Fujifilm X-Pro3 review: living in the moment, not a screen in sight

12 Nov

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Silver Award

Overall score

The Fujifilm X-Pro3 is a 26 megapixel mirrorless interchangeable lens camera built around a clever optical / electronic viewfinder and designed to look like a classic rangefinder.

This, the third iteration of Fujifilm’s first X-mount camera gains titanium top and base plates but the most noteworthy feature is an LCD panel that faces the back of the camera and needs to be flipped down to use it. The viewfinder and rear screen are the main distinctions between this and the similarly-specced X-T3.

A low-resolution status panel on the back of the camera speaks to the underlying ethos of the camera, which we’ll look into in more detail on the next page.

Key Specifications

  • 26MP APS-C BSI CMOS sensor
  • Optical/Electronic hybrid viewfinder
  • Fold down rear LCD
  • Rear-facing Memory LCD status panel
  • Titanium top/bottom plates
  • 4K video at up to 30p, 200Mbps
  • 11 Film Simulation modes, now with ‘Classic Neg’

The X-Pro3 is available in painted black version with a list price of $ 1799 or with the silver or black hardened, coated surface for $ 1999.

What’s new and how it compares

The X-Pro3 looks a lot like its predecessors except for one major change.

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Body and controls

A new titanium top plate, rear ‘sub monitor’ and hidden flip-out LCD round out the major body updates.

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First impressions

Photo editor Dan Bracaglia took a pre-production X-Pro3 on holiday to Northern California. Here are his thoughts on the hidden rear screen.

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Image quality

The X-Pro3 offers the excellent image quality and attractive processing options we saw in the X-T3. It also gains an in-camera HDR mode.

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The X-Pro3’s autofocus is highly capable but requires more user input than the best of its peers.

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Despite its old-skool stills ethos, the X-Pro3 can shoot some impressive video footage.

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Shooting with the X-Pro3

The X-Pro3’s design pushes you to shoot with the optical finder or with the camera at waist level. We found both methods to be limiting and engaging to different degrees.

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The X-Pro3 is an intentionally divisive camera, but one we think will hold a certain appeal for some photographers.

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Sample gallery

The X-Pro3 gains the ‘Classic Negative’ film stimulation. Check out examples of it and more in our hardy samples gallery.

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