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Fujifilm X30 12 MP Digital Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD (Silver) by Review Summary ,  Aug 4, 2015

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Fujifilm X30 12 MP Digital Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD (Silver)
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 73 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.4
Returned or considering to return: 13.7%

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Individual Feature Rating
Light4.6   above average
Size4.3   average
Photo4.1   average
Image4.0   average
Quality4.0   average
Manual3.8   average
Sensor3.8   average
Battery3.7   above average
Zoom3.7   below average
Menu3.3   below average
Lens2.9   below average
Speed2.9   below average
Focus2.5   below average
Video1.7   mediocre


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Battery

Battery:
"The battery life is not good."
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"never liked power zoom, it is slow and drains battery."
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"His take was, reset it and pull the batteries for 4 hours...if it does it again, it's broken, if it doesn't then you're good."
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"I did reset it, I did pull the battery for several hours, but the error keeps happening."
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"-Battery life is a pleasure, right up there with my DSLR's and the Tamrac 5294 case can easily accommodate two batteries in the external pouch, yet gives you safe and easy access to the camera and accessories (also see my upcoming review)-Film simulations seem to be a really cool little JPEG feature, esp."
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"The NP-95 battery has a capacity about 1.8 times greater than that of past models."
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"Battery could be improved but overall is a great buy."
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"- Good battery life."
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Color

Color:
"If you manage to shoot a video without moire, then downscaled to DVD resolution it looks nice - good colors and there is some cinematic feel to the image."
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"Fast focus and short shutter lag, great IQ and color."
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"Fujifilms renowned image quality, produced through the development of photographic films, helps to reproduce warm skin tones, bright blue skies and rich green trees in beautiful colors, just as they were in the real world."
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"I love the pop color filter for Caribbean port shorts, possibly too much color at times, but really adds a vivid dimension to theses photos, and the Caribbean is vibrant!"
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"Colors are very nice and the camera really does an excellent job of processing the images and nailing exposures."
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Compact

Compact:
"- Bokeh is pleasant, no it is not what you would get from your DSLR or some of the big sensor compacts with crappy fast lenses, but pleasing enough."
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"The Controls are quite simple, and this has become my go-to camera when kn the go or exploring and traveling due to its compact size and ease of use ."
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"The camera feels solid, great features and functions, great images from a small censor, compact, good zoom range."
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"It has a fairly compact sizeportable and light enough to carry comfortably out to the field."
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"This is a great compact camera and takes great pictures."
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"This is by far the best small sensor compact that I have used."
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Control

Control:
"The other thing that is kind of annoying at first is the control ring up front."
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"The problem is that you have a lens that you manually zoom in and out and a control ring for Aperture directly behind it."
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"Got it running and took a 10 second video, but pieces of the video are missing, as if they were just cut out, then I got the Lens Control Error crash."
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"I would like feedback from readers - I'm inclined to leave my original review up, for the benefit of anyone else who runs into the Lens Control Error issue, but I also know that cognitive dissonance is a powerful psychological dynamic and dedicated Fuji-fans will want me to remove anything negative."
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"Unfortunately, playtime lasted exactly 3 photos and then I got a Lens Control Error."
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"The control ring also facilitates to easily access the film simulation features."
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"The control wheel next to the thumb rest is very easy to trigger by accident."
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"CONS: As far as operation I only have 2 gripes: 1. the button next to the control ring on the front is way too easy to bump."
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"It looks great, takes amazing photos and offers a lot of control for an aspiring amateur photographer."
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"The manual controls are so pleasing that I find my self using them just as much as the auto functions."
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DSLR

DSLR:
"- Bokeh is pleasant, no it is not what you would get from your DSLR or some of the big sensor compacts with crappy fast lenses, but pleasing enough."
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"And if you're going to use manual mode, you might as well buy a similarly priced dSLR to get all the right buttons at your fingertips."
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"Still, the Canon DSLR with a 50mm, 1.8 is phenomenal in low light."
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"The wife and I have been shooting with a couple of nice Canon DSLR's for the past 8 years."
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"I did not want to take my DSLR with me to a friends wedding, and this camera worked great in low light."
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"-Battery life is a pleasure, right up there with my DSLR's and the Tamrac 5294 case can easily accommodate two batteries in the external pouch, yet gives you safe and easy access to the camera and accessories (also see my upcoming review)-Film simulations seem to be a really cool little JPEG feature, esp."
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Focus

