Unveiled: The New Fujifilm XE-3 Mirrorless Digital Camera


In a triple announcement, Fujifilm has released the new Fujfilm X-E3 interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera, the FUJINON XF 80mm f/2.8R LM OIS WR Macro Lens, and, for the GFX shooters, the FUJINON GF 45mm f/2.8 R WR medium format lens.

Fujifilm is continuing to upgrade both the internals and externals of their popular line of X Series cameras. Looking sleek and stunning, like its predecessors the X-E1 and X-E2, the new X-E3 has the latest Fujifilm 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor driven by the X-Processor Pro high-speed processing engine. Also upgraded is the AF algorithm that better tracks moving subjects and features an autofocus speed of 0.06 seconds. On the outside, the XE-3 has a slightly revised interface, and has added the small thumb “joystick” that became a fixture with the launch of the X-Pro2. Invisible on the back, the new LCD screen has touchscreen compatibility with a variety of shooting and playback options including pinch zoom, touch shot, and focus area selection. New to the X Series lineup is Bluetooth Wireless Communication for transferring files to your smartphone or tablet. Previous X Series cameras featured a Wi-Fi connection option.

Available accessories for the X-E3 include a Bottom Leather Case and a Metal Hand Grip.

One of the first lenses offered in the Fujifilm X Series was the Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 XF Macro lens. However, as it offered only a 1:2 magnification, fans of the X Series have been patiently waiting for Fujifilm to release a true 1:1 macro optic. Their wishes are now answered with the arrival of the Fujfiilm FUJINON XF 80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro lens that features 16 elements in 12 groups. The OIS designation indicates a 5-stop stabilization advantage and the WR abbreviation indicates that this lens is dust and weather-resistant. The lens is optimized for Fujfiilm X-Trans sensors and contains one aspherical element, one Super ED element, three ED lenses and a floating focus system that actually adjusts two focus groups. The 35mm-equivalent focal length is 122mm.

Adding to the quivers of Fujifilm GFX Series medium format digital photographers is the new FUJINON GF 45mm f/2.8 R WR lens with a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 36mm. Weighing in at only 490g, the lens is light and portable. Eight groups and eleven elements make up the optical design that includes one aspherical element and 2 ED lenses. The lens also features optical image stabilization.

It is a good day to be a Fujifilm shooter!