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Fuji X-T3 Ultimate Review and Sample Footage

Today we’re going to check out the new Fuji X-T3 which might be the best bang for your buck when it comes to mirrorless cameras. We’re going to talk about why I’m such a fan of this camera and why I think it’s an excellent choice for professional quality video and photography.

The X-T3 offers some significant improvements over the already impressive X-T2. It brings to the table a brand new sensor, improved autofocus and excellent video performance. This camera has some unbelievable specs and features and at the same time there were somethings that I wasn’t necessarily a huge fan of. My goal with every product review is to give you a detailed overview of the product features in a way that relate to real life use.

I’m added links below to where you can buy the X-T3 and some of my favorite accessories and at the same time help support my channel for free and allow me to create more content. I’m going to get into details for each aspect of the camera and there is a lot of good stuff in the additional features section so make sure to watch that segment.

I’ll start out with some overall key features.

Fuji X-T3 Highlights

Fuji X-T3 Highlights

  • The X-T3 has beautiful weather-sealed magnesium alloy body
  • a 26.1 MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS 4 Sensor, and uses a 425-point hybrid autofocus system
  • It uses the X-Processor 4 with Quad CPU which is a beast and helps with operating speed and performance as well as excellent image quality.
  • It has a 3” three-way tilting LCD screen and can internally record 4k60fps.10-bit video which is ridiculous
  • There is a fantastic OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • It can shoot continuously at up to 11 fps with a mechanical shutter and up to a crazy 30 fps with the electronic shutter
  • Finally has Wi-Fi and bluetooth so that you can easily move images to your mobile device and even control the camera remotely for both photography and video

I’ve tried a few other Fuji cameras in the past and I was so excited to get my hands on the X-T3 so let’s get to the detailed review.

Fuji X-T3 Sensor Size and Processor

Fuji X-T3 APS-C Sensor

The X-T3 comes with a phenomenal 26.1MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor. This is a fantastic option for anyone that wants to get outstanding performance but is not interested in a full-frame sensor camera. In general the bigger the sensor the better it is. Bigger sensor means better image quality because it’s able to use more information to create an image with more detail and better dynamic range.

This APS-C sensor is excellent if you’re shooting portraits, landscape, sports, if doing street photography, if you want to take it with you while you travel or even just do family and lifestyle photography. This new sensor also helps add a camera to the X-T line which challenges cameras like the Panasonic GH5 for video. It’s going to give you beautiful, crisp video and I have been impressed with Fuji’s color.

That was the sensor, let’s talk a little about the processor. Here, Fuji opted for the X-Processor 4 which uses four CPUs for better and faster image processing. Together with the nice sensor, you’re going to get sharper images and video and really nice low light performance. The X-Processor 4 also makes the camera really fast to operate. The X-T3 is very nice and responsive for both video and stills. General menu operation is fast, it has a very quick startup and things like Image preview and video playback again are very fast.

For photography, the X-Processor 4 allows the X-T3 to have 11fps burst, or continuous, shooting with continuous autofocus when using the mechanical shutter. If you’re willing to use the electronic shutter, and add a 1.25x crop, you can shoot at up to 30fps…. That’s just silly fast. So I can just hold down the shutter and the camera will just keep firing. This is a nice feature if you’re photographing kids running around, if you’re as a sporting event, or any time when you’re shooting any fast moving subjects.

There is also a sports-finder mode where you will can use the viewfinder or the LCD screen to see the cropped area of the photo. I’m never had this in a camera before and it’s nice because you can see things as they are about to enter the frame and it’s then easier to anticipate when the action is going to happen.

From a video standpoint, the X-Processor 4 is what let’s the X-T3 record internally at up to 4K 60 fps. 10-bit video.

Fuji X-T3 Resolution and Framerates

Fuji X-T3 Slow Motion

Next I want to talk about resolution and framerates. For stills, the X-T3 has a maximum resolution for 6240 x 4160 which is more than what most people would ever need. It can of course shoot in both JPEG and RAW so you can decide just how much information you want to capture depending on what you plan to do with the images in post production.

