Fujifilm X-T3 review: the lights and shadows of the best Fuji camera

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Four months ago, the Fujifilm X-T3 was introduced, one of the cameras that has made the most headlines lately. Fuji’s last bet, in the APS-C sensorless mirrorless cameras, is aimed at all professional and semi-professional photographers who want to work with the best technology available. Will the FujiFilm X-T3 be the dream machine?

The new camera is equipped with the new version of the famous X-Trans sensor, the fourth generation, which promises great advantages with the new X-Processor 4, which aims to improve the continuous autofocus, the burst speed and numerous improvements to the video.

We already had the privilege to test it in a racetrack and to check all its virtues. The first impression was very good. The focusing system is much better than its predecessor, much faster. And the image quality follows an ascending line compared to previous generations. The most notable attention is the price, which is lower than that of its predecessor, the Fuji X-T2, when it hit the market.

It is not a brutal evolution. It remains a Fuji X series with all the virtues that entails. The idea is to offer the best possible camera with an APS-C sensor, away from the current fever by the FF that are so fashionable at the moment. Let’s see if it offers everything a photographer needs.

The idea is to offer the best possible camera with an APS-C sensor, away from the current fever by the FF that are so fashionable at the moment.

Fujifilm X-T3 review: the lights and shadows of the best Fuji camera
Fuji X-T3

We can not forget that we are standing in front of a camera with professional intentions. That’s why we have to demand the maximum. If the manufacturer’s information were different, the analyzes, tests and conclusions that we will see below would be different. I have no doubt that this is one of the best cameras we can find for an amateur or a semi-professional photographer, but this time we will be stricter.

Fujifilm X-T3, main features

This camera releases the new fourth generation X-Trans sensor , together with the X-Processor 4 to improve, with respect to the previous model, the three points that we have already pointed out:

  1. The automatic tracking approach.
  2. The burst shot.
  3. The functionalities of the video.

It is very significant, in front of the new wave of increase of millions of pixels, to stay in a practical 26.1 MP.

 

Fujifilm X-T3 review: the lights and shadows of the best Fuji camera

This model is in a position similar to Fuji’s other professional model, the X-H1 . The differences may not be clear but it may be that the X-T3 is more oriented to photography and the X-H1 is a perfect camera for the world of video … but with which we have in hand the 4K video can record to 10 bits … but it does not have the internal stabilization system … A headache for many …

MOUNTFUJIFILM X
SENSORX-Trans CMOS 4 APS-C (23.5 × 15.6 mm) with primary color filter and 26.1 MP
PROCESSORX Processor 4
ISO SENSITIVITYISO 160 – 12,800 (80 – 51,200 extended)
VIEWFINDERElectronic OLED 0.5 “, 3.69K points, 0.75x magnification and 100% coverage approx.
SCREEN3-inch TFT LCD (1,040K points) with 100% coverage
AUTOFOCUSIntelligent AF system (TTL contrast AF / TTL phase detection AF)
SHUTTER SPEEDMechanical shutter: Mode P: 4 sec. to 1/8000 sec. Mode A: 30 sec. to 1/8000 sec. S / M mode: 15 min. to 1/8000 sec. Bulb mode: up to 60 min. Electronic shutter: P mode: 4 sec. to 1/32000 sec., mode A: 30 sec. to 1/32000 sec. S / M mode: 15 min. to 1/32000 sec. Bulb mode: 1 sec. Fixed
TRIP RATEApprox. 30 fps, [electronic shutter only, 1.25 x CROP] (JPEG: 60 frames, RAW with lossless compression: 35 frames, uncompressed RAW: 33 frames)
DIMENSIONS (W X H X D)132.5 x 92.8 x 58.8 mm
CONNECTIONSUSB digital interface Type C Micro HDMI connector (Type D) ø 3.5 mm, stereo mini-plug. (microphone) / ø 3.5 mm, stereo mini-plug (headset). ø 2.5 mm Remote trigger connector. Zapata, synchronized terminal.
DRUMSLi-ion NP-W126S with autonomy of approximately 390 frames (NORMAL MODE)
WEIGHT539 grams (with battery and memory card)
VIDEOMOV (MPEG-4 AVC / H.264, HEVC / H.265, Audio: PCM sound / linear stereo with 24-bit sampling / 48 KHz)

 

Design and ergonomics

The T series has not changed much since that Fuji X-T1 . This brand is responsible for the current vintage aesthetics of all good cameras. It seems that it has finished the design full of curves that Colani inaugurated with his Canon T90 . The square lines of the Nikon F return . With everything good and everything bad, if you have it.

