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Meet the Fujifilm X-Pro 3 - Titanium-made rangefinder style mirrorless camera

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Fujifilm X-Pro 3 trade-off video features to focuses purely on photography with improved AF,  AF Range limit, and 180-degree tilting touch screen LCD.
Meet the Fujifilm X-Pro 3 - Titanium-made rangefinder style mirrorless camera
Fujifilm X-Pro 3 in Dura Black

This is most apparent in choices like the removal of the micro HDMI port, 15-minute burst 4K recording limit, no headphone jack, the 180-degree tilting touch screen display and the use of 2.5mm microphone jack.

Let's see take a deeper look at the hardware.

Meet Fujifilm X-Pro 3

X-Pro 3 with Duratect coating in Dura Black and Dura Silver
X-Pro 3 with Duratect coating in Dura Black and Dura Silver

At first glance, there doesn't seem to be a huge difference between the new X-Pro 3 from the X-Pro 2 aside from the new colorways. It still features the rangefinder-like aesthetic. In fact, there are minimal changes when looking at the front part of both cameras.

The back of the new X-Pro 3
The back of the new X-Pro 3

At the back, the biggest change is the removal of the D-Pad, the delete/trash button, and the fixed LCD Display. In their place are the dual function drive and delete button and the 180-degree tilting touchscreen display. This cleans up the back with less possible distractions that allows the photographer to focus on taking the shot.

An odd choice if you wanted to appeal to a wider audience but for photographers who shoot street or are shooting fast-moving objects, the rear LCD is rarely used because they either don't have time to switch and chimp on the rear LCD because of the dynamic situations of the field or because they check their images using the high-resolution EVF. This is reminiscent of the Film cameras where you don't see your shots until you process them. This forces the photographers to get the shot right the first time.

The round EVF window is also noticeably larger while the proximity sensor is now a single large sensor compared to the dual style that the X-Pro 2 and the X100T had. 

Topside
Topside

Not much is new on top aside from the new 'C' option on the ISO dial and the new black round thing beside the shutter button.

The feel and grip of the X-Pro 3 is very similar to the X-Pro 2. There is barely any difference from our time with it. We hoped the Fujifilm had deepened the grip. There is a separately sold Metal Handgrip that attaches to the camera if you wanted a deeper and more substantial grip.
Bottom side
Bottom side

Like the X-T3 the bottom panel is now one single block that allows for a stronger and more resilient design. Upon closer inspection, you will notice how much space the flip-down display takes. This has left very little room inside the camera itself. It also explains why Fujifilm had to remove several ports and limit the 4K video recording to 15 minutes. There is very little space for components and the heat sink. Fujifilm couldn't put a fully articulating touch screen because it would make the mechanism and the display stick-out and the camera would be bigger.
Left side
Left side
Dual SD card slot on the right
Dual SD card slot on the right

On the left side is a pull-out tab with weather sealing gaskets that cover the USB Type-C 3.0 port and the 2.5mm microphone-in that doubles as the remote port. While on the right is the side hatch with weather sealing gaskets that cover the dual UHS-II SD card slots.

Fujifilm X-Pro 3 Specs

Body Type: Rangefinder-style
Mount: XF-Mount
Sensor: 26.1MP X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor
Processor: X-Processor 4
Tilt Display: Tilting 1.62M-dot 180-degree tilting touch screen display
EVF Display: 3.69 Million dot display with up to 97 percent coverage of the sRGB color space, 1:5000 contrast ratio and up to 100fps
ISO: Auto, 160-12800 (expandable up to 102400)
Autofocus: 425 AF points in AF-S and AF-C
Phase Detect Sensitivity: -6.0 EV
Shutter Speed: up to 1/8000 sec (mechanical shutter), 1/32000 sec (electronic shutter)
Continuous drive: Black-out free up to 30fps electronic shutter in 1.25x crop mode, up to 20fps with electronic shutter with full sensor read-out and 11 fps mechanical shutter
Still file format: RAW + TIFF, JPEG (Super Fine, Fine, Normal)
Microphone: Stereo
Speaker: Mono
Storage Type: Dual card slot with SD/SDHC/SDXC and UHS-II support
Ports: USB Type-C 3.0, 2.5mm microphone port, Remote Control port
Weather Sealing: Yes
Battery: NPW-126S lithium-ion battery
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 
Colors: Black, Dura Black, Dura Silver
Dimensions: 140.5 x 82.8 x 46.1 mm
Weight: 497 g
Price: PHP 104,990 (Black), PHP 116,990 (Dura Black/Dura Silver)

Quick thoughts

Fujifilm X-Pro 3's flip-down touch screen display
Fujifilm X-Pro 3's flip-down touch screen display

Fujifilm has decided to go on an interesting direction with the new X-Pro 3 by making several courageous decision that foregoes video capabilities and instead focusing on improving the photography-focused features that lessen distractions and allows the photographer to focus on getting the shot right the first time.

This is obvious with the new features like the Advance Hybrid Viewfinder with up to 100fps, the removal of components or ports that cater to video, removal of some buttons and the d-pad, and the new flip-down 180-degree touch screen LCD.

Personally, we love that Fujifilm has decided to use titanium to improve its toughness and resistance to corrosion. Although we think personally prefer the classic black color over the two new Duratect colorways because they tend to attract fingerprints easier. Film enthusiasts may also be attracted to the new Dura Silver color because of its similarities to the old Contax camera colors.

Our first impressions indicate that the X-Pro 3 was designed to be the best camera for photographers who can live without video-centric features and for photographers who are in dynamic situations wherein they do not have the luxury to chimp and have to take the shot the first time.

What do you guys think?
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