First Impressions: Fujifilm X-T30 (w/ XF 18-55mm)

TL;DR: This is not a technical review. I like the camera.

I’ve been pondering a new camera for almost three years. Coming from the Canon camera system I was hesitant about Fuji but a coworker convinced me to get the newly released Fujifilm X-T30. Here’s my first impression after about 4 months with the new camera. Did my coworker condemn me to expensive glass?

Fujifilm X-T30 + 18-55mm, heavy grain

First of all, coming from film (I still shoot and love film) and an 18.0 megapixel sensor, the larger sensor is definitely really refreshing and I appreciate that I can see faces taking wide angle shots.

Fujifilm X-T30 + 18-55mm, heavy grain

It’s definitely been a different experience shooting with the XT30 because of the dials and the layout of the camera. The camera doesn’t have the best ergonomics for someone with larger hands than a child. I guess I lucked out because I have very small hands but even I find myself accidentally pressing the quick menu button (Q) when I’m taking photos.

I still haven’t had the chance to properly play with all the settings but I have tried the grain and I must say the grain looks very artificial. You can tell Fujifilm tried to mimic their popular films with the simulations but they still lack the character of film.

I must say, the images are very very sharp.

FUJIFILM XF 18-55mm @ f/4 1/75 30.2mm ISO320

I wouldn’t buy the lens for the bokeh, obviously but if you are going to get the camera and you are new to the system, I would recommend getting the kit with this lens because of the versatility for travel.

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