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Fujifilm X-T30 mirrorless still rocks the retro look

Fujifilm's style still impresses in a sea of ho-hum enthusiast cameras.

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Lori Grunin
I've been reviewing hardware and software, devising testing methodology and handed out buying advice for what seems like forever; I'm currently absorbed by computers and gaming hardware, but previously spent many years concentrating on cameras. I've also volunteered with a cat rescue for over 15 years doing adoptions, designing marketing materials, managing volunteers and, of course, photographing cats.
Lori Grunin
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Fujifilm X-T30

Here's the Fujifilm X-T30 with the higher-priced 18-55mm kit lens, not the more budget-friendly and slower 15-45mm power zoom.

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A nice change from black and silver

The new Charcoal Silver model, which we didn't get a chance to see in person.

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Deja vu

The front looks the same as its predecessor, the X-T20.

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Not a kit lens

Though announced at the same time, Fujifilm doesn't offer a kit with the new 16mm f2.8 prime.

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Back

There are two major changes to back: the replacing of the 4-way navigation pad with the joysticklike Focus Lever and the reshaping of the thumb rest, which now has the Quick Menu button. The lever is fine, but it's very easy to hit the Q button by accident.

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Top

The layout of the switches and dials on the top remains the same as on the X-T20. 

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Top controls redux

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Auto

As with the X-T20, a switch lets you easily move from manual and semimanual to full auto.

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Drive modes

As on the X-T20, a drive mode dial and pop-up flash lever sit on the left shoulder.

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Touch LCD

Fujifilm updated it to be more responsive.

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Main dial

This hasn't moved, but I always find this an awkward location for the front dial -- my finger doesn't fall naturally anywhere near it.

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Camouflaged flash

The design of the flash when not in use flows seamlessly into the body.

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Lens-heavy

The shallow grip doesn't allow for a good balance when using the heavy-ish glass-filled 18-55mm kit lens.

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LCD

The new LCD is slightly thinner than the previous version.

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New 16mm f2.8 lens

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Fujifilm X-T30

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