Body and handling

Those who've used the X-T2 will feel right at home with the X-T3, since it's nearly identical cosmetically. That means that it's a rugged, weather-sealed camera with a host of analog controls, a unique dual-axis LCD, dual SD card slots and extensive customizability.

What's changed? The EVF is higher resolution (and set back a bit further,) the LCD is now touch-enabled, a headphone socket has been added, the diopter correction knob is now lockable and the USB connection is now Type-C. The size of some dials and buttons have changed slightly, as well.

Key takeaways:

  • The X-T3's rugged magnesium alloy body is sealed against moisture and dust, and has analog controls for exposure compensation, shutter speed and ISO.
  • While slightly smaller than on the X-T2, the X-T3's EVF now has 3.69 million dots and refresh rates of 60 or 100 Hz.
  • Buttons, dials and menus are incredibly customizable.
  • The camera has dual SD card slots which support UHS-II media, as well as a USB-C port.

The hand grip on the X-T3 isn't terribly large, which doesn't provide as much confidence as we'd like when a heavier lens is attached. Thankfully, there's the optional MHG-XT3 grip, which gives you a more to hold on to. Grip or no grip, there is plenty of room for your thumb.

Top of camera

Something that makes the X-T3 a delight are the analog controls for exposure comp., shutter speed and ISO. Most Fujifilm lenses have an aperture ring as well, and if that's the case you can eliminate command dials from your life (at least for adjusting exposure). The X-T3's ISO and shutter speed dials are lockable and while the exposure comp. dial is not, it has enough resistance to prevent accidental rotation (more, in fact, than on the X-T2). Fujifilm slightly reduced the size of the exposure comp. dial in order to prevent your thumb from accidentally rotating it.

Under the ISO and shutter speed dials are switches for drive and metering modes, respectively. The Fn button is wedged between the shutter speed and exposure comp. dial and in our view it is much too hard to reach.

As before, there's a 'T' position on the shutter speed dial if you prefer to use the command dial (which gives easy access to all 1/3EV shutter values), and you can define whether the 'A' position on the aperture ring engages Auto mode or passes responsibility to the other command dial.

Rear controls

The control layout on the back of the X-T3 is the same as on the X-T2, except that the top row of buttons are slightly larger and the control dial is a bit stiffer. Six of the buttons on the back of the camera are customizable, as is the rear dial. We'll tell you exactly what functions you can assign to them on the next page.

As with the X-T2, there's a joystick for moving the AF point. You can do the same with the touchscreen, including with your eye to the finder (more on that later).

Viewfinder

The X-T3 has inherited the 3.69 million-dot (1280 x 960) OLED electronic viewfinder from Fujifilm's X-H1 and GFX 50S, which is as nice an EVF as you'll find these days. The EVF is slightly (read: unnoticeably) smaller than that of its predecessor, with a magnification of 0.75x compared to 0.77x. Fujifilm has extended the viewfinder back away from the body by 3mm in order to keep your nose off of the display. The eyepoint remains at 23mm.

By default the refresh rate is a pleasant 60 fps, and if you turn on 'boost mode' it rises to 100 fps.

Some mirrorless cameras experience a drop in EVF resolution while focusing or shooting bursts, or only use the full resolution in playback mode. The good news here is that the X-T3's viewfinder resolution remains unchanged, meaning you get the full resolution benefit of the 3.69M dots. The refresh rate and brightness of the screen drop if the camera's been unused for a while, though, which is presumably part of how Fujifilm has squeezed a bit more life out of the battery.

LCD

As mentioned above, the X-T3's LCD is now touch-enabled. It has the same unusual method of articulation as its predecessor. As on most of its peers, it can tilt up or down. What makes this display unique is that, at the press of a button, you can tilt the screen left-to-right, which makes the most sense when shooting in portrait orientation. It's a bit of a shame that this video-centric camera doesn't offer a fully articulating screen.

As for the display itself, it's 3.2" in size and has 1.04 million dots, which is pretty standard these days.

Memory and connections

As with the X-T2, there are two memory card slots on the X-T3. Better yet, each of them supports UHS-II / V90 cards, which you'll need when shooting 4K video or 30 fps bursts. You can select to have the second card serve as backup or overflow storage. Two other options allow you to have Raws on one card and JPEGs on another, or the same for stills and video.

There are a total of six ports on the X-T3: microphone (3.5mm), headphone (3.5mm), USB-C, micro HDMI, remote release connector and a flash sync terminal. The door over the mic/headphone/USB/HDMI sockets can be removed for when the camera is on a rig.

Battery and battery grip

The X-T3 uses the familiar NP-W126S lithium-ion battery, which can last for about 390 shots (per CIPA standard) before running out of juice. That battery life number is good number for a mirrorless camera (and, as always we expect it to be very conservative compared with 'normal' shooting) but is significantly behind what a DSLR can do. Even reaching this figure of 390 shots per charge sees the camera drop to a slower, darker preview after about 10 seconds.

If you want a lot more battery power there's always the optional VG-XT3 battery grip. With the grip attached the X-T3 has three batteries, providing almost 1200 shots per charge. Fujifilm has designed the grip in such a way that the camera will switch between batteries seamlessly, so videos and continuous bursts are not interrupted.

The grip has Fn, Q.Menu, AE-L and AF-L buttons, along with an AF joystick and normal/boost mode switch. There's also a control dial and lockable shutter release.