Fujifilm X-Pro3 Review

December 17, 2019 | Mark Goldstein |

Conclusion

On the surface the new Fujifilm X-Pro3 mirrorless camera seems like a rather modest refresh of the three-year-old X-Pro2, inheriting the core specs of the more DSLR-like X-T3 and presenting them within the traditional rangefinder design of the X-Pro series.

But delve deeper and look closer, and you'll find that Fujifilm have made a concerted effort to make the X-Pro3 even more traditional and even more niche than its predecessor, thanks to a single feature that rarely attracts that much attention - the LCD screen.

Instead of promoting its use by improving the spec (which they did anyway) or making it twist in multiple directions, Fujifilm have actually made it harder to use in a bid to further promote the back-to-basics, film-camera-feel that the X-Pro series has always majored in.

Whether or not the hidden LCD screen will appeal to you or not is a very personal decision, but it's clearly the feature that largely defines what the new X-Pro3 is, and who it will appeal to.

If you much prefer composing with an eye-level viewfinder and hate chimping your images in-camera, you'll probably love the X-Pro3.

If you prefer the added versatility offered by a more conventional LCD screen and like to check your photos out in the field, this really isn't the camera for you.

Having said that, while the new Advanced Hybrid Viewfinder is improved in a lot of ways compared to the one on the X-Pro2, the loss of the slide-in 0.36x and 0.60x dual magnification modes is a real shame.

Instead replaced by a fixed 0.52x magnification, this design change makes it harder to use longer lenses on the new X-Pro3 than on the X-Pro2, despite an increase in the size of the OVF.

If you mainly shoot with one of the 23mm lenses, though, you'll be hard-pressed to notice the difference - it's only when using 35mm and longer lenses with the OVF that you can really tell the difference.

The key aim of Fujifilm's X-Pro series has always been to deliver a more traditional, film-based way of taking photos, and in most ways the new X-Pro3 delivers on that promise, whilst incorporating a lot of the modern key features from the X-T3.

The X-Pro3 is certainly a niche camera, even more so than the previous two generations, but in a world where specs are king, Fujifilm are hoping a more personal approach will actually drive sales, rather than decrease them. Only time will tell if this makes commercial sense, but the X-Pro3 is definitely worth trying-out in person if you value a more traditional, considered approach to taking photos.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 5
Value for money 3.5