Fujifilm X-A3 Review

The Fujifilm X-A3 is an excellent camera that has a vintage-like appearance and delivers photographs that are dependable and of high quality. This entry-level mirrorless camera is reasonably priced and easy to get to know. At the same time, images can be quickly transferred to a phone via the primary but comprehensive and reliable Fujifilm Camera Remote app. It was designed as a step up from both a smartphone and a point-and-shoot compact.

People who have a passion for photography but are aware that most of the great photographs they see on Instagram are taken with a “real” camera rather than a phone are the audience that Fujifilm targets with this highly sophisticated camera.

As a result, an attempt has been made to attract those who are vain by providing an LCD screen that can be tilted by 180 degrees and a “smile” option that will capture a picture if it recognizes a sly grin. The same can be said for its hundreds of filters reminiscent of Instagram and its best-in-class Film Simulation settings.

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Fujifilm X-A3 Mirrorless Camera

Last update was on: September 21, 2023 9:16 pm

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Fujifilm X-A3 Features

The Fujifilm X-A3 has an APS-C sensor with 24.2 megapixels, which is a size that is comparable to the sensors found in many DSLR cameras, even though the camera itself is very tiny. Although it has the exact resolution as its more costly siblings, like the X-E3, X-T20, and X-T2, the sensor has a somewhat different physical design. This is the case even though the resolution is the same.

The image sensor on this chip utilizes a more conventional primary color filter design than Fujifilm’s X-Trans technology. While there is certainly nothing inherently wrong with the latter, the former means that the image quality of this chip will not be entirely on par with its premium siblings.

The X-A3 has a native ISO range that extends from 200 to 6400 and can be expanded to 25,600 if required; however, we do not recommend utilizing this setting for anything other than an absolute last option. The focusing technology is generally remarkable, even though it is not the quietest.

Fujifilm X-A3 Design

The X-A3, like most other Fujifilm cameras, has a surthrowback aesthetic. Although there are some aluminum components, such as the front cover, top plate, and top dials, the overall feel of the product is more like that of plastic. This was the case even though the review unit we received was finished in a two-tone faux leather and metallic brown color (it is also available with faux leather in black or pink).

The rig flap covers a micro USB port on the right-hand side of the camera. This is how you charge the X-A3; in our opinion, it is more convenient than using a battery charging cradle. Additionally, this side of the camera houses the micro HDMI output. Finally, the undercarriage houses an SD card slot and a battery compartment (rated at 410 shots).

The size of the X-body, A3, in addition to the goals of the camera, places constraints on the camera’s tactile controls. The rear of the camera features shortcuts for the autofocus, timer, burst shooting, and white balance settings. In contrast, the front of the camera contains a small dial for toggling between single, continuous, and manual shooting. The dial is located next to the lens.

Fujifilm X-A3 Image Quality

In our assessment, even though we had access to several other lens options, we relied mainly on the 16-50mm kit lens that most purchasers would receive. Despite this limitation, this lens has an aperture range of f/3.5-5.6, yet it performed well in our testing. It is a solid all-purpose lens.

Handheld images were impressive because of the camera’s exceptional focusing performance and built-in anti-shake mechanism (though its constant beeps and whirs get annoying). Touchscreen focusing is also an option, although it should be avoided whenever feasible if you want the sharpest possible image.

The X-A3 comes equipped with a respectable number of creative filters, which is another homage to the Instagram generation. There are a total of ten, including Nostalgic (to whom?) Toy Camera, Miniature, which adds graded blurring to make scenes look like table-top models, and Fisheye, which distorts images in a fisheye-like manner. In addition, you have access to eleven different Film Simulation settings, all of which were developed by Fujifilm and are known for producing more nuanced and rewarding images.

Fujifilm X-A3 Specs

Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution6000 x 4000
Image ratio w:h1:1, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
ISOAuto, 200-6400 (expandable to 100-25600)
Boosted ISO (minimum)100
Boosted ISO (maximum)25600
White balance presets7
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal
File formatJPEG (Exif Ver 2.3)RAW (Fujifilm RAF format)
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View.
Autofocus assist lampYes
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points77
Lens mountFujifilm X
Focal length multiplier1.5/td>
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3?
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic)1/32000 sec
Exposure modesProgram AEShutter PriorityAperture PriorityManual
Built-in flashYes
Flash Range7.00 m (at ISO 200)
External flashYes
Flash modesAuto, instant on, flash off, slow synchro, rear-curtain synchro, commander
Flash X sync speed1/180 sec
Drive modesSingleContinuousSelf-timer
Continuous drive6.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 secs)
Metering modesMultiAverageSpot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 24p)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC card
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n
Remote controlYes (Wired or via smartphone)
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNP-W126S lithium-ion battery & USB charger
Battery Life (CIPA)410
Weight (inc. batteries)339 g (0.75 lb / 11.96 oz)
Dimensions117 x 67 x 40 mm (4.61 x 2.64 x 1.57?)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes

Fujifilm X-A3 Verdict

This retro-styled, entry-level mirrorless interchangeable lens system camera with Instagram-style filters and a smile shutter for selfies is geared towards ‘photographers’ following an upgrade; nonetheless, there will be a learning curve for most people using this camera.

However, because of its consistently solid photos as well as its lightweight and simple design, it is an alternative that offers good value to DSLR owners who are searching for an occasional trip camera.

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