Sometimes, I wonder about people. There are a few out there ranting all over the internet that Fujifilm's new X30 is an atrociously ugly camera, and that they shouldn't have changed the appearance from that of the X20. Really? Are they really so different? Is the X30 really that ugly when compared to some of the other, beloved Fuji X-series cameras? Let's take a look. First, the front view:
Obviously, the viewfinder window is gone, since the X30 doesn't have an optical viewfinder, and it's been squared off a little bit. Does that make it so hideous? It's certainly not "uglier" than the very plain-jane X-E1 or X-E2!
Another fellow was so very upset that Fujifilm had ruined the top plate layout when compared to the X20.
Again, the X20 is on the left and the X30 is on the right. They look pretty much the same to me. The Fn button has been replaced with a dedicated video record button, and there have been some additions/changes to the function of the two dials, but the layout? Um, unless I've gone blind, I think they're the same.
Moving 'round to the back, we begin to see some real differences ... I guess:
Fujifilm had to make some space for the larger folding screen, so some buttons had to either be moved or eliminated. But, most things are still just where they were before. They did remove the rear command dial (it's now wrapped around the base of the lens) and replace it with a 4-way control pad. But generally, it's even pretty much the same back there.
I personally think the X30 is a rather handsome camera. Sure, it's not quite as "retro" as the X10/X20, X100/X100s, or the X Pro I, but it still has an air of quality and class that's missing from so many other similar cameras these days. The bottom line is that the X30 is not an ugly duckling. It's better looking than all of its current competition, and much of what came before. And it's a fitting upgrade in its line -- a camera that I'll be happy to own. Besides, the important thing, really, is usability and image quality, and from what I've seen and read, the X30 will deliver on those points in spades.
I think I'll have this one in silver, please...
All images courtesy Fujifilm