Fujifilm X-Pro3 is officially out, and it draws inspiration from old film cameras

Oct 23, 2019

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Fujifilm X-Pro3 is officially out, and it draws inspiration from old film cameras

Oct 23, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Fujifilm announced the new X-Pro3 camera during the Fujifilm X Summit in Shibuya, Japan last month. The camera is now officially out and ready for preorders, and it brings some improvements over the previous models. But, it also comes with the redesign which relies on old film cameras and combines them with modern digital photography.

In the previous article, we gave you some highlights of the Fujifilm X-Pro3. Fujifilm says that the company has paid attention to the customers’ wish list. Three things from it have been incorporated into the X-Pro3. There’s the “Multiple Shot” feature for HDR, internal focus bracketing function, and you can shoot multiple exposures with 2-9 images.

The camera packs an APS-C-format 26.1MP back-illuminated sensor. It’s an X-Trans sensor without an optical low-pass filter, and it utilizes a randomized pixel array for higher image quality and sharpness. The sensor’s design also includes an expanded phase-detection autofocus system which has 425 selectable points that cover nearly the entire sensor area. Fujifilm promises faster and more accurate AF in a variety of lighting conditions.

The X-Pro3 features both optical and electronic viewfinders incorporated into the unique Hybrid Multi Viewfinder. It lets you choose between OVF and EVF quickly via the dedicated finder switching the lever on the front of the camera body.

As for the video, the camera shoots DCI/UHD 4K at up to 30fps and 2K up to 60fps. The X-Processor 4 enables fast read speeds when shooting 4K video and reduces rolling shutter distortion with moving subjects.

When it comes to the design and build, the Fujifilm X-Pro3 is made from titanium, which is ten times more durable than steel. This makes it tougher than the previous models, as well as scratch- and dust-resistant.

As I mentioned, this camera draws a lot of inspiration from film cameras. All Fuji cameras do, though, but this one seems to take even more from them. It comes with a hidden LCD screen which you can see only when you tilt it down. When it’s hidden, there is only a small display showing you the basic settings such as the aperture, ISO, shutter speed and the like. If you remember that small “window” on film cameras which would let you insert a paper with the name of the film that’s inside… Well, this is what inspired Fujifilm for the design. Also, the  X-Pro3 packs several Film Simulation modes to mimic the look and feel of some of Fujifilm’s classic film types.

Oh, and it has dual card slots.

Let’s see the full specs:

Lens MountFUJIFILM X
Camera FormatAPS-C (1.5x Crop Factor)
PixelsEffective: 26.1 Megapixel
Maximum Resolution6240 x 4160
Aspect Ratio1:1, 3:2, 16:9
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor Size23.5 x 15.6 mm
Image File FormatJPEG, RAW
Bit Depth14-Bit
Image StabilizationNone
ISO SensitivityAuto, 160 to 12800
Shutter SpeedMechanical Shutter
1/8000 to 1 Second
Bulb Mode
Time Mode
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation-3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
Video Recording ModesDCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p [100 to 200 Mb/s]
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p [100 to 200 Mb/s]
DCI 2K (2048 x 1080) at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeContinuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-Servo AF (S)
Autofocus PointsPhase Detection: 425
Viewfinder TypeElectronic (OLED)
Optical
Viewfinder Resolution3,690,000 Dot
Viewfinder MagnificationApprox. 0.5x
Monitor Size3″
Monitor Resolution1,620,000 Dot
Monitor Type180° Tilting Touchscreen LCD
Built-In FlashNo
Dedicated Flash SystemTTL
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe
Memory Card SlotDual Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC
ConnectivityUSB Type-C (USB 3.0), 2.5mm Sub-Mini
WirelessBluetooth
Wi-Fi
Battery1 x  NP-W126S Rechargeable Lithium-Ion

The Fujifilm X-Pro3 is available for preorders and it costs $1,800 and it comes in three variants: Black, DURA Black and DURA Silver. It’s expected to start shipping in late November 2019.

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4 responses to “Fujifilm X-Pro3 is officially out, and it draws inspiration from old film cameras”

  1. George Salt Avatar
    George Salt

    “It draws inspiration from old film cameras” – unlike the -Pro1 and -Pro2 which drew their inspiration from ?

    1. Pavlos Pavlidis Avatar
      Pavlos Pavlidis

      George Salt I guess they mean the titanium color from the Contax G

  2. damn.eu Avatar
    damn.eu

    I suppose that Fuji might become so inspired, they might even manufacture one or two of their superb medium format cameras again?

    Then again, perhaps not, too busy building clones of every other manufacturers cameras. Pick a size any size, chuck as many knobs and whistles o as possible and then tell people they have a choice.

    Hobson’s choice.

  3. JustChristoph Avatar
    JustChristoph

    Unfortunately, in the push to make this a more technically capable camera, the functionality of the OVF has been critically reduced to the point where it is no longer viable. This has undermined the essential nature and point of the X-Pro line. As a fully electronic camera the X-T3 is a far better design and as a rangefinder optical camera it is compromised.