The Fuji X-T3 Assessment. The Best APS-C Camera I have ever Used.
By Steve Huff
You possibly can order the X-T3 at B&H Photo HERE.
Properly right here we’re once more and this time with a Fuji assessment! Their newest digital camera, the X-T3 is one which got here into me by way of B&H photograph and I was anticipating to love it, however not likely adore it. Let me be trustworthy…I have not had one of the best experiences with Fuji cameras prior to now, and I am speaking years in the past, not just lately. Positive I actually appreciated some, however I additionally disliked a few of them. Principally the early fashions a number of years in the past as I discovered them to lack in lots of areas from really feel and construct (chap buttons and dials) to horrendous AF (X-pro 1) to noisy loud lenses (35 1.Four) and even the Adobe Fuji RAW problem that went on for a very long time. I didn’t really feel I ought to have to vary my whole software program setup simply to make use of a Fuji. I cannot overlook low mild and excessive ISO which to me, was all the time a weak spot for Fuji when in comparison with different manufacturers. When I criticized these issues on the time, they have been properly warranted and actual points for me. Due to these points I pale away from Fuji principally, although nonetheless stored my eye on the X100 collection which continued to enhance mannequin after mannequin. I admit although, my fave X100 for IQ was the one and solely unique. It simply had these 1st gen jitters like sluggish AF and glitches, even a lens aperture that might get caught.
Click on it for bigger! ISO 10,000 in cavernous circumstances. Lens used was a guide Voigtlander 50 1.2 Leica M mount by way of adapter.
So once more, right here we’re. Now it’s October 2018 and I have been testing this X-T3 and as I stated in my final video about this digital camera, it has excited me, and even impressed me. What I imply is, this digital camera feels so good within the hand and provides SO MUCH GOOD that it has impressed me to make use of it. That’s key in a digital camera for me. Additionally, this Fuji X-T3 has the brand new backlit sensor that improves the low mild efficiency drastically in comparison with earlier Fuji fashions. Because the older fashions years in the past Fuji has improved issues similar to really feel, solidity in that really feel and construct, nicer buttons and dials which are bigger and extra strong, the AF is now loopy quick and correct and video might be the most effective of any digital camera close to this worth vary, even beating the Sony A7III in video specs (4K/60).
My FIRST LOOK video I posted on Sep 25th 2018! In the event you missed it, it was additionally shot with a Fuji X-T3!
At $1499 for the physique solely, this isn’t an affordable digital camera however it in my trustworthy opinion it’s just like the tremendous APS-C model of the Sony A7III however cooler, nicer feeling and sure, in a few methods even higher (I will spell them out later). In fact if you need full body, no APS-C sensor digital camera will reduce it for you. I hear ya on that if so as I have been a very long time fan of full body cameras. My go to cameras nowadays that I love are the Leica SL and even the Canon 1dXII (samples) every now and then which has beautiful IQ that kicks my 6DII to the curb. If solely it weren’t so giant. However there’s something to be stated for a small, but not too small, APS-C digital camera that may ship outcomes about simply nearly as good in full body in all areas apart from shallow DOF (which is a few instances is a power not a weak spot).
Click on any picture for a bigger and higher model. This one was shot at ISO 5000 on the State Truthful. I introduced you outdoors of the security bars right here so as to add a special perspective to the traditional sort of shot. At ISO 5000 utilizing the Fuji 16mm f1.Four (what a lens!) the colour is beautiful. I used the Velvia mode and this can be a primary JPEG out of the digital camera. I have Noise Discount to its lowest setting.
The Fuji X-T3 additionally has a category and elegance that the majority different cameras immediately don’t have. The great thing about the design is 2nd solely to Leica however each share a love of classic retro type. I have all the time adored this as I choose exterior controls dials for issues akin to EV comp, ISO, shutter velocity, drive mode, and so forth. This Fuji has these controls proper the place I need them up prime in addition to behind with the great giant LCD and joystick which is useful. By comparability, a Sony a7III (and I am being trustworthy with MY emotions right here) is type of ugly as compared, although it does supply a greater grip than the Fuji which can be what issues to a few of you. Even so, one can add a grip to the Fuji with out going to the complete battery grip and bingo, no extra lack of grip points. (although this grip will value you $130).
