Fujifilm X-A3

Announced Sept. 7, 2018

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The Fujifilm X-A3 is an inexpensive 24 Megapixel mirrorless camera with a classic rangefinder design. The X-A3 is targeted more toward beginners and social shooters, with its flip-up, selfie-friendly LCD serving as exhibit A. Compared to the next model up, the X-E2S, the X-A3 has a lower quality build and fewer direct controls, and also lacks the electronic viewfinder of that model. The X-A3 also uses a traditional (Bayer) color filter rather than the X-Trans filters found on the company's more expensive models, such as the X-E2S. With an MSRP of $599 including a lens, the X-A3 is competitively priced, with peers such as the Canon EOS M10, Nikon D3400, Olympus E-PL8, Panasonic GX850 and the yes-it's-still-in-production Sony a6000. Yep, pretty crowded. It's worth mentioning the X-A10, which is Fujifilm's entry-level model. Among other things, it has an older/lower resolution sensor, non-touch LCD and lacks 1080/60p support.

Pros

Excellent detail capture and dynamic range in Raw images
Pleasing JPEG colors
Excellent battery life (for a mirrorless camera)
Twin control dials
180° tilting touchscreen LCD
Useful Film Simulation modes
USB charging

Cons

Overall sluggish operation
Slow, unreliable AF system, with poor subject tracking and face detection
Frequent AF 'hunting' when recording video
Burst rate of 1 fps when tracking subjects
Buffer fills quickly when shooting Raw
LCD difficult to see in bright light
Limited video capture tools
Cannot adjust exposure comp. in manual mode w/Auto ISO
No external battery charger included

Quick Specs

Effective pixels 24.2 million pixels
Storage SD Card (-2G) / SDHC Card (-32G) / SDXC Card (-256G) UHS-I*1
Face detection Yes
Eye detection Yes
Image stab. Supported with OIS type lens
Exposure mode P(Program AE) / A(Aperture Priority AE) / S(Shutter Speed Priority AE) / M(Manual Exposure)
Exposure control TTL 256-zone metering, Multi / Spot / Average
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The X-A3 is the smallest of Fujifilm’s compact system cameras, but it follows the same kind of design principles, being retro or old-fashioned in appearance. It’s available in a variety of colours, including the pink and silver...

We had high hopes for the Fujifilm X-A3 when it was announced. After all, it has a nice sensor, pleasant design, broad feature set and excellent battery life. Unfortunately, the camera is laggy, the AF system very underwhelming...

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