Fujfilm X-E3 Snap Verdict

The X-E3 completes Fujifilm’s cycle of updating its mirrorless system cameras to the 24.3Mp X-Trans CMOS III APS-C sensor and X-Processor Pro processing engine combination that appears in the X-T2, X-Pro2, X-T20 and X100F. As a result, it’s capable of producing high-quality images with plenty of detail and attractive colours that are dictated by the selected Film Simulation mode. It also has an ingenious touch-control system and a mini-joystick that takes the place of a traditional navigation pad and really improves the handling. It’s a gem of a camera.

For Fujifilm X-E3

  • Excellent sensor and processor combination
  • Superb Film Simulation modes
  • Fast, accurate autofocus system

Against Fujifilm X-E3

  • Fixed screen
  • Unreliable Bluetooth/Wi-Fi system
  • Main menu not operable via touch-control

What is the Fujifilm X-E3?

The Fuji X-E3 is an APS-C format compact system or mirrorless camera with the Fujifilm X lens mount. It’s the replacement for the 16Mp Fuji X-E2S which was announced in January 2016. Like the camera it replaces, it has a rectangular rangefinder-like design and an electronic viewfinder built-in.

 


Fujfilm X-E3 Review front of the camera

Fujifilm X-E3 Specification

Perhaps the biggest, but also the most predictable upgrade that the X-E3 makes to the X-E2S is the change from a 16Mp sensor to a 24.3Mp device. It’s predictable because it’s the same 24.3Mp X-Trans CMOS III APS-C sensor as has appeared in the Fuji X-Pro2, X-T2 and X100F. Also, like these other cameras, the sensor is paired with the X-Processor Pro processing engine.

This combination enables a standard sensitivity range of ISO 200 to 12800 with extension options taking it to ISO 100 to 51200. It’s also possible to shoot up to 21 uncompressed raw files or 35 jpegs at 14fps (frames per second) using the electronic shutter. If you want to focus continuously, however, this drops to 11fps and 53 jpegs or 21 uncompressed raw files. Switch to the mechanical shutter drops the maximum rate to 8fps for 62 jpegs or 25 uncompressed raw files.

In another significant upgrade upon the X-E2S the 3-inch 1,040,000-dot screen on the X-E3 is a touchscreen. And in addition to the usual Touch Shot, Touch AF and Focus Area Selection options there’s a Touch Function feature that enables gesture control that’s familiar from smartphones.

Fujfilm X-E3 Review Rear of the camera

Autofocus

Fujifilm has updated the phase detection autofocus algorithm to boost its performance with moving subjects. This is now claimed to take around half the time of the X-E2 to focus and subject can be half the size that it needs to be with the X-E2S.

According to Fujifilm, the X-E3 can also get subjects sharp in as little as 0.06sec.

There are up to 325 focus points (in a 13 x 25 grid) available for selection, but if you prefer this can be limited to 91 (in a 7 x 13 grid). These can be selected individually in single focus point mode or the camera select one automatically in Wide/Tracking AF mode. Alternatively, there’s Zone AF which is useful when you know roughly where the subject will be in the frame.

Like the X-T2 and X-T20, the X-E3 has a collection of five autofocus customisation options that tailor how the camera responds in continuous autofocus mode (AF-C). Unlike the X-T2 (but like the X-T20), it’s not possible to adjust the individual parameters such as Tracking Sensitivity that are controlled by these settings, but they are a useful addition to the feature set. The options are:

  1. Standard setting – a good all rounder
  2. Ignoring obstacles – useful if pillars or posts are likely to come between you and the subject
  3. Accelerating / decelerating subjects – of subjects that change speed
  4. For subjects that suddenly come into the frame – to focus quickly or switch between subjects
  5. Erratically moving subjects – a good option for shooting birds and wildlife

Fujfilm X-E3 Review AF options

Video specification

Fujifilm doesn’t offer a dedicated video camera like the Panasonic GH5 and Sony A7S II but it enables photographers to shoot video that compliment the stills by using the Film Simulation modes.

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It’s possible to record 4K (3840 x 2160) at 29.97, 25p, 24p or 23.98p and 100Mbps for up to 10 mins at a time. Full HD (1920 x1080) movies can be recorded at up to 59.94p and 36Mbps for up to 15 mins. If you want to shoot continuously for longer than that you’ll have to drop to HD (1280 x 720) which can be maintained for up to 30mins.

There’s an HDMI Micro port available if you want to record to or view footage on an external monitor and a 2.5mm socket is available for connecting an external mic (via a 2.5/3.5mm adaptor).

Camera NameFujifilm X-E3
Camera type:CSC
Date announced:7th September 2017
Price at launch:£849/$899.95 body only
Sensor size:APS-C (23.6 x 15.6mm)
Effective pixel count:24.3 million
Lens/Mount:X
Processor:X Processor Pro
Sensitivity range:ISO 200-12,800 expandable to ISO 100-51,200
Reflex AF system:N/A
Live View AF System:Hybrid with up to 325 points. Single point AF: EVF/LCD: 13x7 / 25x13 (Changeable size of AF frame among 6 types)
Zone AF: 3x3 / 5x5 / 7x7 from 91 areas on 13 x 7 grid
Wide / Tracking AF: (up to 18 area)
Max shooting rate:14fps (electronic shutter) for 35 jpegs or 22 Lossless compression raw files or 21 uncompressed raw files
11fps (electronic shutter) for 53 jpegs or 23 Lossless compression raw files or 21 uncompressed raw files
8fps for 62 jpegs or 25 Lossless compression raw files or 23 uncompressed raw files
5fps for 68 jpegs or 28 Lossless compression raw files or 25 uncompressed raw files
Max video resolution:4K (3840 x 2160) 29.97p / 25p / 24p / 23.98P, 100Mbps Continuous recording : up to Approx. 10 min.
Storage:SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
Viewfinder:0.39-inch OLED with 2,360,000 dots
Screen:Touch-sensitive 3-inch, LCD with 1040,000 dots
Dimensions:121.3 x 73.9 x 42.7mm / 4.78 x 2.91 x 1.68in
Weight:287g / 10.1 oz. (body only), 337g / 11.9 oz. (body plus battery and memory card)

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