Fujifilm X-Pro3 Mirrorless Camera Body - Black
The eagerly awaited Fujifilm X-Pro3 mirrorless camera body has been announced, building on the previous generation X-Pro2 model, which launched in March 2016. There are several significant enhancements to the design and usability of the new body, starting with the addition of a rear mounted ‘Electronic Range Finder’. This places a convenient colour LCD on the rear for users to check their settings, where we would expect to see the live view display. This allows photographers to concentrate their view through the beautiful new EVF (more about that below), as well as to easily glance at their settings. The rear screen can be flipped round 180 degrees to expose camera live view, arguably offering the best of both worlds to the new rangefinder-style camera.
The upgraded body now employs the high quality back illuminated 26.1MP X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor first seen in the X-T3 and X-T30. This sensor compliments the excellent range of Fujinon X-mount lenses, drawing out detailed, high contrast, and sharp images as one has come to expect from the flagship model. The X-Pro3 has also been re-engineered to be one of the most durable camera bodies available today, with the use of titanium for exterior parts. This gives the structure which is also made from magnesium, an outstanding strength to weight ratio, keeping the system compact yet incredibly strong. With weather sealing now applied at 70 key points, Fuji has also advanced dust and moisture resistance considerably in this version.
As Fuji’s flagship stills photography camera, the X-Pro series is extremely popular with both enthusiasts and professional photographers. However, as seen with previous firmware updates, the X-Pro series are entering the realm of hybrid cameras, sporting both 4K and HD video options. This is continued with the X-Pro3 which features high quality 4K at 30p and full HD movies at up to 120p high speed recording. No longer are the X-Pro solely for stills.
To compliment the higher-resolution sensor capabilities, the X-Pro3 features an ‘Advanced Hybrid Viewfinder’. This allows users to switch between the optical viewfinder (OVF), which provides a constant view of the subject without any lag, and the electronic viewfinder (EVF), which allows you to check exposure while you shoot. This could be considered more beneficial over providing just one viewfinder system as other manufacturers do currently.
The new EVF has been updated and is incredibly bright at 1500cd/m2, with high contrast, crisp, detailed life-like images, made possible by a new organic EL panel. The refresh-rate is extremely quick, coupled with 3.69 million dot resolution, and provides 100% coverage as well as 97% Adobe sRGB accurate colour coverage. There is also a boost function for smooth, higher speed refresh rates, providing an effective rate of 200fps with the cutting edge insertion of a black frame between images (invisible to the human eye). This is ideal for fast moving or erratic subjects, which will appeal to a range of photographers across several genres.
Fujifilm have a renowned autofocus system which has also been updated with this release. This extends the camera’s 91 autofocus point capability on this sensor with Intelligent Hybrid AF at up to -6EV phase detection. This allows for near complete darkness AF capability when using the XF 35mm f/1.4 lens. Many current and new X-Pro users working in street, documentary and other areas will appreciate the ability to acquire accurate subject focus in virtually complete darkness.
Fuji have also significantly increased continuous shooting and buffer speeds with the X-Pro3 over the previous version. We can now shoot continuously at up to 11 frames per second using mechanical shutter. Buffering has been increased to 145 JPG or 42 compressed RAW files, up from 8fps with 83 JPG or 33 compressed RAW files previously. For those looking to shoot in electronic shutter mode, the new model is capable of a very spritely 30fps.
One of big draws to the X-Pro system is that it is a classic photographers camera and Fuji have added to their popular list of stills features yet again. This includes a new 'CLASSIC Neg' film simulation, which simulates colour negative film that was used for everyday snapshots. Other photographer-specific updates include the addition of an HDR function and auto bracketing and auto blending of up to nine exposures within a range of scenes. These open a whole new level of possibilities including dynamic range to many including landscape, interior and architectural photographers.
Features in Detail
High resolution: 26.1 millions pixels
Image sensor: 23.5mm×15.6mm (APS-C) X-Trans CMOS 4 with primary colour filter.
Storage media: SD memory card (~2GB) / SDHC memory card (~32GB) / SDXC memory card (~512GB)
Mechanical Shutter P mode: 4sec. to 1/8000sec. A mode: 30sec. to 1/8000sec. S/M mode: 15min. to 1/8000sec. Bulb mode: up to 60min.
