Fujifilm has just announced the launch of the X-T3, successor to their most popular mirrorless camera, the X-T2, which was released two years ago. This latest release will be available in Australia from the end of September.
While the two models are almost indistinguishable from the outside, once you look inside the improvements are significant. Featuring a brand new 4th generation X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and X-Processor 4 image processing engine, built on seven years’ continuous research and development, the X-T3 offers photographers a number of impressive features. The new, faster quad-core processor results in dramatically faster AF (1.5 faster than current models) and blackout-free continuous shooting at up to 30fps. Face/eye detection AF has also been substantially improved thanks to 2.16 million phase detection pixels that span the entire frame.
With the entire frame now being used for AF, you can choose one of 425 selectable points, and low-light AF performance improvements mean that the X-T3 can focus in even dinner conditions than the X-T2, at -3EV compared to -1EV. The X-T3 can shoot at 11fps using the mechanical shutter, 20fps with the electronic shutter, and 30fps when resolution is set at 16.6 megapixels (1.25x crop). ) In order to never miss a crucial shutter moment, the X-T3 has the new “Pre-Shoot” function. With this activated, the camera starts shooting as soon as the shutter button is half-pressed so that you never miss a crucial frame, previously caused by time lag between the moment when the shutter button is fully pressed and the moment when a photo is actually taken.
The first in the X-series to feature a back-illuminated sensor, this improves image resolution without compromising the signal-to-noise ratio. Besides higher image quality via the 26.1 megapixel sensor (without low-pass filter), the camera is the world’s first APS-C sensor mirrorless digital camera to support 4K/60P 4:2:0 10-bit internal SD card recording, as well as 4K/60P 4:2:2 10-bit HDMI output, which can be filmed at the same time. Borrowing a popular feature from the Fujifilm X-H1, the X-T3 will also offer the video-specialised Film Simulation mode, ETERNA. Supported video formats include the widely-used H.264/MPEG-4 AVC as well as H.265/HEVC for greater data compression.
The improved OLED EVF has a resolution of 3.69 megapixels and a magnification ratio of 0.75x, while the rear LCD resolution remains at 1.04 megapixels. However, you can now do more with the touchscreen now including tap-to-focus and pinch-to-zoom when you're reviewing your images.
The vertical battery grip, designed specifically for the X-T3, allows the addition of two extra batteries, for a total of three, allowing you to capture approximately 1,110 frames on a single charge. Both the body and grip are dust-resistant, water-resistant, and capable of operating at temperatures as low as -10°C.