Fujifilm X-T3 Mirrorless Camera With 26.1-Megapixel Sensor, 4K Video Launched

Fujifilm X-T3 Mirrorless Camera With 26.1-Megapixel Sensor, 4K Video Launched

Fujifilm’s new mirrorless XT-2 camera brings several upgraded features

HIGHLIGHTS

  • X-T2 features a 26.1-megapixel X-Trans CMOS sensor and 4K video recording
  • It is an APS-C mirrorless camera capable of 4K/60fps 10-bit video ca
  • It’s priced at $1,499.95 for body-only and $1,899.95 with XF18-55mm kit

Fujifilm X-T3 has been launched as the latest addition to the company’s lineup of mirrorless cameras. Fujifilm had launched the X-T1 over four years ago and followed it up with X-T2 in 2016, and now it has announced the next iteration. The latest premium mirrorless camera will take on the latest announcements from the likes of Nikon and Canon. The X-T2 successor comes with little upgrade in term of resolution, but it improves the processing power and autofocus performance.

The X-T3 starts shipping on September 20 and is priced at $1,499.95 (roughly Rs. 1,07,900) in the US for just the body or $1,899.95 (roughly Rs. 1,36,700) for the camera and the XF18-55mm kit lens. The X-T3 actually costs $100 less than the X-T2 did at launch.

The Fujifilm X-T3 is a compact mirrorless camera that packs a newly-developed back-illuminated 26.1-megapixel X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and the X-Processor 4 image processing engine. The company claims that the processing speed is approximately 3 times faster than that of the current models. Fujifilm claims is the first APS-C mirrorless camera capable of 4K/60fps 10-bit video capture. Furthermore, the sensitivity of ISO 160, previously available only as extended ISO, is now part of the normal ISO range. The X-T3 uses the newly-developed X-Processor 4 image processing engine to add the new “monochrome adjustment” function to the Film Simulation modes.

Meanwhile, the X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor has 2.16 million phase detection pixels, more than 4 times compared to current models, the company claims. It expands the phase detection AF area to the entire sensor. Fast and accurate phase detection AF can be used even on a subject that is positioned away from the centre of the frame. The low-light autofocus limit has also been extended from -1EV to -3EV, to let the camera use phase detection AF in low light conditions. ISO range is from 160-12800 but can be extended from 80-51200.

The X-T3 features a high-resolution 3.69-million-dot Evolved electronic viewfinder (EVF) with a high magnification ratio of 0.75 times. The display time lag is 0.005 seconds and refresh rate is approximately 100fps. Also, there is a new ‘Sports Viewfinder mode’ to capture moving subjects. When using this mode, the X-T3 captures the image of a subject in the area equivalent to 16.6-megapixel, marked in the viewfinder.

The Fujifilm X-T3 features a new ‘Pre-Shoot; function, in which the camera starts shooting a scene when the shutter button is half-pressed and records it at the moment when the shutter button is fully pressed.

Fujifilm claims that the sensor’s read speed is about 1.5 times faster than other models and it enables fast 17ms reading of 4K/60fps video. Additionally, the rolling shutter distortion has been reduced for better recording of fast-moving subjects. The camera’s support for 10-bit colour depth boosts the amount of colour information by 64 times compared to 8-bit depth, the company stated. This is combined with 400 percent (roughly 12 stops) dynamic range for capturing materials of rich gradation, such as a sunset landscape. Notably, the battery in Fujifilm X-T3 is rated for 390 shots per CIPA standards.

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Review

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Review

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Instax Mini 9 features a selfie mirror on the front
  • The camera is available in different colour options
  • The Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 is priced at Rs. 5,999

Instant film cameras are fun little toys to have around. They’re easy to use and you get a printed photo on the spot with that iconic retro look that we try to recreate in our social apps. However, this trend hasn’t really caught on in India despite Fujifilm’s range of instant cameras being available here for a while now.

The company hopes to turn things around with its latest model, called the Instax Mini 9. It has an improved design, and what better way to target millennials and the teenagers of today than with the addition of a selfie mirror? Let’s put it to the test to see how good it really is.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 design and build quality

For Rs. 5,999, you get the Instax Mini 9 camera, a matching strap, a set of batteries, and a close-up lens attachment. You’ll have to buy the instant film separately. It retails for about Rs. 1,020 for a pack of two cartridges, with 10 film sheets in each cartridge. The new camera is available in funky pastel shades, and what we have the Lime Green one with us today.

