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Fujifilm X-T3: First Camera Samples

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How does the new 26MP X-Trans 4 back illuminated sensor and X-Processor 4 quad-core improve the image quality of Fujifilm's X-T3? Let's find out!
Fujifilm X-T3: First Camera Samples
The silver X-T3 with the vertical booster grip!

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As an X-T2 user since the release back in 2016, it is very exciting to see what's new and what's improved with the successor. So when the official announcement of the X-T3, it was only a matter of time before a comparison between the X-T2 and the X-T3.

There are many improvements that we mentioned in our announcement article here but for image quality the main changes are with the new 26MP X-Trans 4 Back illuminated sensor that allows for a lower native ISO of 160 as opposed to the 24MP X-Trans III of the X-T2 with a native ISO of 200.

The new Quad-core X-Processor 4 allows for faster autofocus and sensor readout and allows for more simulation mode compared to the X-Processor Pro from the X-T2.

Camera Samples

X-T3 with XF 200 F2 and the new 1.4 Teleconverter at ISO 160
X-T3 with XF 200 F2 and the new 1.4 Teleconverter at ISO 160
X-T3 with XF 8-16 at 8mm ISO 160
X-T3 with XF 8-16 at 8mm ISO 160
X-T3 with XF 8-16 at 16mm ISO 160
X-T3 with XF 8-16 at 16mm ISO 160
X-T3 with XF 8-16  ISO 12800
X-T3 with XF 8-16  ISO 12800
X-T3 with XF 10-24 ISO 6400
X-T3 with XF 10-24 ISO 6400
Fujifilm X-T3 with XF 10-24 ISO 12800
Fujifilm X-T3 with XF 10-24 ISO 12800

We were able to shoot the X-T3 at the new native ISO of 160 to the higher 6400 and 12800. We wish we had more to show  you guys but we only had a short few hours in the afternoon with the camera.



Our initial impressions with the image samples are incredible at both the native ISO because it is noticeably cleaner than the older native ISO 200. Most people won't be able to notice but we saw a visible cleaner image by a bit.

What impressed us even more is that how clean ISO 6400 and 12800 is relative to older Fujifilm cameras and the competition. At ISO 6400, there is minimal noise with a little loss of detail but it is usable. With my older X-T2 I would never go beyond 3200 for work related shoots but I could see myself being okay at 6400 with the noise reduction turned off and adding my own noise reduction.


For the two images at ISO 12800 there is grain but it is surprisingly minimal compared to other cameras at ISO 12800. There is quite a bit of detail lost as well. I wouldn't use it for professional work but if push comes to shove, I know I can take the shot if it was for personal work.


We also did a quick autofocus test and uploaded the video below. This was shot with the X-T3 with the 18-55 kit lens at auto focus continuous with Face detect on handheld.


The key points to see is how the X-T3 with the older 18-55 F2.8-4 kit lens fares well even when handheld with the subject walking away and towards the camera and how it continues to stay focused on the subject even if the subject went out of the frame. 


As soon as the subject went out of the frame, the camera focused on the background and then quickly reacquired the subject.


Take this as a grain of salt because this camera we used is a pre-production model and our tests were simple because we only had a few hours with it. 


It is safe to say though that the improvements over the X-T2 in terms of autofocus and low light performance is significant but we will have to do more testing.


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