Yesterday on the 26th of August Fujifilm announced Fujifilm X30, a new edition of their premium compact camera that follows in the line of the X20 and X10 before it. On paper this camera might not look all that exiting. At first look the biggest change seems to be that the OVF from the X20 is replaced with a high quality EVF and there is a new film simulation named CLASSIC CHROME. The sensor is mostly the same and so is the lens. At first look and on paper I must admit that this camera doesn't excite me that much and it is probably not a camera that I am going to buy.
But what excites me a lot is what Fujifilm has done on the inside! It's like Fujifilm has read my mind or our blogposts because they have fixed our biggest objections with the X-T1:
- Live image between frames in Continuos Shooting mode! This has been my main complaint about Fujifilm X-T1, so this is great news!
- Spotmetering that follows the AF point! This is also great news. I have mentioned it in earlier posts that i wished we could link spot metering to the ative AF-point. That is a very valuable feature in some shooting conditions. Bravo!
- Opportunity to change the size of AF-frame in MF mode. This is great when using back button focusing in manual mode. Makes back button focusing in MF just like using normal AF.
These are the 3 most important features that really caught my eye when reading the first look review at fujirumors.com. And these features gives me high hopes for the upcoming firmware updates for the Fujifilm X-T1 that is rumored to be released later this autumn. If the rumors saying that the same firmware update will bring max shutter speed up to 1/32000s, which will alter most of my complaints about having to use ND-filters with the XF 56mm to be able to shoot it wide open at daytime, is true we have exciting times ahead!
I believe the X30 is going to be a fantastic compact camera. And if X-T1 can inherit these features in the upcoming firmware update it will take big step towards being a true professional alternative. I have all of my fingers and toes crossed.
Take a look at the first look review of the Fujifilm X30 here.
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