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Fujifilm X-Pro3 vs X-T3

The Fujifilm X-Pro3 and the Fujifilm X-T3 are two enthusiast cameras that were revealed to the public, respectively, in October 2019 and September 2018. Both the X-Pro3 and the X-T3 are mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras that are equipped with an APS-C sensor. Both cameras offer a resolution of 26 megapixels.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Fujifilm X-Pro3
versus
Fujifilm X-T3
Fujifilm X-Pro3 Fujifilm X-T3
Mirrorless system camera Mirrorless system camera
Fujifilm X mount lenses Fujifilm X mount lenses
26 MP, APS-C Sensor 26 MP, APS-C Sensor
4K/30p Video 4K/60p Video
ISO 160-12,800 (80 - 51,200) ISO 160-12,800 (80 - 51,200)
Electronic viewfinder (3690k dots) Electronic viewfinder (3690k dots)
3.0 LCD, 1620k dots 3.0 LCD, 1040k dots
Tilting touchscreen Tilting touchscreen
8 shutter flaps per second 11 shutter flaps per second
Weathersealed bodyWeathersealed body
440 shots per battery charge390 shots per battery charge
141 x 83 x 46 mm, 497 g 133 x 93 x 59 mm, 539 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Fujifilm X-Pro3 and the Fujifilm X-T3? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

An illustration of the physical size and weight of the Fujifilm X-Pro3 and the Fujifilm X-T3 is provided in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are available. All size dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Both cameras are available in two different colors (black, silver).

Size Fujifilm X-Pro3 vs Fujifilm X-T3
Compare X-Pro3 versus X-T3 top
Comparison X-Pro3 or X-T3 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Fujifilm X-T3 is notably larger (6 percent) than the Fujifilm X-Pro3. Moreover, the X-T3 is markedly heavier (8 percent) than the X-Pro3. In this context, it is worth noting that both cameras are splash and dust-proof and can, hence, be used in inclement weather conditions or harsh environments.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete since they do not consider the interchangeable lenses that both of these cameras require. In this particular case, both cameras feature the same lens mount, so that they can use the same lenses. You can compare the optics available in the Fujinon X Lens Catalog. Mirrorless cameras, such as the two under consideration, have the additional advantage of having a short flange to focal plane distance, which makes it possible to mount many lenses from other systems onto the camera via adapters.

The battery packs of both cameras can be charged via USB, which can be very convenient when travelling.

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the two cameras alongside a broader set of comparators. In case you want to display and compare another camera duo, you can use the CAM-parator app to select your camera combination among a large number of options.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Fujifilm X-Pro3 141 mm 83 mm 46 mm 497 g 440 Y Oct 2019 1,799 i
2.
 
Fujifilm X-T3 133 mm 93 mm 59 mm 539 g 390 Y Sep 2018 1,499 i
3.
 
Fujifilm X100V 128 mm 75 mm 53 mm 478 g 420 Y Feb 2020 1,399 i
4.
 
Fujifilm X-T4 135 mm 93 mm 64 mm 607 g 500 Y Feb 2020 1,699 i
5.
 
Fujifilm X-A5 117 mm 68 mm 40 mm 361 g 450 n Jan 2018 399 i
6.
 
Fujifilm X-H1 140 mm 97 mm 86 mm 673 g 310 Y Feb 2018 1,899 i
7.
 
Fujifilm X-T100 121 mm 83 mm 47 mm 448 g 430 n May 2018 599 i
8.
 
Fujifilm X-Pro2 141 mm 83 mm 46 mm 495 g 350 Y Jan 2016 1,699 i
9.
 
Fujifilm X-T2 133 mm 92 mm 49 mm 507 g 340 Y Jul 2016 1,599 i
10.
 
Fujifilm X-T1 129 mm 90 mm 47 mm 440 g 350 Y Jan 2014 1,299 i
11.
 
