This marks an exciting time of the year in the photography world.
It is the season when everyone company’s new gear arrives and wish lists around the world get updated in tandem.
Today the arrival of the Fujifilm X-T3 markes Fuji’s response to all of the recent excitement from its peers.
Fujifilm’s fourth-generation APS-C mirrorless camera is a continuation of the firm’s tradition for excellence and an is impressive piece of kit to boot.
Would anyone expect anything less?
The first thing that will catch many a photographer’s eye is the 26.1-megapixel X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor accompanying an X-Processor capable of processing four images.
The X-Processor 4 has a quad core processor that makes it a little more spirited in terms of speed than its predecessors, as is to be expected. This allows for improved tracking of objects in the viewing field.
Of course this increased power leads to other improvements as well such as when applying effects.
Discussing this feature, Fujifilm said in its release: “The Fujifilm X-T3 offers the new ‘monochrome adjustment’ function to faithfully reproduce warm and cool tones which were conventionally achieved using specific photographic papers and developers…This function, available in the standard ‘Monochrome’ as well as the ‘ACROS’ mode, provide smooth halftones, deep blacks, and beautiful textures to broaden the scope of monochrome expression.”
There’s one other thing about the new X-T3: It’s kind of pretty, too.
Housed in a magnesium alloy body that will be available in black or silver, the Fujifilm X-T3 largely borrows from the design aesthetic of the previous generation but ups the ante in terms of photo and video processing power.
The sensor in the new Fujifilm X-T3 is the first back-illuminated sensor with phase detection pixels according to PetaPixel which adds, “The latest design expands the standard ISO range to ISO 160, which was previously only available via extended ISO. Photographers can take advantage of the new lower native ISO for shooting at large apertures in bright environments. The native ISO range of 160-12800 can be expanded to 80-51200.”
The best thing about the entire Fujifilm announcement?
The new X-T3 will be available starting September 20th though it might set you back $USD 1,500 for the body alone or $USD 1,900 for the camera and XF 18-55mm kit lens.
You can watch a video introducing the new Fujifilm X-T3 here on YouTube.
And for those that are interested, here are the specs from Fuji:
Number of effective pixels 26.1 millions pixels
Image sensor 23.5mm×15.6mm (APS-C) X-Trans CMOS 4 with primary color filter.
Sensor Cleaning system
Ultra Sonic Vibration
Storage media SD memory card (-2GB) / SDHC memory card (-32GB) / SDXC memory card (-512GB)
UHS-I / UHS-II / Video Speed Class V90 *1
JPEG (Exif Ver.2.3)*2, RAW : 14bit RAW(RAF original format), RAW+JPEG
Number of recorded pixels
L: (3:2) 6240 x 4160 / (16:9) 6240 x 3512 / (1:1) 4160 x 4160
M: (3:2) 4416 x 2944 / (16:9) 4416 x 2488 / (1:1) 2944 x 2944
S: (3:2) 3120 x 2080 / (16:9) 3120 x 1760 / (1:1) 2080 x 2080
Lens mount FUJIFILM X mount
Sensitivity Standard Output Sensitivity : AUTO1 / AUTO2 / AUTO3(up to ISO12800) / ISO160 to 12800(1/3 step)
Extended output sensitivity : ISO80 /100 /125 / 25600 / 51200
Exposure control TTL 256-zone metering, Multi / Spot / Average / Center Weighted
Exposure mode P (Program AE) / A (Aperture Priority AE) / S (Shutter Speed Priority AE) / M (Manual Exposure)
Exposure compensation -5.0EV – +5.0EV, 1/3EV step
(movie recording : -2.0EV – +2.0EV)
Image Stabilizer Supported with OIS type lenses
Shutter type Focal Plane Shutter
MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, HEVC/H.265, Audio: Linear PCM / Stereo sound 24bit / 48KHz sampling)
IEEE 802.11b / g / n (standard wireless protocol)
WEP / WPA / WPA2 mixed mode