I have loved photography since I first own a Canon DSLR. Though I am by no means an expert in photography but it has been a consistent hobby of mind. I have never grown tired of photography. And my love of travel simply magnifies my love of the art of photography.
Recently I have researched intensely on what my next camera could be. I have owned the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II mft system for nearly 4 years now. I love the camera a lot but I also feel that technology in photography has advanced quite significantly since then. The new Mark III is launching really soon. It was immediately clear from the the get-go that getting the Mark III would be a natural progression when it comes to camera upgrades. I can use the same lens and I will be extremely familiar with the handling and use of the camera right out of the box.
But after scrutinising the technical features and reading the opinions of other fellow photographers on the new features being introduced in the new model, there seems to be a grain of truth that the new Mark III is simply a rebadge of the EM1 MarkII. And that camera was released in 2016. So essentially you are buying a 2016 camera at exorbitant launch prices!
That is something that bugs me a lot. And it suddenly made me realise that the value proposition was just no longer there.
So I did more digging, looking at the various camera brands and what their latest offerings were, till I stumbled upon fujifilm’s upcoming X-Pro 3 camera.
The new X-Pro 3 camera from Fujifilm is highly intriguing. Touted as the photographer’s camera, it specialises in applying classic film filters to your photos just like in the old days of film. In addition to that, the style and design of the camera is very similar to the rangefinder cameras back in the old days
I am not going to discuss the specs this camera have, rather I am going to talk about their controversial new design pertaining to the LCD screen. In their upcoming model, they made some design changes to intentionally hides the LCD screen. It’s still there, but it’s hidden from view. That seemed strange to me at first, especially when Photographers nowadays would like to check how their shots turn out right after taking them. But I soon understood why they decided to do that.
It may sound like a marketing gimmick, but I kinda agree why Fujifilm decided to go in that direction and carve a niche in the photography space. It’s a photographer’s camera, and as such the viewfinder is your window to the world, not the LCD screen. It’s meant to slow you down, view the world through the viewfinder and to reduce the impulsiveness of having to check your shots. Essentially, just focus on shooting and less on worrying about how your shots will turn out. Go back to photography fundamentals; shutter speed, iso, aperture, composition, focal length and trust in those parameters in taking great shots.