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Fujifilm X-A3 Review

Fujifilm's entry level 24 megapixel mirrorless camera, the Fujifilm X-A3 features an APS-C CMOS sensor, 3inch touch-screen, and FullHD video recording.

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The Fujifilm X-A3 is Fujifilm's second entry level X-mount mirrorless camera, and features a 24 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, updating the X-A2 with a 3inch tilting touch-screen, 6fps continuous shooting (max 10 shots), and a new retro design, including pink, brown, and black. 

Fujifilm X-A3 Features

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The Fujifilm X-A3 is the update to the X-A2, and features a new 24 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor. The camera offers an extended ISO range of ISO100 to ISO25600, with the standard range being ISO200 to ISO6400. The camera does not feature the X-Trans CMOS sensor that can be found on the X-T20, X-T2, and X-Pro2

The X-A3 features a slightly new design compared to the X-A2, which Fujifilm are calling "retro". On the back, there's a new touch-screen, and the screen will tilt down, as well as forwards, making it ideal for selfies or group photos. The top cover, front plate and top dials are made of aluminum, improving the feel of the camera, compared to plastic.

The auto focus system can detect faces, and also has eye-detection AF, so that you can ensure any portrait photos are correctly focused on your subjects eyes. On top there is a flash hot-shoe, and on the front, there's a focus dial so that you can select single, continuous or manual focus.

New Features, compared to the X-A2:

  • 24 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 6fps continuous shooting (up from 5.6fps on X-A2)
  • 3inch touch-screen, 1040K dots 
  • FullHD video at 60fps (30fps on X-A10/X-A2)

The Fujifilm X-A3 is available as a kit with the Fujinon XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. Unlike Fujinon XF lenses, the XC lens does not feature an aperture ring, so you'll need to use the camera's controls when you want to change the aperture of the lens. 

The X-A3 records FullHD video at 60fps, with stereo sound. There's also electronic 5-axis image stabilisation available while recording. 

Wi-Fi is built-in, and this supports direct printing to the Instax share SP-2. You can send images to your smartphone, and use Fujifilm Camera Remote to remotely control your camera, as well as send location (GPS) data from your smartphone to your camera to geotag your photos. Another option available lets you backup to your PC, over Wi-Fi. 

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Key Features

  • 24 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Fujifilm X-Mount
  • 3inch tilting touch-screen, 1040K dots
  • 49-77 AF Auto-Focus points 
  • 6fps continuous shooting speed
  • FullHD video, upto 60fps, with stereo sound
  • ISO100 to ISO25600
  • Electronic shutter 1/32000s
  • Built-in pop-up flash
  • Wi-Fi built-in
  • Available in pink, black or brown

Fujifilm X-A3 Handling

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The Fujifilm X-A3 feels good in the hand, with the faux leather covering giving the camera a more premium feel. There is a metal top, with metal dials, with a re-assuringly solid feel to them.

Some parts of the camera are a little weak feeling, particularly behind the flash, when open (it easily bends). The pop-up flash is constructed with a combination of metal and plastic parts. The hinge for the screen is solid. Unfortunately the bottom of the camera is plastic, and if knocked, the side next to the battery can come free from the camera body, and needs popping back in. This seemed worse on the X-A10. 

There's a top Fn (Function) button, that can be customised. There's a top command dial, as well as a rear one, that can be pushed down to select settings.

The front of the camera has a handgrip that provides a reasonable area to grip, and on the back there's a rubberised section for your thumb. We'd still recommend using the provided strap, as the camera may become slippery if your hand sweats.

There are 49 focus points, when in single point focus. This increases to 77 focus points, when using zone / wide tracking focus modes. You can easily use the touch-screen to set the focus point, as well as use the screen to take photos, and you can select the focus point from a wide area of the screen. Alternatively you can switch these features off. 

Viewing angles are good, and the screen is bright and clear, with good colour reproduction. Thanks to the tilting screen, it's possible to angle the screen for the best view, which can help with visibility when using the camera outdoors in bright light. 

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Menus – The menus are clearly laid out with a number of photo options and settings. Movie settings are a sub-menu of the photo options, and unfortunately they don't have their own menu screen. Unfortunately you can't use the touch-screen to scroll through the menus, choose the scene mode, nor can you use it to change the Q button settings. 

Wi-Fi features - Using Fujifilm's Remote Camera app, available for iOS and Android devices, you can remotely control and shoot with the camera as well as start/stop video recording. You can select photos to transfer to the smartphone or tablet, or receive photos sent from the camera. In addition, you can use the app to add GPS / geotagging information to photos. The app is quite easy to use. 

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Battery life - Battery life is rated at 410 shots according to Fujifilm / CIPA test results, which is quite good for a CSC, and should mean you won't need to charge the battery too often. 

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