When Fujifilm announced the upcoming release of the X-T3, I think many of us were wondering what features and functions would be implemented in this new model, especially after the X-H1 had already set a high bar with the current X-Trans sensor and processor. So what did Fujifilm have up its sleeve for the next generation X-Trans sensor and processor?
Personally, the X-T3 is a camera that I have been eagerly waiting (though, not very patiently) to test out, especially since it reminds me of a pivotal moment in my photography career when I initially switched from Nikon to the Fujifilm for all my work assignments. Needless to say, I’ve been a firm believer of the original X-T1 since it was first released.
With that being said, I want to note that I am an official Fujifilm X-Photographer; however, this is a non-contractual relationship and all views are my own. As I shoot exclusively with Fujifilm cameras, and have been for several years now, Fujifilm gave me the opportunity to test out the X-T3 prototype and provide feedback on my experience with it. This blog post is based on my time with the prototype/pre-production model - as such, the image quality for the photos featured in this blog are those of the prototype.
To effectively put this camera to the test, I brought this camera along on my actual working assignments in order to fully gage how the camera reacts, behaves, and delivers. Rather than providing you all with a pixel-by-pixel analysis of the sensor and other technical details of the camera, I will focus on its key features and my general impression - the good, the bad, and everything in between.
Below are some of my favorite new features in the X-T3:
>> 100% phase detection area coverage
>> 4th Generation Sensor / Quad Core Processor
>> 425 AF Points, 2.16mil phase detection pixels (.5mil on X-H1)
>> Burst shooting (up to 30fps in ES)
>> Improved face & eye detection
>> 4K 60fps in APS-C, 10 Bit, up to 400Mbps, 4:2:2 (HDMI), 4:2:0 (SD) / H.265 / All-Intra
>> 30 minutes of continuous recording without power grip
>> 3.69 M-dot hi-resolution EVF (Same as X-H1)
>> 3-way tilting touch LCD
>> Headphone and mic in body 3.5mm
>> Bigger dials and buttons