The Fujifilm X-T3 is just out, and on paper, it seems like a pretty powerful piece of gear. Jordan Drake of DPReview tested it out for video shooting and compared it to his favorite Panasonic GH5. So, let’s see how the two cameras compare and if the new X-T3 is capable of meeting the videographers’ criteria.
Color profiles and color grading
Jordan likes the 709 Log profile of the GH5, but Fuji has the Eterna profile on the XT-3. It has soft color and rich shadow tone. Comparing the skin tone with these two profiles, Jordan prefers the Eterna, so the X-T3 would be his choice if he needed the SOOC footage. Looking at the sample footage, it’s my personal preference, too.
Both the GH5 and the X-T3 shoot Log internally in 10-bit, although it’s 4:2:0 compression when using the X-T3. When hand-grading the footage, Jordan found it much easier to do it with the GH5. With the Fuji, he had to use either the Eterna or the standard F-log LUT that Fuji provides, he had a hard time grading it from scratch.
Shooting with exactly the same settings at ISO3200, Fuji has a cleaner image – but it also has a larger sensor. If you’re looking to get more depth of field in your shots, you’ll need to stop down the aperture and increase the ISO, and in this case – you’ll get pretty much the same results with both cameras.
If you use the face-detection AF, the X-T3 absolutely wins over the GH5. The only drawback is that you have to keep the focus point on your subject if it’s not a face. With the GH5, you get subject tracking. Although, it is a bit inconsistent. So, overall, Jordan gives an advantage to the X-T3 when it comes to the AF performance.
Generally speaking, it seems like X-T3 is doing a pretty decent job for video. This is only the first impression video, but from it seems like Fuji cameras have gone a long way in a relatively short time.