The Fujifilm X-T3 is the replacement for the Fuji X-T2. It has the same mini-DSLR design with an electronic viewfinder at the centre of the top-plate and a very similar control arrangement. But inside, there have been lots of changes. The sensor and processor are both new and as well as enabling better image quality and video, it means there are improvements to the AF system and continuous shooting system. I’ve been shooting with the camera and have images to share along with our first thoughts. I’ll be updating this review over the coming hours/days so check back for more information.

Features

The X-T2 has been very successful for Fujifilm, so the company hasn’t messed with the winning formula for the X-T3. The things that everybody loves about the X-T2 are still there but there are lots of improvements.

While the jump from a 24Mp sensor to a 26Mp chip might not sound too impressive, the X-T3’s sensor is backside-illuminated. That means that photoreceptors (AKA pixels) nearer to the surface of the chip, which boosts their light gathering potential. 

Fujifilm has stuck with the X-Trans CMOS sensor design, though. That means that no optical low-pass filter is required to combat moiré and false colour.  It’s an approach that enables Fuji’s APS-C format sensors to outperform others for detail resolution.  

This new sensor is also paired with a new processing engine. It’s the 4th generation of Fuji’s X-Processor. Significantly, this enables a base sensitivity of ISO160, which on earlier X-Series camera is only available as an extension setting.

Fujifilm also claims that the new engine along with a new algorithm, increases the maximum AF speed to 0.06sec, while the shooting interval is 0.17 and the shutter release lag is just 0.045sec. Start-up time is claimed to be 0.3sec while the EVF refresh rate is 100fps – without the need for a booster grip.

Autofocus

Fujifilm has put some serious work in on the autofocus (AF) front. Firstly, the phase detection AF area now covers the whole imaging frame. Also, there are 2.16M phase detection pixels.

In addition, the sensitivity of the AF system has been improved. It can now operate at down to -3EV, instead of the -1EV of the X-T2. 

Faster processing and a reworked AF algorithm mean that the X-T3 refocuses about 1.5x more often than the X-T2. That should be helpful for anyone shooting fats moving sport as movement will be detected quicker.

The face-detection AF has also been improved and eye-detection AF operates in AF-C mode. That should make shooting portraits easier – especially in candid situations.

Video

Fujifilm has taken a big leap forward with video for the X-T3. The headline spec is 4K/60P 4:2:2 10bit recording to an HDMI device. However, there’s also 4K/60P 4:2:0 10bit internal recording to an SD card. It’s even possible to record both simultaneously.

What’s more, video can be recorded in H.264/MPEG-4 AVC or H.265/HEVC. The bit rate can be set to 200Mbps for 4K/60P 4:2:0 10bit recording. The compression can be set to All-Intra (4K/29.97P, 25P, 24P, 23.98P, and FHD/59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 25P, 24P, 23.98P when H.265/HEVC is selected. Not compatible with H.264.)or Long GOP (4K/29.97P, 25P, 24P or 23.98P). And when ALL-Intra is used the bitrate can be set to 400Mbps.

F-Log recording is also possible and can be used when recording video internally or externally. Fuji’s has also reduced the minimum sensitivity for shooting footage in F-Log and with the Dynamic Range (DR) set to 400% ISO640.

Fujifilm claims that a new noise reduction process along with 4K Interframe Noise Reduction reduces the level of noise visible at ISO 12800 by around 2EV.

A firmware update towards the end of 2018 will also allow the X-T3 to shoot Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) compatible footage.

