Guarding The Image Culture Fujifilm X-pro3 Vintage Mirrorless Camera Review


[Bestbuy618 Digital Channel] Film carried an era until the industry giant Kodak announced in 2012 that it would file for bankruptcy protection, failing to resist the rapid wind and thunder of digitalization after more than a century of the film era. From the traditional film era to the digital era, slow reaction time, indecisive strategic transformation, so that a hundred years Kodak and the goal of line revival see far. While Kodak has fallen, Fujifilm, which owns half of the world’s camera market, has remained. Fuji did not choose to “scratch the itch” in the face of the film industry, which had been generating huge profits, falling into losses in just four or five years, but resolutely held the heart to break the wrist, and drastically implemented changes.

Fuji’s diverse business model eventually proved to be a success. Fuji maintains the film business and has not ceased production to this day, adhering to the mission of “protecting the image culture.” Perhaps it is the courage to face reality and the determination to pass on the classics that has earned Fujifilm its impressive reputation. Since the release of the X100 in 2010, which marked the start of a new digital era for Fujifilm, the Fujifilm X series has progressed to the third generation of products.

Not long ago, the X-Pro series, a paraxial humanities classic, received an update as well. For the time being, the X-Pro3 is a camera that defies convention, with titanium adding textural interest and the unique viewfinder awakening you to the discovery and creativity of photography.

In terms of parameter specifications, the X-Pro3 has the flagship performance of the Fujifilm X series, both in terms of sensor and focusing ability. Negative Negative Negative Because of the focus baseline and the lack of a mirror, a wide angle lens can be made very close to the negative, so wide angle and standard focal length are its strengths. Retro side axis for pure photography Because of the focus baseline and the absence of a mirror, a wide angle lens can be made very close to the negative, so wide angle and standard focal length are its strengths.

So it’s not too much of an exaggeration to say that the side camera was designed for humanities street photography, whereas the classic shape is more likely to be preferred by documentary humanities photographers. The side axis framing method is more liberating; it is easier to observe the environment and scenes outside the frame of the picture, and it is simpler to capture. The camera body’s small size makes it easy to transport the capture device.

That is why the saying goes, “the side axis is for thinking about shooting, SLR is for seeing the right shot.”

The X-Pro3 camera body’s frame is made of magnesium alloy, while the top cover and bottom plate (surface finish) are made of titanium, which is more corrosion resistant. It’s also worth noting that the X-Pro3 is available in three colorways, with the Titanium Gray and Titanium Gold colorways featuring a special Duratect coating compared to black to protect the camera from scratches while maintaining the classic finish and unique texture of titanium. Of course, the two colorways with Duratect coating will be more expensive than the black ones in terms of price. Fujifilm X-Pro3 (black) material structure schematic The sealing performance of the body is also critical for such a camera, which is primarily designed for documentary photography.

The X-Pro3 provides all-weather protection against humidity and cold temperatures, and its sturdy construction gives users confidence that the camera is ready to capture those fleeting moments.

The X-Pro3 is equipped with Fuji’s fourth-generation X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and X-Processor 4 image processor, supported by the latest firmware that allows both to reach their full potential. The top half of the camera, with the parameter dials and shutter concentrated in the right half, functions similarly to other Fuji products. Of course, there’s a strong film camera vibe here as well. The shutter speed and sensitivity dials, for example, are made of a composite material, as is more common in film cameras.

To adjust the sensitivity, lift the dial and then rotate it, just like with film cameras. The outer edges of the dials have a non-slip design with close teeth to enhance the feel and satisfy the user’s desire for pure mechanical control.

The camera’s buttons are all arranged on the right side, which is also the unified design of Fuji in recent years, almost all the talent to do in the right side of a single hand, simplifying the complexity. The familiar Q button (Quick Menu button) is designed on the right side of the rumble handle to avoid accidental operation, and the default function of the unmarked shortcut button above the Q button is film simulation selection.

When a combination of optical and electronic simultaneous framing is selected, a small window rises from the front of the viewfinder to present the electronic live view (focus position). The hidden LCD monitor encourages photographers to adopt a more traditional shooting style, allowing them to focus on photography by using the viewfinder. Of course, the display can also be flipped down during shooting to take a live view, view photos, and set camera parameters.

With it, a sense of awe and ritual for photography has faded. Fujifilm hopes that the X-Pro3 will encourage users to trust their instincts as photographers, to focus more on shooting, and to avoid being distracted by checking each image repeatedly.

The LCD monitor is used to help you adjust settings, identify areas for improvement, and prepare for the next shot. It has a 1.28-inch aspect ratio and is made of color memory LCD. In the on state, you can see settings like film simulation, sensitivity, and white balance.

In addition, even when turned off, it can display parameters such as camera power, memory card capacity remaining, and exposure compensation.

