FU­JI­FILM UP­DATES X SE­RIES MIR­ROR­LESS COM­PACT

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Fu­ji­film’s X Mount mir­ror­less cam­era line-up is com­pleted with the ar­rival of the X-E3, re­plac­ing the X-E2S and in­cor­po­rat­ing the lat­est 24.3 megapix­els ‘X-Trans CMOS III’ sen­sor and ‘X Pro­ces­sor Pro’ im­age engine. The X-E3 is a rangefinder style model, but un­like the X-Pro2 has an ex­clu­sively elec­tronic viewfinder which is a 1.0 cm OLED­type panel with 2.36 megadots res­o­lu­tion. The mag­ne­sium al­loy bodyshell is sim­i­larly styled to the pre­vi­ous model, but now omits a built-in flash and in­stead a com­pact ac­ces­sory unit is supplied. Twin milled alu­minium con­trol di­als are re­tailed for set­ting shut­ter speeds and ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion, but the lat­ter now has the ‘C’ po­si­tion to ac­cess cor­rec­tions beyond +/-3.0 EV and up to +/-5.0 EV. The LCD mon­i­tor screen is still fixed, but now of­fers touch con­trols, in­clud­ing for aut­o­fo­cus­ing. A new ‘Touch Func­tion’ fa­cil­ity al­lows for cus­tom func­tions to be as­signed to the up/ down and left/right swipe ac­tions.

The X-E3 has Fu­ji­film’s lat­est hy­brid con­trast/phase de­tec­tion aut­o­fo­cus­ing sys­tem which has 325 mea­sur­ing points for wider cov­er­age, 169 of them us­ing phase-dif­fer­ent de­tec­tion. The new pro­ces­sor en­ables an AF speed of just 0.06 sec­onds and a new im­age recog­ni­tion al­go­rithm helps im­prove sub­ject track­ing with smaller and/or faster-mov­ing ob­jects. Con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing is pos­si­ble at up to 8.0 fps. The shut­ter speed range is 30-1/4000 sec­ond with the cam­era’s fo­cal plane shut­ter, but ex­tends up to 1/32,000 sec­ond with the sen­sor shut­ter which also al­lows for silent shoot­ing.

The X-E3 steps up to 4K video record­ing in the Ul­tra HD res­o­lu­tion of 3840x2160 pix­els and at 24 or 25 fps (PAL stan­dard) with stereo sound, Full HD footage can be recorded at 24, 25 or 50 fps. There’s a stereo au­dio in­put for con­nect­ing an ex­ter­nal mi­cro­phone and a clean, un­com­pressed video out­put is avail­able via the HDMI con­nec­tion. WiFi con­nec­tiv­ity is sup­ple­mented with Blue­tooth LE support (a first on an X Mount cam­era) for eas­ier pair­ing with mo­bile de­vices.

Along with the X-E3, Fu­ji­film has launched a new X Mount lens; the XF80mm f2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro. This is a true 1:1 (i.e. life­size) macro lens and the fo­cal length is equiv­a­lent to 122mm in the 35mm for­mat. It has a weath­er­proofed con­struc­tion and the op­ti­cal de­sign com­prises 16 el­e­ments, in­clud­ing one as­pher­i­cal type to re­duce dis­tor­tion with two ‘Su­per ED’ and three ED ex­tra-low dis­per­sion types to min­imise chro­matic aber­ra­tions. Op­ti­cal im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion gives up to five stops of cor­rec­tion for cam­era shake. The new 80mm macro brings the Fu­ji­non X Mount sys­tem up to 25 lenses, but with more to come in the shapes of the XF8-16mm f2.8 R LM WR wide-an­gle zoom (equiv­a­lent to 12-24mm) and the XF200mm f2.0 R LM OIS WR tele­photo prime (equiv­a­lent to 300mm).

The Fu­ji­film X-E3 is priced at $1799 pack­aged with the XF23mm f2.0 prime lens. The XF80mm f2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro lens is priced at $1899.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.fu­ji­film.com.au

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