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Fuji X-E3 announced


Fuji announced today the new X-E3 model. It has a 24MP Fuji-X-Trans sensor and offers also 4K video.

The hardware of the X-E3 seems to be the same as in the Fuji X-T20, incl. the 325-point AF systems. The AF was improved for the tracking of small moving objects. The price in Europe will be 899.- €, in the US also 899$

Available end of September 2017.





Here is the press release:

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) has announced that it will release the FUJIFILM X-E3 (hereinafter “X-E3”), the latest addition to the X Series of premium mirrorless digital cameras on September 28th 2017.

The X-E3 features APS-C 24.3 megapixel X-Trans™* CMOS III sensor and the X-Processor Pro high-speed image processing engine. The X-E3 is the first X Series model to feature Bluetooth ®** low energy wireless communication. You can pair the camera with your smartphone or tablet device for easy transfer of pictures taken. The LCD monitor, on the back of the camera, uses a static touchscreen panel which supports the conventional “Touch Shot”, “Touch AF” and “Focus Area Selection” capabilities. An all-new “Touch Function” feature will be available on the X-E3, which enables gesture control like flick and pinch zoom, to further enhance touchscreen operation. The AF algorithm has been updated to enhance the camera's performance for tracking a moving subject. The X-E3's premium exterior design, agility and functional beauty make it a mirrorless camera that is “a pleasure to own and fun to shoot with” at the same time.


<Key feature on the FUJIFILM X-E3>

[1] Compact and lightweight body for portability and practicality

Fujifilm redesigned the camera body of FUJIFILM X-E2, released in November 2013, to create the most compact and lightweight model within the X Series interchangeable lens camera range, with a viewfinder. The form factor makes it a perfect companion for everyday use and travel photography. The well-balanced proportions and the grip-shaped design make the camera comfortable to hold. The new model also supports the Focus Lever, a popular feature first introduced in the FUJIFILM X-Pro2, allowing you to instantaneously change the focus area while keeping eye on the viewfinder.

The top plate of the camera body features two dials, one for shutter speed and the other for exposure compensation. The dials, milled from aluminum, have a high quality appearance and deliver a reassuring click at every notched setting. The exposure compensation dial now has the C position to enable exposure compensation of up to ±5 stops in 1/3 steps, which enhances the basic operability of photography. The X-E3 is also equipped with an Auto mode selector lever for selecting the fully-automatic Advanced SR Auto mode where the camera chooses the optimum settings for a given scene.

[2] Outstanding image quality, high-speed response and upgraded AF tracking performance

The X-E3 features a 24.3 megapixel APS-C sized X-Trans™ CMOS III sensor and X-Processor Pro image processing engine for outstanding image quality and high-speed response. The X-E3 features a large phase detection AF area and an updated algorithm to deliver a fastest AF speed of 0.06sec.***. The X-E3 also offers 5.0fps live-view shooting, a quick start-up time of 0.4sec., a shutter time lag of 0.050sec. and a shooting interval of 0.25sec.*4

Thanks to the newly developed image recognition algorithm, the X-E3 is able to track subjects that are moving at twice the speed compared to the previous models*5. In addition, the X-E3 is also able to track moving subjects of half the size as before.

[3] Enhanced connectivity with Bluetooth® wireless communication

The X-E3 is the first X Series camera that offers Bluetooth® capability. Pair it with your smartphone or tablet device and easily transfer pictures you have taken to the smartphone or tablet device via the smart-device app “FUJIFILM Camera Remote.”

[4] Upgraded intuitive touchscreen operation

The LCD monitor uses a high-resolution 1.04M dot, 3.0-inch static touchscreen panel display. The “Touch Panel Settings” on allows the following operations during shooting and playback modes:

<Shooting Modes>

  • Focus Area Selection: Move the focus point to the chosen position by tapping the LCD monitor.
  • Touch Shot: Touch to focus on a specific point, then take the picture. When you remove your finger from the screen, the camera will take a shot
<Playback Modes>

  • Swipe Movement : Swiping a finger across the screen scrolls through the images, one after the other.
  • Double-Tap Enlargement: Tapping the screen twice will enlarge the image, centering on the active focus point when the image was taken.
  • Drag : Moving a finger across the screen when an image is enlarged will move it around the frame.
  • Pinch out : Placing two fingers on the screen and widening the distance between them enlarges the image.
  • Pinch in : While the image being displayed is enlarged, placing two fingers on the screen and narrowing the distance between them reduces the image size and ultimately displays the last 9 images.
  • All the touchscreen functions are disabled when the “Touch Panel Settings” are turned off.
The camera also features the “Touch Function”, in which you can use flick motions in up – down and right – left directions to call pre-assigned functions. Use the drag motion on the touchscreen panel, even while keeping your eye on the Electric View Finder (EVF), to change the focus area location. In the EVF TOUCH SCREEN AREA SETTINGS, you can activate touchscreen operation for “ALL”, “RIGHT”, “LEFT” or turn the functionality “OFF”.

[5] High resolution and high definition 4K video recording

The X-E3 is capable of recording both Full HD and 4K video using the X Series' famous Film Simulation modes. You can output recorded video to an external monitor, via the HDMI port, and input audio from an external microphone.

[6] 25 high-performance FUJINON X-mount lenses for ultimate versatility

Our XF lens line-up now features 25 lenses, after today's announcement of the FUJINON XF80mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro. The current line-up of lenses range from ultra-wide-angle to super-telephoto and includes five fast aperture prime lenses. These lenses bring out the very best image quality from the X-E3. Optional accessories such as mount adapters and macro extension tubes further broaden photographic potential.

