Fujifilm X-T3 Preview

Even though Fuji released the new X-H1 in March, It seems as if the world is talking about nothing but Sony, Nikon and Canon mirrorless cameras. Full frame mirrorless cameras are all the rage, and outside of the Fuji GFX 50s (which is actually a medium format digital camera), Fuji doesn't make any. But that's just fine as the new Fuji X-T3 could put the mirrorless camera world on notice.

The Fuji X-T3 is more than an upgrade over the X-T2. It's an evolution. It has a brand new back-illuminated 26.1MP X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and X-Processor 4 image processor with no optical low pass filter. About that new sensor, Fuji states:

"Utilizing the unique color filter array of X-Trans CMOS sensors to control moiré and false colors, it is the first APS-C back-illuminated structure sensor with phase detection pixels distributed across the surface to improve image resolution without compromising signal to noise ratio"


This new X-Processor 4 image processor has four cores and is so fast that it can process images 3X faster than any current camera Fuji makes in the X line up. Three times faster! All of that processing power changes the X-T3, turning it into something so powerful that it's the first mirrorless digital camera that's capable of internal 4K/60P 4:2:0 10bit recording. The first. Let that sink in after months of full-frame camera news from Sony, Nikon, and Canon. The new Fuji X-T3 is also the first mirrorless digital camera with an APS-C or larger sensor that is capable of shooting 4K/60P 4:2:2 10bit video with an HDMI output.

When everyone else is shouting bigger is better, Fuji is shouting refinement is better. Electronic View Finders are something that keeps DSLR fanatics from making the switch to mirrorless cameras. Some shooters feel that looking at a screen is not the same as a live new as there can be image lag and the colors are not always accurate. The X-T3 has a new (EVF) with a gigantic 3.69-million-dots with a refresh rate of 100fps, a magnification ratio of 0.75x and a lag time of just .005 seconds.

Fuji has also enhanced the autofocus on the X-T3 immensely. The phase detection AF covers the entire frame with 2.16M phase detection pixels. They also increased the low light AF limit from -1EV to -3EV, which is a very useful two stops increase from the last model. Also, that super fast X-Processor 4 has improved the speed and accuracy of the AF and Face and Eye AF which are both now available in video mode as well.

The X-T3 also steals the Color Chrome Effect from their medium format GFX 50s and puts it in a camera half the price. The Chrome Effect is renowned for its ability to shoot high contrast colors with shadows without losing details.

Fuji also refined the 3" back touch screen, dropped the native ISO to 160 and enlarged some of the dials and wheels to make them more ergonomic. It also has Bluetooth 4.2 for wireless connectivity, 16 film simulation modes and access to all of Fuji's X mount lenses.

The battery life is probably still not great as they're releasing a new battery grip as well which will add more weight to the camera, but the X-T3 is pretty light as is. The lack of 5 axis image stabilization is surprising as it's a main feature of the X-H1. But for the price? This is an affordable high-end mirrorless camera that should cost hundreds of dollars more. We're really excited to get our hands on one and see what it can do.


  • 26.1MP X-Trans CMOS 4 Sensor with primary color filter
  • X-Processor 4 Image Processing Engine
    • Capable of 4K/60P and 10bit output
    • Features 4 CPU units
    • Startup time of 0.3 seconds
    • Shutter time lag of 0.045 seconds
  • High-precision, 0.5-inch, 3.69 million dot OLED color viewfinder
    • Viewfinder magnification of 0.75x
    • Wide viewing angle (diagonal 38º and horizontal 30º)
    • Display time lag of just 0.005 seconds, refresh rate of approx. 100fps
  • Robust magnesium alloy body
  • Continuous Shooting
    • Approx. 30fps [Only electronic shutter, 1.25 x Crop ] (JPEG: 60 frames Lossless compression RAW: 35 frames Uncompressed RAW: 33 frames)
    • Approx. 11fps (JPEG: 145 frames Lossless compression RAW: 42 frames Uncompressed RAW: 36 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)
  • Movie Recording (using a card with the UHS Speed Class 3 or higher)
  • File format
  • MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, HEVC/H.265, Audio: Linear PCM / Stereo sound 24bit / 48KHz sampling)
  • LCD Monitor
    • 3.0 inch, aspect ratio 3:2, approx. 1.04 million dots touch screen color LCD monitor (approx. 100% coverage)
  • 16 Film Simulation 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), B & W Adjustment: -9~+9
  • Bluetooth® Ver. 4.2 low energy technology

Accessories included:
  • Li-ion battery NP-W126S
  • Battery charger BC-W126S
  • Shoe-mount flash unit EF-X8
  • Shoulder strap
  • Body cap
  • Strap clip
  • Protective cover
  • Clip attaching tool
  • Hot shoe cover
  • Vertical battery grip connector cover
  • Connector cover (detachable)
  • Sync terminal cover
  • Cable protector
  • Owner's manual




The new Fuji X-T3 will be available on September 20, 2018, in a few options. X-T3 will be available in black or silver in a body only package for an MSRP of $1,499.95, and also in black or silver with the Fuji XF18-55mm Lens Kit for an MSRP of $1,899.95.


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