Fujifilm Z30

 
Fujifilm FinePix Z30 front
 
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 35-105mm (F3.7-4.2) lens
  • 110g - 91 x 59 x 21mm
  • Launched February 2009
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
96
Imaging
34
Features
13
Overall
25

Fujifilm Z30 overview

Fujifilm Z30 is FujiFilm's Small Sensor Compact camera initially introduced on February of 2009. The camera uses a 10MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 3648 x 2736.

The Z30 is placed #256 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & all round #1209 out of 1422 for cameras in our database. You can look at our Smart camera search to find camera rankings based on your custom factors.

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Here is a diagram of different criteria used in the scoring system.

Fujifilm Z30 family

The Fujifilm Z30 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can view the complete list underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Fujifilm-FinePix-Z37 front thumbnailFujifilm Z37
Z30 vs Z37
35-105mm
F3.7-4.2
10MP1/2.3"2009
Fujifilm-FinePix-Z35 front thumbnailFujifilm Z35
Z30 vs Z35
35-105mm
F3.7-4.2
10MP1/2.3"2009
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Fujifilm-FinePix-Z33WP front thumbnailFujifilm Z33WP
Z30 vs Z33WP
35-105mm
F3.7-4.2
10MP1/2.3"2009
Fujifilm-FinePix-Z30 front thumbnailFujifilm Z3035-105mm
F3.7-4.2
10MP1/2.3"2009

Fujifilm Z30 Pros and Cons

Here is a list of pros and cons of the Fujifilm Z30 based on criterias which are typically seen as important in a camera.

built-in flash
good zoom range (35-105mm 3.0 x zoom)
lighter than competition (110g)
very good min ISO (64)
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
display isn't selfie friendly
external flash not possible
lack of HDMI port
lack of headphone port
lack of manual focus
lack of mic port
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of Time Lapse mode
lacks phase detect AF
lacks RAW files
low fps (1.0 fps)
low maximum shutter speed (1/1,000 seconds)
low megapixels (10MP)
manual mode not available
no aperture priority mode
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
pixelated screen (230 thousand dot)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
slow maximum aperture (f3.7)
sluggish at full zoom (f4.2)
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
video resolution low (640 x 480 resolution)
wide angle not good (35mm)
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Fujifilm Z30 Sensor features

The specification of the sensor in the Fujifilm Z30 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 3648 x 2736 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 3:2.

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The CCD sensor has 10MP and supports a native ISO range of 64 - 1600. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not saved therefore you have less margin for error.

The picture underneath displays the Z30's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The Z30 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is highlighted in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Fujifilm Z30 dimensions

Fujifilm Z30 weighs around 0.24 lb (110g / 3.88 oz) & has exterior proportions of 91mm x 59mm x 21mm (3.6" x 2.3" x 0.8"). The weight of general Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g so the Fujifilm Z30 is lighter as compared with its competitors.

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Here is a shot of the Fujifilm Z30 with a soda to help you to get a feel for its size.

Fujifilm FinePix Z30 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will show the button design on the Z30.

Fujifilm FinePix Z30 topview buttons dials

Fujifilm Z30 Lens features

The Z30 houses an inbuilt lens having a focal range of 35-105mm making it a 3.0 x zoom which is not great but it can be very helpful in some conditions.

At it's widest 35mm, the lens has an aperture of f3.7 making it somewhat sluggish and not the best for low light occasions and you might struggle to get a shallow depth of field. You would also have to increase your ISO setting giving you noisy files. For the long end, 105mm comes with f4.2 making it fairly sluggish and you might have to utilize slow shutter speeds.

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Fujifilm Z30 Connectivity

The Z30 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras with NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to send pictures and oftentimes alter settings without connecting straight with the camera.

Some apps also allow a Liveview and press the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external display. Many cameras enable you to charge the battery with the USB socket.

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Fujifilm Z30 Video features

The highest video quality in the Fujifilm Z30 is 640 x 480 and you can record in Motion JPEG format. 480p is awful for today's standards. You really should go for at least 1080p quality for video recording. The body doesn't include a microphone and / or headphone jack which means that you have got absolutely no control over the audio. It is probably best to get a different model if you want good audio for your video clips.

