DPReview Fujifilm X-T3 Review: “Arguably the Best Stills/Video Camera on the Market Right Now” – GOLD AWARD

Fujifilm X-T3 Review

DRPeview just published their full Fujifilm X-T3 review, and it snaps the gold award with an overall score of 88% (the Sony A7III has an overall score of 89%).

It easily beats the Sony A6500, autofocus is improved a lot, although eye AF on Sony is still better. The Nikon D500 would still be their favorite choice for sports photography, but overall the Fujifilm X-T3 is the better choice.

Compared to the Sony A7III they say:

Putting up more fierce competition is the Sony a7 III which, for a few hundred dollars more, offers the step up in image quality that full-frame can bring, as well as in-body image stabilization and a larger grip. The X-T3 is arguably nicer to shoot and actually out-performs the 8-bit video of the Sony but it can’t compete with its image quality or fully match the Sony’s AF performance. However, the Fujifilm is less expensive and smaller, especially if you factor in the lenses you might want, so it depends on your priorities.”

What we like What we don’t
  • Excellent stills image quality in both JPEG and Raw
  • Impressive 10-bit 4K video capture
  • Traditional dial-based controls with good level of customization
  • Fast, configurable autofocus
  • Rapid shooting with decent buffer
  • Option for separate stills and video exposure settings
  • Effective eye detection system (though not up to Sony Eye AF standard)
  • Eterna color mode great if you don’t want to have to grade your footage
  • 10-bit Log capture (even at 60p) great if you do
  • Includes both headphone and mic sockets
  • Bluetooth makes connecting to a phone easier
  • Viewfinder nicely detailed
  • Dual-hinged screen is highly versatile
  • USB charging is convenient
  • Slightly higher noise levels at very high ISOs than its predecessor
  • Some lenses can’t take full advantage of X-T3’s AF speeds
  • Very quick to drop to a slower, darker preview mode (presumably to save battery)
  • A tripod or gimbal is needed to get the best of the camera’s video
  • No way to quickly toggle Face Detection
  • No non-face subject tracking in video

Check out the full review at dpreview here.

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Fujifilm X-T3 is a Phenomenal Video Camera Say DPReview and Max Yuryev


DPReview tested the Fujifilm X-T3 capabilities and concludes that the X-T3 “lives ip to its impressive specifications“. You can check out their video related review here. Their key points:

  • stunning video that lives up to X-T3 impressive specifications
  • Zebras and magnification during shooting make it easier to capture footage
  • Video works well enough to be usable for all but the most critical work
  • Lack of in-body stabilization makes it a tripod or gimbal camera
  • Video AF: generally holding focus steady unless it finds itself with nothing it can focus on. With a little tuning we generally found we could get the result we wanted for a range of different shooting situations
  • The Movie Silent Control mode, while fiddly to use, makes the X-T3 one of the most pleasant cameras for shooting both stills and video on
  • The X-T3’s 4K appears a little more detailed than the 4K output of the Sony A7 III. 1080p output isn’t as impressive, though it’s more detailed than the A7 III’s footage. This advantage is maintained into the 120 fps mode

DPReview also allows you to compare the video stills studio test. Check it out here.

Max Yuryev

Max Yuryev says the Fujifilm X-T3 a phenomenal camera for video shooters. Some key points of the video we share below (or see directly on youtube here):

  • it’s handsome
  • kit lens feels so solid, very good performer
  • tally light when filming, so you know when it’s recording
  • eye detection during video is very impressive feature
  • so many video options
  • H265 codec needs lots of CPU power when editing on computer
  • a big step above X-T2 in almost every way
  • battery life not the best
  • no IBIS

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Fujifilm X-T3 vs Sony A7III Video High ISO and Exposure Recovery Tests

Fujifilm X-T3 vs Sony A7III

The Fujifilm X-T3 has great video specs, that put it at the very top of the mirrorless cameras for shooting videos.

And also when it comes to dynamic range and high ISO, the Fujifilm X-T3 performs admirably. In fact, the Fujifilm X-T3 has better dynamic range when shooting video than the full frame Sony A7sII, as Cinema5D measured here.

Also, as video-guy Jordan from DPRTV said in the X-T3 review we shared here, that the X-T3 colors and skin tones are just something easy to fall in love with.

Now also LensProToGo published his Fujifilm X-T3 video high ISO and video exposure recovery tests. You can see it down below.

I have also added the same test he did for the Sony A7III, so you guys can compare them. Overall, the Fujifilm X-T3 keeps up greatly against its full frame competitor.

You can read his findings and see all 3 videos down below.

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Size Comparison: Fujifilm GFX 100S vs Sony A7III, Nikon D5, Canon 1DX, Canon EOS R, Nikon Z7, Nikon D850, Fuji GFX 50R

Fujifilm GFX 100

The Fujifilm GFX 100 megapixel camera is big, but how big is compared to other cameras with integrated battery grip, the Nikon D5 and the Canon 1Dx MK II?

I thought I am going to check this out in today’s article.

Just for fun, I did throw in the brand new Fujifilm GFX 50R in the comparison.

The size is about the same of the Nikon D5 and Canon 1Dx MK II, but consider that the Fujifilm GFX 100S has a 1.7x larger sensor in it as well as in body image stabilization (IBIS), and no course no mirror.

Seen from the top (images below), the Fujifilm GFX 100S much more protruding viewfinder makes it thicker overall. I remind you, that you can remove the viewfinder on the Fujifilm GFX 100S. Might be handy if you want to store it in the bag, since it makes the camera sensibly sleeker.

At the very bottom you can see the real life size comparison between the Fujifilm GFX 100S, GFX 50S and GFX 50R, that I made at during my stay at Photokina. You can see that, with battery grip attached, the Fujifilm GFX 50S is actually slightly bigger than the Fujifilm GFX 100 megapixel.

I also added a size comparison between the Fujifilm GFX 100 megapixel versus the Sony A7III, Canon EOS R, Nikon Z7 and Nikon D850, but those cameras do not have an integrated battery grip.

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Fujifilm X-T3 vs Sony A7III, A7rIII and A6500, Everything Wrong with the X-T3, High ISO and Lab Tests & More

Fujifilm X-T3

We did share a dedicated Fujifilm X-H1 roundup earlier today. Don’t miss it. But of course there is lots of stuff about the X-T3 been shared in these days. So here is the next Fujifilm X-T3 roundup.

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