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Fujifilm downsizes X-E3 while adding improved sensor, 4K video

Create: 10/18/2017 - 21:17
Fujifilm X-E3

HIGHLIGHTS

  • X-E3 is smaller, lighter than predecessor
  • Can shoot 4K video
  • Has touchscreen LCD, Bluetooth connectivity

Fujifilm has freshened its X-series lineup with the X-E3, which replaces the X-E2.

While not an entry-level model, Fujifilm is touting the camera’s features that would appeal to amateur photographers and content producers.

The X-E3 is smaller and lighter than its predecessor while increasing the pixel count of its APS-C sensor and adding the ability to record 4K video. There are other changes, as well, that seek to make the camera easier to use.

It carries a new 24.3MP X-Trans APS-C CMOS III sensor with an ISO range of 200-12,800, which can be extended downward to 100 and upward to 51,200.

The X-E3 has both mechanical and electronic shutters with the mechanical shutter having a top speed of 1/4,000 and the electronic shutter topping out at 1/32,000. Both shutters can be used simultaneously to provide a range of four seconds to 1/32,000 plus B.

It can shoot up to 14 frames per second using the electronic shutter and up to eight frames per second with the manual shutter. By the way, the camera records RAW and JPG images to a single SD card.

VIEWFINDERS

The camera has an electronic viewfinder, as well as a fixed 3.0-inch LCD monitor. This is a touchscreen monitor that can be used at the same time as the EVF.

The photographer can use pinch and swipe with the LCD monitor.

VIDEO

As mentioned previously, the X-E3 adds the ability to shoot 4K video, as well as Full HD. However, there are some restrictions. 4K clips are limited to a maximum of 10 minutes, while Full HD movies top out at 15 minutes. Once a movie file reaches 4GB, another file is created although recording is uninterrupted.

OTHER FEATURES

Fujifilm also added Bluetooth connectivity – a first for an X-series camera. The user can control the camera using the Fujfilm Camera Remote app, as well as transfer photos to a compatible handheld smartphone or tablet for easy sharing.

At 4.8 x 2.9 x 1.7 inches (121.3 x 73.9 x 42.7mm) and 11.8 ounces (337 grams), Fujifilm says this is its smallest and lightest X-series camera to date.

The Fujifilm X-E3 is available, starting late September 2017, in several packages:

  • X-E3 Body, black or silver, for US$899.95
  • X-E3 body with XF18-55mm kit lens for US$1,299.95
  • X-E3 Body with XF23mm f/2.0 R WR lens for US$1,149.95

Watch Fujifilm’s promotional video for the X-E3.

About the Author

Mike Elek is a longtime journalist and was one of the original editors for The Wall Street Journal Online. He also has worked as a reporter and editor in Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; Vineland, N.J.; Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; New York City; and Hong Kong. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran. He shoots with film and digital cameras.