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.
Susan Ovington says
I would take a pic of my new craft room!
Nicole J says
I’d take a photo of my son and my pets first. Looks like an amazing camera! Thanks for the chance!
Natalie Grist says
My wonderful children of course!
Jessica J says
I would likely take a picture of a flower or some sort of plant. I don’t know why but I seem to enjoy taking pictures of flowers :)
I would take pictures of my kids. :)
Christina Stimson says
I would take a picture of my girls :)
I would take a picture of Our Christmas tree first … you know the one I refuse to take down because it’s awesome lol But would really look forward to making this our new travel camera..and everyday social media camera!!!
Gail O'Connor says
I’ve been following you for just over a year now. I love your stuff :) you’re an amazing lady! Thank you for the chance for such a lovely camera
Clair Palmer says
hahah to be honest myself I would love to check out the selfie mode on it :D but then of course after would be kids and fur babies
sue frampton says
My first pic would be of the kids outside in the sunshine , Nice camera
Gina M. says
First thing I’d take a picture of would be my beautiful children! 😃 They’re not so little anymore, but I love them and don’t nearly have as many pictures of them as I’d like. ❤
margo b says
I would take pics of my kid, he loves getting is pics taken and he’s always making funny faces, this would be such a fantastic win, thanks for the contest
Beth DiMauro says
I would take a selfie first
Amy R says
I’m going to Africa soon and a new camera would be amazing!
I would take a picture of my dog (she would probably be great friends with yours!). She’s a senior dog I adopted a year ago and the sweetest fog I’ve ever met! I also work in social media management and this would help with taking client pictures for sure!
I would take pictures of everything!
Paul Clayton says
I would take a selfie with my grands :-)
Dawn M. says
I would take photos of the day trips that include my brother, his wife, his step son, our Mom and myself, when we head up to the mountains. My sister in law and nephew are from China, they both love the mountains so much it would be wonderful to capture the joy on both their faces, and on my mom’s face watching her first grandson. The pride my mom has for her son at being such a wonderful husband and father.
Paula Comeau says
I would take wonderful pictures of my daughters grade 8 graduation!
Sherry moffitt says
Would take pictures of my grandson and 6 dachshunds.
Ashley cabral says
I would take a picture of my dog, Phoebe.
ASHLEY CABRAL says
I WOULD TEST OUT THE CAMERA BY SNAPPING A PHOTO OF MY SHIHTZU, PHOEBE!
First of all, I have to say that you have inspired me so much. I keep up with you on Fb and really want to thank you so much for sharing your journey. Your story has inspired me to write my own sober story, and in turn really begin to live life!
If I win this camera I plan to take lots of pictures of my family and the joy we have of living and feeling and enjoying our lives together!
I would Love to my very first Family Photo with all 10 of my Children .. Epic Giveaway. . .. and Awesome Review …Thank you
Kacie Becker says
This Camera looks amazing!!! Would be great for our upcoming trip to Moab!!!
My sweet fur babies will be my first models!
Cheryl P says
We are picking up a brand new puppy in 2 weeks…..1st one! He will be to help my daughter with her anxiety….but man oh man he is adorable. I see many many pictures being taken real soon!
Melissa d says
The first pic i would take would be if my two beautiful girls. The first of many that is.
Shawna Leighton says
We are heading to Jays spring training, I would use this camera to capture some awesome action shots!
Susan Hanley says
My first picture would be of my grandchildren or our dog, depending on who I see first.
diane edwards says
The first picture I would take would be of my little puppy Ella Bella
I would be taking a picture of our two bunnies :-) thank you for the chance..
September Dee says
My first photo would be of my precious dog Jaxx that I rescued. He is the apple of my eye and the best friend!
I would take photos of my wonderful family
Robyn L says
first I’d take a picture of hubby Mike; don’t have a recent one.
christina rogers says
i would take a picture of my son in his suit he picked out for his senior high prom !
Karen Hayes says
I’d take a pic of my beautiful yorkie pup
Chandra Christine O'Connor says
I’d take a picture of my granddaughter for the first shot and probably mostly of her everytime I use it. Lol
Chantal A says
I would take a picture of my mom and kids
My baby boy!
Carla Young says
My family! It looks like it takes amazing people photos!
Linda Hall says
The first picture I’d take with this fabulous camera would be of my 1 year old granddaughter!
Hmm mm….probably my daughter…or the dog….lol
I would give the camera to my wife! And she would likely take a pic of the kids and the dogs
I would take a picture of my daughter first!
I would take a picture of my kids!
Leeanne C says
I would love to take a picture of me by the effiel tower in Paris if I win this awesome camera. Sure gonna be a trip to remember and capture those memories.
