A analytical change has been activity on over at Fujifilm. Its X Alternation mirrorless cameras began as affordable alternatives to the aspirational Leica M rangefinders — you know, the ones that commonly get rehoused in new banknote and appear as appropriate editions affairs for able-bodied arctic of $10,000. They additionally appealed to the aforementioned sorts of users, namely film-era artery photographers who adopted a quieter, added methodical access to their craft, unswayed by arrogant access ante and petty pixel counts.
But added recently, the X Alternation has developed above this bound scope. The characterization of “poor photographer’s Leica” no best applies. It actual abundant has an character of its own now, and the $1,500 X-T3 is the latest affirmation of this evolution. It’s not aloof an adorable camera meant to activity up addicted memories of the acceptable old canicule of film; no, this is a camera that’s attractive forward.
Make no mistake: Although it looks about identical to the X-T2, with the aforementioned analog-inspired design, this third-generation X-T camera is all new. Angel quality, already great, is better. Autofocus, and achievement in general, is faster. Best surprising, video takes a behemothic bound forward. But it isn’t aloof for itself that the X-T3 is so interesting; gazing into its lens like a ablaze ball, we can see hints of what’s to appear — and what adeptness be account cat-and-mouse for.
And that’s the one affair that may accompany us pause; not that the X-T3 isn’t abundant — indeed, it’s aberrant — but that for as acceptable as it is, there may be article alike bigger advancing about the corner: the closing aftereffect to the X-H1 (presumably, to be alleged the X-H2).
But for now, the X-T3 has the broadest address of any Fujifilm, with abundant high-tech achievement to draw in the cast of videographers and sports photographers — the actual barter Fuji seemed agreeable to avoid in the aboriginal canicule of the X Series. And X-T admirers who adopt the abate build, lighter weight, and archetypal feel of the artefact band will accretion (almost) aggregate they charge in the X-T3.
If the X-T2 brought the X Alternation into the avant-garde era, the X-T3 is attractive to the future. It would be accessible to alarm this camera a refinement, but in truth, it’s added than that — it’s a commitment. The X-T2 acquainted like an experiment, as if Fujifilm was aggravating to prove it had a abode in the apple of high-tech photography. The X-T3 takes a abundant der stance. No best agreeable to aloof accumulate up, this is Fujifilm saying, “Anything you can do, I can do better.”
Of course, “better” doesn’t consistently beggarly “first.” The X-T3 acutely targets accession high-end APS-C camera: Sony’s A6500, appear in 2016. For this reason, the X-T3’s time on top may be short-lived, but Fujifilm has set it up with abundance of appearance that should ensure it charcoal aggressive throughout this generation. It meets or beats the A6500 at every about-face but one — in-body angel stabilization — and it allowances added from Fujifilm’s adherence to the APS-C format, with arguably the best APS-C-specific lens calendar of any manufacturer.
The X-T3’s accomplishment is a aftereffect of two key technology upgrades: the backside-illuminated, 26-megapixel X-TRANS CMOS 4 sensor and X Processor 4 angel processor. Both are advised for speed, with the sensor alms 10-times faster readout than the antecedent archetypal and the processor actuality three-times faster than the X Processor Pro begin in the X-T2, X-Pro2, and X-H1.
The X-T3’s cyberbanking viewfinder is actually ablaze and one of the sharpest we’ve ver used.
That helps the X-T3 agitate out 11 frames per additional (fps) with connected autofocus, or up to 20 fps back application the cyberbanking bang (or 30 fps with a 1.25x crop). While the X-T2 could additionally hit 11 fps, this was alone accessible back application the another Vertical Power Booster grip. A anchor is additionally accessible for the X-T3, but now it alone extends array activity rather than abacus performance.
However, the best noteworthy advance may be the new autofocus system, which puts 425 phase-detection credibility beyond 99-percent of the frame. It’s complemented by rewritten face and eye-detection algorithms, and it basically makes the X-T3 able of things the X-T2 could alone dream of.
All of this new tech is packaged into a actual credible body, with little to differentiate it from the X-T2 save the name badge. Some accessory tweaks accept been made, like abacus attrition to the avant-garde and rear ascendancy dials to accomplish it harder to circle them accidentally.
The X-T3 incorporates some accomplished new technology, but the affairs point charcoal the agreeable acquaintance — and back it comes to user experience, a high-end mirrorless camera lives or dies on its cyberbanking viewfinder. Fortunately, the EVF in the X-T3 is actually brilliant. It’s the aforementioned 3.69-million-dot console of the X-H1, with over a actor added pixels than the EVF in the X-T2, and it’s one of the sharpest we’ve anytime used. By default, it runs at 60 fps, but axis on Boost Approach bumps that up to 100 fps. Between the aerial resolution and super-smooth framerate, this is about as aing to an optical viewfinder as you can get in agreement of feel — yet, of course, it still has all the allowances of an EVF, like acknowledgment preview, angel playback, and the adeptness to use it for video.
Face- and eye-detection algorithms accept been actually reworked and are now accessible in video mode.
