Fujifilm has confirmed the latest mirrorless addition to its seven-year-old X-series, the X-T3.
Described as a "full upgrade" over the X-T2, the new model has a new 26 MP backlit X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor, with a reading speed that is about 50% faster than that of the sensors in the current models. This lacks an optical low-pass filter and it is said to maintain the same noise levels as in previous models despite the increase in the number of pixels.
Furthermore, Fujifilm wants to emphasize that the ISO-based ISO of the sensor starts with ISO160, which previously was only available as an extension.
The new sensor works together with a new X-Processor 4 image processing engine, which has four separate CPU units to deliver image processing speeds that are reportedly about three times as fast as those on the current Fujifilm models.
In the traditional Fujifilm style, we again see improvements in autofocus performance, especially to ensure that the camera can track moving subjects more accurately. There are now 2.16 million phase-sensing AF pixels – four times the number on the X-H1 and X-T2 – and this also reported significantly better performance in face / eye detection AF. The AF sensitivity itself is now rated to -3EV, while blackout-free burst recording is also promised.
The model also has the honor of being the first mirrorless camera, based on an APS-C sensor that can record 4K / 60p footage in 10-bit. The camera is suitable for 4K / 60p 4: 2: 0 10-bit recording internal and 4K / 60p 4: 2: 2 10-bit output through the HDMI port, and both headphone and microphone ports are located on the side of the body.
The increased reading speed of the sensor is also responsible for a reduction of the shutter compared to previous cameras in the series, and Fujifilm has stated that a future firmware update will provide Hybrid Log Gamma support for the camera.
The company's Film Simulation options have also been worked out with the Color Chrome Effect and Monochrome Adjustment features in Monochorme mode. These are intended to mimic the kind of appearance that one would achieve in the dark room with different developers and paper choices.
Other features are an electronic viewfinder of 3.69 million pixels, the resolution of which corresponds to that of the EFFs on many recent models, such as the Canon EOS R and Nikon Z7, and with a magnification of 0.75x, a refresh rate of 100fps and a delay time of 0.05 seconds, while on the back is a 3-inch touchscreen.
There is also a new Pre-Shoot function, which starts with taking photos as soon as you press the shutter button halfway, and it is now possible to shoot at 11 fps without the battery grip required in previous models . The X-T3 incorporates a new Sports finder mode designed to assist the user in capturing moving subjects by means of a 1.25x cutting mark in the viewfinder or on the LCD screen. In this mode, a recording of 30 fps with a resolution of 16,6MP is also possible.
The X-T3 is available from September 20 in black and silver options, priced at £ 1,349 / $ 1,499.95 for the body by itself and £ 1,699 / $ 1,899.95 for a kit with the XF 18-55mm f / 2.8- 4 R LM OIS lens. We will update this page with Australian prices as soon as it is available.