If you're a fan of Fujifilm cameras (and even if you aren't) the release of the Fujifilm X-Pro 3 should be news that gets you excited.
After all, the X-Pro 2 is a fantastic little camera - in my opinion, anyway - that photographers enjoy because of its ease of use, superb sensor, and its drop-dead gorgeous design.
I'm not a Fujifilm shooter, but I've played around with the X-Pro 2 and it's a real treat, I have to say.
Far and away, the best feature of the X-Pro 2 is its 24-megapixel X-Trans III sensor. Though not full frame, Fuji outdid itself and created a sensor that produces images of top-notch quality.
But the X-Pro 2 is more than just its sensor...
It has an excellent autofocus system with 273 AF points, a 2.36-million-dot hybrid viewfinder (both OLED and optical), an ISO range of 200-12800 (expandable to 100-51200), and 1080/60p video capabilities.
In terms of ease of use, the X-Pro 2's joystick makes selecting autofocus points quick and easy. And while the camera body and its dials and buttons are small, I never felt like my giant man hands overwhelmed the camera.
I also appreciated the work Fujifilm did to streamline the camera's menu system - it's broken into subcategories with controls logically arranged within them which makes it easy to remember where settings are located, even though there are a ton of settings. You can even customize your own menu to have even quicker access to your favorite menu items.
In other words, the X-Pro 2 set the bar pretty high, as The Art of Photography explains in the video above.
The question is, what will Fujifilm do to improve on the X-Pro 2?
There are some rumblings about this very topic...
According to The New Camera, the X-Pro 3 will likely have a 26.1-megapixel X-Trans sensor paired with the X-Processor 4 Pro with a Quad Core CPU (the same CPU found in the Fujifilm X-T3 and GFX 100).
Rumor has it that the X-Pro 3 will also have 5-axis in-body image stabilization, a 3-inch 1.04-million-dot tilting LCD, and 4K video at 60p.
A similar Rangefinder-style magnesium alloy weather-sealed body that's found on the X-Pro 2 is expected for the X-Pro 3 as well.
Though these are just assumed specs at this point, it's hard not to get excited to see the X-Trans sensor and X-Processor combination under the hood of the X-Pro 3.
Other details are sketchy at this point, except this - just about all the Fujifilm X-Pro 3 rumors out there put its release in October of this year. Just a few months of waiting, and we'll see what craziness Fujifilm has in store for the X-Pro 3.
Stay tuned for more updates as we get closer to October!