Fujifilm Australia has announced that the new flagship Fujifilm X-Pro3 will be available in late November at an RRP of $2699, followed by silver and black models with a premium hardened finish the following month with an RRP of $2999.
The X-Pro3 has a durable body due to the use of strong, lightweight titanium for the exterior sections. It uses the back illuminated 26.1MP X-TransTM CMOS 4 sensor and the X-Processor 4 already proven in the Fujifilm X-T3 and X-T30.
Phase-detection AF now works down to a luminance of -6EV, which is ‘close to pitch darkness’. The viewfinder uses a 3.69-million-dot organic EL panel, and has high luminance and advanced colour reproduction. The 1.62-million-dot high-resolution tilting LCD touchscreen display can flip approximately 180 degrees. The X-Pro3 also introduces a new ‘Classic Neg’ film simulation.
The X-Pro3 is available in three different colours. The ‘basic’ X-Pro3 Black will be available from the end of November for $2699, while the hard- and premium-surfaced Dura Black and Dura Silver will be available from the end of December for $2999.
Durability: The standard black version combines titanium with premium quality coating. The ‘DR Black’ and ‘DR Silver’ versions feature surface hardening technology called Duratect (from watchmaker, Citizen) which protects the camera from scratches ‘while accentuating the look with a unique texture.’
The internal framework of the camera body is made from magnesium alloy. Weather sealing has been applied at 70 points to give the camera advanced dust and moisture resistance. The camera is also capable of operating in temperatures as low as -10℃.
Advanced viewfinder: Users can switch between the optical viewfinder (OVF), which provides a constant view of your subject without any time lag, and the electronic viewfinder (EVF), which allows you to check exposure while you shoot. The EVF uses a 3.69-million-dot organic EL panel with advanced display performance. The organic EL panel boasts a high contrast ratio of over 1:5000 and the maximum luminance of 1500cd/square metre to display the finest details even in shadows and highlights. It also covers 97 percent of the sRGB colour space, giving more accurate colour reproduction.
EVF display options in the ‘Boost’ performance mode now includes ‘Smoothness priority’ where a black frame is inserted between each of the frames at approximately 100fps to provide a smoother appearance with a minimal sense of residual images, giving an equivalent refresh rate of approximately 200fps for fast-moving subjects and erratic motion.
The camera also features the ‘Electronic Range Finder’ function, in which a small EVF window is displayed within the OVF to help checking electronic settings. The EVF window displays live view, enlargement of an AF point and pictures taken, improving the usefulness of the OVF.
Processing power: The fourth generation X-Trans sensor and X Processor 4 enable autofocus at the minimum luminance of -6EV, which is near pitch-darkness. The camera also 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 colour tones.
The X-Pro3 has an AF range limiter function. You can select from two preset values or use the focus ring to specify any focus range. This gives the focus preset function available to all XF lenses.
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 multiple 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.
In camera image enhancement: When shooting in monochrome, the X-Pro3 now allows you to choose the key colour from a matrix of warm/cool tones and magenta/green hues, to create photographs with a personal twist.
A ‘Clarity’ has been included as an image quality parameter to complement the existing highlight tone, shadow tone and sharpness. Texture and outlines of subjects can be accentuated or softened while retaining gradation of colours to control the overall look of a picture.
The grain effect function, which simulates photographic film, now gives more precise control over graininess.
The Colour Chrome effect, which reproduces deeper colours and greater tonal definition in highly saturated images, is now complemented with the ‘Colour Chrome Blue’ effect, applying extra depth and natural vividness to the blue tones in a picture.
Press release: Fujifilm X-Pro3 Press Release October