Samsung NX1 139 mm 102 mm 66 mm 550 g 500 Y Sep 2014 1,499 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will obviously take relative prices into account. The listed launch prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The X-T3 was launched at a somewhat lower price (by 17 percent) than the X-Pro3, which makes it more attractive for photographers on a tight budget. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

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Sensor comparison

The imaging sensor is at the core of digital cameras and its size is one of the main determining factors of image quality. A large sensor will tend to have larger individual pixels that provide better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixel-units in a sensor of the same technological generation. Furthermore, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more possibilities to use shallow depth-of-field in order to isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be more expensive and lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature an APS-C sensor, but their sensors differ slightly in size. They nevertheless have the same format factor of 1.5. Both cameras have a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 3:2.

In terms of underlying technology, both cameras are build around BSI-CMOS sensors.

Fujifilm X-Pro3 and Fujifilm X-T3 sensor measures

Even though the X-Pro3 has a slightly larger sensor, both cameras offer the same resolution of 26 megapixels. This implies that the X-Pro3 has a lower pixel density and larger individual pixels (with a pixel pitch of 3.76μm versus 3.76μm for the X-T3), which gives it a potential advantage in terms of light gathering capacity. In addition, the X-Pro3 is a somewhat more recent model (by 1 year and 1 month) than the X-T3, and its sensor might have benefitted from technological advances during this time. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that neither of the two cameras has an anti-alias filter installed, so they are able to capture all the detail the sensor resolves.

The Fujifilm X-Pro3 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 160 to ISO 12800, which can be extended to ISO 80-51200. The Fujifilm X-T3 offers exactly the same ISO settings.

X-Pro3 versus X-T3 MP

Since 2007, DXO Mark has published sensor performance measurements that have been derived using a consistent methodology. This service assesses and scores the color depth ("DXO Portrait"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports") of camera sensors, and also publishes an overall camera score. The adjacent table reports on the physical sensor characteristics and the outcomes of the DXO sensor quality tests for a sample of comparator-cameras.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Fujifilm X-Pro3 APS-C 26.0 6240 41604K/30p...... ..
2.
 
Fujifilm X-T3 APS-C 26.0 6240 41604K/60p...... ..
3.
 
Fujifilm X100V APS-C 26.0 6240 41604K/30p...... ..
4.
 
Fujifilm X-T4 APS-C 26.0 6240 41604K/60p...... ..
5.
 
Fujifilm X-A5 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/15p...... ..
6.
 
Fujifilm X-H1 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/30p...... ..
7.
 
Fujifilm X-T100 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/15p...... ..
8.
 
Fujifilm X-Pro2 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p...... ..
9.
 
Fujifilm X-T2 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/30p...... ..
10.
 
Fujifilm X-T1 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/60p...... ..
11.
 
Samsung NX1 APS-C 28.0 6480 43204K/30p24.213.21363 83

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but can also record movies. Both cameras under consideration are equipped with sensors that have a sufficiently high read-out speed for moving images, but the X-T3 provides a faster frame rate than the X-Pro3. It can shoot movie footage at 4K/60p, while the X-Pro3 is limited to 4K/30p.

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Feature comparison

Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The X-Pro3 and the X-T3 are similar in the sense that both feature an electronic viewfinder, which is helpful when framing images in bright sunlight. Moreover, their viewfinders offer an identical resolution of 3690k dots. The table below summarizes some of the other core capabilities of the Fujifilm X-Pro3 and Fujifilm X-T3 in connection with corresponding information for a sample of similar cameras.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Fujifilm X-Pro33690 n 3.0 1620 tilting Y 1/8000s 8.0 n n
2.
 
Fujifilm X-T33690 n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/8000s 11.0 n n
3.
 
Fujifilm X100V3690 n 3.0 1620 tilting Y 1/4000s 11.0 Y n
4.
 
Fujifilm X-T43690 n 3.0 1620 swivel Y 1/8000s 15.0 n Y
5.
 
Fujifilm X-A5none n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
6.
 
Fujifilm X-H13690 Y 3.0 1040 full-flex Y 1/8000s 14.0 n Y
7.
 
Fujifilm X-T1002360 n 3.0 1040 full-flex Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
8.
 
Fujifilm X-Pro22360 n 3.0 1620 fixed n 1/8000s 8.0 n n
9.
 
Fujifilm X-T22360 n 3.0 1040 tilting n 1/8000s 8.0 n n
10.
 
Fujifilm X-T12360 n 3.0 1040 tilting n 1/4000s 8.0 n n
11.
 
