The Fujifilm X-T3 is a high-end mirrorless camera with an APS-C size sensor.
The Fujifilm X-T3 is a mirrorless camera with a 24mp APS-C sensor. Released in 2018, its the successor to the popular X-T1 and X-T2 models.
Introduction to the Fujifilm X-T3
Fujifilm has produced an incredible value for the money with the X-T3. I think its one of the more interesting cameras to be released in 2018 because it takes a very different approach to camera design over the onslaught of full-frame mirrorless cameras that were introduced from Sony, Nikon, Canon and even Panasonic.
Fujifilm understand their niche and they’re very smart about where they choose to compete. They have one of the best APS-C lens collections to date. They don’t have a full-frame mirrorless camera – but they skipped right over this segment to produce a medium format system that rivals camera systems that are much more expensive.
To understand the Fujifilm X-T3, you have to look at it 2 ways. First, what does this camera offer as a follow up to the X-T2. Second we have to look at what has happened in mirrorless technology (regardless of sensor size). Fujifilm has a keen awareness to how they see their cameras progressing from both of these angles.
What Mirrorless Means Today
Sony have been the biggest innovator in mirrorless design in the last 7 years. Sony is also a sensor company providing sensors to most major camera companies so this is expected that they would have the means to try new things first. BSI sensors give us a more efficient light gathering unit that improves performance considerably. Stacked CMOS sensors provide speeds for shooting that we’ve never seen on any still camera.
The last 2 have been huge for them. with the introduction of the Sony A9 which shows us the speed a stacked sensor provides. This technology can also be found on the RX10 IV, the RX100 V, RX100 Va and the RX100 VI. Want to shoot raw images with no blackout in the viewfinder up to 25 frames per second? This cameras will do it. And they will continuously autofocus adjusting the lens 60 times per second.
4k video has become standard on mirrorless cameras as well. A 24 megapixel sensor with full readout with no pixel binning or line skipping has now become the standard for mirrorless cameras.
The challenge for Fuji is doing this within their brand. As great a camera as the Sony A9 is, its also $4500 USD. How does Fujifilm progress to compete with staying in a much more affordable price margin?
They’ve actually done it. There’s now a BSI sensor. The camera can shoot blackout free at burst rates up to 40 frames per second by utilizing a crop into the sensor. Video performance has been much improved on the X-T3 and this is easily their best camera to date for video.
Yes there are tradeoffs, but the end result is a camera that rivals the performance of much more expensive cameras in the industry.
How To Improve On The X-T2
The X-T2 is an outstanding camera. In fact they still make it and if you want a really good camera at a cheaper price than it was when it came out, the X-T2 is still a fine choice.
The biggest limitations of the X-T2 are in power management. In fact, the camera opens up performance if you use the optional battery grip. The optimal grip increases gives you 3 batteries powering the camera which allowed you to increase 4k video filming time from 10 minutes to 30 minutes. It also allowed the burst rate to go from 8 frames per second to 11.
Fujifilm have impressively updated the X-T3 to surpass these restrictions and make it all possible from a single battery. The only catch is that its the same battery used in the X-T2 so you’ll need several of them. The battery life is the tradeoff here, but still impressive. Get extra batteries, its not a big deal.
Welcome the X-T3
The Fujifilm X-T3 is an impressive camera. Fuji has recognized where they need to be with the technology and they’ve found a way to deliver it at a very reasonable price point. Yes there are tradeoffs and its not going to give you the full 20 frames-per-second, full resolution performance of the Sony A9, but I think this is what’s brilliant about Fujifilm. Why compete head on when you can provide a sensible camera at a lower price point for photographers who are priced out of the Sony A9? I think its a smart move – quite impressive as well.
• The X-T3 features a back-side illuminated “X-Trans CMOS 4” sensor. Its a 26.1 megapixel sensor with no low pass filter.
• X-Processor 4 High-speed image processor
• Phase detection AF now covers almost the entire screen area
• Low illuminance limit of PDAF is now -3EV from -1EV
• New Sports Finder Mode – features blackout-free, high-speed continuous shooting (30fps crop electronic shutter, 11 fps mechanical shutter)
• New Pre-shooting function, starts recording when you press the shutter half way (up to 20 frames pre, 20 frames actual, total of 40 frames to play with)
• Standard ISO: 160 to 12800 (extended ISO: 80/100/125/25600/51200)
• Monochrome adjustment is added to film simulation
• Color Chrome Effect included
• Eterna included
• Film simulation: 16 modes
Viewfinder and LCD screens
• EVF – 0.5 type organic finder – 3.69 million dots – 0.75x
• LCD screen – 3.0, 1.04 million dots
• 3 way tilt screen (no forward facing)
• touch panel
• 4k / 60p
• 4:2:0 10 bit video in camera
• 4:2:2 10 bit HDMI output
• Hybrid Log Gamma by firmware update in 2018
• Simultaneous film simulation/f-log output by firmware in 2018
• Bluetooth 4.2
• 390 images in normal mode
• USB Type-C standard
• Size: 132.5 × 92.8 × 58.8 mm
• Weight: 539 g (including battery and SD memory card), 489 g (body only)
• Color: Black / Silver
Reservation start date: September 6, 2018
Scheduled to correspond to movie shooting with hybrid log gamma method and “Simultaneous film simulation / F-Log simultaneous output” by firmware update through 2018