With the X-T30 II, Fujifilm announces for the first time an only slightly improved camera instead of a completely new model. With the exception of a higher-resolution touchscreen, the hardware of the Fujifilm X-T30 II is identical to the X-T30. Most of the innovations are in the firmware, so the X-T30 II receives numerous functions of the X-S10
The image sensor of the Fujifilm X-T30 II is the same X-Trans CMOS 4 in APS-C size as in the previous model, also the resolution of 26 megapixels, the 4K video capability with 30 frames per second and, according to Fujifilm 0, 02-second fast phase AF including face and eye recognition are included.
The X processor 4 takes care of the image processing. The serial image speed is eight images per second with a mechanical shutter, with an electronic shutter even 30 images per second are possible without interrupting the viewfinder image.
The electronic OLED viewfinder continues to resolve 2.36 million pixels and magnifies 0.62 times in the 35mm equivalent. The rear touchscreen has a resolution of 1.62 million pixels that are significantly higher than the 1.04 million pixels of the previous model.
The diagonal has remained identical at 7.6 centimeters, and the mobility remains identical with the tilt function by 110 degrees upwards and 45 degrees downwards; Selfies are therefore just as impossible as using them as a control monitor for video recordings.
The automatic function has been improved with a new algorithm for subject recognition. Depending on the recording situation, the color chrome effect (blue), the clarity, and the dynamic range priority are now adjusted, which should lead, for example, to better skin tones, more brilliant landscape shots, and less loss of detail in lights and shadows in backlit situations.
Of course, the X-T30 II also offers the classic semi-automatic and manual modes. The film simulation modes of the X-T30 II are also up to date. It offers a total of 18 different stimulation modes, new compared to the previous model are, for example, “Classic Neg.” and “Eterna Bleach Bypass”.
The video function works with 6K oversampling for higher image quality. 4K videos can be recorded on the memory card at 30 frames per second at 8 bit with a color subsampling of 4: 2: 0. A 10-bit video signal with 4: 2: 2 for external recordings can also be output via HDMI.
A flat tone value curve (F-Log) for later gradation can also be activated. While a maximum of only 30 images per second is possible in 4K resolution, high-speed recordings with up to 240 images per second can also be recorded in Full HD. With a playback speed of 24 frames per second, this enables a tenfold slow-motion effect.
The X-T30 II connects wirelessly to smart devices and computers via Bluetooth and WLAN. In addition, the X-T30 II has an integrated pop-up flash and a TTL hot shoe with wireless function. From October 2021, the Fujifilm X-T30 II will be available in silver and black at a price of just under 900 euros. There should also be two kits in both colors.
The Fujifilm X-T30 II with the XC 15-45 mm F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ is available for just under 1,000 euros. However, the bundle with the XF 18-55 mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS for 1,300 euros is more recommendable because the mid-range lens offers significantly better image quality and light intensity. In retail, the transition from the previous model X-T30 to the new X-T30 II is practically seamless: the previous model is almost sold out.