Fujifilm unveil the X-E3 mirrorless camera
7 September 2017 | Category: Stills
The new X-E3 packs a powerful punch, with the inclusion of Fujifilm's iconic 24.3MP X-Trans™ CMOS III APS-C sensor and the X-Processor Pro high-speed image processing engine. It is also the first X Series model to feature Bluetooth® low energy wireless communication. Users can pair the camera with their smartphone or tablet device for easy transfer of pictures taken using minimal power – perfect for sharing images with friends and online.
The LCD monitor, on the back of the camera, uses a static touchscreen panel which supports the conventional “Touch Shot”, “Touch AF” and “Focus Area Selection” capabilities. An all-new “Touch Function” feature will be available on the X-E3, which enables gesture controls reminiscent of smartphones, like flick and pinch zoom, to further enhance touchscreen operation. In addition, the AF algorithm has been updated to enhance the camera’s performance for tracking a moving subject.
Fujifilm redesigned the camera body of FUJIFILM X-E2 (released in November 2013) to create the X-E3, now the most compact and lightweight model within the X Series interchangeable lens camera range, with a viewfinder. The new model also supports the Focus Lever, a popular feature first introduced in the FUJIFILM X-Pro2, allowing you to instantaneously change the focus area whilst keeping an eye on the viewfinder.
The top plate of the camera body features two dials, one for shutter speed and the other for exposure compensation. The dials, milled from aluminium, have a high quality appearance and deliver a reassuring click at every notched setting. The exposure compensation dial now has the C position to enable exposure compensation of up to ±5 stops in 1/3 steps, which enhances the basic operability of photography. The X-E3 is also equipped with an Auto mode selector lever for selecting the fully-automatic Advanced SR Auto mode where the camera chooses the optimum settings for a given scene.
The X-E3 features a 24.3 megapixel APS-C sized X-TransTM CMOS III sensor and X-Processor Pro image processing engine for outstanding image quality and high-speed response. The X-E3 features a large phase detection AF area and an updated algorithm to deliver a fastest AF speed of 0.06sec.. The X-E3 also offers 5.0fps live-view shooting, a quick start-up time of 0.4sec., a shutter time lag of 0.050sec. and a shooting interval of 0.25sec. Thanks to the newly developed image recognition algorithm, the X-E3 is able to track moving subjects twice as fast as previous models. In addition, the X-E3 is also able to track moving subjects of half the size as before.
This is the first X Series camera to offer Bluetooth® capability. Pair it with your smartphone or tablet device, in advance of shooting, to easily transfer pictures you have taken to the smartphone or tablet device via the smart-device app, “FUJIFILM Camera Remote.”
The LCD monitor uses a high-resolution 1.04M dot, 3.0-inch static touchscreen panel display. Turning the “Touch Panel Settings” on allows the following operations during shooting and playback modes:
・Focus Area Selection: Move the focus point to the chosen position by tapping the LCD monitor.
・Touch Shot: Touch to focus on a specific point, then take the picture.
・Swipe Movement : Swiping a finger across the screen scrolls through the images, one after the other.
・Double-Tap Enlargement: Tapping the screen twice will enlarge the image, centering on the active focus point when the image was taken.
・Drag: Moving a finger across the screen when an image is enlarged will move it around the frame.
・Pinch out: Placing two fingers on the screen and widening the distance between them enlarges the image.
・Pinch in: While the image being displayed is enlarged, placing two fingers on the screen and narrowing the distance between them reduces the image size and displays the last 9 images.
・All the touchscreen functions are disabled when the “Touch Panel Settings” are turned off.
The camera also features the “Touch Function”, in which you can use flick motions in up – down and right – left directions to call pre-assigned functions. Use the drag motion on the touchscreen panel, even while keeping your eye on the EVF, to change the focus area location. In the EVF TOUCH SCREEN AREA SETTINGS, you can activate touchscreen operation for “ALL”, “RIGHT”, “LEFT” or turn the functionality “OFF”.
The X-E3 is capable of recording both Full HD and 4K video. You can output recorded video to an external monitor, via the HDMI port, and input audio from an external microphone.
The camera will be available in October and we should be stocking it at launch.