I’ve been using the Fuji XE-3 for photos and video for about a year now. These are my thoughts on the pros and cons of the camera.

Pros:

Usability:

I found that the touch screen in combination with the dials and joystick makes the camera very enjoyable to use.

Image Quality:

Overall it’s I’m pretty impressed. The XE-3 has a great dynamic range and it’s usually pretty good in low light unless your bumping above 1600 ISO, then the images can become grainy.

Compact Size:

Very small body (121 x 74 x 43 mm) and at only 337 grams it’s as light as a feather.

Battery Life:

Fairly decent battery life for a mirrorless. If I’m shooting non-stop it will last about 3 hours. Although I always carry around a spare!

Great Video Quality:

Shoots 4K at up to 30 fps and 1080p up to 60 fps. I especially love the vibrant colours that come out of the Fuji system.

Cons:

Tripod mount isn’t centred:

It can be a slight annoyance when you want access to the battery or SD card slot when 

No ISO dial:

The only flaw in usability would be the absence of the ISO dial (you can only access it via touch screen) but you can get used to it with time.

No tilt screen:

As an amateur Vlogger myself I do wish it had a tilt screen (then it would have it all!). I guess the quality of the video compensates for this.

Lens Cap:

I found that the lens cap seemed to fall off more than usual and hence I lost mine and had to order another one.

Screen:

The screen quality isn’t that great and sometimes it can be hard to tell whether the image is in focus or not. 

Conclusion:

If you like minimalist design, lightweight camera bodies and do a lot of street photography or travel this camera is for you.  If you’re big on making videos It wouldn’t be my pick, but you want one camera that does a bit of everything I say go for it. At $1300 for a body and a great lens it’s a pretty good deal.

7.6/10

Check out this video (I filmed in 4k and took photos at night with the XE-3)

 

Sample Photos

Using the 24mm f2 and 18-55mm f3.5

Bokeh by the train tracks in Fremantle

Bokeh by the train tracks in Fremantle

Monument Hill shapes, Fremantle

Monument Hill shapes, Fremantle

Esplanade Park, Fremantle

Esplanade Park, Fremantle

Train passing through, Fremantle

Train passing through, Fremantle