Battle Time: Fujifilm X-T30 vs Sony a6400 Autofocus Test and More!

Fujifilm vs Sony

I got complaints from FR-readers, that they miss a good old Sony vs Fujifilm shootout.

Well, your desires are my orders, so here is one, and more specifically we are going to check out Sony a6400 vs Fujifilm X-T30 comparisons.

Let’s start with Michael de Maven (video above). Down below are his findings:

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Fujifilm X-T30 vs Sony a6400 and Autofocus Tests

Fujifilm X-T30

This is one of the top comparisons of the last few weeks: Fujifilm X-T30 vs Sony a6400.

We have covered quite a few of those comparisons in earlier posts:

  • read here – DPReview TV: Fujifilm X-T30 vs Sony a6400
  • read here – Fujifilm X-T30 vs Sony A6400: DPReview Studio Scene Test, Cameralabs Comparison and More
  • read here – Fujifilm X-T30 Beats Sony a6400 in Autofocus Stills Tracking, but Sony A6400 Better for Video and Vice Versa

Today we have Maarten Heilbron’s comparison as well as a couple of other Fujifilm X-T30 reviews, including autofocus tests and comparison with the Fujifilm X-T20.

Looking merely at the sales, the Sony A6400 seems to sell much better. Several Sony a6400 combos are in the top AmazonUS ranking, whereas the Fujifilm X-T30 is out of the top 100. Also BHphoto marks the Sony A6400 as top seller, and nothing for the Fujifilm X-T30.

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Fujifilm X-T30 Review Roundup

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DPReview TV: Fujifilm X-T30 vs Sony a6400

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Fujifilm X-T30 vs Sony a6400

Chris and Jordan from DPReview TVcompared the Fujifilm X-T30 and the Sony a6400. Here are their findings:

  • the vast majority of people buy APS-C and not full frame in mid-priced mirrorless market range

Ergonomics and Controls
Winner: Fujifilm X-T30

  • biggest advantage for the Fujifilm X-T30 are the dial controls and ergonomics
  • Fujifilm X-T30 front and back dials are much easier to use than Sony a6400 dials
  • Fujifilm X-T30 joystick is easier to use than the Sony a6400 joypad
  • Sony a6400 is weather sealed, Fuji X-T30 not.

Stills Autofocus
Winner: Sony a6400

  • STILLS
  • Fujifilm X-T30 has improved compared to X-T20 with very usuable face/eye detection, as long as subject is fairly close
  • subject tracking not as sticky and slow response
  • Sony A6400 has the best autofocus system of all APS-C cameras, real time tracking is simple and intuitive, switches automaticall between subject tracking and eye/face AF
  • VIDEO
  • Fujifilm X-T30 has stepped up in a big way, with nice video results, if you customize heavily for the situation
  • Sony a6400 video is smooth, accurate and works great on its standard settings

Image Quality
Winner: tie

  • Sony a6400 color profiles are boring and not fun to use
  • Fujifilm X-T30 has great colors and vibrancy and film simulations are great and fun to use, and you change film simulation with in camera RAW converter
  • Fujifilm X-T30 has better skin tones
  • With Fujifilm X-T30 it is easier to get great colors
  • Fuji sensor is newer, faster readout hence less rolling shutter, great if you use silent shutter or video
  • Sony has slightly better low light performance
  • in the end it’s a tie, but you have to decide whether you want slightly better RAW performance (Sony a6400) or great colors and easy of use out (Fujifilm X-T30)

Lenses
Winner: Fujifilm X-T30

  • Easy win for Fujifilm X-T30, with lots of great lenses with great value for money
  • Sony ignores APS-C lenses, but you can get Sigma lenses

Displays
Winner: Sony a6400

  • Sony a6400 has a fully upwards tilting screen
  • Sony a6400 has higher magnification EVF

Video
Winner: Fujifilm X-T30

  • Sony a6400 has better design thanks to fully articulating screen
  • Sony a6400 has unlimited record time, whereas Fujifilm X-T30 is limited to 10 minutes 4K and 15 minutes 1080p
  • Sony a6400 has a 3.5mm mic jack, Fuji has 2.5mm jack
  • Fujifilm X-T30 gives you USB to headphone adapter option to monitor your audio
  • Sony a6400 has a significant crop when shooting 4K/30p, the Fuji X-T30 has no crop up to 30p
  • Fuji X-T30 way less rolling shutter than the Sony a6400
  • Fujifilm X-T30 has higher data rate (200 mbps) and 10bit if recorded externally

Overall

  • You must see what’s most important for your photography
  • looking at the categories, Fujifilm X-T30 is the winner, but they are very close overall
  • Fujifilm X-T30 looks much better

Fujifilm X-T30: BHphoto, Adorama, AmazonUS, FocusCamera
Sony a6400: BHphoto, Adorama, AmazonUS, FocusCamera

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Fujifilm X-T30 vs Sony A6400: DPReview Studio Scene Test, Cameralabs Comparison and More

dpreview – studio scene test of Sony A6400 and Fujifilm X-T30 added

Fujifilm X-T30

Fujifilm managers said that the X-T10 and X-T20 are Fujifilm’s worldwide best sellers. And it is pretty safe to assume that the brand new Fujifilm X-T30 will continue this success story.

The Fuji X-T30 is indeed a “little giant”. It offers almost everything the Fujifilm X-T3 offers, but for a cheaper price.

So time to dedicate to the Fujifilm X-T30 its own roundup.

Fujifilm X-T30 (save $300 with f/2 lens): BHphoto, Adorama, AmazonUS, FocusCamera
Fujifilm X-T3 (save up to $200): BHphoto, AmazonUS, Adorama, Focuscamera

Reviews

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Fujifilm X-T30 Beats Sony a6400 in Autofocus Stills Tracking, but Sony A6400 Better for Video and Vice Versa

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.

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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

X-T30 Pros

  • 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

A6400 Pros

  • 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]

Conclusions

  • 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

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