Fujifilm X-Pro3 rumors: what we expect to see

Fujifilm X-Pro2
Image credit: Fujifilm

It's been more than three years since Fujifilm introduced the X-Pro2 (pictured above), and in that time the company has fired out a stream of smashers across its wider camera portfolio, from the minuscule X-T30 mirrorless model and the X100F compact through to its GFX medium-format monsters.

The X-Pro2 has been around to witness all of their arrivals, and while we're pretty confident that we'll see a successor to the X-Pro2 itself sooner rather than later, quite when that will be has been anyone's guess. 

Recent rumblings, however, suggest we won't have much longer to wait. Trusty camera-leaking website Nokishita claims that a camera with the product code 'FF190002' has been registered by the company with regards to its Bluetooth capabilities. Nokishita notes the similarity between this product code and those of the existing X-T3 (FF180003) and X-T30 (FF180006).

We don't know a great deal about that camera right now, save for the fact that it has Bluetooth 4.2, something Fujifilm has incorporated into recent models like the X-T30 and X-T3.

Much has changed since the launch of the X-Pro2, and while the company has issued a handful of firmware updates to keep it relevant over its lifetime – adding 4K video, boosting the autofocus system and so on – these can only do so much to keep the model current. 

But what else do we expect? 

Fujifilm X-Pro3: New sensor and processor

The X-Pro2 uses the previous-generation 24MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor and older X-Processor Pro engine, rather than the 26.1MP sensor and X-Processor 4 engine we've seen inside more recent models.

We expect the X-Pro3 will arrive with the same sensor as the X-T30 (pictured above) and X-T3. Image credit: TechRadar

We expect the X-Pro3 will arrive with the same sensor as the X-T30 (pictured above) and X-T3. Image credit: TechRadar

It seems almost certain that the X-Pro3 would also be the recipient of these, putting it on the same level as the X-T3.

Fujifilm X-Pro3: new viewfinder

The X-Pro2 also uses the older 2.36 million-dot panel inside its hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder, in contrast to the 3.69 million-dot panel on newer models. 

Given that the X-Pro2 is aimed at a similar audience as the X-T line, it doesn't make much sense that the X-Pro3 would end up being worse off here – so we reckon the 3.69 million-dot panel will end up making the cut here too.

We'd be very surprised if the X-Pro3 arrives with the same viewfinder as the X-Pro2 (pictured). Image credit: Fujifilm

We'd be very surprised if the X-Pro3 arrives with the same viewfinder as the X-Pro2 (pictured). Image credit: Fujifilm

After all, Fujifilm now has a 5.67 million-dot panel inside the viewfinder of its GFX 100 model, and no doubt this will make its way to the X-series range at some point too – particularly as Panasonic has included this same-resolution viewfinder inside its most recent S1R and S1 models.

Fujifilm X-Pro3: design and controls 

It's likely that Fujifilm will retain the same X-Pro form for the body as before, rather than adopt the more SLR-like body of the X-T series, although we hope the company revises its awkward shutter speed/ISO dial. 

The Fujifilm X-Pro2's combined shutter speed/ISO control pleases no one. Image credit: Fujifilm

The Fujifilm X-Pro2's combined shutter speed/ISO control pleases no one. Image credit: Fujifilm

While it's great to have the option to change both settings through a physical control rather than through the menus, the way the ISO needs to be adjusted, together with the tiny window through which the current setting is viewed, is just plain awkward.

Fujifilm X-Pro3: LCD screen

Much like Leica's M-series rangefinders and Q models, and Ricoh's GR line, the X-Pro family has always shunned tilting LCD screens in favor of fixed panels, and while it might not be as flexible – particularly compared to the three-way-tilt fun you can have with the X-T3's display – our money is on Fujifilm keeping the same design for the new model.

The X-Pro2's display is fixed in place, and its simplicity works on such a model – so we expect the same again from the X-Pro3. Image credit: Fujifilm

The X-Pro2's display is fixed in place, and its simplicity works on such a model – so we expect the same again from the X-Pro3. Image credit: Fujifilm

The monitor itself might be different – more recent cameras from rivals have larger 3.2-inch displays with 2.1 million dots, next to the X-Pro2's 3-inch panel that offers a still-respectable 1.62 million dots – but its fixed nature is among the factors that justify having both the X-Pro and X-T lines in Fujifilm's stable.

It could also be argued that the purist drawn to the X-Pro line over the X-T models is arguably more concerned with having something that's more solid, streamlined and compact, rather than a camera that tries to offer everything at once. 

Fujifilm X-Pro3: in-body image stabilization (IBIS)

One thing we don't expect the X-Pro3 to sport is in-body image stabilization.

Currently, the only camera in the X-series to have this is the X-H1, a much larger and more expensive model, while it's also in the new medium-format GFX 100.

Including such a system on a more junior camera is likely to have an impact on its overall size – and given that a number of X-series lenses already sport optical image stabilization, we reckon Fujifilm will stick with this to keep the camera as compact as possible.