I have shot with so many cameras, and as I have stated for years I am not a company web site, and I don’t pimp out all fashions simply to promote promote promote. I solely assessment and write about what excites me, what will get my blood pumping and what I would purchase for myself although this creates a lot much less revenue for me (by way of hyperlinks and affiliate gross sales). If I dislike a digital camera, or have no use for it, I don’t assessment it. That’s what is good about what I do. I am a one man present right here, all the time have been and all the time shall be. No strain from digital camera corporations, no pushing crap I won’t purchase for myself. Positive, many might disagree with me at occasions however what I hope to offer right here is my expertise USING the digital camera. To convey my emotions about it quite than speak about specs and numbers or check charts. See, there are various who do this very nicely, higher than I ever might however I have by no means carried out that in my evaluations. I simply converse my thoughts after truly utilizing the digital camera and sharing my photographs with stated digital camera, or lens. I converse of the enjoyment of the digital camera, the usability and naturally the outcomes.
I actually loved utilizing that Voigtlander 50 1.2 (see my 1st look of that lens right here) on this physique. Whereas not as gratifying as utilizing it on my Leica SL, this X-T3 is available in at $4500 LESS than the SL and nonetheless gives an excellent satisfying expertise. The giant and clear EVF actually helps right here and I programmed one in every of my buttons for magnification so it was straightforward to nail focus. Additionally, I discovered utilizing the sports activities mode allowed for a pleasant zoom crop of types. LOVE that function only for getting slightly nearer proper in digital camera.
I will admit…
…this Fuji caught me unexpectedly. When the X-T2 got here out I heard it was superb, and I tried it for just a few moments and did like the texture and design however I knew it might have the identical limitations as most APS-C vs Full Body our bodies. Low mild being crucial for me. So when the X-T3 was introduced I didn’t actually write something about it. After talking behind the scenes with a couple of reviewers who did use it, and seeing their pleasure for it (actual pleasure in personal) then I knew I had to have a look.
Earlier than I maintain going right here, let me record the specs of the X-T3 so we all know what we’re coping with. I WILL BOLD THE PARTS THAT I FEEL ARE SPECIAL AND PRETTY KICK ASS.
THE NEW SENSOR
26.1MP APS-C X-Trans BSI CMOS Four Sensor and X-Processor Four. Revolving round a newly developed sensor, the X-T3 options an APS-C-format 26.1MP X-Trans CMOS Four sensor, which has a back-illuminated design to afford clean tonal rendering, improved low-light efficiency, and a low native ISO 160 setting. As an X-Trans sensor, it nonetheless makes use of the randomized pixel array, too, which supplies a excessive diploma of picture high quality and sharpness because of the omission of an optical low-pass filter. Versus typical pixel patterns, the X-Trans design extra intently mimics the natural nature of movie to be able to produce nuanced colours and tonal transitions, whereas additionally decreasing moiré and aliasing.
The sensor’s design additionally consists of an expanded phase-detection autofocus system, which now has a powerful 2,160,000 factors that cowl almost the whole sensor space. This AF system delivers quicker, extra correct focusing efficiency together with low-light sensitivity right down to EV -Three. Complementing the imaging and focusing capabilities, an up to date X-Processor Four can also be featured, and delivers quicker focus response for topic monitoring and in addition helps Face- and Eye-Detection AF when working in AF-C mode and when recording video.
The X-Processor Four additionally makes use of 4 CPU models for quicker picture processing and it advantages general efficiency with AF speeds as little as zero.06 sec. zero.17 sec capturing intervals, zero.045 sec shutter lag, and a zero.Three sec start-up time. Fast steady capturing is feasible, as much as 11 fps with a mechanical shutter or 30 fps with an digital shutter and a 1.25x crop, and inner UHD 4K60 video recording with 10-bit output can also be supported.
The X-T3 presents an attractive array of video capabilities, together with inner UHD 4K60p video recording at Four:2:zero 10-bit, in addition to 4K60p Four:2:2 10-bit by way of HDMI output, each at as much as 400 Mb/s—and simultaneous exterior and inner recording is feasible. DCI 4K30 and Full HD 1080p120 recording can also be potential, and video information might be saved utilizing both MPEG-Four AVC/H.264 or HEVC/H.265 compressions, and 4K. Significantly benefitting general video efficiency, the velocity of the quad-CPU X-Processor Four allows quick learn speeds of 17 ms when recording 4K60 video, which helps to scale back rolling shutter distortion when filming shifting topics.
