Fuji X-E3 Quick Look – Another Great Little Street Camera From Fuji

Fuji X-E3 Quick Look - A Great Little Street Camera

The Fuji X-E3 uses the same X-Trans 3 sensor and lenses as the company’s flagship X-Pro2 or X-T2 so you’re going to get the same picture quality. Wait, if that’s the case then why would anyone buy a flagship camera? Let’s have a quick look at the Fuji XE3 and see what makes this little guy shine. Hit the jump for the video and full breakdown!

Fuji X-E3 Video Quick Look

Like I said, this is going to be a hands-on quick look rather than a full review. The Fuji X-E3 uses the same X-Trans 3 sensor and the same lenses as every other Fuji camera released this year so there’s no surprises with image quality. Check out my video quick look (above) for my take on the Fuji X-E3. Hint – I like it!

So let’s talk about the things that make the Fuji X-E3 stand out.

The X-E3 Does It’s Own Thing

Fuji XE3 Black + 35mm F/2

If the Fuji X-T20 is the little brother of the X-T2 then the Fuji X-E3 has to be the little brother to the X-Pro2, right? But isn’t that the X100F’s role? So maybe this is just an X100F with interchangeable lenses? Well, not really…

Fuji’s lineup is filled with cameras that are just different enough from each other to defy categorization. But the quick answer is that the Fuji X-E3 is a “rangefinder style” camera with the evf on the far left of the back but no optical viewfinder. Some folks really prefer this kind of EVF placement and it definitely gives your nose a bit of breathing room (see what I did there?) when shooting. If you’re a fan of the XE series of cameras then you’re not going to be disappointed.

I’d say the build quality of the Fuji X-E3 is on par with the X-T20 and X100F. The camera feels solid and reliable in hand with no wiggly bits to drive you crazy.

Plus it’s super tiny if you’re into that kind of thing…

Fui X-E3 Interface / Controls

Fuji XE3 Quick Look - Interface / Controls

The EVF on the Fuji X-E3 features a .62X 2.36M dot OLED display that is accurate and bright with very little lag even in low light situations. If you’ve ever looked through the EVF on an X100F you’re going to get very similar performance from the X-E3. In short, no problems there.

Like just about every Fuji camera, aperture and shutter speed are controlled with physical dials rather than having to press a series of buttons or dive down through menus. Fuji nailed their interface design a long time ago and the X-E3 carries the torch proudly. Due to the camera’s smallish size, there’s no physical ISO dial on the camera but you can set the front command dial to adjust ISO and this works quite nicely in the real world.

On the back of the camera you’ll see that the X-E3 features the button right design first seen on the X-Pro2 review and X100F. All buttons are on the right hand side of the LCD which lets you operate most functions of the camera with a single hand. In practice this works great and it’s great to see this show up on the X-E3.

No D-Pad? No Problem!

Fuji XE3 Quick Look - No D-Pad No Problem

Fuji has introduced a more “minimalist” interface with the X-E3 and removed the traditional d-pad that’s on just about every other digital camera. This creates a simplified back panel with plenty of room for your big ole’ thumb to hang out back there.

Menu navigation is accomplished using the focus selector nubby. It’s a little fiddly at first but after a few days of using the camera I barely noticed the difference. And the uncluttered back feels just right when using the camera on the street. No more fiddling with your thumb to avoid hitting buttons by accident!

You can use the touch screen to flick through your images in playback mode so at least there’s that!

This whole minimalist back feels a bit like proof of concept to me. A baby step forward in the evolution of the Fuji X Series interface and it’s likely that we’ll see simliar changes on future X-Something-or-other cameras.

Latest And Greatest AF Algorithm

Fuji X-E3 AF SpeedWhen the Fuji X-E3 was released it had the company’s most advanced af algorithm and tracked moving subjects incredibly well. But this new algorithm has already found its way into the X-T2 and you can likely expect it to trickle down to other cameras in the line.

Fuji claims the new AF is 30% faster than previous generations and this camera is quite peppy in that department. Focusing is definitely faster than the X100F but not on par with the likes of an X-T2. Overall it worked great if that’s your sort of thing.