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 is built entirely of plastic, but the fit and finish is good with no crude edges or misaligned joints. Around the back, we have a little compartment for the film cartridge, an optical viewfinder, and a counter which shows you the number of unused film sheets remaining. The batteries slot in on the side, and there’s a loop for the wrist strap on either side of the camera.

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The slot from where the processed film is ejected is on the top. In the front, we have the flash and light metering sensors which automatically adjust the exposure. There’s a shutter button here and a power button beside the lens. The ring around the lens can be used to switch between different exposure modes, but the only one you can actually force the camera to use is Hi-Key, which sets the flash to go off at its maximum intensity for low-light situations. The rest of the time, the camera will automatically determine the best exposure and switch to it, which is indicated by the different LEDs around the dial lighting up.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 specifications and features

The Instax Mini 9’s instant film sheets give you 62 x 46cm photos. The way this works is that each film sheet contains chemicals in little pouch at the bottom, and when it is exposed to light, the chemicals are pushed into the frame with the help of rollers, as it is ejected from the camera. The film pops out only a few seconds after you press the shutter button, but it then takes about two minutes for it to develop fully. Just like with traditional Polaroids, you can personalise the white frames with messages, drawings, etc.

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The camera features a two-element lens with a fixed shutter speed of 1/60th of a second. The aperture varies depending on which exposure mode is selected, and can range from f/12.7 to f/32. The flash always fires, no matter the light conditions. The close-up lens clips onto the front of the main lens and lets you shoot objects as close as a foot away from the lens. There’s really isn’t much to this camera other than turning it on and shooting.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 performance and battery life

Since this isn’t a digital camera, there are no files to display for quality to be judged by. The final output is printed onto the film sheets, and that’s that. The credit-card sized photographs make for fun mementos, but the output quality isn’t always predictable.

The camera is comfortable to hold and light enough for one-handed use. Since the viewfinder is placed to the left of the body and you don’t see through the lens, the position of your subject will always be offset a little unless you know exactly how to compensate. It’s best to leave some space around your subjects in order to avoid cutting them off. With each new cartridge, the first tune you press the shutter button, the protective sheet will be ejected, after which actual film sheets will be used.

We found many overexposed areas in outdoor shots taken in daylight, resulting in washed-out details. The Instax Mini film that we used has an ISO 800 rating so it’s up to the camera’s light sensor to adjust the aperture, but even at the narrowest setting, it’s tough to get a detailed shot in sunlight. Things are better indoors when lighting is more controlled. In a well-lit room, we managed to get fairly detailed close-ups with the attached lens. Colours weren’t too bad, although all pictures have that slightly hazy look, which some would call “retro”. It’s also important to note that the Instax Mini 9 works best for close-ups and doesn’t fare too well with subjects at a distance.

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Just like the overexposure issue when shooting in bright daylight, some of the shots we took indoors had a soft focus. In low light, it’s best to use the Hi-Key mode as it results in a well-lit picture, eliminating most shadows around your subject. However, it isn’t suitable for close-ups as the bright flash will overexpose your subject. You have to learn the balance, but that means you wind up wasting quite a lot of film sheets, which are not exactly cheap.

A pack of 20 film sheets costs around Rs. 1,000. which translates to about Rs. 50 per photo. If you want slightly better value, you can pick up packs of 100 sheets which retail for a little under Rs. 4,000, which works out to roughly Rs. 40 per photograph. Do remember that these films have an expiry date.

The company says that each set of two AA batteries should last for about 100 shots, but this will vary depending on which exposure modes you end up using more often.

Verdict

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 is a functional upgrade over the Mini 8, with its useful close-up lens and selfie mirror that a lot of people will relate to. Rs. 5,999 isn’t too much for a camera that spits out printed photographs nearly instantly. It’s a reminder of a simpler time when we didn’t have the luxury of taking hundreds of shots in one go, since every one has to count. The Mini 9 is a camera you break out for parties or other social gatherings where these instant photos make for fun and personal, mementos of the good times. Plus, the ability to have these physical photographs in your wallet with you has its appeal.

Using it on a daily basis won’t be very economical, as we’re looking at a cost of at least Rs. 40 per photo, and that is if you opt for the value pack of film sheets. Also, details, clarity and exposure in photos are always a bit hit-or-miss. This comes with the territory of instant cameras, so if you like the idea of photos having varied Instagram-like filters to them, then you’ll be happy with it.

