It has been greater than three years since Fujifilm launched the X-Pro2 and far has modified since then. Whereas the corporate has issued a handful of firmware updates to maintain it related over its lifetime – including 4K video, boosting the autofocus system and so forth – these can solely accomplish that a lot to maintain the mannequin present.
Since then Fujifilm has fired out a stream of smashers throughout its wider digital camera portfolio – from the minuscule X-T30 mirrorless mannequin and the X100F compact by way of to its GFX medium-format monsters.
The X-Pro2 has been round to witness all of their arrivals and we have been fairly assured that we might see its successor quickly sufficient. And the way proper we have been, with Fujifilm confirming the event of the X-Pro3 on the firm’s X Summit in Tokyo in September.
And we do not have lengthy to attend, with a clock on the Fujifilm website counting down every second to the official announcement on October 23. With out divulging an excessive amount of, the Japanese digital camera maker did tease a few details, together with a ‘hidden’ rear show and a redesigned viewfinder.
Between what we all know formally and what we are able to collect from the rumor mill, we have listed what we are able to anticipate from the upcoming retro rangefinder.
Fujifilm X-Professional 3: pricing and availability
There is no shock occasion organized for the launch of the X-Pro3. After persistent rumors stored on harping about an October launch, Fujifilm has formally let the cat out of the bag, saying the brand new digital camera can be introduced on October 23. As we talked about earlier, there’s even a countdown clock on the corporate’s world web site ticking right down to the date.
Whereas October 23 is when Fujifilm will unveil its subsequent digital camera, it more than likely is not going to go on sale instantly. Chances are high the ultimate items will start transport in November.
As for the value tag, we are able to solely speculate that it’s going to carefully match the launch value of the X-Pro2, which got here in at $1,699 / £1,350 / AU$2,699.
Fujifilm X-Pro3: design
On the time of writing, not a lot is understood in regards to the X-Pro3’s inner specs however Fujifilm has at the least given us an excellent concept of what the digital camera will appear like, confirming a lot of the rumors.
At first look, it just about resembles the X-Pro2 however there are some main variations, notably around the again.
As rumors have prompt, the X-Pro3 will lose out on the D-Pad and the normal 3-inch LCD show. As an alternative, there is a two-sided flip body with the precise LCD display on the internal aspect, that means it could be ‘hidden’ more often than not.
On the outer aspect, although, is a smaller display that capabilities just like the top-plate show on many DSLRs and pro-level mirrorless cameras, displaying essential taking pictures parameters like publicity, aperture, shutter pace and ISO settings. You will additionally be capable of preview photographs photographs on Fujifilm’s movie simulation modes on the outer display.
You will must flip that show body over to disclose the precise LCD display. This design concept, Fujifilm says, is to encourage photographers to consider composition extra, reasonably than simply pointing and clicking.
Fujifilm has already introduced that the digital camera can be obtainable in three completely different finishes – the basic black, a DURA titanium and DURA black. The final two are constructed from titanium with an extra-strong DURA coating to make the physique extra rugged. Fujifilm claims this could make the cameras 10 occasions extra immune to scratches than metal and virtually as robust as sapphire.
Fujifilm X-Pro3: new viewfinder
Fujifilm has already disclosed that the X-Pro3 will include a redesigned hybrid viewfinder.
Based on the corporate, the optical part will provide a clearer view, with much less distortion and a wider angle of view. The digital variant will profit from the next refresh fee, a wider shade area, higher distinction and better decision than each the X-Pro2 and the X-T3.
What quantity the upper decision takes is as but unclear. The place the X-Pro2 makes use of 2.36 million-dot panel, Fujifilm now has a 5.67 million-dot panel contained in the viewfinder of its GFX 100. In between sits the three.69 million-dot glass of the newest X-T line. We’ll simply have to attend and discover out, then sit up for getting our fingers on the X-Pro3 to see how these spectacular viewfinder upgrades translate in the actual world.
Fujifilm X-Pro3: New sensor and processor
The X-Pro2 makes use of the previous-generation 24MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor and older X-Processor Professional engine, reasonably than the 26.1MP sensor and X-Processor four engine we have seen inside newer fashions.
It appears virtually sure that the X-Pro3 would even be the recipient of those 26.1MP sensors, placing it on the identical degree because the X-T3.
Fujifilm X-Pro3: in-body picture stabilization (IBIS)
One factor we do not anticipate the X-Pro3 to sport is in-body picture stabilization (IBIS), though Fuji Addict has reported that rumors of IBIS have made the rounds on Chinese language social media website Weibo.
At present, the one digital camera within the X-series to have that is the X-H1, a a lot bigger and costlier mannequin, whereas it is also within the new medium-format GFX 100.
Together with such a system on a extra junior digital camera is more likely to have an effect on its total dimension – and provided that plenty of X-series lenses already sport optical picture stabilization, we reckon Fujifilm will follow this to maintain the digital camera as compact as doable.
Fujifilm X-Pro3: autofocus
Because the X-Pro3 is predominantly a stills digital camera, particularly one which possible lacks IBIS, bettering the autofocus system can be essential.
At launch, the X-Pro2 had 71 selectable phase-detect AF factors – a firmware replace improved that to 91 factors. Nevertheless, the fourth-generation X-Trans sensor does permit for extra AF factors to be unfold throughout the complete body – just like the 425 particular person factors within the Single Level AF mode on the X-T30 – and we would be shocked if the X-Pro3 got here with much less.
Fujifilm X-Pro3: video specs
A firmware replace added 4K taking pictures capabilities to the X-Pro2, though that is at 30fps. That is in regards to the least we anticipate from the X-Pro3, though it is truthful to imagine that the brand new digital camera would be capable of shoot video at 60fps, just like the X-T3.