The X-T3 may look like its predecessors but the improvements to its video feature set go well beyond the provision of a headphone socket.

The X-T3 is Fujifilm's most advanced video camera yet (something of a surprise, given the apparent video focus of the X-H1 model). In fact, the ability to capture 10-bit 4K video internally puts the spec in an exclusive group alongside the most recent Panasonic GH cameras, and the ability to capture 10-bit 4K at 60 fps puts it ahead in some respects (though the Panasonics record 4:2:2 color, which the Fujifilm can only output over HDMI).

Key Takeaways

  • The X-T3 shoots stunning video that lives up to its impressive specifications.
  • Zebras and magnification during shooting make it easier to capture footage.
  • Video works well enough to be usable for all but the most critical work.
  • Lack of in-body stabilization makes it a tripod or gimbal camera.

Like the GH5S though, the X-T3 has no in-body image stabilization, which is realistically going to limit you to using a tripod or gimbal if you want to get anything like the camera's full resolution in your footage, since in-lens stabilization can't provide effective correction for video shooting.

Video options

The video options are really impressive but their value would be reduced if the camera didn't also offer a fairly comprehensive set of supporting tools. It's not quite as extensive as the video-centric GH5 but it's more than enough to make the X-T3 a very usable video camera.

4K Video Modes

Resolution Frame Rate Crop Bitrate Chroma sub-sampling Compression type Codec
UHD/DCI* 29.97, 25, 24, 23.98

1 400 Mbps 4:2:0 10-bit All-I H.265
Long GOP
59.94, 50 1.18 200 Mbps H.265 or H.264**
29.97, 25, 24, 23.98 1
59.94, 50 1.18 100 Mbps
29.97, 25, 24, 23.98 1

*DCI 59.94p/50p cannot be recorded using the H.264 codec
**Switching to H.264 mode reduces all video to 8-bit 4:2:0 (output is still 10-bit 4:2:2).

Full HD Modes

Resolution Frame Rate Crop Bitrate Chroma sub-sampling Compression type Codec
16:9 (1920 x 1080)

17:9 (2048 x 1080)
59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, 24, 23.98

1 200 Mbps 4:2:0 10-bit* All-I/Long GOP H.265 or H.264*
59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, 24, 23.98 1 100 Mbps

*Switching to H.264 mode reduces all video to 8-bit 4:2:0 (output is still 10-bit 4:2:2).

Slow-motion video

The X-T3 can also shoot 1080p footage at 120 fps, played back as 60, 50, 30, 25 or 24p video. This is taken from a 1.29x sensor crop but, unlike the X-T2 and X-H1, isn't upscaled, so should look better than before.

Video Tools

To back up its impressive recording spec, the X-T3 offers focus peaking and adjustable zebra warnings to help set focus and exposure. Magnified live view is available, even when recording, to check focus and there's even an option to set lens focus rings to give a linear (rather than speed-sensitive) response. Pressing the AF-L button (or AF-On) while in manual focus mode conducts a single AF acquisition before you start shooting.

The Movie Silent Control mode, while fiddly to use, makes the X-T3 one of the most pleasant cameras for shooting both stills and video on

Probably the camera's most powerful video feature is the Movie Silent Control mode, which passes most video controls to a touchscreen interface. The interface itself is a little fiddly to use (there are arguably too many options in the menu and the controls are too small to easily operate by fingertip), but crucially it means the camera retains separate exposure settings for stills and video. This makes the X-T3 one of the most pleasant cameras for switching back and forth between video and stills shooting on.

Letting the camera control aperture results in dramatic 1/3EV brightness jumps but ISO changes appear to be more smoothly controlled.

Video Autofocus

The X-T3's video autofocus is essentially a simplified version of its stills system. You can choose between continuous AF and single AF, and you have the choice of the camera selecting the subject or you manually selecting from 91 AF areas spread across the frame. Face Detection works on top of this, but faces are the only type of subject the camera will attempt to track around the scene.

We generally found we could get the result we wanted for a range of different shooting situations

The behavior of continuous autofocus can be adjusted, with a choice over how responsive the camera should be if there's a significant change in distance (the initial subject leaving the AF point or another subject cutting in front). You can also configure how quickly the focus drives to its new position (meaning you can tap between subjects and have the camera smoothly pull focus to the new position). AF-Lock continues to work while shooting, so you can prevent the camera refocusing if you know you don't want the focus to move.

Alternatively, in AF-S mode, the camera will only refocus if you've set a button to act as AF-On. This tries to focus smoothly but the speed can't be adjusted. It may refuse to refocus if directed at something that's too far out-of-focus.

Generally AF-C served us well, with the camera tending to hold focus steady unless it finds itself with nothing it can focus on. With a little tuning we usually found we could get the result we wanted for a range of different shooting situations.

Video Quality

The X-T3's UHD 4K is taken from the full width of the sensor and looks very detailed, appearing a little more detailed than the 4K output of the Sony a7 III. Even the 60p UHD footage taken from a 1.17x crop of the sensor looks competitive with the Sony.

The wider-format DCI video is slightly less detailed, since it's essentially a crop of the UHD region, but it's still very impressive. It's all a recognizable step forward from the already good Fujifilm X-T2, especially when you consider that rolling shutter is much better controlled on the new camera.

1080p output isn't as impressive, though it's more detailed than the a7 III's footage. This advantage is maintained into the 120 fps mode (which the Fujifilm always outputs as slowed-down footage, at your choice of frame rate).

Sample video

In our own sample reel, we wanted to look at the sorts of things an enthusiast photographer might use it for, including a look at 60p footage and using its autofocus both to maintain focus on a subject and to pull focus between two points. Shot in Eterna film simulation mode, except where specified.

We also asked Jordan Drake at DPReview TV to shoot a comparison reel looking at how the X-T3 compares with the Panasonic GH5: