If the Fujifilm X-T30 received enough accolades as a travel-friendly everyday camera that produces fantastic images, the Fujifilm X-T30 II follows the footprints of its predecessor but with some upgrades. Since the original camera was just too good, it leaves little room for any significant upgrade. But since launching a new camera model in line with the original but without upgrades is unheard of, the Fuji XT30 II does have a few upgrades. The new camera is a good all-rounder, easy on your pocket, fits conveniently in the travel bag, and is ideal for everyday use. Trimming Fujifilm’s product range by removing a few basic models makes the new camera the best choice for beginners. However, the camera is appealing to seasoned photographic enthusiasts too.
This Fujifilm X-T30 II review should help you understand the reasons for the broad appeal of the new camera model.
Fujifilm X-T30 II – Key Features
The retro looks of the new edition of the T30 Fujifilm camera can be quite deceptive when you look at the performance that matches the cameras of the digital era. The compact and lightweight (378 grams) camera is a powerful device that stays ahead of its rivals because of the 26.1 MP APS-C X-TRANS CMOS 4 sensor. The most prominent mark of modernity is the 26.1 MP sensor, Fujifilm’s best and the latest. Added to it is the 4k video shooting feature at 8 fps, comparable to any other camera in the mid-range category.
The phase-detect autofocus system is another feature worth highlighting because of the sophistication in covering the whole frame while focusing on single points and zones. The continuous shooting speed of 8 fps is entirely satisfactory for the class of camera that goes up to 30 fps with the electronic shutter but with a 1.2x crop.
The XT30 II can capture un-cropped 4k video with a maximum frame rate of 30p. On switching to full HD, the camera can shoot pictures up to 240p to produce a 6x slow motion effect. The exposure controls via the shutter speed dial are pretty impressive. However, the lack of in-body stabilization makes handheld shooting a bit unsteady. Other missing features are all-intra compression or log modes and 10-bit capture.
You can connect the Fuji XT30 II to an external recorder or high-definition TV via the HDMI port. You can rely on the internal microphone or attach an external microphone using the shared Mic/Remote port for better sound quality. Although there is a greater emphasis on moving to record, the camera does not have a one-touch Movie Record button. The camera has built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. Bluetooth connectivity helps to maintain a constant low-power connection between the camera and a tablet or smartphone. Using the Fujifilm Camera Remote app allows a continuous transfer of videos and images.
The only complaint about the Fujifilm X-T30 II cameras is the lack of dust and splash resistant feature, which restricts the outdoor shooting options by the poolside or on a rainy day.