Key Specifications

Model NameFUJIFILM X-T3
Number of effective pixels26.1 millions pixels
Image sensor23.5mmx15.6mm (APS-C) X-Trans CMOS 4 with primary colour filter. Sensor Cleaning systemnUltra Sonic Vibration
Storage mediaSD memory card (-2GB) / SDHC memory card (-32GB) / SDXC memory card (-512GB)nUHS-I / UHS-II / Video Speed Class V90
File formatStill image JPEG (Exif Ver.2.3), RAW : 14bit RAW(RAF original format), RAW+JPEG
Number of recorded pixelsL: (3:2) 6240 x 4160 / (16:9) 6240 x 3512 / (1:1) 4160 x 4160M: (3:2) 4416 x 2944 / (16:9) 4416 x 2488 / (1:1) 2944 x 2944: (3:2) 3120 x 2080 / (16:9) 3120 x 1760 / (1:1) 2080 x 2080
Lens mountFUJIFILM X mount
SensitivityStandard Output Sensitivity : AUTO1 / AUTO2 / AUTO3(up to ISO12800) / ISO160 to 12800(1/3 step) Extended output sensitivity : ISO80 /100 /125 / 25600 / 51200
Exposure controlTTL 256-zone metering, Multi / Spot / Average / Center Weighted
Exposure modeP (Program AE) / A (Aperture Priority AE) / S (Shutter Speed Priority AE) / M (Manual Exposure)
Exposure compensation-5.0EV - +5.0EV, 1/3EV stepn(movie recording : -2.0EV - +2.0EV)
Image StabilizerSupported with OIS type lenses
Shutter typeFocal Plane Shutter
Shutter speedMechanical Shutter P mode: 4sec. to 1/8000sec. A mode: 30sec. to 1/8000sec. S/M mode: 15min. to 1/8000sec. Bulb mode: up to 60min.nElectronic Shutter P mode: 4sec. to 1/32000sec. A mode: 30sec. to 1/32000sec. S/M mode: 15min. to 1/32000sec. Bulb mode: 1sec. FixednElectronic front curtain shutternP mode: 4sec. to 1/8000sec. A mode: 30sec. to 1/8000sec. S/M mode: 15min. to 1/8000sec. Bulb mode: up to 60min.nMechanical + Electronic shutternP mode: 4sec. to 1/32000sec. A mode: 30sec. to 1/32000sec. S/M mode: 15min. to 1/32000sec. Bulb mode: up to 60min.nE-front + Mechanical shutternP mode: 4sec. to 1/8000sec. A mode: 30sec. to 1/8000sec. S/M mode: 15min. to 1/8000sec. Bulb mode: up to 60min.n*Electronic front curtain shutter works until 1/2000sec.nE-front + Mechanical + Electronic shutternP mode: 4sec. to 1/32000sec. A mode: 30sec. to 1/32000sec. S/M mode: 15min. to 1/32000sec. Bulb mode: up to 60min.n*Electronic front curtain shutter works until 1/2000sec, Mechanical shutter works until 1/8000sec.nMovienFHD: 1/8000sec.-1/4sec.nDCI4K/4K: 1/8000sec.-1/24sec. (depends on the frame rate)nSynchronized shutter speed for flashn1/250sec. or slower
Continuous shootingApprox. 30fps [Only electronic shutter, 1.25 x Crop ] (JPEG 60 frames Lossless compression RAW 35 frames Uncompressed RAW 33 frames)Approx. 20fps [Only electronic shutter, 1.25 x Crop ] (JPEG 114 frames Lossless compression RAW 37 frames Uncompressed RAW 34 frames)nApprox. 10fps [Only electronic shutter, 1.25 x Crop ] (JPEGuff1a 500 frames Lossless compression RAW 48 frames Uncompressed RAW 39 frames) Approx. 20fps [Only electronic shutter ] (JPEG: 79 frames Lossless compression RAW: 36 frames Uncompressed RAW: 34 frames)nApprox. 11fps (JPEG: 145 frames Lossless compression RAW: 42 frames Uncompressed RAW: 36 frames) Approx. 8.0fps (JPEG: 200 frames Lossless compression RAW: 49 frames Uncompressed RAW: 39 frames) Approx. 5.7fps (JPEG: endless Lossless Compression RAW: 62 frames Uncompressed RAW: 43 frames) Pre-shot: Approx. 30fps [Only electronic shutter, 1.25 x Crop ] (max. 20 frames while half press, max. 20 frames after full press, total max. 40 frames) Pre-shot: Approx. 20fps [Only electronic shutter, 1.25 x Crop ] (max. 20 frames while half press, max. 37 frames after full press, total max. 57 frames) Pre-shot: Approx. 10fps [Only electronic shutter, 1.25 x Crop ] (max. 10 frames while half press, max. 300 frames after full press, total max. 310 frames) Recordable frames depends on recording median Speed of continuous shooting depends on shooting environment and shooting frames
Auto bracketingAE Bracketing nFilm Simulation Bracketing nDynamic Range Bracketing (100%, 200%, 400%)nISO sensitivity Bracketing nWhite Balance Bracketing nFocus Bracketing
FocusMode Single AF / Continuous AF / MF nType Intelligent Hybrid AF (TTL contrast AF / TTL phase detection AF)nAF Frame selection Single point AF: EVF / LCD: 13x9 / 25x17 (Changeable size of AF frame)nZone AF: 3x3, 5x5, 7x7 from 91 areas on 13x9 gridnWide/Tracking AF: (up to 18 area) * AF-S: Wide / AF-C: Tracking All
