Key takeaways

  • Video spec and performance are surprisingly good for a camera that's so focused on stills photography: the X-Pro3 shoots some of the most detailed and attractive footage of any APS-C stills camera
  • Video autofocus is more limited than in stills mode, meaning you'll have to choose your mode carefully to get the footage you want

For a camera so focused on delivering a shooting experience closer to that of the film era, it's almost surprising how much of the X-T3's video capability Fujifilm has carried across to the X-Pro3. It doesn't provide the full set of features offered by the X-T3 but it's still capable of delivering some of the most attractive video of any APS-C camera.

So, you miss out on the (cropped) 4K/60p and 10-bit recording capabilities of the X-T3 (which are primarily going to be of most interest to video shooters with quite sophisticated requirements and workflows to match), but still get oversampled 4K footage with a choice of attractive color modes and a pretty capable autofocus system.

Video is a treated as a separate drive mode and can't be assigned to a button or accessed in stills shooting mode (which reinforces the idea of the Pro3 as a primarily stills-shooting camera, if that hadn't already sunk in). But a nearly complete set of support features is present: focus peaking and zebra warnings for setting focus and exposure, F-Log capability (in the less-flexible 8-bit form) and the beautifully understated Eterna film profile.

There's also the 'Silent Movie Control' mode that passes exposure control to a slightly fiddly touchscreen interface to avoid noise or shake when operating the camera. It effectively lets you maintain separate exposure settings for stills and video but the speed benefit of this is undermined by how long it can take to switch shooting modes.

The video autofocus is pretty good, but the modes are rather more limited than in stills mode. You can choose a wide area and let the camera refocus or have it refocus on whatever is under your focus point. The speed and sensitivity of focus can be adjusted. This means the only effective tracking option is to use Face Detection, but this presents a risk of the camera trying to refocus unpredictably if your subject looks away for too long.

As you'd expect, it's possible to shoot video to one card and stills to the other, which is a nice touch. There's no HMDI output though, so don't plan on playing back the output direct from the camera.