Focus:
"Very few auto focus misses."
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"Autofocus in video is not great and sometimes does not refocus, so shooting video on manual focus is the best bet."
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"Big ring works fine for manual focus, but I was not able to find a focusing mode that would keep the camera in manual mode during shooting unless I half-press shutter button to auto-refocus."
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"In video mode - autofocus is slow and in 70% cases start failing and can't recover itself, so you have to stop recording and start again to force it to start working again."
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"My only negative comment involves slow focus at times."
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"For anyone who's in dilemma between X30 and X100.X30 pro : have wifi, have zoom,tilting screen, lighter than X100, newer production(so better operating system), easy to navigate operating system, more filter than x100.X30 cons : smaller sensor(Bokeh is not as good as X100 but there's a built in filter to overcome it), EVF is not as good as X100, wierd turn on mechanism(you have to turn the lense), the black leather feel different than the X100, button feels a bit plasticky, no OVF(yes they have EVF)X100 Pro : Bigger sensor, extremely nice built, nice hybrid viewfinder(EVF and OVF merger together), create magnificent picturesX100 Cons : Slow autofocus than X30, no zoom, hard to navigate (comparable to X30), no wifi, no tilting screen,Verdict : Both camera produces great images."
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"There is also an AF focus engage button in manual focus mode too that will let you temporarily AF on your focus point which is also great to use in conjunction with the focus peaking and AF zoom assist."
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"Fast focus and short shutter lag, great IQ and color."
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"So I started focusing on the LX100 because I really liked the narrower depth of field from the bigger sensor and the wider 24mm lens."
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Image

Image:
"I owned an X100 before, and while the images were better with that camera, I missed so many shots due to the poor AF speed."
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"Image quality may not please you..."
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"The image on them is not only very, very good, but there is no noticeable lag."
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"It may be average for photo, but for video it is the worst camera ever."
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"I would think that this will be improved with a firmware update but, until then, if you have a lot of sun peaking through the clouds in your images, this can be a problem."
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"Since the Camera Remote also transfers photos and was working reliably for me, I did not make any effort to troubleshoot the problem with the Photo Receive app."
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"The only shortcoming that I have encountered is low light performance without the flash, but with the flash, pics are amazing."
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"This camera takes the best pics I have ever produced and with a nice external mic, the 1080p video at 60fps is outstanding."
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"Over-the-head and waist-level images are very easy to make."
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"The camera takes RAW and JPEG images, and I find the JPEGs are strikingly beautiful depending on the in camera filter applied."
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"The images are great."
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Lens

