Fujifilm’s offerings have been mostly aimed at high-range cameras that would require buyers to break a bank, their latest offering provides something that is more accessible while still completes the package for a modern-day mirrorless camera. The X-E3 could be called the smaller sibling of the already established X-Pro2 and the X-T20.
The X-E3 comes with a 24MP APS-C X Trans III sensor. The X-Processor Pro image signal processor is also on board for refinement and clarity of the image. The camera also has dials for shutter speed and exposure compensation. The camera will also feature the focus control joystick that was first seen on the X-Pro2.
While it is still not on par with the X-Pro2, it can still perform in 4K, which the X-Pro2 can’t, but will be getting later in the form a firmware update. The difference between the X-Pro2 and the X-E3 is seen in the function of the viewfinder. The X-E3 features only a standard electric viewfinder and not the one that can adapt to the kind of lens being used. While it is not really a problem, it will be the only reason why peoples would opt for the X-Pro2 in the first place.
The device will be Fujifilm’s smallest viewfinder equipped camera. The EVF consists of a 2.36 million dot display with smartphone like controls. As far as ease of use is concerned, the camera will allow for users to easily adapt to its controls. There is a 325 point autofocus system on board as well. There is a new image recognition algorithm built-in that allows for better tracking of objects in images, perfect for wildlife and sports scenarios. The camera is also no slouch in terms of picking up the pace as it can shoot up to 8 fps or even as high as 14 fps using the electronic shutter. It being 2017, the camera, just like all cameras released nowadays features Bluetooth LE and WiFi.
Connectivity wise, the device comes with a microphone input, but no headphone jack. There is, however, an HDMI port that will allow for users to output videos from the camera should they choose to do so. In many aspects, the device is a chip off the X-Pro2’s block, but just under-delivers enough to make it a sensible buying option.
Regarding the pricing, the camera will be available for $900 with the body-only option and there will be two kits available. The standard kit will come with an 18-55mm lens for $1,300 while another kit comes with the XF 23mm F2 R WR that will retail for $1,150.