The added phase-detection AF advantage agency you can clue a accountable appropriate to the bend of the anatomy afterwards resorting to slower contrast-detection AF. In both single-shot (AF-S) and connected (AF-C) modes, the new AF arrangement performed acutely bigger than the X-T2. Alike first-generation XF lenses that are somewhat belled for apathetic autofocus, like the 35mm f/1.4, were snappier on the X-T3.
Using the accelerated connected drive, we did apprehension that the camera could not advance a constant 11 fps in AF-C mode. Alike afterwards ambience Focus/Release Priority to “release,” it seems the camera was still prioritizing focus accretion over access rate. On the additional side, about every anatomy was appropriately focused. In AF-S mode, the X-T3 calmly holds that 11 fps acceleration until the absorber fills up (after about 35 RAW images in our testing, although Fujifilm says it should get 42).
The face- and eye-detection algorithms accept additionally been actually reworked and, importantly, are now accessible in video mode. The X-H1 can additionally do face-detection in video, but our acquaintance with it was somewhat hit and miss. The X-T3, on the added hand, didn’t accord us any issues.
The LCD adviser has the aforementioned bound delivery as the X-T2. It can angle up, down, and to the appropriate — but it can’t cast out a abounding 180 degrees. That will accomplish recording vlog-style video added difficult, which is a bit adverse accustomed how accessible the camera would be in such a book acknowledgment to the absorbing face-detection AF.
On the additional side, the awning is additionally now touch-sensitive and, like the X-H1, offers bashful cine ascendancy approach which lets you acclimatize acknowledgment afterwards accepting to about-face any dials. But the acquaintance of application the concrete controls has consistently been one of our admired genitalia of cutting X Alternation cameras, and that charcoal accurate here. There is article acceptable about the concrete acknowledgment of the ISO, bang speed, and acknowledgment advantage dials, and actuality able to analysis acknowledgment settings at a glance, alike back the camera is angry off, is convenient.
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Battery activity is rated at 390 exposures, a bashful access over the X-T2 but still annihilation to address home about. Boost Mode, which reduces black-out time and bumps up absorption acceleration in accession to accretion the EVF brace rate, will abate array activity by 25-percent, according to Fujifilm. As is consistently the case, you will about get abundant added out of the array than the official rating, but you’ll actually appetite a spare. The acceptable account is, if you shoot best any added X Alternation camera, you already accept accordant batteries.
Fujifilm’s accomplishing of a backside-illuminated (BSI) sensor is noteworthy as it is aloof the additional BSI APS-C sensor back 2014’s Samsung NX1 (may it blow in peace). However, it doesn’t aftermath the after-effects you adeptness be expecting. BSI sensors run their chip abaft the photosensitive band (hence the name), admitting acceptable sensors abode it in front, appropriately blocking some light. BSI sensors leave added credible breadth exposed, appropriately accretion ablaze sensitivity. In theory, this makes them bigger in low ablaze — but Fujifilm seems to accept acquainted its sensor for low ISO performance.
In our testing, we actually begin the X-T3 to aftermath hardly added babble at aerial ISO settings than the X-T2. This has been accepted by added reviews. In part, this may be a aftereffect of the added two megapixels, which agency the admeasurement of alone pixels is smaller. But the X-T3 additionally has a lower abject ISO of 160, compared to 200 in the X-T2, suggesting Fujifilm is added anxious with maximizing activating ambit than aspersing babble at aerial ISO.
This was a acceptable decision. First, the babble aberration doesn’t become credible until ISO 3,200 or so. Second, it’s artlessly not that credible except in a side-by-side allegory (see the video at the top of the folio for an archetype of this). And finally, alike a bashful bulk of babble abridgement all but eliminates the difference. On the added end of the spectrum, however, we see a ablaze advantage to the X-T3.
The X-T3 is an absorbing video camera, abounding stop.
In high-contrast scenes — anticipate landscapes with a ablaze sky and aphotic arena — the X-T3 RAW book holds up appreciably bigger afterwards acute highlight and adumbration recovery. It retains added detail in the caliginosity with beneath babble and displays abundant bigger blush and contrast, overall.
We accept that photographers who apprehend “BSI sensor” and anon anticipation “better low-light performance” may feel a bit let down, but accumulate in mind, the X-T2 was already about as acceptable as APS-C gets in agreement of babble — and the X-T3 isn’t actually finer any different. In our opinion, the accessible ISO ambit is actually the same, with the barring that the X-T3 gives you a lower starting point. We’ll booty bigger abject ISO activating ambit and blush over beneath aerial ISO noise, any day.
This is a acceptable time to acknowledgment that we candy all of the images for this analysis in the new Capture One Express for Fujifilm. Like the adaptation that already existed for Sony, this is a appropriate chargeless adaptation of Capture One congenital accurately for Fujifilm cameras — it won’t assignment with added brands. It’s a able allotment of software, with the higher-end versions actuality the go-to RAW processor of best for abounding professionals.
Capture One Express additionally does a abundant job of processing the added circuitous RAW files from X-TRANS sensors, alms accomplished detail. We additionally begin the babble abridgement and cutting accoutrement to be decidedly good. We won’t get into its abounding claim here, but accepting a chargeless adaptation of Capture One actually adds amount to the X-T3 — and, indeed, any accurate Fujifilm camera (which is best of them).
