New toy alert! Join me unboxing my new Fuijfilm X-E3! Keep reading for the video and all my impressions.
If you follow this blog you know that I switched systems, from Canon to Fujifilm, almost two years ago. It happened after my Canon gear was stolen and, around the same time, I was already considering a switch so I jumped into the opportunity.
However, my switch was not complete. The day my gear was stolen I had with me my Canon EOS M3, so I kept working with it to record my YouTube videos and any behind the scenes action. The M3 is a great camera, but has its shortcomings: the video is not great, you can’t really control video parameters other than exposure compensation, and the audio recording is pretty weak.
Having said this, I knew I needed a new camera that would be my non-work camera, to use in family gatherings, trips etc; but that would also serve as a video or second still camera, being compatible with my main working camera, the Fujifilm X-T2. So, my choices were the X-T20 or X-E3 and I chose the latter because of its compact size, and ease of use, but also because it’s part of Fujifilm’s X system.
I bought the camera directly from Fujifilm Mexico, so it arrived home very quickly. Opening the box was a bit less elaborate as was the X-T2 or my current lenses, bit I still found it to be a nice experience. One really nice touch was that one of the covers has QR codes to download the camera manual in electronic form, as well as to download Fujfilm’s Camera Remote app.
The camera feels amazing in my hand! It’s lighter that the X-T2 because it’s smaller and made of polymers instead of magnesium alloy, but it still feels solid and well made. The main controls are right where I expected them, except for the ISO which, by default, is controlled on the touch screen. It may take me awhile to get used to it, but it seems reasonable to control the ISO with a gesture, instead of digging through menus.
In general terms, I seriously like this camera! It’s part of a great system and handling it was just second nature. I think it will be one of my favorite cameras of all time.
Do you have experience with the Fujifilm X system? What do you think about it? Leave a comment below.