Fuji X-T3 vs Sony A7 III

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Introduction

I’ve said it in my previous reviews, mirrorless cameras are always advancing with the latest technologies, while they are slowly becoming more popular than DSLR cameras.

In this article today, I’m going to be making a comparison review about two high-end mirrorless cameras, whereas one of them comes with a relatively higher price than the other, however, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s better.

Just as I’ve mentioned in almost any of my reviews, it all depends on what type of photography you’re in while considering the features that you’re after more, that’s how you know which camera meets your requirements the most.

So, after the reviews, in the end, you’ll find a comparison table where I’ll point out the most key features and specs of each camera, thus, you’ll be able to see which one outperforms the other in which case, so let’s start with the reviews, shall we?

Head To Head Comparison

Fuji X-T3

This is a relatively new camera that packs the latest technologies along with some impressive specs and a plethora of premium features. I’ve used this camera for quite a while now, and I can assure you that you won’t really find anything that will disappoint you in any way, so to start this the right way, first we’ll begin with the design, whereas later on the review, we’ll continue about performance and specs, okay, so let’s start shall we?

In terms of the design, this particular model boasts a different design from what you’d find in other mirrorless cameras, it’s unique, eye-catching and it looks sophisticated. The handgrip is a bit larger than you’d expect, it’s curved decently while it delivers exceptional comfort when holding the camera. On the other hand, the button layout is also great, it’s well-thought and you have buttons for direct access to some of the most commonly used features, such as the exposure, shutter speed, ISO, and so on. Additionally, under the ISO and shutter speed dials, you’ll notice some switches which give access to drive and the metering mode, while you’ll find the Fn button between the shutter speed and exposure comp. dial, but in my opinion, it’s a bit far from how your hands stay when holding the camera, thus, making it hard to reach.

The display on the rear boasts 3.2-inches in size and it’s with 1.04million dots, for the most part, it’s pretty standard and it delivers a decent performance even in outdoor light, but what’s the best part is that the LCD screen is touch-enabled and it can tilt, so you’ll be able to take shots from different angles and viewing positions, and this is one of the most in-vogue features for videographers, so there’s that.

Performance-wise, first, let’s start by pointing out the fact that the Fuji XT3 has a 26.1-megapixel Trans CMOS 4 sensor while it runs the X 4 image-processing engine which enhances the performance of the camera even more by making it fast and delivering a stunning image quality.

What I like most about this camera are the 2.16M phase-detection pixels across the entire frame and Low-light phase detection limits which have been increased over XT2 by 2 Stops, from 1EV to 3EV.

Other than that, the Fuji XT3 features a 3.69-million dot OLED color Viewfinder with 0.75x magnification and blackout-free burst shooting. Furthermore, as it is common with most mirrorless cameras at this price range, this particular camera not only shoots 1080p full HD, but it can also do 4K movie recording at 60p and it has an internal SD card, so when you see this as a whole, you get 10bit recording, while this makes the XT3 the first mirrorless digital camera with APS-C or larger sensor that is capable of 4: 2: 2 10bit 4K recording.

For more convenience, you also get a total of 16 film simulation modes including Eterna/cinema, B and w adjustment 9~+9. Regarding the ISO range, the XT3 has a sensitivity that stretches from ISO 160 to up to 12,800, which is decent, while during my testing, I was able to get noise-free images even at extreme ISOs.

Moreover, in terms of connections, the camera includes a microphone port, and HDMI micro HDMI port, a USB 3.1 Gen 1, a built-in Wi-Fi for instant sharing or image transferring with compatible smartphone devices or tablets, and you can remotely control your camera from your smartphone or via a cable release.

Overall, the Fuji XT3 definitely deserves its reputation, it’s a reliable camera with the most high-end features out there, and it delivers great value for money, so if you want to upgrade your videography to a whole new level, then this is the camera for you.

Sony A7 III

The Sony A7 III is also a newly released camera that has gained its reputation in only one year, and by now, it’s one of the most highly-rated yet one of the most purchased mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras out there. It comes with a lot more features than any other camera at this price range, and by far, it’s my favorite mirrorless camera out there.

