Image Quality

As we've come to expect from Fujifilm, the X-Pro3 can reproduce color beautifully.
Fujinon 23mm F1.4 | ISO 250 | F5.6 | 1/60 sec
Photo: Richard Butler

Key takeaways:

  • The X-Pro3's image quality is excellent, with an impressive Raw performance converted into attractive JPEGs with a choice of processing options
  • HDR mode automatically combines multiple shots into a high dynamic range JPEG but results are softer and less precise than combining shots yourself

As you'd expect, the X-Pro3's image quality is identical to that of its sibling, the X-T3, which means it's extremely good. The 26MP sensor performs well in terms of noise and dynamic range and the color options remain as excellent as ever.

The X-Trans color filter pattern continues to divide opinion on the internet, but we're not seeing anything in the images to justify any real concerns in this regard. The detail capture and its rendition in the JPEGs isn't quite up to the standards of the best current Bayer cameras, but it's not a difference that would sway our opinion of the images as a whole.

Studio Scene

Our test scene is designed to simulate a variety of textures, colors and detail types you'll encounter in the real world. It also has two illumination modes to see the effect of different lighting conditions.

As always, all the camera's processing options can be applied retrospectively via in-camera Raw conversion, so you can experiment with different settings easily to help you find your preferred look. And, while I've always thought some of the appeal of Fujifilm's color modes is that they're not too extreme or Instagram-filter-like, there have been occasions where I've found myself tempted to add artificial grain to my images.

HDR mode

New to the X-Pro3 is an HDR drive mode that shoots and combines three exposures. It shoots the metered exposure, followed by a shorter exposure and then a longer one. These are automatically merged together.

The camera crops in slightly, so that it can align the images even if there's some camera movement between shots. The combined image is then upscaled back to 26MP, with the output looking recognizably less sharp than individual conventionally-captured images do.

HDR image with slightly richer color and car frozen (but with slight halos). Image is slightly cropped-in, compared to... Converted Raw file from same sequence (metered exposure). Note higher sharpness/detail level.

As well as image alignment, the camera also conducts motion correction, which tries to avoid blurring or duplication in the image. It will try to prioritize the version of the moving object from the shortest exposure (which has least motion blur). It does reasonably well at this but can leave slight ghosting in the image. It means it works well for hand-held landscape shots but less well in situations with long exposures.

The camera will output a combined JPEG and a Raw of the first shot, if you wish. There's no option to retain all three exposures, though, so you'll have to use exposure bracketing if you want to do your own merge processing.