Fujifilm’s X-Pro series has always been a bit different: it tries to combine the latest digital technology with an analog shooting experience. The new X-Pro3 has the guts of the excellent X-T3, but by essentially hiding the LCD, Fujifilm is trying to get photographers to spend more time with their eye to the viewfinder than holding the camera at arms length.
From a distance, the X-Pro3 doesn’t look dramatically different than its predecessor. Once you get your hands on one, you’ll see that the top and bottom plates are now titanium, rather than magnesium alloy. If you want a more durable, scratch-proof finish, Fujifilm offers two models with a ‘Duratect’ coating for $200 more.
The hybrid viewfinder now has a fixed magnification of 0.52x in its optical mode; its predecessor gave you the option of 0.36x and 0.60x magnifications, which made it easier to work with wide and telephoto focal lengths. The electronic mode has been updated with a nice, contrasty OLED panel with 3.69M dots.
What really separates the X-Pro3 from its predecessor is its touchscreen LCD, which is ‘closed’ by default and can only be tilted downward by 180 degrees. While that makes it ideal for waist-level shooting, if you’re used to shooting with the camera straight out in front of you, that’s now awkward. When the LCD is closed – which Fujifilm appears to be encouraging – you’ll instead see a small display that (by default) shows the current Film Simulation mode, ISO and white balance.
On the techy side, the X-Pro3 has the same 26MP BSI X-Trans CMOS sensor and image processor as the X-T3, as well as its hybrid autofocus system. While the X-Pro3 doesn’t jump out and say “I’m great for video!”, it can shoot DCI and UHD 4K at up to 30p. The camera has dual SD card slots with UHS-II support and you can connect to external power sources over its USB 3.1 (Type C) connector. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
The X-Pro3 will be available soon in a traditional black finish for $1799. If you want the Duratect finish, silver and black models will be priced at $1999.
FUJIFILM INTRODUCES THE X-PRO3 – A RETURN TO THE CRAFT AND HEART OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Valhalla, New York, October 23, 2019 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of the FUJIFILM X-Pro3, the latest rangefinder from the X Series range of mirrorless digital cameras, and perfect for photographers on the move who want top-level features, a low profile, and reliable durability.
Created with street photographers and photojournalists in mind, the features of the X- Pro3 are designed to keep the photographer focused on the subject. Its revolutionary hybrid OVF/EVF and hidden LCD touchscreen keeps the photographer in the moment, while its state-of-the-art imaging sensor and high-quality 4k video ensure spectacular results. X-Pro3 is a true photographer’s tool that combines all the feeling of film with all the ease and quality of digital.
The X-Pro3 is one of the most durable camera bodies in FUJIFILM camera history, thanks to the exterior use of titanium, known for its outstanding strength-to-weight ratio. Two color variations will be available with additional DuratectTM*1 (DR) surface- hardening technology for extra toughness and premium finish. The X-Pro3 uses the back illuminated 26.1MP X-TRANS CMOS 4 sensor and the X-Processor 4 image processing engine, first seen in the FUJIFILM X-T3 and then the FUJIFILM X-T30. Using this combination and new firmware, the phase-detection AF now works down to a luminance of -6EV; close to absolute darkness. Also new is CLASSIC Neg. Film Simulation mode, which is designed to simulate color negative film that was normally used for everyday snapshots.
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New OVF/EVF Combination
Great photography is all about freezing natural moments in time and X-Pro3’s impressive hybrid viewfinder ensures you are always fully immersed in that moment, without influencing it. The optical viewfinder (OVF) uses a 0.5x magnification and parallax-correcting frame lines to provide an uninterrupted and true-to-life view of what’s in front of you. It also allows you to see outside the frame so that you are always ready to catch the approaching action. Additionally, the 3.69M-dot OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF) offers a fast and high-quality representation of exactly how your image will look, with a 1:5000 contrast ratio for excellent clarity. When combined, this industry-leading technology provides an outstanding picture, helping to capture the world exactly as it is being seen.