Samsung NX12360 Y 3.0 1036 tilting Y 1/8000s 15.0 Y n

The reported shutter speed information refers to the use of the mechanical shutter. Yet, some cameras only have an electronic shutter, while others have an electronic shutter in addition to a mechanical one. In fact, both cameras under consideration feature an electronic shutter, which makes completely silent shooting possible. However, this mode is less suitable for photographing moving objects (risk of rolling shutter) or shooting under artificial light sources (risk of flickering).

The Fujifilm X-Pro3 and the Fujifilm X-T3 both have an intervalometer built-in. This enables the photographer to capture time lapse sequences, such as flower blooming, a sunset or moon rise, without purchasing an external camera trigger and related software.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the X-Pro3 and the X-T3 write their files to SDXC cards. Both cameras feature dual card slots, which can be very useful in case a memory card fails. Moreover, both the X-Pro3 and the X-T3 support UHS-II cards, which provide for Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 312 MB/s, on both slots.

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Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Fujifilm X-Pro3 and Fujifilm X-T3 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Fujifilm X-Pro3YstereomonoY--3.1Y-Y
2.
 
Fujifilm X-T3YstereomonoYYmicro3.1Y-Y
3.
 
Fujifilm X100VYstereomonoY-micro3.1Y-Y
4.
 
Fujifilm X-T4YstereomonoY-micro3.1Y-Y
5.
 
Fujifilm X-A5YstereomonoY-mini2.0Y-Y
6.
 
Fujifilm X-H1YstereomonoY-micro3.0Y--
7.
 
Fujifilm X-T100YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
8.
 
Fujifilm X-Pro2YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y--
9.
 
Fujifilm X-T2YstereomonoY-micro3.0Y--
10.
 
Fujifilm X-T1YstereomonoY-mini2.0Y--
11.
 
Samsung NX1YstereomonoYYmicro3.0YYY

It is notable that the X-T3 has a headphone jack, which makes it possible to attach external headphones and monitor the quality of sound during the recording process. The X-Pro3 lacks such a headphone port.

Both cameras feature a PC Sync terminal to control professional strobe lights, which will be appreciated by studio photographers.

The X-Pro3 is a recent model that features in the current product line-up of Fujifilm. In contrast, the X-T3 has been discontinued (but can be found pre-owned on eBay). As a replacement in the same line of cameras, the X-T3 was succeeded by the Fujifilm X-T4. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Fujifilm website.

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Review summary

So how do things add up? Is there a clear favorite between the Fujifilm X-Pro3 and the Fujifilm X-T3? Which camera is better? A synthesis of the relative strong points of each of the models is listed below.


Advantages of the Fujifilm X-Pro3:

  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (1620k vs 1040k dots).
  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (440 versus 390) on a single battery charge.
  • More modern: Is somewhat more recent (announced 1 year and 1 month after the X-T3).


Reasons to prefer the Fujifilm X-T3:

  • Better video: Provides higher movie framerates (4K/60p versus 4K/30p).
  • Better sound control: Has a headphone port that enables audio monitoring while recording.
  • More complete view: Has a viewfinder with a larger field of view (100% vs 95%).
  • Larger viewfinder image: Features a viewfinder with a higher magnification (0.75x vs 0.52x).
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (11 vs 8 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • More affordable: Was released into a lower priced segment (17 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More heavily discounted: Has been on the market for longer (launched in September 2018).

If the count of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a measure, the X-T3 is the clear winner of the contest (7 : 3 points). However, the relative importance of the various individual camera aspects will vary according to personal preferences and needs, so that you might like to apply corresponding weights to the particular features before making a decision on a new camera. A professional wildlife photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a family photog, and a person interested in architecture has distinct needs from a sports shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

X-Pro3 03:07 X-T3

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Fujifilm X-Pro3 and the Fujifilm X-T3 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera listing whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it says little about, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance of the X-Pro3 and the X-T3 in practical situations. User reviews, such as those found at amazon, can sometimes inform about these issues, but such feedback is often incomplete, inconsistent, and biased.

