Fujifilm X-T3 review

Fujifilm X-T3-used to bring technology from X-Series single-digit models to its more expensive two-line line,

and the X-T30 retains the latest traditions by packing a large selection of goodies from X-T3 last year.

The similarities are directly similar to the kernel, with the X-Trans CMOS 4 26.1MP sensor and X-Processor 4 engine being shared between the two cameras.

The sharing feature works in both directions,

Fujifilm promised that a handful of features that were first seen inside the X-T30 will eventually reach Fujifilm X-T3 via the upcoming firmware update.

These include more accurate face and eye detection systems,

as well as a new face detection function that allows the user to prioritize the different faces detected in the frame.

A new algorithm that promises faster auto focus is also set to be included in the update.

So where exactly does the new model have the edge? And does the Fujifilm X-T3 still offer any of its own?

Keeping in mind the changes promised to the upcoming Fujifilm X-T3 firmware update, here are the main ways in which both cameras will differ from the other.

The X-T3 brings with it a brand new sensor, improved autofocus, and video performance

that makes it competitive with Panasonic’s GH5, taking the X-T series

from being a very good stills camera to one of the best stills/video hybrids on the market.

With its classic looks, attractive photos and superb video, it’s the APS-C camera to beat.

Key Specifications

  • 26MP BSI ‘X-Trans CMOS 4’ sensor
  • The 425-point hybrid AF system
  • Improved AF Tracking and Face/Eye Detection AF
  • 20 fps shooting with AF (11 fps with mechanical shutter)
  • 30 fps shooting in 1.25x crop with the electronic shutter
  • ‘Sports Finder’ mode gives a preview of the area around a 1.25x crop
  • 3.69M-dot electronic viewfinder
  • Three-axis tilting touchscreen
  • 10 bit 4:2:0 H.265 internal video capture (4:2:2 over HDMI)
  • UHD/DCI 4K/60p from 1.18x crop region
  • UHD/DCI 4K/30p using the full width of the sensor
  • Internal F-Log capture (HLG coming by end of 2018)
  • Dual UHS-II SD card slots
  • USB C-type connector can be used for charging the battery
  • Headphone and Mic Sockets

The X-T3 has an MSRP of $1499 (down $100 from the X-T2) but still costs $1899 when sold as a kit with the XF 18-55mm R F2.8-4 OIS lens. It is available in black or black and silver.

And what a glorious viewfinder it is. The 3.69-million-dot OLED EVF has a 60 fps refresh rate, which ramps up to 100 fps when the camera is in its boosted performance mode.

It’s wonderful to use and a noticeable step up from the one X-T2 owners peer through.

The 3.2-inch back LCD, while unchanged in sharpness, is now a touchscreen, which brings with it a few benefits. If you’re framing your shot with the screen,

you can tap anywhere to focus.

My Favorite Feature

the touch display is that even when looking into the EVF,

you can slide a finger around the screen to move the focus point without having to reach for the joystick.

You can also interact with the quick settings (Q) menu through taps.

The rear screen still articulates up or down when you’re holding the camera above or below you, but unfortunately,

it doesn’t fully flip around, which would’ve been immensely helpful for vlogging.

You can also customize swipes on the screen to behave as software shortcuts — each direction can do something different

but I found that I triggered this way too often when I didn’t mean to and disabled the option altogether.

“Do camera reviews even matter?”

After spending three years studying art theory and aesthetics, one of my biggest post-university regrets was that I never got to experiment with visual arts outside of school

or put my theoretical knowledge to the test. So in 2017, I decided to change that and set out to buy my very first camera.

As with any other purchasing decision, I read through tons of camera reviews and specs that I barely understood; and when there were no more reviews left to peruse,

I headed to YouTube and watched videos of my top-pick cameras in action.

But even after all that research, I still didn’t feel comfortable settling on a final choice.

Then I came across a short,

but very poignant, piece by Gigaom founder Om Malik, where he asked exactly the same question that was bugging me at the time: “do camera reviews even matter?”

“All I want to know from reviews is how it feels in hand, the pictures it makes, and what is the actual performance from a daily usage standpoint,” Malik wrote.

“The sensor size, the sensor type, and what kind of processors mean absolutely nothing – what matters is the photos.”

Example of a review that did precisely that

The review in question focused on the X100F – the fourth iteration of Fujifilm X-T3 fixed-lens X100 series that offers excellent image quality in a pocketable body;

it was written by a well-known wedding and X-photographer, Kevin Mullins.

(Please note that X-photographers are pretty much unpaid Fujifilm brand ambassadors. So take that as you will.)

What fundamentally made Mullins’s write-up on the X100F so compelling wasn’t the technical detail he provided (and there was plenty of that), but the photos he took with it. I was absolutely enamored by Mullins’s work with the X100F, I was both inspired and thoroughly terrified by his talent.

But there was one thing I was certain about: the X100F is an exceptional camera, and if I put in the effort – it could help me one day make images that inspire others the same way Mullins inspired me.

Now there’s one caveat we should voice out:

although the best showcase of the capacity of a camera is the photos it produces, it also takes a good photographer in order to make the most out of the capabilities a camera gives you.

Buying a camera that delivers outstanding images won’t make you a good photographer; what it will do though is give you the tools to produce great images.

But to achieve that, you will need to put in the hours, focus on your work, and hone in your vision. There’s no way around that.

After reading Mullins’s review, I ultimately went for the X100F.

Though I could’ve opted for a more versatile model and picked up an interchangeable-lens camera, my experience with the X100F has convinced me I made the right call.

The fixed lens made me zero in on working with what I have, and that in turn helped me become a better photographer in the long run.

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