Lens:
"For anyone who's in dilemma between X30 and X100.X30 pro : have wifi, have zoom,tilting screen, lighter than X100, newer production(so better operating system), easy to navigate operating system, more filter than x100.X30 cons : smaller sensor(Bokeh is not as good as X100 but there's a built in filter to overcome it), EVF is not as good as X100, wierd turn on mechanism(you have to turn the lense), the black leather feel different than the X100, button feels a bit plasticky, no OVF(yes they have EVF)X100 Pro : Bigger sensor, extremely nice built, nice hybrid viewfinder(EVF and OVF merger together), create magnificent picturesX100 Cons : Slow autofocus than X30, no zoom, hard to navigate (comparable to X30), no wifi, no tilting screen,Verdict : Both camera produces great images."
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"The first one had a problem with the lens zooming- it would get stuck at about 55mm and required a bit of force to get it to continue to move- it is a manufacturing defect- a little searching online revealed this issue has been experienced by many others."
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"The one (small) criticism I have is that there's nowhere to put the lens cap when shooting."
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"- Bokeh is pleasant, no it is not what you would get from your DSLR or some of the big sensor compacts with crappy fast lenses, but pleasing enough."
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"The lenses on these cameras, in their own right, are really not that good."
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"It does provide the function of never being able to take a picture with the lens cap on."
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"or interchangeable lens versions (both much more expensive), this works well."
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"If the zoom isn't of concern to you (and of course it's a fixed lens, you can't swap lenses), you'd actually probably love it."
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"Honestly it came down to these factors, in order of priority:a) It has an articulating LiveView screen (how I've lived with a P S without one, I'll never know)b) Great crisp 100% coverage EVF (you'd be surprised just how many otherwise excellent camera designs lack or compromise this incredibly important feature)c) More than two fully customizable buttons and dials (again, NOT to be overlooked as even the best camera can be killed by even 1 or 2 perfectly placed but useless buttons)d) Good ergonomics for my XL-sized handse) Priced under $600 with lens (the new price has since gone below $500, so now price is truly a no-brainer)f) Fast and sharp optics (something that Fuji has done really well for years)I didn't want yet an(other) interchangeable lens camera with yet another proprietary lens mount that I'd be tempted to buy more glass for, so the Sony A6000, Fuji X-E2 and X-T1 were completely priced out of the picture."
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"So far, I've have not felt limited by the 2 3 sensor size or 12MP, even with 50% crops because the sharpness of the lens, it's native speed with IBIS and reasonable grain up to ISO800 make it really the best of both worlds, small size and enthusiast features."
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"There's not much in the way of accessories though, so be prepared to order an aftermarket battery charger with a couple of well-rated Li batteries, a metal lens hood, a thin lens UV filter, a lens cap with a short tether, and any thin filter you want in 40mm (there aren't that many out there in 40mm, but plenty in 40.5mm) or 52mm if you use the lens hood as an adapter, and a decent p s pouch or small camera bag."
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Light

Light:
"I noticed a fireworks mode but I seriously doubt it works, so far I have not been able to focus on much of anything in low light."
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"Still, the Canon DSLR with a 50mm, 1.8 is phenomenal in low light."
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"I did not want to take my DSLR with me to a friends wedding, and this camera worked great in low light."
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"The X30 makes great pictures in low light and the fill flash (when used) is terrific."
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"EVF is great especially for bright light situations; I use it most of the time, but find the tilt screen handy for candid shots."
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"We were also able to capture good northern lights photos with low ISO settings with a tripod."
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Manual

Manual:
"My only fault is the manual."
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"Big ring works fine for manual focus, but I was not able to find a focusing mode that would keep the camera in manual mode during shooting unless I half-press shutter button to auto-refocus."
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"The biggest problem I have so far encountered is the paltry owners manual."
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"Then again the full manual is not very good either."
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"And if you're going to use manual mode, you might as well buy a similarly priced dSLR to get all the right buttons at your fingertips."
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"Yes, it's true this camera has a little bit smaller sensor, but what it has over the Sony RX100 and Panasonic LX100 is great handling (I vastly prefer a manual zoom ring to their little left-right zoom-by-wire controls), a longer zoom range (I don't find 28mm that limiting vs 24mm and I like the longer telephoto to 112), the tilt screen (LX100 lacks) and a much cheaper price."
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"I did find a company in England that provided a nice spiral bound version of the full manual at a very reasonable price."
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"The manual supplied with the camera is a quick-start guide at best."
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"Pros - Great Image Quality Built in Wifi Film Simulation Modes are beautiful Fast, Bright, Sharp Manual Zoom lens Tiltable LCD screen - which is also sharp and bright."
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Menu

