The mid-range mirrorless digicam market is presently buzzing with numerous good choices to select 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 section too, introducing the EOS M50 in India at a reasonably aggressive value.
Fujifilm’s X-series mirrorless cameras won’t share the identical highlight as Sony and Canon, however one latest launch positively 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 inform you if its efficiency is nearly as good as its appears to be like.
Fujifilm X-E3 design
The X-E3 will get the identical retro design as the remainder of Fujifilm’s lineup, which we really feel appears to be like nice. The silver-and-black mannequin that now we have 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 transportable, though this can differ relying on the kind of lens you employ.
As a result of 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 equipment lens, there’s ample assist, however with one thing just like the 35mm prime lens, the X-E3 tends to lean ahead.
Construct high quality is superb because of aluminium prime and backside plates, and loads of rubber cladding for the areas in between. The rubber grip protrudes a bit on the best aspect of the digicam, supplying you with extra floor space while you maintain it. On the entrance, now we have a dial to change between the varied autofocus modes, together with a horizontal command dial and the AF-illuminator gentle.
The highest 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 a normal 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 target level, zooming in to your photographs, and for altering the main target grid when utilizing the EVF, much like what we noticed on the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III (Review). You may also faucet to seize a nonetheless.
Total, the X-E3 is a really comfy digicam to reside with. It’s constructed properly, appears to be like nice, and could be very compact which makes it simple to hold round. The buttons have good suggestions and the dials are a bit stiff, which is definitely a very good factor because you gained’t change any settings by chance.
Fujifilm X-E3 options and specs
The Fujifilm X-E3 makes use of a 24.Three-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor which might 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 just get three Auto ISO presets and every might be customised with totally different decrease and higher values and a minimal shutter velocity, so you need to use them for various taking pictures situations.
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 if you happen to go absolutely digital. The X-E3 may shoot 8fps bursts (or 14fps utilizing the digital shutter), and may seize 62 JPEGs on common earlier than the buffer fills up. You additionally get varied sorts of bracketing choices reminiscent of AE, Movie 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 about to Single Level. The dimensions of the AF zone can nonetheless be various utilizing the joystick and the rear dial. As soon as you turn from AF Mode to the rest, reminiscent of Zone, Monitoring, 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’ll be able to’t have a better framerate than 60fps, which limits the digicam’s slow-motion capabilities. Different options embrace 15 movie simulation modes, superior filters reminiscent of a toy digicam impact, and built-in Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth four.zero.
The Fujifilm Digital camera Distant app isn’t probably the most visually interesting, and it takes some determining. Surprisingly, the Android model appears to be like slightly higher than the iOS one. For the reason that digicam helps Bluetooth Low Vitality, the X-E3 can keep an always-on connection along with your cellphone and routinely switch photographs to it as they’re shot. You may also do different issues reminiscent of distant taking pictures, tag the pictures you shoot along with your cellphone’s GPS location, and browse and switch particular person pictures. Our important difficulty with the app is that if you happen to’re finished with, say, utilizing distant taking pictures and go to the house display, it breaks the Wi-Fi connection.
Fujifilm X-E3 efficiency and battery life
In our ISO efficiency take a look at, the X-E3 did a wonderful job at dealing with noise even on the highest native ISO. Particulars took a slight dip after ISO Three,200 however had been nonetheless properly inside bounds. We examined this utilizing the 35mm prime lens.
Most of our real-world take a look at photographs had been taken with the 18-55mm equipment lens. It’s pretty versatile for road pictures and has a decently broad f/2.eight aperture on the broad finish and f/four aperture on the telephoto finish. There is a swap for enabling or disabling stabilisation, and one other swap for manually setting the aperture.
In contrast to most mirrorless cameras, the Fujifilm X-E3 lacks a mode dial for switching between totally different taking pictures modes (eg. PASM). As a substitute, the place of the aperture and shutter dials dictate the modes. As an example, when the shutter dial is about to a specific worth and the aperture ring is about to Auto, the digicam switches to ’S’ or shutter-priority mode. If each are set to auto, you then’re in ‘P’ mode. You may get used to this after some time, but it surely’s nonetheless not as fast as having the ability to use a single dial to change between modes.
