Fujifilm announced an update to its X-A series mirrorless cameras and solid new lens with their announcement of the brand new Fujifilm X-A3. The X-A3 improves on its predecessor with a new 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor, better autofocus, and a screen that flips up 180 degrees — that is five degrees better than the X-A2, a camera that was already tailor-made for selfies.
The X-A3’s new sensor has a Bayer pattern color filter like practically every other camera. That means you’re not getting the ‘X-Trans’ sensor in the higher-end Fujifilm X-T2 and X100T, which was designed to make images look like they were shot with film cameras. With the new X-A3, sharpness and color likely won’t look as delicious.
To videographers’ delight, the X-A2 will now shoot at 60p, 50p, and 24p in addition to the standard 30p. No 4K, though; you are limited to 1080/720 vertical pixels.
The X-A3 can boast a few bonus features, like manual exposure controls, RAW mode with in-camera processing, and an ISO range that reaches up to 25,600, and the ability to control the camera remotely via Wi-Fi. But, this is a camera built for more casual shooters. You know, the kind that also wants to snap the occasional, automated selfie. To that end, the rear LCD flips up, and also the camera begins hunting for eyes to focus on. You can also set it up so you hit the shutter button but the shot fires only when you and your friends all get near each other and smile.
The Fujifilm X-A3 will be available in brown, silver, or pink this October. It’ll be sold with the 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OIS II kit lens for $599.