IS THERE REALLY such a thing as a “retro-themed camera” anymore? Throwback styles are the norm. Take Fujifilm’s latest mirrorless camera, with its aluminum body swathed in faux leather. It’ll look great in your study next to your globe bar and real-leather-bound tomes.

The Fujifilm X-A3 is built around a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor, which is the same size as the imager found in most consumer DSLRs. Like its predecessor, the X-A1, the X-A3’s new sensor has a Bayer pattern color filter like practically every other camera. That means you’re not getting the unique “X-Trans” sensor in the higher-end Fujifilm X-T2 and X100T, which was designed to make images look like they were shot with film cameras. With the X-A3, sharpness and color likely won’t look as delicious.

Then again, those X-Trans cameras cost more than twice as much as the X-A3.

This shooter also doesn’t have all the knobs, buttons, and advanced features of those higher-end Fujis, but the sensor size and specs are still solid for its $600 price tag. There’s a 49-point autofocus system (compared to the X-T2’s 325-point system), a top continuous shooting speed of 6fps (compared to 14fps), and 1080p video recording (stepping up will get you 4K capabilities).

That’s right. As with the X-A1, the X-A3’s three-inch touchscreen tilts all the way up so you can see it from the front. This latest model, though, picks up a few tricks that help you take smarter selfies. When you flip the screen up, the camera automatically focuses on your eyes. There’s also a feature that automatically triggers the shutter when you smile, or when people huddle in front of the lens. When you’re using the camera to shoot the world around you and not just your own beaming face, the touchscreen offers smartphone-like touch-focus and pinch-to-zoom controls.


FUJIFILM X-A3 Key Features:

  • * 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • * EXR Processor II
    • * Start-up time of 0.5 seconds
    • *AF speed of 0.3 seconds
    • * Shutter lag time of 0.05 seconds
    • * Shooting interval time of 0.4 seconds
  • * NEW – 49-point focus areas for AF in the Single Point mode
  • * Zone and Wide / Tracking modes with 77-point focus areas
  • * New functions -“Release Priority / Focus Priority” and “AF+MF”
  • * 3” (920K dot) high resolution touch LCD screen that can be tilted to 180°
  • * Class-leading macro photography distance of approximately 2.75”
  • * Full range of ISO200 – ISO25600
  • * In-camera RAW processing
  • * NEW – “PRO Neg.Hi” and “PRO Neg.Std.”and other film simulation modes
  • * NEW – Panorama and Time Lapse functions.
  • * NEW – Interlocking of Metering and AF areas, support for the Adobe RGB color space, and choice of different colors in Focus Peaking for assisting MF.Full HD recording (1080/60p, 50p, 24p)
  • * Wi-Fi® image transfer and remote camera operation
  • * Photos can be sent to the INSTAX Share Printer using the free INSTAX Share App (iOS and Android) SHARE * Smartphone Printer

Availability and Pricing

The new FUJIFILM X-A3 Kit (with XC16-50mmF3.5-5.6 OIS II) will be available in October 2016 in the U.S. for USD $599.95. It will be available in Silver, Brown, and Pink.

Fujifilm X-A3 specifications 

MSRP $599 (with 16-50mm lens)
Body type
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution 6000 x 4000
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 24 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter array Primary color filter
ISO Auto, 200-6400 (expandable to 100-25600)
Boosted ISO (minimum) 100
Boosted ISO (maximum) 25600
White balance presets 7
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal
File format
  • JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3)
  • RAW (Fujifilm RAF format)
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp Yes
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 77
Lens mount Fujifilm X
Focal length multiplier 1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,040,000
Touch screen Yes
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic) 1/32000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program AE
  • Shutter Priority
  • Aperture Priority
  • Manual
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 7.00 m (at ISO 200)
External flash Yes
Flash modes Auto, flash on, flash off, slow synchro, rear-curtain synchro, commander
Flash X sync speed 1/180 sec
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive 6.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Average
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 24p)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC card
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone port No
Headphone port No
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11b/g/n
Remote control Yes (Wired or via smartphone)
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description NP-W126S lithium-ion battery & USB charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 410
Weight (inc. batteries) 339 g (0.75 lb / 11.96 oz)
Dimensions 117 x 67 x 40 mm (4.61 x 2.64 x 1.57)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
GPS None