Best cameras under $2000
Published Jun 24, 2020 | dpreview staff
26MP APS-C X-Trans sensor | Hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder | DCI/UHD 4K capture
What we like:
- Clever hybrid viewfinder
- Titanium body panels and classic look
- Excellent image and video quality
What we don't:
- Optical viewfinder works best with short focal length primes
- No face detection when using OVF
- Rear status screen more stylish than functional
The X-Pro3 is a 26MP APS-C mirrorless camera that most embodies Fujifilm's retro aesthetic. It's built around a hybrid electronic/optical viewfinder in body styled like a classic rangefinder.
There are dedicated dials for most functions, an AF point joystick and a touchscreen but the most notable feature of the X-Pro3 is its rear screen that can only be viewed when folded downwards, the rest of the time you see a small settings screen. This design pushes you towards using the viewfinder.
The X-Pro3 is an attractive, quirky camera that is likely to either tug at your heartstrings or make no sense at all to you
At its heart the X-Pro3 is a similar camera to the X-T3, meaning it's responsive and fast shooting. Autofocus speed is fairly lens-dependent and AF tracking is good, rather than great. Face detection isn't available when the viewfinder is in optical mode, and it's prone to locking on to objects that aren't people.
Image quality is very good, with an excellent BSI CMOS sensor that performs well in both good and poor light. JPEG shooting offers a range of attractive color modes, making it possible to deliver excellent out-of-camera results, but not all Raw converters do such a good job with the camera's X-Trans sensor pattern.
The X-Pro3 can shoot attractive, oversampled UHD or DCI 4K video from the full width of its sensor at up to 30p, making it very a capable camera. However, it's overshadowed by the X-T-series cameras that offer 60p and 10-bit options. There's also no subject tracking in video mode. Headphones can connected via a USB adaptor.
The X-Pro3 is an attractive, quirky camera that is likely to either tug at your heartstrings or make no sense at all to you. It's at its best when shot with short prime lenses and the optical viewfinder. It's very much a question of personal taste.
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