Along with the supported 10-bit colour depth, the X-T3 additionally consists of the F-Log gamma setting, which supplies a flat image to be used in superior shade grading software program throughout modifying. This maximizes the potential dynamic vary in troublesome scenes and picture changes may be made, as properly, to spotlight tone, shadow tone, colour, and sharpness. When working in F-Log, an up to date noise discount algorithm is on the market together with 4K inter-frame noise discount, and the minimal sensitivity has been lowered to ISO 640 to go well with working in a broader vary of scene varieties.
Additionally, the digital camera encompasses a Three.5mm microphone jack and three.5mm headphone jack for extra superior audio options.
- A brilliant and clear means for eye-level viewing, a Three.69m-dot OLED digital viewfinder provides a excessive zero.75x magnification, quick ~100 fps refresh fee, extensive viewing angle, and lockable diopter adjustment. The viewfinder stays blackout free whereas capturing as much as the highest 30 fps capturing price, and a singular Sports activities Finder Mode can be employed, which highlights a 16.6MP crop space of the sensor so as to permit you to see outdoors of the picture body.
- Along with the EVF. a rear Three.zero″ 1.04m-dot LCD touchscreen is obtainable for intuitive reside view capturing, playback and evaluation, and settings adjustment and menu navigation. The display has a three-way tilting design, too, to go well with working from excessive and low angles regardless if capturing with a horizontal or vertical orientation.
- Twin SD card slots permit for a extra versatile and dependable technique of storing imagery, and each card slots are suitable with UHS-II requirements for quick switch speeds.
- The prime plate incorporates a collection of locking dials and levers for quick, intuitive management over publicity settings, together with a shutter velocity dial that gives direct shutter velocity adjustment. An ISO dial can also be included into the shutter velocity dial, for confirming the sensitivity setting with out having to show the digital camera on and the publicity compensation dial permits you to select +/- Three EV in 1/Three steps whereas a command dial place expands the vary to +/- 5 EV for additional management.
- Entrance and rear command dials combine a push perform for simpler use and settings choice and 6 totally different perform buttons could be assigned to regulate a variety of settings.
- A devoted Focus Lever supplies quicker, extra intuitive management over choosing particular focus factors whereas capturing.
- Built-in Bluetooth Four.2 low power lets you wirelessly share photographs to a cellular system or use the gadget to remotely management the digital camera.
Up to now Fuji excessive ISO photographs kind of appeared mushy and never so scorching. I am not speaking about ISO 1600 or 3200 however slightly these ranges you have to dial in if you shoot in darkish, cavernous circumstances (which I do virtually weekly). I am no stranger to ISO 10,000, 12,800 or at occasions even 25,600 (of which I have prints in my home from the X1D) and for probably the most half, APS-C cameras cannot get to that territory, or a minimum of they weren’t capable of up to now. I am not saying this Fuji beats the Sony A7III in low mild, because it doesn’t…nevertheless it will get shut and for me, labored properly when I examined it in these conditions.
I most popular to have the noise discount set to the bottom setting. The 1st picture under had it set to the out of the field setting which is zero. I later set it to -Three.
Extra pictures under, all in VERY low mild and better ISO. Testing ISO ought to be executed in an actual world method, in LOW LIGHT. Some check ISO with studio lights, which isn’t an excellent check of ISO capabilities as when the lights get low (if you find yourself more likely to crank up ISO) the efficiency is far totally different. Under are photographs all taken in an ISO vary of 5,000 to 10,000. All JPEG. You possibly can click on them for a a lot bigger view.
THE FUJI IS A JPEG MASTER
I shot this digital camera, for now, in RAW+JPEG which is how I shoot all cameras. What you see right here although are all JPEG’s and to me that is necessary. If a digital camera can put out a pleasant wanting JPEG, that signifies that many people, hobbyists, fanatics, or simply those that love taking photographs can get nice outcomes out of digital camera with none modifying expertise required. Whereas execs and people who are making giant prints ought to shoot RAW not everybody must. See identical to to get out, shoot after which assessment their pictures and share them with family and friends as shortly as they will. Not all cameras are good JPEG cameras however the Fuji cameras has all the time been robust on this space even going approach means again to the S2 professional that I adored again within the day.
Yep, I LOVED my Fuji S2 and S5 professional cameras and again then they have been the one recreation on the town for prolonged dynamic vary capturing. Sluggish, clunky and with all the limitations we had within the early days of digital, these S cameras from Fuji have been actually nice within the IQ division. We liked them again then for his or her colour which is why many at this time shoot Fuji. See my Fuji S5 Professional flashback article with photographs, HERE.
