The mid-range mirrorless digicam market is at present buzzing with quite a few good choices to choose from. Sony has been having fun with the limelight for some time with its A6000 collection of mirrorless cameras, and just lately, we’ve seen Canon getting energetic on this phase too, introducing the EOS M50 in India at a fairly aggressive worth.
Fujifilm’s X-series mirrorless cameras won’t share the identical highlight as Sony and Canon, however one latest launch undoubtedly caught our consideration. We’re speaking concerning the Fujifilm X-E3, a rangefinder-style interchangeable-lens mirrorless digicam that packs a tonne of options right into a compact physique. After utilizing it for just a few months, we will let you know if its efficiency is pretty much as good as its seems.
Fujifilm X-E3 design
The X-E3 will get the identical retro design as the remainder of Fujifilm’s lineup, which we really feel seems nice. The silver-and-black mannequin that we’ve stands out, and everybody who has seen us use it has been curious to know extra about it. It’s pretty slim and doesn’t weigh an excessive amount of both. At 337g with the battery and SD card, it’s very moveable, though this can range relying on the kind of lens you utilize.
Because the physique is so slim, the X-E3 wants the assist of the lens to remain upright when positioned on a flat floor. With the usual 18-55mm package lens, there’s ample assist, however with one thing just like the 35mm prime lens, the X-E3 tends to lean ahead.
Build high quality is superb because of aluminium high and backside plates, and loads of rubber cladding for the areas in between. The rubber grip protrudes a bit on the fitting facet of the digicam, providing you with extra floor space whenever you maintain it. On the entrance, we’ve a dial to modify between the assorted autofocus modes, together with a horizontal command dial and the AF-illuminator gentle.
The high of the Fujifilm X-E3 is comparatively flat, and the recent shoe for an exterior flash is a bit recessed. You get two bodily dials for shutter velocity and publicity compensation. There’s a customisable Fn button, a swap to place the X-E3 in full auto mode, the facility swap, and a shutter launch button.
A flap on the left conceals a Micro-USB charging port, a Micro-HDMI port, and a microphone enter socket. There’s an ordinary tripod mount on the underside, together with a flap for the battery and SD card (as much as UHS-1 velocity). The again of the digicam has the remainder of the buttons for altering the drive mode, AE-L, and AF-L buttons, a second horizontal command dial, and a multi-purpose joystick.
There’s a zero.39-inch OLED digital viewfinder with a 2.36 million dot decision and diopter adjustment and a built-in eye sensor. The Three-inch LCD touchscreen has a 1.04 million dot decision, and produces sharp photographs and good colors. The touchscreen can be utilized for altering the main focus level, zooming in to your pictures, and for altering the main focus grid when utilizing the EVF, just like what we noticed on the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III (Review). You also can faucet to seize a nonetheless.
Overall, the X-E3 is a really snug digicam to stay with. It’s constructed nicely, seems nice, and may be very compact which makes it straightforward to hold round. The buttons have good suggestions and the dials are a bit stiff, which is definitely an excellent factor because you gained’t change any settings unintentionally.
Fujifilm X-E3 options and specs
The Fujifilm X-E3 makes use of a 24.Three-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor which may seize stills at a most decision of 4000×6000 pixels. Native ISO sensitivity ranges from 200 to 12,800, however this may be expanded. We like that you simply get three Auto ISO presets and every might be customised with completely different decrease and higher values and a minimal shutter velocity, so you need to use them for various capturing circumstances.
The shutter velocity tops out at 1/four,000 of a second if you choose the mechanical shutter, or 1/32,000 of a second for those who go absolutely digital. The X-E3 also can shoot 8fps bursts (or 14fps utilizing the digital shutter), and might seize 62 JPEGs on common earlier than the buffer fills up. You additionally get varied sorts of bracketing choices resembling AE, Film Simulation, ISO, white steadiness, and dynamic vary.