  • * X-Trans™ is Fujifilm's trademark and registered trademark.
  • ** The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by FUJIFILM Corporation is under license.
  • *** Fujifilm research based on CIPA guidelines using the X-E3 and FUJINON XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR lens.
  • *4 MF mode
  • *5 FUJIFILM X Series digital camera models with X-Trans™ CMOS III sensor and X-Processor Pro as of September, 2017.
1. Premium Accessory Line-up

  • Leather Case「BLC-XE3」
    A stylish, genuine leather case that has a wonderfully tactile feel and perfectly suits the X-E3's classic design. With the X-E3 snugly protected, you can even change batteries without removing the camera.
    A matching leather shoulder strap and protective cloth are included.


  • Hand Grip「MHG-XE3」
    To increase the camera's grip. Both the battery and the memory card can be swapped with the grip in place. Additionally, a tripod screw hole can be placed in center of the optical axis. The base parts are equipped with a 38mm width dovetail protrusion plate, allowing use as a quick shoe mount when using a dovetail groove tripod pedestal.

2. 「FUJIFILM X-E3」Specification
Model name
Number of effective pixels
24.3 million pixels
Image sensor
23.5mm x 15.6mm (APS-C) X-Trans™ CMOS III with primary color filter
Sensor cleaning system
Ultra sonic vibration
Storage media
SD Card (-2GB) / SDHC Card (-32GB) / SDXC Card(-256GB) UHS-I
Lens mount
Sensitivity Standard output AUTO1、AUTO2、AUTO3 (up to ISO12800)
ISO200~12800 (1/3EVstep)
Extended output ISO100/125/160/25600/51200
0.39-in., Approx. 2,360K-dot OLED color viewfinder, Coverage of viewing area vs. capturing area : Approx. 100%
Eye point : Approx. 17.5mm [ from the rear end of the camera's eyepiece], Diopter adjustment : -4m - +2m-1[dpt]
Magnification : 0.62x with 50mm lens[35mm format equivalent] at infinity and diopter set to -1m-1.
Diagonal angle of view : Approx. 30°[ Horizontal angle of view : Approx. 25°] Built-in eye sensor 
LCD monitor
3.0-inch, aspect ratio 3:2,
Approx. 1040K-dot touch screen color LCD monitor [Approx. 100% coverage]
Movie recording
4K [3840 x 2160] 29.97p / 25p / 24p / 23.98P, 100Mbps Continuous recording : up to Approx. 10 min.
Full HD [1920 x 1080] 59.94p / 50p / 29.97p / 25p / 24p / 23.98P, 36Mbps Continuous recording : up to Approx. 15 min.
HD [1280 x 720] 59.94p / 50p / 29.97p / 25p / 24p/23.98P, 18Mbps Continuous recording : up to Approx. 30 min.
* For 4K movie recording, use a card with UHS Speed Class 3 or higher.
* Although movie recording will continue without interruption when the file size reaches 4 GB, subsequent footage will be recorded to a separate file which must be viewed separately.
Wireless transmitter
Standards: IEEE 802.11b / g / n [standard wireless protocol]
Access mode: Infrastructure
Encryption: WEP / WPA / WPA2 mixed mode
Standards: Bluetooth Ver 4.0(Bluetooth low energy)
Operating frequency: 2402~2480MHz (Center frequency)
Power supply
NP-W126S Li-ion battery (included)
Dimensions / Weight
121.3mm(W) x 73.9mm(H) x 42.7mm(D) / 4.78in.(W) x 2.91in.(H) x 1.68in.(D) (Minimum Depth: 32.4mm)
Approx. 337g / oz.(including battery and memory card)
Approx. 287g / oz.(excluding accessories, battery and memory card) 
Battery life for still images*
Approx. 350 frames(When XF35mmF1.4R is set, LCD monitor ON, Standard mode)
Accessories included
Li-ion battery NP-W126S, Battery charger BC-W126, Body cap, , Shoe-mount flash unit EF-X8, Shoulder strap, Metal strap clip, Protective cover, Clip attaching tool, Owner's manual
  • * Measured according to the CIPA standards, using the included battery and an SD card. The number of frames that can be taken per charge varies depending on a battery's charge capacity. This figure is not a guarantee of battery's working capacity. At low temperatures, the number of frames per charge decreases.
So here are some videos to get in the right mood :)

More videos here:


There is this photographer, Jonas Rask. He is an X-Photographer I think, but writes also some good reviews. So he also wrote one about the X-E3:


And this is a link to the prospectus in English with all technical data etc.:

Certainly seems to be a lot of Fujis and other than Pentaprism vs Mirrorless it hard for me to see what distinguishes each model.
Certainly seems to be a lot of Fujis and other than Pentaprism vs Mirrorless it hard for me to see what distinguishes each model.


Hi Chuck,

I do think Fuji is doing it a very smart way. The internals are with all models almost exactly the same. That is very costefficient and the users do not care about it. From the outside they put different designs on it so that each user gets the design her/she prefers. XT2 and XT20 for the SLR-type of users who prefer that design and XPro2/XE3 for the rangefinder style. I am in the rangefinder style group :)

Then Fuji handles the different price levels with different features which are in most cases controlled by firmware to be able to differentiate each model from each other. The XT2 gets all features (i.e. AF custom modes, 4K etc.), the Xpro2 almost all, sometimes others months later and the XT20 and XE3 get maybe 80% of the features. The rangefinders do not have tilting screens (that is a pitty), the SLR-type models do have them. Touchscreen is a little bit mixed now. In the long run Fuji will have to offer for each product tilt and touch screen. There is no way out. Competition is too tough i.e. Panasonic.

So I do think this is smart from Fuji who has not that big market share to use more economies of scale in the production. It is also good for the users. Everybody can get a Fuji for a pricepoint he can afford and with a design he likes the most.