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Fujifilm X-Pro3 Review - Performance

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Fujifilm X-Pro3 Performance - Sample Photos

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

 

 

 

Fujifilm X-Pro 3 (X-Pro3) Sample Photos

Fujifilm cameras offer excellent colour reproduction, the X-Pro3 is no exception. On default settings, the colours are bright, and saturated, but not too saturated, unless you switch to Velvia, and then the saturation is ramped up.

The new film simulation mode, and additional shooting controls (for film grain etc) give the camera the ability to give a different look, although Fujifilm has said that these options may be introduced into the X-T3 and X-T30.

With new film simulation options, you can choose a colour style that suits you, and if you shoot JPEG+RAW you can also go back to the raw file and re-process or choose a different film simulation mode if you don’t like the results. The camera features built-in raw processing, so it’s easy and quick to quickly adjust a photo on the camera. In addition to the film simulation modes, you also have options to adjust highlight/shadow tone curve, colour, sharpness, noise reduction, clarity and more.

We aren’t surprised to find that the X-Pro 3, with the same image sensor, and image processor as the X-T3, delivers image quality that is very similar to the X-T3 / X-T30 cameras.

 

Fujifilm X-Pro 3 (X-Pro3) White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) performance under tungsten lighting gives a warm result, with the tungsten preset giving a slightly improved result. Under mixed lighting, the results are similarly warm in appearance. AWB performs extremely well under fluorescent lighting, with the fluorescent presets giving a colour cast. Unlike other cameras, there are no "White" or "Warm" auto white balance options, so for more accurate product shots on a white background, it's likely you'll need to use manual white balance.

 

Fujifilm X-Pro 3 (X-Pro3) ISO test images

Noise Performance - We took these photos showing the full ISO range. Under ISO160, the camera is using an extended, Low ISO range, and the dynamic range captured in these is lower than normal. As with the X-T3 and X-T30, noise performance is excellent, with low levels of noise, even at higher ISO speeds, and the camera maintains detail and colour saturation even when using higher ISO settings. The ISO range can be extended down to ISO80, and up to ISO51200, although you'll need to use the 'C' / Custom setting on the ISO speed dial, as this goes from ISO160 to ISO12800.

 

Fujifilm X-Pro 3 (X-Pro3) Scene modes

The HDR shooting modes take 3 photos at different exposures and combines them in-camera for an image with increased dynamic range, with options of HDR200, HDR400, HDR800 and HDR Plus. Fujifilm says the HDR Plus mode has been designed to give a natural look, using "computational photography".

 

Fujifilm X-Pro 3 (X-Pro3) Digital filters

Film Simulation - With a number of film simulation modes you can choose a style or look for your photos that suits you. These also give a different tone, for example, the Eterna film simulation gives less contrast, and therefore there is more dynamic range recorded in the image, and shadows are less likely to be underexposed.

Fujifilm colour settings, once you switch from the defaults are more about recording a “memory” or how you remember the scene rather than technical accuracy. With this, the new “Classic Negative” film simulation gives you an image that has lower saturation and a look more reminiscent to film from the 70s. These are all based on Fujifilm colour film technology from Fujifilm’s vast array of colour knowledge.

Each film setting may or may not be to your tastes, so it’s worth spending some time deciding which you prefer. Alternatively, you can edit the raw files in the camera and adjust (and choose) the film setting after shooting.

Nb. Photos with "PP" taken with a pre-production camera, not running final firmware.

 

Video Samples - The camera offers 4K CINE, and 4K UHD (30fps) video recording with a 15minute limit. The Eterna film simulation is designed to give a flat looking colour profile with enhanced dynamic range. The lack of image stabilisation is very noticeable in this video but is less noticeable when using a wide-angle lens. You can find additional videos on the ePHOTOzine YouTube Channel.

 


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ThomasT 7 2 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2019 11:07AM
Wot, no built-in flash? Add that and we have a bulky camera.

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RamblinSam 6 31 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2019 11:13AM
I'm pleased to see that al tong last, the buttons on the back have been re-located to the right-hand side, as holding the lens in the left hand with version 1 ended up with the annoying situation of you regularly pressing those buttons because they weren't recessed, as they were in the version 2 model. Fuji could instead of having a flip-down screen, installed a 3mm raised lip around the edge of the screen and fitted a on/off toggle switch allowing the menu or/and image 'chimping' display to to go blank, plus protect the screen fro scratches at the same time. Maybe that's jus too easy or obvious a solution?

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