Fujifilm X30

Fujifilm X30 front
  • 12MP - 2/3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-112mm (F2.0-2.8) lens
  • 423g - 119 x 72 x 60mm
  • Announced August 2014
  • Previous Model is Fujifilm X20
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Fujifilm X30 overview

Fujifilm X30 is FujiFilm's Small Sensor Compact digital camera initially launched on August of 2014. It has a 12 MegaPixel, CMOS X-TRANS II 2/3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4000 x 3000.

FujiFilm released this model to improve the earlier Fujifilm X20 (Read Full Comparison)

The Fujifilm X30 stands at #1 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all round #397 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. Remember to check our Smart camera finder to see camera rankings based on your personal criteria.

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Here is a graph of various criteria used in the scoring system.

Fujifilm X30 history

The Fujifilm X30 is part of a family of products. You can read the full list underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Fujifilm-X30 front thumbnailFujifilm X3028-112mm
Fujifilm-X20 front thumbnailFujifilm X20
Fujifilm X30 vs Fujifilm X20
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Fujifilm-XF1 front thumbnailFujifilm XF1
Fujifilm X30 vs Fujifilm XF1
Fujifilm-X10 front thumbnailFujifilm X10
Fujifilm X30 vs Fujifilm X10

Fujifilm X30 Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of upsides and downsides of the Fujifilm X30 based on aspects which are often viewed as useful in a digital camera.

built in image stabilization (Optical)
fast at the tele end (f2.8)
flash built-in
good battery (470 per charge)
good max aperture (f2.0)
good min ISO (100)
good zoom range (28-112mm 4.0 x zoom)
has a tilting screen
has face detection focusing
has tracking autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
includes external microphone jack
includes HDMI support
manual focus
reasonably wide (28mm)
saves RAW files
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
sensor has phase detect AF
very good screen resolution (920 thousand dot)
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
missing headphone jack
more heavy than competition (423g)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (2/3")
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Fujifilm X30 Sensor specs

The Fujifilm X30 is run by the EXR Processor II processor. The sensor dimension on the Fujifilm X30 is 8.8mm x 6.6mm (2/3"). The 58 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter may cause cropping.

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The CMOS X-TRANS II sensor boasts 12 megapixels and has a standard ISO range of 100 to 12800. RAW files are supported therefore you have more room to maneuver in post.

The graphic underneath displays the Fujifilm X30's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The Fujifilm X30 sensor comes with a crop factor of 4.1 and is pointed out in green.

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To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Fujifilm X30 dimensions

Fujifilm X30 has a weight of 0.93 lbs (423 gr / 14.92 ounces) and features exterior size of 119mm x 72mm x 60mm (4.7" x 2.8" x 2.4"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr and the Fujifilm X30 is weightier than other rivals.

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Here is a picture of the Fujifilm X30 next to a softdrink to help you have a feel for its size.

Fujifilm X30 dimensions scale

The top view just below will show you the button design on the Fujifilm X30.

Fujifilm X30 topview buttons dials

Fujifilm X30 Lens details

The Fujifilm X30 offers a fixed lens with a focal range of 28-112mm giving it a 4.0 x zoom which isn't exceptional nevertheless it will probably be handy in certain cases.

At it's widest 28mm, it offers an aperture of f2.0 and that is terrific in low light situations and capturing good bokeh. It is going to also let you go with a much lower ISO in order to get cleaner shots. On the long end, 112mm comes at f2.8 making it really good and lets you maintain higher shutter speeds.

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Fujifilm X30 Connectivity

The Fujifilm X30 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that include NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can be used wirelessly through smartphones. You can send files and usually alter settings without the hassle of connecting straight with the camera.

Several apps also stream a Liveview and click the shutter if you aren't close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it can be attached to an external screen. A good number of cameras enable you to charge the battery through the USB port.

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Fujifilm X30 Video details

The maximum video resolution on the Fujifilm X30 is 1920 x 1080 and it can save in H.264 file format. 1080p resolution provides a good balance between video quality versus file size but FULL HD will not leave you with much room to downsample. While the body includes a microphone socket, it is sadly lacking a headphone socket which means you won't have the option to keep an eye on your audio levels.

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Fujifilm X30 Weather Sealing

There is no weather proofing on the Fujifilm X30 so you have to be cautious in wet and dusty situations.

Fujifilm X30 Screen and Viewfinder

The Fujifilm X30 has a 3 inch tilting screen with a resolution of 920 thousand dots.

