The silver FUJIFILM X-E3 is a slender, flexible camera that represents a step forward in the company’s rangefinder-style mirrorless line. It has an improved sensor and processor, as well as the same iconic appearance as its predecessors.
High-resolution stills may be captured with exceptional sharpness and clarity because of the organic arrangement of the sensor and the absence of an optical low-pass filter in the 24.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III sensor and the X-Processor Pro image processor.
The sensor and CPU combination also enables fast continuous shooting at up to 14 frames per second, a wide sensitivity range of up to ISO 51200, and the ability to capture UHD 4K/30 video or Full HD 1080p/60 video in addition to still images. Additionally, when dealing with moving subjects, the continuous autofocus performance has been adjusted to provide improved moving subject tracking and overall accuracy, as well as improved overall performance.
In addition to its imaging capabilities, the X-E3 retains its retro-inspired physical design, which includes a high-resolution 2.36 million-dot electronic viewfinder, 3.0 inch LCD screen, and a 3.0-inch touchscreen “The camera has a rear touchscreen LCD with 1.04 million dots, as well as physical shutter speed and exposure compensation dials. Bluetooth connectivity has now been added, allowing for low-power picture sharing and remote camera operation from a connected mobile device.
The XF 23mm f/2 R WR lens, which is included with the X-E3, is a general-purpose wide-angle prime with a 35mm equivalent focal length that can be used with the camera. This tiny lens is equipped with two aspherical elements to achieve great clarity while minimizing distortion, and its f/2 maximum aperture makes it ideal for working in low-light circumstances.
Additional features like as an internal focusing design and step-by-step autofocus motor also contribute to the delivery of rapid, almost quiet autofocus performance that is suitable for both picture and video applications.
Sensor with 24.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III technology
The 24.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III sensor, which makes use of FUJIFILM’s proprietary, a randomized pixel array, provides very high picture quality and clarity, despite the absence of an optical low-pass filter, thanks to the use of the company’s unique, randomized pixel array.
In comparison to standard pixel patterns, the X-Trans design more closely resembles the organic nature of film in order to provide nuanced colors and smooth tonal transitions, while also eliminating moiré and aliasing in the process.
X-Processor Pro is a high-performance processor.
Aside from improving low-light performance by extending the ISO sensitivity range to 51200, the X-Processor Pro also contributes to overall system speed, with a start-up time of 0.4 seconds, shutter lag time of 0.05 seconds, shooting interval time of 0.25 seconds, and a continuous shoot rate of 14 frames per second when using an electronic shutter, or 8 frames per second when using a mechanical shutter, among other features.
Video in Ultra High Definition (4K) and Full HD
The X-E3 is capable of recording in both Ultra High Definition (4K/30p) and Full HD (1080/60p) video formats. Film Simulation settings can be employed during recording to give the film a distinct aesthetic. Video can also be exported via HDMI to an external recorder or display, and a mic jack is provided for use with an external microphone. The camera also includes a built-in microphone.
Design of the body and wireless connectivity
- The rear 3.0 is a 3.0 “In addition to familiar operation, the 1.04m-dot LCD touchscreen also allows for focus point selection and menu navigation.
- Featuring a high-resolution 2.36 million-dot electronic viewfinder with a frame rate of 54.54 frames per second, this camera provides for bright, clear eye-level monitoring in a variety of lighting circumstances.
A separate Focus Lever allows for faster and more intuitive control over selecting precise focus areas while shooting with a dedicated camera.
- Exposure settings can be controlled directly and intuitively because of the dedicated shutter speed and exposure compensation controls.
- When dealing with the control dials, the physical exposure compensation dial now has a C position, which allows for a greater range of compensation when working with the dials.
- The kit also includes an EF-X8 external shoe-mount flash, which may be used to offer additional lighting when working in low light. When using ISO 100, the flash has a guide number of 26.2′.
- Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enable direct wireless file sharing as well as remote camera control from a connected mobile device, among other features.
A system with 91 autofocus points
The hybrid autofocus system utilizes 91 total points, which may be split into 325 total regions, to achieve a high degree of focusing precision in a range of lighting circumstances. The hybrid autofocus system employs both contrast- and phase-detection approaches.
