Why You Should Embrace the Fujifilm X Pro 3’s “Image Flaws”

Some folks may say that because the Fujifilm X Pro 3 isn’t a full-frame camera that has flaws, here’s how to embrace them.

Personally speaking, the Fujifilm X Pro 3 is currently my favorite camera. I gave it a glowing review not long ago, and there is so much about this camera that forces you to focus on what’s happening in front of you. It tests you to be sure of the shot that you’re about to take. And if you embrace the features that the camera gives you, it will deliver incredibly unique images. For example, use the Classic Negative rendition with the Clarity setting, and you’ll get stunning photos that Canon, Nikon, and Sony can’t give you. But there’s more than that. You should also embrace the quality of post-production.

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So what are some of these flaws to embrace?

Embracing the Looks That Canon, Nikon, and Sony Can’t Give You

Fujifilm has several film simulations that separate them from Canon, Nikon, and Sony. Where the big three are tailoring their products more to having an absolutely perfect image in terms of clinical data output, Fujifilm slaps that idea in the face. Instead, you buy Fujifilm for a specific look in the same way that one would buy a film for the same reason. Not only does Fujifilm offer you film simulations, but there are derivatives on them that you can adjust and play with. With Fujifilm, you essentially can shoot for the JPEG and get an image that you’ll be pleased with. Of course, many photographers would rather not. But with Dual cards, you can shoot JPEG to one card and RAWs to the other. I’m sure that when you beam images from your camera to your phone that no one will be able to tell the difference. Fujifilm’s latest buffs to the film simulations will mean that the images stand out even more too.

Embracing Film Simulations with Flaws

While I’m saying that folks will be okay with the JPEGs, I also think that you can get a ton from post-production. In the video above, we show you how to do this. Remember the vignetting tool? And incorrect exposures? Heck, you can even embrace out of focus images and add film grain. The photos will look beautiful no matter what, with a Fujifilm X Pro 3.

“One of the coolest things about the Fujifilm X Pro 3 is the addition of clarity adjustments to the photos. Even cooler, the clarity adjustment is done to both the RAW file and the JPEG file.”

Fujifilm X Pro 3 review

Film Grain and Vignetting: Once Thought of as Awful, but Why Not Embrace it Here?

High ISO noise getting to you? Turn it into film grain with the Acros look. While Fujifilm’s lenses don’t really vignette, you can add it in later on. When you do this, you’ll also probably assist with making certain subjects really pop out.

If you’re a fan of using Presets, then consider the Fujifilm X Pro 3. Arguably, it’s good enough for most professional photographers. However, I’ll admit that I wish they made faster aperture weather-sealed lenses. And when you tweak the AF-C settings, you can get better AF tracking that’s almost on the level of that of Canon and Sony.

Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.