Fujifilm says its new X-E3 rangefinder style mirrorless digital camera offers outstanding image quality and enhanced handling. The camera features the 24.3-megapixel X-Trans CMOS III image sensor and the X-Processor Pro high-speed image processing engine, along with a new image recognition algorithm.
The X-E3 also features a large phase detection autofocus (AF) area and provides enhanced tracking performance for moving subjects. Equipped with a newly developed image recognition algorithm, the X-E3 is able to track moving subjects half the size, or moving twice as fast as previous models.
The camera supports both Full HD and 4K video recording. Videos can be shot with Film Simulations in-camera.
High-speed response times include a start-up time of just 0.4 seconds, shooting interval of 0.25 seconds, shutter time lag of 0.05 seconds and autofocus speed as fast as 0.06 seconds.
This is the first X Series model to feature Bluetooth low energy wireless communication. This feature offers the ability to pair the camera with a smartphone or tablet for easy transfer of pictures via the free Fujifilm Camera Remote application.
The X-E3 features a high-resolution 3.0 inch static touchscreen LCD monitor. The touchscreen can be used to select the focus area, or focus on a specific point before taking a picture. For playback, users can swipe or scroll through images, double-tap to enlarge, drag an image once enlarged, along with pinch-out and pinch-in sizing. A new Touch Function feature lets users create customized camera functions by swiping left, right, up and down on the touchscreen panel.
The company says the X-E3 is the most compact and lightweight model with a viewfinder within the X Series interchangeable lens camera range. The camera also features a Focus Lever positioned on the rear side of the camera that allows photographers to use joystick-type operations in eight directions to easily select a focus area.
The top plate features two precision-milled aluminum dials, giving the camera a premium feel and allowing users to easily adjust the shutter speed and exposure compensation while maintaining focus while taking a picture. The Exposure Compensation Dial now has the C position for exposure compensation up to ±5 stops. The X-E3 is also equipped with an Auto mode selector lever for selecting the fully-automatic Advanced SR Auto mode where the camera can automatically select the optimum settings for a given scene.
4K video can be recorded at [3840 x 2160] 29.97p, 25p, 24p, 23.98P, 100Mbps; continuous recording is up to approximately 10 minutes. Full HD video can be recorded at 59.94 fps, 50 fps, 29.97 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps and 23.98 fps, and with Film Simulation effects.
Video can be outputted to an external monitor via the HDMI port and input audio from an external microphone.
The Fujifilm X-E3 will be available in three versions in late September: body only, black or silver; body with XF 18-55 mm lens kit, black or silver; and body with XF 23 mm f/2 R WR lens kit, black or silver.
New from Fujifilm is the XF 80 mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro lens, the first 1.0x magnification mid-telephoto macro lens in the X Series lineup. The lens features a focal length equivalent to 122 mm (in the 35 mm format).
The lens features an optical construction of 16 elements in 12 groups, including one aspherical lens, one Super ED lens and three ED lenses.
The lens has enhanced AF capabilities utilizing a Floating Focus System that suppresses aberration. The lens also supports handheld shooting with Optical Image Stabilization. A fluorine coating has been applied to the front lens element, making it less susceptible to smudges, water and dirt.
The lens is also designed to be weather and dust resistant, and operates in temperatures as low as 14°F/-10°C.
The Fujinon XF 80 mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR lens will be available in November.
The company says that, as with all GF lenses, the 45 mm lens is a professional quality lens capable of reproducing rich tones and unique colours.
With a construction of 8 groups and 11 elements using one aspherical lens and two ED lenses, the new lens is said to provide the highest image quality while reducing aberrations. The lens features Nano GI coating to suppress ghosting and flare, and is weather and dust resistant capable of operating in environments as cold as 14°F/-10°C.
The Fujinon GF 45 mm f/2.8 R WR lens will be available in November.
Fujifilm has announced two new Fujinon GF lenses for its GFX 50S medium-format mirrorless digital camera system, the GF110 mm f/2 R LM WR (equivalent to 87 mm) and the GF23 mm f/4 R LM WR (equivalent to 18 mm).