With the addition of 4K and F-log, the X-T2 was an absorbing video camera — for a Fujifilm. The X-T3 is an absorbing video camera, abounding stop. It comes loaded with appearance that, frankly, are alarming for the cast and put it impressively aing to the ascendant mirrorless video champ, the Panasonic GH5S.
Sample video attempt on the Fujifilm X-T3 in F-log application the 400Mbps HEVC centralized codec and graded in Final Cut Pro X. Daven Mathies/Digital Trends
There’s a host of big-picture upgrades, like 4K at 60 fps in both DCI (4,096 x 2,160) and UltraHD (3,840 x 2,160), but there are additionally some actual acceptable abate improvements. For example, the headphone jack is now built-in, rather than actuality allotment of the another array grip, and the aperture the covers the ports can be actually removed. Cinema-style bang speeds for 24p, like 1/48 and 1/96 second, are additionally offered.
The X-H1 angled the bitrate of the X-T2, to 200 megabits per second, and now the X-T3 doubles it again, to 400Mbps (200Mbps is the best for 4K/60). It can additionally almanac 4:2:0 10-bit footage internally in the Aerial Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC), or achievement 4:2:2 10-bit video over HDMI (these head-scratching numbers are bigger explained elsewhere, if you charge a refresher). This offers credible improvements in video affection over the 8-bit footage of the X-T2, decidedly back blush allocation F-log footage.
With video recorded from the abounding amplitude of the sensor, you won’t attempt to get a wide-angle perspective.
Fujifilm claims F-log, which is a low-contrast blush contour that preserves added detail, is now acceptable for 12 stops of activating range. If allocation logarithmic footage isn’t your cup of tea, the X-T3 additionally inherits the Eterna blur simulation, based on the motion account blur of the aforementioned time, which we actually admired in the X-H1. Additionally, Amalgam Log Gamma (HLG) abutment is reportedly advancing after in 2018.
Full HD video can be recorded up to 120 frames per additional for in-camera slow-motion, although this does appear with a 1.18x crop. The video affection takes a hit, but it may be account the aerial acceleration back you charge it. Also, F-log is accessible in all framerates and resolutions.
But the bigger aberration in video affection artlessly comes from the abridgement of crop. The X-T2 recorded 4K from a 1.17x circumscribed arena of the sensor, admitting the X-T3 annal the abounding width. On paper, that doesn’t complete like a big difference, but the real-world aftereffect is actual credible (you can see an archetype of this in the video at the top of the page). This agency the X-T3 now takes abounding advantage of APS-C and Super35 lenses — like Fujifilm’s own MK cinema lenses — and you won’t attempt to get a wide-angle angle in video.
Fujifilm hasn’t absent far from its aboriginal aisle in agreement of architecture and usability, yet the capabilities of its cameras accept afflicted by leaps and bounds. This puts the X-T3 in a potentially arduous position, as it accompanying looks to allure the archetypal X Alternation ballista — the methodical, film-era artery columnist who doesn’t charge all the blatant tech — and the avant-garde multitasking amalgam creative, who demands able still and video appearance but acceptable doesn’t affliction about the archetypal hands-on experience.
It adeptness complete like Fujifilm is accepting an character crisis, but there’s no way about it: The X-T3 is the best able APS-C camera currently on the market. Plus, it is added stered by the best able APS-C lenses, and with the cast of the XF 33mm f/1.0 on the roadmap, it’s alone activity to get better.
The aing adversary to the X-T3 appropriate now is the two-year-old Sony A6500, which has one advantage: 5-axis stabilization. Fujifilm appears to be reserving sensor-shift stabilization for aloof the X-H series, preferring to accumulate the X-T cameras added bunched and lightweight. However, the X-T3’s higher-resolution viewfinder, added avant-garde video mode, and bigger user acquaintance (at least, in our opinion) accord it the edge.
But there’s article acrimonious us: the closing X-H2. Back the X-T2 launched, we had no abstraction the X-H1 was coming; but now that we apperceive that band exists, we can’t aloof avoid it. Sure, the X-H2 is far from official, and apparently still over a year away, but if it improves over the X-T3 as abundant as the X-H1 did over the X-T2, it adeptness be account cat-and-mouse for. Accumulate in mind, though, it will acceptable amount aing to $2,000, so it’s not an another for everyone.
We’ve been application an X-T2 for over two years now with no problems, and the X-T3 is congenital to the aforementioned standards. We apprehend to see a backup archetypal in no beneath than two years’ time, but the X-T3 apparently has the best activity in it of any Fujifilm to date.
Yes, unless you plan on cat-and-mouse for the as-yet-unannounced X-H2. This is an accessible camera to acclaim to avant-garde enthusiasts and able shooters, decidedly those who charge able still and video features. That said, if you are new to Fujifilm, you may appetite to get some hands-on time with the X-T3 afore you buy; not anybody loves the architecture and ascendancy blueprint as abundant as we do.
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