Conclusion

What we like What we don't
  • Excellent stills image quality in both JPEG and Raw
  • Impressive 10-bit 4K video capture
  • Traditional dial-based controls with good level of customization
  • Fast, configurable autofocus
  • Rapid shooting with decent buffer
  • Option for separate stills and video exposure settings
  • Decent (though not stellar) battery life
  • Effective eye detection system (though not up to Sony Eye AF standard)
  • Eterna color mode great if you don't want to have to grade your footage
  • 10-bit Log capture (even at 60p) great if you do
  • Includes both headphone and mic sockets
  • Bluetooth makes connecting to a phone easier
  • Viewfinder nicely detailed
  • Dual-hinged screen is highly versatile
  • USB charging is convenient
  • Slightly higher noise levels at very high ISOs than its predecessor
  • 60p and 50p video taken from slightly cropped region of sensor
  • Some lenses can't take full advantage of X-T3's AF speeds
  • Very quick to drop to a slower, darker preview mode (presumably to save battery) in default mode
  • A tripod or gimbal is needed to get the best of the camera's video
  • No way to toggle Face Detection (requires scrolling through settings)
  • No non-face subject tracking in video

Overall conclusion

The Fujifilm X-T3 is arguably the best stills/video camera on the market right now. More expensive full frame cameras will offer better still image quality and cameras with in-body image stabilization will be easier to shoot video with, but nothing offers this balance of image quality and movie capability in a single package.

ISO 160 | 1/1400sec | F2.8 | Fujinon XF23mm F2

Even better, the X-T3 does both things in a way that makes them enjoyable. The X-T series has already established a fan-base of photographers with its traditional, dedicated-dial interface but, while this can also be used for video, we'd recommend using the (still fiddly) Movie Silent Control mode if you're switching back and forth, since it allows separate exposure settings for each style of shooting.

With the X-T3, you get excellent JPEGs with some of the industry's most attractive color options, access to an extensive selection of dedicated lenses, only now with improved autofocus and class-leading video. Crucially, none of the video features get in the way of its excellence as a stills camera.

ISO 1000 | 1/75sec | F4 | Fujinon XF 16-55mm F2.8 @ 50mm

The camera isn't flawless: you'll need to configure the autofocus to suit your subject's behavior more than with some of its rivals, and face detection doesn't deal well with multiple subjects, but neither of these is likely to be a deal-breaker for most people. Video and, to a lesser extent, prime lens shooters would benefit from the in-body stabilization of the X-H1.

Fujifilm has taken one of our favorite sub-$2000 cameras and supercharged it. Stills-focused X-T2 owners only need upgrade if they feel held back by their current camera's AF ability, but for everyone else not bewitched by the call of full-frame, the X-T3 should be extremely tempting as a do-nearly-everything option.


What we think


Wenmei Hill
Editor
There’s an unquantifiable joy for me when using a Fujifilm camera (it’s simply fun to shoot with), but now with the improved AF and Face/Eye detection, there are some serious technical capabilities to back it up. When paired with a long prime like the XF 90mm F2, the portraits I have been able to get out of this combination are some of my favorites. And although Face Detection got in the way when the scene was more crowded, switching it off gave me a consistent and enjoyable experience with the high quality images I expect from a camera of this class.


Carey Rose
Editor
I find that the Fujifilm X-T3 is the new APS-C camera to beat. It's fast, shoots beautiful photos and video, comes with the most capable autofocus system I've ever seen from Fujifilm, and it's all wrapped up in a stylish body that demonstrates form and function can indeed coexist on a modern camera.

Compared to its peers

The X-T3's most direct rival is the Sony a6500: another APS-C mirrorless camera able to shoot stills and 4K video. The Fujifilm wins out comfortably, for us. Autofocus performance is broadly comparable across the two cameras (though the Sony's Eye-AF system is better), but the operation and handling of the X-T3 is much better, as are its video capabilities. You'll miss out on the in-body stabilization of the a6500, but Fujifilm's array of lenses helps make the whole system more attractive.

The Nikon D500 is another obvious point of comparison. The DSLR would still be our choice for sports, action or wildlife photography but for most other photography, the X-T3's smaller size, higher resolution, attractive output and vastly better video make it the stronger option (though users of heavy lenses may prefer the D500's grip). Depending on your needs, the Fujifilm may have a wider choice of well-matched lenses than the Nikon.

Putting up more fierce competition is the Sony a7 III which, for a fair chunk more money, offers the step up in image quality that full-frame can bring, as well as in-body image stabilization and a larger grip. The X-T3 is arguably nicer to shoot and actually out-performs the 8-bit video of the Sony but it can't compete with its image quality or fully match the Sony's AF performance. However, the Fujifilm is less expensive and smaller, especially if you factor in the lenses you might want, so it depends on your priorities.

The X-T3's impressive video puts it into competition with the Panasonic GH5 and GH5S. The Panasonic pair certainly have better video support features (waveform display, uploadable LUTs for corrected displays, shutter angle reporting, 4:2:2 internal capture), but the Eterna color mode, along with the ability to shoot 10-bit at 60p are powerful counter-arguments. The larger sensor and more dependable AF even give the X-T3 the edge in some respects. And if you want to shoots stills too, it's a clear win to the Fujifilm.


Scoring

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Fujifilm X-T3
Category: Semi-professional Interchangeable Lens Camera / DSLR
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Conclusion
As a stills camera the X-T3 is a pleasant update to one of our favorite APS-C cameras, significantly improving the autofocus. If you're interested in stills and video, though, it's knockout. The lack of stabilization holds the video back a touch but as a compact, relatively affordable do-everything camera, it's impressive.
Good for
A bit of everything, especially if that everything includes video.
Not so good for
Sports shooting at the highest levels.
88%
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