But i’m a street guy and I’m honestly not going to use AF while shooting. But it’s there. So that’s something.

Yadda Yadda Yadda… Should You Get One?

Fuji X-E3 Quick Look - Get One!

Make no mistake, the Fuji X-E3 is a Fuji through and through. From its excellent build quality and interface to its oustanding image quality thanks to the X-Trans 3 sensor and outstanding Fuji optics. No surprises here.

It’s small, responsive and discreet. And it’s priced well below the flagship cameras from Fuji. You give up a few premium features like weather sealing or an optical viewfinder (like the X-Pro2) but this camera will hit the sweet spot for a lot of shooters and will likely find a permanent home around their necks.

The Fuji X-E3 is a great way to get into the Fuji ecosystem or if you’re a fuji XE shooter and you like the form factor then this tiny little is a great upgrade. It’s in the middle of Fuji’s line, but it’s going to produce the same quality images as the flagship X-Pro2 or X-T2. And that’s a win in my books!

You can buy the Fuji X-E3 online at your favorite online retailer:

Fuji X-E3 (Black) at B&H.
Fuji X-E3 (Silver) at B&H.

Fuji X-E3 (Black) on Amazon.
Fuji X-E3 (Silver) on Amazon.

If you prefer to shop local you can check Fuji’s website for a brick and mortar retailer near you:

Fujifilm – Where To Buy Digital Cameras.

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StreetShootr’s Take

There’s no sample photos in this quick look review because the image quality is pretty much exactly the same as the X-Pro2 and X-T2. All three cameras use the same sensor and same optics so it really comes down to form factor and if you’re a fan of the XE series of cameras then you’re going to love this camera.

It’s getting harder and harder to review Fuji cameras because they’re just so consistently good. And there’s really only so many ways I can say the same thing… But I stand behind my statement that if this form factor works for you then get one! It’s a nice little shooter that will serve you well on the street.

No camera will make you a better photographer but that never stops me from trying!

What’s your take on the Fuji X-E3? Are you a fan of the XE series and ready to grab one? Or would you rather hold out for an X-Pro2 or an X-T2? Post your ideas in the comments below and keep the conversation going!

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  • mrmiles007

    I thought the d-pad was now on the touch screen? And I’m back Thursday for 2 weeks if you’re around for a stroll?

    • Hey Miles!

      Yup, you can configure the camera so the LCD screen contains an ersatz d-pad but It felt more like a backup plan rather than a suitable replacement. Especially considering Fuji’s reputation for physical buttons and dials – I was much better off just using the nubby!

      And for sure let’s get out there! Hit me up when you’re back!!

      • mrmiles007

        aha…not planning on getting one, was just curious! Happy with my F and X-Pro2…and lets hope it gets warm enough to wander for a few hours! Happy Merry! M

  • Andriy Kryvtsun

    Is this new camera better for street photography than X100F? What is your opinion?

    IMO, at the first sight, it’s not better as with Fuji 23mm lens it’s much bigger than X100F and Fuji 27mm ‘pancake’ gives 40 mm equiv. (not 35 mm). Also absence of OVF not good I guess.

    • Hi Andriy,

      I think I answered this question in the video and article. This camera has the same image quality as any other X-Trans3 camera with interchangeable lenses. If you like the XE form factor then this camera makes a lot of sense.

      X100F is a different beast altogether. If you’re happy shooting 35mm and don’t mind not being able to swap lenses then that’s an excellent camera as well. The X100F is smaller but size isn’t everything on the street :)


      • Andriy Kryvtsun

        I’ll can see video later cause I can’t now.

        In general, I’m old Sony a6000 + 20 mm ‘pancake’ user and, finally, today in the morning I’ve ordered X100F :) But now I have to take a look on Fuji X-E3 too.

        Anyway, thank you for your review!

    • bchalifour

      Using both, I can say yes. the 23 mm f2 on the XE3, although a little bigger, is far better, especially in the corners… and then you have access to all the other Fuji lenses (such as the 23 mm f 1.4, or the 18 mm).