It's been more than three years since Fujifilm introduced the X-Pro2, and much has changed since then. Although the company has released a handful of firmware updates to keep the model up-to-date for life-adding 4K video, improving the autofocus system, and so on-they can do just that much to keep the model up-to-date hold.
Since then Fujifilm has been bombarding a broader camera portfolio with countless destroyers – from the mirrorless model X-T30 to the X100F compact to the medium format monsters from GFX.
The X-Pro2 has always been there to see all of their arrivals, and we were pretty confident that we would see its successor soon enough. And how right we were: Fujifilm confirmed the development of the X-Pro3 at the company's X Summit in September in Tokyo.
And we do not have to wait long, because the clock on the Fujifilm website counts down every second until the official announcement on October 23rd. Without giving away too much, the Japanese camera maker teased some details, including a "hidden" rear display and a redesigned viewfinder.
Between what we officially know and what we can gather from the rumor mill, we have listed what we can expect from the upcoming retro rangefinder.
Fujifilm X-Pro 3: Prices and Availability
There is no surprise party for the launch of the X-Pro3. After continuing rumors of a launch in October, Fujifilm has officially let the cat out of the bag and said the new camera will be announced on October 23. As mentioned earlier, the company's global website even has a countdown to the date.
While Fujifilm will present its next camera on October 23, it is unlikely that it will go on sale immediately. The final units are expected to be delivered in November.
In terms of price, we can only speculate that it is close to the introductory price of the X-Pro2, which was $ 1,699 / £ 1,350 / $ 2,699.
Fujifilm X-Pro3: Design
At the time of writing, not much is known about the internal specifications of the X-Pro3, but Fujifilm has at least given us a very good idea of what the camera will look like, which confirms most rumors.
At first glance, it looks like the X-Pro2, but there are some major differences, especially on the back.
As rumors suggest, the X-Pro3 on the D-Pad and the traditional 3-inch LCD screen will be neglected. Instead, there is a two-sided snap frame with the actual LCD screen on the inside, which means that it is "hidden" most of the time.
On the outside, however, is a smaller screen that works like the top plate display of many DSLRs and mirrorless cameras with pro-level function and displays important recording parameters such as exposure, aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings. You can also preview the footage in Fujifilm's movie simulation modes on the outer screen.
You will need to flip this display frame to display the actual LCD screen. This design idea, says Fujifilm, is meant to encourage photographers to think more about composition than just to show and click.
Fujifilm has already announced that the camera will be available in three different versions – the classic black, a DURA Titan and DURA Black. The last two are made of titanium with an extra strong DURA coating to make the body more robust. Fujifilm claims that the cameras should be ten times more scratch-resistant than steel and almost as strong as sapphire.
Fujifilm X-Pro3: New viewfinder
Fujifilm has already announced that the X-Pro3 will be equipped with a revised hybrid viewfinder.
According to the company, the optical component provides a clearer view, less distortion and a wider viewing angle. The electronic variant benefits from a higher refresh rate, a wider color gamut, a better contrast and a higher resolution than X-Pro2 and X-T3.
Which number has the higher resolution is still unclear. Where the X-Pro2 uses a 2.36-million-point panel, Fujifilm now has a 5.67-million-point panel in the viewfinder of its GFX 100. In between, the 3.69-million-point glass is the latest XT line. All we have to do is wait and find out and look forward to taking the X-Pro3 to see how these amazing searcher upgrades can be implemented in the real world.
Fujifilm X-Pro3: New sensor and processor
The X-Pro2 uses the previous-generation X-Trans CMOS III sensor with 24 MP and an older X-Processor Pro engine instead of the 26.1 MP sensor and the X-Processor 4 engine we found in newer models have seen.
It almost seems certain that the X-Pro3 will also be the receiver of these 26.1MP sensors, bringing it to the same level as the X-T3.
Fujifilm X-Pro3: Image Stabilization in the Body (IBIS)
One thing we do not expect the X-Pro3 to do is sport Image Stabilization in the Body (IBIS), although Fuji Addict has reported that rumors about IBIS on the Chinese social media site Weibo have been circulating.
Currently, the only camera in the X-Series is the X-H1, a much larger and more expensive model, and the new GFX 100 in medium format.
Including such a system in a Junior Camera is likely to affect its overall size. Given that some X Series lenses already have optical image stabilization, Fujifilm believes that the camera remains as compact as possible.
Fujifilm X-Pro3: Autofocus
Since the X-Pro3 is mainly a still camera, especially a camera without IBIS, an improvement of the autofocus system would be important.
At launch, the X-Pro2 had 71 selectable AF points for phase detection – a firmware update improved this to 91 points. However, with the fourth-generation X-Trans sensor, more AF points can be spread across the entire frame – like the 425 points in single point AF mode of the X-T30 – and we would be surprised if the X-field is used -Pro3 came up with less.
Fujifilm X-Pro3: video specifications
A firmware update added 4K recording capabilities to the X-Pro2, even though that's 30fps. That's about the least we expect from the X-Pro3, though it's likely that the new camera can record video at 60 fps, like the X-T3.
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