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Fujifilm X-E3 Review

The Fujifilm X-E3 is the successor to the company’s older X-E2S mirrorless camera. It has a newer version of the company’s X-Trans CMOS III sensor, which has a resolution of 24.3 megapixels.

Unlike other Fujifilm cameras, such as the X-T2 and X-T20, which have a form similar to that of a DSLR and include a raised viewfinder in the center of the body, the X-E3 is modeled after a traditional rangefinder-style camera, much like the X-Pro2.

The X-E3, on the other hand, has been developed to appeal to a somewhat wider audience by having more compact proportions and by having controls that have been simplified. The X-Pro2 is geared toward pros and serious enthusiasts.

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Fujifilm X-E3 Features

The Fujifilm X-E3 incorporates the same 24.3-megapixel X-Trans CMOS III APS-C sensor that has been used in all of the company’s X Series cameras since the X-Pro2; this represents a significant improvement in resolution when compared to the 16.3-megapixel sensor found in the X-E2S.

A native sensitivity range of ISO200-12,800 (compared to ISO6400 on the X-E2S) and an enlarged range that now ranges from ISO100-51,200 are both provided as a result of this. Additionally, the ISO range has been increased by a considerable amount when compared to its predecessor. In addition, the X-E3 can read raw data, whereas the X-E2S can only read JPEG files when shooting at an extended range.

The Fujifilm X-E3, much like the X-E2S and the X-T20, has an electronic viewfinder (EVF) with a high resolution of 2.36 million dots OLED and a magnification of 0.62x. On the back of the camera is a touchscreen display measuring 3.0 inches and having a resolution of 1,040,000 dots.

Fujifilm X-E3 Build Quality

The Fujifilm X-E3 is somewhat different from its predecessors, the X-E2 and X-E2s, which followed a design quite similar to the X-E1. The X-E3, noticeably smaller than the X-E2s, has been given the title of the most miniature X Series camera that is presently available with a viewfinder. You’ll have a great compact camera system if combined with a few of Fujifilm’s excellent f/2 prime lenses, such as the 23mm or the 35mm.

There is a solid handgrip much the same size as the one on the X-predecessor, E3’s, and the raised thumb rest on the rear of the camera makes it wonderfully pleasant to handle one-handed. I don’t believe that the reduction in the X-footprint E3 has damaged its handling.

The X Series cameras have a great fit and finish, which has come to be expected from these types of cameras. The X-E3 may not be weather-sealed, but it has an excellent quality feel thanks to the magnesium alloy top and bottom plates and the machined dials.

Fujifilm X-E3 Autofocus

The Fujifilm X-T20 and the X-E3 use the same 325-point autofocus technology. This is split down into 169 phase-detect points in a grid of 13 x 13 in the center of the frame. Additionally, two grids of contrast-detect points are 6 x 13 on either side of the frame, which brings the total number of focusing issues to 325.

That is the case if the single-point AF setting of the X-E3 is utilized. Coverage lowers to a respectable 91-point AF setup when you select Zone or Wide/Tracking as your autofocus mode. In this particular situation, a phase-detect point grid is seven by 7 in size.

The X-E3 quickly latched onto several objects in a range of lighting settings, and switching to continuous AF revealed a pleasant improvement in focusing accuracy compared to the X-E2. Focusing is quick for subjects that don’t move, and the camera can handle moving subjects with ease.

Fujifilm X-E3 Performance

The X-E3 takes 0.4 seconds to power up, compared to 0.5 seconds for the X-E2s, while the shutter lag stays the same at just 0.05 seconds thanks to Fujifilm’s X-Processor Pro image engine. This is a significant improvement over the previous model.

The X-E3 is not marketed as an action camera; however, it can shoot at a high-speed 14 frames per second when using the electronic shutter or at a slightly more restrained eight frames per second when using the camera’s mechanical shutter. If you choose to use the mechanical shutter, you can expect to be able to shoot 23 raw files or 62 JPEGs before the buffer starts to slow down.

