Now we know: the most popular camera among DPReview readers in 2019… wasn’t released in 2019. But there’s no doubt in our minds why the X-T3 continues to enjoy such popularity – it’s a really, really nice camera. As we said in our own review, it’s a camera that does both still photography and video exceptionally well, but maybe just as importantly it’s a camera that’s very enjoyable to use.
The camera that so many of you wanted to read more about is one that we’ve got a sweet spot for too, which suggests that Fujifilm understands its target audience: deeply nerdy photographers. We’ll raise our 70-200mm replica coffee mugs to that.
Announced on Valentine’s Day (awww…) the X-T30 was well-positioned from the start to capture the hearts (awww…) and minds of the photography community. It brings much of what we all love about the X-T3 into a cheaper, lighter body. Plain and simple, it’s a lot of camera for under $900, and our readership clearly saw a lot to like in it too.
Popular youtube photographer Thomas Heaton is a Canon 5D MK IV shooter and hardcore Lightroom user.
And yet, it happens that he was attracted by the Fujifilm system, because:
I have purchased a new Fujifilm XT3 and I am changing the way I make videos and take photographs when hiking. My camera gear was always too heavy and in this video I test out a lightweight photography set up which should help me when putting in those long miles.
So he got himself a Fujifilm X-T3 and brought it with him on his trip to Nepal. How did it perform?
prior to the start, he had concerns with battery life, weather sealing, reliability…. turns out the X-T3 worked absolutely flawless!
batteries not even an issue. He filmed and photographed for a whole day with 1 battery
he hiked on very dusty mountains roads, also with non weather sealed lenses, but he never found dust on his sensor, even if he changed lenses on the field
however, the non weather sealed lenses got dust inside the lens elements, but that’s “kind of to be expected, but it never affected the images“
very cold temperatures, but no problem, flawless. He is impressed
it’s the hardest trip he has ever done. Everything is a challenge. Also photography was very challenging
And now to the post processing part.
Thomas is an Adobe aficionado, and the last thing he wants, is to spend money and time on another software. However, upon recommendation, he downloaded a free Capture One trial.
And just as many of us, he experience his little wtf moment ;).
In fact, his landscape images look so much better in Capture One (he says about 30% better compared to Lightroom), and his Fujifilm APS-C files ended up looking like his Canon full frame files!
a photo he took of a monkey, he likes the results in LR more
then he compares a landscape image in LR and C1, and while he was slightly disappointed with the LR images, he starts laughing when he sees the C1 image and says “the image in Capture One is fantastic“
images in Capture One are cleaner, sharper, and they look like better files… it looks like a Canon 5D MK IV file!
he is not paid by Capture One, he actually does not want to use Capture One, but it just looks so much better. He does not want to purchase Capture One, but he might to have to.
With the new firmware, Fujifilm also released the new features guide for Fujifilm X-T3. At the beginning it was available only in Japanese, but now you can get in English here as well as other languages.