Fujifilm X-E3 review

Fujifilm's smallest X Series camera packs quite a punch

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Verdict

The Fujifilm X-E3 is a cracking little camera. The premium finish is complemented by an array of tactile controls and a touchscreen interface that make this camera a joy to shoot with. 

There are no complaints when it comes to image quality either – photos are rich and detailed, while the film simulation modes can add a lovely twist to your shots. And, thanks to the improved connectivity, it's possible to share striking-looking images straight out of the camera before you're even home.

We'd avoid pairing the X-E3 with some of Fujifilm's larger zoom lenses – it's really a camera to enjoy with some neat prime lenses – while the battery life means you might want to invest in an extra battery or two.

Fujifilm may have shrunk the camera, but it hasn't sacrificed performance, and the X-E3 is everything you'd want in a compact-sized mirrorless camera.

Competition

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Fujifilm X-T20

The X-T20 shares a pretty much identical specification to the X-E3, but benefits from a tilt-angle screen. It's not quite as compact though – you'll prefer either the DSLR styling of the X-T20, or the rangefinder-look of the X-E3. 

Read our in-depth Fujifilm X-T20 review 

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Panasonic Lumix GX85 / Lumix GX80

Featuring a larger EVF and fully integrated vari-angle touchscreen, the GX85 (or the GX80 if you're in the UK) also shoots excellent 4K video. The interface can be a little overcomplicated though, while the 16MP Micro Four Thirds sensor lags behind the X-E3's.

Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix GX80 / Lumix GX85 review

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Sony Alpha A6300

Sony's A6300 sports a 24MP APS-C sensor and built-in EVF, but also has a vari-angle display. AF performance is that bit better than the X-E3, but the handling isn't quite as polished, with no touchscreen control. 

Read our in-depth Sony Alpha A6300