Bonnie Becker says
I would take photos of our upcoming March break trip.
jas starry says
I would first take a picture of my Family <3
Stephanie Poole says
I’d take pictures of my little girl.
i would take pictures of my daughter
Melissa Bissett says
Taking photos of my new baby girl 😀 She’s 2 weeks old!!
Tina Thornton says
It would be a dream come true to win this for my son . Thanks for the chance to win .
Brenda Lacourciere says
My first picture would be of my grandkids.
amanda p. says
I would take a pic of my fur babies.
Nicole Boersma says
Would definitely be snapping my kids, creating lasting memories 😊
Chris McCoy says
I would take a picture of the camera itself in a mirror, for both sharing the news and for insurance records. :) my mom taught me that. :) then it would be family, dogs, birds, flowers, fish, wildlife, flowers again…lol
Alayne Langford says
I would take a picture of my family for sure!! ☺️
Christine D says
My family, my wedding, lots is special events, our hikes, camping trips!
Diane McKellar says
this is such a fun prize would love to win
Elizabeth Vlug says
I would probably stroll down to our waterfront and snap away. I love how the harbour and pier look in the winter, especially after a really cold snap or big snowfall. Thanks for the review and of course the giveaway.
Definitely some great new pics of my children!
Tracy Morin says
The very first thing I would take a picture of is one of my dogs. They are getting older and it would be great to have some super shots of them before they leave this world.
Robert Engelbrecht says
I’ll get a great picture of myself as it’s my birthday !
My morning coffee
Phebe P. says
I would take a picture of my daughters. It’s been awhile since they have had pictures together
Debbie F says
I would take a picture of the deer that come into our yard.
Sara Charlebois says
I would take pictures of my little girl!
I would take a picture of my 3 kids.
Holly D says
I would take pictures of my beautiful nieces!
Wayne Lecoy says
It would be terrific to win a Fujifilm X-A3 kit.
In response to your question of
What would you take a picture of first with this camera?
I would take a picture of my cat.
Thank you for having this contest.
Larisa Roiberg says
What a great contest!!! I would take a road trip to take lots of photos. Thank you for a chance.
Pam R says
I am participating in a photography blog this year so although I should say the first photo would be of my kids or my hubby or puppy, it would likely be one of the topics for that week instead!
I would take a pic of the neighbour’s dog. He is adorable!
BobbiJo Pentney says
The first picture I would take would be of my children
Barb W says
I would take pics of my son!
lisa neutel says
that’s easy I would take pictures of my kiddos
The first thing I would take a picture of is my 9-year-old son. Second thing would be myself ;P
Patrick Morrell says
take a pic of my new deck!
Kayla Short says
I would love to shoot outdoors! This camera looks perfect for on the go or exploring!
Thanks for the chance!
Amna P. says
My first photo would be of our hummingbirds, it’s hard to get a good quality photo of them with my phone :D
Amy C says
I would first take a picture of my two kittens.
Shane Smith says
I’d love to take some photos of my wife with the boys, because she is always behind the camera!
I would take a landscape picture first, maybe capturing a sunset on our property.
Karla Sceviour says
I would probably take a picture of my cat first!!
My growing children
I would take a picture of the snow!
Susanne McCarthy says
My kids before they head out the door to school…..;)
Taylor Herperger says
If I won this, I would take a photo of my family first!
jennifer capin says
My boys <3
I would love to take pictures of my newborn son.
I would love to give this to my sister since she is expecting and due in March. So the first picture we will take will be her baby!
Ken c says
My beautiful grand daughter she brings a smile to our faces.
I would be so excited I wouldn’t know what to take a photo of first! I would definitely take lots of family photos.
I would take pictures of my family
Wanda Tracey says
I would take pictures of my funny little grandson who is a joy to be with and lots of scenery.
I could take both him and scenery together too. Thanks for the chance!! :)
I lve scenery pics, mostly trees. They are so unique and really pretty especially snow covered
paula cook says
I would take this camera on my very first trip down south .. my hubby and I are getting married July 07 2017 and this would be such a wonderful camera to win to capture our wedding memories
the first photo I would take of would be of my husband since he would be home with me!
Well, I’m a huge cat lady, so my first picture and probably 90% of the pictures after that would be of one of my cats
T Schmidt says
I’d like to say my kids, but I’d probably take a picture of mt cat first :)
I’d take a photo of my husband.
I would take a picture of my charming husband
Does Fuji XA3 can stand at the snowy weather? Because i read that XA3 is not weather proof
Damon Meister says
I am looking for a secondary camera, and still kind of torn between a Fuji and Olympus. But thanks for sharing the review nonetheless!