The Sony A7 III features that traditional classic mirrorless design and aesthetics, however, I do find the handgrip to be a bit small, or that’s just my personal opinion because my hands are too large, anyhow, the rest of the design including the button layout is decent and well-thought-out, everything is well-spaced in-between preventing accidental clicks while shooting.

The camera is quite customizable as well, featuring 13 customizable buttons that can have different assigned functions depending on what you’re using the camera for, shooting videos or stills, while the playback has a couple of options as well, however button choices are more limited.

As we move on, the LCD screen on the rear is impressive but from my experience, I find the A7 II to be more bright in outdoor light than the a7 III, but everything else is perfect, the screen is touch-enabled and just as our first product, this one also has a tilting display which is perfect because you can always set it to the desired position for shooting from hard angles.

That pretty much covers everything there is about the design, now, let’s get more into the specifics and see what this camera is truly capable of.

First, it has a 24.2-megapixel BSI back-illuminated 35-millimeter full-frame image sensor which combines with the latest Bionz X image processing engine and front-end LSI, thus, when you see these specs as a whole, the camera achieves a data readout speed that is two times faster and data processing capability that is 1.8-times higher.

In terms of ISO performance, this particular model has a native ISO range that stretches from 100 to up to 51,200, and a boosted ISO sensitivity that ranges from 50-204,800 for stills, but that’s not all, since the A7 III also has detail reproduction and area-specific noise reduction technologies which tend to maintain image details and cut noise. It has a highly effective performance either in mid or high sensitivity ranges, which means now you can shoot even in extreme ISOs with no worries about noise or image deterioration at all.

Furthermore, the Sony A7 III has up to 10-frames per second silent or mechanical shutter with AE/AF tracking. Since we mention the AF, this unit has impressive autofocus with 693-phase detection and 425 contrast AF points with 93 percent image coverage, pretty impressive, right?

Same as our first product, the Sony A7 III also can also record at 4K UHD 2160p as well as 1080p, so for those serious videographers this is really good news, you can use the camera for commercial applications, portrait photography, wildlife, sports and events, and to all of these categories, the incredible autofocus system enhances the performance even more.

The Sony A7 III has dual SD memory card slots and a USB 3.1 Type C, while other connections include a built-in Wi-Fi and NFC which allows for connection with other compatible devices, while Bluetooth is also present, so you have a plethora of options to choose from when it comes to transferring images or sharing.

To conclude, the Sony A7 III is a high-end mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera that can accommodate photographers of different levels, starting from novice users who want to upgrade their work, to semi-professionals and professionals, while for some people this may be the ideal choice for vlogging or for a second camera to go with if you already own a DSLR.

Feature Comparison

Fuji X-T3 Sony A7 III
Camera Type
Mirrorless
Mirrorless
Megapixels
26.1
24.2
ISO Range
100-12,800
100-51,200(50-204,800)
Flip-Out Screen
Yes
Yes
AF Points
2.16M phase-detect AF points
693-phase detection and 425 contrast AF
Viewfinder
Yes
Yes
Touchscreen
Yes
Yes
Video Recording
Yes
Yes
Sensor Size
X-Trans CMOS 4 APS-C
Exmor R CMOS

Conclusion

All and all, these cameras both fall into the high-end mirrorless camera category, while both of them share some impressive specs, however, I’d say the Sony A7 III takes the lead in terms of specs, performance, and features.

I would recommend the XT3 to people who want to upgrade their photography or videography, it’s a compact and light camera which comes with a plethora of premium features, while it would serve you well whether you use it for stills, wildlife, events, sports, action, and whatever else you can throw at it.

On the other hand, the Sony A7 III can do all of that, but it’s also the upgraded version in some ways, it has more premium specs and features, and to everyone who is looking for a high-end mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera, this would be the perfect option to go with.

Moreover, as we got the comparison table out of the way, I’d say by now you have enough facts and arguments to support your decision, but whatever you go with, you won’t go wrong since both of them are pretty high-end.