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Fujifilm X-T3 vs X-T2 Autofocus, Eye AF Test, Best X-T3 SD-Cards, Bugs, Codec Comparison – MASSIVE Fuji X-T3 ROUNDUP

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Dylan Goldby Youtube – Final Fujifilm X-T3 Review

  • older lenses (such as XF35/1.4) are now much faster. Now he can shoot and track his kids with face detection at F1.4
  • confident AF
  • surely worth the upgrade from Fujifilm X-T2

Fujifilm X-T3 Roundup

There are tons of reviews about the Fujifilm X-T3 out there. So I digested it all for you and share a collection of videos and blogs post here on FujiRumors.

For those in a hurry, I have made a summary of what they say in some of the longer videos.

At the very bottom, you will find two Fujifilm X-T3 reviews made by FR-readers for Fujirumors.

It’s a massive roundup, so grab a beer, scroll, and enjoy.

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Blog Posts

  • laroquephoto – first moments with the Fujifilm X-T3
  • keithwee – Model shoot with Fujifilm XF56mm F1.2 and X-T3
  • gizguide – Fujifilm X-T3 Review – Best Value, All-rounder APS-C Mirrorless Camera!
  • creativityinnovationsuccess – The X-T3 is Fujifilm’s Finest Camera for APS-C Photography and Super 35 Video Right Now
  • findingrange – Fujifilm X-T3 first impression
  • findingrange – Fujifilm X-T3 and XF 56mm f1.2 APD: Portraits Around Soho
  • dc.watch – Fujifilm X-T3 Review 1
  • dc.watch – Fujifilm X-T3 Review 2 (High ISO and AF)
  • scvphotoideas – Hejnar Photo Announced Dedicated Arca Style QR Plate for Fuji X-T3
  • mostly.photos – Fuji X-T3 – Santorini, Greece – Photography Guide
  • thephoblographer – Fujifilm X-T3 (It’s a Crop Sensor Powerhouse)
  • imaging-resource – Fuji X-T3 Field Test Part II
  • fstoppers – Fujifilm X-T3 review
  • dcfever – Fujifilm X-T3 quick test

Best Memory Cards

Fujifilm officially recommends here the following SD-cards for Fujifilm X and GFX series cameras:

Alik investigates more in depth the questions which SD cards work best with the Fujifilm X-T3, also if you really push the X-T3 to its limits by shooting for example 4k 400mbps in-camera video. Check out the full article at alikgriffin here.

Also Reggie Ballesteros investigates the question, which are the best SD-cards for Fujifilm X-T3, and he compares UHS-I vs UHS-II performance on Fujifilm X-T3. Check out the video below or click on his youtube video here.

Bug Reports

Alik also wrote about strange pixels in the Fujifilm X-T3 EVF and LCD as well as color shifts in EVF. Check out the report of the problem at alikgriffin here.

Videos

The Everyday Dad shared his Fuji XT3 One Week Later Review… and he wonders, who needs Full Frame anyway?

CONS:

  • sometimes when you cut the video in post, it changes exposure – DEALBREAKER, but fixable via firmware
  • battery life

PROS:

  • eye AF/face detection in video mode works really really really well. Awesome autofocus
  • Eterna is great. Looks great out of the box. Saves lots of time in post
  • one of the TOP video cameras
  • APS-C is his favorite sensor size
  • lots of video options
  • the best camera for the price

Check out the full video at The Everyday Dad Youtube

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Maarten Heilbron has published his 35:01 minutes Fujifilm X-T3 review.

PROS

  • he likes the style and usability
  • Autofocus (also eye and face autofocus)
  • best in class monochrome, now even better with temperature adjustements
  • impressive video specs make it best in class
  • with F-Log up to 12 stops dynamic range and best noise results
  • rolling shutter not as pronouced as most of its competition
  • smooth focus in video (speed can be set to taste)
  • movie silent mode allows to store video/still settings separately
  • the camera app alerts about new firmware and you can update the camera via remote app
  • clear and well organized menu, with exception of the setup tab
  • best APS-C on the market

CONS

  • no IBIS, but they have very fast lenses
  • not so smalles and lightes mirrorless camera, X-T20 is better if size/weight is a priority
  • no articulating screen
  • swipe touch functions can be activated erroneously
  • no explicit way to select the subject to track
  • no in camera focus stacking option
  • buffer could be better
  • in super low light, face detection less reliable
  • 4GB file size limit in video (but this will be solved via firmware, as we reported on FR)

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Hugh Brownstone’s final Fujiflm X-T3 review is out, and he calls the X-T3 a “Shock to The System”. Check out the full video here, and Pros and Cons below.

PROS

  • thanks to the dials, the most instinctive camera to use. It delivers the shortest distance between intent and execution
  • film simulation
  • dramatically improved face / eye tracking
  • tracking AF better than Sony A6300/A6500
  • a leap beyond X-T2 and sets new standards in mirrorless camera
  • 1 or 2 firmware updates away from Canon dual pixel AF performance, but already now superior eye AF
  • X-T3 changed the playing field and challages the 2 leaders in the mirrorless place, Sony and Panasonic. Also, Canon and Nikon have to move even faster now

CONS

  • joystick could be placed better and feel better
  • Fuji must update some of the older lenses
  • no IBIS (no pixel shift)
  • FF still superior high ISO and dynamic range, but not sure if Canon EOS R is really better than X-T3
  • X-H2 with IBIS and X-T3 sensor will appeal to many people
  • Video AF should be even more tuned via firmware for more smoothness
  • no flippy screen

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Dylan Goldby Youtube – X-T3 Low Light Autofocus Test vs X-T2

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Gordon Laing Youtube – Fujifilm XT3 – 4k vlogging test with XF 18-55mm

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Lok Cheung Youtube –  Fujifilm’s answer to full frame cameras: X-T3 Hands-on Review

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Lazy Video Guy Youtube – Fuji XT3, Auto ISO for video – clickless smooth transitions

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x-man Youtube – Fujifilm X-T2 vs. X-T3 Face/Eye Detection Comparision

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Engadget Youtube – Fujifilm X-T3 Review

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POLISH: x-man youtube – Fujifilm X-T3 – część pierwsza – WPROWADZENIE

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camtheman Youtube – Fuji XT3 vs Fuji XT2

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Chih-Mao Chen Youtube – Fujifilm X-T3 vs X-T2 Low Light Autofocus Test (XF 23/1.4, XF 56/1.2)

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First Man Photography Youtube – Fujifilm X-T3 Real World Review

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Wai Lam Youtube – Fuji X-H1 vs X-T3 – Part 2

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Lazy Video Guy Youtube – Fuji XT3, h.265 vs h.264, 10-bit vs 8-bit (codec comparison)

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FUJIFILM X-T3 CINEMATIC SUNRISE TEST FOOTAGE | 10BIT 4K 60FPS | FUJI 35 F2 from Jacob Martin

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Xing Liu Youtube – Fujifilm X-T3 Sportswear Portraits w/ Victoria (90mm F2 WR & 35mm F1.4)

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Focused on Eternity youtube – Fuji XT3 auto focus perfoming beautifully!

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Lazy Video Guy Youtube – Fuji XT 3, Face Tracking AF for Video

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Matthew Seratti – Fujifilm X-T3 Review for Street Photography: Worth the Upgrade? In short: Yep. Focussing speed and accuracy is dramatically better also in low light.

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Clifton Cameras youtube – Fujifilm X-T3 Review

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Ming Pixels Youtube – Fujifilm X-T3 Studio Shoot Tethered with Capture One Pro First Impressions

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Sierra Creative youtube –  How to set up your Fujifilm X-T3 for better Video – Fuji X-T3 Video Set- Up and Menu Guide

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Sierra Creative Youtube – Video Guide for the Fuji X-T3 – Part 2 – How to set up your Fujifilm X-T3 for better video

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Carlos Quintero Youtube – Fujifilm XT3 Hands-On First Look with sample footage & stills

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Carlos Quintero Youtube – Fujifilm XT3 Film Simulation first look at cinematic picture profile examples

Carlos Quintero Youtube – Fujifilm XT3 Low Light High ISO Test with 6400 ISO F-Log Graded Samples blog

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Brandon Washington Youtube – The Best Mirrorless Camera UNDER $2,000 !?! | The Fuji X-T3 Full Review | Look out Canon and Sony!!!

