Fuji FinePix X30 – perfect or redundant?
When compared to the X20 (compared here), the new X30 makes perfect sense – it has the same great bright lens, now with a control ring around it, a slightly larger (and significantly heavier) body that incorporates an articulating LCD, a much better battery with almost double the juice, built-in wi-fi and a brand new electronic viewfinder.
However, the world had changed since the days of the X20 and now the X30 seems almost illogical – it’s just slightly larger and a tad heavier than the new high bar of compacts – the Panasonic Lumix LX100 (compare them here). It has not an entirely dissimilar zoom (28-112mm vs. 24-75mm) and quite the same max apertures (f/2.0-2.8 vs. f/1.7-2.8). But that’s where the resemblance ends. The core difference between the two cameras is the micro four thirds sensor under the hood of the LX100, 4-times-larger than the 2/3” sensor of the X30.
So what does the X30 have to offer in light of this comparison? Have Fuji created the most mature and complete X-series compact camera, or are they too late to the game? I intend to find out.
Fuji FinePix X30 – Unboxing
Fuji FinePix X30 – Samples
I had a chance to shoot a few images with it and I can already say, in regards to what I wrote above, that this camera makes sense. It’s an awesome photographic tool, with intuitive controls and impressive capabilities.
Here’s my review of the X30:
My full review, once complete, will be published here: