September 7th, 2017 6am GMT: The day has finally arrived to announce the release of the brand new X-E3. It’s been almost 21 months since the release of the X-Pro2, so it’s taken awhile for Fujifilm to upgrade the body, sensor and processor to the latest generation. I have a soft spot for the X-E series since the X-E1 was the very first Fujifilm camera I reviewed way back in 2012. Since then I’ve always hoped the X-E series would basically be a mini X-Pro2 without the complicated and expensive hybrid viewfinder. I knew Fujifilm would stick to their guns with the rangefinder form factor, so no articulating screen, no vertical control battery grip. The big question was about navigation. Would the engineers choose a joystick (found on the GFX, X-Pro2, X-T2, X100F) or a touch screen (found on the X70 and X-T20). How about both? Yes, indeed Fujifilm decided to put both a joystick and a touch screen on the X-E3, much like the GFX 50S. There’s a lot more to talk about so let’s get started with the some of the key upgrades as well as the differences of the new X-E3 versus the X-E2S and its sibling camera the X-T20.
latest 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III processor with X Processor Pro
new body design, including removal of the pop-up flash (accessory flash provided)
joystick and touch screen for menu navigation, as well as access to hidden Fn buttons, Q Menu adjustments, various AF modes
touch screen works while using the EVF
no d-pad, although all navigation can be done with the joystick.
no d-pad means no 4 custom Fn buttons. These are now swipe features on the touch screen
Ultra HD 4K video at 29.97FPS 100Mbps recording (with high speed card) at maximum 10 minutes of recording time
BlueTooth V4.0 for increase wireless speed, accuracy and features using Remote App
latest firmware with features that not even the top of the line bodies currently has
New AF algorithms for easy control of 325 focus points and custom AFC-C
Advanced SR Auto mode (with 58 scene types) with dedicated switch on top panel
Fujifilm BLC-XE3 Bottom Leather Case (black): http://amzn.to/2wK9iWZ