X-E3 mir­ror­less in rangefinder style

Amateur Photographer - - 7days -

FU­JI­FILM has re­vealed the de­tails of the lat­est model to sit in its es­teemed X-se­ries line- up of APS- C cam­eras.

Fol­low­ing on from the pop­u­lar­ity of the X- E2 and the X- E2S, the X- E3 is crafted in a rangefinder-type style, be­ing flat in ap­pear­ance and with the viewfinder placed to the left.

Like other cam­eras in Fu­ji­film’s X-se­ries, it fea­tures a 24.3- mil­lion­pixel X-Trans CMOS sen­sor, which is cou­pled with the pow­er­ful X- Pro­ces­sor Pro, the lat­est ver­sion avail­able for Fu­ji­film cam­eras.

A new fea­ture, which makes its de­but in the X- E3, is Blue­tooth low- en­ergy wire­less com­mu­ni­ca­tion. This al­lows pho­tog­ra­phers to pair the cam­era with their smart­phone or tablet for easy trans­fer of pic­tures us­ing min­i­mal power – a stan­dard Wi- Fi con­nec­tion is also avail­able.

On the rear of the cam­era, the LCD mon­i­tor is touch-sen­si­tive, which along with sup­port­ing touch-shot, touch AF and fo­cus area se­lec­tion, now has the abil­ity to un­der­stand ges­tures, such as pinch to zoom, or flick­ing through im­ages.

Up­dates have been made to the AF al­go­rithm, par­tic­u­larly in re­gards to track­ing mov­ing sub­jects. Fu­ji­film claims it is twice as fast as pre­vi­ous mod­els, and is ca­pa­ble of lock­ing onto smaller sub­jects. Speeds of up to 0.06secs are promised. There’s also 5fps shoot­ing avail­able, as well as a quick start- up time of 0.4secs, and a shut­ter lag time of 0.050secs.

For the first time in an X- E se­ries cam­era 4K video record­ing is in­cluded, as well as Full HD. Film Sim­u­la­tion modes can be used, while video can also be out­put to an ex­ter­nal mon­i­tor via the HDMI port. Au­dio can be en­hanced by us­ing the mi­cro­phone port.

Other fea­tures in­clude a 0.39in, 2,360k- dot OLED colour viewfinder and an Ad­vanced SR Auto mode where the cam­era chooses the op­ti­mum set­tings for a given scene.

Ac­ces­sories will also be avail­able, and the XF lens range now to­tals 25. The Fu­ji­film X- E3 will be out this month, with a retail price of £849 body only, or £1,249 with an 18-55mm f/2.8- 4 lens.

The new X-E3 mir­ror­less cam­era boasts Blue­tooth low-en­ergy wire­less com­mu­ni­ca­tion

The touch-sen­si­tive LCD mon­i­tor can also un­der­stand pinch to zoom or flick­ing through im­ages

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