Camera manufacturers are constantly rethinking, innovating and updating their products. They’re developing new technology, fixing bugs, and adding new features to make their cameras (hopefully) better than those that came before them. But, once a new model hits store shelves, what about the previous model? Or what about models from a few revisions ago? These cameras which were once the best in their model range have now been superseded. But, of course, they don’t suddenly stop working. In light of newer models with updated features and improvements, these older models are often still being made by the manufacturer for a while – and can be had at a nice discount from the latest and greatest model. But are they still a bargain, and should you consider going “last year’s model” over the latest? How is it going today?
In this first installment of what we hope will be a useful series, we’ll take a look at the Fujifilm X-T3. This enthusiast-level APS-C mirrorless camera debuted in 2018, and while the camera isn’t necessarily that old, it’s already been superseded by the Fuji X-T4. Moreover, the X-T3 is not discontinued by the manufacturer and you can always buy new X-T3 cameras – at a significant discount compared to the new X-T4 model. Additionally, Fujifilm themselves have a long history of supporting their older camera models with firmware updates years after release, often adding new features that give their older cameras life. longer life.
So what does the Fuji X-T3 camera offer these days, what are its drawbacks and disadvantages, how does it compare to the latest model, and should you consider buying one if you are at Looking for a new mirrorless camera?
Fujifilm X-T3 review in brief: what does the X-T3 offer?
Compared to the X-T3’s predecessor, the Fuji X-T2, this enthusiast third-generation X-series camera has undergone a major evolution, especially under the hood. The X-T3 has integrated Fuji’s latest high-resolution sensor, a 26.1-megapixel X-Trans sensor, a newer and faster processor, a major overhaul of the autofocus system and better recording features. more professional video.
The exterior looks similar, but it’s also received a few updates, mainly to the size of the grip — it’s a little bigger and more comfortable — and there are also some minor changes and improvements to the dials, that make the controls easier to use than on previous models. The EVF got a nice upgrade to a faster, much higher resolution 3.69 million dot display. It’s a really nice and crisp EVF. Durability also received some improvements; it’s still weather-sealed as before, but Fuji has also beefed up the lens mount and camera base. Overall, the X-T3 looks good, feels better, and can withstand more.
After reviewing the Fuji X-T3, it boiled down to one simple sentence: the X-T3 is an amazing camera. So incredible, in fact, that we named it the best camera of 2018. Image quality performance at both low and higher ISO was excellent, video quality was also very good, and build quality and the design were both elegant and robust. But the real boost was that its list price at the time was only $1,500, which was just great value. An enthusiast-grade, weather-sealed APS-C camera with 20fps shooting, 4K 60p recording, for well under $2,000? A fantastic deal!
What do you miss compared to the X-T4?
If you take a look at the conclusion of our review and go through our list of pros and cons for the X-T3, we have an overwhelming number of pros compared to a sparse list of cons. The X-T3 does a lot of things very well. But it lacked a notable feature that had started to appear on more and more mirrorless cameras: in-body image stabilization (IBIS).
The X-T3 doesn’t have any sort of body-based IS system, which has become a fairly common feature in other mirrorless cameras these days. At the time, most of Fujifilm’s X-series cameras did not have IBIS and instead relied on optically stabilized lenses. It still works well for the most part, but having IBIS gives you image stabilization with basically *any* lens you can mount on it, which is handy. Additionally, cameras with IBIS can often combine body IS with the optical IS of a twin lens for even stronger and smoother image stabilization performance.
The Fuji X-T4 added this missing feature. Overall, this is the biggest feature improvement for the X-T4 over the X-T3.
In many other ways, the X-T3 is very similar to the newer model, using the same image sensor, processor, AF system and more. The X-T4 has the same excellent image quality performance as the X-T3 and super-fast AF (although Fuji has improved low-light AF somewhat in the new model and improved the performance of the Eye Detection AF). Video features are similar too, with 4K video up to 60p. However, 1080p video can now be shot at up to 240 fps instead of just 120 fps in the X-T3.
There’s also a new Eterna Bleach Bypass film simulation mode among the range of existing healthy options, and continuous burst shooting is just as fast at most settings – however, you can now shoot up to 15 fps with the mechanical shutter rather than 11 fps with the X-T3. However, you still get full resolution burst shooting at 20fps with the electronic shutter with either camera.
Physically, the two cameras also look very similar, although the X-T4 has a slightly larger grip, some tweaks to some buttons, and a redesigned tilt-and-swivel rear LCD touchscreen.
Fuji X-T3 Recent Updates
As mentioned earlier, Fujifilm has a reputation for continuing to support and release firmware updates for its previous cameras, and that remains true with the X-T3. Along with several firmware updates, including a big v4.0 update in 2020 which added new features, improved AF performance, Face/Eye AF upgrades and more to the X-T3 , Fujifilm also said it was continuing to produce the X-T3, using a new product designation – the X-T3 WW, or “X-T3 World Wide Version”. This “new” X-T3 is still the same camera as before but comes without a dedicated battery charger. The camera supports USB battery charging, or you can purchase a charger separately if you want. Additionally, and most importantly, the X-T3 WW comes with a significant price discount, with a body-only price of just $1,099.95. You can also get a kit with a high-quality zoom lens for $1,500. That’s a fantastic price for a great camera!
Fuji X-T3 + XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6: 400mm, f/5.6, 1/1250s, ISO 320, -0.3EV
So, is the Fuji X-T3 still worth it in 2022? I sure think so, especially at its new lower price. If you want to upgrade your camera to a hobbyist-grade camera and don’t mind the lack of IBIS, the Fujifilm X-T3 is an amazing camera that can be had for a very good price.
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