Fuji X30 vs Nikon V3 

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Fuji X30 and Nikon 1 V3 with 10-30mm f3.5-5.6 PZ kit lens – Front view
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Fuji X30 and Nikon 1 V3 with 10-30mm f3.5-5.6 PZ kit lens – Top view

I had the chance to test the Fuji X30 lately… so I did a quick comparison with the Nikon 1 V3.

The X30 lens is a 28-112mm f2.0-2.8 (35mm equivalent) and the lens used on the V3 for he comparison is the 10-30mm f3.5-5.6 PZ kit lens (27-81mm 35mm equivalent).

Here is a quick comparison between the features of both cams:

1- Built quality:  although the texture of the X30 feels better, both cams are equally built

Winner: Tie

2- Auto Focus: The AF of the V3 is faster, much faster than any other mirrorless cam. Although the AF of the X30 is good enough, it struggles a bit in low light situations.

Winner: V3

3- Controls: Fuji added a customized control ring to the X30 which is very useful, and I do like very much the exposure compensation dial on the top. On the other hand, the V3 has a front and real dials and a Touchscreen, which makes it more versatile to control.

Winner: V3

4- Wifi features: the Wifi App of the Fuji is really great, you can control every single setting in remote control mode through your Mobile. On the Nikon App, you can only set the focus point and trigger the shutter. I Hope Nikon makes a new more complete Wifi App, soon.

Winner: X30

5- WB and Color accuracy: The colors and WB of the C-MOS sensor of the Nikon feels more real than the X-Trans sensor of the Fuji. Fuji renders the image in a more yellowish tone.

Winner: V3

6- Ergonomics and Handling: The V3 feels more comfy in the hands with the added grip : It’s like holding a mini DSLR.

Winner: V3

7- Hotshoe and external Flash: One of the things that I hate on the V3 is the Hotshoe. It can’t take triggers nor third party flashes. On the other hand, with the X30 hotshoe, you can trigger your studio flashes.

Winner: X30

8- Shutter Speed: The V3 has a mechanical (1/4000s) and electronic shutter that can shoot up to 1/16000s. This is very useful when shooting in bright light conditions with wide aperture lenses like the 18.5/1.8 or 32/1.2. The X30 can shoot at 1/4000s only and in Aperture Priority Mode, at f/2, it has a limitation of 1/1000s !

Winner: V3

9- RAW: with the V3, you can shoot RAW up to 12800 ISO. The X30 can’t shoot higher than ISO 3200 in RAW mode.

Winner V3

10- Video: while the Video of the X30 has improved a lot compared to X20 and X10 – now you can make manual adjustment while shooting video, and the Focus is quite well in Video mode – the Video Quality and features of the V3 are better.

Winner V3

11- EVF: Both cams have a 2,360,000 resolution EVF with the difference that the V3 EVF is external while the X30 EVF is built in.

Winner X30

Here are some sample photos taken with both cams:

Fuji X30
Nikon V3 with 10-30mm f3.5-5.6 PZ kit lens
Fuji X30
Nikon V3 with 10-30mm f3.5-5.6 PZ kit lens
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Fuji X30
Nikon V3 with 10-30mm f3.5-5.6 PZ kit lens


Conclusion: You may say that this is an unfair comparison as i am comparing an advanced point and shoot camera (X30) to a interchangeable system camera (V3). I did this comparison because both cams have comparable size sensors: ⅔” for the X30 to 1″ for the V3. And I wanted to see of I can add the X30 to my gear as it has a faster and longer focal lens range. If you don’t want to invest in a system, I would say the X30 is a great cam with a great lens. Actually the improvements over the X20 and X10 are great. If you want to compare the X30 with the V3 with the kit lens,  the X30 is a better buy: it’s much cheaper ($499 vs $1195) and it will handle low light situations a bit better with its fast lens (f2.0-2.8 compared to f3.5-5.6) unless you want more advanced video features and better ergonomics, then the V3 is the way to go.
But if you already have N1 lenses, like me, especially the 32/1.2, 18.5/1.8 and 70-300/3.5-5.6, the V3 is a clear winner.

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Nikon V3 with 10-100mm VR
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Fuji X30

You can check my V3 Flickr album HERE 

One thought on “Fuji X30 vs Nikon V3 

  1. I did this comparison because both cams have comparable size sensors: ⅔” for the X30 to 1″ for the V3.

    You can’t compare diagonal length; you have to compare sensor area. Nikon’s 1″ sensor is more than double the size of Fuji’s 2/3″ sensor (123 sq mm v. 58 sq mm). The upshot is that they don’t have comparably sized sensors at all.

    Also, when comparing JPG output, I’d say it’s very important to consider Fuji’s different film simulations. I’m not sure if Nikon has something comparable, but with the Fuji you can shoot Provia, Velvia, Astia, and Classic Chrome — those are just the color simulations. Some of the Fuji shots you show seem oversaturated, which makes me wonder if they were Velvia as opposed to something like Provia.


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