New 24.3MP camera arrives alongside new optics for both the X and G mounts
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Fujifilm has added a fourth X-E model to its compact system range of cameras, the X-E3. Highlights of the spec sheet echo those of the recent X-T20 and X-T2 cameras, with a 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor and X-Processor Pro both on board, together with the ability to record video footage in 4K UHD quality.
As with its most recent siblings, the camera also has a 325-point AF system, and has been designed with the same popular
Focus Lever that allows the focus point to be shifted instantly. Fujifilm also claims that focus tracking is now twice as fast as on previous models.
While the camera offers the same Wi-Fi technology as many of its stablemates, the X-E3 is the first X-series camera to complement this with Bluetooth technology. This, Fujifilm claims, allows for images to be sent to a smart device with minimal power consumption.
Other key features include a 0.39-inch OLED electronic viewfinder and a three-inch touchscreen with 1.04million dots, the latter now equipped with touch functionality – a first for the X-E line. Fujifilm has also confirmed a new lens for the X-series, the XF 80mm f2.8 LM OIS WR Macro. The lens is the first macro lens Fujifilm has offered for the X-series to offer a 1:1 reproduction ratio, and boasts a weather-resistant construction along with optical image stabilisation.
The company has also added a new GF 45mm f2.8 R WR lens to its G-mount line. The lens, which is currently only compatible with the GFX 50S camera, brings the total lens options for the new format to six.
Additionally, it has stated that 2018 will see the release of the XF 8-16mm f2.8 R LM WR and the XF 200mm f2 R LM OIS WR lenses for the X series, together with the GF 250mm f4 R LM OIS WR and a GF 1.4x TC WR teleconverter for the G mount.
The X-E3 is available now, with a body-only price of £849 and a price of £1,249 for a kit that includes the XF 18-55mm f2.8-4 R LM OIS lens. A second kit option, which includes the XF 23mm f2 R WR in place of that lens, is available at £1,149. The GF 45mm f2.8 R WR and XF 80mm f2.8 LM OIS WR will be priced at £1,699 and £1,249 respectively, with both lenses slated to be arriving in November.
Above New lenses Fujifilm has also revealed that 2018 will see the release of new lenses for
its X-series of mirrorless cameras
Left Expanded range The X-E3 follows the X-T20 and X-T2 cameras in offering a 24.3MP
X-Trans CMOS III sensor