Fujifilm X-T3 First Impressions Review
- The X-T3's image quality is impressive, especially at low ISO
- The highest ISO settings fall behind the best of its peers
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.
The X-T3's images look great at low ISO. The slightly lower base ISO provides a small but measurable improvement over its predecessor (even when compared at the pixel level, which puts cameras with smaller pixels at a disadvantage).
Looking at the, the X-T3 does well, relative to its peers, but with no sign of moiré (though this doesn't mean it's totally free from aliasing). X-Trans' slightly lower frequency and less uniform capture of red and blue information does leave the possibility of in certain colors and patterns. Overall, in terms of noise (something we look into more closely, further down this page).
lives up to Fujifilm's usual high standard, even in the default 'Provia/Standard' mode. It's comparable with the very likeable results from Canon, but with slightly punchier greens, along with reds and pinks with a fractionally less orange tint.
seems to strike a good balance between emphasizing detail without going over-the-top. Meanwhile also appears pretty well balanced between suppressing noise and retaining detail. There are still hints of noise reduction causing desaturation that's especially noticeable , with a loss of distinction between the face and the whites of the eyes.
Changes in Adobe's processing
We were surprised at how significant the differences appear between the X-T2 and X-T3 at high ISOs. Our read noise measurements suggest the difference should be around a third of a stop but visually the Adobe Camera Raw conversions look more like a whole stop.
A discussion with Adobe revealed that they've made some changes to "increase accuracy of shadow (near-zero) values in raw files," which can give deeper blacks and more contrast in dark regions of the image. Even re-processing the X-T2 files using this revised processing still doesn't fully account for the differences we're seeing at very high ISOs.
We show Adobe Camera Raw since it is probably the most widely-used Raw processing software, either as a Photoshop plugin or as the underpinnings of Lightroom. However, given how many readers were reporting better results when using other software and in the light of Phase One's announcement of Capture One Express Fujifilm, we thought we'd see how the two cameras compare.
|X-T3 | ISO 25,600 | Capture One Fujifilm||X-T2 | ISO 25,600 | Capture One Fujifilm|
With noise reduction minimized, the X-T3 still exhibits more noise than the X-T2. Not quite as dramatically as in ACR, but the difference is still there.
Even upon being downscaled to the same resolution as the X-T2, the X-T3 still shows greater noise at its highest ISO settings.
The most likely explanation we can think of for this discrepancy is a very slight increase in read noise as a result of running all the electronic components faster, to allow the faster sensor readout. At the highest ISOs even a tiny increase in read noise would be amplified many, many times.
If this is the case then the slightly reduced high ISO performance is the price you pay for the camera's increased speed. Whether this trade-off makes sense for you is likely to depend on how often you use ISO 25,600 and 51,200.
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