The Fujifilm X-E3 places a complete of 325 autofocus factors at your disposal, however these can solely be chosen when the AF mode is ready to Single Point. The dimension of the AF zone can nonetheless be different utilizing the joystick and the rear dial. Once you turn from AF Mode to anything, resembling Zone, Tracking, or All, you solely get to make use of 91 focus factors.
The digicam can shoot 4K video at 30fps for as much as 10 minutes at a stretch, in addition to full-HD and HD movies at 60fps. You can’t have a better framerate than 60fps, which limits the digicam’s slow-motion capabilities. Other options embrace 15 movie simulation modes, superior filters resembling a toy digicam impact, and built-in Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth four.zero.
The Fujifilm Camera Remote app isn’t probably the most visually interesting, and it takes some determining. Surprisingly, the Android model seems somewhat higher than the iOS one. Since the digicam helps Bluetooth Low Energy, the X-E3 can preserve an always-on connection together with your cellphone and routinely switch photographs to it as they’re shot. You also can do different issues resembling distant capturing, tag the photographs you shoot together with your cellphone’s GPS location, and browse and switch particular person photographs. Our major difficulty with the app is that for those who’re finished with, say, utilizing distant capturing and go to the house display screen, it breaks the Wi-Fi connection.
Fujifilm X-E3 efficiency and battery life
In our ISO efficiency check, the X-E3 did a superb job at dealing with noise even on the highest native ISO. Details took a slight dip after ISO Three,200 however have been nonetheless nicely inside bounds. We examined this utilizing the 35mm prime lens.
Most of our real-world check pictures have been taken with the 18-55mm package lens. It’s pretty versatile for avenue images and has a decently extensive f/2.eight aperture on the extensive finish and f/four aperture on the telephoto finish. There’s a swap for enabling or disabling stabilisation, and one other swap for manually setting the aperture.
Unlike most mirrorless cameras, the Fujifilm X-E3 lacks a mode dial for switching between completely different capturing modes (eg. PASM). Instead, the place of the aperture and shutter dials dictate the modes. For occasion, when the shutter dial is ready to a specific worth and the aperture ring is ready to Auto, the digicam switches to ’S’ or shutter-priority mode. If each are set to auto, you then’re in ‘P’ mode. You can get used to this after some time, however it’s nonetheless not as fast as with the ability to use a single dial to modify between modes.
Other drive modes might be accessed by way of the ‘Drive’ button on the again. You can swap to burst capturing, any of the bracketing modes or filters, panorama mode, or video mode. The Q button provides you shortcuts to controls for the ISO, white steadiness, facet ratio, and so on, however we want that this didn’t take us away from the principle viewfinder display screen. For occasion, when altering the white steadiness, you may’t see a preview in realtime. You have to return to the viewfinder to test the impact, which is not very best.
The joystick and the entrance and rear dials are in all probability our favorite components of the Fujifilm X-E3. All of them double up as buttons. To change the main focus level, you merely transfer the joystick about, and if you want to change the dimensions of the main focus space, simply press the joystick after which flip the rear dial. The entrance dial might be configured to vary the ISO on the fly, which is sort of handy. If you don’t wish to hassle adjusting settings manually, you may go full-auto with the flip of a single swap.
Fujifilm X-E3 digicam pattern: ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/1300, 42.5mm (faucet to see full dimension)
Fujifilm X-E3 digicam pattern: ISO 200, f/5, 1/150, 28mm (faucet to see full dimension)
The X-E3 produces some actually sharp and punchy photographs underneath good lighting. Even with the package lens, we managed to get extremely detailed landscapes with no seen artefacts and no barrel distortion. We seen some delicate chromatic aberration when capturing towards the sunshine, however it’s very minor and you actually need to go in search of it so as to discover it. Under robust daylight, the digicam handles publicity nicely, though reds are inclined to look somewhat oversaturated. Focusing is fast and the digicam handles monitoring decently too, however at occasions, we discovered our topics to be barely out of focus in some burst pictures.
