Fu­ji­film X-T3


TechLife Australia - - WELCOME - [ SHARMISHTA SARKAR ]

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.

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