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Fujifilm debuts 4th gen sensor and image processor in X-T3 mirrorless camera

Fujifilm debuts 4th gen sensor...
The X-T3 mirrorless camera will go on sale from September 20, 2018
The X-T3 mirrorless camera will go on sale from September 20, 2018
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The X-T3 gains an articulating 3-inch, 1.04-million dot touch-enabled display panel
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The X-T3 gains an articulating 3-inch, 1.04-million dot touch-enabled display panel
The X-T3 is wrapped in a weather-sealed magnesium alloy body with vintage-looking settings dials
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The X-T3 is wrapped in a weather-sealed magnesium alloy body with vintage-looking settings dials
The X-T3 is available with a number of optional accessories, including a battery grip for long haul photography
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The X-T3 is available with a number of optional accessories, including a battery grip for long haul photography
Top view of the X-T3 showing the settings dials
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Top view of the X-T3 showing the settings dials
The X-T3 features a 26.1 megapixel X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and X-Processor 4 brains
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The X-T3 features a 26.1 megapixel X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and X-Processor 4 brains
The X-T3 mirrorless camera will go on sale from September 20, 2018
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The X-T3 mirrorless camera will go on sale from September 20, 2018

While Nikon and Canon duke it out for full-frame mirrorless camera supremacy with Sony, Fujifilm has opted to stick with an APS-C sized sensor for its latest retro-cool mirrorless snapper. The X-T3 has the company's latest generation CMOS sensor and image processor for the promise of "high AF performance, superb color reproduction and outstanding image quality." And it's capable of capturing 4K at 60 frames per second.

The XT-3 retains the same gorgeously retro looks as 2016's X-T2, which was the first 4K-capable X-Series camera, rocking a weather-sealed magnesium alloy body and beautiful settings dials. Inside, Fujifilm has upped the resolution thanks to a 26.1 megapixel X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor, which is reported to be the first BSI APS-C sensor to come with phase detection pixels for high resolution images without compromising signal to noise ratio.

The camera boasts X-Processor 4 brains with a quad core CPU for processing speeds three times faster than current X Series models, continuous shooting of up to 30 frames per second (fps) cropped or 11 fps at full resolution and ISO160 - 12,800 sensitivity which can be extended down to 80 and up to 51,200.

The latest gen processor also allows the X-T3 to become the first APS-C mirrorless camera to shoot 4K/60p 10-bit video – specifically, 4:2:0 recording at 200 Mbps to an internal SD card and simultaneous 4:2:2 HDMI output. Sensor read speed has been increased to reduce rolling shutter distortion, which should mean smoother recording of fast-moving subjects, and video also gets 10-bit color depth, 12 stops of dynamic range and improved low light performance.

The X-T3 gains an articulating 3-inch, 1.04-million dot touch-enabled display panel
The X-T3 gains an articulating 3-inch, 1.04-million dot touch-enabled display panel

Fujifilm has trickled down a Color Chrome Effect from its medium format GFX 50S mirrorless camera – "which produces enhanced color gradation in highly saturated colors such as vivid-colored flowers with shadows, a notoriously difficult subject to reproduce" – and made the feature available in both single shot and continuous shooting modes.

The camera's autofocus system has been treated to a significant boost, with 2.16 million phase detection pixels across the entire frame. There's been an overall autofocus speed bump compared to the X-T2, to better capture moving subjects, and a two stop increase for low light phase detection AF. Face Detection and Eye Detection are made available for continuous AF, and can be activated during video recording too.

The X-T3 gets a 0.5 inch, 3.69-million dot OLED viewfinder, and Fujifilm has nailed blackout free burst shooting thanks to a refresh rate of 100 fps and 0.005 second lag. A new sports finder mode helps capture fast-moving subjects and a pre-shoot function fires the shutter release when the button is half-pressed to help photographers get the make or break shot. Under the EVF is an articulating 3-inch, 1.04-million dot touch-enabled display panel.

The Fujifilm X-T3 will be available from September 20 for a body-only price of US$1,499.95 or $1,899.95 with an XF 18-55 mm lens kit.

Product page: Fujifilm X-T3

1 comment
Dan Lewis
Well...I guess we can say that Fujifilm went down fighting, however strangely. There's no market for the camera, is there?