FUJIFILM X-T3 Gimbal Control – Coming Soon Via Firmware Update

November 28th, 2019
FUJIFILM X-T3 Gimbal Control - Coming Soon Via Firmware Update

FUJIFILM has been working in the background with Gudsen, DJI, and Zhiyun. Now, they have announced an upcoming firmware update that boosts the X-T3 gimbal controls through USB. If you own a Ronin S or a Crane 2, you’re going to want to read this.

FUJIFILM x-t3

Image Credit: FUJIFILM

Catching up to the Competition

In our review of the X-T3, we named it “the BEST camera FUJIFILM have ever presented when it comes to video performance.” Then, we awarded it the title of Best Mirrorless Camera of 2018. And in a guest post, filmmaker Florian Gintenreiter reviewed the X-T3 and Ronin S in combination, asking specifically for start-stop and focus control through the Ronin S. It should come as no surprise, then, that we are very excited to see the FUJIFILM X-T3 updated with exactly that. FUJIFILM has come from relative obscurity to be a serious competitor in the video space alongside Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Panasonic. This update removes one more barrier between them. This will officially make the X-T3 gimbal-compatible.

XT-3 gimbal Ronin S DJI

FUJIFILM X-T3 – DJI Ronin S combo (Image Credit: Florian Gintenreiter)

What’s in the Update

This update allows a significant number of features on the X-T3 to be controlled via USB. Before, you could trigger the shutter to take a photo. Now, with the update, the palette of options is a lot bigger. You can now stop and start video recording, as well as manually control focus on electronic lenses. The DJI Ronin-S and the Zhiyun Crane 2 both feature knobs that can act as digital follow-focus controls by interfacing with, and precisely controlling, the AF systems of various cameras via USB. FUJIFILM also promises control of exposure settings, such as shutter speed, ISO, aperture, etc. There will be a few higher-end drone users who this will affect, but by and large, this update is most meaningful to gimbal owners.

Fujifilm x-t3 autofocus firmware eye face

Image Credit: Fujifilm

Bonus Update: 

FUJIFILM has also announced an update coming in early 2020 that will improve eye- and face-detection AF, especially in complex situations. This is just icing on the cake, as their autofocus system is already superb.

via fujifilm.com

Do these new features make you consider buying the X-T3? What do you usually use with your gimbal? Let us know in the comments!

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John Lee
John Lee
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January 10th, 2020

Crane 2 firmware 1.77 & XT3 3.10 updated, but they still don’t talk to each other.

John
John
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January 13th, 2020
Reply to  John Lee

Same problem – I have update 1.76. Does 1.77 make any difference? Is Fuji in the list of cameras?

Gavin
Gavin
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July 2nd, 2020
Reply to  John Lee

Yeah this doesn’t seem to be Happening, I’ve tried speaking to Zeitung and they don’t seem to be adding X-t3 support to the crane 2.

dave
dave
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July 3rd, 2020
Reply to  John Lee

Do you know if the follow focus attachment will work with the crane 2 and the XT3 or is that still not possible too?

John
John
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January 10th, 2020

This is great news – I bought the XT-3 as an existing Crane 2 owner, aware of the lack of compatibility as it was such as well rated camera.
So, does the latest Fuji update make this work or do I need to wait for the Jan update? My Crane 2 is updated to version 1.76 but Fuji is not listed and haaving just connected the two with a bodge adapter nothing has changed.
I’m going to need a compatible cable to as none of those provided fit – looks like I need a USB micro-B to USB-C, ideally with a 90deg bend in the micro.

John
John
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January 10th, 2020
Reply to  John

Update: I’ve just updated the Fuji Firmware to 3.10 and they are still not talking to each-other. Perhaps we need a Crane 2 update also?

Florian Gintenreiter
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December 26th, 2019

I have both the X-T3 and the DJI Ronin-S patched to their lates firmware releases, but the advertised gimbal support does not work at all.lHere is what I found:

I see the Ronin-S focus wheel having some effect, but it’s way too fiddly to use. A minute later I could not get it to work at all. A tiny little turn on the wheel has massive effect on the focus and it’s overshooting a lot, when you let go the wheel. I also see“ FUJI „in the DJI app, but with no settings to adjust whatsoever. When long-pressing the REC button, while the camera is in movie mode and AF-S focus mode, it focusses once, enters AFL (autofocus lock) mode and stays there until it’s power cycled. Either Fuji’s FW update is bullshit or DJI needs to update the Ronin-S firmware.

Michael Mitchell
Michael Mitchell
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January 2nd, 2020

I’m having the same problem as Florian. Has anyone gotten these two systems to communicate to each other?

Jason Nix
Jason Nix
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February 28th, 2020

Yep same issues with me as well. As far as I can tell there aren’t any settings accessible to change the way the devices interact so XT3 users are once again at a stand still. Hopefully with the XT4 coming out with it’s video-centric features we’ll finally get some compatibility with DJI.

Florian Gintenreiter
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November 30th, 2019

That is awesome news. I have been shooting with the XT-3 on the Ronin-S a lot in this last year since I wrote the post and every time I pressed record on the camera, I prayed to the camera gods that they will inspire Fuji to do this. My prayers have been answered it seems.

Ziane.ziane
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November 30th, 2019

It’s worth reading Your.

 Dan Brockett
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November 29th, 2019

“…their autofocus system is already superb.”

Some of us who have been shooting video professionally with the XT-3 would beg to differ. The AF system today has a lot of small AF twitching no matter if you are in AF-C, eye or face detect modes. It’s not very noticeable until you play back your footage on larger screens and you’ll see the twitching, especially in the BG of shots.

The AF system under FW 2.0 was decent, but the FW 3.0 update completely messed it up and basically, the camera never stops micro focusing, even with stationary, camera, subject and lighting. I’ve tested it numerous times and all of the AF controls do nothing to stop the camera from constantly micro adjusting focus in any AF mode.

Hopefully the January FW update will mitigate this issue. The AF works adequately but could be a whole lot better and ironically, was better under the older FW.

Johnnie Behiri
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November 29th, 2019
Reply to  Dan Brockett

Hi Dan. I promise to share your concerns with FUJIFILM.
Thank you
Johnnie

Steve
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November 30th, 2019
Reply to  Dan Brockett

I couldn’t agree more, using xt3 on a weebil gimbal, experiencing exactly as Dan says, the jitters going on in BG when footage looked at closely

Pat
Pat
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February 13th, 2020
Reply to  Steve

Steve, just wondering, what controls worked with the xt3 and your weebil? I have a Weebil s and was looking to upgrade to the Xt3. Thanks in advance

P Fog!
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November 28th, 2019

About time. I was beginning to feel like a stepchild..:o)

 André Mascarenhas
Member
November 28th, 2019

Such good news! It’s about time. I’d assume compatibility with the Weebil S would also be happening at some point soon?

Mark W
Mark W
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November 29th, 2019

If they make it compatible it would work with all Ronin and Zhiyun gimbals and probably other companies too.

Luke Wen
Luke Wen
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November 29th, 2019

Fujifilm has updated the announcement and included Gudsen for upcoming gimbal support.

Johnnie Behiri
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November 29th, 2019
Reply to  Luke Wen

Indeed, thank you for pointing this out Luke!

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