For video, the X-T3 can record 4k video at up to 60fps and FULL HD, 1080P at 24, 30, 60 and 120fps. And this comes down to what kind of look you prefer to have for your video. If you like a more cinematic look, you can go with 24fps and if you like a sharper more crisp look you can shoot at 60fps.I shoot most of my videos, including this one at 30 frames per second. If you edit your videos at 1080P 30 fps like I do, you can play your 120fps footage at 30fps and you can slow things down by factor of 4. And even if your final output is 4K 30fps, you can still slow down the 4k 60fps my 50%. Both of these options are outstanding at this price and this is something that I absolutely love and is currently missing from my setup.

The X-T3 can internally record 4k60p at 4:2:0 10-bit as well as 4k60p 4:2:2 10 bit via HDMI output, both at 400 Mb/s. I’m not going to go into the difference here, but if this is something you’re familiar with you’ll appreciate having the option.Because the X-T3 offers a clean HDMI out, it’s also a good option for livestreaming. You can simply use a micro HDMI to HDMI cable and connect the X-T3 right to a capture card.

Fuji X-T3 Lens Options

Fuji X-T3 Kit Lens

Alright, let’s move to lens options. The X-T3 uses Fuji’s X Mount and the kit I got is an 18-55mm F2.8-4.0 with optical Image Stabilization. What’s really nice about buying a Fuji mirrorless camera is that there is an extensive line of fantastic lens options.

There are a ton of affordable, really fast prime lenses as well as some excellent zoom lenses. I’ll add links at the bottom to some of my favorites. One thing to remember is that because the X-T3 has an APS-C sensor, and not a full frame sensor, there is a crop factor of 1.5x. Which means is that you have to take the focal lens on the lens and multiple it by 1.5 in order to get the 35mm equivalent.

Fuji 18-55mm Lens

For example, this lens is a 18-55, which when I multiply it by 1.5 actually makes it a 27-83. What it means is that at 18mm this is not as wide as a 18mm lens would be on a full frame sensor camera, but it’s the same as a 27mm lens on a full sensor camera. The important thing is that you have options and you’re not stuck with a fixed lens. That lets you buy the X-T3 with maybe only one lens now, but then continue to build on this camera body as your needs change.

Fuji X-T3 Autofocus


Alright, next, let’s talk about continuous autofocus. This is something that I always say you shouldn’t overlook when choosing a camera. And with the X-T3, Fuji made some significant improvements. This has been somewhat of a weak spot for Fuji. The X-T2 stepped things up a bit and was quite good at single autofocus. It was able to do decent subject tracking as long as the subject was clearly isolated from the background.

The X-T3 has taken another leap forward. It’s pretty fast to focus and the auto-focus system pretty much covers the entire sensor area. There is also a Face/Eye detection option and subject tracking when working in continuous autofocus mode and when recording video. Face/Eye detection helps you keep a person in focus even as they move through the frame and may get closer or farther away from the camera.

Fuji X-T3 Eye Detection

Subject tracking is great for shooting when you’re trying to take shots of a moving car or a child running around for example and once you get focus you may want to just hold the shutter down and shoot in burst mode. Continuous autofocus can be set to a specific area of the screen which is great for shooting off-center subjects and for shooting video where you may want to position your subject on a one-third line. Continuous autofocus is also great for video when there is camera movement, for example if the camera is being handheld or on a stabilizer. It’s nice to know that you can just move around and the camera will take care of the focus for you.

There are some limitations to this autofocus system that I wanted to mention. First, when it comes to Face/Eye detection, you can’t select whose face you want the X-T3 to focus on. So if there are multiple people in the frame, the camera will choose for you.

Next, the X-T3 can’t do subject tracking like the Canon Duel Pixel AF or the Sony AF systems. You can’t click on an object on the screen and have the AF point follow them around the frame. Just to be clear, you can do this with a person, but not with an object.

For the purpose of creating YouTube content, or professional video,I think good continuous autofocus is definitely a feature that you’re going to want. And even with the slight limitations I mentioned, The X-T3 performed pretty well in my videos.

