The Fujifilm X-Professional Three is the brand new joint flagship within the X-series, alongside the sooner X-T3. Teased in September 2019 and formally introduced a month later, the X-Professional Three is the successor to the X-Professional 2 launched over three and a half years beforehand. As you’d anticipate, it equips Fujifilm’s area of interest however a lot cherished rangefinder mannequin with the newest 26 Megapixel X-Trans IV sensor and X-processor Four that are already deployed on the X-T3 and X-T30, however accompanied by numerous design adjustments that would polarise followers, though – spoiler alert – I used to be keen on most of them.
I had an opportunity to briefly check out a pre-production X-Professional Three at an official Fujifilm press occasion and within the video under I’ll present you all the pieces I do know to this point. In case you favor to learn relatively than watch, preserve scrolling for my written model! Be aware: Fujifilm initially quoted the video as being in 10 bit, but it surely’s really eight bit. The USB C port can now be tailored for headphone use although.
Above: At first look, the X-Professional Three shares an analogous design to its predecessors, a strong rectangular block with many stylistic nods to classic movie cameras. Fujifilm’s retained the magnesium alloy shell and weather-proofing of the X-Professional 2, however swapped the highest and backside plates for titanium for larger toughness – the scale and physique weight stay roughly unchanged although. It’s now additionally obtainable in three finishes: plain black, Dura Black and Dura Silver, with the Dura variations including Duratect coatings – sometimes deployed on luxurious watches – on the metallic surfaces to extend its resistance to scratches. The plain black mannequin which I attempted will price round 1700 kilos and the Dura-coated variations add about 180 kilos extra.
Above: The controls on the higher proper floor are primarily unchanged from the X-Professional 2, so you might have the devoted shutter dial with speeds from one to 8000th of a second, plus Bulb, Time and a lockable A place which switches into Aperture Precedence or Program relying on the lens ring. Elevate up the periphery and you’ll modify the ISO sensitivity, indicated in a small window, similar to previous movie cameras. To the correct is a shutter launch button, threaded for previous model cable equipment, whereas within the nook is a non-locking publicity compensation dial. The one change with the X-Pro2 right here is the now unlabelled Perform button; I’d have most well-liked the EV dial to be lockable too as I generally turned it by mistake when pulling it out of a decent bag.
Above: The entrance controls are additionally principally unchanged, though the entrance finger dial mysteriously has misplaced its earlier push operate. The primary motion right here although revolves across the lever that’s harking back to the previous self-timer controls on some movie cameras. Right here, like its predecessor, it switches between the viewfinder modes which I’ll present you later. Eagle-eyed Fuji-fans may even discover the grip now has a small vertical indent that improves the texture in your fingers greater than it seems.
Above: Around the again, the obvious change is in fact the obvious lack of a important display, however worry not for the X-Professional Three has a few methods up its sleeve I’ll present you in a second. The opposite large change is the elimination of the 4 joypad-style cross keys, which I need to admit I used to be keen on, though you’ll be able to obtain the identical navigation utilizing the joystick. Fujifilm’s additionally modified the operate of the buttons to the aspect and the thumb dial stays pretty small and push-clickable. However neglect about that I hear you cry, what in regards to the display? The place’s it gone?!
Above: Okay, the rear of the X-Pro3 is now dwelling to a small 1.28in non-backlit sq. show that reveals the present Movie Simulation in use – a playful nod to the small home windows on previous movie cameras the place you’d slot-in a bit of the cardboard movie packaging for reference. It’s dynamic too, not simply displaying the energetic Movie Simulation, but additionally the present sensitivity and white steadiness. It stays seen whether or not the ability is on or off, however its precise visibility may be very dependant on the viewing angle and ambient mild, however I actually loved it regardless. A setting within the menus alternatively allows you to swap the show to point out primary taking pictures info at a look, and that is customisable. Once more a pleasant contact, though just like the sub-monitor on the GFX-100 I didn’t take pleasure in having to delve into the menus simply to change its operate. It’s additionally crying out for some type of primary menu or setting navigation, most clearly a mini Q-menu. Hopefully its operate might be expanded with a firmware replace sooner or later if all of us ask for it, however earlier than you assume that is the X-Professional 3’s solely display, put together your self for a grand reveal.