Electronic Shutter P mode: 4sec. to 1/32000sec. A mode: 30sec. to 1/32000sec. S/M mode: 15min. to 1/32000sec. Bulb mode: 1sec. Fixed
Continuous shooting: Approx. 11fps (JPEG: 145 frames Lossless compression RAW: 42 frames Uncompressed RAW: 36 frames)
Auto bracketing: AE Bracketing (Frames: 2, 3, 5, 7, 9 Step: by 1/3EV step, up to ±3EV steps)
Film simulation bracketing (Any 3 types of film simulation selectable)
Dynamic Range Bracketing (100%, 200%, 400%)
ISO sensitivity Bracketing (±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV)
White Balance Bracketing (±1, ±2, ±3)
Focus Bracketing (AUTO, MANUAL)
Focus: Single AF / Continuous AF / MF
'Intelligent Hybrid AF (TTL contrast AF / TTL phase detection AF)'
Contrast: -3.0EV Phase Detection: -6.0EV (XF35mmF1.4 attached)
'Single point AF: EVF / LCD: 13×9 / 25×17 (Changeable size of AF frame)
Zone AF: 3×3 / 5×5 / 7×7 from 91 areas on 13×9 grid
Wide/Tracking AF: (up to 18 area)
Interval timer shooting: Yes (Setting: Interval, Number of shots, Starting time)
Flash modes: MODE: TTL MODE (Flash Auto, Standard, Slow Sync.), Manual, Multi, OFF
SYNC. MODE: 1st Curtain, 2nd Curtain, AUTO FP (high-speed sync)
RED EYE REMOVAL: FLASH + REMOVAL, FLASH, REMOVAL, OFF
Viewfinder: OVF: Reverse Galilean viewfinder with electronic bright frame display
Coverage of frame area v.s. capturing area: approx. 95%
Magnifications approx x0.52
EVF: 0.5 inch approx. 3.69 millions dots OLED Color Viewfinder (4:3)
Coverage of viewing area vs. capturing area: approx. 100%
Eyepoint: approx. 16.8mm (from the eyepiece lens) Diopter adjustment: -4~+2m-1
Magnification: 0.66× with 50mm lens (35mm equivalent) at infinity and diopter set to -1m-1
Diagonal angle of view: approx. 32° (Horizontal angle of view: approx. 27° ) Built-in eye sensor
Movie recording: Format: MOV, Compression: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Audio: Linear PCM / Stereo sound 2ch / 24bit / 48KHz sampling).
[DCI 4K (4096×2160) ] 29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p 200Mbps/100Mbps up to approx. 15min
[4K (3840×2160 ] 29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p 200Mbps/100Mbps up to approx. 15min
[Full HD (2048 ×1080) ] 59.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p 200Mbps/100Mbps/50Mbps up to approx. 59min.
[Full HD (1920×1080) ] 59.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p 200Mbps/100Mbps/50Mbps up to approx. 59min.
[Full HD (1920×1080) High speed rec.] 120p/100p 200Mbps (recording) up to approx. 6min.
Film simulation mode: 17 modes (PROVIA/Standard, Velvia/Vivid, ASTIA/Soft, Classic Chrome, PRO Neg.Hi, PRO Neg.Std, Black & White, Black & White+Ye Filter, Black & White+R Filter, Black & White+G Filter, Sepia, ACROS, ACROS+Ye Filter, ACROS+R Filter, ACROS+G Filter, ETERNA/Cinema, Classic Neg)
HDR mode: AUTO, 200%, 400%, 800%, PLUS
Dimensions: (W) 140.5mm × (H) 82.8mm × (D) 46.1mm / (W) 5.5in × (H) 3.3in × (D) 1.8in (minimum depth 34.8mm/1.4in)
Weight: Approx. 497g / 17.5oz (including battery and SD memory card)
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The X-Pro series has a large following of professional and enthusiast photographers who love the combination of classic rangefinder-style body, compact form, Fuji image science and intuitive usability. Fuji bring 85 years of colour science into this flagship X-Pro3 model with several colour, clarity, tone and film simulation functions for user-defined results straight out of camera. Shooting usability is further enhanced with the addition of a welcome rear colour LCD screen, opening up a new avenue to rangefinder photographers.
This update brings a combination of robust body, higher resolution APS-C sensor, improved handling and functionality together with an all round faster camera. This makes for a significant and very appealing upgrade, which will be most welcome to new and existing Fujifilm X-mount photographers.