Features & Controls

The image sensor found in the Fujifilm X-A3 is a bit of a change from some past mirrorless Fujifilm cameras, as it's not an X-Trans sensor, as is found on some Fujifilm mirrorless cameras with a higher price point.

It's an APS-C sized image sensor (measuring 23.5 by 15.7 mm), and it offers 24.2 megapixels of resolution, which is more than enough for most non-professional photographers.

The X-A3 can record images in large, medium, and small resolution sizes, and you can record at a 3:2, 16:9, or 1:1 aspect ratio at each image size.

The lens mount is a Fujifilm X mount, allowing you to attach compatible lenses with that mount. The lens release button is to the lower left of the lens mount. You'll line up the red dot on the lens mount with the red dot on the lens to screw the lens onto the camera properly.

The AF focus assist lamp is shown here in the upper left corner of the photo.

To the lower right is the focus mode toggle switch. This is the same toggle switch that has appeared on other Fujifilm mirrorless cameras. You can pick from three focus settings.:

  • M - Manual focus mode
  • C - AF-C autofocus mode (continuous)
  • S - AF-S autofocus mode (single)

three quarters view.jpg
An XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 II lens shipped with the Fujifilm X-A3 that I tested. The X-A3 will work with any X mount lenses.

In this photo you can see the right hand grip (left side of the photo), which is a really nice feature for gripping this thin camera comfortably. Some Fujifilm mirrorless cameras have a tacky surface on the camera, but the X-A3's black model does not. It's a smooth surface.

Our review unit is black with silver trim, but brown and pink models with silver trim are available too.

Lens view 2.jpg
You can change the focal length setting for the lens with the large ring in the upper portion of this photo. The current focal length setting is indicated by the number aligned with the black vertical mark on the lens.

The ring that's partly visible at the extreme top of this photo is the manual focus ring.

The rings are both of a large enough size that they're easy to use.

Top buttons view.jpg
The top panel of the A3 has a few different control options. The hot shoe on the far left of this photo (center of the top panel) is available for adding an external flash unit or an external viewfinder (both of which must be purchased separately).

To the right is the mode dial. The options are:

  • P - Program AE
  • S - Shutter Priority AE
  • A - Aperture Priority AE
  • M - Manual
  • C - Custom
  • Night - Moon and star icon
  • Sport - Running man icon
  • Landscape - Mountain icon
  • Portrait Enhancer - Person's head icon
  • SP - Portrait
  • Adv - Advanced Filter
  • SR+ - Advanced SR Auto
The last seven settings in our list are automatic settings with little to no manual control. The P, S, A, M, and C settings provide at least some level of manual control over the settings. I think Fujifilm could made this mode dial a little smaller and removed some of the specific automatic settings, which basically are scene modes.

To the right of the mode dial is the shutter button. It's surrounded by a power switch. Even though the shutter button looks small in this photo, it's a comfortable size to use.

The Fn button is to the right of the shutter button. Its default is for the X-A3's ISO setting, but you can assign any one of a couple dozen different settings to this button. Below the Fn button is a command dial, used for changing a few different settings, including for example, the EV setting.

Flash view.jpg

The popup flash unit with the X-A3 rises out of a compartment on the far left of the top panel of the camera. You'll press a button on the left side of the camera (as you're holding it) to raise the flash.

The available flash modes are Auto, Forced Flash, Slow Synchro, Suppressed Flash, 2nd Curtain Sync, and Commander. You also can choose to set red-eye removal as on or off. And the A3's flash compensation setting is available in 1/3 steps between -2 and +2.

This popup flash has a guide number of 5 (ISO 100 · m) / 7 (ISO 200 · m).

LCD view.jpg
The X-A3 offers a high quality, sharp LCD screen, measuring 3 inches diagonally with 1.04 million pixels of resolution. There's a 3:2 aspect ratio on the display screen, which is a wider than some digital cameras. Eleven brightness levels are available.

This LCD screen is touch enabled, meaning you can record photos by simply touching the screen.

LCD open view.jpg
You can tilt the LCD screen up to 180 degrees on a horizontal axis, which makes it possible to shoot odd-angle photos or even selfies. When you consider the fact that the X-A3's screen is touch enabled, you can even use the A3 almost like a smartphone camera by tilting the screen 180 degrees and then touching the screen to record a selfie photo.

Back buttons view.jpg
Most of the X-A3's control buttons are on the right side of the back of the camera. At the top of the back right panel is a small black command dial that's partially hidden by the black thumbpad. You can use this command dial to change the shutter speed or aperture setting in some shooting modes. When you press this command dial downward while shooting in manual focus mode, it magnifies the image on the screen, making it easier to dial in the focus.

Just below the thumbpad are the Playback button on the left and the movie recording button on the right.

The four-way buttons are in the middle, with the Menu/OK button surrounded by the individual four-way buttons. You'll use Menu/OK to open the camera's menu screens or to lock in a menu selection.

Each of the individual four-way buttons has a function associated with it:

  • Right Button - White Balance (Auto, Custom, Color Temperature, Daylight, Shade, Fluorescent-1, Fluorescent-2, Fluorescent-3, Incandescent, Underwater
  • Bottom Button - Continuous Shot (Still Image, Burst (High, Low), AE Bracket, ISO Bracket, Film Simulation Bracket, White Balance Bracket, Dynamic Range Bracket)
  • Left Button - Self-Timer (2 Sec, 10 Sec, Smile, Buddy, Group, Off)
  • Top Button - AF point
At the bottom of the panel to the left is the Disp/Back button. You'll use this button to change which data is displayed on the screen in shooting or Playback modes, and you can use it to back out of sub-menus. On the right side at the bottom is the Q button, which opens the Quick menu, which is the fastest way to make changes to the camera's settings.

Ports view.jpg

On the right side of the camera (as you're holding it) is a compartment door that contains the Fujifilm X-A3's HDMI and USB ports.

Battery view.jpg
The battery and SD memory card compartment for the X-A3 are on the bottom of the camera. The compartment door is secured by a toggle lock.

When charging the X-A3, you'll plug the adapter into the wall, plug the included USB cable into the adapter, and then insert the USB cable into the camera's USB port. This is a bit of a disappointment, as you cannot use the camera while it's being charged (unless you don't mind being tethered to a wall outlet and the adapter while shooting photos). If the battery charged in a separate charger, you could purchase a second battery and use the camera with that battery while charging the original battery. (You can purchase a compatible battery charger for an extra fee.)

Fujifilm rates the X-A3's battery for 410 photos per charge. My tests showed that number to be a little high, as I was receiving 350-400 shots per charge. Still, even roughly 350 shots per charge is a good performance level for a thin camera and thin battery.

Visitors of Steves can visit the stores below for real-time pricing and availability. You can also find hot, soon to expire online offers on a variety of cameras and accessories at our very own Camera Deals page.