Fujifilm XP30

 
Fujifilm FinePix XP30 front
 
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.9-4.9) lens
  • 165g - 99 x 68 x 24mm
  • Revealed August 2011
  • Previous Model is FujiFilm XP10
  • New Model is Fujifilm XP50
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
Portability
94
Imaging
38
Features
25
Overall
32

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 Fujifilm XP30 is rated #62 out of 74 in Waterproof cameras & over all #1009 out of 1428 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
Fujifilm XP30 vs Fujifilm XP130
28-140mm
F3.9-4.9
16MP1/2.3"2018
Fujifilm-FinePix-XP120 front thumbnailFujifilm XP120
Fujifilm XP30 vs Fujifilm XP120
28-140mm
F3.9-4.9
16MP1/2.3"2017
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Fujifilm-XP90 front thumbnailFujifilm XP90
Fujifilm XP30 vs Fujifilm XP90
28-140mm
F3.9-4.9
16MP1/2.3"2016
Fujifilm-XP80 front thumbnailFujifilm XP80
Fujifilm XP30 vs Fujifilm XP80
28-140mm
F3.9-4.9
16MP1/2.3"2015
Fujifilm-FinePix-XP70 front thumbnailFujifilm XP70
Fujifilm XP30 vs Fujifilm XP70
28-140mm
F3.9-4.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
Fujifilm-FinePix-XP60 front thumbnailFujifilm XP60
Fujifilm XP30 vs Fujifilm XP60
28-140mm
F3.9-4.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
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Fujifilm-FinePix-XP200 front thumbnailFujifilm XP200
Fujifilm XP30 vs Fujifilm XP200
28-140mm
F3.9-4.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Fujifilm-FinePix-JX500 front thumbnailFujifilm JX500
Fujifilm XP30 vs Fujifilm JX500
26-130mm
F3.5-6.3
14MP1/2.3"2012
Fujifilm-FinePix-XP50 front thumbnailFujifilm XP50
Fujifilm XP30 vs Fujifilm XP50
28-140mm
F3.9-4.9
14MP1/2.3"2012
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Fujifilm-FinePix-XP150 front thumbnailFujifilm XP150
Fujifilm XP30 vs Fujifilm XP150
28-140mm
F3.9-4.9
14MP1/2.3"2012
Fujifilm-FinePix-JZ100 front thumbnailFujifilm JZ100
Fujifilm XP30 vs Fujifilm JZ100
25-200mm
F2.9-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2012
Fujifilm-FinePix-JX550 front thumbnailFujifilm JX550
Fujifilm XP30 vs Fujifilm JX550
26-130mm
F3.5-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2012
Fujifilm-FinePix-JZ200 front thumbnailFujifilm JZ200
Fujifilm XP30 vs Fujifilm JZ200
25-200mm
F2.9-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
Fujifilm-FinePix-T400 front thumbnailFujifilm T400
Fujifilm XP30 vs Fujifilm T400
28-280mm
F3.4-5.6
16MP1/2.3"2012
Fujifilm-FinePix-XP30 front thumbnailFujifilm XP3028-140mm
F3.9-4.9
14MP1/2.3"2011
Fujifilm-FinePix-JX370 front thumbnailFujifilm JX370
Fujifilm XP30 vs Fujifilm JX370
28-140mm
F2.6-6.2
14MP1/2.3"2011
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FujiFilm-FinePix-XP10 front thumbnailFujiFilm XP10
Fujifilm XP30 vs XP10
36-180mm
F4.0-4.8
12MP1/2.3"2010
Fujifilm-FinePix-JV150 front thumbnailFujifilm JV150
Fujifilm XP30 vs Fujifilm JV150
37-111mm
F3.2-4.3
14MP1/2.3"2010
Fujifilm-FinePix-Z35 front thumbnailFujifilm Z35
Fujifilm XP30 vs Fujifilm Z35
35-105mm
F3.7-4.2
10MP1/2.3"2009
Fujifilm-FinePix-Z37 front thumbnailFujifilm Z37
Fujifilm XP30 vs Fujifilm Z37
35-105mm
F3.7-4.2
10MP1/2.3"2009
Fujifilm-FinePix-A170 front thumbnailFujifilm A170
Fujifilm XP30 vs Fujifilm A170
32-96mm
F3.1-5.6
10MP1/2.3"2009
Fujifilm-FinePix-Z33WP front thumbnailFujifilm Z33WP
Fujifilm XP30 vs Fujifilm Z33WP
35-105mm
F3.7-4.2
10MP1/2.3"2009
Fujifilm-FinePix-Z30 front thumbnailFujifilm Z30
Fujifilm XP30 vs Fujifilm Z30
35-105mm
F3.7-4.2
10MP1/2.3"2009
Fujifilm-FinePix-A100 front thumbnailFujifilm A100
Fujifilm XP30 vs Fujifilm A100
36-107mm
F3.1-5.6
10MP1/2.3"2009
Fujifilm-FinePix-A150 front thumbnailFujifilm A150
Fujifilm XP30 vs Fujifilm A150
36-107mm
F3.1-5.6
10MP1/2.3"2009
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

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

Fujifilm FinePix XP30 sensor size World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records

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 Fujifilm XP30.

Fujifilm FinePix XP30 topview buttons dials

Fujifilm XP30 Lens specs

The Fujifilm 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 Fujifilm 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 29 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 62, 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.

World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
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 39 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 Fujifilm 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 Fujifilm 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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Specifications

General Information
Company
FujiFilm
Model
Fujifilm FinePix XP30
Category
Waterproof
Revealed
2011-08-16
Physical type
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
14MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
4320 x 3240
RAW images
Maximum native ISO
3200
Lowest native ISO
100
Autofocusing
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
0
Lens
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-140mm (5.0x)
Max aperture
f/3.9-4.9
Macro focus distance
9cm
Crop factor
5.8
Screen
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen size
2.7"
Screen resolution
230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen technology
TFT color LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
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
Features
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
Exposure
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
1280x720
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
BuiltIn
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
165g (0.36 pounds)
Physical dimensions
99 x 68 x 24mm (3.9" x 2.7" x 0.9")
Other
Battery life
200 images
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
NP-45A
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD / SDHC, Internal
Card slots
Single
Cost at release
$240