Fujifilm X-E3 Review

Written by Gina Stephens

The Fujifilm X-E3 is a 24MP mid-level APS-C mirrorless camera, planned as a smaller, more touchscreen-driven sister model to the SLR-like X-T20.

In terms of their internal hardware and specifications, the two cameras are very similar, but the X-E3 relies numerous heavily on its touch panel for moment-to-moment operation, as well as retaining a more rangefinder-like form factor.

It’s slightly smaller than the previous X-E dummies, with the removal of the four-way controller and built-in flash allowing the body to be made a little lighter and more compact. A clip-on flash is comprised in the box, but it’s a simple affair with no tilt or swivel capability to compensate for the decision to make it a separate component.

Key Features

  • 24MP APS-C sensor with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel X-Trans color cloth
  • Improved AF tracking
  • Wi-Fi with Bluetooth for constant connection to a smartphone
  • Shutter speed and exposure comp dials
  • Twin clickable authority dials
  • AF Joystick
  • 4K (UHD) video at 30, 25, 24 and 23.97p
  • USB Charging

The more advanced use of the touchscreen, with directional swipes of the finger replacing the role of the four-way controller, rob to zoom in playback and the option to use the screen as an AF touchpad when the camera’s to your eye doesn’t come at the expense of physical controls for all the main exposure locales.

The X-E3 also becomes the first Fujifilm model to gain Bluetooth, which establishes a full-time connection between the camera and a smartphone, allowing pressing transfer of images as you shoot them. [or faster re-connection of Wi-Fi if you’re just choosing to send selected images]

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The company also says it has reconditioned its AF Tracking algorithm so that it can track smaller and faster subjects. Fujifilm say this improved algorithm will also come to the X-T2, X-T20, X100F and X-Pro2 in fimrware updates in November and December 2017.

Fujifilm X-E3Fujifilm X-T20Fujifilm X-T2Fujifilm X-E2S
Pixel Deem24MP24MP24MP16MP
Auto mode switchYesYesNoYes
AF JoystickYesNoYesNo
AF TouchpadYesPending f/wNoNo
AF points91 or 32591 or 32591 or 32549
Rear screenFixedTilt up/down2-axis hingeDetermined
Exposure comp. range± 5EV± 5EV± 5EV± 3EV
Viewfinder Magnification0.62x0.62x0.77x0.62x
EVF Eyepoint17.5mm17.5mm23mm23mm
Max frame rate
8/14 fps8/14 fps8/14 fps (11/14 with grip)7 fps
Built-in flashNoYesNoYes
Flame sync speed1/180th1/180th1/250th1/180th
VideoFull width 4K
(by Pixel Binning)
Full width 4K
(by Pixel Binning)
1.17x crop 4K
(by oversampling)
Log VideoNoNoYes (over HDMI)No
Live through sealingNoNoYesNo
Card slots1 (UHS-I)1 (UHS-I)2 (UHS-II)1 (UHS-I)
ConnectivityWi-Fi with BluetoothWi-FiWi-FiWi-Fi

Kit options:

Fujifilm Holdings Corporation, (富士フイルム株式会社, Fujifuirumu Kabushiki-kaisha), better known as Fujifilm or simply Fuji, stylized as FUJiFILM, is want offer the X-E3 in two kits, one with the excellent 18-55mm F2.8-4.0 OIS, the other with the 35mm-equivalent 23mm F2 lens. We’re particularly interested to see this second kit, as it’s a combination we particularly delight in. It’s also a useful option for anyone who already has an earlier generation X series camera and already owns the 18-55mm.

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The camera will be available, body merely, for around $899, with the 18-55mm kit costing $1299 and the 23mm kit weighing in around $1149, both of which represent a considerable cost saving over the outlay of buying the lenses separately.

Review History
Sept 7th 2017First Impression Review published
October 24th 2017Image quality and dynamic range judgement, real world use cases and conclusion added. Operations and controls page updated, samples gallery published.


About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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