The company notes the G Mount has a short flange back distance of 26.7 mm that reduces the back focus distance as much as possible. This prevents vignetting and achieves edge-to-edge sharpness. All GF lenses have been designed to support sensors of over 100-megapixels.
The company says the 110 mm lens is perfect for portraits, while the 23 mm lens is suited for landscape and architectural photography. Fujifilm states that, despite the super-wide angle of view of the latter lens, distortion is kept to a minimum.
Both new lenses feature fast and quiet autofocus by using a linear motor, are dust and weather resistant, and are capable of operating in environments as cold as 14°F / -10°C.
The 110 mm lens has 14 elements in 9 groups, including 4 ED lens elements: Super ED lens and three ED lenses for suppressed chromatic aberration and high resolution performance all the way to the edges, with a 9 blade aperture. The 23 mm lens has12 groups and 15 elements construction using two aspherical lenses, one super ED lens, and three ED lenses, and uses a 9 blade aperture, plus Nano GI coating to suppress ghosting and flare.
The GF110 mm f/2 R LM WR will be available in late June for $3,599.99 and the GF23 mm f/4 R LM WR will also be available in late June for $3,399.99.
It features 9 elements in 7 groups, including one aspherical ED lens, and has an inner focusing system, driven by a stepping motor for fast and silent autofocusing. The lens is also weather and dust resistant, and operates in temperatures as low as 14°F\-10°C.
Aperture and focusing rings feature precise click stops and smooth damping for easy operation. Super EBC (Super Electron Beam Coating) ensures high performance by reducing both flare and ghosting
The Fujifilm XF 50 mm f/2 R WR (black and silver) will be available in February for $649.99.
Successor to the X-T10, the Fujifilm X-T20 interchangeable lens camera offers a new APS-C sized, 24.3-megapixel X-Trans CMOS III sensor and X-Processor Pro image processing engine. The updated sensor and processor, along with an improved AF algorithm, boost the camera’s startup time and AF performance, dramatically improving its ability to track moving subjects. The X-T20 also has a large tilting touchscreen LCD monitor for multi-angle shooting and responds to quick gestures for a variety of efficient controls and picture review.
There’s also a new video option added to the Drive Dial to enable instantaneous switching from still photo shooting to the video recording mode.
The Exposure Compensation Dial now has the C position for exposure compensation up to ±5 stops, while the LCD monitor uses a tilting touchscreen panel for intuitive operation at almost any angle.
The X-T20 is also equipped with an Auto mode selector lever for selecting the fully-automatic Advanced SR Auto mode where the camera chooses the optimum settings for a given scene.
The new sensor’s enhanced signal processing technology has even greater control over digital noise with an improved ISO sensitivity of ISO 12800 available as a regular ISO option. At ultra-high ISO settings, says the company, the camera produces low-noise images, with deep blacks and smooth tones, delivering beautiful images even in low light conditions.
The camera also has a Grain Effect function for reproducing distinctive graininess seen in photographs taken with film cameras. The function can be set to Strong or Weak, and can be combined with any of the Film Simulation modes.
The company also says the camera reproduces warm skin tones, bright blue skies and rich green foliage.
It has a compact body made from magnesium alloy. The top plate features three precision-milled aluminum dials which give the X-T20 a premium feel and allow users to easily adjust the aperture, shutter speed and shooting functions.
The X-T20 features a 3.0-inch, 1.04-million-dot tilting TFT color LCD touchscreen monitor. It uses a capacitive touchscreen panel. Users can also opt to use the LCD monitor as a touchscreen to easily access shooting and playback modes. When shooting with the X-T20, you can use the touchscreen to select the focus area, focus on a specific point, and combine the actions of focusing and shooting in succession.
For playback, users can enjoy swipe to scroll through images, double-tap to enlarge, drag the image once enlarged, along with pinch-out and pinch-in sizing.
The X-T20 has an expanded number of focusing points, up from 49 in the previous model to 91 (up to 325 points). Approximately 40 percent of the imaging area (the centre area containing 49 focusing points) is covered with phase detection AF pixels to form a fast and precise phase detection AF area.
