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The X-T3 is Fujifilm’s flagship hybrid digicam, providing a robust characteristic set for each stills and video imaging. Climate-sealed and geared up with a complicated autofocus system, the X-T3 is simply as comfy taking pictures quick motion at 20fps as it’s portraiture and landscapes. For video shooters, the X-T3 is probably Fujifilm’s most fascinating mirrorless digicam but, providing 10-bit 4K/60 footage, and a variety of helpful video-focused options together with focus peaking and adjustable zebra warnings.

We put the X-T3 to the take a look at taking pictures dashing inventory automobiles, and the petrol-heads that work on (and in) them.

For this video, we wished to check out the X-T3’s full characteristic set, from 4K/60 to high-resolution stills and quick frame-rate motion. Beginning on the Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington, we put the X-T3 to activity, taking pictures dashing inventory automobiles and the petrol-heads that work on (and in) them. After Carey and Barney bought a really feel for what it means to throw a stripped-down Acura round a observe, 13 year-old driver Haley Constance confirmed us the way it’s actually performed.

So how does the Fujifilm X-T3 stack up as a ‘do every little thing’ digicam? We requested our director, Lou Karsen for his ideas on the way it carried out.


Lou Karsen, director

Lou Karsen has directed a number of of our long-form movies, and for this shoot he used the Fujifilm X-T3 with a variety of lenses, in a customized shoulder rig.

For the previous a number of years I’ve labored as a cinematographer with DPReview, taking new cameras into the sector. We started these movies targeted on digicam efficiency and specs, however have more and more shifted our focus to storytelling. I feel in some ways this can be a more true take a look at of the viability of those instruments, particularly with an elevated deal with video efficiency.

For this story with the Fujifilm X-T3 we started with the thought of two DPReview editors, Barney and Carey, studying methods to race ‘hornet’ automobiles, that are stripped down Acura Integras. We filmed them coaching and competing in time trials for a day, and had a whole lot of enjoyable, however left feeling that we did not actually have a whole story. As luck would have it, one of many drivers who labored with us on the observe talked about that he coaches a bunch of youth racers, and particularly, he was working with a 13 year-old woman who was the cream of the crop, and we must always meet her. As is usually the case in filmmaking, this opportunity encounter led us to the story of Haley Constance.

Important for me is a system that’s person pleasant, which provides good outcomes, reliably, with out throwing me any curveballs

As DP, my aim for this challenge was to shoot all the video on the X-T3. My expectations had been considerably tempered heading in as a result of I knew the X-T3 was designed primarily for stills, with the X-H1 as Fujifilm’s flagship digicam for video. The fascinating factor about DPing these shoots is we’re continuously being thrown in on the deep finish with new digicam methods. Important for me is a system that’s person pleasant, which provides good outcomes, reliably, with out throwing me any curveballs. It’s not unusual for me to select up gear for the very first time simply earlier than a shoot – it is all a part of the enjoyable.

For this sort of run n’ gun, doc-style shoot I would like a clear 4k picture with good dynamic vary, an editing-friendly codec, strong lenses, stabilization, and audio outs. I report to an Atomos when attainable, so good HDMI out is essential. Having shot on the X-H1, I knew I would have entry to nice lenses and the Fuji image profiles.

I began off taking pictures with the XF 16-55mm F2.Eight WR considering it could be my main lens. That rapidly went out of the window once I realized it wasn’t stabilized. I used to be cautious of the 18-55mm F2.8-Four due to the variable aperture, but it surely labored very well. Fujifilm’s optical stabilization is nice. You possibly can even handhold the 18-135mm all the way in which zoomed in and get a decently stabilized picture. I’m additionally an enormous fan of Fujifilm’s image profiles. I shot this story with the Eterna profile, which gave it a punchy, cinematic look with out being overly stylized. And we did not need to grade a lot in submit.

I used the 2 Fujinon cine lenses for some locked off photographs on the racetrack, however run n’ gun-style work, chasing folks round, I actually simply ended up reaching for the 18-55mm more often than not.

General, I used to be very happy with how the X-T3 carried out. It is a official video digicam.

General, I used to be very happy with how the X-T3 carried out. It was additionally cool to mount the X-T3 to each the within and outdoors of the automobiles. With a reasonably cheap suction mount, and the Fuji 10-24mm wide-angle, we bought an motion cam look. It helps that the digicam is small and light-weight, and it withstood the quick and bumpy trip fairly properly.

It is a official video digicam. An even bigger battery could be good, however I am undecided I would need that at the price of an even bigger physique. In all, I in all probability shot about 5 full days with this rig, and it did not take lengthy for me to get the cling of it. I used to be in a position to focus in on capturing Haley’s story, assured that the digicam was getting nice footage.

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