If you’ve been around for a little while you will know I love photography and it’s something I take great pride in here on my blog. I’ve been blogging for almost four and a half years now and have trialled many cameras and lenses in my time. I started with my iPhone 3gs and now use a couple of different cameras for different types of photography. I was recently asked if I wanted to review the Fujifilm X-A3, this is exclusive to Jessops and it’s pretty fabulous. Read more for the full review.
Something I instantly noticed was that the Fujifilm X-A3 is a Mirrorless camera which is the same as my Olympus E-PL7. I love this feature because this means you can change the lens and the body of the camera is still quite small unlike big bulky DSLR cameras. I often like to take my camera out when we go for family days out and as you can imagine with two children I often have every bag full to the brim with stuff for them so I’m very limited on space which is why I really like this camera, it’s also very light weight.
APPEARANCE: Let’s talk about the look of this camera. It’s available in a number of colours, I have the pink but you can also get it in black and brown and camel I believe. It has a real retro feel about it which I like, and the faux leather gives the camera a good grip and makes it nice to hold. Although I love the look of this camera and how small it is the lens does make it feel more bulky. The lens included with this camera is the XC16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS II lens. It’s slightly bigger than what I’d like but I do like that it’s a zoom lens, it makes life much easier when taking photos of the boys when we are out and about. Also if the lens does put you off then don’t worry because other lenses are available to buy separately.
- 24.2 megapixel image sensor
- 180-degree slide-and-tilt touchscreen LCD
- Wireless communications to enable remote shooting
- Retro design and sophisticated functionality
- Full HD video recording (Ideal for vlogging)
- Enhanced Autofocus settings (Super fast Autofocus)
- Extended battery life of approx. 410 frames per charge
FAVOURITE FEATURES: Being someone who is always on the go, I love the WIFI feature. This is something I always look for in a camera and the fact that you can connect this to your phone and transfer the photos instantly makes things so much easier. It’s really easy to do all you need to do is download the free “FUJIFILM Camera Remote” app. There’s no need to enter an ID, password or to change other settings. Literally with just a touch of a button, you can transfer your images to your phone. I have had so many problems with my Olympus Wifi App since I got the camera so it’s really nice to have an app that finally works so smoothly and easily with the Fujifilm camera.
Another feature I really like is the Selfie Screen and Portrait Enhancer to smooth out imperfections. No shock there right? The 180° tilting LCD screen makes like much easier when taking selfies and I find the kids love to see themselves in the screen too which usually makes them smile and helps me get the perfect photo even quicker! There are also 10 different filters built into the camera to create fun artistic shots; 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.
Taking photos has never been easier. There is a touchscreen feature which means all you need to do is tap on the screen where you’d like the camera to focus and it will take a shot for you. It’s really easy to use and if you don’t want to go down the route of learning how to work the camera in Manual mode then you needn’t worry. This is how I take 99% of my photos and it’s so easy to do.
Example shots taken on the Fujifilm X-A3
FINAL THOUGHTS: Overall I really like the Fujifilm X-A3 Camera. It’s the perfect camera for families, bloggers and vloggers or if you just want to upgrade your smartphone photography. As mentioned you can also film videos with this camera and this is something I’d like to explore further, I have captured some clips and noticed it’s very quick at focussing when moving the camera around. I can’t wait to film more with this.
It is quite pricey at just over £500 but if you are looking to make an investment and what to improve your photography skills then this is a great place to start. In my experience what lens you use makes the biggest difference so I’d like to explore the other lenses you can buy for this camera to see what other kinds of shots I can get but upon first impressions this is a really good starting point.
Have you considered this camera before? If you have any questions please ask and I will do my best to answer them for you.
You can buy the Fujifilm X-A3 from Jessops, currently £549 here.
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