By redesigning the AF algorithm from the ground up, the X-T20 can now autofocus more accurately on points of light, low-contrast objects and subjects with fine details such as bird feathers and animal fur, Fujifilm suggests. The read speed of the Contrast AF system has been doubled compared to the previous model to enable faster and more accurate autofocusing. During video recording, the AF point transitions smoothly to track a moving subject to create natural looking footage.
Users can choose from a Single Point mode, useful when accurate focusing on a subject is required, and a Zone mode that allows them to select a 3×3, 5×5 or 7×7 zone out of the 91-point AF area. The centrally positioned 3×3 and 5×5 zones, in particular, deliver fast focusing thanks to the on-sensor phase detection AF. The Wide/Tracking mode is a combination of the Wide mode (during AF-S), in which the camera automatically identifies and tracks the area in focus across the 91-point AF area, and the predictive Tracking mode (during AF-C), which uses the entire 91-point area to continue tracking a subject. This feature enables continuous focusing on a subject that is moving up and down, left and right or towards and away from the camera.
The X-T20 features an AF-C Custom setting, which enhances focus tracking performance when shooting in the Continuous AF (AF-C) mode. In the AF-C Custom setting, users can choose from five AF presets:
- Preset 1 (standard setting for multi-purpose) is a standard setting that can be applied when shooting moving subjects as a whole. It is similar to the conventional AF-C setting, and is selected by default when no AF-C Custom setting is specified.
- Preset 2 (ignore obstacles & continue to track subject) is suitable when obstacles are likely to come into a selected focus area, blocking a subject.
- Preset 3 (for accelerating / decelerating subjects) is best suited to situations such as motorsports, which involves a subject that makes major speed changes including rapid acceleration or deceleration. It is particularly effective when using linear motor-driven lenses capable of high-speed AF.
- Preset 4 (for suddenly appearing subjects) gives focusing priority to a subject closest to the camera in the selected focus area, so as to swiftly focus on a subject that suddenly comes into the frame.
- Preset 5 (for erratically moving & accelerating or decelerating subjects) is suitable for shooting field sports in which subjects accelerate or decelerate rapidly, and also move erratically.
4K video can be recorded at [3840 x 2160] 29.97p, 25p, 24p, 23.98P, 100Mbps
Full HD video can be recorded at 59.94 fps, 50 fps, 29.97 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps and 23.98 fps, and with Film Simulation effects
The company says Lens Modulation Optimizer (LMO) image processing technology corrects optical defects such as diffraction to achieve edge-to-edge sharpness and a realistic three-dimensional effect.
The Fujifilm X-T20 body (black and silver) will be available in February $1,199.99. The X-T20 body with XF 18-55 mm lens kit will be available for $1,599.99; the X-T20 body with XC 16-50 mm lens kit will be available for $1,299.99.
This is the new premium rangefinder style compact digital camera from Fujifilm, featuring a unique Advanced Hybrid Viewfinder that allows users to switch between an optical viewfinder and electronic viewfinder. The X100F is the fourth generation release from the series and features a 24.3-megapixel X-Trans CMOS III APS-C image sensor, high-speed image processing engine and a high-performance Fujinon 23 mm f/2 lens, delivering what the company calls outstanding colour reproduction and gradation of tones in both stills and videos.
The viewfinder combines the features of an optical viewfinder (OVF) with an electronic viewfinder (EVF). While in Electronic Rangefinder mode, users can change the magnification, shown as EVF in the optical viewfinder, for greater accuracy when checking focus. The small EVF window can display 100 percent field of view as well as 2.5x and 6x magnifications, and the EVF frame rate has been increased to 60 frames per second.
To aid framing and focus while using the Manual Focus mode, the Real Time Parallax Correction function is applied to the focus area in addition to the guide frame. Photographers can also now check exposure and white balance in the EVF window.
The camera has enhanced AF performance with improvements to basic response time specifications. It has a startup time of approximately 0.5 seconds, a shooting interval of 0.2 seconds, shutter release time lag of 0.01 seconds and AF speeds as fast as 0.08 seconds.
