Hands on with the Fujifilm XT-3

Photokina 2018 will open later this month and more and more manufacturers step up and announce their new products for the show and Fujifilm is no exception. Their latest XT-(X) model is the third iteration and it brings plenty of improvements in both image quality, AF and video features.

After Nikon’s Z6/Z7 and Canon’s EOS-R comes Fujifilm with its XT-3. Although this isn’t a completely new camera like the other two – it seems to actually be a much more well rounded camera and doesn’t seem to face the same online criticism as the Nikon/Canon models (it has two fast memory card slots, very advanced video capabilities with what seems to be strong new AF system in stills and video, good ergonomics – if you like the more retro look of the Fuji cameras).

The new XT-3 – similar outside – very different internals

Really the only two major drawbacks that we can come up with (on paper at least) are the lack of a fully articulated monitor (which both the EOS-R and the GH5/S have) and the lack of in body image stabilization which almost all of its competitors have (apart from the Canon) and even the larger X-H1 included.

Top look at the camera

Here are some specs from the X-T3:

  • Sensor: a new 26MP BSI ‘X-Trans CMOS 4’ sensor.
  • AF system: new AF system (both for stills and video) including 425-point hybrid AF system with face/eye AF.
  • Viewfinder: 3.69M-dot OLED viewfinder (60 or 100 Hz.).
  • Screen: Two-axis tilt 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot touch screen.
  • Video: DCI and UHD 4K @60p at up to 200 Mbps;
  • Video features: 4:2:0 H.265 internal video capture (4:2:2 over HDMI), 24-bit audio capture, Internal F-Log capture, 1080p 120fps. The XT-3 has zebras, improved pre-amps, better (more controlled) rolling shutter and an updated interface as well.
  • Connectivity: Built-in Wi-Fi &Bluetooth with USB-C, mic/headphones/HDMI (the camera also has remote release connector and a flash sync terminal).
  • Shooting speed: 11 fps with mechanical shutter and 30 with e-shutter (in sports mode with 1.25x crop).
  • Storage: Dual SD card slots (both UHS-II compatible – similar to X-T2).
  • Extra features – night vision mode (the X-T3 has the ability to change the contrast level of the on-screen interface), large Indicators mode, digital microprism, sports finder mode (up to 30fps shooting with 1.25x crop but with full preview).
  • Battery – NP-W126S with 390 shots per charge (CIPA).
  • Weight: 539g / 19 oz.
  • Pricing: the XT-3 will sell for $1500 (body only) and $1800 with the 18-55mm kit lens.

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Jordan Drake from DPR did a short “bonus” video on the video capabilities of the XT-3 (vs. that of the GH5) 

The Fuji guys taking a look at the XT-3

B&H’s first look at the XT-3

You can find many more photography gear announcements and new products on our photography gear section here on LensVid.

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