The latest leak from Fujifilm says that the four-way controller (“D-pad”) on the rear of its cameras is to be phased out. The four-way controller is a feature of many cameras from multiple manufacturers, and after going missing in the transition from the X-E2 to the X-E3 and then from the X-T20 to the X-T30, the rumour suggesting that the X-Pro3, one of Fujifilm’s three APS-C flagship cameras, will also lack it, could be interpreted as a sign that there are no plans in Fujifilm’s future to offer this feature on any camera.
By this point, Fujifilm is a manufacturer known for cutting corners. Aside from not offering any kind of stabilisation in any of its camera bodies and most of its lenses for the longest time, Fujifilm has also been criticised for the short time it guarantees spare parts to be available for, rendering its cameras as rather disposable items.
Based on the timing of leaks revealing various aspects of the camera, an announcement of the X-Pro3 might be expected soon.