The camera features a newly-developed 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor the company says produces crisp images in a wide range of shooting conditions, and excels in naturally reproducing skin tones, textures and colours.
The retro design will appeal to a younger generation, notes the company, and “gives a fresh impression of sophisticated photography.” The top cover, front plate and top dials are made of aluminum. The newly-developed faux leather has “significantly enhanced” the overall texture.
The LCD on the rear uses a touchscreen that offers Touch AF, Touch Shoot and Touch Zoom, for easy pinch-out finger gestures to zoom in and out.
The grip is designed to accommodate normal shooting and self-portraits effortlessly. The X-A3 has an ergonomic design that is based on real-world feedback from hundreds of casual photographers, says Fujifilm. The rear LCD employs a slide-and-tilt mechanism so that it is not blocked by the camera body when tilted 180 degrees to maintain 100 percent visibility. Users will be able to view the entire screen for precise selfie composition.
When taking a selfie, users can focus and release the shutter by pressing the vertical command dial, found directly below the index finger, helping to minimize camera shake.
The new Self Timer function now offers Smile Detection, Buddy Timer and Group Timer modes. Even without having to press the command dial or release button, the shutter is released when subjects smile, when two people come close together, or when a specified number of people come into the frame.
The X-A3 also automatically activates Eye Detection AF when the rear LCD is tilted upwards, and the Portrait Enhancer mode now offers three-step adjustments, using touchscreen operations.
There’s also a new skin-tone brightening function for portrait photography.
The X-A3 offers a total of 11 Film Simulation modes, such as the true-to-life colours of Provia (standard), the vibrant tones and saturated colours of Velvia (vivid), the soft tones of Astia (soft), or the documentary-style tones of Classic Chrome. Monochrome and Sepia modes are also available.
The normal sensitivity range covers ISO 200 to 6400, while extended sensitivity settings of ISO 12800 and even ISO 25600 can be selected. Fujifilm says the X-A3 produces clear images with astonishingly low noise, even on low-light nightscapes and indoor shots where high ISOs are essential.
A total of 10 Advanced Filters are available, including the new Fisheye and Cross Screen as well as Toy Camera, Miniature, Dynamic Tone, Pop Colour, Soft Focus, High Key, Low Key and Partial Colour.
Other features: 49-point focus areas for AF in the Single Point mode; Zone and Wide / Tracking modes with 77-point focus areas; new functions Release Priority / Focus Priority and AF+MF; in-camera RAW processing; Panorama and Time Lapse functions; interlocking of Metering and AF areas; support for the Adobe RGB colour space; choice of different colours in Focus Peaking for assisting MF; Full HD recording (1080/60p, 50p, 24p); and Wi-Fi image transfer and remote camera operation.
The Fujfilm X-A3 Kit (with XC16-50 mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II lens) will be available in October. It will be available in silver, brown, and pink.