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ian worth youtube – FUJI X-T3 video settings for Run & Gun FILM MAKING

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Jason’s Lessons Learned Youtube – Fuji XT-3 2 Week Update and Review

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Sierra Creative Youtube – Hands on with the Fuji X-T3 in Venice Beach

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Alps Lifee  Youtube – Decommissioned – Fuji Xt3 Short Film 4k

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A Very Nice Picture Youtube – Fuji X-T3 4K 60fps Sample Video – Atomos Ninja V

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David Cuerpo Jr Youtube – Fujifilm X-T3 Sample Footage: David & Sydney’s First Dance

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CyberPhoto AB Youtube – Videoexempel Fujifilm X-T3 4K

What’s Wrong with the Fujifilm X-T3

What’s wrong with Fuji’s X-T3 – guest post by Dean Holland

You see the most flaws in the ones you truly love, and my new love is the Fuji X-T3, the most delightful camera I’ve used in 40 years. After a week of solid abuse, I’m happy to rely on it as the main camera on any shoot.

But it’s not perfect, and I know FujiFilm listens to feedback. So before I buy another one, here are the things I’d love Fuji to think about…

  1. You can’t set anything by feel – you have to gaze upon the camera’s beauty to set everything. And it takes you out of the moment. The dials spin endlessly without hard stops or a different click like you find on the X-Pro2, so you can’t go by touch to set 3 clicks back from the end to hit a favourite setting – you have to look. Function buttons all bring up menus that scroll endlessly – you can’t memorise “one click back from the top” – you have to stare as you adjust. You can’t easily set the focus point to the right side of the screen without looking because it wraps to the left side if you overshoot. You can’t even memorised “three taps” of a button to jump to a menu setting – it’s tap then use a different button to scroll through the menu. All tiny things, but they break your flow, take you out of the moment, and mean that practice won’t make you faster or help you keep eye contact with a model. Photographers’ eyes are our most important asset – please don’t tie them up looking at the camera. A distinctive click on the “A” position of dials would make operation faster and more sensual. Firmware options to stop menus wrapping back to the start and to disable unused menu items would help muscle memory take over and free us up to see.
  2. Face/eye detect is trigger-happy, sometimes locking onto inanimate things that resemble faces, making the camera unusable until you cancel face detect. You should be able to tap, swipe or just swear loudly to override face detection instantly.
  3. Face/eye detect doesn’t let you choose which person in a group to focus on – it picks the person nearest the middle of the frame. It’s infuriating. I frequently have to turn off the amazing face/eye detection just when it should be most useful.
  4. In manual mode, the viewfinder offers three options for displaying image brightness, white balance or neither. But it doesn’t indicate which it’s doing! I flit between these options regularly to mix flash and ambient light… and this sets a trap for my doom. If I now swap from aperture priority to manual without checking the viewfinder mode, I’ve got a 66% chance that the viewfinder will look great even if I’m 5 stops underexposed. So I’ve developed an obsession of changing shutter speed just to check if the viewfinder is responding. It would be simple to fix with a warning sign when exposure is not being simulated.
  5. The live histogram has two personalities – one is accurate and dependable, and the other a lying, treacherous monster. There’s no indication which you’re seeing. It’s a histogram of the viewfinder, not the image, so if the viewfinder isn’t set to simulate exposure, the live histogram is a total fiction. Worse than useless, because you might believe it. Please, Fuji, hide the nasty lying live histogram when the viewfinder is not simulating exposure, or slap a big warning triangle on it. Then we’d know our viewfinder mode too.
  6. AF-C tries to focus at the shooting aperture, so at f/16 continuous focus is slow and unreliable. Not a problem in most situations, but a biggie with flash-lit close shooting in dim light – like social events, or moving animals up close. I have to fight with AF-S instead. Canon have gotten around this on their mirrorless EOS R cameras, so it’s solvable.
  7. Touch/drag to focus is delicious when you’re using just the rear screen. It’s smartphone smooth: quicker than the joystick and 100% precise. But everything falls apart when you look through the viewfinder. Those same drags become erratic. The faster you swipe, the less the focus moves – up to 12 swipes to prod-prod the focus point across the screen, while any one of those swipes might hurtle the focus point along, wrapping it over to the wrong side. You have to drag painfully slowly if you want precision, so the nudge-nudge of the joystick ends up faster. Please let the touch AF work the way it does already on the rear screen alone: touching the right side puts the focus on the right. It would give us speed AND precision at once – we could use all 425 AF points with no speed penalty, and glasses users (whose noses are nowhere near the screen) get a reason to smirk.

