Amateur Photographer - - Testbench -

WITH THE X-T2, Fu­ji­film took what we loved about the X-T1’s styling be­fore tweak­ing the de­sign and re­fresh­ing it with a new sen­sor and pro­ces­sor. A sim­i­lar ap­proach has been taken with the X-T3. It adopts the niceties of the X-T2 and has been up­dated with the lat­est X-Trans 4 sen­sor and X- Pro­ces­sor 4, trans­form­ing its per­for­mance sig­nif­i­cantly. The wide spread of phase- de­tect AF pix­els across the full height and width of the sen­sor, united with its high-speed burst ca­pa­bil­i­ties, pro­vides a higher suc­cess rate of sharp shots when shoot­ing the fastest mov­ing sub­jects; mean­while the im­proved re­spon­sive­ness of the aut­o­fo­cus in dark scenes, com­bined with the way the sen­sor han­dles noise at high ISOs, makes it a strong con­tender when chal­lenged by low light. Adding in-body sta­bil­i­sa­tion (IBIS) would have made it even bet­ter but this pre­mium fea­ture is, for now at least, ear­marked to the Fu­ji­film X- H1.

As far as mir­ror­less cam­eras go, the X-T3 is right up there as one of the most ver­sa­tile and feels as at home shoot­ing land­scapes and por­traits as it is cap­tur­ing the hard­estto-shoot ac­tion. It might not boast the same pro­fes­sional sta­tus as some full-frame mir­ror­less cam­eras, yet it’ll have great appeal, espe­cially with those who want an im­pres­sive per­for­mance in a small form fac­tor, sup­ported by the best APS- C-spe­cific lens range cur­rently on the mar­ket. The X-T3’s ar­rival is likely to drive down the price of the X-T2, which up un­til re­cently has held its price very well.

Fu­ji­film had a solid plat­form on which to build the X-T3 and the firm has once again suc­ceeded at turn­ing a great cam­era into an even bet­ter one. With very few crit­i­cisms and so much to love, I can cat­e­gor­i­cally say it’s the finest APS- C mir­ror­less cam­era that’s ever been made and re­mains a com­pelling choice for those who wish to by­pass the larger and heav­ier full-frame mir­ror­less sys­tems in the mar­ket.

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