Fujifilm X-A3 Mirrorless Camera 2020 Detailed Review.
Fujifilm X-A3 Mirrorless Camera: With the Fujifilm X-A2, consumers loved the fantastic image quality in a stylish and easy to use package. The new X-A3 might look a lot like its predecessor, but there are some major changes under the hood that make this a major step up for photography buffs.
Fujifilm was a well-respected camera manufacturer back in the film days, and their digital offerings are a bit of a throwback. The camera is a well-built machine made from aluminum and leather, leaving you with a very solid and luxurious feel in the hand.
It’s got a huge touchscreen on the back that can flip upwards if you want to take photos in “selfie-mode,” and a well laid out control scheme. Even compared to some of the plastic DSLRs that cost several times the price, the X-A3 looks and feels like a premium product.
Ease of Use
The control layout is virtually identical to the well-appointed X-A2 model. Although designed similarly to the “rangefinder” cameras of yesteryear, Fujifilm has done away with any kind of viewfinder.
Instead, it’s been replaced with a huge LCD screen that shows you a bright, high-resolution representation of what your composition will look like. Historically, we’ve been a fan of LCD-only cameras as taking photos at arm’s length can be a bit of an affair.
But with the massive display in the X-A3, this process is even easier than we anticipated. The display also swivels both up and down, so whether you’re trying to get a shot in close to the ground or holding the camera above your head at a concert, you can still see what’s going one.
The camera comes with a beefy 24.2 MP sensor that is able to take crystal clear shots in both day and nighttime conditions. This is an APS-C sensor, the same size you’ll find in consumer-grade SLR cameras. The sensor has a rated sensitivity of up to ISO 25600.
The images were completely noised free all the way up to ISO 6400 – sensitive enough for nighttime conditions. If you’re trying to take shots with a quick shutter speed in the dark you do have the ability to go up to ISO 12800, but beyond this point, noise becomes a lot more prominent.
The camera includes the standard connections including a USB 2.0 port, as well as an SDXC card slot supporting a theoretical maximum storage size of 512gb.
This is also a class 10 card, giving you 10 MB/S transfer rates. You should definitely spend the extra money on a high-speed card, otherwise, you’ll see the reduced performance in HD video recording and burst mode shots.
In addition to the standard connectivity options, the camera also has built-in Wi-Fi. This allows you to sync the camera with your phone, or connect to Fuji’s instant photo printers. If you want to show off your images slideshow style, there is a micro HDMI port that you can use to connect directly to your TV.
The Fujifilm X-A3 is an incredibly attractive looking camera. You can get it in three colors, Brown (our personal favorite,) Black, and Pink. It feels as good as it looks, too. All of the buttons are solid and actuate with a tactile “click” not often found in consumer products.
The only complaint was the lens. It’s made primarily from plastic. While it works quite well, we thought it would feel better of the lens was made from the same aluminum material as the camera body.
However, one of the main reasons that people choose mirrorless cameras is the lightweight design. Since the lens is so large, making it out of metal would likely double the weight and make the camera a little more cumbersome to use.
If you’re looking for an upgrade from your point and shoot, the Fujifilm X-A3 can offer you SLR grade image quality in a stylish and durable package that is much more affordable than most SLRs on the market. Some people may be concerned about the lack of accessories available for the platform.
While you don’t get the same range of lenses as some of Canons professional cameras, Fuji has enough compatible lenses on the market that you should still be able to find whatever it is you need. Whether it’s a long-range zoom lens, a prime lens, or even something rare like a fisheye or a macro lens, Fuji has got you covered.