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Summary

The Fujifilm XT3 may look a lot like the XT2 from the outside, but in your hands it represents a significant upgrade. The new X-Trans IV sensor may only offer a mild boost in resolution, but sports improved image quality as well as hugely enhanced autofocusing and movie capabilities. There’s confident phase-detection AF across the entire frame and 4k video at up to 60p and 10 bit internally - seriously impressive features for a system which was not known for AF or video in earlier generations. Burst shooting has also improved with 11fps mechanical or up to 20fps using the electronic shutter, boostable to 30fps with a minor crop, and all work with continuous AF. There’s a pre-burst mode to capture moments before and after pushing the shutter, a more detailed viewfinder with a lockable diopter dial, the screen gains touch-sensitivity and you no longer need the optional grip for a headphone jack or 11fps shooting. On the downside, there’s no built-in stabilisation and vloggers will be frustrated the screen still doesn’t face forward, both made more annoying by the fact the XH1 and XT100 resolve these respective issues in Fujifilm’s range. I also feel the battery could do with an update, although at least Fujifilm’s managed to squeeze a bit more life out of it. Overall though the upgrades greatly improve what was already a highly compelling camera, for both stills and video shooters. I loved shooting with the XT2 and so far I’m enjoying the XT3 even more.

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Fujifilm XT3 review so far

Intro

The Fujifilm XT3 is a high-end mirrorless camera with a 26 Megapixel APSC-sized sensor, embedded phase-detect autofocus, 4k video at 60p, a large detailed electronic viewfinder and tilting touchscreen packed into a compact retro-styled body. Announced in September 2018, the XT3 debuts Fujifilm’s X-Trans IV sensor and X-Processor IV image processor. The new 26 Megapixel sensor continues with Fujifilm’s unique colour filter array and absence of low pass filter, but is now slightly higher resolution than the previous generation while delivering superior autofocus, burst shooting and movie capabilities.

At first glance the XT3 shares much the same classic styling as the earlier XT2, but sensibly inherits the chunkier dials and buttons of the XH1, as well as including a headphone jack on the body itself rather than requiring the optional grip. The viewfinder resolution has increased to 3.69 Million dots with 0.75x magnification, while the screen retains the dual hinge system but gains touch-sensitivity.

The faster sensor readout now impressively supports 4k at up to 60p, even more impressively with 10 bit recording at 60p now available internally direct to the SD card. It also supports burst shooting up to 30fps using an electronic shutter and a minor 1.25x crop, although the body can now capture at 11fps using the mechanical shutter and full frame again without the need for the optional grip.

The Fujifilm XT3 will be available by the end of September at a body price of $1499 / 1349 GBP. I got to shoot with a final production model for a couple of days and have a selection of images on my samples page and some sample movies below. But before any of that, find out everything you need to know about the XT3 in my first-looks video tour!

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Fujifilm XT3 sample movies

 

Above: Download the original file (Registered members of Vimeo only). Also see my Fujifilm XT3 10-bit h265 F-log movie.

 

Above: Download the original file (Registered members of Vimeo only).

 

Above: Download the original file (Registered members of Vimeo only).

 

Fujifilm XT3 verdict-so-far

The Fujifilm XT3 may look a lot like the XT2 from the outside, but in your hands it represents a significant upgrade. The new X-Trans IV sensor may only offer a mild boost in resolution, but sports improved image quality as well as hugely enhanced autofocusing and movie capabilities. There’s confident phase-detection AF across the entire frame and 4k video at up to 60p and 10 bit internally – seriously impressive features for a system which was not known for AF or video in earlier generations. Burst shooting has also improved with 11fps mechanical or up to 20fps using the electronic shutter, boostable to 30fps with a minor crop, and all work with continuous AF. There’s a pre-burst mode to capture moments before and after pushing the shutter, a more detailed viewfinder with a lockable diopter dial, the screen gains touch-sensitivity and you no longer need the optional grip for a headphone jack or 11fps shooting. On the downside, there’s no built-in stabilisation and vloggers will be frustrated the screen still doesn’t face forward, both made more annoying by the fact the XH1 and XT100 resolve these respective issues in Fujifilm’s range. I also feel the battery could do with an update, although at least Fujifilm’s managed to squeeze a bit more life out of it. Overall though the upgrades greatly improve what was already a highly compelling camera, for both stills and video shooters. I loved shooting with the XT2 and so far I’m enjoying the XT3 even more.

Pre-order the Fujifilm X-T3 from B&H. Pre-order the Fujifilm X-T3 from WEX.
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