I have been using the Fujifilm X-T3 since its release late last week and, in brief, it is the camera that I was hoping the X-T2 would be both in stills and video functionality.
I like the X-T3 though I am not naturally an SLR-style camera user for stills photography, having spent my formative and magazine photography years relying on rangefinder cameras in a number of film formats from 35mm through 120 roll film to 4″x5″ sheet film.
I have relied on DSLR-style cameras for video, however, specifically Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-GH4 and GH5 though not, as yet, the GH5S.
I chose Panasonic’s Micro Four Thirds mirrorless hybrid cameras for video due to Fujifilm’s APS-C hybrid cameras lack of professional-quality video capabilities for so long.
Until now, that is.
I will be putting the X-T3 to the test over the next few days and will then be better able to determine if the X-T3 is as ready for professional use in documentary photography and video production as its Panasonic Lumix counterparts.
Until then, my first impressions of the Fujifilm X-T3 are very favourable indeed, especially on the stills photography front as I took it straight into production documenting an all-day event on the day of arrival and all the following day too.
I will be more specific about how and why in coming articles soon, covering stills and video.
Meanwhile here are the general and stills photography features and improvements I have used and like so far:
- Bigger, easier to grip body and more stability when handholding for video due to increased weight and better balance.
- Bigger, easier to grip dials.
- Bigger buttons, easier to locate unseen.
- Choice of linear or non-linear focussing with focus-by-wire lenses.
- Faster and surer face/eye focus detection in available light, available darkness and with the face turned sideways.
- Larger built-in grip, though I would still add the metal hand grip or vertical battery grip for larger lenses and portrait photography.
- Faster and more accurate autofocus.
- Flicker reduction using mechanical shutter.
- Locking diopter adjustment!!!
- More megapixels at 26.1 MP, which appears to lead to much less noise when shooting in available darkness at high ISOs.
- Size, shape and silver colour leads to being ignored when shooting side-by-side with Canon and Nikon DSLR users as I look like an amateur playing with a toy or an old analog era camera.
And finally and straight out of left field, here is a feature I would love to see on all DSLR-style cameras including those made by Fujifilm, that was again pioneered by Samsung but in its NX30 and not the NX1:
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- Fujifilm CVR-XT3 Cover Kit – B&H
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- Fujifilm EC-XT L Long Eye Cup – B&H
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- Fujifilm EC-XT S Small Eyecup – B&H
- Fujifilm Grip Belt GB-001 for Select X-Series Cameras – B&H
- Fujifilm MHG-XT3 Metal Hand Grip – B&H
- Fujifilm NP-W126S Li-Ion Battery Pack – B&H
- Fujifilm VG-XT3 Vertical Battery Grip – B&H
- Fujifilm Fujinon XF Lenses – B&H
- Fujifilm X-T3 Mirrorless Digital Camera – B&H