The Fujifilm X-E3 is a 24MP mid-level APS-C mirrorless camera, designed as a smaller, more touchscreen-driven sister model to the SLR-like X-T20.
In terms of their internal hardware and specifications, the two cameras are very similar, but the X-E3 relies more heavily on its touch panel for moment-to-moment operation, as well as retaining a more rangefinder-like form factor.
It's slightly smaller than the previous X-E models, with the removal of the four-way controller and built-in flash allowing the body to be made a little lighter and more compact. A clip-on flash is included in the box, but it's a simple affair with no tilt or swivel capability to compensate for the decision to make it a separate component.
- 24MP APS-C sensor with X-Trans color filter
- Improved AF tracking
- Wi-Fi with Bluetooth for constant connection to a smartphone
- Shutter speed and exposure comp dials
- Twin clickable command dials
- AF Joystick
- 4K (UHD) video at 30, 25, 24 and 23.97p
- USB Charging
The more advanced use of the touchscreen, with directional swipes of the finger replacing the role of the four-way controller, pinch to zoom in playback and the option to use the screen as an AF touchpad when the camera's to your eye doesn't come at the expense of physical controls for all the main exposure settings.
The X-E3 also becomes the first Fujifilm model to gain Bluetooth, which establishes a full-time connection between the camera and a smartphone, allowing instant transfer of images as you shoot them. [or faster re-connection of Wi-Fi if you're just choosing to send selected images]
The company also says it has improved its AF Tracking algorithm so that it can track smaller and faster subjects. Fujifilm say this improved algorithm will also come to the X-T2, X-T20, X100F and X-Pro2 in fimrware updates in November and December 2017.
Fujifilm X-E3 Fujifilm X-T20 Fujifilm X-T2 Fujifilm X-E2S
Pixel Count 24MP 24MP 24MP 16MP
Auto mode switch Yes Yes No Yes
AF Joystick Yes No Yes No
Touchscreen Yes Yes No No
AF Touchpad Yes Pending f/w No No
AF points 91 or 325 91 or 325 91 or 325 49
Rear screen Fixed Tilt up/down 2-axis hinge Fixed
Exposure comp. range ± 5EV ± 5EV ± 5EV ± 3EV
Viewfinder Magnification 0.62x 0.62x 0.77x 0.62x
EVF Eyepoint 17.5mm 17.5mm 23mm 23mm
Max frame rate
(mech/e-shutter) 8/14 fps 8/14 fps 8/14 fps (11/14 with grip) 7 fps
Built-in flash No Yes No Yes
Flash sync speed 1/180th 1/180th 1/250th 1/180th
Video Full width 4K
(by Pixel Binning) Full width 4K
(by Pixel Binning) 1.17x crop 4K
(by oversampling) 1080p
Log Video No No Yes (over HDMI) No
Weather sealing No No Yes No
Card slots 1 (UHS-I) 1 (UHS-I) 2 (UHS-II) 1 (UHS-I)
Connectivity Wi-Fi with Bluetooth Wi-Fi Wi-Fi Wi-Fi
Fujifilm will offer the X-E3 in two kits, one with the excellent 18-55mm F2.8-4.0 OIS, the other with the 35mm-equivalent 23mm F2 lens. We're particularly interested to see this second kit, as it's a combination we particularly like. It's also a useful option for anyone who already has an earlier generation X series camera and already owns the 18-55mm.
The camera will be available, body only, for around $899, with the 18-55mm kit costing $1299 and the 23mm kit weighing in around $1149, both of which represent a considerable cost saving over the cost of buying the lenses separately.
Sept 7th 2017 First Impression Review published
October 24th 2017 Image quality and dynamic range analysis, real world use cases and conclusion added. Operations and controls page updated, samples gallery published.