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X Is for Action – Tips and Tools for This Challenging Subject

Sports, action, and wildlife photography can be difficult in the best of circumstances, so it’s paramount you have the right tools for the job. We explore what makes FUJIFILM X Series cameras do it better

Sports, wildlife, and action subjects present some of the biggest challenges for a photographer. With events often unfolding in the blink of an eye, it can be an almighty test to pick out both a decisive moment and a visually arresting image.

One of the most important routes to success is knowing your chosen subject, whether it’s high-octane motorsports, crunching tackles in a football game, or a life or death tussle between wildlife species. After all, it’s rare for a photographer with no prior knowledge of how a sport is played or an animal behaves, to turn up and make great images right away. You need to understand what’s going to happen and when – and be in the right place to frame it.

Equally crucial is having the right equipment, along with a detailed knowledge of how it operates, so it becomes second nature to use, just like an extension of your body.

Here are a few ways in which your X Series camera is optimized for action.

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Photo © Bryan Minear

Technology

FUJIFILM X Series cameras are well-equipped to make outstanding action images with a range of features that promise a terrific hit rate. Thanks to the X-Processor imaging engine, the latest models autofocus in just a fraction of a second and can create images at extremely fast frame rates with minimal viewfinder blackout times, helping you to record fleeting moments in great detail.

On top of that, custom autofocus presets on select models help you keep up with even the fastest moving subjects, while the X-Trans CMOS sensor provides the ability to crop an image and maximize impact without loss of overall image quality.

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Photo © Dan Bailey

Versatility

An added advantage of X Series cameras is that they are interchangeable lens models – this means you can swap out the lens to best suit the situation at hand. With a great selection of high-quality XF telephoto lenses to choose from, you can be sure to frame the fastest-moving action.

You don’t even have to worry about the added risk of camera shake at such long focal lengths, as most XF telephoto lenses feature built-in Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). When combined with the In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS) found inside some X Series camera bodies, vibrations are soaked up, ensuring your images stay blur-free.

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Photo © Michael Melford

Durability

A large part of creating great sports, wildlife, and action photography is putting yourself in the right position. This could be the unforgiving habitat of a rare species, a remote mountainside overlooking a gnarly snowboarding line, or the perfect angle for that winning touchdown on a rainy Sunday. This is why X Series cameras have been designed to go as far as you do when finding the perfect spot.

All of the camera bodies in the range are remarkably compact and lightweight for the level of performance they provide, and with magnesium alloy construction, they are extremely durable.

Some camera bodies and lenses in the X Series also include weather-resistance, giving protection against rain, humidity, and dust, as well as the ability to operate in temperatures as low as 14°F to give you total peace of mind. 

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Photo © Jonathan Irish

Boost Mode and Battery Grips

Straight out of the box, FUJIFILM X Series cameras are built to perform, but on selected models you can also further improve performance by activating the camera’s boost mode. This sharpens up the camera’s senses – focusing quicker, increasing electronic viewfinder refresh rates for minimal blackout times, delivering faster frame rates and reducing shutter lag. All this will help you make better action images.

Plus, X-T4 and X-T3 models accept an optional battery grip, which improves overall handling and houses additional batteries so you can keep creating for longer – essential considerations when you’re in the heart of the action.

All of this comes together to create a system that meets the needs of even the most demanding sports and action project. Learn more about our top X Series sports and action cameras below, or browse the full range of products here.

Compare the cameras

X-T4

Resolution
26.1MP
Processor
X-Processor 4
AF Sensitivity
To -6EV
Native ISO Range
160-12800
Max Shutter Speed
1/8000 sec (Mechanical), 1/32000 sec (Electronic)
Boost Mode
Yes
Optional Battery Grip
Yes – VG-XT4
Continuous Shooting
15fps (Mechanical), 30fps (Electronic)
Viewfinder
3.69 million dot OLED
Video
DCI 4K/60p, Full HD/240p
IBIS
5-axis up to 6.5 stops (based on CIPA standard)
Weather-Resistance
Yes
Size (WxHxD)
134.6x92.8x63.8mm
Weight (incl battery and card)
Approx 607g

X-T3

Resolution
26.1MP
Processor
X-Processor 4
AF Sensitivity
To -3EV
Native ISO Range
160-12800
Max Shutter Speed
1/8000 sec (Mechanical), 1/32000 sec (Electronic)
Boost Mode
Yes
Optional Battery Grip
Yes – VG-XT3
Continuous Shooting
11fps (Mechanical), 30fps (Electronic)
Viewfinder
3.69 million dot OLED
Video
DCI 4K/60p, Full HD/120p
IBIS
No
Weather-Resistance
Yes
Size (WxHxD)
132.5x92.8x58.8mm
Weight (incl battery and card)
Approx 539g

X-T30

Resolution
26.1MP
Processor
X-Processor 4
AF Sensitivity
To -3EV
Native ISO Range
160-12800
Max Shutter Speed
1/4000 sec (Mechanical), 1/32000 sec (Electronic)
Boost Mode
No
Optional Battery Grip
No
Continuous Shooting
8fps (Mechanical), 30fps (Electronic)
Viewfinder
2.36 million dot OLED
Video
DCI 4K/30p, Full HD/120p
IBIS
No
Weather-Resistance
No
Size (WxHxD)
118.4x82.8x46.8mm
Weight (incl battery and card)
Approx 383g

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