Fujifilm has revealed the X-A3, a low-end mirrorless camera to replace the X-A2 with a new sensor. It is joined by an XF 23mm f/2 R WR lens, which is a compact, lightweight, and weathersealed solution for higher-end X-mount cameras.
Inside sources have recently confirmed that the Fujifilm X-A3 is real and that it is planned to become official shortly. In addition to the mirrorless camera, the Japanese company would also introduce the XF 23mm f/2 R WR wide-angle prime lens.
Both rumors have turned into a reality ahead of the Photokina 2016 event. The products have been introduced and they are expected to become available on the market this fall, but first let’s see what they have to offer!
Fujifilm X-A3 announced with 24.2MP sensor
The Japan-based manufacturer decided that there is no point in waiting until Photokina 2016 to announce some new products. First of all, here is the X-A3, a mirrorless camera that features a 24.2-megapixel sensor, up from the 16-megapixel unit used in its predecessor.
For the time being, this entry-level shooter does not make the jump to an X-Trans array. Instead it continues to use a conventional Bayer unit. Either way, the sensor offers a native ISO sensitivity between 200 and 6400, while the expanded one goes from 100 up to 25600.
The mirrorless camera is aimed at beginner photographers as well as selfie enthusiasts. This is why it has an LCD touchscreen on the back which can tilt upwards by 180 degrees. The whole display is viewable when tilted up and users can capture a photo using the command dial, which is more accessible than the shutter button.
If you do not want to use the command dial, then the shutter can be automatically triggered when a subject in the photo smiles or when more people come in the frame. To aid in the quest for the perfect selfie, Fujifilm X-A3 offers Eye Detection AF and Portrait Enhanced mode.
In-body RAW processor and WiFi technology will make your life easier
This camera is powered by an EXR Processor II, which offers a 0.5-second boot time, 0.3-second AF speed, 0.05-second shutter lag, and 0.4-second shooting interval. Fuji’s new camera also comes with 49-point autofocus areas in Single Point mode and Wide / Tracking modes that offer focus areas consisting of 77 AF points.
Another novelty consists of the interlocking of the autofocus and metering areas. Focus Peaking is also improved and comes with the possibility of choosing more colors when focusing. There is no 4K video recording, but full HD capturing is supported at up to 60fps.
Photographers choosing to shoot RAW photos can process the files directly within the camera. They can also make use of 11 film simulation modes and 10 creative filters. Both time-lapse and panorama functions are available as well.
Just like in its predecessor, WiFi is built into the Fujifilm X-A3. The remainder of the specs list includes a built-in flash, electronic shutter with 1/32000th of a second maximum speed, 6fps burst mode, and an SD card slot.
Fuji’s XF 23mm f/2 R WR prime will be another fan-favorite lens
As mirrorless cameras are compact and lightweight, users are demanding likewise lenses. Following into the footsteps of the XF 35mm f/2 R WR, the XF 23mm f/2 R WR lens is now official.
It will provide a full-frame focal length equivalent of 35mm and it will be great to use in combination with the high-end X-Pro2 and X-T2 cameras. Thanks to the Phase-Detection AF system available in the shooters, the lens can autofocus in as little as 0.05 seconds.
The new XF 23mm f/2 R WR is weathersealed, therefore dust, moisture, and low temperatures will not bother it, nor affect its performance. The optic is scheduled to be released this September for $449.95, while the X-A3 mirrorless camera is coming this October for $599.95 alongside an XC 16-50mm kit lens.