KAIZEN RUMOR: Fujifilm X-E3 Firmware Might be too Big for Fujifilm X-T20

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As you know, the Fujifilm X-E3 is currently the most sophisticated Fujifilm camera on the market. And compared to its direct competitor, the Fujifilm X-T20, it offers not only hardware advantages (the joystick, bluetooth…) but it is also superior when it comes to firmware (it lacks of tilt screen, though).

The X-E3 offers for example:

  • improved AF-system
  • RGB color histogram
  • live view highlight alert
  • ability to use the touch screen also in EVF mode

Fujifilm has already announced a firmware update for the Fujifilm X-T20, which should be out by the end of November. However, it will only add the ability to use touch screen in EVF mode.

Just like many of you, I wondered here why Fujifilm simply does not pack all the X-E3 firmware goodness into the X-T20 with a nice Kaizen update. A question, now answered by our sources, whot told us, that…

… the new Fujfilm X-E3 firmware file is significantly bigger than the X-T20 file, and there is simply not much memory space left on the X-T20 to pack all the new X-E3 firmware features into the X-T20. The only chance for Fujifilm would be a major and expensive X-T20 code redesign, but not even with the code redesign, it’s sure that Fujifilm would be able to pack it all into the X-T20.

So, it’s not a marketing strategy to differentiate between products or a strategy to give the X-T20 a second Kaizen marketing life later on. It’s a real hardware issue, that we currently don’t know if Fujifilm can solve.

Now let’s assume Fujifilm will be able to implement only one more X-E3 feature in the the X-T20, which one would you like it to be?

Which of these 3 features would you prefer on the X-T20?

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I remind you that, unlike the X-T20, the X-T2 and X-Pro2 will get the improved AF system at the end of November (X-T2) and at the end of December (X-Pro2).

Fujifilm X-E3: BHphoto, Adorama, AmazonUS, FocusCamera
Fujifilm X-T20: BHphoto, Adorama, AmazonUS, FocusCamera

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