Fujifilm officially announces the X-Pro3

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After hinting at its development recently, Fujifilm have officially announced the X-Pro3: the Japanese-company's latest flagship model in the X Series range of mirrorless digital cameras. 

The classic rangefinder style, portability and dials have made the X-Pro series popular with those in the fields of documentary and reportage photography, and also retro lovers - something Fujifilm have embraced with the X-Pro3's somewhat polarising flip-out rear monitor. 

First, the rear monitor. It's a hidden 3-inch, 1.62-million-dot, 180-degree-tilting touchscreen. When in the closed position, there’s a mini-display that can be configured to show essential camera settings, or when shooting JPEG, the chosen film simulation. Fujifilm says it “removes the distraction of a fullscreen while shooting.”

Inside, the X-Pro3 features a back-illuminated 26.1-megapixel X-Trans CMOS sensor, up slightly from the 24.3MP one found in the X-Pro2. An X-Processor 4 Quad-Core imaging engine powers the camera. 

The X Pro3 features the same hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder as on its predecessors. Like a rangefinder, the optical viewfinder (OVF) has a 0.5x magnification and parallax-correcting frame lines that help compose shots, allowing the photographer to see outside the frame.

There's also a more 'traditional' electronic viewfinder with  a 3.69-million-dot electronic viewfinder. Fuji says the phase-detection autofocus is now better in low-light environments, working down to a near-darkness luminance of -6EV. Video is solid, if a little unremarkable 4K at 30fps.

Fuji have made much of the build quality on the X Pro 3. The top and bottom base plates of the camera use titanium which is half as dense as stainless steel but seven times more durable. In addition to the standard Black version of the camera, you’ll also have the choice (with an extra cost) of a Duratecht surface-hardened camera (in either black or silver) that uses cold plasma technology for a scratch-resistant finish.

The X-Pro3 is available in three different colours. The X-Pro3 Black will be available from the end of November for $2,699 AUD RRP, while the DURA Black and DURA Silver will be available from the end of December for $2,999 AUD RRP. 

For further information visit http://fujifilm-x.com 

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