Earlier this month, FUJIFILM Corporation ushered in the fourth generation of X Series with the arrival of the FUJIFILM X-T3. This outstanding new model builds on the successes of the X-T1 and X-T2 by adding new X-Trans sensor technology, which delivers superb image quality, powerful processing, and new creative features. Let’s take a look at how this technology works, and how it can take your still images and videography to new creative heights.
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The X-T3 is the first X Series camera to use our next generation of X-Trans sensor. The X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor boasts 26.1 megapixels (the highest pixel count currently available on an APS-C type digital camera) and a back-illuminated design that boosts performance in low-light situations.
Conventional CMOS designs have both light-sensitive pixels and wiring competing for space on the same side of the sensor. This can lead to a loss of sensitivity caused by light reflecting off the wiring instead of being captured and turned into a photograph. The X-T3’s back-illuminated CMOS sensor overcomes this problem by separating the pixels and wiring, putting them on opposite sides of the sensor. This lets the camera capture more light, boosting image quality in low-light situations. The X-T3 also adds the ability to shoot at lower ISO settings, with a low native setting of ISO 160, which can be expanded to ISO 80. The camera’s maximum native sensitivity is ISO 12,800, expandable to ISO 51,200.
You can think of the new X-Processor 4 as the brain of the X-T3, controlling almost every aspect of its functionality. It’s not only responsible for turning raw sensor data into image files, but controls focusing, exposure metering, noise reduction, and much more. The X-Processor 4 packs four processing cores into its tiny shell, so it can crunch data up to 3x faster than its predecessors. This allows the X-T3 to track moving objects with more accuracy than ever, with Face and Eye Detection now available in continuous autofocusing mode.
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The X-T3 features over 2.16 million phase detection AF pixels, spread out across the sensor for virtually 100% coverage. This means no compromises on focus accuracy when shooting an off-center composition, plus incredible AF sensitivity in low-light conditions. The X-T3 can autofocus in light as low as -3EV – equivalent to moonlight.
Face and Eye Detection AF now operate in AF-S and AF-C modes and with 2x the speed of previous X Series cameras – ideal for maintaining critical focus while shooting dynamic portraits. Significantly, the X-T3 also recognizes faces from the side, as well as the front.
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The X-Processor 4 also delivers new creative opportunities. A new Monochrome Adjustment option reproduces warm and cool tones reminiscent of traditional darkroom printing effects. It’s an option when shooting in Monochrome or ACROS Film Simulation mode, and the intensity of the effect can be fine-tuned according to taste.
Also available is Color Chrome, which produces deeper colors and improved gradation in highly color-saturated subjects. The power of the X-Processor 4 allows Color Chrome to be used when shooting continuously as well as for single frames.
The power of the X-T3’s X-Processor 4 allows incredibly fast continuous shooting, which can reveal the subtleties of motion in the fastest of subjects. Capture full-resolution 26.1 megapixel RAW or JPEG files at 11fps – no power boost grip needed. Or use the camera’s electronic shutter and 1.25x crop mode (16.6 megapixel) to shoot at up to 30fps.
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Lift the X-T3 to your eye and you’ll enjoy an incredible sight through the camera’s electronic viewfinder. 3.69 million dot resolution produces incredible clarity and detail, while a 100fps refresh rate and 0.005 sec lag time ensure a smooth lifelike display.
When you’re shooting action at up to 30fps, you won’t see any viewfinder blackout – a huge bonus for sports and wildlife photographers tracking fast-moving subjects. The camera’s SportFinder mode shows subjects just outside the frame, allowing photographers to better anticipate the decisive moment. Also present is a digital recreation of a microprism focusing aid, popular in manual focus SLR cameras.
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