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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

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