FUJIFILM Corporation proudly announces the X-T3 camera and with it the advent of the X Series’ fourth generation. The X-T3 is the first camera to use Fujifilm’s new back-illuminated 26.1 megapixel X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and X-Processor 4 processing engine, which combine to deliver a significant leap in image quality, autofocus performance, and 4K video recording capability.
The new sensor retains the groundbreaking color filter array, which controls moiré and false colors, without an optical low-pass filter, but combines it with a back-illuminated design. This means that the X-T3 offers the highest resolution of any APS-C sized sensor, but with noise levels as low as previous models. What’s more, there’s a new low native ISO 160 setting.
Allied to the new sensor, the X-Processor 4 uses four CPUs to increase speed up to three times over its predecessor. This boosts frames per second, as well as substantially accelerating AF speed and accuracy. In the new Sports Finder mode, users can enjoy blackout-free continuous shooting at 30fps using the X-T3’s electronic shutter and 11fps with the mechanical shutter, the latter without any aid from the optional battery grip. Sports Finder mode allows autofocus, auto exposure, and subject tracking, via a 1.25x cropped view, giving 16 megapixel files – and with the normal view still visible in the EVF around the crop in the center, it makes following subjects much easier.
Autofocus performance is 1.5x faster than the previous generation, and Face and Eye Detection AF modes are substantially improved due to 2.16 million phase detection pixels covering the entire frame. Eye Detection AF can also now be used in Continuous AF mode, so portraits of moving subjects are easier. The increase in phase detection pixels represents four times the number on the previous models, and these allow low-light autofocus at an incredible -3EV, increased from -1EV on the X-T2.
Movie Making Powerhouse
The X-T3 also makes great leaps in video performance. As the world’s first mirrorless digital camera with an APS-C sensor capable of recording 4K at 60p in 4:2:2 10 bit HDMI output or 4K at 60p in 4:2:0 10 bit internally, professional level acquisition is now at the users’ disposal. The 10 bit mode gives 64x the color information of 8 bit recording, so rich gradations and perfect colors are guaranteed.
Supported formats include the standard H.264/MPEG-4 AVC as well as H.265/HEVC for greater data compression, enabling a 200Mbps bit rate when recording 4K at 60P 4:2:0 10 bit internally, as well as simultaneous HDMI output. Compression options also include ALL-Intra, where video is recorded at 400Mbps, and Long GOP. Alongside these new modes, rolling shutter distortion of fast moving subjects has also been reduced by half. A new onboard noise reduction process with special 4K Interframe Noise Reduction, reduces noise by the equivalent of 2 stops. A 3.5mm headphone jack is also now included in the camera body.
Further video enhancements, such as Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) and simultaneous output of Film Simulation and F-log footage, will be made in a firmware update in late 2018.
New Monochrome Adjustment Function
The X-T3’s new X-Processor 4 also provides new Film Simulation and Monochrome Adjustment functions. Users can enjoy the Color Chrome Effect, previously only in Fujifilm’s medium format GFX 50S, which offers deeper colors and gradation in subjects with highly saturated colors, such as flowers with shadows. The Monochrome Adjustment function can be applied to the existing Monochrome and ACROS modes, giving a warm or cool bias reminiscent of printing on specific photographic papers and developers.
In terms of handling, the X-T3 takes the successes of its predecessor and builds on them with a new 3.69 million dot, 100fps EVF that offers a high magnification ratio of 0.75x and a lag of just 0.005 sec. It inherits its predecessor’s dial layout on the top panel, and excellent grip, adding the X-H1’s larger dial design, rear-panel buttons and more pronounced clicking of front and rear command dials.
Both FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO and HS-V5 tethering software have also been updated to offer full compatibility with the X-T3.
The X-T3 will be available from September 20, 2018 at participating X Series Authorized Dealers.
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Read the official press release here.