The X100F gives users six AF modes including Single Point mode, Zone mode and Wide/Tracking mode for both AF-S for stationary subjects and AF-C for moving subjects.
The number of focus points in the X100F has been increased to 91 (up to 325 points), up from 49 in previous models, with approximately 40 percent of the imaging area covered with phase detection to form a fast and precise AF area. By combining these features with a greater ability to autofocus on points of light and low contrast objects, Fujifilm says the X100F captures beautiful detail in pictures with fine and delicate textures.
The Film Simulation function now features ACROS mode. Using X-Processor Pro’s advanced processing capability, the mode offers smooth gradation, deep blacks and beautiful textures to create stunning monochrome images, notes the company. The camera also features the Grain Effect function for reproducing distinctive graininess seen in photographs taken with film cameras. The function is available in a Strong and Weak setting, and can be combined with any of the Film Simulation modes.
The rear face of the camera has been redesigned to concentrate most of the frequently used functions on the right-hand side. This allows users to change camera settings quickly while holding the camera firmly and without having to take an eye off the viewfinder.
The Focus Lever positioned on the rear side of the camera allows users to use joystick-type operations in eight directions to easily select a focus area. The X100F also features a built-in ISO Dial that is incorporated into the Shutter Speed Dial. This enables the user to easily check ISO and Shutter Speed, in addition to aperture and exposure compensation, from a glance without having to power on the camera.
There’s a completely silent electronic shutter capable of exposures up to 1/32000 seconds.
The external surface of the X100F is finished with synthetic leather.
A Digital Teleconverter function lets you choose angles of view equivalent to 50 mm and 70 mm in addition to built-in lens’ 35 mm.
Advanced Filter Functions are Pop Colour, Toy Camera, Miniature, Dynamic Tone, Partial Colour, Soft Focus, High Key, and Low Key.
Interval Timer Shooting is available in intervals of one second to 24 hours with no limit on frames, for time lapse photography.
And manual focus is available during video recording.
The Fujifilm X100F (in black and silver) will be available in February for $1,699.99.
The Fujifilm GFX 50S medium-format mirrorless digital camera will launch late February with an initial selection of three Fujinon lenses – the GF 63 mm f/2.8 R WR, the GF 32-64 mm f/4 R LM WR, and the GF 120 mm f/4 R LM OIS WR Macro. Three more lenses will be arriving later in the year.
The GFX system utilizes a 43.8 x 32.9 mm, 51.4-megapixel CMOS sensor. The sensor has approximately 1.7x the area of a what we have come to call full-format of full size (i.e 35 mm) sensor.
Compared to a full size sensor with equivalent megapixels, the company explains, both resolution and sensitivity are dramatically better due to the larger size of each pixel. As a result, the sensor captures great textures and subtlety of tone, unique to large size sensors. The texture and tone combine to give a unique three-dimensional effect.
For flash photography in the studio or outdoors during the day, the sensor has a native ISO of 100. The sensor can also be adapted to various aspect ratios, including 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1, 65:24, 5:4, 7:6.
The GFX 50S uses the X Processor Pro (also used in the X-Pro2 and X-T2 cameras) and allows photographers to use proprietary Film Simulations with a medium-format sensor. The camera supports Full HD recording at 29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p. Fuji says users can enjoy high quality video with no post-processing required by using Film Simulation modes just like they would with a still image. The GFX 50S introduces a new Color Chrome Effect feature that reproduces subtle tones in highly saturated subjects.
With a compact and lightweight body constructed from magnesium alloy, the camera weighs approximately 43 ounces when paired with the 63 mm lens, and weighs approximately 60 percent that of a medium-format DSLR camera equipped with a sensor of the same size. When compared to a full-frame camera, the weight is almost identical.
Fuji suggests overall camera body height and width have also been minimized for maximum flexibility, overturning the common perceptions regarding the mobility of medium-format digital cameras.
The GFX 50S has a 3.69-million dot organic EL electronic viewfinder and 2.36-million dot touchscreen LCD back panel. The EVF is detachable to allow for flexible operation. Users can attach the accessory EVF-TL1 EVF tilt adapter (sold separately) to allow the finder to be tilted to 90° vertically and swung ±45°. A 3.2-inch touch panel is used for the rear monitor, with touch operation for the menu, focusing points and image playback.
