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FujiFilm X-PRO3 Review

FujiFilm X-PRO3 Review
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FujiFilm X-PRO3 Review

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FujiFilm X-PRO3 Review: I enjoy using my Fujifilm cameras as much as my Z cameras!  Why? Because FujiFilm makes great cameras that are a pleasure to use with excellent firmware support expanding the capabilities over time. Following the very popular XT-3 release I was like many puzzled by the hidden LCD screen on the Fujifilm X-PRO3.  I will admit I am not a fan of the concept - Give me a choice.

The X-Pro3 is basically an XT-3 in a range finder hybrid form factor body with a few missing video modes, if you are more into the photography aspect rather than video, this camera is a good option.  In Common, 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, the same sensor and image engine is present in the X-Pro 3 - just in a different form factor.

One note concerning the X-Pro3 sharing the same Sensor and Processor as the XT-3; this means the Xpro -3 camera is already 2 years old technology-wise, and yes a New XT-4 has been released. Read my blog on why you should not chase camera technology in the pursuit of photography happiness, it makes no sense. Use the gear you have to become a better photographer not by seeking the newest thing but by using what you have.

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 limit technical details with just list a FEW improvements I think are worth mentioning with words to describe why, not in any particular order.

  • New Film Simulation the Classic Negative - which has already become a favorite among shooters, look for it in other cameras via firmware.
  • 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") - annoying at least in my opinion
  • Dura Coating Offerings - improves scratch resistance
  • Focus limiter - Limits focus between two distances
  • Top and Bottom Titanium covers - better durability, see dura coatings above.
  • Smoother more responsive Shutter Release - butter smooth
  • HDR mode - nothing to see here, move along - a fade.
  • Grain with size adjustment - in case you want to do something nostalgic

In a nutshell, the X-Pro3 is an improved camera sensor and processor wise and should be an easy step up from an X-Pro2 user perspective. Many XPro shooters already know what they are getting with 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-4.

After using the X-Pro3 for over a month I discovered the back facing LCD is a pain but somehow forces the joy of shooting in the X-Pro3 and 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/forces the user to shooting stills but can when needed to capture some impressive video footage.

Things I feel the X-Pro3 needs improvements/changes:

  • Battery life is still not all that good, in fact, it is somewhat bad.
  • Fix the LCD to allow either option forward or backward facing - forcing backward-facing LCD is silly
  • In body image stabilization (IBIS) is missing and at nearly $2K one would think it would be included- you put it in the XT-4 "finally"
  • Lower Pricing, this camera cost too much, it is a good Camera, but not that GOOD.$$
  • No included pop on flash (free with an XT-3), at this price point I should get two.
  • The EVF needs a wider angle of view, I have to look around to see all the information.

Recommendation:  Bored With the same traditional DSLR or Mirrorless shooting experience? Do you 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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