Last Updated on January 13, 2019
Fujifilm X-E3 Introduction Video
Fujifilm X-E3 Overview
The Fujifilm X-E3 is noticeably smaller than the rest of its series mates. Although it has shrunk a bit, it’s a good thing to know that performance wasn’t sacrificed in the quest to achieve a compact size.
With the X-E3, Fujifilm has created a mirrorless camera that users want to use. Just like a smartphone, the camera’s touch interface is operated on a swipe basis. It also caters to the ever-connected generation with Bluetooth for easier image migration to a smartphone.
Design & Features
Some of the models in Fujifilm’s X series sported a DSLR-like body, but this model breaks away from that. Fujifilm has opted for a rangefinder-like design for the X-E3, thus making it smaller in size compared to the others in its own family. It looks similar to the X-Pro2, but is designed for a more general audience rather than the professional crowd. Although catering to a broader audience, Fujifilm doesn’t skimp when it comes to features: the X-E3 borrows quite heavily from the X-T20 but it also throws up gems of its own.
Recent cameras in the X series have featured a 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III APS-C sensor, and the X-E3 is no different. That resolution is a boost over the 16.3MP offered by the X-E2S, the model which the X-E3 replaces.
That much jump in resolution also means that the X-E3 has a better ISO range than its predecessor. The X-E2S could only afford a maximum of ISO 6400 and this one almost doubles that with an ISO 12800 offering that can be extended to ISO 51200. The X-E3 even betters its predecessor by supporting RAW files at the extended range.
Firmware updates have become a tradition with Fujifilm since the release of the X-Pro 2 and the X-T2. This model, however, will feature a completely new image recognition algorithm that works with the zone and AF-C modes of the camera for faster tracking of subjects. Both the X-Pro 2 and X-T2 will receive this update.
Also ensuring faster autofocus performance is a larger phase-detect area that features more single points. The X-E3 features 91 single AF points compared to the 49 of its predecessor. The 91 points are expandable to 325 points, 49 of which in the central area are phase-detection AF pixels.
The X-E3 supports custom AF-C modes for better focus tracking when capturing a moving subject. However, unlike the X-T2, you can’t make adjustments to the tracking sensitivity, zone area switching, or speed tracking sensitivity.
Just like the X-T20, this model also features a 3-inch, 1.04 million-dot screen but instead of tilting, this one employs a fixed screen. The information on the display does rotate depending on what shooting orientation is used.
The X-E3 features an off-center 0.39-inch electronic viewfinder with 2360k-dot resolution, 100% coverage, and 0.62x magnification.
A camera designed for the age of always being connected, the X-E3 supports not only WiFi but also Bluetooth, ensuring a constant connection with a smartphone, for example.
Not to be forgotten is the 4K UHD video capabilities of the X-E3 at 30, 25, or 24fps, but only for a maximum of 10 minutes. The camera also supports Full HD video up to 60fps.
Fujifilm has also done away with the extra SD card slot present in the X-Pro 2 in favor of a single slot for the X-E3. Other features of the camera include a 2.5mm mic port and HDMI (Type-D) micro connector for better audio quality and to send 4K footage to an external monitor.
Pros & Cons
- It supports both Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity.
- It has a compact size.
- It features a better way to track subjects.
- It has a fixed display.
- It has limited touchscreen functionality.
- It doesn’t have very good battery life.
Every camera can be lauded as perfect but also come with minor inconveniences. The Fujifilm X-E3 falls into this category, but those little disadvantages are best ignored given what the camera can do. With the X-E3, you have access a compact-sized mirrorless camera that is fun to shoot with and makes sharing photos easier as well.
|Focus Type||Auto & Manual|
|Focus Mode||Continuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)|
|Autofocus Points||Hybrid: 91|
|Max Sync Speed||1 / 180 Second|
|External Flash Connection||Hot Shoe|
|Start-up Time||0.4 seconds|
|Shutter Lag||0.05 seconds|
|Self Timer||10 Seconds, 2 Seconds|
|Connectivity||2.5mm Sub-mini (2-Ring), HDMI D (Micro), Micro-USB, USB 2.0|
|Battery||1 x NP-W126S Replaceable Lithium-Ion Battery, 8.4 VDC, 1260 mAh|
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 10 – 80%
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||4.8 x 2.9 x 1.7″ / 121.3 x 73.9 x 42.7 mm|
|Weight||11.887 oz / 337 g with battery and memory card|
|Package Weight||3.9 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||9.5 x 8.1 x 5.7″|
Unboxing the Fujifilm X-E3
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