As part of the GFX system, Fujifilm is launching newly developed, ultra-high resolution Fujinon GF lenses. Taking advantage of the mirrorless system’s structure, the G Mount has a short flange back distance of just 26.7 mm that reduces the back focus distance as much as possible. This prevents vignetting and achieves edge-to-edge sharpness. All GF lenses have been designed to support sensors of more than 100-megapixels.
GFX lens barrels feature an aperture ring in the same manner as XF lenses. A new C (Command) Position has been added to the aperture ring, allowing users to change the aperture with the camera’s command dial. The A (Auto) Position and C Position feature a locking button installed on the aperture ring that must be disabled to implement changes.
Just as with flagship X Series models, the GFX 50S features dedicated dials to independently set aperture, shutter speed, and ISO.
Aperture and ISO feature a C (Command) and the shutter speed dial has a T (Time) Position. Setting the dial to this position allows the user to change exposure settings using the command dials on the front and rear of the camera body. The user can choose between these two operation methods according to their preference, ease of use, and the shooting environment.
The GFX 50S is equipped with a 1.28-inch LCD sub monitor on the top of the body. Exposure data such as aperture and shutter speed is displayed on this screen.
A 117-point (9 x 13 / maximum of 425 points when miniaturized) contrast AF system is used. High-precision AF on the imaging sensor dramatically improves focusing accuracy with the shallow depth of field produced by medium-format lenses. First adopted in the X-Pro2, focus point selection can be performed by using the Focus Lever, which allows intuitive movement of the focus point. Alternatively, users can select the focus point from the touch panel LCD screen.
The camera is weather and dust resistant, operating to as low as 14 F \ -10 C.
File formats include three different JPEG settings as well as two different RAW settings (uncompressed, compressed). TIFF output is also possible with in-camera RAW development.
The camera has two SD card slots (UHS-II recommended), and supports three different types of recording methods: “Sequential,” in which recording can be continued according to shooting order, “Backup,” which records the same data on two cards simultaneously, and “Sorting,” which records RAW and JPEG data on separate cards.
A newly-developed high capacity battery is said to deliver approximately 400 photos (with Auto Power Save ON).
The Fujinon GF 63 mm f/2.8 R WR (equivalent to 50 mm in 35 mm format) has an optical system featuring a construction of 8 groups and 10 elements, including one ED lens element. The external form of this lens has a diameter of 84.0 x 71.0 mm with a weight of 14.2 ounces \ 405 g. Using the front group for the focus, aberrations due to focus distance are suppressed, achieving high resolution performance even when wide open from the center to the edges of the lens, says the company.
The Fujinon GF 32-64 mm f/4 R LM WR (equivalent to 25-51 mm) features a construction of 11 groups and 14 elements, 3 aspheric elements, one ED lens and one super ED lens. The lens demonstrates extremely high performance from the center all the way to the edges, uses internal focusing, reducing the weight of the focus lens and achieving fast and silent AF by driving focus using a linear motor, notes the company.
The Fujinon GF 120 mm f/4 R LM OIS WR Macro (equivalent to 95 mm) has a construction of 9 groups and 14 elements, including 3 ED lens elements. By adopting a floating focus method using a linear motor, silent high-speed autofocusing is achieved while aberrations are corrected, dramatically increasing the resolution, Fuji says. Furthermore, by arranging the ED lenses properly, chromatic aberrations are also properly corrected. This lens is equipped with optical image stabilization (OIS) effective up to 5.0-stops.
The three additional GF lenses on their way: GF 110 mm f/2 R LM WR (equivalent to 87 mm), GF 23 mm f/4 R LM WR (equivalent to 18 mm), and GF 45 mm f/2.8 R WR (equivalent to 35 mm).
All GF lenses are dust and weather resistant, built to withstand operation at temperatures as low as 14 F \ -10 C, and have a Fluorine coating applied to the front lens element to create a hydrophobic coating that repels moisture.
