Fujifilm X-A3 Review
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.
- 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.
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|
|Lens mount||EF-M||X-mount||Micro Four Thirds||Micro Four Thirds|
|LCD type||3", 180° tilt-up|
|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|
|Battery life||255 shots||410 shots||350 shots||210 shots|
|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|
|LCD||3", flip-up||3", flip-up||3", fixed|
|Max burst||6 fps||6 fps||7 fps|
|# control dials||1||2||1|
|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.
July 12, 2017: Originally published using camera with v1.3 firmware.
July 20, 2017: Updated to reflect firmware v2.0 image quality improvements.
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