Fujifilm has just announced the X-T3 with a big boost in video features following on from the recent X-H1.
- 26MP (APS-C) X-Trans CMOS 4 Sensor
- 4K/60 4:2:0 10-bit Internal recording
- 4K60P 10-bit 4:2:2 output via HDMI
- Up to 400Mbps
- Internal & external recording can be simultaneous
- Blackout free high-speed continuous shooting up to 30fps with 1.25x crop
- F-Log & film simulation modes.
- 100% Phase Detection Coverage
- $1,499 USD – ETA September 20
The trailer above shows footage shot with the X-T3 by Matthew Libatique, ASC. We’re looking forward to seeing the release of the full movie.
The X-T3 can record DCI & 4K video at up to 400Mbps in MPEG-4, AVC/H.264 or HEVC/H2.65.
Here’s a chart with all of the recording capabilities of the camera.
It’s important to note that there are maximum record times before you will have to restart the recording. Audio is recorded in 24-bit, 48KHZ.
The X-T3 has two SD card slots compatible with UHS-II cards. You’re going to need a large one as 32GB will give you approximately 8 minutes of recording time.
The X-T3 continues its advancement of autofocus with improved face & eye AF detection. It maintains the focus even when the subject turns around or looks away.
At the end of 2018, a firmware update will add Hybrid Log Gamma support and allow for simultaneous output of the Film Simulation & F-Log footage.
The sensor readout has been made 1.5x faster than current models resulting in a fast 17m/sec reading of 4k/60P video, minimizing rolling shutter distortion.
The camera is capable of shooting up to 12800 ISO and Fujifilm has a new noise reduction process of approximately 2 stops. When recording in F-Log, the minimum ISO is set to 640.
Annoyingly, the camera uses a micro HDMI port so you will want to use a cable clamp of some sort. The camera also has the standard 3.5mm mic jack for audio input and headphone out for monitoring.
Pair the camera with the Fujinon cinema lenses and you have quite a nice package.
The X-T3 uses the same NP-W126S battery from the previous models. Here are the approximate run times according to Fujifilm.
Battery life for still images*4Approx. 390 frames (NORMAL MODE) When XF35mmF1.4 R is set.Actual battery life of movie capture*4
- *Face detection is set to OFF
[4K] approx. 40min. (29.97p)
[Full HD] approx. 45min. (59.94p) Continuance battery life of movie capture*4
- *Face detection is set to OFF
[4K] approx. 55min. (29.97p)
[Full HD] approx. 75min. (59.94p)
The VG-XT3 battery grip will be available separately that extends the battery life to 1,100 using two batteries.
What else is new?
A new larger EVF provides a high magnification ratio of 0.75x and an impressive time lag of just 0.005 seconds with a refresh rate of approx 100fps. This combined with the blackout-free high-speed continuous shooting of up to 30 fps with AF/AE tracking will mean less missed opportunities as you can still retain your vision while shooting.
Sports Finder Mode
Similar to the APS-C mode on the Sony cameras, when enabled the camera shoots at 16.6M (1.25x crop) to provide with extra reach.
Pricing & Availability
The X-T3 will be available from September 20 with a retail price of $1,499 USD.
The price is $100 less than what the X-T2 was priced on launch. Fujifilm has moved the production from Japan to China to help reduce costs.
In the past two weeks, we have had new cameras from Nikon, Canon & now Fujifilm. What do you think Sony & Panasonic or even another manufacturer will bring to the table? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.