Hands-on with new Fujifilm X-E3

Hands-on with new Fujifilm X-E3

Fujifilm has just taken the wraps off a brand new camera: the X-E3. Successor to the X-E2S, we’ll admit that the X-E3 took us rather by surprise. After the release of the X-T10 and X-T20 we had assumed that the rangefinder-style X-E line was all but dead.

We don’t mind being proven wrong though, especially given that the X-E3 looks like a really nice camera. Fujifilm kindly loaned us a prototype for a few days, and we’ve taken a closer look at what we’re starting to think of as a mini X-Pro2.

Hands-on with new Fujifilm X-E3

Compared to the X-E2S, the new X-E3 is slightly smaller, and a little lighter. The design is cleaner, too. The X-E2S’s hard cutout in the handgrip is gone, likewise the non-continuous contour of the metal top-plate. You’ll notice that the X-E3 features a front control dial, which while largely redundant if you’re using lenses with a dedicated aperture dial, can be handy.

Hands-on with new Fujifilm X-E3

The generally cleaner design extends to the rear of the camera, too. The X-E3 features the same 3″ 1.04 million-dot LCD screen as the X-T2, (although without the tilting mechanism) and the AF positioning joystick that’s becoming standard on the X-series.

The X-E3’s electronic viewfinder is the same excellent 2.36M-dot display that we’ve seen previously in the X-T2.

Hands-on with new Fujifilm X-E3

Between them, the touchscreen and joystick replace several of the X-E2S’s rear buttons, including the traditional 4-way controller. Where previously access to ISO, white balance, film simulation, and AF mode were controlled via the buttons on the controller, now they’re accessed by swiping up/down/left/right on the touch-screen.

The touchscreen experience → continue…

From:: DPreview