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Why Travel and Documentary Photographers Love X-T30

A selection of top travel photographers reveal how FUJIFILM X-T30 performs in the field

Deciding what makes a great travel and documentary camera ultimately comes down to personal taste, but there are a number of factors we can all agree on: it must be small, light, fast, and powerful.

With this in mind, FUJIFILM X-T30 makes a very strong contender indeed. Its 26.1 megapixel X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and phase detection autofocus work together to create sharp, vibrant images in a split second. And with all this power inside a compact body weighing just 383g (13.5oz), you can always have it on you, ready to frame that decisive moment.

We were interested to find out what the professionals thought, so we gave one to a selection of traveling photographers to test how it performs in the field. Here’s what they had to say.

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“As a two-man photo/video collective, we work fast. Always thinking ahead to the next shot. Always packing as much into our days as possible. Always squeezing the last few seconds of light out of the day. X-T30 kept pace with us and performed like a champ as we captured stills and video.

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“X-T30 was very responsive. Focus tracking, high ISO performance, and other features we require in a camera did not disappoint. As relatively recent converts to FUJIFILM from the big and bulky world of DSLRs, we’ve been blown away by just how compact, lightweight, and packable our kits are. Fujifilm has dramatically changed our workflow.

“We’ve been fortunate to travel the world and shoot for a number of great clients, and we often find ourselves in faraway places like Africa, Costa Rica, Argentina, Australia etc, where carrying massive amounts of heavy gear just isn’t an option. X-T30 is the ideal travel companion. Offering many of the same great features as X-T3, it takes up virtually no space in our packs, and delivers performance worthy of more expensive bodies. In short, Fujifilm has packed a lot of tech into a very small camera.”

“FUJIFILM X-T30 was very responsive. Focus tracking, high ISO performance, and other features we require in a camera did not disappoint”

Rebecca Gaal

“One of my notorious anxieties when making images is ensuring that, when things do come together in some fashion, I’m ready and not fumbling with gear. There is nothing worse than making someone anxious or tense, because they’re questioning your abilities. The camera needs to be an extension of yourself.

“Preparation and time have been invaluable teachers to help navigate these situations and while they’re still rarely flawless, having the right instruments in your toolbox helps.

Learn photography with Fujifilm, On the Road: Why Travel and Documentary Photographers Love X-T30

“Like slipping on worn-in sneakers, X-T30 was an instant companion. Even in low-light conditions, I never found myself searching for features that weren’t available. It seamlessly integrated as my daily workhorse. The design amplifies simplicity and offers some of my favorite options, like the ACROS+Ye Film Simulation and double exposure mode.

“Overall, this camera is a great option for a wide range of users as the auto options produce stunning images, yet X-T30 can be personalized like the more advanced X-T models. The small body size is great for street shooting and offers numerous options for creativity without compromising integrity.”

Caroline Tran

“X-T30 with the XF35mmF2 R WR lens was the perfect travel setup, allowing me to capture multiple perspectives. It was wide enough to capture the scene, but was also able to capture the finer details in the texture of the landscape.

“I also loved that X-T30 didn’t weigh me down and was intuitive enough for my whole family to use – I wanted to be in some of the photos, too!”

KT Merry

“X-T30 did great! I was in knee-high boots wading through water and difficult terrain, and its small size was a great complement to my medium format film camera. I loved how quick, quiet, and easy it was to use.

“I also love how simple the camera is; it doesn’t invite you to overthink things. It is so portable that likely you will be able to catch moments you otherwise might have missed, as you’d left your camera at home. I think it’s perfect to keep on hand all the time for the things you might not expect.”

Victoria Wright

“X-T30’s compact size is easily my favorite part. The smaller body is extremely convenient – it gives you the ability to pack light. You’re much more likely to bring a camera along day-to-day if it doesn’t feel like a burden.

“It also gets extra bonus points for being such a high-quality tool. This camera maintains the many professional features that I’ve grown accustomed to with X-T3. It’s one of the many reasons I’ll continue to choose FUJIFILM over and over again.”


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