However Dynamic Vary at this time is an entire new beast in comparison with what it was a few years in the past. At this time we have cameras that have such an excellent DR we by no means actually have to fret about highlights or shadows an excessive amount of. Todays cameras make it straightforward for anybody to nail a pleasant shot, even in harsh mild.
The Fuji X-T3 is not any slouch within the DR division with a reported 11+ stops of DR this little APS-C powerhouse delivers the products in difficult mild circumstances. Yep, the digital camera nonetheless gives its 100,200 and 400 DR modes for JPEGS they usually work properly.
Even with JPEGS it is going to be onerous to blow highlights with this new sensor from Fuji. Click on on the pictures under and see you’ll be able to nonetheless see element within the highlights and shadows. This presents a sensible pleasing look to the pictures, which might be ever harsh. All shot with the 16mm 1.Four which is a lens I would purchase if I purchased the X-T3. It’s a 24mm equal in area of view and 24mm has been a lens I have been utilizing rather a lot recently. It does IMO rank up there with the brand new Sony 24 1.Four and Canon 24 1.Four II and whereas it’s actually a 16mm, for a 24mm FOV will probably be a problem to do higher than this lens presents. I have not even begun to exploit what this lens can supply.
As you’ll be able to see, thus far I am actually having fun with this X-T3 and I will inform you now that for me, that is the most effective Fuji physique ever. Bests ever Fuji I have tried, examined, used, and so forth and in ALL areas (and once more, many I didn’t look after, therefore, no assessment of these our bodies). From really feel, design, management, menu, EVF measurement and readability, LCD touchscreen, dynamic vary, audio focus velocity and accuracy, AF face monitoring with EYE AF, VIDEO capturing and nicely, general IQ.
Sure, that’s excessive reward coming from a man who many name a “Fuji Hater”. Lol.
To be clear, I am not a hater or fanboy or ANY model. I name it like I see it, and evaluate cameras based mostly alone private use. What I like or dislike could also be totally different from what you want however what you have all the time learn on these pages for the final 11 years now (sure, nearly to hit 11) is a man who has a ardour for images, will get to shoot what he loves and may use virtually any digital camera obtainable or made at this time. When I love or actually take pleasure in a digital camera I will write about it right here. When I dislike a digital camera, it won’t even get talked about or reviewed (usually). I personal mirrorless cameras, and a DSLR or two. I use what works for my wants and sure, even needs.
The new WAVE OF MIRRORLESS IS ON THE WAY
Sure certainly, this yr and subsequent will convey a wave of latest mirrorless cameras and a few are already right here whereas some can be right here quickly.
The Canon EOS R arrived to many jeers, and criticisms (for good cause) in addition to some reward as did the Nikon Z. Coming quickly are mirrorless cameras from Zeiss, and even a few others who have but to make an announcement (wink wink). However proper now, proper right here, we have the BEST APS-C digital camera I have ever shot with or used within the Fuji X-T3. This digital camera does all of it, and does it properly. I have had no points with the digital camera in any respect. None. The truth is, it has been nothing however a pleasure to shoot and as I acquired used to the controls, capturing was vert fast and pure, which is how a digital camera ought to carry out.
Seeing that I have been a full body man for a very long time now and have loved utilizing cameras just like the Leica M, Leica SL, Hasselblad X1D, Sony A9 and A7RIII how does the Fuji X-T3 stack up towards these?
Nicely, it beats them in some areas and loses in others however on the finish of the day none of that ought to actually matter. All that basically issues is Fuji created one hell of a digital camera right here, and it performs at a better degree than any APS-C mannequin I have ever shot with, exceeding full body fashions from different manufactures that have been launched simply 2 years in the past. Whereas it doesn’t provides the huge shallow DOF of full body, it could get shut with these new breed of lenses being created at present. Lenses just like the 16 1.Four, 56 1.2 and others supply loads of that shallow DOF look a few of us crave however on the similar time ship a pleasant sharp picture that pops on the similar time.
Having prolonged dynamic vary is superior as properly. Positive, we will get a Canon EOSR and package zoom for $3400 or a Nikon Z with package lens for a whopping $4000 but when I have been you, and full body was not a compulsory want, I would take a serous take a look at the Fuji X-T3 with it’s personal 18-55 Package Zoom for $1899. It might shock you because it did me. It actually solely lacks to full body in excessive excessive ISO (10000 to 25okay) and that additional ounce of shallow Depth of Area which is the important thing signature of full body.
