X-E3 RRP £1249

with XF18-55mm kit lens

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Part 1: The Right Kit -

UJIFILM’S LAT­EST COM­PACT Sys­tem Cam­era, the X-E3, is built with porta­bil­ity in mind. It’s the firm’s smallest and light­est model to date that boasts both an in­ter­change­able lens sys­tem and a viewfinder. Some im­pres­sive fea­tures have been squeezed into its petite body, in­clud­ing the 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III APS-C sen­sor found in all of the cur­rent X se­ries mod­els. This yields fan­tas­tic im­age qual­ity even in low light con­di­tions. It also adopts Fu­ji­film’s re­mark­able X-Pro­ces­sor Pro which al­lows a top shoot­ing speed of 5fps and makes it pos­si­ble to record 4K videos for in­cred­i­bly-de­tailed movies. Blue­tooth is a brand-new fea­ture for X se­ries CSCs, and it al­lows users to trans­fer im­ages from the X-E3 to a smart de­vice in a heart­beat, us­ing the free FU­JI­FILM Cam­era Re­mote app. It uses the same X-mount as other Fu­ji­film CSCs, so is com­pat­i­ble with the cur­rent range of 25 Fu­ji­non in­ter­change­able lenses.

It has a start-up time of just 0.4 sec­onds and takes just 0.06 sec­onds to track down a sub­ject so you’ll never miss a shot. In ad­di­tion, the track­ing aut­o­fo­cus speed for mov­ing sub­jects is twice as fast as its pre­de­ces­sor. Fo­cus can be set by tap­ping the touch­screen, just like you would with a smart­phone, or us­ing the Fo­cus Lever which sits to the side of the LCD and makes it easy to set the fo­cus area with­out look­ing away from the EVF.

The X-E3 has a pre­mium ex­te­rior de­sign. Tak­ing on the style of old film rangefind­ers, the Elec­tronic Viewfinder on the back is great if you pre­fer to com­pose this way, or if the sun is too bright to see the LCD screen. The top of the cam­era has been kept sim­ple and un­clut­tered with its Shut­ter Speed and Ex­po­sure Com­pen­sa­tion di­als that let you hone in core set­tings quickly. There’s also a hot­shoe for at­tach­ing a flash­gun or mi­cro­phone ac­ces­sories and a Func­tion but­ton that you can per­son­alise to re­ally make the cam­era your own. The shut­ter but­ton has been in­te­grated into the power switch for a rapid start-up too.

“It has a start-up time of just 0.4 sec­onds and takes just 0.06 sec­onds to track down a sub­ject so you’ll never miss a shot.”

tPow­er­fully fast X-Pro­ces­sor Pro: Built for speed, the X-E3 has a start-up time of just 0.4 sec­onds and can lock onto sub­jects in a blis­ter­ing 0.06 sec­onds. It also boasts a rapid top burst rate of 8fps.

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