Fujifilm X-A3 Brief Review



  • 24 megapixel APS-C Sensor
  • ISO 100-25600
  • Shutter speed 30 sec. to 1/4000 (1/32000 electronic)
  • Flash sync speed 1/180
  • 6 fps burst shooting
  • RAW and JPEG
  • 77 point contrast detection autofocus
  • Manual modes
  • Tilting 3” LCD screen
  • No viewfinder
  • Wi-fi
  • Battery life rated at 410 shots
  • Weighs 11.96 oz. (339g)
  • Release Date: 2016-10-02
  • Final Grade: 90 4.5 Star Rating: Recommended

Fujifilm X-A3 upper the ante on budget cameras with a new 24 megapixel sensor
Fujifilm's latest budget camera offers a new sensor and selfie features.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 11/27/2016

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.

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Fujifilm Reviews

Being among the first creators of the compact camera, Fujifilm is one of the world's most significant imaging and photographic companies. Fujifilm launched the DS-1P in 1988, gaining credit for the first real digital camera widely available.

Most of their latest advanced cameras use an X-Trans sensor, which eliminates the need for an optical low pass filter by reducing moire with the arrangement of pixel units instead. Eliminating the optical low pass filter means there's less between the lens and the sensor, which translates into better resolution and detail.

Fujifilm digital cameras are famous for their natural image color, wide dynamic range, low noise and high sensitivity. It's hard to go wrong with a Fujifilm X mirrorless camera. Models like the X-M1 have an affordable price, yet sacrifice the right features in order to reach that price. Models like the X-T1, on the other hand, are packed full of the latest, greatest features on the market.

Fujifilm is about more than mirrorless though, offering several fixed lens cameras that are good options as well. Their super zoom cameras are usually a pretty good bet. They also offer a waterproof XP line, but they're more of a budget camera than a best-in-class option.

Fujifilm has also recently joined the retro camera craze, giving many of their models a retro film look with all the features of digital. Many of their models follow this trend, but there's a few that stick with a more digital look.

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