Menu:
"and now the new price is just under $500Oh and you get the Leica retro range finder look but with a real Electronic viewfinderI am grabbing this camera more often than my EM 5 with its confusing menus, the fuji seems much more logically laid out."
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"Plus, it always has had the worst menu software in creation, non-intuitive buttons and tons of useless menu options, placed almost randomly and although the Leica optics are pretty sharp, it cannot be used safely above ISO 400 without a lot of blotchy chroma noise, the worst kind that you can't correct for in a JPEG."
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"One last thing I should mention I think the menu system is weird and could be more user friendly or perhaps there is just so many functions that it seems a little over whelming."
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"Here are some quick thoughts in bullet form for quick perusal:- There doesn't seem to be a Flash-specific setting in the white balance menu (please correct me if I'm missing it), but the Auto setting seems to work great with flash so I'm guessing the designers just intended flash shots to be done in the auto mode."
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"Have taken countless photos, I am really pleased with ergonomics, menus, button choices AND image quality particularly in low light situations."
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"The menus are straight forward and easy to navigate, but there are some differences."
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"I love the Q menu."
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"One last thing I should mention I think the menu system is weird and could be more user friendly or perhaps there is just so many functions that it seems a little over whelming."
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"The controls (with one glaring exception) are sensibly placed and the menu system is fairly easy to navigate."
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Photo

Photo:
"I am very experienced with Adobe Lightroom, and it is challenging to edit the RAW photos to equal the quality of the camera's JPEGs."
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"Ok for photos - sensitivity is not great, but you won't notice motion noise on stills, so stills made at ISO 5000 can still tolerable."
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"Unfortunately, playtime lasted exactly 3 photos and then I got a Lens Control Error."
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"Got this for my mom who loves to shoot photos as a hobby."
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"Even better when I attached my Yongnuo 560 IV, the reception photos looked great at 200 ISO."
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"Photos were crisp and the camera was very easy to use."
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"We were also able to capture good northern lights photos with low ISO settings with a tripod."
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"Photos are beautiful, and the viewfinder display combo is fantastic."
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Price

Price:
"The video is very dark and very noisy when even mediocre cheap camera like Canon sx260 within the same light environment records excelent bright videos."
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"Negative - Fuji, for $599 list price, provide a hard copy manual with additional expanded menu information, rather than the printed very limited quick start manual or the full manual requiring download to a computer."
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"At this price you really can't go wrong."
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"I did find a company in England that provided a nice spiral bound version of the full manual at a very reasonable price."
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"With that being said, I love this camera and it's well worth the money."
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"Fuji really has created an amazing piece of enthusiast-oriented kit so I recommend you grab one while the new prices are still under $500.UPDATE: I have had the X30 for about 8 weeks and still really love it."
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"One of the best cameras I've ever owned at this price point."
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Quality

Quality:
"I am very experienced with Adobe Lightroom, and it is challenging to edit the RAW photos to equal the quality of the camera's JPEGs."
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"Image quality may not please you..."
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"Camera records the worst video quality I've ever seen, and this is not about the type of video file or resolution, or frames per second - something wrong with camera itself, may be sensor may be software."
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"- Quality body- Manual controls extremely easy to use, especially the well located exposure compensation knob, q menu, control rings (most other enthusiast compact cameras have these now too).- High quality electronic viewfinder, not many as good as this good on this class of camera- Incredibly good image stabilization."
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"I used on a recent trip it provided excellent quality results in difficult light conditions."
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"I was very pleased with its many features and great image quality."
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"The build quality is great, too."
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"Small, comparatively light weight (as least compared to my Nikon D7000 with vertical grip), and very good image quality."
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"Quality of the camera mechanics is pretty good, but I don't care about this."
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Sensor