And finally, a lament…

  • I wish I could assign a temporary states of the camera to a function button, like Sony’s fabulous “Recall Custom Hold” function. It turns one camera into two. I often miss priceless candids when I’m shooting with flash because I can’t change enough settings in time. So I carry two Fujis to do the job of one Sony. On Sony, you hold button X to temporarily override all the camera’s settings to your chosen preset, like Aperture priority at f/2.8 with auto ISO 3 and eye-detect AF-C and Continuous High, flash off and AF engaged.

But love sees past such minor flaws. I just want to shoot with this camera. It’s delicious. It feels like the love child of my two all-time favourite cameras – the Nikon F4 and Olympus OM-4Ti. Surprisingly fast, dependable, traditional, small, and a genuine pleasure to use. Three working hours after getting the camera, it took the lead on a shoot when I left my Nikons at the previous shoot (not my proudest moment). It turned out to be a blessing – the X-T3 performed better than the Nikons ever have. Anyone wants to buy 3 full-frame Nikons and a set of pro lenses? I’m finally ready to commit 100% to Fuji.

Review by Manuel for FR-readers

Good morning everyone.

I hope your all fine and well. Here is my experience with the X-T3 so far:

Battery:

It seems to me, the battery does not exceed the life of the X-T2. Its more the opposite, but I use the BG most of the time, so this is not so much an issue for me.

AF:

Yes its much faster and better. Even my older “slower” AF lenses are working faster with less hunting (but can sometimes). The face Tracking seems to work well, sometimes it even tracks the “face” of my cat. in lower light (my livingroom at dusk) the focus slows down a bit, but not as much like the X-T2. on very fast AF lenses like the 50-140mm i could not see a difference to the X-T2 (IMO) Video AF is much better, and Face tracking works quite well. The AF speed can be adjusted wich is very neat.

Video:

Love the 4K footage with eterna, easy to grade and looks great. Oddly the H.265 codec ist still not supported in the PS & LR suite (you can find different forums about that issue). Note; if you use H.264 you only have 8bit colors instead of 10 bit in H.265.

Ergonomics:

Well… its a Fuji… not much different than a X-T2, i like the fact, the Buttons (AF-L / AE-L) are a bit bigger and easier to find. also the top Dials to choose Singe / continues shooting are a bit bigger and now easier to turn.

IQ:

The 26MP BSI Sensor produce some nice Images, to my eye the images (compared to the X-T2) are slightly sharper, but only if you pixelpeep.

The DR seems improved (if you compare the charts), but honestly….. in post production i could not tell….

What i really liked was the new “Chroma” function, especially in landscape. The high ISO noise in RAW seems to be the same to the X-T2 (at least to my eye) in jpg the X-T3 seems to be slightly better.

Well, the improvements doesn’t seems to be much, BUT, altogether there add up and if you watch the forest instead of the tree, the new X-T3 makes sense. I like it, esp. the new Face Track AF helps my work a lot and the additional MP are nice to have.

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