Fujifilm's X-E3 is the first hybrid of the brand to do without the directional cross for the control of the X-Pro2 / X-T2 / X-T20. joystick and touch screen.
And four! Fujifilm announced today the X-E3, its mid-range hybrid, for the fourth time. Like the X-Pro 2, X-T2 and X-T20, the X-E3 is a case equipped with the 24-Mpix X-Trans CMOS III APS-C sensor driven by the X-Processor Pro chip. A proven duo that delivers excellent results in terms of image quality. And video, since the 4K is the part since the arrival of the X-T2 last year.
Look telemetry, simplified design
At Fujifilm, hybrids offer two approaches: reflex mode with the X-T2 and its little brother the X-T20, and telemetric way (with the Leica) with X-Pro 2 and X-E3. Inheriting the X-E1, X-E2 and the slightly updated version X-E2s, the X-E3 takes the lines of its ancestors by simplifying it drastically.
When the X-E2 / X-E2s incorporated 14 buttons on the back of the camera, the X-E3 incorporated only 8, since Fujifilm decided to remove the directional cross (the clover) to a joystick and of the touch screen - unfortunately fixed. A screen whose further integration into the case reinforces the clean side of the assembly. Unlike its big brother the X-Pro 2, the X-E3 does not have a hybrid optical / electronic viewfinder but the same X-T20 2.36 Mpix OLED electronic viewfinder.
Besides the clover, the flash button opened. And for good reason: the built-in flash has disappeared. Fortunately, Fujifilm delivers an external flash in the box (reference EF-X8). Considering the performance of the Fujifilm optics and the X-Trans CMOS III sensor in low light, and with regard to the target and the usages - street and social photography - the choice to do without the flash seems relevant.
Like Nikon and its SnapBridge, the Bluetooth connection arrives for the first time in a Fujifilm device. If Wi-Fi is always present and allows you to remotely control the device and recover RAW and Jpeg images in full resolution, Bluetooth allows you to retrieve pictures continuously and without consuming too much energy - ideal for sharing on social networks.
According to Fujifilm, the tracking system during autofocus has been improved - but compared to what device? The AF maintains the 325 collimators and if nothing is known about the performance of the burst and terms of duration and endurance (buffer memory), we can expect the same performance as those of the X-T20.
The bare body will be marketed at 899 €, a price a bit high compared to the X-T20, which looks similar electronically (Bluetooth except) but has more equipment (swivel screen, built-in flash).
If you want to obtain it with an optic, two kits will be available:
- with the zoom XF18-55 mm f / 2.8-4 R LM OIS at 1299 € - with fixed focal length XF23 mm f / 2 R WR at 1199 €