Sensor:
"For anyone who's in dilemma between X30 and X100.X30 pro : have wifi, have zoom,tilting screen, lighter than X100, newer production(so better operating system), easy to navigate operating system, more filter than x100.X30 cons : smaller sensor(Bokeh is not as good as X100 but there's a built in filter to overcome it), EVF is not as good as X100, wierd turn on mechanism(you have to turn the lense), the black leather feel different than the X100, button feels a bit plasticky, no OVF(yes they have EVF)X100 Pro : Bigger sensor, extremely nice built, nice hybrid viewfinder(EVF and OVF merger together), create magnificent picturesX100 Cons : Slow autofocus than X30, no zoom, hard to navigate (comparable to X30), no wifi, no tilting screen,Verdict : Both camera produces great images."
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"Camera records the worst video quality I've ever seen, and this is not about the type of video file or resolution, or frames per second - something wrong with camera itself, may be sensor may be software."
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"- Bokeh is pleasant, no it is not what you would get from your DSLR or some of the big sensor compacts with crappy fast lenses, but pleasing enough."
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"Low light performance is the biggest negative as the small sensor is not up to the challenge."
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"This has a pretty darn good sensor (the main reason I got it) and it will shoot RAW and allow me to do manual focusing (which was also a necessity for me)."
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"Yes, it's true this camera has a little bit smaller sensor, but what it has over the Sony RX100 and Panasonic LX100 is great handling (I vastly prefer a manual zoom ring to their little left-right zoom-by-wire controls), a longer zoom range (I don't find 28mm that limiting vs 24mm and I like the longer telephoto to 112), the tilt screen (LX100 lacks) and a much cheaper price."
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"I understand that there are other cameras in this class with larger sensors and other advantages (a longer zoom perhaps), but the X30 is a good camera that takes (with a little help from the photographer) good pictures."
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"PROS:-Great on-body controls-Fast, accurate AF-Robust buildCONS:-Smaller sensor than rivals-No touchscreen-Lens could offer wider angleImage quality just isnt quite up there with the best."
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Size

Size:
"My problem with it is one thing only: the very small zoom range."
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"The one (small) criticism I have is that there's nowhere to put the lens cap when shooting."
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"Before buying, I read so many pre-release complaints about the size, but frankly I hate having to get my hands around tiny cameras."
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"Low light performance is the biggest negative as the small sensor is not up to the challenge."
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"The Controls are quite simple, and this has become my go-to camera when kn the go or exploring and traveling due to its compact size and ease of use ."
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"I've been shooting professionally for six years and it's kind of cool to finally actually have fun shooting with a small camera that looks cool."
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"I took this camera with me for a backpack trip to Iceland and the size is perfect!"
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"The camera feels solid, great features and functions, great images from a small censor, compact, good zoom range."
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Speed

Speed:
"I owned an X100 before, and while the images were better with that camera, I missed so many shots due to the poor AF speed."
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"In video mode - autofocus is slow and in 70% cases start failing and can't recover itself, so you have to stop recording and start again to force it to start working again."
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"Because X30 does not have a build-in ND filter, this limited shutter speed is quite annoying in sunny days."
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"never liked power zoom, it is slow and drains battery."
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"My only negative comment involves slow focus at times."
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"- Bokeh is pleasant, no it is not what you would get from your DSLR or some of the big sensor compacts with crappy fast lenses, but pleasing enough."
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"For anyone who's in dilemma between X30 and X100.X30 pro : have wifi, have zoom,tilting screen, lighter than X100, newer production(so better operating system), easy to navigate operating system, more filter than x100.X30 cons : smaller sensor(Bokeh is not as good as X100 but there's a built in filter to overcome it), EVF is not as good as X100, wierd turn on mechanism(you have to turn the lense), the black leather feel different than the X100, button feels a bit plasticky, no OVF(yes they have EVF)X100 Pro : Bigger sensor, extremely nice built, nice hybrid viewfinder(EVF and OVF merger together), create magnificent picturesX100 Cons : Slow autofocus than X30, no zoom, hard to navigate (comparable to X30), no wifi, no tilting screen,Verdict : Both camera produces great images."
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"Pros - Great Image Quality Built in Wifi Film Simulation Modes are beautiful Fast, Bright, Sharp Manual Zoom lens Tiltable LCD screen - which is also sharp and bright."
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"So far, I've have not felt limited by the 2 3 sensor size or 12MP, even with 50% crops because the sharpness of the lens, it's native speed with IBIS and reasonable grain up to ISO800 make it really the best of both worlds, small size and enthusiast features."
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"Fast focus and short shutter lag, great IQ and color."
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"Nice to have that kind of speed at that level of zoom, and with the image stabilization, your images will be clear."
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Video