Fujifilm X-T3 review: the lights and shadows of the best Fuji camera
With the X-T1

Surprisingly, the Spartan design is perfect. It works so well that there are no significant changes. With the X-T1, only the comfortable joystick has been added to select the focus point. And it’s a few inches taller and thicker. That is, it is much better. And that’s what professional photographers appreciate. Of course, if we do not mount the VG-XT3 handle, the thumb will stay out of the body if we have big hands. Something very common in the latest models, which have less volume than the primitive SLR.

Fujifilm X-T3 review: the lights and shadows of the best Fuji camera
With the camera in his hand

Everything is within reach of our fingers. But I would appreciate a bigger fan … sometimes I had to use the nail to enable or disable features. Something normal with this kind of machines that were created in the Japanese market. Incidentally, I can not find the Made in Japan that I proudly wore on the X-T1. Fortunately, they keep the wheels to choose the shutter speed or the ISO value, which avoids the constant visits of the LCD screen and save the battery.

Of course, we have, as required in a current camera, two slots for both SD cards. No strange experiments or cheap and practical combinations for photographers. Of course, if we want good results and the X-T3 does not get stuck, they must be UHS class 3 or higher. It’s something I’ve reviewed in the last few weeks. The operation is changing radically. If we buy it, we should forget our old cards and add the cost of the new ones.

Fujifilm X-T3 review: the lights and shadows of the best Fuji camera
Handle VG-XT3 with Boost mode

The screen is exactly the same in motion and resolution as in the previous models. For some, this is a limitation, especially if you want to use videos. But photographers do not need more, and I feel that these types of monitors are less likely to collapse with these movements.

Fujifilm X-T3 review: the lights and shadows of the best Fuji camera
The famous screen

The electronic viewfinder in the middle of the body follows the current path. We do not remember the opticians anymore. The picture quality is extraordinary. We see 100% of what the goal teaches us. In some cases, the X-T3 viewer that I had in my hands, after some time at work or after one of the strong bursts of fluidity lost. Suddenly the whole picture slowed down as if frames were missing. It was soon solved, but it is still an annoying feeling.

Fujifilm X-T3 review: the lights and shadows of the best Fuji camera
The viewer stands out in the set

And despite appearing accurate to its predecessor, the new X-T3 has several differences with respect to the X-T2 that replaces:

  • The new sensor has two million more pixels, up to 26 MP.
  • Backlit sensor that allows a better dynamic range and less noise.
  • Finally the Boost mode is integrated in the camera and does not depend on the handle. The same goes for the famous headphone connection.
  • Much bigger blast. This new model is able to reach up to 20 fps with the electronic shutter compared to the 14 fps achieved by the X-T2.
  • It is heavier, almost 30 gr more, and 20% thicker.
  • Greater coverage of autofocus by phase detection.
  • The viewfinder goes from 2.69 MP to 3.69 MP of the new generation.
  • The X-T3 has a touch screen.
  • The battery lasts much longer. and if we have the handle, with which we can have up to three batteries at once, the number of shots we can make exceeds one thousand with a single charge, even if we use the Boostmode from time to time .

The new fourth-generation X-Trans sensor

One of Fuji’s hallmarks since it appeared on the X-Pro1 in 2012 is the X-Trans sensor. It’s different from everything we know so far. To get out of the norm, there are a number of problems that have not yet been solved. This is not a quality issue, but the interpretation of the data by the most popular programs on the market.

Fujifilm X-T3 review: the lights and shadows of the best Fuji camera
Fuji X-T3 and XF 16-55 mm R LM WR. ISO 200 1/90 f5,6

With the Adobe and Phase One programs, it is impossible today to harness the full potential of this sensor. The interpretation is wrong, a high percentage of the photos. The lack of fine details is much higher than other models with older X-Trans sensors. At least in the model that we had in our hands.

