After all, it’s just a routine upgrade of the existing Fujifilm X-T2, right? Well that just shows how appearances can be deceptive, because the exterior might be quite similar, but inside the X-T3 has had a pretty massive overhaul.
Fujifilm X-T3 specifications
- Sensor: 26.1MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS 4, 23.5 x 15.6mm
- Image processor: X-Processor 4
- AF points: 91-point phase AF across entire image area
- ISO range: 160 to 12,800 (exp. 80-51,200)
- Max image size: 6,240 x 4,160px
- Metering zones: 256
- Video: C4K or 4K UHD at 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p
- Viewfinder: EVF, 3,690k dots, 100% coverage
- Memory card: 2x SD/SDHC/SDXC
- LCD: 3.0-inch 2-axis tilting touchscreen, 1,040K dots
- Max burst: 11fps (mechanical shutter), 20fps (electronic shutter), 30fps (electronic shutter, 1.25x crop mode)
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- Size: 132.5 x 92.8 x 58.8mm (body only)
- Weight: 539g (body only, with battery and memory card)
The X-T3 has a new 26.1 megapixel sensor. This is barely two megapixels more than the previous X-T2, but the extra resolution isn’t the point. For a start, this is Fujifilm’s first back-illuminated X-Trans sensor, which means the electronic wiring is at the back of the sensor and not obscuring the photodiodes at the front. This means better light gathering power and better overall image quality.
More important, the new sensor has 2.16 million phase detection sensors spread across the full image area. That’s a big step up from the X-T2, and the autofocus performance is boosted still further by the inclusion of a new X-Processor 4 image processor that’s three times faster than the one before.
This means faster focusing, improved subject tracking and increased autofocus sensitivity, down to -3EV.
The enhanced autofocus performance goes together with upgraded continuous shooting speeds. The X-T3 can now shoot at 11fps with its mechanical shutter (the old X-T2 needed an external booster grip to achieve this speed) and an excellent 30fps in electronic shutter mode with the camera’s new 1.25x cropped ’Sports Finder’ mode.
Even more impressive than all of this – for videographers at least – is the X-T3’s ability to capture 10-bit 4K video at up to 60p with 4:2:0 colour sampling (if you use an external recorder, that goes up to 4:2:2).
This is a pretty exceptional video specification for a stills/video crossover camera and marks a big step forward for Fujifilm’s video ambitions. From being a relative newcomer a short time ago, it now offers the most advanced video specifications of any APS-C format camera.