Fujifilm X-T30 Review for Landscape Photography
Camera technology evolves everyday, and while that is happening, camera brand loyalty is dying. That’s a good thing for you, the consumer. Thanks to better technology in lower prices, we can get a crop sensor mirrorless camera for telephoto shots and a full frame for wide angle shots (if you wanted to, of course.)
This leads me to today’s post and a question that I’ve been asking myself the past four months of testing the Fujifilm X-T30.
Is the Fujifilm X-T30 capable of high quality landscape photography?
To answer that question, we need to look at the camera itself, but don’t worry, this isn’t a review talking about specs and numbers. This is a camera review that bases it’s recommendation on hard testing and results. In fact, the only spec I truly know about the Fujifilm X-T30 is that it has a 26 megapixel X-Trans Sensor (which is fancy talk for a really nice sensor).
When Fujifilm first sent me the X-T30, I knew that I wanted to take it to the harshest conditions that I typically face in landscape photography. I wanted to answer my question of if the Fujifilm X-T30 can truly hold it's ground against higher end cameras. I mean this tiny little camera is only $899! Can it actually be THAT good? In short, yes.
Whenever I’m using a camera, I’m really using it. I wasn’t going to baby the Fujifilm X-T30. I was going to be rough with it. Thus, I took it into some harsh weather to test it’s durability. Now, I wanted to do this because for some reason, Fujifilm didn’t want to make the X-T30 weather sealed on the chassis.
First stop, the glorious sand dunes of the Outer Banks for North Carolina. In short, the camera held up well. It fell over in the sand, it got blown with sand and high wind, and it sat out in the hot sun for hours. While there were some grains of sand in the cracks of the camera, they never penetrated the body. Test passed.
Next, I took it to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and it rained. Actually, just saying that it rained is an understatement. It down-poured on me in the field and all night in my tent. I shot some with the Fujifilm X-T30 while it was raining lightly and misting, but it did stay in my bag while it the hard rain hit. Another test passed as no water or dampness entered my camera at all.
I also took the Fujifilm X-T30 into some scorching heat and frigid cold temperatures and it performed very well. I wasn’t too worried about its performance in the heat, but I wanted to see how long the batteries lasted in the cold as mirrorless cameras have a reputation of eating up battery life in cold weather. It did use up the battery faster than normal, but not enough to be overly perturbed about it. I’ll be keeping the hand warmers on the battery though.
Image quality is the most important thing about camera performance. I wanted to see how the Fujifilm X-T30 did in multiple lighting conditions. Again, I was impressed. Not only were the colors accurate, but the fine details of huge landscapes as well as the details of my more intricate photos were amazingly sharp.
Remember when I said we aren’t going to talk about specs? It’s because when I say this camera has a 26 megapixel sensor, you will probably think that the photos won’t be as good as a camera with 50 megapixels. That is a false presumption. Image quality depends on more than just megapixel counts.
I’ve provided some examples below of the quality of images the Fujifilm X-T30 is capable of.
Fast auto-focus and auto-focus points that span across the entire frame so you can track your subjects quickly.
Large LCD touch screen that allows you to touch select your focal point.
Multiple lens options that are high quality.
Small and lightweight for easy packing and travel.
Great kit lens options for beginners.
Extremely cheap for the quality of the camera.
Difficult to handhold because there is no hand grip.
Weird battery and SD card door that is blocked by some accessories.
No dual SD card slots.
Confusing dial controls for manual shooting (in all fairness, confusing menus and dials come with the new camera territory and I eventually enjoyed the dials after using them for a few months.)
Not weather sealed, but does perform well in bad weather… so kind of weather resistant?
So, is the Fujifilm X-T30 capable of high quality landscape photography?
That’s not all here! To see more of the Fujifilm X-T30, watch my video review below.