White balanceAutomatic Scene recognition / Custom1-3 / Color temperature selection (2500K~10000K) / Preset: Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light, Underwater
Self-timer10sec. / 2sec.
Interval timer shootingYes (Setting : Interval, Number of shots, Starting time)
Flash modesSYNC. MODE 1ST CURTAIN / 2ND CURTAIN / AUTO FP(HSS) (excl. EF-X8)nFLASH MODE TTL (TTL AUTO (P mode) / STANDARD / SLOW SYNC. ) / MANUAL / COMMANDER / OFF (When EF-X8 is set)nTTL (TTL AUTO (P mode) / STANDARD / SLOW SYNC. ) / MANUAL / MULTI / OFF (When SHOE MOUNT FLASH is set)
Hot shoeYes (Dedicated TTL Flash compatible)
Viewfinder0.5 inch approx. 3.69 millions dots OLED Color Viewfinder Coverage of viewing area vs. capturing area: approx. 100% Eyepoint: approx. 23mm (from the eyepiece lens) Diopter adjustment: -4-+2m-1u00a0(lockable) Magnification: 0.75x with 50mm lens (35mm equivalent) at infinity and diopter set to -1m-1 Diagonal angle of view: approx. 38degrees (Horizontal angle of view: approx. 30 degrees)nBuilt-in eye sensor
LCD monitor3.0 inch, aspect ratio 3:2, approx. 1.04 millions dots touch screen colour LCD monitor (approx. 100% coverage)
Movie recordingFile formatnMOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, HEVC/H.265, Audio: Linear PCM / Stereo sound 24bit / 48KHz sampling)nMovie compression All Intra/Long-GOP nFile size / Frame rate / Recording timen[DCI 4K(4096x2160)]n59.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p 400Mbps/200Mbps/100Mbps n59.94p/50p: up to approx. 20min. 29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p: up to approx. 30minn[4K(3840x2160)] 59.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p 400Mbps/200Mbps/100Mbps 59.94p/50p: up to approx. 20min. 29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p: up to approx. 30min n[Full HD(1920x1080)] 59.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p 200Mbps/100Mbps/50Mbps up to approx. 30minn[Full HD(1920x1080)] 9.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p 200Mbps/100Mbps/50Mbps up to approx. 30min.n[Full HD(1920x1080) High speed rec.] 120p/100p 200Mbps(recording) up to approx. 6min.nFor recording movies, use a SD memory card with UHS Speed Class 3 or higher.nFor recording movies in 400Mbps, use a SD memory card with Video Speed Class 60 or higher.nRecording movies in 400Mbps can be done with DCI4K/4K 29.97p/25p/24p/23.98pnDCI4K 59.94p/50p is not available when H.264 is selected.Although movie recording will continue without interruption when the file size reaches 4GB, subsequent footage will be recorded to a separate file which must be viewed separately.
Film Simulation mode16 modes (PROVIA/Standard, Velvia/Vivid, ASTIA/Soft, Classic Chrome, PRO Neg.Hi, PRO Neg.Std, Black & White, Black & White+Ye Filter, Black & White+R Filter, Black & White+G Filter, Sepia, ACROS, ACROS+Ye Filter, ACROS+R Filter, ACROS+G Filter, ETERNA/Cinema)nB & W Adjustment: -9-+9
Grain effectSTRONG, WEAK, OFF
Color chrome effectSTRONG, WEAK, OFF
Dynamic range settingAUTO, 100%, 200%, 400% ISO restriction (DR100%: No limit, DR200%: ISO320 or more, DR400%: ISO640 or more)
Advanced filterToy camera, Miniature, Pop color, High-key, Low-key, Dynamic tone, Soft focus, Partial color (Red / Orange / Yellow / Green / Blue / Purple)
Wireless transmitterStandard IEEE 802.11b / g / n (standard wireless protocol) Encryption WEP / WPA / WPA2 mixed mode Access mode nInfrastructure
Bluetoothu00aeStandard Bluetooth Ver. 4.2 (Bluetooth low energy) nOperating frequency [Center frequency] 2402 - 2480MHz
TerminalDigital interface USB Type-C (USB3.1 Gen1)nHDMI output HDMI micro connector (Type D)nOthers 3.5mm, stereo mini connector (Microphone) / 3.5mm, stereo mini connector (headphone) / 2.5mm, Remote Release ConnectornHot shoe, Synchronised terminal
Power supplyNP-W126S Li-ion battery (included) nBattery life for still images nApprox. 390 frames (NORMAL MODE) When XF35mmF1.4 R is setnActual battery life of movie capture*4n*Face detection is set to OFFn[4K] approx. 40min. (29.97p)n[Full HD] approx. 45min. (59.94p)nContinuance battery life of movie capture (Face detection is set to OFF)n[4K] approx. 55min. (29.97p) [Full HD] approx. 75min. (59.94p)
Dimensions132.5mm (W) x 92.8mm (H) x 58.8mm (D) (minimum depth 35.4mm)
WeightApprox. 539g (including battery and SD memory card) Approx. 489g (excluding battery and SD memory card)