Fuji X-T3 Audio Options

Fuji X-T3 Microphone Input

Something else that I love about the X-T3 for video is that it has a 3.5mm mic input. That’s a great feature if you want higher production value because it allows me to use an external mic instead of the built it one.

So I can easily connect a shotgun mic and I’m all set!. This a really nice compact setup, it’s light, you’ll get great video and great audio, it’s just perfect for vlogging, shooting talking head video and really anytime where you want more directional sound pick up, instead of an omnidirectional microphone that will pick up sound from everywhere.

If you’re interestedin some excellent microphone options, here is a microphone review I did which will easily help you find a microphone in your budget.

I’ll also put links below to some of my favorites.

Fuji X-T3 Rode VideoMicro

Now as far as using a lavalier microphone, I can use a wired lav if I don’t mind being tethered to the camera. Or I can even go wireless if I want. I can connect my Sennheiser AVX with an XLR to 3.5mm adapter to the camera and now I’m getting a lav mic that is wireless so I don’t have to worry about being attached to the camera, and I can always put it down and step back and the mic is still on me. That lets me quickly move from one type of shot to another without having to worry about where the mic is positioned.

Another awesome feature for video is that Fuji included a headphone jack. So now you can monitor your audio in realtime. This is an excellent option for a lot of users, and being able to monitor audio can save you a ton of time in post production.

Fuji X-T3 Size, Weight and Build

Fuji X-T3 Body

Next let’s talk about the size, weight and build quality of the X-T3. We know it’s a mirrorless camera, so it’s already going to be small and light. And that’s true for both the body itself and the lenses. Even with the kit lens it’s still well under 2 lbs, which is really great for how powerful this camera is.

Aesthetically we have a rugged, magnesium alloy, rangefinder style body. It is weather sealed against moisture and dust and there are a ton of analog controls for ISO, Shutter Speed and Exposure Compensation.

This is something that was pretty intimidating at first, it looks really complicated. After using the X-T3 for a bit, I got used it making changes manually. There is a way to change the ISO and the shutter speed electronically, but that ended up being confusing because the dials would be set to one thing and the camera to another.

If the lens you are using has an aperture ring, link this 18-55mm kit lens, the only way to adjust the aperture is by manually rotating the ring.

Overall, this was not my favorite user experience and I felt like having to use these dials made adjustments more cumbersome than I would like. To be fair, I’m coming from years of using cameras where the only manual dial is used for exposure compensation so I’ll concede that some of this friction is based on my personal habits and preference. Fuji added a nice and bright OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF) which is really nice to have. It’s especially helpful when you’re taking photos outside because it eliminates any problems you might have when it’s super bright and in other situation where it may be more challenging to see the screen.

From a size standpoint, the X-T3 strikes a really nice balance between portability and ergonomics. It’s small enough where I can put it in my jacket packet, but isn’t so small that I feel uncomfortable trying to hold and use it. This grip is excellent for a mirrorless camera and there is rubbery grip all the way around so it feels very secure in my hand. I really like having a grip like this on a camera, especially when there are times I’m going to use it without a strap.

If you’re looking for a great camera strap, check out BlackRapid which I have been using for almost 10 years. I did a review of my favorite strap, the Curve Breathe and I have a giveaway going right now if you’re interested in a chance of getting one for free. If you’re using a standard camera strap, you definitely take a look. There is a reason why I spent over $60 on a camera strap, and it’s not the fact that I like to waste money. There are a bunch of features that it has that have been super valuable for me.

Fuji X-T3 3-way Tilting Screen

Fuji X-T3 Low Light Sample

Let’s talk a little about the screen. The X-T3 has a three-way tilting 3” touch screen. You can have it face up if you want to work with the camera lower than your eye-level or on a slider for example.A lot of times I like to have the camera pretty much on the ground and I love the fact that I don’t have to get all the way down in order to frame my shots.

If you are shooting and holding the camera up in the air, you can have it pointed down and that also works for overhead shots.There is also a way to partially tilt the screen on a second axis which is a nice option if you’re shooting in portrait orientation. This isn’t as flexible as a fully articulating screen, and I‘m really hoping to see more companies implement a fully articulating design in the future.

