The X-E3 uses a 24.3-megapixel APS-C-sized
X-Trans CMOS III image sensor with a native
ISO range of 200-12,800 (expandable to 100
The camera can burst at up to 14 fps
using an electronic shutter or at 8 fps using
a mechanical shutter. Mechanical shutter
speeds reach a maximum of 1/4000 sec. while
the electronic shutter tops off at 1/32,000 sec.
In addition to the aforementioned
Bluetooth, there’s also Wi-Fi for image
transfers and remote control.
The X-E3 is nice and lightweight
without feeling shoddily built. Do note that if
you’re the type that likes a good, meaty grip,
the X-E3 doesn’t offer much beyond a modest
frontward protrusion. At 11. 9 ounces, the
X-E3 is lighter than most new models in its
class, including Sony’s a6300, Panasonic’s
G85 and Olympus’ E-M5 Mark II.
While all of the camera’s
external controls with the
exception of the shutter
speed dial feel a little small,
the camera has several really
nice design touches. The first
is a joystick which lets you
select AF points and quickly
navigate through menu
functions. The camera has
a 3-inch touch display that
supports touch focusing and
a novel interface that lets you adjust
camera settings simply by swiping
your finger across the display. You
can program those swipes in the
menu to access settings like ISO, film
simulation mode and more. It worked
without a hiccup, though it takes a little
getting used to. The display is fixed but at
this price point, you’d really expect a tilting
or swivel display.
You won’t get a built-in flash, but Fuji does
include a hotshoe-mounted flash in the box.
While there’s only one dedicated function
button on the camera’s exterior, you can
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RESOLUTION AND SHARPNESS
At lower ISOs (e.g. ISO 200 and 400), the
camera uses more than 100 percent of the
theoretical maximum available from its
24.3-megapixel sensor (2094 line pairs per
picture height)—better than its predecessor.
The X-E3 is also very consistent: all
resolution measurements from the Fujifilm
X-E3 show 95 percent or more of the sensor
being used. Even at ISO 12,800, 1903 line pairs
per picture height are captured, representing
95 percent of the theoretical maximum.
In comparison, the X-E2S captured 1531
line pairs per picture height at the same
approximate ISO and 1549 line pairs per
picture height at its top native ISO of ISO
6400. The X-E3’s resolution measurements
also show better performance than some
recent cameras in the same megapixel class
by other manufacturers.
The Fujifilm X-E3 can handle both high-
and low-contrast portions of scenes well. At
ISO 200, high-contrast areas of the scene
are recorded with a MTF50 (a sharpness
measurement) value of 1139 line pairs per
picture height, and 1090 line pairs per picture
height in low-contrast portions of the scene.
This represents an improvement over the
X-E2S, which produced images in which the
MTF50 at ISO 200 was 983 line pairs per
picture height in high-contrast parts of a scene
photographed and 929 in low-contrast scenes.
The Fujifilm X-E3 produces a moderately
strong degree of sharpening, albeit milder
than its predecessor.
NOISE, COLOR & DYNAMIC RANGE
Visual noise assessed in Viewing Condition 1 (a
modelled viewing at 100 percent enlargement),
shows noticeable noise at all ISOs—ranging
from hardly observable ( 1. 1) at ISO 200, to 1. 5
at ISO 800, and 1. 8 at ISO 3200. At ISO 6400,
visual noise is disturbing in its obviousness
when viewed at 100 percent.
In Viewing Condition 2 (mobile screen
or postcard-sized print), visual noise is only
obvious in the extended ISOs of hi1 and hi2.
Similarly, in Viewing Condition 3, modelling
the conditions of a large print 40cm in height,
visual noise is not observable through ISO
6400. Only at ISO 12,800 does the noise
measurement rise to 1.0.
Visual noise is most noticeable in the
mid-tones, especially the darker portions
The dynamic range of the X-E3 is good,
and, at most ISO speeds, very slightly
improved from the X-E2S. The exception is
at ISO 200, where the X-E3 shows a smaller
dynamic range than the X-E2S ( 9. 6 f-stops
compared to 10. 7 f-stops in the X-E2S.). At
ISO 400, the E-X3 has a dynamic range of 9. 8
f-stops. At ISO 1600, 10. 8 f-stops and at ISO
6400, 9.0 f-stops.
Color reproduction is very good, with only
two colors tested showing strong deviation
when reproduced by the Fujifilm X-E3. The
automatic white balance in the X-E3 is good,
especially at ISOs between ISO 1600 and hi2.
As this is a mirrorless camera, the autofocus
time was measured using Live View. At
300lux, the autofocus takes only 0.24
seconds, with a total shooting time of 0.36
seconds. In low light, the autofocus in Live
View takes 0.27 seconds for a total shooting
time of 0.38 seconds.
The X-E3 records 1078 line pairs per picture
height (100 percent of the theoretical
maximum) in frames grabbed from a video
recording made at ISO 200, and 1024 (95
percent of theoretical maximum) at ISO 1600.
Sharpening in video is stronger in the X-E3
than the previous model, but dynamic range is
also better: 8. 7 f-stops at ISO 200 and 8.0 at ISO
1600, compared with the X-E2S’s 6. 3 at both
speeds. Visual noise is slightly improved as well.
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The newest member of Fujifilm’s X-series of
mirrorless cameras boasts several firsts for the
company’s camera line. It’s the first Fujifilm
camera to use Bluetooth Low Energy to maintain a
constant connection with a paired smartphone and
it will automatically transfer images to your phone
as you shoot them. It’s also the first with a swipe-based touch interface and a new image recognition
algorithm to improve autofocus.
RIGHT: Impeccably stylish,
the X-E3 is one of the
lightest cameras in its class.