Fujifilm X-T3 Review

Build and Handling

Fujifilm has made a few minor tweaks to the exterior of the X-T3, but it’s very very similar in appearance and feel to the X-T2. The sensitivity (ISO) and shutter speed dials on the top-plate, for example are slightly shorter and easier to distinguish from the drive mode and metering dials beneath them. 

In addition, the dioptre control on the side of the viewfinder now has to be pulled out before it can be adjusted. That may seem a minor thing, but I find the X-T2’s dioptre adjuster is easily moved out of position so I frequently have to reset it.

There are also a few changes in the menu. The video section is now much more extensive, spreading over 5 pages instead of the X-T2’s single page. 

A new option has appeared under the Film Simulation mode option on the first page of the main menu. This is greyed out until Acros or Monochrome mode is selected. When either of these is in use the new control allows you to set a warmth or tining value for the image. This varies from warm to cool with 9 steps available for each. The results look very nice when a low setting is used. The higher values look a bit strong to me.

Viewfinder

The X-T3’s viewfinder has a resolution of 3.69-million-dots, putting it on a par with the Sony A9’s. The magnification is 0.75x while the display lag of just 0.005sec.

Thanks to the new process and the boosted read-out speed of the sensor, the viewfinder is cable of remaining blackout-free even when shooting at 30fps.

That rate is enabled via the X-T3’s 16.6Mp (1.25x crop) Sports mode and the electronic shutter. I’m told that rolling shutter distortion is reduced by 50% in comparisons with the X-T2.

I’ve yet to shoot moving subjects with the X-T3, but so far the viewfinder has impressed me. It’s big and shows lots of detail. I prefer to use it in the default setting so I can see the impact of the camera’s settings, but there’s a ‘Natural’ option available for those who prefer it. Even without, I find the image looks very natural and the viewfinder is comfortable to use.

Screen

Although Fuji has stuck with a 3-inc 1,040,000-dot screen for the X-T3, it’s touch-sensitive (yay). It’s also a dual-tilt device like the X-T3’s, but it’s much easier to flip-out for vertical shooting than the X-T2’s screen. I find the X-T2’s catch hard to locate and release, but the X-T3’s is very easy. The bracket still has the nice solid feel of the X-T2’s though.

I’m disappointed that Fuji hasn’t made the screen easier to see from above in landscape mode. As before, the viewfinder still gets in the way. If you’re shooting video at waist-level, you can’t see the flashing light at the top of the screen.

Fujifilm X-T3 Menu Screens

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Performance

I haven’t had time to assess my images from the X-T3 properly yet. However, so far it’s shaping up well. The details look nice and natural, and there’s plenty of it while noise is controlled well at up to ISO 12,800.

One area I’m yet to be convinced about is the low light autofocus. It still seems a little hesitant to me. I shot indoors on an overcast day in conditions that would be typical for a UK wedding, and it didn’t really leap into focus. However, in bright light, the focusing is very good. I got to shoot fast moving cars at the Goodwood Revival and the X-T3 did a great job of getting them sharp. As well as being quick to acquire focus, the X-T3 did a great job of keeping the cars sharp as they hurtled towards me.

In many instances, the camera selected the correct AF point to use by itself in the All mode. I found the Zone AF mode a slightly better option though. This mode avoids a few of the occasional slips to the wrong part of the scene in All mode. Wide/Tracking Mode can be helpful, but once the camera latches on to a target, you have not control over the active AF and selected AF point remains still. That means if you release the shutter button and repress, you can start focusing from the original spot.

The Eye Detection AF is very useful in social situations. It was helpful when grabbing a few portraits of Goodwood’s visitors. It and the Face Detection AF both cope better than before with side-on faces. However, it doesn’t seem quite as reliable as the Sony system in the A7 III and A7R III.

Sample Images

I’ve been shooting with a final production sample of the Fujifilm X-T3 and I can share a selection of images here. I’ll be shooting more tomorrow.

Follow the link to browse and download full-resolution images.

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The details of this flower look very natural in the Jpeg image – I can’t process the raw file yet.

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Shot at ISO 12,800 – there’s just a slight texture of luminance noise visible at 100% on screen

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A magnified section of the previous image to show the level of detail visible at ISO 500

Fujifilm X-T3 Sample Images

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Sample Video

The video below was shot in 4k (4096 x 2160) 24p and 400Mbps Long GOP at 1/60 ISO 160 with the Film Simulation Mode set to Provia (Standard) and Auto White Balance. The audio was recorded using the onboard mic.

The video below was shot in 4k (4096 x 2160) 24p and 400Mbps ALL-Intra at 1/60 ISO 160 with the Film Simulation Mode set to Provia (Standard) and Auto White Balance. The audio was recorded using the onboard mic.

Early Verdict

So far, I’m very happy with the Fujifilm X-T3. I like the X-T2 a lot and the X-T3 makes some good improvements on it without losing the feel of the previous camera. 

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