Fujifilm has announced the latest version of its X-E rangefinder-style mirrorless camera. It follows on from the X-E2 and uses a rectangular design similar to classic ‘rangefinder’ style film cameras. These cameras have a built-in electronic viewfinder with an eyepiece in the top corner on the back. Like other X-series cameras from Fujifilm, the X-E3 takes X-mount interchangeable lenses.
The key features of the new camera are a 24-megapixel APS-C format X-Trans sensor, which gives an increase of 8MP over the 16 million pixels of the X-E2, and Fujifilm’s X-Processor Pro high-speed image processing engine. Round the back is a 3-inch fixed LCD display – it does not have the tilting action of some other Fujifilm models – which is touch-sensitive, so you can set the focus point with your fingertip or even fire the shutter. The X-E3 also comes with 4K video and can shoot continuously at 5 frames per second.
Externally, it features a traditional shutter speed dial on the top plate which, and if you’re using a Fujifilm X-mount lens with a manual aperture ring, this gives the operation and feel of a traditional film camera. The rectangular body is slim, because the mirrorless design means there’s no need for a mirror box, as found in a DSLR, and there’s no ‘pentaprism’ housing on the top plate because the viewfinder is entirely internal.
The X-E3 fits into the Fujifilm range just above the X-T20. It’s the latest model to get Fujifilm’s new 24-megapixel X-Trans sensor.