Fujifilm offers an excellent range of mirrorless cameras — the X-A3 is the company’s newest budget option, designed both for affordability and ease of use. And based on the earlier X-A2 and the latest specs, the Fujifilm X-A3 should be a good buy for the price.
The X-A3 uses a new sensor, upping the megapixels to 24 from the older model’s 16. As the manufacturer’s budget option, however, the sensor isn’t the more advanced X-Trans designs. Fujifilm’s X-Trans sensors remove the optical low pass filter, which allows for more detailed shots. While the X-Trans sensors eek out a bit more detail, the image quality from the X-A2 was solid compared to similarly priced cameras, and we expect a slight improvement in the latest version.
The autofocus points also see a slight jump up over the previous model, with 77. The contrast detection system isn’t as advanced as Fujifilm’s pricier models, but gets the job done for a lower price. Speed is about average for the price point, though the flash sync speed is a bit lower, which makes it tougher to use a fill flash in bright sun.
Design-wise, the Fujifilm X-A3 adopts the characteristic retro look of most Fujifilms, while incorporating features for selfie-lovers. The LCD screen tilts 180 degrees, though there is no viewfinder on this model. While the camera has manual modes, it also includes simpler automated modes and Fujifilm’s digital film simulation features.
As Fujifilm’s cheapest option, the X-A3 is unsurprisingly the least featured in their current mirrorless line-up. While options with the X-Trans sensor like the X-T10 produce a higher level of detail, the X-A3 is not a bad option for beginners on a budget. The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II is on the same playing field with slightly better specs in some areas but a smaller Micro Four Thirds sensor. Moving into the DSLR category with the Nikon D3400 brings a better battery and Bluetooth, but with fewer autofocus points. Overall, the X-A3 is a good option for the price.