FUJIFILM announced the launch of the FUJIFILM X-Pro3 in late November, 2019, as the latest flagship model for the company's X Series range of mirrorless digital cameras.
The X Series’ first interchangeable lens camera, “FUJIFILM X-Pro1,” was released in February 2012 and its successor, “FUJIFILM X-Pro2,” in March 2016 with improved image quality and performance. The X-Pro3 now has one of the most durable camera bodies thanks to the use of titanium for the exterior sections. Two colour variations will be available with additional Duratect surface-hardening technology for extra toughness and a premium finish.
The X-Pro3 uses the back illuminated 26.1MP “X-TransTM CMOS 4” sensor and the “X-Processor 4” image processing engine, first seen in the FUJIFILM X-T3 and then the FUJIFILM X-T30.
The X-Pro3 uses an improved algorithm to enable autofocus at the minimum luminance of -6EV, which is near pitch-darkness.It also features a new HDR shooting function, which combines multiple continuously shot images of different exposure levels to expand the dynamic range. The tool, designed to recreate the vast dynamic range of light conditions that exist in nature, produces natural tones without causing exaggerated amplification of colour tones.
The X-Pro3 for the first time has an AF range limiter function, which has been available only on a limited number of lenses until now. You can select from two preset values or use the focus ring to specify any focus range. This gives the focus preset function available to all XF lenses.
The camera handles multiple exposures of up to 9 frames in the Additive, Average, Comparative Bright or Comparative Dark mode to combine images taken from multiple viewpoints or at different times into a single image. You can apply different Film Simulation modes to each of the frames to create a multi-layered collage.
The new “Advanced Hybrid Viewfinder,” uses a high resolution 3.69-million-dot organic EL panel. It boasts a high contrast ratio of over 1:5000 and the maximum luminance of 1500cd/m2 to display the finest details even in shadows and highlights. It also covers 97% of the sRGB colour space, giving more accurate color reproduction.
EVF display options in the “Boost” performance mode now includes “Smoothness priority” where a black frame is inserted between each of the frames at approx. 100fps to provide a smoother appearance with a minimal sense of residual images, giving an equivalent refresh rate of approx. 200fps. This option is recommended when you are taking pictures of fast moving subjects and need to track the erratic motion.
The camera also features the “Electronic Range Finder” function, in which a small EVF window is displayed within the OVF to help checking electronic settings. The EVF window displays live view, enlargement of an AF point and pictures taken, improving the usefulness of the OVF.
Also new is “CLASSIC Neg” Film Simulation, which simulates colour negative film that was normally used for everyday snapshots.
The 1.62-million-dot high-resolution tilting LCD touchscreen display, can flip approx. 180 degrees, allowing you to shoot from the hip, at ground level or with the camera above your head.
The rear 1.28-inch colour Memory LCD, protected with toughened glass, displays shooting settings regardless if the camera is turned on or not. The screen can be set in the “Classic” mode which displays Film Simulation, white balance and other image settings reminiscent of film cameras, or in the “Standard” mode for displays shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, the number of remaining frames and other shooting settings in plain numbers and icons.
The “Highlight Tone” and “Shadow Tone” options, have been integrated into the “Tonal Curve” setting so that you can adjust settings while checking the tonal curve.
The X-Pro3 has a USB Type-C port (USB3.1 Gen1), to charge the camera’s battery and transfer data.
The X-Pro3 will be available as body only and priced as follows:
- Black - £1699 – available from 28th November
- Dura Black - £1879 – available from mid-December
- Dura Silver - £1879 – available from mid-December