We are going to compare two cameras from the Fujifilm X family, which are Fujifilm X E3 vs X100F. They share several key similarities, such as the 24MP APS-C image sensor and the X Processor Pro engine. However, they also have several key differences, which include the lens system and the viewfinder. So, which one is better for you?
Continue reading this article to learn further about:
– The design and handling of each camera
– The differences in the display and viewfinder
– The lens system on each camera
– The comparison of their autofocus quality
– The overall performance of Fujifilm X E3 vs X100F
– Which model that is more recommended for the money
Design and Handling
Both of these two cameras are available in two color variants, black and silver. Both models are not weather-sealed, so you should not expose them to harsh weather conditions. Both models have good overall build quality, even though Fujifilm X E3 is mostly plastic except for the top and bottom magnesium-alloy plates while Fujifilm X100F has a full magnesium-alloy construction. See also: Fujifilm X E3 vs X T20.
If you put the two cameras side by side, Fujifilm X E3 is obviously smaller than Fujifilm X100F. However, this is because Fujifilm X E3 has an interchangeable lens system while Fujifilm X100F has a fixed lens. If you attach the lens to Fujifilm X E3, it will become quite bigger and heavier than Fujifilm X100F.
Just like their siblings in the family, both cameras here have distinctive retro looks. On Fujifilm X E3, this style is enhanced by the dedicated shutter speed dial. On Fujifilm X100F, the style is enhanced by the optical viewfinder – which makes it appear like a Leica – as well as the control dials and the lens’s aperture ring.
Fujifilm X E3 does not have a physical four-way D-pad, but it is available via the touchscreen. You can find an autofocus joystick just beside the display screen. Fujifilm X100F has a physical four-way D-pad as well as an autofocus joystick.
Display and Viewfinder
Both Fujifilm X E3 vs X100F have a fixed 3-inch display screen that has a resolution of 1.04 million dots. However, Fujifilm X E3 supports touch sensitivity on its display screen. Fujifilm X100F doesn’t.
On Fujifilm X E3, you can use the touchscreen to adjust the focus point (even when you are composing with the electronic viewfinder), take a shot, or select pre-defined functions by swiping left, right, up, or down. Although some people dislike touchscreen control, the operation of this camera is quite easy and intuitive.
On Fujifilm X100F, you need to operate using the autofocus joystick and D-pad. Nevertheless, you can also select pre-defined functions by using the D-pad with the Fn button. The operation is easy, and people who dislike touchscreen control will find it quite efficient.
Both cameras are equipped with viewfinders, but they use different viewfinder technologies. Fujifilm X E3 comes with an electronic viewfinder. Fujifilm X100F has an optical viewfinder, but it can also switch to an electronic viewfinder.
Fujifilm X E3 has a 0.39-inch electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2360k dots. It is very nice because it provides 100% coverage with a decent 0.62x magnification. However, there are some things that an electronic viewfinder can’t provide.
Fujifilm X100F has an optical viewfinder which is equipped with excellent features. You can switch between the optical finder and the electronic finder by toggling the lever on the front.
The optical finder is a Reverse-Galilean with 92% coverage and 0.5x magnification. It can enhance your composition and focus by providing a brighter image and real-time parallax correction.
The electronic finder is a 0.48-inch LCD panel with 2360k-dot resolution and 0.67x magnification. When using the electronic finder, you can use the electronic rangefinder (ERF) which is very useful for fine-tuning the focus point.
Perhaps the biggest difference between Fujifilm X E3 vs X100F is their lenses. As said above, Fujifilm X E3 has an interchangeable lens system, whereas Fujifilm X100F has a fixed lens. So, when choosing between these two cameras, you should consider if you are willing to spend more money in the future to build a decent lens collection or if you prefer to work with only one lens for various purposes.
Fujifilm X E3 is compatible with all Fujinon XF lenses. Thanks to the short flange of the X-mount system, it can also work with some third-party lenses as well as adapted lenses, such as your old SLR lenses. This is a huge advantage if you want to be able to use the best lens for every purpose and condition, or if you already have some lenses that you want to use on your new camera.
