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Fujifilm Announces X-Pro3: Hidden Display Makes You Shoot Like Old Times

Fujifilm has announced the 2019 follow-up to its unique rangefinder-styled flagship mirrorless camera, the X-Pro 3. With the brand’s latest advances in sensor, processing and autofocus technology, the X-Pro 3 also sports new materials and a unique approach to bringing the classic rangefinder camera experience into the digital age.

The top of the X-Pro3 in DR Black. Image: Fujifilm

Image quality is at the forefront of the X-Pro 3, which brings over the latest 26.1-megapixel X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and X-Processor 4 image processor from the X-T3. The fourth-generation hardware, combined with next-generation software enables phase-detection autofocus at a minimum of -6EV, while expanding the capabilities and improving the implementation of HDR bracketing.

The smaller rear LCD displays designs indicating the film simulation in use, inspired by square film box cut-out holders on classic film cameras. Image: Fujifilm

The most noticeable difference on the X-Pro 3 is on its rear. Instead of a larger, main LCD for live view and playback, the camera sports a 1.28-inch colour Memory LCD. It is used to display the Film Simulation in a way reminiscent of the square holders on classic film cameras that display a piece of the film box as an indication of the film within.

Should this be not to the user’s taste, they will be able to switch from “Classic” mode to “Standard” which shows other information like shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, number of frames left and other settings. This display is protected with toughened glass.

Users can opt for “Standard” mode, which is a plainer but more practical display like the one atop the X-H1 and GFX. It displays customisable photometry like shutter speed, aperture, ISO, image quality and other information. Image: Fujifilm

However, flipping the small LCD down reveals the main 1.62-million dot touch-sensitive display.

With the main LCD accessible only by flipping the display down, Fujifilm has made a bold move to advocate for its hybrid viewfinder to be the main point of view for X-Pro 3 owners.

The main LCD can be flipped down 180 degrees, making it an ideal tool for street photographers who require the stealth of a hip-level shot. Image: Fujifilm

To this end, the EVF has been upgraded to a 3.69-million dot organic EL panel that boasts a contrast ratio of over 1:5000, a maximum luminance of 1500cd/m2, and an sRGB colour space coverage of 97%.

Like on previous iterations, apart from allowing users to view their subjects directly via OVF, and the ability to preview the final product with the EVF, the X-Pro3 also provides an option for Electronic Range Finder. This utilises a small EVF window at the corner of the OVF to display electronic live view, enlargement of autofocus point for focus confirmation, and a preview of photos taken.

Shipped with the new X-Pro 3 is the new “Classic Neg” Film Simulation, that emulates Fujifilm’s Superia film stock – an affordable option commonly used for everyday snapshots. Black and white adjustments have been improved with the option the tweak between magenta and green hues in addition to colour temperature. Grain simulation has also been given finer controls over strength and size.

Black and white adjustments add a magenta/green axis to the existing orange/blue colour temperature options. Image: Fujifilm

The X-Pro3 is also capable of performing multiple exposures of up to 9 frames, with Additive, Average, Comparative Bright or Comparative Dark modes. Different Film Simulation modes can be applied to each frame to further fine-tune the way the images coalesce into a final product.

Fujifilm’s incredibly accessibly “Q” quick menu has also been improved, and users now have the ability to choose to display 16, 12, 8 or 4 icons at the press of a button. Having the ability to display a fewer number of icons allows users to more easily access the quick menu in the smaller viewfinder since the main large display requires a flip to access.

A “Transparent” option also allows users to quickly capture a photo by retaining the ability to observe the scene through the menu interface.

Singapore X-Photographer Mindy Tan with the new X-Pro3 in DR Silver. Image: Fujifilm

Available in Black, DR Black and DR Silver, the cameras feature a titanium shell for strength and corrosion resistance. DR versions feature a surface hardening technology, Duratect that gives a hardness of up to 1,500Hv – protecting the exterior of the camera from scratches.

The rest of the innards are still constructed from the lightweight magnesium alloy, with weather sealing at 70 points for resistance against moisture and dust.

The X-Pro3 features a USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 for charging and data transfer, along with a 3.5mm mic input.

Local pricing and availability are yet to be announced.

Ian Ling
Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

2 thoughts on “Fujifilm Announces X-Pro3: Hidden Display Makes You Shoot Like Old Times

  1. This camera is awesome!!

  2. This device is a lifesaver.

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