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FujiFilm X-PRO3 Review
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FujiFilm X-PRO3 Review

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Anticipation

I enjoy using my Fujifilm cameras as much as my Z cameras - FujiFilm makes great cameras that are a pleasure to use and following the very popular XT-3 release I was like many puzzled by the hidden LCD screen on the X-PRO3, that was until I began to use the X-Pro3 camera.

The X-Pro3 is basically an XT-3 in a different form factor body with unique features and a few missing video modes.  The X-Pro3 shares the same 26.1 MP APSC Sensor and X Trans CMOS 4 processor as the XT-3 thus as far a performance goes you have a workhorse of a camera in the X-Pro3. There are thousands of positive comments on the excellent performing XT-3, So if you have doubts about the performance of the X-Pro3 - let them slip from your mind.

One note concerning the X-Pro3 sharing the same Sensor and Processor as the XT-3 is this means this new camera is already almost 2 years old.

Improvements are many in the X-Pro3: Improvements depend on which Fujifilm camera you compare it against - compared to the X-Pro2 the improvements are many, but compared to the XT-3 the gap narrows.  I will limit technical details and just list a FEW improvements with words to describe why, not in any particular order.

  • 1 New Film Simulation the Classic Negative - which has already become a favorite among shooters.
  • Better EVF - Higher contrast 1:5000, Better Color, Faster Refresh, larger and easy to see
  • A higher resolution LCD that flips (in the wrong direction "haha")
  • Dura Coating Offerings - improves scratch resistance
  • Focus limiter - Limits focus between two distances
  • Top and Bottom Titanium covers
  • Better Shutter Release Response
  • HDR mode
  • Grain with size adjustment

 

In a nutshell, the X-Pro3 is an improved camera overall and should be an easy step up from an X-Pro2 user perspective as XPro shooters already know what they are getting in this type of camera.  The biggest twist from the XPro norm is the backward-facing LCD and if that rubs you the wrong way I would suggest an XT-3.

After using the X-Pro3 for over a month I discovered my every doubt about the back facing LCD vanished and the joy of shooting with the X-Pro3 is the paramount reason for buying this type of OVF/EVF hybrid camera in the first place.  Since I rarely shoot video this X-Pro3 focuses the user on shooting stills but can when needed capture some impressive video footage.

Things I feel degrades the X-Pro3:

  • Battery life is still not all that good
  • In body image stabilization (IBIS) is missing and at nearly $2K one would think it would be included
  • Lower Pricing
  • Missing pop on flash (was included free with an XT-3)

 

Recommendation: If you bored with the same traditional DSLR or Mirrorless shooting experience and desire something a little off the beaten photographic path the X-Pro3 will breathe a renewed enthusiasm in your photography.  The X-Pro3 is a very capable camera that can produce stunning images.

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