Sharing similar styling and sizing to the X-T2, the X-T3 however offers quite a bit more than its predecessor, starting with Fujifilm’s first backside-illuminated (BS) CMOS sensor. The ‘X-Trans CMOS 4’ chip subsequently gets a small increase in resolution to 26.1 megapixels and the sensitivity range is equivalent to ISO 160 to 12,800 with expansions either side to ISO 80 and 51,200. There’s a new quad-core ‘X Processor 4’ imaging engine which is claimed to be three times faster than the previous ‘X Processor Pro’.

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The sensor also has a four-fold increase in the number of pixels devoted to phase-difference detection autofocusing – 2.61 million to be precise – which now give full-frame coverage with 425 focus points (117 of them user-selectable). Low light sensitivity now extends down to -3.0 EV at ISO 100. Fujifilm says the new processor also delivers marked increases in the AF speed and the tracking reliability with faster-moving subjects. As with the X-T2, Fujifilm is again targeting sports shooters with the X-T3, although this camera is also described as having an “all fields” appeal to professional and enthusiast-level photographers.

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As before, X-T3’s magnesium alloy bodyshell is full weather sealed and insulated to allow shooting in temperatures down to -10 degrees Celsius. The EVF is an 0.5-inch OLED-type panel with 3.69 megadots resolution and 0.75x magnification (35mm equivalent). The monitor screen has dual-axis tilts adjustments, a resolution of 1.4 megadots and provides new touch controls. There’s a new battery grip called the VG-XT3 which accommodates an additional two battery packs which, when combined with the in-camera pack, enable up to 1100 shots per charge. A ‘boost’ option is available which uses all three battery packs together.

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The maximum continuous shooting speed is 11 fps with the focal plane shutter or 20 fps when using the sensor-based shutter. Up to 30 fps is available with a 1.25x crop and there’s a new ‘Pre Shot’ function which starts capturing when the shutter release is pressed to its half-way position (at 30, 20 or 10 fps). There are dual SD memory card slots with UHS-II speed support for both.

Fujifilm has been steadily increasing the video capabilities of its X mount cameras and the X-T3 is the most accomplished yet. It records 4K in the Cinema 4K resolution of 4096x2160 pixels and at 50 fps (PAL, 60 fps NTSC), giving a bit rate of 400 Mbps, or Ultra HD at 3840x2160 pixels, again at 50 or 60 fps. Importantly, there’s the option to record 10-bit 4:2:2 colour to the HDMI output simultaneously with 10-bit 4:2:0 colour to the memory card. Compression can via either the All-Intra or Long-GOP regimes and, as on the X-H1, F-log gamma recording is available internally or to the HDMI output. Additionally, both the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC and H.265/HEVC compression codecs are available. The built-in microphones are stereo supplemented by both an audio input and output, so the accessory grip is no longer needed for the latter.

The in-camera processing options for stills now include the ‘Colour Chrome Effect’ function from the GFX 50S, 16 ‘Film Simulation’ profiles (including Eterna for video shooting), a selection of eight ‘Advanced Filter’ special effects and ‘Grain Effect’ processing.

The X-T3 will be available in Australia from 20 September with a body-only price of $2499. For more information visit http://www.fujifilm.com.au