Fujifilm X-T3 review: the lights and shadows of the best Fuji camera
The famous worm effect

Of course this does not happen in all settings with the X-T3, but because of the experience I’ve had in different situations during the usage weeks, I had to go to other programs to see it all. Its splendor is the good response of this new sensor with the new processor. Those who have always answered best are Fuji’s originals, from the SilkyPix to the relatively new X RAW Studio. It is clear that it is not Fuji’s fault, but the developers.

Fujifilm X-T3 review: the lights and shadows of the best Fuji camera
Fuji X-T3 and XF 16-55 mm R LM WR. ISO 200 1/640 f8

The latter, which offers a similar result to the spectacular direct JPEG of the camera, has the disadvantage that it is extremely slow to work with batches and not offer output in 16-bit TIFF format. And it works only if you connect your camera with sufficient charge to the computer. It does not stop to be a meaning that we hope will be resolved in the future … and who thinks of Capture One being forgotten. The People’s Union of both companies is now focusing on medium format …

If we forget all these problems and can work without printing, the Fuji XT3 RAW files are excellent. Some even talk about Fuji color when they see it on the screen. Dynamic range, digital noise … are at the height of today’s best cameras.

If we can forget all these problems and we can work without pressure, the RAW files of the Fuji XT3 are excellent

Fujifilm X-T3 review: the lights and shadows of the best Fuji camera
Fuji X-T3 and XF 16-55 mm R LM WR. ISO 640 1/50 f5

But we can not forget that we are with a camera with an APS-C sensor. The noise, as we can see in the image, begins to be evident at 3200 ISO and is ungovernable, in my opinion, at 6400 ISO. It is true that the test is done with a development in Adobe Lightroom , so we may exceed the figure with another developer.

Fujifilm X-T3 review: the lights and shadows of the best Fuji camera
ISO Fuji X-T3 test

In terms of color and dynamic range, we can see that it remains practically unperturbed even at the highest sensitivity. And as it has been the general tonic in Sony origin sensors, we have an unvarying ISO sensor, with all the advantages that supposes.

Fujifilm X-T3 review: the lights and shadows of the best Fuji camera
ISO invariable. The photo on the right is underexposed five points

The autofocus of the Fuji professional camera

Autofocus is one of the standards that manufacturers adhere to to signal that their camera is the best on the market. The autofocus of the Fuji XT3 is very good from the beginning. However, we can not forget that today’s computers are computers that we need to configure to get the best results.

Fujifilm X-T3 review: the lights and shadows of the best Fuji camera
Fuji X-T3 and XF 16-55 mm R LM WR. ISO 400 1/3000 f2,8

The competition is tough, very tough. The Sony A7 III is the enemy you can beat today if you forget the high ranges of Nikon (oh, the D850) and Canon. The focus of the X-T3 must be tamed. If you do not go into the menus, the results will not be satisfactory, unless we limit ourselves to taking quiet pictures, which is not a priority for the recipients of this camera. We must not forget that he appeared on a car gyro.

The AF-S is faster and more efficient than its predecessors. However, if everything changes, enable the Boost feature, which was only accessible from the handle in the previous model. If you find that there are problems with the speed of the system when you activate this feature, everything changes. Yes, with a greater demand for battery. You must deactivate the function so that the charge is not used up prematurely.

Fujifilm X-T3 review: the lights and shadows of the best Fuji camera
Fuji X-T3 and XF 16-55 mm R LM WR. ISO 1250 1/80 f5,6

It is also very convenient to choose between the different focus points (it has 2.16 M phase detection pixels, more than four times the current models, thus increasing the area of ​​phase detection AF to the full frame ). Just click on the joystick on the right side of the screen and choose with the endless wheel on the right the points you want to activate to achieve more or less accuracy.

Fujifilm X-T3 review: the lights and shadows of the best Fuji camera
Fuji X-T3 and XF 16-55 mm R LM WR. ISO 200 1/2000 f4

The subject changes when we switch to the AF-C, the famous continuous autofocus. During the tests, I tried to capture various attractions that moved at great speed. In the initial setup, it was impossible to do tests with the various options we found in the autofocus menu until the point was found. And of course with active boost mode.

It’s much better than the X-T2 and of course the X-T1, one of my personal cameras. But I did not have the same feelings as other cameras in the last series. I do not doubt that it will make a personal impression, especially when we read the articles dedicated to the camera on the network. It’s much better than its predecessors, including the X-H1. However, it does not surpass its direct rivals.