The X-Pro3’s LCD screen is a single-axis design capable of 180° of downward folding. As mentioned in the previous article, the designer defined the design as “making photography more pure.” However, after being used to the multi-angle folding display, this design is undeniably “back to basics” for framing at special angles. In terms of interface, the USB-C interface considers charging and data transfer functions. To properly connect to a common 3.5mm audio capture device, use the matching adapter cable with the 2.5mm audio input interface.

Storage, dual card slot homogeneous pool UHS-II high-speed memory card. Dual card slots support synchronous backup or additional storage space settings at the same time.

Unsurprisingly, the battery has the model number NP-W126S lithium battery with a nominal capacity of 1260mAh. Actual test 1, image quality and sensitivity test The Fujifilm X-Pro3 has a 26.1 megapixel back-illuminated X-Trans CMOS IV sensor with an X-Processor 4 image processing engine, with an ISO range of ISO 160-12800, expandable down to ISO 80 and up to ISO 51200. ISO 160 – ISO 12800

The test is a complete screenshot of the sample’s center. The Fujifilm X-Pro3 performs very well up to ISO 1600, with subtle noise appearing only when the sensitivity exceeds ISO 1600, and is available up to ISO 3200, as shown in the enlarged screenshot. The image has more visible noise up to ISO 6400, but the colors and details are preserved, and not too much information is lost. When the sensitivity is increased to ISO 12800, there is still no visible color noise in the image, but the detail part of the image is lost.

2, Tolerance test The strength of the tolerance directly affects the range of post-production adjustments that can be carried out after the photo is taken, especially when shooting images with high contrast. The Fujifilm X-Pro3’s overexposure tolerance ability and underexposure tolerance ability were tested separately in the tolerance test, and the camera’s sensitivity was fixed at the native ISO 160 for the test.

Through actual shooting, we see that the Fujifilm X-Pro3 in the underexposure tolerance test, -4EV through the post the overall picture basically can be recovered, but the picture also appears a subtle noise, in the -5EV state of the photo taken by way In the overburst test, 3EV, the overall picture can be adjusted in post, but the color is lost to some extent; more than 4EV, the picture details and colors will appear irreparable loss of details and colors. As a result, when shooting, keep the photography rule of “better to owe than to explode” in mind.

3, Blue color positive gain function comparison This time, the X-Pro3 has an independent blue color positive correction function (menu name: Color FX Blue) set in the camera, which adds more depth and thus enhances the vividness of colors. The color difference in the sky section can be seen in the comparison pictures actually taken. 4, Film Simulation Diagram As a color master with 85 years of experience, Fujifilm has been dedicated to color research since 1934 when it produced and developed film, and as we enter the digital age, the film simulation mode draws on the technology and experience Fujifilm has accumulated over the years.

Each mode has a distinct set of colors and tones, resulting in a variety of color compositions that reflect the photographer’s feelings while shooting. x-Pro3 has a wider range of color expression with Classic Positive, Acros, and Eterna, and now adds a new film simulation mode, Classic Neg.

Negative Negative Negative reproduces the look of color negative film, which is commonly used in street photography. Color contrast is precisely controlled for each brightness level, resulting in rich color contrast that improves image clarity.

The rich, pure flavor of film can instantly transport you back to a deja vu scene.

When in black-and-white film simulation mode, the X-Pro3 supports the selection of key colors in the matrix for warm/cool and magenta/green tones; rich layering can be incorporated into straight out images to create works with a personal touch; and you can create your own black-and-white world of fun with added tones, going beyond the traditional approach of using warm tones for a vintage look and cool tones for urban street photography. Furthermore, “Sharpness” is the third parameter setting, following Tint and Sharpness. It allows you to control the image’s effect while maintaining gradation. Sample images.

Note: The sample photos were all taken straight out of the camera in the in-camera jpg format. Review Summary.

The Fujifilm X-Pro3, a dual flagship series of the X-Series, is equipped with the same cutting-edge imaging technology as the X-T3. The paraxial’s retro shape is derived from the origins of photography, a lineage.

The advanced hybrid viewfinder includes a highly confident focusing system enabled by the new firmware, bringing unprecedented pleasure to humanities documentary photography. The new hidden LCD design with sub-screen film simulation display is intended to give photographers a more authentic photographic experience. I believe that in the “fast food” age, giving photography a sense of ritual is something that many people want to try.

The Fujifilm X-Pro3 is a lightweight, pure photography concept with a rich film simulation experience that I believe this Fujifilm X-Pro3 can directly provide to users. Many people say that sentimentality has a cost! I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know, touch your heartstrings even a little, for their own sake can be priceless! Of course, these take time to establish themselves as the cornerstone, as has gradually lost film.