Above: In its greatest design change, the X-Professional 3’s important display is hidden throughout regular operation and flipped right down to view. It’ll angle down by 180 levels, however received’t twist spherical to face you or angle out to the aspect, and should you’re mounted on a tripod, you received’t be capable of angle down a lot past 90 levels. It’s effective for waist-level taking pictures within the 90 diploma place although – and it is a key benefit it has over the fastened screens of its predecessors, and it’s now touch-sensitive too. When it comes to navigating the primary menus, it’s clearly much less handy to flip the display open for entry, however you’ll be able to alternatively entry them by the viewfinder and as soon as the digital camera’s arrange, how typically would you be adjusting them anyway?
Above: Fujifilm’s reasoning behind the hidden display was to focus your consideration to the viewfinder expertise, which after-all is the X-Professional’s distinctive promoting level. By hiding the display, the X-Professional Three encourages you to shoot at eye-level and minimise the distractions of retreating to play again pictures after each shot. I believe it’s an acceptable and even fascinating resolution for the core X-Professional viewers, encouraging you to shoot historically at eye-level with out the severity of shedding the display altogether as Leica has experimented with, plus you get waist-level taking pictures with the brand new display too. Unsurprisingly although it’s probably the most controversial facet of the X-Professional 3, so I’d love to listen to what you assume. Bear in mind it’s aimed toward a specialist viewers and there’s nonetheless the XT fashions for a extra standard expertise.
Above: The first technique of composition stays the viewfinder which inherits Fujifilm’s crafty hybrid capabilities from the X-Professional 2. You’re trying on the optical view right here, which I really filmed by the viewfinder to provide you an thought of the way it seems; it’s now slightly bigger, much less distorted and with a barely greater eye-point than earlier than, however the primary idea stays the identical. The white body signifies the world you’ll seize, and like rangefinders permits you to see exterior the body for objects about to enter. As an overlay, the body additionally adjusts dimension and place to compensate for parallax with nearer topics, or certainly completely different lenses, and you too can see the energetic AF space. Pushing the viewfinder lever to the left toggles the hybrid view which overlays a tiny portion of the digital panel within the decrease proper nook for focusing help and white steadiness preview – there’s no lack of protection both as this nook solely confirmed the lens barrel within the totally optical view.
Above: Pushing the lever management to the correct toggles the viewfinder between optical and digital views and right here’s the latter which now employs the next decision 3.69 million dot OLED panel that’s extra detailed than its predecessor, to not point out brighter with a sooner refresh and broader color house. Like different digital viewfinders, it’ll present focusing help and previews of issues like white steadiness and movie simulation, and naturally additionally allow you to playback pictures or navigate the menus; certainly the X-Professional Three will considerately swap to the digital view while you press the menu button even should you have been beforehand composing within the optical mode. So inform me what you consider Fujifilm’s method to composition with the X-Professional Three from the hybrid viewfinder to the hidden display.
Above: When it comes to wired connectivity, there’s simply two: USB-C that helps 3.1 Gen 1 speeds and can be utilized for each charging and energy throughout operation, alongside a 2.5mm jack that’s for a distant wire or an exterior microphone, though in case you have a 3.5mm plug in your mic you’ll want to make use of an adapter. So far as I perceive it, the USB C port can assist headphones through an adapter just like the X-T30. There’s no HDMI port, though I’m certain some house owners may need wished to attach it to a show for a slideshow, or is that simply me?
Above: Behind a door on the correct are a pair of SD card slots, each exploiting UHS-II speeds. The X-Professional Three additionally shoots sooner than its predecessors, inheriting the 11fps mechanical shutter and 20fps digital bursts of the X-T3 in addition to the 30fps choice with a crop. In the meantime the battery is housed beneath and ought to be good for 370 frames per cost with the EVF, a lift over the earlier fashions and once more you’ll be able to energy the digital camera over USB too.
Above: The X-Professional Three inherits the X-Trans Four APSC sensor of the X-T3, sporting 26 Megapixels and embedded phase-detect autofocus throughout all the body. Fujifilm claims the autofocus now works at very low mild ranges right down to -6EV with an f1.Four lens. There’s additionally a neat new function that permits you to program an AF limiter to limit the vary of distances that the lenses will focus over. Some longer lenses have this built-in, but it surely’s helpful to use it to plain or wider ones to scale back potential for looking, particularly in spontaneous road or occasion pictures. The vary you program applies to all lenses when enabled.