Expert reviews

This is where reviews by experts come in. The following table reports the overall ratings of the cameras as published by some of the major camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Fujifilm X-Pro34/5+85/1004/5.. Oct 2019 1,799 i
2.
 
Fujifilm X-T35/5+ +88/1005/55/5 Sep 2018 1,499 i
3.
 
Fujifilm X100V5/5+ +86/1005/54.5/5 Feb 2020 1,399 i
4.
 
Fujifilm X-T45/5+ +..5/55/5 Feb 2020 1,699 i
5.
 
Fujifilm X-A5..+..4/53.5/5 Jan 2018 399 i
6.
 
Fujifilm X-H1..+86/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2018 1,899 i
7.
 
Fujifilm X-T1004/5+79/1004/54.5/5 May 2018 599 i
8.
 
Fujifilm X-Pro2..+83/1004.5/54.5/5 Jan 2016 1,699 i
9.
 
Fujifilm X-T25/5+ +86/1004.5/55/5 Jul 2016 1,599 i
10.
 
Fujifilm X-T15/5+ +84/1005/55/5 Jan 2014 1,299 i
11.
 
Samsung NX15/5..87/1005/55/5 Sep 2014 1,499 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The above review scores should be interpreted with care, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. Thus, a score needs to be put into the context of the launch date and the launch price of the camera, and comparisons of ratings among very different cameras or across long time periods have little meaning. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.

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    Specifications: Fujifilm X-Pro3 vs Fujifilm X-T3

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Fujifilm X-Pro3 Fujifilm X-T3
    Camera Type Mirrorless system camera Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens Fujifilm X mount lenses Fujifilm X mount lenses
    Launch Date October 2019 September 2018
    Launch Price USD 1,799 USD 1,499
    Sensor Specs Fujifilm X-Pro3 Fujifilm X-T3
    Sensor Technology BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 23.6 x 15.6 mm 23.5 x 15.6 mm
    Sensor Area 368.16 mm2 366.6 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 28.3 mm 28.2 mm
    Crop Factor 1.5x 1.5x
    Sensor Resolution 26 Megapixels 26 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 6240 x 4160 pixels 6240 x 4160 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 3.76 μm 3.76 μm
    Pixel Density 7.05 MP/cm2 7.08 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability 4K/30p Video 4K/60p Video
    ISO Setting 160 - 12,800 ISO 160 - 12,800 ISO
    ISO Boost 80 - 51,200 ISO 80 - 51,200 ISO
    Image Processor X-Processor 4 X-Processor 4
    Screen Specs Fujifilm X-Pro3 Fujifilm X-T3
    Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder Electronic viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 95% 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.52x 0.75x
    Viewfinder Resolution 3690k dots 3690k dots
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 1620k dots 1040k dots
    LCD Attachment Tilting screen Tilting screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Fujifilm X-Pro3 Fujifilm X-T3
    Focus System On-Sensor Phase-detect On-Sensor Phase-detect
    Manual Focusing AidFocus PeakingFocus Peaking
    Max Shutter Speed (mechanical) 1/8000s 1/8000s
    Continuous Shooting 8 shutter flaps/s 11 shutter flaps/s
    Electronic Shutterup to 1/32000sup to 1/32000s
    Time-Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer built-inIntervalometer built-in
    Fill Flash no On-Board Flash no On-Board Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Dual card slots Dual card slots
    UHS card support Dual UHS-II Dual UHS-II
    Connectivity Specs Fujifilm X-Pro3 Fujifilm X-T3
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    Studio Flash PC Sync socket PC Sync socket
    USB Connector USB 3.1 USB 3.1
    HDMI Port no HDMI micro HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port External MIC port
    Headphone Socket no Headphone port Headphone port
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in Bluetooth built-in
    Body Specs Fujifilm X-Pro3 Fujifilm X-T3
    Environmental SealingWeathersealed bodyWeathersealed body
    Battery Type NP-W126S NP-W126S
    Battery Life (CIPA)440 shots per charge390 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging USB charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 141 x 83 x 46 mm
    (5.6 x 3.3 x 1.8 in)
    133 x 93 x 59 mm
    (5.2 x 3.7 x 2.3 in)
    Camera Weight 497 g (17.5 oz) 539 g (19.0 oz)

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