Face detection solely works when capturing stills. You can allow Eye AF for those who’re in AF-S mode (it doesn’t work in AF-C mode) and you’ll even select to prioritise both the left or the fitting eye. In actuality, we didn’t discover this to work very precisely on a regular basis. Quite usually, the digicam would take a while looking for our topics’ eyes, and even when it did, the marker within the viewfinder wouldn’t be locked precisely on them.
It additionally takes some time to modify between the LCD and the viewfinder. Under harsh daylight, the EVF is your finest wager in the case of framing, because the show tends to scrub out a bit. However, the delay in switching to the EVF can imply lacking the shot you meant to take. This occurred to us a few occasions, and was fairly irritating. We missed the power to tilt the show, which might have made it simpler to seize pictures at awkward angles.
Fujifilm X-E3 digicam pattern (resized to style): ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/125, 23.3mm (faucet to see full dimension)
Fujifilm X-E3 digicam pattern (resized to style): ISO 200, f/5, 1/800, 55mm (faucet to see full dimension)
Macros are dealt with superbly. Once once more, the package lens proves its versatility in managing superb element and sharpness. Take as an example the picture of the tiny crab (above), which is definitely the dimensions of a fingernail. You additionally get superb bokeh, easily blurring between the topic and the background even whenever you zoom in all the way in which. The X-E3 handles panorama pictures nicely too, with correct stitching. The varied filters are enjoyable to play with and a few of the results, such because the toy digicam one, make for some attention-grabbing pictures.
Fujifilm X-E3 digicam pattern: ISO 800, f/2, 1/30, 35mm (faucet to see full dimension)
Fujifilm X-E3 digicam pattern: ISO 800, f/2, 1/60, 35mm (faucet to see full dimension)
In low gentle, the X-E3 reveals good dynamic vary, and because of the superb excessive ISO efficiency, there’s little to no seen noise in pictures. Colours are nicely represented, and the small print in close-up pictures are additionally superb. We have been happy with the standard of 4K footage, each in daylight and in low gentle. All movies are recorded in MOV format and there’s no choice to vary the codec or container.
We discovered battery life to be superb too. On a single cost, we normally averaged about 650-700 pictures, which is nice for such a slim digicam. Most of our time was spent utilizing the principle LCD. The commonplace energy saving mode, which places the digicam to sleep after two minutes of inactivity, was enabled. The X-E3 might be charged by an influence financial institution, however it must be off for this to work.
The Fujifilm X-E3 is without doubt one of the higher mirrorless cameras on the market, and delivers good efficiency in a classy physique. It’s somewhat dear in India, because the physique alone retails for about Rs. 70,000. Once you add a lens, the worth creeps as much as somewhat over the Rs. 1 lakh mark. At round this worth, you might discover Fujifilm’s personal X-T20, which provides comparable specs and efficiency. That mannequin has a flip-out display screen, however lacks the navigation joystick that the X-E3 has.
Sony additionally sells the marginally older A6300 for about Rs. 70,000 with a 16-50mm lens. With the Sony, you may count on higher focus monitoring for fast-moving topics, a wider vary of video choices, and higher burst capturing, in comparison with the X-E3.
Despite its minor shortcomings, the X-E3 is a really versatile mirrorless digicam that’s certain to maintain most customers glad. If you’re in search of one thing completely different by way of design, we suggest this digicam, however it could be a stronger advice if the worth was to drop a bit.
Price (MRP): Rs. 70,990 (physique solely), Rs. 1,02,999 (with 18-55mm lens)
- Stylish design
- Very good picture high quality
- Good high-ISO efficiency
- Strong battery life
- Compact and nicely constructed
- AF monitoring may very well be faster
- No tiltable display screen
- A bit costly
- Smartphone app feels clunky
Ratings (Out of 5)
- Build/Design: four.5
- Image high quality: four.5
- Video high quality: four
- Performance: four
- Value for cash: Three.5
- Overall: four
Adapted From: Gadgets360