Fujifilm X-E3 Camera Review
After introducing Fuji X-Pro 2 and Fuji X-T2 cameras, Fujifilm has announced the Fujifilm X-E3 camera as their mid-range mirrorless camera. In keeping with compact Fuji mirrorless camera tradition, the Fujifilm X-E3 camera fills the gap between X-Pro 2 and Fuji X-T2 cameras with a smaller but fully capable touchscreen, and 4K video capture options.
Much like the other cameras in Fuji’s line up the new Fujifilm X-E3 camera comes with a 24-megapixel APS-C X-Trans III sensor and the X-Processor Pro image signal processor that is found in Fujifilm’s flagship Fuji X-Pro 2 camera. A closer examination of the Fujifilm X-E3 camera also reveals that shutter speed and exposure compensation dials are identical to other mirrorless cameras made by Fujifilm. The details have been copied to the point of including the control joystick found on Fujifilm Fuji X-Pro 2 camera.
Built & Technology
If we trace the line of X-E line of X-series cameras from Fujifilm, Fujifilm X-E3 camera is truly the third generation of cameras. Fujifilm has put great emphasis in ensuring that the new Fujifilm X-E3 camera featured some of the best technologies in the industry, among them touchscreen and wi-fi connectivity that is always “on” through a Bluetooth connection.
Fujifilm X-E3 camera is a compact APS-C size sensor camera. It features a 3rd generation X-Trans sensor known to handle low-light situations as well as render sharp images when combined with Fujifilm’s legendary lenses. Among the built-in preset for film simulations Acros, Velvia, and Classic Chrome bring a new level of photographic creativity that can only be achieved with Fujifilm cameras.
Although Fujifilm has kept much of the functionality and build quality with Fujifilm X-E3 camera, few features are missing from the new camera. Firstly, the hybrid viewfinder which made Fuji X-Pro 2 the camera with the versatility of being able to switch between different viewfinder options. But all is not lost, Fujifilm X-E3 camera comes with a very capable electronic viewfinder with a rapid refresh rate that makes up for the missing optical viewfinder.
Perhaps the greatest advantage of using an electronic viewfinder is having the proper frame lines being displayed on the viewing screen. This way accurate framing of the photograph becomes a breeze.
One other key difference with Fujifilm X-E3 camera is the omission of buttons that are found on Fujifilm’s other cameras. For example, traditional rear D-pad-style control is replaced with a much more user-friendly touchscreen. Those photographers who have been with Fuji cameras for a long time might miss the operation of the camera with the use of physical touch button style especially when switching between exposure modes. This, however, means that smartphone friendly new generation of users can feel at ease with using the new Fujifilm X-E3 camera.
If there is one key button that should have been kept on the camera, it would have been the ISO button which is used probably more than any other button on the camera save the shutter button.
Fujifilm X-E3 camera is a new generation of cameras that answers the needs of entry-level consumers as well as semi-professionals. One key feature that has been much in demand is the ability to shoot 4K video that is commonly found in cameras by Sony and Panasonic.
Fujifilm claims that the 4K video capabilities will also be offered in their flagship camera Fuji X-Pro 2 which was a much-needed improvement requested by their users. When comparing the quality of the video to other cameras in the market, the features such as log-gamma and the ability to manually control the settings when filming becomes crucial. In that respect, Sony’s A7S ii, A6500 and Panasonic’s GH5 cameras have the lead. It could be argued that these cameras are designed to be hybrid cameras suitable for filming purposes as well.
If you have been holding your breath to dive into buying a new Fujifilm camera, Fujifilm X-E3 answers the call in many respects. Firstly, it is compact, offers the same quality as Fuji X-Pro 2 and can record video at the 4K quality. Priced at $1,149.95, it is a bargain.
The build quality is superb like all other Fujifilm cameras, especially considering that they are made in Japan with the utmost attention to quality. The software and the processor in Fuji cameras are on par with much higher priced Leica cameras.
The lenses such as Fujifilm XF 80mm f/2.8, a 1:1 macro lens that offers optical image stabilization and weather resistance and 23mm f/2 prime lens that renders beautiful bokeh are guaranteed to provide the necessary tools for a skilled photographer to capture amazing photographs.
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