Fujifilm X-E3 Summary
Fuji X-E3 Assessment
The Fuji X-E3 takes the X-T20 pipeline and places it in a minimalist rangefinder body. With the a proven 24 MP X-Trans CMOS III APS-C sensor with built-in Phase-Detect AF and X-Processor Pro in a compact form-factor, the X-E3 present a leap over the X-E2 that precedes it.
The X-E3 delivers top-notch image-quality for an APS-C sensor. Image noise is very low throughout the range with slightly strong noise-reduction engine cleaning up noise while reducing details from ISO 3200. Color rendition, white-balance and contrast are all very natural while metering is quite reliable.
This mirrorless is very fast and its 325-Point autofocus system is performs very well, only slowing down in low-light while maintaining a high level of accuracy. The redesigned rangefinder style body takes the unique approach of replacing the traditional 4-way controller with an 8-way joystick to deliver a highly efficient digital camera in an exceptionally compact body. The X-E3 is well-built yet not weatherproof.
There are two shortcomings of the X-E3. One is its well-specified 2.4 MP 0.39" EVF with Eye-Start Sensor and 0.62X magnification which simply struggles giving an accurate preview. The other is a very short battery-life which can easily be overcome with the purchase of several extra batteries.
The Fuji X-E3 delivers a superb combination of image-quality, speed and ergonomics in a compact design which works almost impeccably.
|Very low image noise up to ISO 3200||Somewhat aggressive noise-reduction|
|Wide dynamic-range||Low ISO 100 unreliable|
|Reliable metering||Not Exposure-Priority|
|Natural rendition of image colors||Misleading EVF and LCD preview|
|Good automatic white-balance||Complicated Shutter-Speed control|
|Ultra-fast autofocus||Very short battery-life|
|Instant shutter-lag with virtually no blackout||Minimal hand-grip|
|Excellent shot-to-shot speed||Soft aperture detentsWith all current XF-mount lenses|
|Instant video response|
|Excellent build quality|
|Excellent + Excellent +|
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Fujifilm X-E3 Highlights
Sensor-Size: 24 x 16mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|24 Megapixels Mirrorless||ISO 100-51200|
|Fujifilm X Mount|
|0.39" Built-in EVF 2.4 Megapixels (0.62X)||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|Automatic Eye-Start sensor||Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|1 Axis Digital Level||Spot-Metering|
|Built-in Dust Reduction||Hot-Shoe|
|8 FPS Drive, 62 Images||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|3840x2160 @ 30 FPS Video Recording||Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
|3" LCD 1 Megapixels|
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