It is much better than its predecessors, including the X-H1. But it does not surpass its most direct rivals.

The world of video

It seems to be a lie, but the features of the video are an important requirement when buying a camera. If creating a good picture is complicated, it’s impossible to make a good video. And not only for the space that needs so much information, but also for the computers you need to buy to move them.

The Fuji X-T3 is one of the best cameras to make a movie. Its advantages are spectacular and leave a step below the above X-H1 … Internal recording in 4K, 10 bit, ALL Intra, 4: 2: 0, 400 Mbps (up to 30p); 4K / 60p (in H264 mode), up to 200 Mbps; External recording in 4: 2: 2 10-bit via HDMI … are your cover letter.

Fujifilm X-T3 review: the lights and shadows of the best Fuji camera
Fuji X-T3 and XF 16-55 mm R LM WR. ISO 400 1/25 f8

The only thing that does not exceed the H range is that there is no internal stabilization system. And that’s the Achilles heel compared to the other models on the market. It makes no sense, like the Canon EOS R. In photography, his absence is palpable, but on video, the stabilization system in the current market is of fundamental importance.

The perfect complement is the cinematographic lenses presented together with the X-H1. And this model seems to be the main obstacle of the X-T3. Sure, it did not go further, not to step on the highest point of Fuji. It’s just an opinion, but I think the problem lies in the house.

Fuji X-T3, our opinion

Is it the best Fuji camera? Yes, without a doubt. But it is a machine that needs to be tamed to get the full potential, which is a lot . I insist again that the current cameras are computers that we need to master perfectly to do something as simple as a good photograph. It’s no good shooting and that’s it.

Fujifilm X-T3 review: the lights and shadows of the best Fuji camera
The worm effect with Adobe and with X RAW Studio

In many cases it is not worthwhile to enlighten with a program. It is necessary to go with the burden of its own program. Nothing happens if it’s our only team, but if we want fluidity and speed, we’ll have problems if we want to work with the RAW format. With the additional problem that you can not get a TIFF when we put on the X RAW Studio, which achieves spectacular results at the peak of its performance.

Fujifilm X-T3 review: the lights and shadows of the best Fuji camera
Fuji X-T3 and XF 16-55 mm R LM WR. ISO 200 1/1100 f5,6

The lack of stabilization is a burden. If you get used to cameras with five-axis stabilization, you do not want to go back. And there is one who has attached relative importance to this technology not so long ago. But being able to shoot at slow speed and ensure the shot costs me a step back in these times.

In some cases I had problems looking through the viewfinder. Spectacular with more than three million pixels, the picture slows down in some cases. Rarely, yes. But I have not seen it with other cameras. When you demand the most, the performance drops. And I’m convinced that with a good firmware update all problems are solved.

Fujifilm X-T3 review: the lights and shadows of the best Fuji camera
Fuji X-T3 and XF 16-55 mm R LM WR. ISO 200 1/900 f5,6

The final image is spectacular, especially with professional lenses, such as the XF 16-55mm R LM WR, with which the camera was handed to us. It’s a pleasure in every way. That’s why it hurts to see, at the time of the revelation, how the fine details that can capture the whole thing are only displayed when you work with the appropriate programs required by the Fuji sensor.

Fuji X-T3 Photos

It is a camera to work with calm. Without the rush of an immediate order. If we are able to, we as fans should not deliver pictures to third parties. The Fuji X-T3 is the best APS-C camera that has passed through my hands. And I have no doubt. It is round and follows the same constructive philosophy as its predecessors. Everything has to be there, where it has to be. If you can count on top of the handle of the VG-XT3, everything will run on wheels, but we must forget that those without mirrors are lighter than the SLRs.

Fujifilm X-T3 review: the lights and shadows of the best Fuji camera
Fuji X-T3 and XF 16-55 mm R LM WR. ISO 200 1/240 f3,6

In short, the camera is extremely attractive for its price and features, but has the problem of requiring special software to get the most out of it. The bet on the X-Trans is very good, but very risky, because the development programs are unable to take full advantage of it. When this problem is solved, the Fuji X-T3 will be one of the best cameras on the market.

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