Above: With the identical sensor and picture processor because the X-T3 and X-T30, you’ll already know what to anticipate by way of picture high quality, and I’ve tons of pattern pictures from each fashions at cameralabs.com. As earlier than the key behind Fujifilm’s pretty out-of-camera JPEGs are the varied Movie Simulations, now together with a brand new Basic Destructive choice that shall be acquainted to anybody who had lab prints made within the Eighties.
Above: The Monochrome adjustment launched on the X-T3 which allow you to heat a picture in the direction of orange or cool it in the direction of blue has been enhanced with extra hues, permitting you to provide mono pictures a tint in the direction of purple, yellow, magenta or inexperienced with a great deal of effective variations. I actually love this functionality and hope the X-T fashions obtain it with a firmware replace.
Above: The Grain impact has additionally been enhanced with choices to regulate the roughness and grain dimension, once more offering nice management over the ultimate picture model all in-camera. Fujifilm’s additionally added a brand new Readability management in addition to permitting finer white steadiness changes in 10ok items, a Blue Color Chrome impact and the chance to output TIFF information in eight or 16 bits.
Above: There’s now an in-camera HDR mode which mixes three frames to extend the dynamic vary, superior a number of exposures as much as 9 body and a really neatly applied focus bracketing mode which lets you choose the closest and furthest distances you’d wish to be sharp within the last composite, earlier than then letting the digital camera work out what number of frames it wants based mostly on the focal size, aperture and distance. You’ll nonetheless must assemble the photographs in software program later although.
Above: Shifting onto motion pictures, the X-Professional Three will not be focused at videographers, however I’m happy it does at the very least inherit among the capabilities of the X-T3. As such you get to movie 1080 in 24 to 60p or 4k at 24, 25 or 30p, each obtainable in 16:9 or wider 17:9 codecs and at bit charges as much as 200Mbit/s; the longest clip size in 4k is 15 minutes. There’s additionally excessive pace cropped 1080 obtainable as much as 120p for a 4 to 5 instances slow-down, and whereas there’s no HDMI output, there may be at the very least the possibility to file flat footage internally in F-Log at 4:2:zero eight bit.
Fujifilm X-Professional Three verdict so-far
Fujifilm’s X-Professional Three upgrades its much-loved rangefinder sequence with the anticipated sensor and processor from the X-T3 and X-T30, improves the construct high quality with titanium high and backside panels, presents an elective coating for larger scratch resistance, enhances the crafty hybrid viewfinder in each its optical and digital modes, provides a raft of processing additions together with broader monochrome changes, and throws in neat focus bracketing and focus limiter choices.
The most important bodily change although regards the display which is now hidden behind a folding panel with a purpose to focus your consideration on the eye-level viewfinder expertise. Throughout regular use, a small retro-styled non-backlit display on the rear reveals you the present settings at a look, however to entry the menus or playback pictures on the bigger important display, you’ll must first fold down a panel to disclose it. This implies the X-Professional Three positive aspects snug waist-level taking pictures over its predecessors, however in fact you’ll must make a acutely aware effort to fold out the display with a purpose to use it for something; the hinge on the backside additionally means you received’t be folding it down by greater than 90 levels when it’s on a tripod or table-top.
If you first study this uncommon method you’ll be able to’t assist however assume it’s slightly restrictive, and it’s a little awkward when adjusting menus. However once more it’s to encourage you to make use of the viewfinder nearly completely and you’ll in fact view the menus or playback pictures by the viewfinder too. The necessary factor to recollect is the X-Professional sequence is aimed toward a specialist market who not often use the primary display and love Fujifilm’s hybrid viewfinder expertise.
I believe for its core viewers, the adjustments are on the entire useful. When taking pictures with the X-Professional Three I discovered I not often missed the display and was completely happy to make use of the viewfinder for nearly all the pieces, together with menus. It was additionally refreshing to not grow to be distracted by the customarily addictive means of checking each picture after you are taking it, with the digital camera as an alternative encouraging you to maintain taking pictures. However the display’s there while you want it, and I appreciated now having the choice to comfortably shoot at waist-level. I additionally loved the retro-nod of the brand new small display on the again, though it might grow to be way more helpful with entry to the Q menu and simpler switching, so my firmware requests are already submitted. In order earlier than, the X-Professional Three might have a specialist viewers, however I’m fairly certain they’ll love what Fujifilm’s performed right here, whereas extra standard shooters in fact have the X-T fashions to select from.
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