With some extremely strong competition in the premium compact market, how does Fujifilm’s X30 stack up? Michael Topham takes a closer look in our Fujifilm X30 review

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Fujifilm X30

Features:
Build/Handling:
Metering:
Autofocus:
AWB Colour:
Dynamic Range:
LCD viewfinder:

Pros:

  • - Improved operation with new control ring
  • - Robust build quality
  • - Extremely responsive autofocus performance in low light

Cons:

  • - Physically smaller sensor than most rivals
  • - Screen is yet to support touchscreen control
  • - Some buttons are extremely small

Product:

Fujifilm X30 Review

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£479.00

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Image Quality

Fujifilm X30 Review – Image Quality

Resolution

Fuji X30 ResolutionA close inspection of our resolution chart revealed the X30’s Raw files resolve 3000 l/ph at ISO 100, which drops off to around 2600 l/ph at ISO 1600 and 2400 l/ph at ISO 3200. Beyond this sensitivity, the X30 only shoots JPEGS, however this remains a strong performance from a 12MP 2/3inch-type sensor and puts it on par with the results recorded by the X20.

Dynamic Range

Fuji X30 Dynamic rangeDue to the fact the X30 only records Raw files between ISO 100-3200, our dynamic range results aren’t quite as widespread on the chart as some of its rivals. At ISO 100, the peak dynamic range is a high 13.92EV, which reduces to 9.5EV at ISO 3200. The X30’s D-Range Optimiser helped to balance exposures in high-contrast conditions, but even with this switched off, it was possible to return a high level of detail to shadows and highlights using Camera Raw.

Noise

Fuji X30 NoiseThe X30 produces noise-free images at low sensitivity settings, with the first traces of luminance noise creeping in at ISO 400. Although noise is removed reasonably well between ISO 400-800 in JPEG files, fine detail at higher ISOs is lost in the JPEG smoothing process, so as a rule of thumb, it’s always advisable to shoot Raw for the ultimate quality. ISO 6400 and 12,800 should only be used in emergencies.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Build and Handling
  3. 3. Performance
  4. 4. Image Quality
  5. 5. Verdict
  6. 6. First Look
  7. 7. Fujifilm X30 Review – Specification
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  • badvok

    AP, are you sure those dynamic range figures are correct? If they are then this X30 with it’s small sensor is beating the Olympus EM5 II and the Nikon D5500 in terms of dynamic range. That’s a remarkable achievement by Fuji.

  • Kym Crowley

    Touch screens have some way to go. When they’re as effective as a smart phone’s screen, then I may become excited. I have one on my Lumix G5 and never bother…

  • Kym Crowley

    Touch screens have some way to go. When they’re as effective as a smart phone’s screen, then I may become excited. I have one on my Lumix G5 and never bother…

  • astispumanti

    I agree with Dave Ross – the Panasonic TZ40 I use as a travel cam has a touch screen and it’s a nuisance, one only has to touch the damn thing for a shot to be taken – they’re a nuisance, not a benefit.

  • dave ross

    Not having a touchscreen is a pro, not a con. I’ve never used the tilt screen on my Canon G 11 and the feature just adds depth to the camera.