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FUJIFILM’S X-T RANGE of interchangeable lens cameras have been some of the best medium-format mirrorless options available to the discerning photographer. With the new X-T3, the camera manufacturer has outdone itself, producing a high-end snapper that’s every bit as handsome as its forebears, but with a considerably stronger feature set than before. With a good helping of fresh technology on board, it’s worth every cent of that four-figure price tag.
If you’ve used either of the older X-T cameras, you’ll be very comfortable with the X-T3; most of the changes are on the inside. There’s a brand-new fourth-generation X-Trans CMOS back-illuminated sensor that Fujifilm claims should better support lenses with a maximum aperture of f/1. The new sensor also lowers the native base sensitivity from ISO200 on previous models to ISO160, making it easier to use in bright conditions without burning the images, or the need for a neutral density (ND) filter.
The new sensor is accompanied by the refreshed X-Processor 4 engine. This has made the camera quicker, and offers three different continuous shooting speeds. You get 11fps when using the mechanical shutter, or 20fps when using the electronic shutter. Switch the camera to Sports Finder mode – which applies a 1.25x crop to the frame for a 16.6MP image – and the burst speed gets a boost to 30fps. Fujifilm promises that the camera will continue to auto-expose and autofocus without blackouts between frames. When set to continuous capture, the camera meets its 35 frame RAW and JPEG buffer depth and manages to flush this to the memory cards in a matter of seconds.
The viewfinder has also been upgraded – now with a 3.69-million dot panel which refreshes at 100fps in Boost mode. However, the rear LCD screen is still the same 3.2-inch three-axis tilting 1.04-million dot resolution display from the X-T2. The change, though, is that the LCD now is a touchscreen that can be used to for focusing, choosing and adjusting Q menu options (though not the main menus), and swipe and zoom through captured images.
The camera also adds some settings to the existing 11 Film Simulation modes to make shooting more exciting – the Color Chrome option is designed for highly saturated subjects whose details may otherwise fail to record well (flowers, for example), while the new Cool Black and Warm Black toning options can be used when shooting monochrome to apply blue and sepia tints to images.
The X-T3 trumps the X-T2’s already incredible video specs as well. The camera is the only current APS-C mirrorless option that can capture 10-bit 4K footage at 60fps. Video is shot using the entire width of the sensor, with lots of details captured.
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are on board, along with a USB-C port that can be used to charge the battery while still in the camera. The 390-shot battery is a full 60-shot increase over the X-T2. There’s dual cards slots, both of which support SDHC and SDXC up to the UHS-II standard. Other than the fact that there’s no in-body stabilisation, we have absolutely no complaints against this camera. While it may be one of the priciest APS-C cameras you can buy, Fujifilm has done well to deliver a very well rounded feature set inside a robust body that’s a pleasure to use.