Introducing: Fujifilm X-Pro3
After having raised our flag again, information concerning the release of Fujifilm’s X-Pro3 crossed my inbox.
I was rather intrigued when I first viewed the camera, as one of the first thoughts that crossed my mind was the camera’s retro styling, reminiscent of the rangefinder cameras of yesteryear that was very popular with street photographers and photojournalists. Henri Cartier-Bresson mainly used only one camera for all his work, a Leica rangefinder with one lens.
Cartier-Bresson with his Leica rangefinder camera that garnered a following throughout the world.
FujiFilm has a range of similar looking cameras, but the X-Pro3 is more reminiscent of a film than a digital camera. I thought it meaningful to bring this camera to your attention, enabling you to make an informed choice. The camera is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that incorporates an optical-electronic viewfinder that for me, what makes it look just like one of the old classic rangefinder cameras. A brief explanation; a rangefinder camera is a camera fitted with a rangefinder, typically a split-image rangefinder: a range-finding focusing mechanism allowing the photographer to measure the subject distance and take photographs that are in sharp focus. Alternatively merging the two halves until the image clears.
FujiFilm X-Trans sensor
FujiFilm’s processor is startlingly revolutionary and a worthy digression. The FUJIFILM X-PRO3 features a newly-developed back-illuminated “X-Trans CMOS 4” sensor, the fourth generation to feature in the X Series. Boasting a resolution of 26.1MP, the sensor uses a unique colour filter array, synonymous to X-Trans CMOS sensors, to control moiré and false colour without the use of an optical low-pass filter. Its back-illuminated structure enhances image quality while maintaining a high S/N ratio. Furthermore, ISO160, previously available only as extended ISO, is now part of the normal ISO range, allowing you to achieve incredibly clean, noise free images. The new processor, combined with a new algorithm, enhances the Film Simulation modes, substantially improving the camera’s ability to track moving subjects, boosts AF’s speed and accuracy, and allows for a more diverse range of video functions. It maximizes the full potential of X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor to deliver the highest performance in all aspects in the history of X Series.
• Phase-detection autofocus working down to -6EV
• Hybrid viewfinder combines optical and electronic viewfinder technology, allowing you to see outside of the frame
• 3.69M-dot OLED electronic viewfinder
Rear Tilt Screen
Hidden 1.62M-dot fold-down LCD touchscreen
• Mini display shows essential settings when the LCD is closed
• Weather-sealed body
•11 film simulation modes that now includes Classic Negative.
• Increased control over grain, clarity, and white balance settings
• 8/16bit TIFF output
• Multi-exposure up to 9 frames
• 4K video at up to 30p, 200Mbps
Having been being brought up in the film era I just love the way the camera looks and in particular the old-style analog buttons and dials and the aperture settings on the lens.
I suspect that the way that the camera has been made will dictate how you will use it. Either with the optical viewfinder or with the camera held at waist level. I know that this camera will have limited appeal but just having said that I can envisage it being used by discerning photographers, more competent and experienced and already have an idea as to what they are aiming for and going to achieve. This camera falls into a very specific niche and good on FujiFilm for identifying this. FujiFilm has been able to garner a group of loyal followers from all over the world and I am sure that many of them will instantly want to have an X-Pro3 in their arsenal and I suspect new users will follow suit.
In closing and to summarize; The X-Pro3 isn’t going to suit every photographer but for photographers who want to slow things down and may even recollect using a film camera but now have something far easier to work with.