Patrick Di Vino of Fuji Rumors has done it again with a series of rumors about the much-anticipated Fujifilm X-Pro3 and which hardware features will make it into the successor to the Fujifilm X-Pro1 and X-Pro2.
Mr Di Vino’s sources tend to be reliable and apparently none more so than the individual who supplied Fuji Rumors with a set of hand sketches of the X-Pro3, featuring several surprises including removal of the D-Pad and the addition of a downwards hinged LCD monitor.
Will Fujifilm supply more information about the X-Pro3 at Friday’s Fujifilm X Summit Shibuya event?
Although Fujifilm generally listens to its user base and mostly acts positively on their requests, the company has been known to make some very odd decisions and none more so than the X-Pro1’s lack of the diopter correction essential for those of us needing to wear eyeglasses while we work.
As a result of that and other problems with its first generation professional-tagged rangefinder-style camera and lenses, Fujifilm lost me as a customer for several years while I explored another of the triumvirate of affordable digital photography and video innovators, Blackmagic Design, Fujifilm and Panasonic.
The many benefits of, for example, Panasonic’s fully-articulated LCD monitors on cameras like the Lumix DMC-GH4, DMC-GX8, DC-GH5, DC-GH5S, DC-G9 and more recently the coming 35mm sensor-equipped Lumix DC-S1H, became readily apparent when using these cameras for documentary stills photography and video.
Going from full articulation to the many and various one, two and three-way tilting monitors is feasible but uncomfortable, with too many sacrifices to be made in losing that key functionality and if every pro-level hybrid camera followed Panasonic’s lead then I would be very happy.
But then, cameras with fixed monitors or no monitors at all are not outside the bounds of usability either, so long as one does not need them for work in a wide range of genres from studio-based still-life to architecture, portraiture and documentary cinematography and photography, as I do.
I can do without any form of articulation on the X-Pro3’s LCD monitor if Fujifilm improves its electronic viewfinder way beyond the X-Pro2’s often irritating EVF, but I would most certainly need to add an X-T3 to my kit for everything else other than documentary photography or turn to Panasonic to affordably fill the gap.
I can do without the X-Pro’s D-Pad on an X-Pro3 so long as the camera’s Q Menu allows access to all the camera’s essential functions.
I can do without yet another analog film simulation so long as the X-Pro3’s video functionality is improved beyond that of the X-Pro2’s pointlessly crippled video, as I was reminded this afternoon when in a situation that could just as easily have demanded recording video as much as stills depending on a possible sudden turn of events.
I can do without in-body image stabilisation aka IBIS on the X-Pro3 so long as the Fujinon XF 16-80mm f/4.0 R OIS WR proves to be the one-lens documentary cinematography and photography solution I have long been hoping for.
I look forward to learning more about the X-Pro3 and hope that Fujifilm has not taken an absurdly purist approach in imitation of, for example, Leica and its monitorless M10-D.
As much as I love Leica M-Series rangefinder cameras and lenses, and have a long history with them dating almost back to my start in professional photography during the analog era, most of what I do these days demands more of a camera than some sort of perverse ideological purism.
Leica was not the only maker of rangefinder cameras throughout the long history of analog photography, and the Leica M-Series is not the only role model available.
- Fuji Rumors – BREAKING: Fujifilm X-Pro3 Announcement 2nd Half of October
- Fuji Rumors – Fujifilm X Summit September 20: Big Announcements, Cool Insights and New Lens/Firmware Roadmaps?
- Fuji Rumors – Fujifilm X-Pro3 Coming in a New Color not Yet Available for X-Pro2
- Fuji Rumors – Fujifilm X-Pro3 Coming with Dual LCD Tilt Screen – Do You Like it and VOTE Your Favorite Fujifilm Tilt Screen Style
- Fuji Rumors – Fujifilm X-Pro3 has No In Body Image Stabilization (IBIS)
- Fuji Rumors – Fujifilm X-Pro3 will Be Made In Japan – Anonymous Source
- Fuji Rumors – LEAKED: This is the FUJIFILM X-Pro3 – Dual Screen and Button Layout (Sketches of X-Pro3 Top, Front and Backside)
- Fuji Rumors – RUMOR: New Film Simulation Coming with Fujifilm X-Pro3… and to Fujifilm X-T3, X-T30 and GFX100 via Firmware Update?
- Fujifilm X – X Summit Shibuya, Sept. 20th, 1PM GMT
- FUJIFILM X Series – Live from Tokyo: X Summit SHIBUYA 2019 / FUJIFILM – video live stream – “Following the first round in Dubai, we are pleased to announce that the second X Summit will be held on September 20th 1PM GMT! This time, the X Summit will be held in Shibuya, Tokyo -the mecca of street photography in Tokyo. “