Different drive modes might be accessed through the ‘Drive’ button on the again. You’ll be able to swap to burst taking pictures, 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, side ratio, and many others, however we want that this didn’t take us away from the primary viewfinder display. As an example, when altering the white steadiness, you’ll be able to’t see a preview in realtime. You must return to the viewfinder to verify the impact, which is not splendid.
The joystick and the entrance and rear dials are most likely our favorite components of the Fujifilm X-E3. All of them double up as buttons. To alter the main target level, you merely transfer the joystick about, and if it’s worthwhile to change the scale of the main target space, simply press the joystick after which flip the rear dial. The entrance dial might be configured to alter the ISO on the fly, which is kind of handy. If you happen to don’t wish to hassle adjusting settings manually, you’ll be able to go full-auto with the flip of a single swap.
The X-E3 produces some actually sharp and punchy photographs below good lighting. Even with the equipment lens, we managed to get extremely detailed landscapes with no seen artefacts and no barrel distortion. We observed some gentle chromatic aberration when taking pictures in opposition to the sunshine, but it surely’s very minor and you actually must go on the lookout for it as a way to discover it. Beneath robust daylight, the digicam handles publicity properly, though reds are likely to look slightly 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 photographs.
Face detection solely works when taking pictures stills. You’ll be able to allow Eye AF if you happen to’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 best eye. In actuality, we didn’t discover this to work very precisely on a regular basis. Very often, 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 change between the LCD and the viewfinder. Beneath harsh daylight, the EVF is your greatest wager with regards to framing, because the show tends to clean out a bit. Nevertheless, the delay in switching to the EVF can imply lacking the shot you supposed 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 photographs at awkward angles.
Macros are dealt with fantastically. As soon as once more, the equipment 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 scale of a fingernail. You additionally get superb bokeh, easily blurring between the topic and the background even while you zoom in all the best way. The X-E3 handles panorama photographs properly too, with correct stitching. The assorted filters are enjoyable to play with and a few of the results, such because the toy digicam one, make for some fascinating photographs.
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 photographs. Colors are properly represented, and the main points in close-up photographs are additionally superb. We had 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 possibility to alter the codec or container.
We discovered battery life to be superb too. On a single cost, we often averaged about 650-700 photographs, which is nice for such a slim digicam. Most of our time was spent utilizing the primary LCD. The usual 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, but it surely must be off for this to work.
The Fujifilm X-E3 is likely one of the higher mirrorless cameras on the market, and delivers good efficiency in a classy physique. It’s slightly dear in India, because the physique alone retails for about Rs. 70,000. When you add a lens, the worth creeps as much as slightly over the Rs. 1 lakh mark. At round this value, you may discover Fujifilm’s personal X-T20, which gives related specs and efficiency. That mannequin has a flip-out display, 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’ll be able to count on higher focus monitoring for fast-moving topics, a wider vary of video choices, and higher burst taking pictures, in comparison with the X-E3.
Regardless of its minor shortcomings, the X-E3 is a really versatile mirrorless digicam that’s positive to maintain most customers comfortable. If you happen to’re on the lookout for one thing totally different by way of design, we suggest this digicam, however it might be a stronger suggestion if the worth was to drop a bit.
Worth (MRP): Rs. 70,990 (physique solely), Rs. 1,02,999 (with 18-55mm lens)
- Fashionable design
- Superb picture high quality
- Good high-ISO efficiency
- Sturdy battery life
- Compact and properly constructed
- AF monitoring might be faster
- No tiltable display
- A bit costly
- Smartphone app feels clunky
Rankings (Out of 5)
- Construct/Design: four.5
- Picture high quality: four.5
- Video high quality: four
- Efficiency: four
- Worth for cash: Three.5
- Total: four