Today I’m really excited to be sharing my Fuji X-A3 Camera Review with you all. As a Mom, we lead busy lives focused on our families. There is nothing that can fill my heart up faster than hearing one of my girls giggle because they’re enjoying themselves. These moments mean so much and I store them in my heart vault and bring them out on those oh-so hard days. As I look through my photo albums here on the blog or in person, I’m struck by the fact that a photo isn’t just a reflection of a moment in time but of a memory.
For me, these moments can be lost quickly as I have a brain injury that steals many from me. Over the years I’ve learned that having my camera on hand means that I have a tangible reminder that can spur on the memory, out of the fog and into my heart. You know that feeling…the one where you see a photo for the first time and then you have to look twice because you have a stirring of an echo of a feeling in your soul. Isn’t it beautiful what a photo can do?
Fuji X-A3 Camera Review
Today I have the pleasure of telling you about a mirrorless camera which is lightweight, compact and capable of taking some VERY impressive photos just on the Automatic setting. I’m often asked about cameras that are good for the non-technical person and the Fuji X-A3 is one I’d recommend highly, not just for the average shooter but for anyone who wants to explore the Manual mode as well.
Things I adore about this camera:
Retro Look & Quality
The X-A3 will come bundled with the XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS II lens in your choice of three colors: silver, brown or pink. With the 24MP APS-C sensor, this camera gives better image quality in low light situations and makes it easier to isolate the subject from the background, giving you more control of depth of field.
Also noteworthy is that this camera is USB chargeable. This is a wonderful thing for travellers who don’t want to take the full battery charger along with them. Fuji has put thought into the performance and battery life and the end result is that you can take approximately 410 photos with the battery.
Adorable shot of Olive on Auto mode – look at the detail
Of course our Cocoa needed to be included
The camera has a 3″ LCD that flips upward by 180 degrees and slide it up, it automatically inverts the shot for the perfect selfie. This enables face detection and eye detection for focus. You can also use the command dial on the back of the camera to snap your shot, this allows for a firm grip on the camera so no drops!
If you can look past the look on my face…check out the focus quality on both of our faces
This is my daughter being silly with a selfie…but look at that quality!
I zoomed right in and look how crisp her eyes are
The LCD is touch-enabled and includes a new ‘touch zoom’ feature.
When you use the Self Timer mode, it offers Smile Detection, Buddy Timer and Group Timer modes without any effort. When you have this enabled, you don’t have to press the shutter…just smile and it will take your shot. With the Buddy Timer mode, if you set it to recognize 3 people in the shot and it recognizes there are 3 in the space it will take the photo…how cool is that!
This is a BIG deal for me! Having the LCD screen be touch focus is liberating. No longer am I struggling to get one area of the screen to be my focal point, I simply touch it and voila.
Can you guess where I touched? Backwards on the left at the stem
There are two settings for this: “Touch” where it’s the touch screen focus and “Shot” where I can just touch the screen and it will focus, then automatically snap the photo.
In the Playback mode, the touch screen allows me to swipe between images and also pinch and zoom just as I would on a smart phone.
Film Simulation and Filters
It has 11 film simulations and 10 advanced filters to help you take unique pictures which are perfect for social sharing immediately using the wireless features.
A quick shot of Brad using the Advanced Filter with the Blue option
The Sepia filter option
The Toy Camera mode
Again the Partial Colour mode – blue
Partial Colour mode – Red
Using the Fish Eye
Full on Auto
The Fuji X-A3 features a newly-developed 24.2MP APS-C sensor which in a nutshell, means you end up with crisp images in a wide range of shooting conditions, and excels in naturally reproducing skin tones, textures and colors.
The X-A3 has built in wifi that allows you to connect directly to your smartphone and transfer your images. This is fantastic for sharing on social media. You can also use the Fuji Remote App to control the camera with your phone which is great for big group shots with you in them.
If you have the Instax Share Printer, you can easily connect the X-A3 to it and print instantly!
From landscapes and portraits to macro shots, this camera is EASY to use and has the quality to produce amazing images.
Video and Audio
If you’re like me, you love taking video and with the X-A3 it couldn’t be more simple. It has full HD video, the frame rate can be changed from 24 – 60 frames per second and you can control shutter speed, aperture and ISO. Personally, I use the auto settings and love how the face detection will follow me around the screen.
You will need an SD card that can handle this quality and remember that clips can be 14 minutes in length.
#Fuji4Families Twitter Party
- Date: Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
- Time: 9 pm EST
- Hashtag: #Fuji4Families
- Hosts: @FujiGuys; @SJConsulting_CA
- Eligibility: Open to Canada
Prizing: Total Prize Value of $2400!
Grand Prize: X-A3 Camera/kit (valued at $750 CAD)
2nd Prize –X-A10 camera/kit (valued at $600 CAD)
2 Prize Winners of –2 SP-2 printers + film (valued at $250 CAD each)
5 Prize Winners of – mini 8 instax cameras + film (valued at $110 CAD each)
Come join us for some great conversation, prizing and FUN!
Enter to WIN a Fuji X-A3 Camera!
I’m super excited to announce that we have 1 Fujifilm X-A3 kit valued at $750 to giveaway to one Canadian reader!
Giveaway ends Feb 15th, open to Canadian residents, excluding Quebec – please see Terms & Conditions for more details!
Disclosure: I am participating in the FujiFilm campaign managed by SJ Consulting. I received compensation in exchange for my participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own.