Fujifilm X-T30 vs Sony A6400 – Part 1
Gerald Undone has often critiqued Fujifilm quite hard and never recommended to buy Fujifilm, except for the Fujiflim X-T3. He now reviewed the Fujifilm X-T30 and compares it to the Sony A6400.
Interesting to note that he gets better autofocus tracking results in stills with the Fujifilm X-T30 over the Sony a6400. But the a6400 is the better choice for video autofocus.
Down below are the key points of his comparison.
Fujifilm X-T30 Review
- less video features than Fujifilm X-T3
- overheats much faster than X-T3 in video, hence shorter recording limit
- X-T30 is a serious upgrade from X-T20
- Mic/USB-C/HDMI ports are to close together. If you use one, you block access to the other. You don’t have this problem with Fujifilm X-T3
- X-T30 battery life lasts 65 minutes when shooting 4K. You can 90 minutes when shooting 1080p
- When used with external video recorder, the camera shuts down due to overheating after 31 minutes
- to extend video-life up, turn boost mode off (it affects mainly brightness and EVF refresh rate), pull the LCD screen away from body, mount it on tripod (no hand-holding), less AF-C. He got up to 69 minutes recording this way
- X-T3 is definitely worth the money if you shoot lots of video. But for shorter family/travel videos, the X-T30 is great
- Sony lenses tend to be a bit larger, hence X-T30 system is smaller
- in video the X-T30 has higher bit rate (200 Mbps) whereas the A6400 shoots at 100 Mbps. But higher bit rate does not mean automatically better image quality
- Sony A6400 tripod mount does not block access to battery door
- A6400 has a better screen design (flippy selfie screen)
- A6400 lasts longer when it comes to overheating and with high temperature setting enabled, it can last for hours
- no recording time limits, so no external recorder required
- true 120 fps at 1080p
- 3.5 mic jack (X-T20 has 2.5mm mic jack)
- Sony wins for overall video recording usability
- battery life is similar, but Sony is a little bit better (around 10 to 15 minutes longer recording time and 50 more stills)
- A6400 Sony’s RAW buffer is about twice at large
Autofocus in Video
- for Video, the Sony wins by a little bit
- X-T30 offers eye detection in video (the Sony A6400 only face detection), but the X-T30 is just a tad slower to catch up to a subject when moving in and out from the camera. The Sony manages to maintain the focus better
- Both are great, but side by side, you can see the X-T30 autofocus drift a little
- You can improve this on the X-T30, by increasing autofocus speed, but then it makes focus transition a bit too jumpy. The Sony has a nice balance of offering nice transitions while still locking on the face
Autofocus in Stills
- in burst photo shooting continuous focus, the Fujifilm X-T30 beats the Sony A6400. The Fujifilm X-T30 hit a 100% hit rate in his test, whereas the Sony A6400, even with more expensive full frame glass, hit about 80%. The X-T30 consistently nails focus
NOTE: the Fujifilm X-T3 will get the same new AF algorithm in a firmware update in April. This means Tony Northrup’ eye-AF comparison between the Fujifilm X-T3 vs Sony A6400, Sony A6500, Sony A9 and Sony A7rIII will be obsolete soon and I hope he will retest it.
Noise and Image Quality
- likely due to the lens he used, he got sharper results with the Sony A6400. He used the Sigma f/1.4 contemporary crop lens vs the Fujinon XF23mm f/2 [admin note: he uses Adobe, too. If he played with the RAW files, then Capture One Pro 12 or the new Adobe enhance detail feature would have given different results]
- Fuji is 1 stop noisier, when equalizing the image brightness [admin note: comment about it below]
- He recommends the Sony A6400 due to more flexibility: selfie screen, better battery life, better video capabilities, deeper grip etc.
- X-T30 might be the better travel camera, since more compact
Fujifilm X-T30 vs Sony A6400 – Part 2
Fuji Guy Micheal compares the video features of the X-T30 versus the X-T20 and X-T3. Check out the video above.
