Fujifilm X-E3 Brief Review


REVIEW SUMMARY

Specifications

  • Weight : 11.9 oz. (337g)
  • Battery : Li-ion rated at 350 frames or 50 minutes of 4K video (not continuous)
  • Weather Sealing :
  • Screen : 3" touchscreen
  • GPS : Available through Bluetooth connection with smartphone
  • Wi-Fi : Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Flash : Built-in and hot shoe slot
  • Video : 4K at 30 fps for up to ten minutes; 1080p HD at 60 fps for up to 15 minutes
  • RAW : Yes
  • Image Stabilization : Available in some lenses
  • Autofocus System : Hybrid contrast detection phase detection
  • Autofocus Points : 91
  • Burst Speed : 14 fps electronic shutter, 8 fps mechanical shutter
  • Shutter Speed : Mechanical: 15 minutes to 1/4000, Bulb. Electronic: 15 minutes to 1/32000
  • ISO : 200 - 12800, 100 - 51200 expanded
  • Processor :
  • Sensor : 24.3 megapixel APS-C sensor
  • Release Date: 2017-09-28
  • Final Grade: 93 4.65 Star Rating: Recommended


Fujifilm X-E3 sports updates in nearly every area
Fujifilm's new X-E3 sports a new sensor -- but that's not all that's new in the mirrorless camera update.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 9/7/2017

Almost nothing goes untouched in Fujifilm's update to the X-E2 and X-E2S, the Fujifilm X-E3. The camera sees a long list of updates almost across the board that should give the already good camera an even better edge.

The biggest change is the sensor. The Fujifilm X-E3 sports the company's third generation X-Trans sensor, a step up in megapixels to 24 from the previous version while keeping the low-pass-sensor free design that makes the line a popular option. The company's film simulation color profiles, thankfully, remain intact.

The X-E3 also uses a new sensor, which means images are processed faster. While the predecessor could only process 18 frames of JPEGS in burst shooting before slowing, the X-E3 can hit 62, or 23 uncompressed RAW frames. The shutter speed sees a bump up from 7 fps to 8 fps, though with the mechanical shutter that speed doubles. Shutter speed also covers a wider range for long exposures, allowing for shots up to 15 minutes long without using the bulb mode  (which can shoot for up to an hour).

Put the new sensor and processor together, and you get 4K, 30 fps video. As a dedicated still camera, the record times are short, just ten minutes for 4K, but functions well for the occasional short video clip. Full HD is available at the faster 60 fps frame rate, with about 15 minutes of record time.

The X-E3 maintains that Wi-Fi connection, but also adds Bluetooth. Along with controlling the camera and transferring images, the Bluetooth can also use the smartphone's data to geotag photos.

So what hasn't changed? The body style remains very similar to the predecessor. Fujifilm's characteristic control dial for shutter speed and exposure compensation sit at the top of the camera, with ISO adjustments inside the quick menu. The camera sports a fixed, three-inch touchscreen which includes new touch-enabled swipe controls. The viewfinder, like the X-E2S, is on the left side of the camera instead of centered.

The X-E3 looks like a solid shooter with a mid-line price, retailing for $900 body only. Compare carefully with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 II, which has a smaller sensor but in-body stabilization, and the Panasonic GX85, again with the Micro Four Thirds sensor but with a longer 4K recording time.


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Fujifilm has also recently joined the retro camera craze, giving many of their models a retro film look with all the features of digital. Many of their models follow this trend, but there's a few that stick with a more digital look.

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