Perhaps Fujifilm has been feeling left out of the all the camera news from CES 2020, because some surprising new rumors suggest that it could be ready to launch a successor to the excellent Fujifilm X-T3 as early as March 2020.
The X-T3 is one of our favorite mirrorless cameras and is the bigger brother of the the Fujifilm X-T30, which currently sits at number two in our list of the best cameras in the world right now.
But the X-T series is usually upgraded in two-year cycles and the X-T3 will only be 16 months old in March, which would make it a surprisingly early release for such an important camera. The usually reliable Fuji Rumors, though, says the news that the camera “will start shipping in March/early Spring 2020” comes from a trusted source.
What’s less clear is the name of this apparent successor and what its new features will be. If it’s a true successor, then Fujifilm X-T4 seems the most likely name, unless the company has decided to go down the Sony route of introducing sub-variants that focus on particular features like video or resolution.
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So far, there have been no reliable leaks about the Fujifilm X-T4’s design or features, but rumors from back in November 2019 claimed that the X-T3’s successor would effectively merge the line with the Fujifilm X-H1 to create a very compelling stills-video hybrid camera.
In theory, this would make a lot of sense – the X-H1 is the only Fujifilm camera with in-body image stabilization (IBIS), so combining this with some enhanced video shooting powers (perhaps 4K/60p video using the full width of the sensor, or maybe even 6K video) would make it a real contender to the likes of the Panasonic S1H. It’d also create a clearer differentiation from the X-T30, which is the line’s more travel-friendly option.
A fully articulated screen was another feature rumored by the likes of FujiAddict back in November 2019, but the flip-side to both of these features would be an increased body size. If all of these rumors are correct – and that’s all they are, right now – then it’s possible that Fujifilm could release an X-T4 or X-T3S in March 2020 and simply keep the current X-T3 on sale.
With its recent firmware upgrades – the latest of which boosted its Face and Eye detection – and strong feature set, the X-T3 is certainly far from being ready for the ‘discontinued’ axe. We’ll bring you official news as soon as soon as we get it.