Fujifilm X-A3 Mirrorless Camera for the Holidays!
The holiday season is a special time of year. For many, it’s a chance to see friends and family they wouldn’t otherwise see the rest of the year. It’s also an opportunity to disengage from the hustle and bustle and take time to recharge, reconnect and reminisce. With all the holiday events and festive family gatherings happening during this time, it’s the perfect occasion to capture those spontaneous moments. So, having a reliable camera around is important. This year I’ll have on hand the Fujifilm X-A3 camera — it’s dependable, simple to use and takes fantastic photos.
The Fujifilm X-A3 is the newest version in their X-A series entry level camera. It has several upgrades from its predecessor the X-A2, and for a rookie like me, that makes picture taking easier, simpler and whole lot more fun.
The Fujifilm X-A3 camera comes with an XC16-50mmF3.5-5.6 OIS II lens, USB cable, body cap, rechargeable battery, AC power adapter and the all-important owner’s manual. For the newbie photographer or those who just want hassle-free picture taking, this camera offers automatic and point-and-shoot SR+ options, and for those who know their way around a camera, they have the option to adjust the aperture and shutter speed manually. All of these options will have you functioning and snapping photos like a pro without a lot of effort or photography skills. The X-A3 comes in three mod colors, silver, pink and brown.
In addition to a wide range of shooting modes, the FUJIFILM X-A3 just like the X-A2 offers a selection of versatile scene positions that ensure optimum results no matter what the scene.
The Fujifilm X-A3 mirrorless camera still maintains the same nostalgic look, but with a few minor changes. The selector panel, mount area, and top cover are aluminum and the flash button has been moved from the rear to the side of the camera. Plus, it’s slimmer, sleeker and has a better grip. Below are some of the amazing features of the X-A3 camera. I think you’ll be impressed.
Stimulation Modes & Creative Advanced Filters
The X-A3 has eleven Simulation Modes which include the Pro Neg Hi, Pro Neg Standard, Microchrome+Ye, Monochrome+R and Monochrome+G. It also includes two new Creative Advanced Filters, Fish Eye and Cross Screen.
The battery has been improved for handling the heat that’s created while taking videos. Plus, the battery no longer has to use a dedicated battery charger, it can be charged with a USB cable from an AC adapter or your computer.
The 3-inch touch LCD on the X-A3 flips up 180°. To facilitate a selfie, simply rotate the screen up then pull it up slightly so it rotates around properly. Face and eye detection are automatically enabled. In shooting mode, you can set it to either touch to focus or touch to snap a photo. If you have it set up in touch to shoot, all you have to do is touch the area you want captured.
New Image Sensor
One of the biggest upgrades is the image sensor. It has an increased resolution of 24 MP, which gives you outstanding image definition, clarity, and quality. There are also 3 new Autofocus modes, Single Point, Zone and Wide.
I took this photo in one of our parks and despite it being a super windy day, the image turned out really nice. The color saturation is beautiful in SR+ mode. I didn’t have to adjust anything, I just aimed and shoot the scene.
Super Intelligent Flash
The X-A3 has a more intelligent flash that will sense how much light you’ll need for the best picture in any lighting situation. Use the built-in pop-up Flash and it will automatically determine if you need the full power of a flash or reduce it down to shooting just a few pulses so your images are not washed out.
The X-A3 has a plethora of different modes to create just the look you’re going for. A total of ten Advanced Filters are available, including the new “Fisheye” and “Cross Screen” as well as Toy Camera, Miniature, Dynamic Tone, Pop Color, Soft Focus, High Key, Low Key and Partial Color. I test drove a few of them and here’s what they look like.
One of the cutest features on the X-A3 is the Toy Camera mode; I’ve always wanted to try it out. It enables you to take photos that look like they were taken by a vintage toy camera. This mode brightens the center and darkens the edges of the photograph, bringing your eye to the subject in the center. It’s a great little feature, and we love it.
This time of year is filled with the twinkling of holidays lights. People have decked their homes and yards with colorful lights, decorations and ornaments. Some yards are so elaborate that it takes them months to set up. I snapped this Christmas train image in Night mode. It’s for shooting in low light situations and sets your camera to use a longer shutter speed to help capture details of the background but it also fires off a flash to illuminate the foreground. All Aboard for the North Pole!
Sunset photos are some of the prettiest captures. The sunset mode seizes the bold colors, dramatic light and unique landscape as the sun sets. A prairie landscape never looked so beautiful. This was an effortless capture, I just put the camera is sunset mode and snapped my photo.
You can have a lot of fun switching things up to see what an image would like in different modes. Here’s a Santa ornament that we shot in standard SR+ mode and several others.
The SR+ mode took a crisp clear image that shows all of the ornaments features. His coat looks so real that you could reach out and touch it.
The Soft Focus mode is basically a neat little trick that lets you blur an area of your photo. This blurring feature gives the appearance of being softly out of focus. It’s an efficient and effective approach to blurring your images while retaining sharp edges.
The Fish Eye mode distorts your images making them look like your subject is in a bubble. It’s a creative way to distort your images; we loved the effect. It opens up a whole new world of fun and unpredictable panoramic photo shots. Just a tip, this feature will make people look wider than they are.
The Pop Color mode heightens the brightness of the colors in your photos. It emphasizes contrast and color saturation. It really makes the images pop right off the page.
With the holiday season in full swing, we want to remember those special moments. The best way to do that is to memorialize them forever with a Fujifilm X-A3 camera. It’s fairly easy to learn and a pleasure to use. Regardless of your skill level, the X-A3 is for everyone. Happy Holidays.
Disclaimer: The Fujifilm X-A3 camera was sent to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own!