Valhalla, NY—Fujifilm North America Corporation introduced the Fujifilm X-E3 rangefinder-style mirrorless camera, which boasts 4K video recording, upgraded AF tracking and Bluetooth connectivity.
Also announced was the XF80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR macro lens. It is the first 1.0x magnification, mid-telephoto macro lens among X series interchangeable lenses. The lens features a 122mm-equivalent focal length (in the 35mm format) and a maximum aperture of f/2.8 to produce artistic bokeh.
The Fujifilm X-E3 features the latest 24.3 megapixel X-Trans CMOS III image sensor and the X-Processor Pro high-speed image-processing engine. In addition, the ultracompact ILC employs a large phase-detection autofocus (AF) area and enhanced tracking performance for moving subjects. Equipped with a newly developed image recognition algorithm, the camera is able to track moving subjects half the size, or those moving twice as fast, as previous X models.
Moreover, for quick snapshots, the ILC has a start-up time of 0.4 second, a shooting interval of 0.25 sec, a shutter time lag of 0.05 sec and autofocus speed as fast as 0.06 second. The camera also supports Full HD and 4K video recording at 29.97p, 25p, 24p and 23.98P, 100Mbps.
In addition video can be shot with film simulations in-camera to produce creative high-resolution footage. It can also be output to an external monitor via the HDMI port. Users can additionally input audio from an external microphone to enhance videos.
Fujifilm X-E3 Touch-Screen Control & Connectivity
The X-E3 is also the first X-series model to incorporate Bluetooth low energy wireless communication. This offers the ability to pair the camera with a smartphone or tablet to transfer pictures via the free Fujifilm Camera Remote application. The app also provides remote control functions.
Furthermore, the ILC features a 3-inch, 1.04M-dot, static touch-screen LCD monitor. The touch screen is designed for intuitive operation in a variety of shooting and playback modes. When shooting, the screen can be used to select the focus area or focus on a specific point before taking a picture. For playback, users can swipe or scroll through images, double-tap to enlarge an image and drag an image once enlarged. They may also pinch out and pinch in sizing. A touch function is also available to enable users to create customized camera functions by swiping left, right, up and down on the touch screen.
Additional Fujifilm X-E3 Features
The Fujifilm X-E3 is also the most compact and lightweight model with a viewfinder within the X-series, interchangeable-lens camera range.
Additional features include: a focus lever on its back to allow photographers to use joystick-type operations to select a focus area; its top plate has two precision-milled aluminum dials to adjust shutter speed and exposure compensation while maintaining focus; and the exposure compensation dial now has a C position for compensation up to ±5 stops. It also has an auto mode selector lever for choosing the fully automatic advanced SR auto mode. In this mode, the camera automatically selects optimum settings for a given scene.
Fujifilm X-E3 accessories include the X-E3 metal handgrip (MHG-XE3) and bottom leather case (BLC-XE3). The Fujifilm X-E3 ILC will be available in three versions in late September. They will have the following suggested retail prices: X-E3 body in black or silver, $899.95; X-E3/XF18–55mm lens kit, $1,299.95; and X-E3/XF23mm f/2 R WR lens kit, $1,149.95. fujifilmusa.com