BUT YET, FULL FRAME DOES OFFER MORE AND ALSO COSTS MORE…
I will say this as nicely. With full body I do see a richer file, and with my Canon 1dXII for instance, a MUCH costlier digital camera I see superb depth and colour and element, so sure, for me full body nonetheless wins by a nostril. A number of samples from my 1dXII with 50 1.2 are under simply so you’ll be able to see the vibe of full body:
From my Canon 1dXII with 50 1.2 simply to point out full body information shot across the similar time as these Fuji photographs. Click on ’em for bigger.
So sure, Full body gives a unique look. Be mindful the digital camera and lens combo above from Canon value me $6800. The Fuji, once more, a lot much less and provides super IQ and options. I don’t need to flip this right into a full body vs APS-C argument as that has been argued to dying however I do get emails on occasion asking me about this. So therefore, these pictures above from a full body digital camera.
FUJI VS OTHERS?
Some will marvel which digital camera they need to purchase proper now. All I may give you is my opinion and what I would do. As we speak we have a slew of choices in mirrorless and digital camera corporations have been pressured (By Sony) to go all in with their very own mirrorless methods. I will say that in case you are in search of an APS-C mirrorless digital camera physique, for me, there actually is none higher than the X-t3 from Fuji. At the least I cannot consider one. It truly is a critical photographic device that clicks a lot of the proper packing containers for me and my wants. Lovely design, incredible controls, quick AF to the sides of the sensor, fantastic video and video AF, velocity, a pleasant huge EVF, a lot improved low mild over earlier fashions and all of the DR one might ever want. I guess you may ask, “What is there NOT to like”?
It actually solely lacks in physique IS and decrease than I would have needed battery life. However as I said above, none of those are deal breakers. Additionally I would have most popular a flip out articulating LCD however once more, not a deal breaker for me.
I occur to additionally personal a Canon 6DII and can state that the Fuji does beat it in almost all areas. Measurement, design, AF velocity and is aggressive in ISO and IQ. I purchased the 6DII as a companion for video to my 1dXII and I really feel the 6D is less than par within the IQ dept when in comparison with the 1dXII and even the Fuji. By comparability, the Canon 6DII, at roughly the identical value, feels giant, clunky and nicely, not almost as satisfying because the X-T3. So I would take a X-T3 over a 6DII any day.
How concerning the Sony A7III which is their “basic” mannequin at $2000. The Fuji has a greater EVF, LCD and higher controls. The Sony has a greater really feel because of the grip however the Fuji wins in management and in use. The enjoyment issue from the Fuji is at a 9 the place the Sony is a 7. Low mild goes to the complete body Sony however shade choices and elegance go to the Fuji. For video, I say the Fuji wins which is a surprising factor to say, however the Fuji provides 4k/60 and all the choices you may ask for together with 120 FPS AND bitrates as much as 400MBPS. The video on the X-T3 is among the many greatest I have used thus far with regards to hybrid cameras. Sony will win in battery efficiency, by far.
So that’s at robust name. However simply saying the Fuji is up there with the $2000 full body A7III says one thing and exhibits simply how good the Fuji is.
Would I purchase a Nikon Z over the Fuji? Provided that I had a stash of Nikon glass. How concerning the EOS R? Properly, I do personal Canon glass so would have to consider that one however the Fuji kicks the EOS R to the curb for video specs in case you are a 4K shooter. The EOS R does have some fascinating issues about it for my tastes however to be trustworthy, have but to attempt one. Quickly I will.
On the finish of the day, simply placing the APS-C and far inexpensive Fuji on this class tells me that this can be a critical digital camera and one we should always take very critically.
I say congrats to Fuji for making your greatest digital digital camera but, it’s really a worthy digital camera for lovers, amateurs, hobbyists and even professionals.
WHERE TO BUY THE X-T3?
You should purchase a Fuji X-T3 proper now at B&H Photo HERE. They despatched me this physique to evaluate and I am going to have a tough time sending it again. If I can promote my 6DII it gained’t be going again (anybody need to purchase a 6DII, as new in field for $999 In that case, e mail me HERE)
I additionally HIGHLY advocate the 16 1.Four Fuji lens. I want extra time to work with it however it’s a GEM certainly and provides up nothing to lenses just like the Canon 24 1.Four and Sony 24 1.Four. CHECK OUT THOSE REVIEWS AT B&H PHOTO!
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