With Fujifilm’s newest X-Series camera, the rangefinder-style X-E3, you are getting the many of the same premium features found in their newer X-Series cameras (X-Pro2, X-T2, X-T20) plus a few that are brand new to the X-E3.

Fujifilm X-E3

The X-E3 boasts the same 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor and X-Processor Pro engine, as the cameras mentioned above, it also features a focus control joystick (introduced on the X-Pro2) and the same 325-point autofocus system as found on the X-T2.

fujifilm X-E3 Touchscreen LCD
3-inch touchscreen LCD

As for new features, the X-E3 is the first X-Series camera to feature Bluetooth LE in addition to WiFi allowing for easy transference of images to a connected smart-device on the fly.

The 3-inch touchscreen LCD acts as both a real-time EVF and offers smartphone-like swipe control for focus as well as menu functions/settings not accessible via its external control dials or buttons.

For those who are keen to shoot video as well as stills, the X-E3 also offers Full 1080 HD/60p and 4K/30p recording capabilities for up to 10 minutes (15 minutes when shooting HD) of continuous recording.

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If you’re a fan of in-camera filters/effects, the X-E3 offers 8 of them including:

  • Toy camera
  • Miniature
  • Pop colour
  • High-key / Low-key
  • Dynamic tone
  • Soft focus
  • Partial colour [Red / Orange / Yellow / Green / Blue / Purple]

There are also 15 film simulation modes including various black & white, Sepia and colour options.


X-E3 Hands On Review with Photojournalist Evan Mitsui


Fujifilm X-E3 Street Photographer
Evan Mitsui

The newly developed image recognition algorithm is able to track subjects up to half the size or moving twice as fast as previous models which is a nice improvement especially when shooting fast continuous at up to 14fps (8fps with mechanical shutter).

The Advanced SR Auto mode can instantly recognize up to 58 different scene types and automatically select the most appropriate settings for you.

The compact size and advanced features of the X-E3 makes it the perfect go-to camera for budding street photographers and travellers who want to capture high-quality images but don’t want the hassle of lugging around a much larger DSLR.

Features:

  • 24.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III sensor and high-performance X Processor Pro high-speed image processing engine to deliver outstanding colour reproduction and gradation of tones in both stills and video
  • New touch function controls let you swipe up/down/left/right to choose function setup which you can use even while looking through the viewfinder for real-time composition
  • Bluetooth v. 4.0 enables faster pairing with Wifi and automatically transfers images in playback mode
  • Ultra HD 4K (29.97 fps) Video for amazing movie quality with minimal moiré and artifacts
  • New auto focus algorithms and AF lever for easy control of 325 focus points
  • Small, compact, lightweight body makes the X-E3 perfect for travelling or carrying everywhere
  • 2.36M-dot organic EL electronic viewfinder
  • X-E3 pairing with smartphone
    Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Connected

    Advanced SR Auto (SR+ Auto) that instantly recognizes 58 scene types and selects the most appropriate settings

  • Completely silent and fast electronic shutter (4sec to 1/32000 sec shutter speed, 15 minutes to 1/32,000 sec in manual mode)
  • Up to 14fps high speed shooting when using electronic shutter (8fps with mechanical shutter) with high speed predictive auto focus
  • 5 selectable AF-C Custom presets
  • Multiple exposure mode
  • 13 Creative filters – Including: Toy camera / Miniature / Pop color / High-key / Low-key / Dynamic tone / Soft focus / Partial color (Red / Orange / Yellow / Green / Blue / Purple)
  • Manual focus mode with peak highlights and digital split image
  • Interval Timer shooting function for capturing time-lapse images
  • 15 Film simulation modes including ACROS monochrome mode
  • High ISO sensitivity performance – ISO 200-12800 in RAW – improves the whole sensitivity range for smoother gradation and deeper blacks, vastly increasing low light shooting
  • 14 Bit RAW with lossless compression and in camera processing
  • ±5 EV Exposure compensation dial with third stop increments
  • Ultra sonic vibration sensor cleaning system
  • Customizable menu system with a “My Menu” settings
  • Long lasting Li-ion rechargeable battery (up to 350 shots per charge – NP-W126S)
  • 2.5mm microphone/remote input, USB 2.0, micro HDMI
  • Compatible with all FUJINON X-Mount lenses

Available as body only or paired with either a XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0 R LM OIS Lens or XF 23mm f/2.0 R WR Lens the X-E3 is expected to start shipping around the end of September.

Fujifilm X-E3 Black Body

Employing the new 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor and X Processor Pro engine, the X-E3 gives you fast, reliable performance so you can capture those fleeting moments you want to remember.


Fujifilm X-E3 Silver Kit w/ XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0 R LM OIS Lens

Employing the new 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor and X Processor Pro engine, the X-E3 gives you fast, reliable performance so you can capture those fleeting moments you want to remember.


Fujifilm X-E3 Black Kit w/ XF 23mm f/2.0 R WR Lens

Employing the new 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor and X Processor Pro engine, the X-E3 gives you fast, reliable performance so you can capture those fleeting moments you want to remember.


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Woodrow Walden is a Toronto-based photographer and the Social Media Community Specialist for Vistek.