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Fujifilm Z30 Weather Sealing

Fujifilm Z30 doesn't have weather proofing so rainy conditions can affect the camera.

Fujifilm Z30 Display and Viewfinder

The Fujifilm Z30 houses a 2.7 inch fixed display having a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the display is not a touch screen.

Fujifilm FinePix Z30 screen and viewfinder Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone

The ViewFinder specs for Fujifilm Z30 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are rather handy in sunny outdoor conditions which can make the camera display washed out and very difficult to see.

Fujifilm Z30 Shutter features

Fujifilm Z30 can shoot continuously at 1.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1000s.

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Fujifilm Z30 Flash and Hot shoe features

Fujifilm Z30 has just integrated flash without external flash ability.

Fujifilm Z30 Autofocus features

Fujifilm Z30 has only Contrast Detect AF & is missing Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster & accurate as compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing.

Fujifilm Z30 lacks manual focus. Manual focus ability is good in low light or you want more precise focusing control.

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Fujifilm Z30 Battery life

The typical Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 features the highest (470) battery life in this kind of cameras.

Here is a list of Small Sensor Compact cameras which have the highest battery life:

Fujifilm Z30 for different styles of photography

The following bar chart displays a overview of the Fujifilm Z30 for different styles of photography. To view more, check out the specific section underneath.

Fujifilm Z30 Portrait photography highlights

The Fujifilm Z30 gets a points tally of 20 which is lousy, and means the camera is just not acceptable for portrait photography. Shooting portrait images favors greatly towards sensor dimensions, support for RAW files along with the capability to work with external flash.

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lack of manual focus
no manual control
external flash not possible
low MP (10MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files

Street photography with Fujifilm Z30

Getting a reasonable points tally of 55, the Fujifilm Z30 is reasonably suitable to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera comes with a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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lighter than competitors (110g)
fixed screen
does not have image stabilization
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format

Fujifilm Z30 Sports photography features

A lousy sports photography points total of 17 means the Fujifilm Z30 is just not acceptable for taking photos of sports. A camera really should have good focusing and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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low max shutter speed (1/1,000 seconds)
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
lack of image stabilization
low MP (10MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF

Fujifilm Z30 as a Travel photography camera

Size is really critical when buying a camera for travel. All round, the Fujifilm Z30 gets a modest 56 as a travelling camera which is somewhat suitable to take on your journeys.

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lighter than others in class (110 grams)
flash built-in
lack of Timelapse mode
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
wide angle not great (35mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.7)

Fujifilm Z30 as a Landscape photography camera

In case you're looking to buy a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most critical factor is going to be image quality. The Fujifilm Z30 and it's lousy grade of 23 for a landscape camera is just not acceptable in the current marketplace.

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no manual focus
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.7)
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
no manual control
does not have image stabilization
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
no Time Lapse function

Vlogging with Fujifilm Z30

A vlogging camera preferably should have a articulating display, microphone port and if possible IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Fujifilm Z30 is just not acceptable as a vlog camera as it receives a lousy score of 25.

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lighter than competitors (110 grams)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.7)
display is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
low video resolution (640 x 480 pixels)
missing external mic port

Fujifilm Z30 Alternatives

If you are looking for replacements to the Z30, here is a list of the highest ranked cameras that fall into the class of Small Sensor Compact.

The line chart down below gives you a bird's eye view of the Z30 versus it's top scored rivals suggested earlier.

There are more cameras you may check out as alternative options. To go through a extensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand Name
FujiFilm
Model
Fujifilm FinePix Z30
Class
Small Sensor Compact
Launched
2009-02-17
Body design
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
10MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 3:2
Maximum resolution
3648 x 2736
RAW photos
Maximum native ISO
1600
Minimum native ISO
64
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Lens
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
35-105mm (3.0x)
Largest aperture
f/3.7-4.2
Macro focus range
8cm
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display sizing
2.7 inch
Resolution of display
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Lowest shutter speed
3s
Highest shutter speed
1/1000s
Continuous shooting speed
1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
3.10 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Slow sync, Red-eye reduction
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
640x480
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
110g (0.24 lb)
Physical dimensions
91 x 59 x 21mm (3.6" x 2.3" x 0.8")
Other
Battery model
NP-45
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots
Single
Retail cost
$150