Fujifilm could be prepping two new X-series cameras – here's what they might be

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Fujifilm has been a pretty prolific camera maker in the last six months, but that doesn't mean its conveyor belt of new models is slowing down – new rumors suggest it'll be launching two more X-series models in the next year.

The usually reliable Fuji Rumors has reported that "trusted sources" have revealed Fujifilm will be launching "two more mid-range X-series cameras between now and March 2021". 

That date is when the Japanese fiscal year ends, which is why it's being considered the cut-off. And if you're unfamiliar with Fujifilm's X-series, it's a popular line of APS-C mirrorless cameras aimed at both smartphone upgraders and DSLR shooters looking for similar power in a smaller package.

So far, there are no more details or leaks beyond this prediction. But it's potentially good news for those who've been looking at fine cameras like the Fujifilm X-T30 and Fujifilm X-E3 and wondering if or when they might be upgraded.

While this is only speculation at this stage, we'd say a Fujifilm X-T40 and possibly a Fujifilm X-E4 are the most likely contenders for those two rumored models.

A Fujifilm X-T40, in particular, looks highly likely to arrive in mid-2020, given previous launch cycles. These small, travel-friendly APS-C cameras have traditionally arrived around six months after their larger X-T cousins – and the Fujifilm X-T4 was launched in February 2020.   

Of course, this cycle could still be affected by the global pandemic, but the smaller X-T cameras have become Fujifilm's biggest-sellers, and it's likely that an X-T40 would have the same 26.1MP back-illuminated APS-C sensor as the X-T4.

Fujifilm X-E3

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High X-pectations

What else could we expect from a Fujifilm X-T40? We doubt the body would be big enough to include the in-body image stabilization seen on the X-T4, but it could well inherit the improved autofocus, side-flipping screen and potentially the new battery seen on its bigger brother.

The other of the "two mid-range X-series cameras" rumored to be en route is a trickier to predict, but a successor to the Fujifilm X-E3 seems the most likely. This compact rangefinder arrived in September 2017, so is more than due an upgrade. Back then, our review praised it by concluding "the X-E3 is everything you'd want in a compact-sized mirrorless camera".

However, there has been some doubt over whether or not an X-E4 will ever arrive. In March Fuji Rumors reported that the X-E line had actually been canned, although this was slightly contradicted in April when a Fujifilm manager apparently suggested an X-E4 could still be possible.

Still, other than the Fujifilm XF10, the X-E3 is really the only other mid-range X-series camera that is due an upgrade. We are also expecting to see a successor to the Fujifilm X-H1, which is a video-focused equivalent of the X-T line, but this is a more high-end camera that isn't expected to arrive until 2021, according to the latest rumors. 

Mark Wilson
Senior news editor

Mark is TechRadar's Senior news editor. Having worked in tech journalism for a ludicrous 17 years, Mark is now attempting to break the world record for the number of camera bags hoarded by one person. He was previously Cameras Editor at both TechRadar and Trusted Reviews, Acting editor on Stuff.tv, as well as Features editor and Reviews editor on Stuff magazine. As a freelancer, he's contributed to titles including The Sunday Times, FourFourTwo and Arena. And in a former life, he also won The Daily Telegraph's Young Sportswriter of the Year. But that was before he discovered the strange joys of getting up at 4am for a photo shoot in London's Square Mile.