“He who seeks beauty, will find it.”—Bill Cunningham
The Fujifilm X30 will hit the shelves on September 30, 2014 to replace the discontinued X20. On August 26, 2014, the Internet was sizzling hot announcing this latest buzz for the picture taking zealots.
The new Fujifilm X30 has the 2/3-inch X-Trans II sensor and 28mm-112mm/F2.0-F2.8 lens found in the X20, which it will replace. That lens is operated with a twist of the barrel rather than a powered toggle. The X30’s hybrid phase-/contrast-detection autofocus system is also lightning fast—0.06 seconds, according to Fujifilm—and its continuous-shooting mode tops out at 12fps without AF enabled.
There’s a second control ring around the lens that can be used to adjust aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and other settings without removing your hand from the lens. The X30 also has a high-resolution eye-level OLED viewfinder with specs similar to the OLED EVF found in the Fujifilm X-T1. The camera’s 3-inch LCD screen now tilts, and battery life has nearly doubled compared to the X20. Fujifilm claims it will get 470 shots per charge compared to the X20’s 270-shot rating.
A few more excellent features are holdovers, too. The X30 has a “Super Macro Mode” that practically lets you touch the lens to a subject, and like the higher-end X-series cameras, there are helpful manual-focus assist features in the mix. The X30 has built-in Wi-Fi to communicate with smartphones or tablets, and there’s a remote-control app that lets you operate the camera from iOS and Android devices.
This significantly updated X model will be available in late September in both Silver and Black for $599.95. I scanned to Web to see if Amazon had placed this camera on their website. They did it the same day it was announced by the Fuji guys with an indication that it would be available on September 30, 2014, but you could go ahead and pre-order it now. It can be had for $599.95.
For several months I had been on the lookout for this new camera, since the previous Fujifilm X20 had been discontinued and was slowly disappearing from the shelves. My experience with the DSLR cameras is that they are too bulky, heavy, intimidating and far too complex. Remembering all the functions, menus and buttons will drive you crazy. I prefer to concentrate on the subject instead of breaking my head understanding all the complexities of the machine. Simplicity is beautiful.
Definitely I will buy the new Fujifilm X30 as soon as my cash-strapped budget will allow it. The trend to replace the bulky DSLRs cameras with smaller, lighter and more efficient mirrorless cameras is gaining momentum in the photography industry. Introduced in 2008, mirrorless cameras became popular in the 2011 time frame and are becoming the choice of amateur photographers who want to migrate from point-and-shoot cameras. As these hybrids continue to increase sensor size and add high-end features, as well as offer a wide variety of lenses, they are expected to give the bulkier digital SLRs a run for their money. I firmly believe a game-changer phenomenon is taking place even as we speak and Fujifilm is the company leading the herd. Good Day.