Fuji X-T3 and its predecessor may share the same body and some other features, but they are two completely different mirrorless cameras. Let’s take a look at some of the specs they have in common:
- Body design
- Weather sealing
- 1080p video recording at up to 120fps
- 3-inch rear tilting display
- Dual SD card slots with UHS-II support
- Microphone jack
Now that we’ve taken a look at what Fuji X-T3 and X-T2 have in common, let’s talk about some of the main differences:
Fuji X-T3 features a new X-Trans 4 sensor with 26MP compared to X-Trans 3 sensor of the X-T2, which has a resolution of 24MP. The new sensor is also backside-illuminated (BSI sensor), meaning that it can gather more light and take better low light shots.
The new Fujifilm camera offers a much improved autofocus over the previous model. Fuji X-T3 has 425 phase detection points that offer 100% sensor coverage, while its predecessor has only 169 phase detection points that cover only the center of the sensor.
Thanks to the newer sensor, the X-T3 has a starting ISO of 160, compared to ISO 200 on the X-T2.
Fuji X-T3 has a slight edge compared to the X-T2. The cameras can shoot 11fps and 8fps respectively, using the mechanical shutter. With that said, the X-T3 is a beast if you use the electronic shutter, as it can do up to 20fps (14fps on the X-T2). The X-T3 can even do 30fps with a 1.25x crop.
While both cameras can shoot 4K video, the X-T3 is on another level. It can record 4K video at up to 60fps and in 10 bit! The X-T2 is limited to 30 fps and 8 bit recording. Fuji X-T2 is also limited to 100 Mbit/s codec, while the X-T3 gives you a wide variety of choices, up to 400 Mbit/s. Like we mentioned, both cameras can shoot 1080p video at up to 120fps, but once again, the X-T3 offers better bitrate and the image is sharper and has less aliasing. Neither camera has in-body image stabilization, which means handheld footage can be shaky if you don’t use a lens with image stabilization.
Body Size and Weight
While the design of these two cameras is nearly identical, the X-T3 is a bit larger and heavier. Namely, it is 1mm taller, has 1 cm larger grip, and is 32 grams heavier.
Electronic Viewfinder and Display
The X-T3 has a better EVF compared to the X-T2 when it comes to resolution (3.69 million dots vs 2.36 million dots), but it has less magnification (0.75x compared to 0.77x). Refresh rate on both EVFs is identical.
Both cameras have identical 3-inch rear tilting display that can swivel up, down or to the side. It also has the same resolution of 1.04 million dots. However, the X-T3 has a touchscreen while the X-T2 doesn’t.
Although both cameras use the identical battery (NP-126S), the X-T3 is rated at 390 shots, while the X-T2 is rated at 340 shots. This is achieved thanks to a better, quad-core processor found in the new camera. You can purchase battery grips for both cameras, which extend battery life of the camera quite a bit.
With the recommended retail price of $1,499, Fuji X-T3 is actually $100 cheaper than X-T2 when it first came out. Of course, you can find the X-T2 on sale for much less these days.
We hope this article helped you understand some of the main differences between the Fujifilm X-T3 and X-T2.