September is shaping up to be a great month for mirrorless cameras. Just a day after Canon EOS R announcement, Fuji released their latest APS-C mirrorless camera – the X-T3. On the outside, the camera looks nearly identical to its predecessor. However, internals are completely new and there are many new features, including a new 26MP backside-illuminated X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and a quad-core CPU that is three times faster than the one in previous Fuji cameras. The new processor is also more energy efficient, which allows for better battery life.
Fuji X-T3 is all about speed. Now you can shoot 11fps using the mechanical shutter, without the need for the battery grip. Switch to electronic shutter (with 1.25x crop) and the camera can do up to 30fps of continuous shooting. Video shooters will be very happy with this camera as well. It can shoot 4K video at up to 60fps (make sure you check out our article on best SD cards for Fuji X-T3 to understand which memory cards work best for this format). Not only that, but it can also shoot 10bit 4:2:0 footage internally, making it an excellent choice for serious videographers. In 1080p the camera can record video at up to 120fps.
Fujifilm also worked quite a bit on improving the autofocus. The camera now has 425 phase detection points that cover the entire sensor. This is great news for photographers and even more so for videographers. The only thing this camera lacks is in-body image stabilization. If you want a Fujifilm camera with IBIS, you have to go with the Fuji X-H1 or wait for the X-H2, which surely won’t be released that soon.
All things considered, Fuji X-T3 seems like one of the best hybrid APS-C mirrorless cameras of 2018 (at least as of September). The camera actually costs $100 less than what X-T2 did at launch. The X-T3 will go on sale on September 20, at a retail price of $1,499 or $1,899 with the 18-55mm kit lens.