A number of accessories will be sold separately, including a vertical battery grip; EVF Tilt Adapter; H Mount Adapter G (allowing you to use Super EBC Fujinon HC lenses developed for the GX645AF); View Camera Adapter G, allowing the GFX 50S to be used as a digital back; and tethered shooting solutions.
The Fujifilm GFX 50S camera body will be available late February for $8,499.99. Also available in February will be the first three GF lenses: GF 63 mm at $1,899.99, GF 32-64 mm for $2,999.99, and GF 120 mm for $3,499.99.
It has a similar size and design to the existing XF35 mm f/2.
The inner-focus AF system uses a stepping motor to drive lightweight focusing elements for silent and fast autofocus, says the company. When combined with the phase detection AF system of the X-Pro2 and X-T2, the lens can focus in 0.05 seconds.
The exterior is metal, and Fujifilm notes the aperture ring and focus ring have been designed with just the right amount of clicking and torque for optimum feedback and operability.
The lens is weather and dust resistant and operates at temperatures as low as -10°C / 14°F.
The lens features 10 elements in 6 groups with 2 aspherical elements; Super EBC (Super Electron Beam Coating) reducing both flare and ghosting; minimum working distance of less than 9 inches.
The Fujinon XF23 mm f/2 R WR will be available in September, initially in black only.
The camera features a newly-developed 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor the company says produces crisp images in a wide range of shooting conditions, and excels in naturally reproducing skin tones, textures and colours.
The retro design will appeal to a younger generation, notes the company, and “gives a fresh impression of sophisticated photography.” The top cover, front plate and top dials are made of aluminum. The newly-developed faux leather has “significantly enhanced” the overall texture.
The LCD on the rear uses a touchscreen that offers Touch AF, Touch Shoot and Touch Zoom, for easy pinch-out finger gestures to zoom in and out.
The grip is designed to accommodate normal shooting and self-portraits effortlessly. The X-A3 has an ergonomic design that is based on real-world feedback from hundreds of casual photographers, says Fujifilm. The rear LCD employs a slide-and-tilt mechanism so that it is not blocked by the camera body when tilted 180 degrees to maintain 100 percent visibility. Users will be able to view the entire screen for precise selfie composition.
When taking a selfie, users can focus and release the shutter by pressing the vertical command dial, found directly below the index finger, helping to minimize camera shake.
The new Self Timer function now offers Smile Detection, Buddy Timer and Group Timer modes. Even without having to press the command dial or release button, the shutter is released when subjects smile, when two people come close together, or when a specified number of people come into the frame.
The X-A3 also automatically activates Eye Detection AF when the rear LCD is tilted upwards, and the Portrait Enhancer mode now offers three-step adjustments, using touchscreen operations.
There’s also a new skin-tone brightening function for portrait photography.
The X-A3 offers a total of 11 Film Simulation modes, such as the true-to-life colours of Provia (standard), the vibrant tones and saturated colours of Velvia (vivid), the soft tones of Astia (soft), or the documentary-style tones of Classic Chrome. Monochrome and Sepia modes are also available.
The normal sensitivity range covers ISO 200 to 6400, while extended sensitivity settings of ISO 12800 and even ISO 25600 can be selected. Fujifilm says the X-A3 produces clear images with astonishingly low noise, even on low-light nightscapes and indoor shots where high ISOs are essential.
A total of 10 Advanced Filters are available, including the new Fisheye and Cross Screen as well as Toy Camera, Miniature, Dynamic Tone, Pop Colour, Soft Focus, High Key, Low Key and Partial Colour.
Other features: 49-point focus areas for AF in the Single Point mode; Zone and Wide / Tracking modes with 77-point focus areas; new functions Release Priority / Focus Priority and AF+MF; in-camera RAW processing; Panorama and Time Lapse functions; interlocking of Metering and AF areas; support for the Adobe RGB colour space; choice of different colours in Focus Peaking for assisting MF; Full HD recording (1080/60p, 50p, 24p); and Wi-Fi image transfer and remote camera operation.
The Fujfilm X-A3 Kit (with XC16-50 mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II lens) will be available in October. It will be available in silver, brown, and pink.