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.

Key Features

  • 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 77-point contrast-detect AF system
  • 3" touchscreen LCD w/180° upward tilt
  • Twin control dials
  • Film Simulation modes
  • 1080/60p/24p video
  • Wi-Fi w/remote capture

Everything there is consistent with recent Fujifilm X-series cameras, except for the aforementioned lack of the X-Trans filter and a contrast-detect-only AF system.

Compared to...

The X-A3's closest peers, in our opinion, are the Canon EOS M10, Olympus E-PL8 and Panasonic GX850. The chart below sheds some light on how they compare in terms of spec.

Canon M10 Fuji X-A3 Olympus E-PL8 Panasonic GX850
Sensor size APS-C APS-C Four Thirds Four Thirds
Resolution 18MP 24MP 16MP 16MP
Lens mount EF-M X-mount Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Image stabilization Lens-based Lens-based In-body Lens-based
AF system Hybrid Contrast-detect
LCD type 3", 180° tilt-up
Touchscreen Yes
Built-in flash Yes Yes Clip-on Yes
Flash sync 1/200 sec 1/180 sec 1/250 sec 1/50 sec
Burst rate (w/AF) 2.2 fps 3 fps 3.7 fps 6 fps
# control dials 1 2 1 1
Video 1080/30p 1080/60p 1080/30p 4K/UHD
Wireless Wi-Fi w/NFC Wi-Fi Wi-Fi Wi-Fi
Battery life 255 shots 410 shots 350 shots 210 shots
Dimensions 108x67x35mm 117x57x40mm 117x68x38mm 106x65x33mm
Weight 301 g 339 g 374 g 336 g

Aside from its 24 Megapixel sensor, twin control dials and excellent battery life, the X-A3 otherwise sits in the middle of the above group. If it had a hybrid (contrast + phase detection) AF system and 4K video, it would more readily rise to the top.

Potential X-A3 buyers may also be interested in where it fits in Fujifilm's line-up. It sits above the entry-level X-A10 but considerably below the X-E2S. Here's a quick comparison of what each of these cameras offer, and whether it's worth spending more (or less) for something other than the X-A3.

Fuji X-A10 Fuji X-A3 Fuji X-E2S
Body w/kit lens $499 $599 $999*
Sensor 16MP Bayer 24MP Bayer 16MP X-Trans
AF system Contrast-detect Contrast-detect Hybrid
AF points 49 77 77
Max ISO 25600 25600 51200
LCD 3", flip-up 3", flip-up 3", fixed
Touchscreen No Yes No
EVF None None Yes
Max burst 6 fps 6 fps 7 fps
# control dials 1 2 1
Video 1080/30p 1080/60p 1080/60p
Battery life (CIPA) 410 shots 410 shots 350 shots

* includes a faster, more expensive kit lens (F2.8-4) than the X-A10 and X-A3 (F3.5-5.6)

Unless you're really strapped for cash, there's no reason to buy the X-A10 – which has generations-old Fuijfilm tech – when the X-A3 is available. Whether you want to pay significantly more than the price of the X-A3 is another story, and depends on your needs and budget. The X-E2S (read our review) comes with a better build and numerous dials, customizable controls, and improved AF performance.

Review history:

July 12, 2017: Originally published using camera with v1.3 firmware.
July 20, 2017: Updated to reflect firmware v2.0 image quality improvements.