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Fujifilm X-T3 Full Review - Performance

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Fujifilm X-T3 Performance

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.

Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

Shutter Response <0.05secs
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.125secs
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response  0.125secs
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo 0.9secs
Shot to Shot without Flash 0.2secs
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down)
11fps (126 shots) - Mechanical shutter
20fps (74 shots) - electronic (26mp)*
30fps (60 shots) - electronic crop (16.6mp)
Continuous Shooting - Flash N/A
Continuous Shooting - RAW 11fps (36 shots) - Mechanical shutter
20fps (34 shots) - electronic (26mp)
30fps (33 shots) - electronic crop (16.6mp)


The focus is very rapid, and shutter response is excellent. Shot to shot times with flash depending on the brightness of the flash required. Performance mode on.  *Slows to around 10fps after 74 shots. The mechanical shutter is slightly louder than some other cameras. We managed around 8-9fps with continuous AF active when using the 30fps 1.25x crop mode, and the 18-55mm lens.

 

Fujifilm X-T3 Sample Photos

Sample Photos - Fujifilm continues to deliver excellent colour reproduction, with rich saturated colours, which Fujifilm call "Colour memory" so that photos are designed to reproduce your memories. This means images are more saturated with stronger contrast than you may be used to from other cameras. Exposure is generally reliable, however, high contrast on default settings and a tendency to expose for highlight detail means you may want to keep an eye on shadows and adjust exposure compensation accordingly. Alternatively, you can use a different film simulation mode, adjust the shadows, or use one of the DR (Dynamic Range) options. 

 

Fujifilm X-T3 Lens test images

Lens Performance - The camera produces very good results straight from the camera. Processing the raw files you can get more detail out of images as well as tweak them to your own preferences, however, the JPEG results straight from the camera are also good. With a slightly higher resolution sensor, any weakness in lens quality will be noticeable, and we'd recommend a prime lens for the best results. Read our 18-55mm lens review for more on this lens, or have a look at our 50mm f/2 WR lens review. Additional images were taken with the Fujifilm XF Fujinon 200mm f/2 OIS lens, and the XF Fujinon 8-16mm f/2.8 lens. There are plenty of Fujifilm X-mount lenses available to choose from. Of importance here is the fact that regardless of lens used on the camera, the focus performed well with a very high focus success rate. 

 

Fujifilm X-T3 ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - There is less dynamic range when shooting at the lowest ISO speed at ISO80. Noise performance is very good. There's a slight drop in detail at ISO3200, but noise remains well controlled at this ISO speed, and at ISO6400. Noise becomes more noticeable at ISO12800, but images should still be usable, depending on your needs. Noise becomes quite strong at ISO25600, and above. 

Noise compared to the competition...

There's not a massive difference between the X-T3 and X-T2, with excellent noise performance up to ISO12800. Noise reduction can be set from +4 to -4. There are no limits to the ISO speed available when shooting raw and JPEG. 

 

Fujifilm X-T3 White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) performs well with a warm result under tungsten lighting. The tungsten preset gives a slight improvement. The camera gives good but slightly underexposed results under mixed lighting conditions. AWB performs very well under fluorescent lighting, but the fluorescent preset can give a slight colour cast. There are no "cool" or "white" options for white balance, so you'd be better off setting white balance manually if needed. 

 

Fujifilm X-T3 Digital filters

Digital Filters - There are numerous film modes available, as well as separate options for "Classic Chrome" and "Grain Effect", with settings of off, weak and strong. There are numerous "Advanced Filters" with all the usual effects, including toy camera, and miniature to name a few. 

Panorama mode - The camera features an automatic panoramic mode, where you simply press the shutter release button and pan the camera from one side to the other. Results are quite good, and well stitched together, but the resolution is quite low at roughly 9mp. For better results, you should shoot separate photos and merge with something like Adobe Photoshop. 

 

Fujifilm X-T3 Other sample images

 

Video - The Fujifilm X-T3 offers a wealth of video features and options recording 4K 60p 4:2:0 10bit video to the internal SD card. You can also output 4K 60p 4:2:2 10bit video to HDMI simultaneously. The video mode can be selected using the drive mode dial underneath the ISO speed dial. 

CINE DCI-4K video recording is available, at up to 30fps. 4K UHD resolution video recording can be recorded at 60fps or less. You have the option of recording using H.264/MPEG-4 AVC or H.265/HEVC, and bitrates up to 400Mbps are available (with a V60 rated SD card recommended). Fujifilm says that camera offers a wide dynamic range of 400% which is approximately 12 stops when using ETERNA. F-log is also an option. 

Interframe NR (Noise Reduction) is available for 4K video recording, as long as you're not using 60/50fps, which is said to reduce noise by 2 stops (at ISO12800). 

Image stabilisation is thanks to the optical image stabilisation built-in to the lens (if you use a lens with OIS). The highest ISO speed available for video recording is ISO25600.

We were impressed by the video quality on offer, with the same excellent colour reproduction you get in stills. Noise is well controlled even when using high ISO speeds up to ISO12800. Focus performance was also good. 

You can find additional Fujifilm X-T3 sample videos, on the ePHOTOzine Youtube channel

 

Nb. HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) is coming with a firmware update to be released by the end of 2018 - this will let the camera record HDR video. There's also going to be the ability to output Film Simulation and F-Log footage simultaneously. 


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Comments


31 Oct 2018 11:40AM
Great review, looks to be a fantastic camera. Shame no IBIS but the overall performance looks to be top notch. Great range of Fujifilm lenses too especially the 23/35/50 f/2 WR lenses. XT-2 used prices have dropped substantially and this would be a great buy used!

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phiggy 17 7 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2018 10:53AM
I think it great that Fuji is still offering a smaller slimmer body for those who donít want to step up to a XH1 with ibis,
For me I will be sticking with what I have a pair of XH1s a XT2 and pair of XT1s which I still use with iOS based lenses there is just something I really like about them the 16mp sensor is more than enough for me these days.
But I love seeing Fuji forging ahead and the support they offer to even the oldest of camera models.
There is absolutely no reason or need for them to produce a Full Frame 35mm format when the next obvious step would be to move up to there growing GFX range of cameras and lenses.
I really enjoyed our revue thank you ! 👍

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