The Fujifilm X-T3 has been well received, it is high spec and comes with a strong pedigree stretching back to the X-T1. If you are researching which camera to buy next. How do you decide? All cameras today take amazing images. So if that is a given, what else should drive the decision? We look at the good the bad and the ugly of the Fujifilm X-T3. We ask and we answer, ‘Would I buy one’.
Fujifilm X-T3: The Ugly
Let’s be frank Fujifilm cameras are Marmite. Some love the retro old world styling with lots of knobs and knurly bits, whilst others prefer a set of shambolic menu options you get on a Sony for example. The Fuji is however small, so fiddling with those small dials with big hands can be awkward.
It comes down to aesthetics, but what is under that retro styling is some red hot technology so let us look at the Good, which includes that impressive specification.
Fujifilm X-T3: The Good
- New back-illuminated 26.1MP X-Trans CMOS 4 APS-C sensor
- New X-Processor 4 image processing engine
- AF performance is one and half times faster with substantially enhanced performance in face/eye detection AF thanks to 2.16M phase detection pixels arrayed at entire frame.
- ISO160-12800 (extendable from ISO 80 to 51200)
- 30 fps continuous shooting in 1.25x crop ‘Sports Finder’ mode (electronic shutter)
- 20 fps continuous shooting at full resolution with AF (electronic shutter); 11 fps mechanical shutter (without grip)
- 3.69m dot high resolution EVF
- 3.0″ 1.04m dot 3-directional tilting touchscreen LCD monitor
- Tough magnesium-alloy body is sealed against dust and moisture
- Dual SD card slots
- Video: 4K/60P 4:2:0 10bit internal SD card recording
- Video: Full HD 1080/120p slow motion recording
This camera has had some excellent reviews. DPReview gave it 88% and a gold award. Amateur Photographer gave 5 stars. Digital Camera World also gave 5 stars. Really it does not get much better than that.
Don’t forget the amazing support and events available through Fujiholics. Almost worth buying the camera just to join.
Much has been made of the launch of Nikon and Canon full frame mirrorless cameras. These cameras are both north of £2200 compared to £1299 for the Fuji. Does FF still have the same kudos, with the advent of new APS-C sensors? How much more do you get with an FF sensor vs this sensor? We will have to wait for the DXO comparisons. However, if you want a heavy expensive camera with very expensive glass go Canon or Nikon.
Fujifilm says firmware updates for the X-T3, are imminent, with plenty of new features and functionality to boot. This is a plus feature for Fujifilm who have been always quick to update and upgrade camera software.
Fujifilm X-T3: The Bad
There is no IBIS, despite the introduction of IBIS on the Fujifilm X-H1 which has 5.5 stops of 5 axis in body image stabilisation. It is an unfortunate ommission because IBIS is almost standard these days.
The Elephant in the Room
Fujifilm RAW files in the past have tended to develop wormy artefacts in images processed in Lightroom. This was caused by the X-Trans sensor. Some reviewers claim that this still persists in the X-T3 here for example. The workaround is to use a processing software like Capture One.
The Good the Bad and the Ugly
It is always hard to ignore an elephant in the room, but we have scoured the reviews and the forums and there is very little evidence from users of waxy worms in their photographs.
The reviews are hot, the price is even hotter and you get a spec that beats the rest. So on paper, it is a winner. Would I buy one?
Fujifilm X-T3: Would I Buy One?
- I have an established post processing workflow which includes Lightroom. I would not like to have to incorporate Capture One just to process Fujifilm RAW files.
- With my street photography, it is often necessary to grab a shot in an instant. When I do so my photographs can be ruined by camera shake. My next camera must have IBIS
So would I buy one? No.
Where I Buy
I buy my equipment from Wex because of their exceptional customer service. I once returned a camera after 30 days, and the next day they called to return my money to my account. Their prices are always competitive and they offer good prices on the trade in of your used gear