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Fujifilm X-E3 review

Previous X-E models have proved themselves to be great alternatives to Fujifilm's pricier offerings – and the X-E3 follows suit

Our Verdict

The X-E3’s rangefinder styling and traditional external controls are welcome departure from regular camera design. It’s compact and responsive, and its image quality is first rate

For

  • Impressive image quality
  • Sharp, responsive viewfinder
  • Shoot up to 8fps and 4K video

Against

  • Imbalanced with large lenses
  • Controls take getting used to
  • Can't change ISO control externally

The X-E3 is Fujifilm’s latest mid-range, rangefinder-style camera. We had an idea it would be coming because the previous X-E2 was the only enthusiast-focused X-mount camera not to sport the company’s latest 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor.

Fujifilm X-E3: Features

  • 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor
  • X-Processor Pro engine
  • Fujifilm X mount
  • ISO 200-12,800 (ISO 100-51,200 extended)
  • 4K UHD video recording, 30/25/24p
  • 325 AF points, upgraded tracking capabilities
  • 0.39in OLED viewfinder, 2,360,000 dots
  • 3in fixed touchscreen, 1,040,000 dots
  • Focus lever
  • Film Simulation modes
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy
  • SDHC/SDXC card slot (inc. UHS-I)
  • 350-frame battery life
  • 121.3 x 73.9 × 42.7mm
  • Approx. 337g (without lens, inc. battery and card)

The X-E3 is a smaller, cheaper and lighter alternative to the X-Pro2, in the same way that the DSLR-style X-T20 is a smaller and more affordable version of the X-T2. 

It has an electronic viewfinder, positioned in the top-left corner of the camera body rather than in a housing on the top plate. This gives the X-E3 a smaller, neater shape.

Read more: Fujifilm X-T20 review

The AF system combines an array of fast phase-detection autofocus points – these covering 50% of the width of the frame and 75% of its height – with a wider array of contrast-detect AF points. 

You can choose between three different AF options: Single Point AF, which is the default option; Zone AF, for capturing subjects within a larger area; and Wide/Tracking AF, which follows subjects around the frame. Five different continuous autofocus configurations are also on hand to cope with different kinds of subject movement.

Fujifilm’s latest X-Processor Pro engine is roughly four times faster than the previous version, and this gives increased buffer memory during continuous shooting. The X-E3 is not specifically designed as an action/sports camera, but it can shoot at at very respectable 8fps, while 4K video can also be recorded with the same Film Simulation modes that are available for stills shooting.