FU­JI­FILM GIVES X-T3 MORE PIX­ELS AND VIDEO CRED

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HER­ALDED AS THE

fourth­gen­er­a­tion X mount mir­ror­less cam­era, Fu­ji­film’s X-T3 steps up to an all-new sen­sor and sig­nif­i­cantly ex­panded video ca­pa­bil­i­ties match­ing those of Pana­sonic’s Lu­mix GH5/5S.

Shar­ing sim­i­lar styling and siz­ing to the X-T2, the X-T3 of­fers quite a bit more than its pre­de­ces­sor, start­ing with Fu­ji­film’s first back­side-il­lu­mi­nated ‘APS-C’ CMOS sen­sor. The new X-Trans CMOS 4’ sen­sor sub­se­quently gets a small in­crease in ef­fec­tive res­o­lu­tion to 26.1 megapix­els and the sen­si­tiv­ity range is equiv­a­lent to ISO 160 to 12,800 with ex­pan­sions either side to ISO 80 and 51,200. There’s a new quad-core ‘X Pro­ces­sor 4’ imag­ing en­gine which is claimed to be three times faster than the pre­vi­ous ‘X Pro­ces­sor Pro’. The sen­sor also has a four-fold in­crease in the num­ber of pix­els de­voted to phased­if­fer­ence de­tec­tion aut­o­fo­cus­ing – 2.61 mil­lion to be pre­cise – which now give full-frame cov­er­age with 425 fo­cus points (117 of them users­e­lectable). Low light sen­si­tiv­ity now ex­tends down to -3.0 EV at ISO 100. Fu­ji­film says the new pro­ces­sor also de­liv­ers marked in­creases in the AF speed and the track­ing re­li­a­bil­ity with faster­mov­ing sub­jects. As with the X-T2, Fu­ji­film is again tar­get­ing sports shoot­ers with the X-T3, although this cam­era is also de­scribed as hav­ing an “all fields” ap­peal to pro­fes­sional and en­thu­si­ast-level pho­tog­ra­phers.

As be­fore, X-T3’s mag­ne­sium al­loy bodyshell is fully weather sealed and in­su­lated to al­low shoot­ing in tem­per­a­tures down to -10 de­grees Cel­sius. The EVF is a 0.5-inch OLED-type panel with 3.69 megadots res­o­lu­tion and 0.75x mag­ni­fi­ca­tion (35mm equiv­a­lent). The mon­i­tor screen has dual-axis tilts ad­just­ments, a res­o­lu­tion of 1.4 megadots and pro­vides new touch con­trols. There’s a new bat­tery grip called the VG-XT3 which ac­com­mo­dates an ad­di­tional two bat­tery packs which, when com­bined with the in-cam­era pack, en­able up to 1100 shots per charge. A ‘boost’ op­tion is avail­able which uses all three bat­tery packs to­gether.

The max­i­mum con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing speed is 11 fps with the fo­cal plane shut­ter, or 20 fps when us­ing the sen­sor-based shut­ter. Up to 30 fps is avail­able with a 1.25x crop and there’s a new ‘Pre Shot’ func­tion which starts cap­tur­ing when the shut­ter re­lease is pressed to its half-way po­si­tion (at 30, 20 or 10 fps). There are dual SD me­mory card slots with UHS-II speed sup­port for both.

Fu­ji­film has been steadily in­creas­ing the video ca­pa­bil­i­ties of its X mount cam­eras and the X-T3 is the most ac­com­plished yet. It records in Cin­ema 4K res­o­lu­tion of 4096x2160 pix­els and at 50 fps (PAL, 60 fps NTSC), giv­ing a bit rate of 400 Mbps, or Ul­tra HD at 3840x2160 pix­els, again at 50 or 60 fps. Im­por­tantly, there’s the op­tion to record 10-bit 4:2:2 colour to the HDMI out­put si­mul­ta­ne­ously with 10-bit 4:2:0 colour to the me­mory card. Com­pres­sion can via either the All-In­tra or Long-GOP regimes and, as on the X-H1, F-log gamma record­ing is avail­able in­ter­nally or to the HDMI out­put. Ad­di­tion­ally, both the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC and H.265/HEVC com­pres­sion codecs are avail­able. The built-in mi­cro­phones are stereo sup­ple­mented by both an au­dio in­put and out­put, so the ac­ces­sory grip is no longer needed for the lat­ter.

The in-cam­era pro­cess­ing op­tions for stills now in­clude the ‘Colour Chrome Ef­fect’ func­tion from the GFX 50S, 16 ‘Film Sim­u­la­tion’ pro­files (in­clud­ing Eterna for video shoot­ing), a se­lec­tion of eight ‘Ad­vanced Fil­ter’ spe­cial ef­fects, ‘Grain Ef­fect’ pro­cess­ing and ‘Lens Mod­u­la­tion Op­ti­miser’ (LMO) pro­cess­ing. The X-T3 is avail­able now with a body-only price of $2499. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.fu­ji­film.com.au

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