I rather like the look of the rumoured new Fuji X-Pro 3 with its hidden rear screen. The smooth back features a small information panel similar to those we used to see on some film cameras, where you could stick details of the film inside.
We’ve seen only an appetite-whetting preview, but the camera should be available in the first half of next year. It’s easy to write this idea off as a gimmick, but I think it could gain traction among more traditional users.
It reminds me of my Leica M10-D (which manages without a screen at all) or the reversible screens found on many cameras, including m4/3 bodies from Panasonic and Olympus. For those who aren’t constantly chimping and normally use a viewfinder, a smooth back — without glass to gather finger smudges — is rather attractive.
Having once been a Fuji X fan, I would need little encouragement to go back to this marque if I were not committed to the TL/CL system. In terms of retro design, Fuji has
The general appearance and full set of physical controls is designed to appeal to anyone brought up on traditional cameras and Leicas in particular. I know more than a few owners who rather wish their CL had the sort of control layout which Fuji has now made its own.