This means that if you plan on shooting and being in front of the camera there is no way for you to frame yourself and preview the shot without using an external monitor. This may or may not matter in your particular application but I think it’s worth mentioning. It’s almost a full touchscreen. So what I mean by that is that you can set focus by clicking on the screen and control quick menu options but you can’t control the main menu using the touch screen or change change various settings and in the camera. The screen is nice and bright and worked great for me indoor and outdoors.

Fuji X-T3 WIFI/BLUETOOTH/NFC

Fuji X-T3 Low Light Portrait

Next let’s talk about connectivity options. The X-T3 has built in Wi-Fi and bluetooth which lets you use the Fuji Cam Remote app to, pair the camera with a smartphone or tablet so you can wirelessly share images and movies. This is awesome for when you’re doing a shoot and maybe you took some stills that you quickly want to post to your Instagram or Facebook profile, you can quickly transfer them to your phone and post them. What’s great is that Fuji didn’t stop there, they also added the option to control the camera for both photography and video using a mobile device.

For photography, it’s nice to be able to use your phone as a remote shutter, this way you’re not disrupting the camera if you’re doing stuff like product photography, or anytime when you’re doing long exposure.

For video, when I vlog or anytime when I’m in front of the camera, it’s great to be able to control the camera using the app. It’s nice to be able to make sure I’m framed correctly, make adjustments, set focus and start or stop the video without having to get up every time. That’s huge when you’re working alone, you can literally use your phone as a remote monitor. There is a slight delay but it’s an awesome feature and one that I use all the time.

Fuji X-T3 Additional Features

Fuji X-T3 Low Light

I also want to talk about other features that this camera has that may help you make a buying decision. First I want to talk about image stabilization. The X-T3 does not have in-body image stabilization, which may be an issue for you if you plan on shooting video handheld or when using slower shutter speeds. For me, this is something I usually use in addition to a 3-axis gimbal or a slider so I really like having it when possible. As usual, it comes down to how you plan on using the camera.

Next I want to talk about timelapse. The X-T3 does not do in-body timelapse, but it does have a built-in intervalometer. So you can select the Interval Time Shooting option under the Shooting Setting menu, then set your interval in hours, minutes and seconds, and finally set how many shots you want the camera to take. You then select how long you want the camera to wait before starting to shoot and click OK to start. I’ll probably end up doing a more detailed video about the whole process, all the way to the final timelapse, so if you’re interested, hit the subscribe and notification buttons to get an alert when it’s published.

There are no presets available by default and you can’t save presets so you’ll need to set these settings each time you want to shoot a timelapse.

Next I want to discuss the battery life. The X-T3 uses an NP-W126S Lithium-ion battery, rated for 390 images. A fair comparison is something like the A6500 which has a battery life of 350 images. As with almost all mirrorless camera, I recommend buying an additional battery if you plan on shooting a lot. I usually get 2 additional batteries just to be safe; I hate running out of batteries.

The X-T3 can be charged and powered by a USB-C cable I really like this feature because sometimes I open for an external battery pack instead of additional batteries. This way I can have the battery charging while it’s in my pocket or the bag. This way I’m always keeping a full battery when I’m on the go.

Another really nice add-on is that Fuji included a compact flash with the X-T3. The EF-X8 slides onto the hotshoe and then flips up. While it’s pretty small, I found that it’s really powerful and I was able to get great shots with it.

The last thing I want to mention is the dual SD card slots which offer a more flexible and reliable means of storing your media. Just a few examples, you can set one slot for JPEGs and the other for RAW so that you end up with having both options later on. Or you can just choose to have the camera save the same file on both cards as immediate backup.

Fuji X-T3 Should I buy it?

Fuji X-T3 Dynamic Range

Ok, so I think the X-T3 could be the best camera to offer a balance of image quality for photography and video functionality. If you’re ready to move beyond beginner-level cameras, this is an outstanding choice and a fantastic value.

The APS-C sensor and the X-Processor 4 image processor are a great combination and give you beautiful color and really nice results in low light. You can shoot 4K at up to 60fps, and Full HD or 1080P in up to 120 FPS which also lets you do slow motion at 25% if you edit your videos in 30fps.

