I’m all for some rumors, but damn. Can I please buy a surprise every now and then? We knew the Fuji X-Pro3 was right around the corner, and now we have the official press release to prove it. Depending on your time zone, count on around two days before the official unveiling of the camera.
One section of the press text which stands out is an undeniable hit towards smartphones using computational photography. Fuji sees their move and adds its stellar color science and APS-C sensor to make it truly incredible. Sorry, Apple, and Google. I love you guys, but there’s only so much you can cram into a camera module that small.
The X-Pro3 uses an improved algorithm to enable autofocus at the minimum luminance of -6EV, which is near pitch-darkness. The camera features a new HDR shooting function, which combines multiple continuously shot images of different exposure levels to expand the dynamic range. The tool, designed to recreate the vast dynamic range of light conditions that exist in nature, produces natural tones without causing exaggerated amplification of color tones.
The camera handles multiple exposures of up to 9 frames in the Additive, Average, Comparative Bright, or Comparative Dark mode to combine images taken from various viewpoints or at different times into a single image. You can apply different Film Simulation modes to each of the frames to create a multi-layered collage.
Yep, that’s a dig at the major smartphones.
What is the Fuji X-Pro3?
Unlike the X-T series, the X-Pro happily checks the box of a hybrid camera. Don’t want to go fully mirrorless? It has an optical viewfinder for those moments. Need to check the exposure? You guessed it. The X-Pro3 has an EVF sporting a 3.69-million-dot organic EL panel. The contrast ratio on the panel hits 1:5000 and has a max luminance of 1500cd/m2, allowing you to see the finest details in shadows and highlights.
Want a tilt screen? The 1.62-million-dot LCD can flip 180 degrees allowing you to shoot from the hip, ground level, and above your head. It’s not a vlogger’s dream, but if you’re serious about the profession, there are workarounds.
On the sensor front, the X-Pro3 is expected to have a 26.1-megapixel X-Trans CMOS 4 sensors paired with the X-Processor 4 image-processing image. The duo will equal superb image quality for stills and Fuji’s stellar 4K video. Eventually, someone will join the ranks of 4K60p, but until that day, Fuji owns that feature. Looking at you, Sony…
Fuji X-Pro3 Simulation Modes
It wouldn’t be a Fuji announcement without a ton of film simulation modes. Think filters but done correctly.
“CLASSIC Neg” mode has been added to the Film Simulation function, which simulates color negative film traditionally chosen for everyday snapshots. The colors, precisely controlled for each level of brightness, create a rich chromatic contrast to add extra definition to the image.
The Black & White adjustment function, originally introduced to the X-T3 and X-T30 to apply warm and cool tones to monochrome images, has been updated as the “Monochromatic Colour” function. The X-Pro3 now allows you to choose the key color from a matrix of Warm / Cool tones and Magenta / Green hues, incorporating the rich gradation into your images to create photographs with a personal twist.
“Clarity setting” has been included as an image quality parameter to complement the existing Highlight Tone, Shadow Tone, and Sharpness. Texture and outlines of the subject can be accentuated or softened while retaining the gradation of colors to control the overall look of a picture.
The Grain Effect function, which simulates the photographic film, has been evolved so that you can adjust “strength” and “size” to attain a more precise control over graininess, instead of having just two options of “strong” and “weak” graininess in previous models.
“Highlight Tone” and “Shadow Tone” options have been integrated into the “Tonal Curve” setting so that you can intuitively adjust settings while checking the tonal curve.
Compatibility with 3rd party software has been improved so they can now read ratings given to pictures using the “Rating” function.
The functionality of the “Q” quick menu has been improved. You can now choose the number of icons to be displayed on the menu from 16, 12, 8, or 4. “Transparent” has been added as a new background option, allowing you to change the settings but ensuring you won’t miss a photo opportunity.
We will need to wait for the official announcement on more features, but we do know Fuji will take advantage of USB-C for both power and transferring data. Keep it locked here as we approach Wednesday and the expected announcement date.