus points
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-140mm (5.0x)
Max aperture
Macro focus distance
Crop factor
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen size
Screen resolution
230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Screen technology
TFT color LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Min shutter speed
4 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
1.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
3.10 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
165g (0.36 pounds)
Physical dimensions
99 x 68 x 24mm (3.9" x 2.7" x 0.9")
Battery life
200 images
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD / SDHC, Internal
Card slots
Cost at release