- X-T30 (save $300*): BHphoto, Adorama, AmazonUS, FocusCamera
* save $300 with purchase of XF23mmF2, XF35mmF2, XF50mmF2, XC15-45 or XF18-55
- X-T3 (save up ot $w00): BHphoto, AmazonUS, Adorama, Focuscamera
- X-T20: BHphoto, Adorama, AmazonUS, FocusCamera
X-T Rumors, News and Community
Just Cameras – Sold all my Canon Gear for Fuji XT3s (Wedding Videography)
Fujifilm X-T3 Roundup
The Fujifilm X-T3, camera of the year 2018 according to DPReivew TV , Tony Northrup, ephotozine, photographyblog, Matt Granger, imaging-resource, Cinema5D and a lot more popular blogs and youtube channels, certainly deserves his own space in our roundups.
This is why today we share a major Fujifilm X-T3 roundup, which includes people who left Canon for Fujifilm and comparisons with the Sony a7iii.
- keithwee – A visual review of the Fujifilm X-T3 at the Sepang Asian Le mans car races
- joengphotography – 2018 Weddings, A Year in Review (using X-T3, X-T2 and X-H1)
- chuqui – What it was like getting the X-T3 repaired by Fuji
- gmaxstudios – Fujifilm X-T3 Review: The APS-C Champion!
- thefashioncamera – New Camera: Fujifilm X-T3 + First Results
- Omar Gonzalez Photography Youtube – Setting up your Fuji XT3 to Shoot! Button Dial Setup
- dsphotoblog – Fuji xt-3 vs. Xt-2 review | the good – the bad & the ugly
Our X-T3 Group and Page
The L-Plate for Fujifilm X-T3 with VG-XT3 Vertical Battery version will be available soon.
X-T Rumors, News and Community
Eye AF Comparison
Here is an Eye-AF comparison video between the Fujifilm X-T3, Nikon Z6, Canon EOS R and Sony A9.
It looks like they used the slower Fujinon XF35mm f/1.4 for this test, and it is also kind of pointless to discuss the Fujifilm X-T3 eye-AF at this stage, since a major improvement is coming via firmware in April, and the first reports are very promising.
So, in a few weeks, this test will already be obsolete and outdated, and we hope they will repeat the test again.
X-T Rumors, News and Community
Fujifilm updated Fujifilm X RAW STUDIO to version 1.6.0 and also RAW FILE CONVERTER EX 3 to version 220.127.116.11.
Full details and download links below.
Eye AF Test
ZedProMedia annd Krzysztof Basel made a quick Fujifilm X-T30 eye detection autofocus tests.
Zed seems to be very happy with it, and says it is definitely better than the current eye-AF on the Fujifilm X-T3. He tested it with subjects at 15 feet (4.5 meters) distance and it was still tracking the eye.
We remind you that the Fujifilm X-T3 will get a firmware update with the upgraded eye/face autofocus tracking in April.
The Iridient Developer 3.3.6 update has been released with support for the Fujifilm X-T30 and a fix for the baseline exposure of some images shot with D-Range Priority set to Auto on the Fujifilm X-T3 and Fujifilm X-H1.
Iridient Developer 3.3.6 for macOS can now be downloaded here.
Full release notes for this Iridient Developer update here.
Iridient X Transfomer
Iridient X-Transformer 1.5 is now available for macOS and Windows!
This new update can be downloaded from at Iridient web site here.
This release includes:
- support for the X-T30
- Major improvements to lossless compression speed especially on high core count systems. The lossless image compression stage is now up to 2-8x faster!
- Support for lossy DNG compression. Use of lossy compression obviously can potentially have some impact on file quality, but it can also have a pretty radical impact on DNG file size. With this new option the DNG file size can actually be even smaller than the camera JPEGs while while maintaining the terrific DNG/RAW editing flexibility and often producing better final image quality
- A bug fix for the baseline exposure levels of some images from the X-T3 and X-H1 shot with D-Range Priority set to Auto.