Video:
"I'm rating this camera 4 stars only because I've been disappointed each time I've shot video."
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"Autofocus in video is not great and sometimes does not refocus, so shooting video on manual focus is the best bet."
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"Videos on the other hand are horrible."
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"Camera records the worst video quality I've ever seen, and this is not about the type of video file or resolution, or frames per second - something wrong with camera itself, may be sensor may be software."
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"It may be average for photo, but for video it is the worst camera ever."
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"This camera takes the best pics I have ever produced and with a nice external mic, the 1080p video at 60fps is outstanding."
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"Takes great pictures and video under many conditions."
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"And Fuji has added lots of features includingpanorama shotsexternal mic input, you will need a 2.5 to 3.5 adaptormetal body, really feels well builtmultiple movie recording modeshandy drive button for various fame per second shotsequivalent 28-112 zoom range,great opticsswivel LCDbody stabilizationwhat's not to like?"
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"I dont know why Fuji can't make a camera with good video quality."
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"The video is very dark and very noisy when even mediocre cheap camera like Canon sx260 within the same light environment records excelent bright videos."
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Viewfinder

Viewfinder:
"The X30 has an electronic viewfinder that is pretty good, and it abolishes any parallax problems."
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"The problem: I bought the X20 because it had an optical viewfinder, but the viewfinder produced terrible parallax issues."
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"- Quality body- Manual controls extremely easy to use, especially the well located exposure compensation knob, q menu, control rings (most other enthusiast compact cameras have these now too).- High quality electronic viewfinder, not many as good as this good on this class of camera- Incredibly good image stabilization."
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"The viewfinder works well and I find I am using the tilting LCD monitor more than I anticipated."
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"Photos are beautiful, and the viewfinder display combo is fantastic."
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"The X30 has an electronic viewfinder that is pretty good, and it abolishes any parallax problems."
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"The electronic viewfinder is also a great feature and one of the main reasons I bought this."
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"I was really pleased with the EVF (own 2 DSLR) and the viewfinder is really useable even in the middle of the afternoon on a beach."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"My problem with it is one thing only: the very small zoom range."
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"never liked power zoom, it is slow and drains battery."
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"I had an X30 for a few days but I had to return it because the zoom had a problem."
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"The problem is that you have a lens that you manually zoom in and out and a control ring for Aperture directly behind it."
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"For anyone who's in dilemma between X30 and X100.X30 pro : have wifi, have zoom,tilting screen, lighter than X100, newer production(so better operating system), easy to navigate operating system, more filter than x100.X30 cons : smaller sensor(Bokeh is not as good as X100 but there's a built in filter to overcome it), EVF is not as good as X100, wierd turn on mechanism(you have to turn the lense), the black leather feel different than the X100, button feels a bit plasticky, no OVF(yes they have EVF)X100 Pro : Bigger sensor, extremely nice built, nice hybrid viewfinder(EVF and OVF merger together), create magnificent picturesX100 Cons : Slow autofocus than X30, no zoom, hard to navigate (comparable to X30), no wifi, no tilting screen,Verdict : Both camera produces great images."
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"Yes, it's true this camera has a little bit smaller sensor, but what it has over the Sony RX100 and Panasonic LX100 is great handling (I vastly prefer a manual zoom ring to their little left-right zoom-by-wire controls), a longer zoom range (I don't find 28mm that limiting vs 24mm and I like the longer telephoto to 112), the tilt screen (LX100 lacks) and a much cheaper price."
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"I understand that there are other cameras in this class with larger sensors and other advantages (a longer zoom perhaps), but the X30 is a good camera that takes (with a little help from the photographer) good pictures."
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"Pros - Great Image Quality Built in Wifi Film Simulation Modes are beautiful Fast, Bright, Sharp Manual Zoom lens Tiltable LCD screen - which is also sharp and bright."
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"The camera feels solid, great features and functions, great images from a small censor, compact, good zoom range."
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