Hidden 180-Degree Tilt and Touchscreen
Every aspect of X-Pro3 has been designed for photographers who like to live in the moment, but none more so than its hidden 1.62M-dot, tilting LCD touchscreen. When the LCD is closed, all that can be viewed is a mini-display showing essential settings, removing the distraction of a full screen while shooting. With your mind and your eye always on the scene in front of you rather than the scene you’ve just shot, you can find a connection not just with your subject, but also with your art. If seeking the perfect moment is instinctive to you, then look no further than X-Pro3 as your tool.
Incredible Sensor, Processor, and AF Performance
Lying at the heart of X-Pro3 is its state-of-the-art X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and X-Processor 4 combination. This exceptional 26.1MP sensor uses a back-illuminated design to maximize quality and dynamic range, while its unique color filter array controls moiré and false color without the need for an optical, low-pass filter. Such outstanding imaging capability is complemented by the quad-core X-Processor 4. This powerful CPU not only ensures images are quickly and smoothly processed, but thanks to Fujifilm’s new algorithm, boosts AF performance with precision face and eye detection right down to -6EV.
Enhanced Body Design
X-Pro3’s timeless body design features a top and base plate constructed from titanium, which, despite being little more than half the density of stainless steel, is seven times more durable. In addition to classic black, the weather- sealed X-Pro3 is also available in DR Silver and DR Black, which utilize cold plasma technology for a scratch-resistant finish. This outstanding durability combines with a newly developed shutter release unit that ensures dependable precision and smoother, more responsive functionality to create a camera that can be relied upon to perform in nearly any situation.
Unparalleled Color Reproduction and Film Simulation Modes
Fujifilm’s legacy in color science has given it legendary status among image-makers across the world. During its 85 years in the industry, Fujifilm has been responsible for some of the most iconic photographic films in history. The exceptional knowledge gained has been poured into Fujifilm’s collection of 16 digital Film Simulation modes. This cutting-edge technology allows photographers to achieve stunning results straight out of camera and X-Pro3 introduces two exciting new additions to the Film Simulation mode collection: CLASSIC Neg. and MONOCHROMATIC Color.
The X Series’ first interchangeable lens camera, FUJIFILM X-Pro1, was released in February 2012, and its successor, FUJIFILM X-Pro2, debuted in March 2016 with vastly improved image quality and performance. The X-Pro Series has been embraced by many professional and enthusiast photographers who enjoy the classic rangefinder style, portability, and dials that enable intuitive operation. The X-Pro3 builds on the series’ legacy as the ultimate solution for photographers on the move who know the value of being in the moment.
The X-Pro3 camera will be offered with manufacturer’s suggested retail prices as follows:
$1,799.95 USD Black
$1,999.95 USD DR Black or DR Silver
$2,399.99 CAD Black
$2,699.99 CAD DR Black or DR Silver.
X-Pro3 is expected to go on sale in late Fall 2019. For more information, please visit https://fujifilm-x.com/en-us/x-pro3
Fujifilm X-Pro3 specifications
|MSRP||$1799 (standard finish, body only), $1999 (DR finish, body only)|
|Body type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Max resolution||6240 x 4160|
|Image ratio w:h||3:2|
|Effective pixels||26 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)|
|Color space||sRGB, Adobe RGB|
|Color filter array||X-Trans|
|ISO||Auto, 160-12800 (expands to 80-51200)|
|Boosted ISO (minimum)||80|
|Boosted ISO (maximum)||51200|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, normal|
|Optics & Focus|
|Autofocus assist lamp||Yes|
|Number of focus points||425|
|Lens mount||Fujifilm X|
|Focal length multiplier||1.5×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Viewfinder type||Electronic and Optical (tunnel)|
|Viewfinder magnification||0.78× (0.52× 35mm equiv.)|
|External flash||Yes (via hot shoe)|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|Storage types||Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II support)|
|USB||USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)|
|Wireless notes||802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth|
|Remote control||Yes (wired, cable release or smartphone)|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||497 g (1.10 lb / 17.53 oz)|
|Dimensions||141 x 83 x 46 mm (5.55 x 3.27 x 1.81″)|
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