I love Fuji’s line of lenses and there are outstanding, really fast primes and some excellent zoom lens options. This lets you start out with one lens and then add to your kit as your needs and budget grow.

The autofocus is pretty good, but I do wish there was object tracking for video. I’m extremely happy about the mic input which lets me connect an external microphone to the camera and get much fuller audio without have to separately record it and then sync it in post production.And the option to monitor audio using the headphone jack is a fantastic bonus for videographers.

The three-way tilting screen is beautiful and bright, although I would have liked to see a full articulating screen instead. The X-T3 small and portable and it a fantastic option for photographers that don’t want a bulky and heavy camera with them and at the same time are not willing to compromise on image quality. Very fast continuous shooting is a fantastic feature, and is something a lot of users are going to take advantage of.

Fuji definitely intended to also appeal to users who are interested in video, and the combination of features, coupled with 10-bit video is very impressive. I really like the build quality and weather-sealed design, and I was super comfortable using the X-T3 at the beach or while hiking. I also appreciated the excellent electronic viewfinder, dual SD slots, and the included compact flash.

You can use Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to easily move images from the camera to a mobile device and I’m happy that the Fuji Cam Remote app gives you control over both photography and video features.
The body alone sells right for $1499 and the kit with the 18-55mm lens is $1899 which is an outstanding value. I’ll put links below because there are always specials and discounts and the links will be automatically updated with the lowest pricing.

I really hope I was able to give you a good overview of the Fuji X-T3. If you’re looking for my top 10 reasons to buy a Fuji X-T3, I’ve go you covered. You can also find me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @techgeartalk.

You know what I always say, buy it nice or buy it twice! Good luck and see you soon.

Buy the Fuji X-T3 Camera (updated):

Fuji X-T3 Body only
Fuji X-T3 Kit used (for review) in video

Great Additional Fuji X-T3 Lens Options:

FUJIFILM XF 23mm f/2 R WR Len
FUJIFILM XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR Lens
FUJIFILM XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Lens
FUJIFILM XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Lens

Microphones for Fuji X-T3:

Rode VideoMicro Compact On-Camera Microphone
Rode VideoMic GO
Rode VideoMic Pro
Rode VideoMic Pro Plus

My favorite 3-axis Gimbals for Fuji X-T3:

Moza AirCross 3-Axis Gimbal
Ikan MS-PRO Beholder 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer
Zhiyun-Tech Crane v2 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer
Beholder DS1 Handheld Stabilizer 3-Axis Brushless Gimbal

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  1. Just discovered your page after an extensive search for upgrading my outdated Sony a37. I love how thorough your reviews are and with your help, I believe I’ve narrowed my choices down from the Sony a7III (FF, pro-features at bargain pricing), Sony a6400 (travel size, price, fast and newest tech), Fuji XT-3 (STYLE, size, fast, menus and color-science, price) and the Canon RP (FF, size, color-science and menus, grip, articulating and fully-functional screen, price). Ultimately I believe it’s between the RP and XT-3. Up to now I shoot portrait, street and editorial-style with some landscapes. Anything will be better than my six-year old Sony, but I really want that pro-look to my images and at least based on your sample shots in your review, it looks like the RP gives that slightly more high-end FF look over the XT-3. Am I wrong? If I shot video then it’s the Fuji all day and I love the dual-card slots and the weather sealing, but portrait for portrait, pic for pic, is the Canon the winner w/ dynamic range etc? PLEASE HELP! Also THANK YOU!!

    • Hi Mike. Thanks for watching and for the feedback about the videos.

      As far as cameras, the good thing is that you can’t go wrong with what you narrowed it down to.

      The RP is easier to use, I love the fully articulating touchscreen, color is great, lenses are absurdly expensive unless you go the EF route (which is good).

      Fuji X-T3 is my favorite camera right now. It is more difficult to use because of the manual buttons, but the image quality is outstanding, dual cards, fantastic color. cheaper lenses.

      I hope this gives you some guidance. Let me know.

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