Price: Rs. 5,999

Pros

  • Built well and simple to use
  • Instant printed photos
  • Selfie lens is a thoughtful addition

Cons

  • Cost per photo isn’t very economical
  • Pictures lack clarity
  • Exposure isn’t always accurate

Ratings (Out of 5)

  • Design: 4
  • Image Quality: 3
  • Performance: 3
  • Value For money: 3
  • Overall: 3

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Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Camera With 24-Megapixel Sensor and 4K Video Launched

Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Camera With 24-Megapixel Sensor and 4K Video Launched

Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Camera With 24-Megapixel Sensor and 4K Video Launched
HIGHLIGHTS
The X-T2 features a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor and 4K video recording
The camera features 325 autofocus points for quick focusing speeds
It’s priced at $1,599.95 for body-only and $1,899.95 with XF18-55mm kit
Fujifilm launched the X-T1 more than two years ago and now the company has announced the next iteration called the Fujifilm X-T2. This new premium mirrorless interchangeable lens camera sports a better sensor, 4K video recording, and more autofocus points.

The X-T2 starts shipping in September and is priced at $1,599.95 (approximately Rs. 1,07,700) in the US for just the body or $1,899.95 (approximately Rs. 1,27,900) for the camera and the XF18-55mm kit lens. The Fujifilm EF-X500 flash will also go on sale around the same time at $499.99 (approximately Rs. 33,650).

The Fujifilm X-T2 retains the dust, freeze and splash-resistant body and houses a new 24.3-megapixel X-Trans CMOS III APS-C sensor, sans a low-pass filter. In a first for the X series, the camera also gets support for 4K video recording at 30fps. The Fujifilm X-T2 uses the X-Processor Pro image processing chip that enables better autofocus speeds of 0.06 seconds and 8fps burst shooting with phase detection autofocus and motion predictive focus. The total number of autofocus points have been bumped up to 325, which means around 40 percent of the imaging area is now covered by phase detection points.

The camera features a 0.48-inch OLED viewfinder with a 2.36 million dot resolution and a 60fps refresh rate (or 100fps in Boost mode). You also get a 3-inch tempered glass LCD display with 1.04 million dot resolution, which can be tilted. ISO range is from 200-6400 but can be extended from 100-25600 while the maximum shutter speed is 1/8000 second.

Fujifilm also states that the continuous autofocus (AF-C) algorithm has been significantly improved for higher accuracy when focusing on moving subjects. Furthermore, the camera also supports the ACRO film simulation which promises smoother gradation and detailed textures for monochrome images.
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Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Camera With 24-Megapixel Sensor and 4K Video Launched

Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Camera With 24-Megapixel Sensor and 4K Video Launched

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The X-T2 features a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor and 4K video recording
  • The camera features 325 autofocus points for quick focusing speeds
  • It’s priced at $1,599.95 for body-only and $1,899.95 with XF18-55mm kit

Fujifilm launched the X-T1 more than two years ago and now the company has announced the next iteration called the Fujifilm X-T2. This new premium mirrorless interchangeable lens camera sports a better sensor, 4K video recording, and more autofocus points.

The X-T2 starts shipping in September and is priced at $1,599.95 (approximately Rs. 1,07,700) in the US for just the body or $1,899.95 (approximately Rs. 1,27,900) for the camera and the XF18-55mm kit lens. The Fujifilm EF-X500 flash will also go on sale around the same time at $499.99 (approximately Rs. 33,650).

The Fujifilm X-T2 retains the dust, freeze and splash-resistant body and houses a new 24.3-megapixel X-Trans CMOS III APS-C sensor, sans a low-pass filter. In a first for the X series, the camera also gets support for 4K video recording at 30fps. The Fujifilm X-T2 uses the X-Processor Pro image processing chip that enables better autofocus speeds of 0.06 seconds and 8fps burst shooting with phase detection autofocus and motion predictive focus. The total number of autofocus points have been bumped up to 325, which means around 40 percent of the imaging area is now covered by phase detection points.

The camera features a 0.48-inch OLED viewfinder with a 2.36 million dot resolution and a 60fps refresh rate (or 100fps in Boost mode). You also get a 3-inch tempered glass LCD display with 1.04 million dot resolution, which can be tilted. ISO range is from 200-6400 but can be extended from 100-25600 while the maximum shutter speed is 1/8000 second.

Fujifilm also states that the continuous autofocus (AF-C) algorithm has been significantly improved for higher accuracy when focusing on moving subjects. Furthermore, the camera also supports the ACRO film simulation which promises smoother gradation and detailed textures for monochrome images.

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