The Fujifilm X-T3 just arrived and it’s an awesome upgrade from the X-T2 and from the mirrorless Fujifilm x100f that I love and use all the time for street photography.
What’s changed from the X-T2 to X-T3
Fuji upgraded the sensor
The X-T3 from Fuji comes with a new sensor! It’s an APS-C sized X trans sensor – but it’s upgraded! The new sensor comes with 26.1MP up from 24.3MP on the X-T2. The base ISO has been improved from 200 to 160 and an improved dynamic range.
Autofocus: Phase Detection
In the Fujifilm X-T3, we get a Phase detection pixels spread across its whole sensor, which gives us a total of 425 autofocus points. This means the X-T3 does a better job focusing in general and following moving objects with continuous autofocus.
Low light Autofocus
The autofocus in the XT3 is one of the best upgrades in my opinion. The autofocus now works in lower light situations down to -3EV, which means you can do a lot more evening and night photography.
I mean, just read the crazy positive reviews of the X-T3 on Amazon.
(photographers praise this camera, and it also won the best mirrorless camera.
Fuji has also improved the autofocusing speed by 1.5 times. This is perfect for people doing street photography, sport, and wildlife photography.
Want to see the camera in action?
This is a video of me doing street photography with the brand new X-T3:
Speaking of photographing moving subjects…
The Fuji XT3 comes with great burst mode improvements too. It can shoot up to 11fps using the mechanical shutter with continuous autofocus. If you use the Electronic Shutter you can go up to 30fps! Note that, if you shoot 30fps, your images will get cropped to 16-megapixels.
Face & eye detection
If you, like me, shoot a lot of street portraits, then you will love the new face and eye detection on the Fujifilm X-T3.
X-T3 with battery grip
When I ordered my mirrorless Fujifilm X-T3 on Amazon, I decided to buy it with the vertical battery grip.
The reason I bought the battery grip is to enjoy the benefits of shooting in the vertical orientation and more importantly so I can add two additional NP-W126S rechargeable lithium-ion batteries for extended shooting times.
In terms of its physical design, the extended shape incorporates a secondary shutter release button as well as a focus lever, AE-L button, AF-L button, front and rear command dials, Q button, and Fn button to mimic the camera’s own layout for intuitive handling.
Also, the battery grip for the X-T3 is also water, dust, and freeze resistant.
Fujifilm X-T3 Specs & features
- XT-3 Price: Around 1349 USD
- 26-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor
- 425-point hybrid AF system
- 3.69-million-dot electronic viewfinder
- Improved low light autofocus
- 4K, 60fps 10-bit video capture (This is amazing for vloggers doing video & Youtube)
- Color: Available in black or retro silver
- ISO range of 160-12800 (expands to 80-51200)
- Weatherproof body
- Touch-screen display
Inside the new Fuji XT-3 we have a big sensor and processor upgrade that makes the Fuji X camera an amazing camera with really good video performance, recording in 4K, 60 FPS 10-bit video. I’d guess the will attract a lot of photographers who also do video or vlogs.
As for my own channel about street photography, the 4K video and 60 fps is definitely something that matters to me. Of all the Fuji x series cameras, this is really the jack of all trades.
The video performance
In the past, you would never get a Fuji camera because of the video performance. Like never. But that has changed.
As a matter of fact, the X T3 is the first APS-C camera with 4K 60 fps and an incredible 10-bit video, making it by far the best APS-C mirrorless camera for video. Hands down. This camera can record cinema quality video and with microphone and headphone ports.
The look and feel
As with any Fuji camera, the XT 3 looks really beautiful. In terms of design, I think Fuji doing so much better than Nikon, Canon, and Sony. I mean look at it:
Comparison of the X-T3 and similar cameras
I’ve shot a lot with the Ricoh GR II and those two cameras are completely different in terms of performance and price. So I think it makes more sense to compare the X-T3 to my beloved Fujifilm x100f, that is also a mirrorless Fuji camera.
As a street photography camera, I actually think both most Fuji cameras do the job. The main difference between the X100f and the X-T3 is that that the X100f has a fixed lens and doesn’t do video very well, whereas the Fuji X-T3 has interchangeable lens system and can record 4K 60fps.
Who is the camera really for?
Street Photography, obviously. It’s Fuji.
I think this a wedding photographer’s dream. With really fast auto-focus, 2 SD-card slots and the possibility to carry 3 batteries (if you buy the X-T3 with a camera grip) I think it’s perfect for wedding photography. Also because it has 4K 60 FPS video recording.
Sport, Action & Wildlife
If you need to capture people or subjects in motion, you will love the XT3’s autofocus and the continues shooting and focusing. The XT3 can shoot up to 30 frames per seconds and because it is a mirrorless digital camera, it won’t be as heavy as the equivalent DSLR camera.
See the price and reviews on Amazon.com.
Some photos I’ve shot with the Fuji X-T3
Fujifilm X-T3 portrait. Read the Amazon reviews of the X-T3 here.[/caption]
Video Review: Testing low-light performance of the X-T3
Video of me doing black and white photography with the XT3