Fujifilm X-A3 Review

February 10, 2017 | Amy Davies | |

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 24 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 7Mb.

The Fujifilm X-A3 is capable of taking some fantastic images, just like all of the other X series cameras. Images directly from the camera are well saturated, but maintain a good sense of realism and punch. Images taken with the ‘standard’ film simulation mode show more depth than the equivalent raw format files, which are a bit flatter and give you great scope for editing in post production.

You can choose between a variety of film simulation modes, and you’ll soon learn which suits which situation the most - Velvia for instance is good for adding vibrance, while Classic Chrome gives a lovely filmic quality to your shots.

Images from the Fujifilm X-A3 have lots of detail, but it’s clear to see how much sharpening is added to JPEGs when comparing with the raw files. It gives a pleasing effect, especially when viewed at normal printing or web sizes, but if you want to reign it in a little bit, you might want to work with the raw files. Detail is well kept up to the higher echelons of the sensitivity range - but examining at 100% when you use higher values, such as ISO 3200, reveals some image smoothing in certain areas of the image - that shouldn’t be a problem unless you like to perform heavy crops.

ISO 6400 is useful in scenarios where the light is just too low to get an in-focus image, especially when shooting handheld. You’ll see some areas of the image are soft, but again, only if you examine very closely, or you want to print very large - and it’s certainly preferable than a blurry image. The highest settings of ISO 12800 and ISO 25600 are only available in JPEG, but are best avoided unless the light is incredibly low and you are really struggling. At these levels, it’s possible to see noise appearing and a strong loss of detail, even at smaller sizes.

Under a variety of different lighting conditions, the automatic white balance setting performs well, but it can be tricked by some lights to produce yellowish or warm tones which are slightly too strong to be preferable. In these situations, you can change the white balance mode to a specific setting - or alter in post production.

In general, the all purpose metering setting works well to produce balanced exposures, with hardly any requirement for exposure compensation to be used in most ordinary scenarios.

Noise

There are 9 ISO settings available on the Fujifilm X-A3 for JPEGs, and 6 for RAW files. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting for both JPEG and RAW files.

JPEG RAW

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

 
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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

 
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ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

 
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Flash

The flash settings on the Fujifilm FinePix X-A3 are Auto, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction Auto, Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash and Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Suppressed Flash - Wide Angle (24mm)

Forced Flash - Wide Angle (24mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64
   

Suppressed Flash - Telephoto (75mm)

Forced Flash - Telephoto (75mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are some portrait shots. As you can see, neither the Forced Flash setting or the Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash option caused any red-eye.

Forced Flash

Forced Flash (100% Crop)
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Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash

Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash (100% Crop)

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Night

The Fujifilm X-A3's maximum shutter speed is 30 seconds in the Manual mode, and there's a Bulb mode which allows exposures up to 60 minutes long, which is excellent news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 30 seconds at ISO 200.

Night

Night (100% Crop)

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Dynamic Range

The Fujifilm X-A3 has three dynamic range settings - 100% (on by default), 200%, and 400% - and an Auto setting if you want to let the camera take control. These settings gradually increase the amount of detail visible in the shadow and highlight areas, with the side-effect of more noise appearing in the image. Note that you can't actually turn this feature off.

100%

200%

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400%

 
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Film Simulation

The Fujifilm X-A3 offers 5 different film simulation modes to help replicate the look of your favourite film stock from the past.

Provia / Standard

Velvia / Vivid

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Astia / Soft

B&W

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Sepia

 
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Advanced Filter

The Fujifilm Finepix X-A3 offers 13 different filter effects which can be previewed on the LCD screen.

Toy Camera

Miniature

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Pop Color

High-Key

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Low-Key

Dynamic Tone

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Soft Focus

Partial Color (Red)

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Partial Color (Orange)

Partial Color (Yellow)

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Partial Color (Green)

Partial Color (Blue)

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Partial Color (Purple)

 
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Panorama

The Fujifilm X-A3 can record a 6400x1440 pixel panorama by sweeping the camera from side to side.

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