Fujifilm X-T3 Hands-On And Sample Photos

Fujifilm X-T3 Hands-On And Sample Photos - The Fujifilm X-T3 has been announced, and we've been shooting with the new 26mp BSI CMOS sensor mirrorless camera.

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The Fujifilm X-T3 is the latest X series camera from Fujifilm, updating the X-T2. Fujifilm says this is the 4th generation of the X-series with a whole new 26mp BSI CMOS sensor and new image processor. We've been hands-on with the X-T3 and will be adding more photos, and our first impressions shortly. The Fujifilm X-T3 will be available from the 20th September, priced at £1349 body only.

Fujifilm X-T3 Features

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With a new 26mp APS-C BSI CMOS sensor and X-Trans 4 colour filter array, the camera offers a wider ISO range than previous models. The ISO range is ISO160 to ISO12800, which can extend to ISO80 (Low), up to ISO51200. The sensor does not feature a low-pass filter. Fujifilm says the new sensor will allow the use of an f/1.0 lens and is manufactured with the latest sensor technologies, including copper wiring.

With a new BSI CMOS sensor, noise performance should be improved. It’s also a higher resolution with a 26mp sensor, and thanks to lower noise, image quality should also be improved. Fujifilm has tested the new camera for long exposures, and the camera is said to give better performance even for 15 minute long exposures when compared to the X-T2.

With a new high-speed quad-core image processor that is 3 times faster than the processor in the X-T2, the camera offers improved focus performance and AF/AE that is 1.5x faster. Focus accuracy is improved, thanks to more phase detection AF points that now cover the whole sensor. This is said to give a higher success rate for both low contrast subjects as well as high-frequency subjects (such as birds feathers, etc). Face and eye detection have been updated to give quicker focusing performance, with this even working when shooting in AF-C continuous mode.


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There’s a 3inch touch-screen, with 1.04million dots - this can be tilted up / down, as well as out from the camera body, for vertical / portrait shooting, or when using the camera on a tripod. The electronic viewfinder features 3.69m dots, 0.75x magnification, dioptre correction, and a large rubber eye surround. There’s eye-detection so that the camera will automatically switch between the screen and the EVF.

Colour Chrome effect live view has been added from the GFX 50s. This gives better detail in bright saturated colours, where there would normally be overexposed colours. Monochrome adjust has been added, giving you warm and cool (tint) monochrome expression.

The battery life of the camera is 390 shots, an improvement over the X-T2. The new battery grip, VG-XT3, extends the battery life to 1,100 shots and will be available for £299.


High-speed continuous shooting

High-speed continuous shooting at up to 30fps is available, using an electronic shutter (with a 1.25x crop, 1/60s rolling shutter – X-T2 was 1/27s) at 16.6mp, and up to 60 shots. The camera gives a blackout-free view whether using the screen or the EVF, even when shooting up to 30 or 20fps.

You can also shoot at 20fps with an electronic shutter, at the full-resolution, for up to 79 frames (JPEG). Fujifilm has added pre-shot burst shooting, so you can shoot 0.5 to 1 second before a full press of the shutter release button (30/20/10fps options).

The camera can shoot at 11fps (at full resolution) using the mechanical shutter, and shoot 145 JPEG images, or 42 raw images (lossless compression raw). On the X-T2, this required the optional battery grip.


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Fujiflm X-T3 Key Features

  • 26.1 megapixel X-Trans CMOS 4 (BSI APS-C  CMOS sensor)
  • X-Mount, Quad core X Processor 4
  • 3.69m dot EVF, 0.75x magnification
  • 3inch tilting touch-screen, 1040K dot resolution
  • ISO160-12800, extends down to ISO80 and up to ISO51200
  • 4K CINE video recording, 60fps, 10-bit 4:2:0 internal recording, 4:2:2 external
  • FullHD video up to 120fps
  • 30fps continuous shooting (electronic shutter, 1.25x crop)
  • 20fps continusous shooting (electronic shutter, full-resolution)
  • 11fps continuous shooting (full-resolution)
  • Phase-detection AF, -3 EV sensitivity, 425 AF points and 100% coverage
  • Face and eye-detection focus
  • Dual SD card slots (both UHS-II)
  • Available in black or silver


Fujifilm X-T3 Handling

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The X-T3 may look, on first inspection, just like the X-T2, however, the camera is actually larger and heavier, with an updated body construction, comprising of 4 magnesium alloy pieces, the top, front, back and bottom.

The thumb grip on the back is now slightly larger, giving you a larger area for your thumb to grip on to. The dioptre adjustment is now lockable, and the EVF eye relief has been improved, meaning that your nose is further away from the screen. The rear button size has been improved, being slightly larger.

The shutter speed dial and drive mode dial has been optimised, and if you view the cameras side by side, you’ll be able to see a subtle difference here. Boost mode is now available without the need for the optional battery grip.


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The optional battery grip is bigger than the one for the X-T2 – and allows seamless switching between batteries even when recording video, as well as extending the battery life from 390 shot to 1,100 shots.

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