Fujifilm X100F has a fixed lens, and the 23mm F/2 prime is not removable. Having only one focal length is indeed quite limiting. You won’t be able to capture subjects from a distance or do the things that you can do with a super wide-angle lens. But Fujifilm X100F is still versatile enough to satisfy the needs of street and travel photography.
There are two converters available for Fujifilm X100F. The wide one will give you a 28mm-equivalent field of view. The tele one will give you a 50mm-equivalent field of view.
Nevertheless, the optical quality of Fujifilm X100F’s lens is good. The bokeh quality is good, although not particularly outstanding. The flare resistance is good. The sharpness is generally good, except when shooting at the closest focus distance.
The different lenses of Fujifilm X E3 vs X100F also affect their autofocus performance. So, although they seem to have similar autofocus specifications, the performance won’t be identical. There are also some differences in their features.
The autofocus system on both models has 91 focus points, but it can be expanded to 325 focus points. They have similar AF area options and settings. However, there are two features that Fujifilm X E3 has but Fujifilm X100F doesn’t have.
The first feature is the new AF algorithm, which enables Fujifilm X E3 to track subjects up to 2x faster and 2x smaller than Fujifilm X100F. The second feature is the AF-C custom setting, which allows you to adjust the AF speed and reactivity according to the subject’s behavior.
With Fujifilm X E3, you can use one of the most recent lenses which have faster, quieter internal workings. Nowadays, there are many primes like the 23mm F/2 that are fast yet quiet. Meanwhile, with Fujifilm X100F, you are stuck with the fixed lens, whose AF motor is not really fast or quiet.
Fujifilm X E3 comes with a standard focal plane shutter. It moves up and down to open and close the sensor. It has a maximum shutter speed of 1/8,000s. In the T Mode, it can be slowed to 15 minutes. Fujifilm X E3 also has an electronic shutter with a maximum shutter speed of 1/32,000s.
Fujifilm X100F, on the other hand, comes with a leaf shutter which uses overlapping metal blades. In general, it works more quietly. It also allows you to sync the flash at any speed up to 1/4,000s. However, when shooting at the highest shutter speeds, it won’t be able to close the large aperture quickly enough – this will result in a blurred background.
That’s why the camera comes with a built-in ND filter. It will reduce the blur. Alternatively, you can use the electronic shutter which has a maximum shutter speed of 1/32,000s and is totally silent.
Both cameras use the same image sensor, which is a 24MP APS-C CMOS X-Trans III image sensor. They also use the same processor, which is the high-performance X Processor Pro engine. So, any difference in image quality or overall performance is actually caused by the lens, and not the image sensor or processor. When they are working with comparable lenses, they will deliver similarly good results.
That said, for sports or wildlife photography, Fujifilm X E3 is generally better. It has better continuous shooting performance, thanks to the larger buffer capacity. It has a maximum photo burst speed of 14fps. Fujifilm X100F only has a maximum photo burst speed of 8fps.
Fujifilm X E3 can be a great choice for video recording. It is already able to record videos in 4K Ultra HD at 24fps, 25fps, or 30fps. It can also record videos in 1080p Full HD at a maximum frame rate of 60fps.
Fujifilm X E3 does not have a built-in flash. However, an external flash is included in the box. Fujifilm X E3 supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to allow easy wireless file transfer and remote control.
Fujifilm X100F is not able to record videos in 4K. It can only record videos in a maximum resolution of 1080p Full HD at 60fps. Fujifilm X100F has a built-in flash. It has built-in Wi-Fi, but it doesn’t have Bluetooth.
Fujifilm X E3 vs X100F
In general, Fujifilm X E3 is more recommended. It has an interchangeable lens system, so it can work with the latest lenses which offer better performance. It will also allow you to use different lenses to suit different purposes and conditions. This model also has better autofocus and supports 4K Ultra HD video recording.