Sadly the screen isn't a touch screen.

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The View Finder details regarding Fujifilm X30 are below:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Resolution 2,360 thousand dots
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100%
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.65x

Viewfinders can be pretty helpful during sunny outdoor situations which may make the camera screen washed out and hard to view.

Fujifilm X30 Shutter details

Fujifilm X30 has the ability to shoot continuously at 12.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.

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Fujifilm X30 Flash and Hot shoe details

Fujifilm X30 includes both integrated flash plus external flash ability.

Fujifilm X30 Autofocusing details

Fujifilm X30 includes both Phase Detect Auto Focus and Contrast Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more quicker & precise than Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera has Face detection which makes it useful for portrait photography.

The Sensor has 49 focus points to pick from. It also has Tracking Auto Focus for objects on the move. Fujifilm X30 includes manual focus if needed during low light situations or you want to have more precise control on focus.

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Fujifilm X30 Battery life

The battery (NP-95) on the Fujifilm X30 is designed to last for 470 photographs based on the CIPA specifications making it higher than average ın comparison with its class. The general Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has the highest possible (470) battery life within this group of cameras.

Following is a collection of Small Sensor Compact cameras that have the strongest battery life:

Fujifilm X30 for various styles of photography

The following bar chart displays a analysis of the Fujifilm X30 for various styles of photography. To see more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Fujifilm X30 Portrait photography info

The Fujifilm X30 gets a points total of 47 which is moderate, and means the camera is fairly appropriate to use for portrait photography. Shooting portraits leans greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW photos in addition to the potential to utilize off-camera flash.

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manual focus
offers face detect focus
delivers RAW files
sensor resolution low (12MP)
very small sensor size (2/3")

Fujifilm X30 as a Street photography camera

Having a very good points tally of 64, the Fujifilm X30 is a fine pick for street photography. A good street photography camera offers a good balance of picture quality plus portability.

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tilting screen
image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
tiny sensor (2/3")
heavier than competition (423g)

Fujifilm X30 as a Sports photography camera

A moderate sports photography points total of 52 indicates the Fujifilm X30 is reasonably acceptable for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have fantastic autofocus plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Optical)
features tracking focus
great battery (470 shots)
comes with phase detect autofocus
low resolution (12MP)
tiny sensor (2/3")

Fujifilm X30 Travel photography details

Weight is super crucial when choosing a travel camera. Over-all, the Fujifilm X30 gets a nice 62 as a travel camera which is a good choice to purchase for your holidays.

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better than average battery (470 per charge)
built-in flash
really wide (28mm)
great max aperture (f2.0)
heavier than average in class (423g)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen

Fujifilm X30 as a Landscape photography camera

If you're planning to purchase a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most essential factor will be image quality. The Fujifilm X30 and it's average score of 58 for a landscape camera is fairly appropriate compared to it's competition.

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manual focus
rather wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f2.0)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
good battery (470 CIPA)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (2/3")

Fujifilm X30 Vlogging highlights

A camera for vlogging preferably should have a articulating display, mic port and if possible image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Fujifilm X30 is not acceptable for vlogging as it receives a dreadful score of 34.

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quite wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f2.0)
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
comes with microphone port
display isn't selfie friendly
more heavy than competition in class (423g)

Fujifilm X30 Alternatives

If you are interested in alternatives to the Fujifilm X30, here is a selection of the top rated cameras which fall into the category of Small Sensor Compact.

The line chart here provides you a summary of the Fujifilm X30 compared to it's highest scoring competitors listed previously.

There are a bunch of cameras you might have a look at as alternative options. To browse through a full comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Fujifilm X30
Small Sensor Compact
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
EXR Processor II
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
8.8 x 6.6mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW format
Max native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focus
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-112mm (4.0x)
Max aperture
Macro focus range
Crop factor
Screen type
Screen sizing
3 inches
Resolution of screen
920 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder resolution
2,360 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
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
Slowest shutter speed
30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed
12.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
7.00 m
Flash settings
Auto, forced flash, slow synchro, commander, suppressed flash
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60p/50p/30p/25/24p), 1280 x 720 (60p/50p/30p/25/24p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
Video format
Microphone input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
423 grams (0.93 pounds)
Physical dimensions
119 x 72 x 60mm (4.7" x 2.8" x 2.4")
Battery life
470 images
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Storage slots
Cost at launch