It is estimated that about 50 percent of the frame is covered by phase-detection points side-to-side and 75 percent of the frame is covered by top-to-bottom phase-detection points in order to enable quick AF performance when shooting moving subjects.
Choosing between single-shot autofocus (AF-S) mode and continuous autofocus (AF-C) mode while dealing with autofocus is a simple matter. Both modes may be utilized in conjunction with Single Point AF, Zone AF, or Wide/Tracking AF settings.
Additionally, AF-C Custom Settings let you pick from five different AF-C settings based on how your subject is moving, and the AF algorithm has been adjusted for improved subject tracking and overall accuracy, as well as enhanced overall accuracy.
Modes for film simulation and grain effects are available.
Utilizing FUJIFILM’s extensive experience in conventional film-based photography, the X-E3 incorporates various Film Simulation modes, which may be utilized for images or videos, to simulate the appearance and feel of some of the company’s historic films types.
An improved Classic Chrome mode is intended to produce subdued tones and rich color reproduction, akin to that of a vintage slide film, without the need for filters. As part of the company’s more current range of transparency films, Provia delivers natural-looking tones for everyday filming, while Velvia produces a more dramatic and rich tonality with richer color saturation, and Astia generates less contrast for a more subtle portrayal of skin tones.
Pro Neg. Std. creates smooth picture tones that are suited for accurate color reproductions, whilst Pro Neg. Hi produces a more dramatic feel with the capacity to pull color from a range of lighting settings, both of which are modeled after their negative film counterparts. The Film Simulation modes offer a variety of color options in addition to traditional black and white contrast filters.
There are also monochrome modes that simulate the look of traditional yellow, green, red-black, and white contrast filters, as well as an Acros mode that can be used in conjunction with colored filter effects. A sepia setting is also accessible for those who want to create a look that is naturally retro.
Additionally, a Grain Effect setting is offered to imitate the look of old film images with an organic grainy appearance, which is especially visible when printing.
Lens: Canon XF 23mm f/2 R WR
The accompanying XF 23mm f/2 R WR lens is a small, lightweight wide-angle prime lens with a 35mm-equivalent focal length that is well-suited for general shooting applications and is included in the package. With two aspherical components, the optical design helps to eliminate spherical aberration and distortion, resulting in improved sharpness and clarity with little distortion.
The lens also has an internal focusing design and a stepping autofocus motor for rapid and silent autofocus performance, and the physical construction of the lens is weather-resistant for use in adverse climatic situations.
Fujifilm X-E3 Specs
|MSRP||$899/£849 body-only, $1299/£1249 with 18-55mm F2.8-4, $1150 with 23mm F2|
|Body type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Max resolution||6000 x 4000|
|Other resolutions||4240 x 2832, 6000 x 3376, 4000, x 4000, 4240 x 2832, 4240 x 2384, 2832 x 2832, 3008 x 2000, 3008 x 1688, 2000 x 2000|
|Image ratio w:h||1:1, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||24 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.6 x 15.6 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 200 – 12800 (expandable to 100-51200)|
|Boosted ISO (minimum)||100|
|Boosted ISO (maximum)||51200|
|White balance presets||7|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, normal|
|Autofocus||Contrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View|
|Number of focus points||325|
|Lens mount||Fujifilm X|
|Focal length multiplier||1.5×|
|Touch screen||Yes (Four-way controller functions replaced by ‘swiping’ on display)|
|Viewfinder magnification||0.93× (0.62× 35mm Equiv.)|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed (electronic)||1/32000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||No|
|Built-in flash||No (Small external flash included)|
|Continuous drive||8.0 fps|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±3 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV steps)|
|Modes||3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 36 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 36 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 36 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 36 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 36 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 36 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1280 x 720 @ 60p / 18 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1280 x 720 @ 50p / 18 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1280 x 720 @ 30p / 18 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1280 x 720 @ 25p / 18 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1280 x 720 @ 24p / 18 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1280 x 720 @ 23.98p / 18 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM|
|Storage types||SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-I compatible)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Wireless notes||802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth LE|
|Battery description||NP-W126S lithium-ion battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||350|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||337 g (0.74 lb / 11.89 oz)|
|Dimensions||121 x 74 x 43 mm (4.78 x 2.91 x 1.68″)|