Fuji X-T3 vs X-T2: What is the distinction?

(Pocket-lint) – When the Fujifilm X-T2 arrived again in 2016, we thought it set a brand new benchmark for mirrorless cameras. Since then we have been spoiled with the likes of the Panasonic Lumix G9 and many other compact system cameras.

In 2018, Fujifilm got here again with a bang: the X-T3 introduced a brand new sensor, new autofocus and 4K 60fps video seize that set it other than its X-T2 cousin. Beneath we breakdown the important thing variations between these two. However for those who’re in search of the even newer X-T4 then go read our review here.


Fuji X-T3 vs X-T2: Design & Structure

  • X-T3: Slightly deeper (58.8mm) than X-T2 (49.2mm) as a result of eyecup and grip
  • Each cameras: Full guide management dials, Fujifilm X mount lenses
  • Non-obligatory battery grip is totally different for every digital camera
  • Each cameras: Climate resistant construct

At a look, the X-T3 and X-T2 are one and the identical. However they seem to be a barely totally different measurement, which suggests if you wish to use an adjunct battery grip then you definitely’ll want to purchase for the precise digital camera. X-T2 customers might be upset that an X-T3 would require a brand new grip.

In any other case, the format and operation is comparable: there’s full guide management, all of the shutter/aperture/ISO/publicity compensation dials you may want, and that old school design aesthetic.

The X-T3 does shrink the publicity compensation dial to keep away from it getting unintended knocks, whereas the toggles round its dials are bigger for simpler adjustment. There’s additionally a dioptre lock on the X-T3 which was missing beforehand.

Fuji X-T3 vs X-T2: Viewfinder, Display screen, Efficiency

  • X-T3: 0.5 inch, 3.69m-dot OLED digital viewfinder
  • X-T2: 0.5 inch, 2.36m-dot OLED digital viewfinder
  • Each cameras: 3.0 inch, 1040k-dot, tri-adjustable LCD (X-T3 provides touchscreen)
  • X-T3: 1.5x autofocus velocity enchancment over X-T2 (Fujifilm claims)
  • X-T3: 2.16m phase-detection pixels supply edge-to-edge autofocus (X-T2 has a restricted choice space)

Mirrorless cameras have gone from energy to energy in latest occasions, with digital viewfinders ok to rival conventional optical ones. The X-T2’s already first rate 0.5in OLED finder stays the identical measurement (magnification) within the X-T3, however the brand new digital camera ups the decision by over 50 per cent. It is the identical finder as found in the Canon EOS R.

Concerning the rear display, each cameras supply a tri-adjustable match, which means the LCD panel may be pulled out for waist-level or overhead work in both portrait or panorama orientation. Most opponents cannot deal with this vertical orientation. Nonetheless, we discovered this technique of management a bit fiddly to make use of, which is a setback. The X-T3, like the X-H1, provides touchscreen – which was missing from the X-T2.

In terms of velocity, the X-T3 additionally ups the autofocus ante with a claimed 1.5x velocity enchancment over the X-T2. The largest change is the total edge-to-edge autofocus system, although, which gives a mammoth 2.16m phase-detection pixels proper throughout the entire sensor for precision autofocus anyplace inside the body (it gives 425 AF areas, in comparison with the X-T2’s 325). Even the newer X-T4 would not actually elevate its autofocus past the X-T3’s capabilities.

Fuji X-T3 vs X-T2: Picture High quality, Velocity, Video

  • X-T3: X-Trans CMOS IV sensor, 26-megapixel decision
  • X-T2: X-Trans CMOS III sensor, 24-megapixel decision
  • X-T3: 11fps burst taking pictures at full decision
  • X-T2: 11fps with elective battery grip solely
  • X-T3: 4K video at 60fps / XT-2: 4K 30fps

Core to the X-T3 is its X-Processor and X-Trans CMOS sensor, each of that are of their fourth era guises (in contrast tot he X-T2’s third-gen). This brings larger processing velocity, capable of deal with the marginally increased decision of the newer digital camera.

When it comes to burst velocity, the X-T2 was by no means a slouch, able to as much as 11fps at full decision. Nonetheless, you needed to have the elective battery grip hooked up to attain that. With the X-T3 you don’t: it is 11fps succesful out of the field (and it will even hit 30fps with a 1.25x crop and digital shutter).

One other huge advantage of this X-Processor is the readout velocity means the X-T3 can cater for 4K video at 60fps straight to the digital camera’s inner SD card. On the time of launch no different APS-C sensor digital camera may do that. Moreover, the X-T3 gives as much as a 400Mbps information price with H.265 compression and 24-bit stereo sound assist.

Fuji X-T3 vs X-T2: Conclusion

  • X-T3: £1,349 physique solely (at launch)
  • X-T2: £1,399 physique solely (round £1,249 at time of writing)

The X-T3 is a savvy substitute for the X-T2. It is sooner, more proficient at focusing, will ship comparable picture high quality at a barely increased decision, and can appease videographers too. And all for a worth that is really lower than the X-T2 was at launch.

Our suggestion could be to go together with the newer mannequin and all of the extras that brings (until the X-T2’s worth actually plummets). In fact, with the X-T4 being launched since, in 2020, there’s a good newer era to think about – however, on stability, if yow will discover the older mannequin in inventory then selecting it up for a discount worth makes heaps of sense.


Writing by Mike Lowe.

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