The X-E3 uses Fujifilm’s tried-and-true TTL 256-zone metering technology, which achieves highly satisfying results for the most part. When the camera is shown a scene with a lot of contrast, it tends to underexpose the image slightly. Fortunately, this is simple to fix thanks to the exposure compensation button conveniently located on the back of the device. Alternatively, you can adjust the shadows in the post-processing software.

Fujifilm X-E3 Image Quality

Since the Fujifilm X-E3 is equipped with the same X-Trans CMOS III sensor found in the X-Pro2, X-T2, X-T20, and X100F, it is safe to say that the image quality produced by the X-E3 is among the highest that can be achieved with an APS-C-based camera.

The level of detail is high, and those who prefer not to spend a lot of time in front of a computer will like the variety of film simulation settings that the X-E3 offers. There are various possibilities accessible, thanks to the fact that there are 15 different effects to pick from. Some of these effects, like Velvia, are fantastic for boosting the colors in landscapes, while others, like the Arcos mode, are more suited to monochrome photography.

The X-E3 also does quite well in the category of dynamic range. It is possible to recover a significant amount of detail in the shadows and highlights of an image, which is especially true for raw files, which have around four stops of latitude for adjustment when shot at low ISOs.

The Dynamic Range mode of the X-E3 is accessible for both JPEG and raw file formats. The highest DR400 setting can preserve a significant amount of detail in the highlights and the shadows. However, this comes at the expense of the base sensitivity accessible in this mode, as only ISO800 or higher is accessible.

Fujifilm X-E3 Specs

Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Body materialMagnesium alloy / plastic
Sensor
Max resolution6000 x 4000
Other resolutions4240 x 2832, 6000 x 3376, 4000, x 4000, 4240 x 2832, 4240 x 2384, 2832 x 2832, 3008 x 2000, 3008 x 1688, 2000 x 2000
Image ratio w:h1:1, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.6 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorX-Processor Pro
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayX-Trans
Image
ISOAuto, 200 – 12800 (expandable to 100-51200)
Boosted ISO (minimum)100
Boosted ISO (maximum)51200
White balance presets7
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, normal
File formatJPEG (Exif v2.3)Raw (Fujifilm RAF, 14-bit)
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points325
Lens mountFujifilm X
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes (Four-way controller functions replaced by ‘swiping’ on display)
Screen typeLCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.93× (0.62× 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder resolution2,360,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic)1/32000 sec
Exposure modesProgramShutter priorityAperture priorityManual
Built-in flashNo (Small external flash included)
External flashYes
Flash X sync speed1/180 sec
Drive modesSingleContinuousSelf-timerInterval
Continuous drive8.0 fps
Self-timerYes
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedAverageSpot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes
Videography features
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Modes3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 36 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 36 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 36 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 36 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 36 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 36 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1280 x 720 @ 60p / 18 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1280 x 720 @ 50p / 18 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1280 x 720 @ 30p / 18 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1280 x 720 @ 25p / 18 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1280 x 720 @ 24p / 18 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1280 x 720 @ 23.98p / 18 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
Connectivity
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth LE
Remote controlYes
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNP-W126S lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)350
Weight (inc. batteries)337 g (0.74 lb / 11.89 oz)
Dimensions121 x 74 x 43 mm (4.78 x 2.91 x 1.68″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
GPSNone

Fujifilm X-E3 Verdict

The Fujifilm X-E3 is an outstanding example of a compact camera. This camera has a luxurious feel, a variety of tactile buttons, and a touchscreen interface, which combine to make it a pleasure to use when taking photos.

Regarding image quality, there are also no complaints to be made; photos come out vibrant and detailed, and the film simulation settings may give your photographs a delightful new spin. In addition, because of advancements in connection, it is now feasible to send spectacular pictures directly from the camera to others before you have even arrived at your residence.

It’s best to steer clear of using the X-E3 with any of Fujifilm’s bigger zoom lenses; this is more of a camera that shines when paired with one of Fujifilm’s interesting prime lenses. Additionally, given the X-battery E3’s life, you may want to consider purchasing an additional battery or two.

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