Fuji announces X-A3 Mirrorless Camera, XF 23mm F/2R WR Lens and X-T2
With Photokina just around the corner, Fujifilm has announced a new FX mount camera called the X-A3. This 24MP APS-C camera features a Bayer sensor unlike most of the other Fuji X cameras that have a X-Trans sensor with a different colour array.
The new XF 23mm F/2 wide angle lens gives around a 35mm field-of-view in full frame terms, and is weather sealed.
Fuji X-A3 Features
New Retro Design
The FUJIFILM X-A3 sports a retro design that appeals to the younger generation. The retro feel gives a “fresh” and “fashionable” impression. The top cover, front plate and top dials are made of aluminum. The newly-developed faux leather has significantly enhanced the overall texture. The camera is available in brown, silver or pink.
The LCD on the rear uses a touchscreen to enable “Touch AF,” “Touch Shoot” and “Touch Zoom,” in which you use the pinch-out finger gesture to use a prime lens as if it is a zoom lens.
The LCD monitor features a touchscreen panel for intuitive control, just like a smartphone.
Versatile Shooting Modes & Mode Dial
In addition to a wide range of shooting modes, the FUJIFILM X-A3 offers a selection of versatile scene positions that ensure optimum results no matter what the scene.
Advanced SR AUTO
Advanced SR AUTO automatically optimizes shutter speed, aperture and other settings. It instantly recognizes 14 scene types and then selects the most appropriate settings. All you do is frame, press the shutter and enjoy pro-class photo quality.
Ensures the ideal camera settings to match the shooting scenes. Frequently used Sports, Landscape, and Portrait modes can be switfly selected with the Mode Dial.
Automatic mode to specify the settings except for the shutter speed and aperture setting.
This mode is a shooting mode with user settings.
Shutter Priority AE
An automatic mode to set the shutter speed.
Aperture Priority AE
An automatic mode to set the aperture.
This mode provides more detailed settings that are impossible to set in Auto mode.
For silky smooth skintones.
A quick recognition of persons in motion or objects for a faster shutter speed to help you catch the perfect moment.
Reduces camera shake when shooting evening and night scenes.
Best for shooting scenery in daylight capturing clear and sharp shots of buildings and mountains effectively.
A Host of Scene Position
Set for shooting portraits. Skintones are softened as it enhances the overall natural look.
Use a tripod and take clear shots of night scenes with a slow shutter speed.
Effective for taking shots of fireworks with a slow shutter speed.
Capture sunset scenes which are vivid in color.
Most adaptable to snow scenes without unnatural darkened images or where the whole screen appears white.
Clear shots of people without darkened images under strong sunlight.
Best for shooting indoor weddings or parties. Retains the natural ambience in low-light conditions.
Effective for taking more vivid shots of flowers.
Clear shots of letters on a document or white board.
* The Portrait Enhancer / Sport / Night / Landscape modes can be set up accordingly with mode dial.
Selfie & Macro
180° tilting LCD screen for better selfies
The rear LCD employs the slide-and-tilt mechanism so that it is not blocked by the camera body when tilted by 180 degrees to maintain 100% visibility. You can view the entire screen for precise composition.
Portrait Enhancer mode makes skin look brighter and smoother
The camera makes automatic adjustments to enhance skin tones for better portrait shots.
The Portrait Enhancer mode can be applied on three levels.
Eye detection AF automatically focuses on the eyes, transforming ordinary selfies into great self-portraits
The Eye detection AF function is automatically activated when you rotate the tilting LCD panel. It helps to achieve superior selfies by focusing on the eyes. Choose from Auto, Left Eye Priority and Right Eye Priority.
Grip design optimized for taking a self portrait
The grip has been optimized for selfies, ensuring you can hold the camera securely while shooting self portraits.
The Self Timer function newly 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 comes into the frame.
Focus down to 7cm with Auto Macro
Auto Macro function captures objects approx 7cm from lens surface
The wide-angle end of the XC16-50mm II kit lens provides a minimum working distance of approx. 7cm from lens surface. The Auto Macro function automatically switches the camera to the Macro mode for quick focusing.
Faster AF speeds for close-up shots and low-contrast conditions
Intelligent AF, with its improved algorithm, delivers fast focusing even in situations that typically slow AF down, such as macro shots and in low-contrast conditions.
On-the-spot instax printing!
You can easily send photos directly to the instax SHARE Smartphone Printer SP-2 for great quality prints of their family, friends, pets and more. Additionally, portrait images are produced with a pleasant out-of-focus background for amazing one-of-a-kind instant prints – perfect for home décor.
Outstanding image quality, made possible by the newly-developed 24.2 megapixel image sensor
Fujifilm’s color reproduction technology, nurtured through the development of photographic film, reproduces accurate, warm skin tones, clear blue skies and lush green foliage in tones as you remember them in your mind. The APS-C sensor delivers beautifully smooth bokeh effects for portraiture and macro shots when using a shallow depth of field. The normal sensitivity range covers ISO200 to ISO6400, while extended sensitivity settings of ISO12800 and even ISO25600 can be selected when you want to minimize camera shake. The FUJIFILM X-A3 produces clear images with astonishingly low noise, even on low-light nightscapes and indoor shots where high ISOs are essential.
APS-C Image Sensor
23.5 x 15.7mm
Micro Four Thirds
17 x 13mm
13.2 x 8.8mm
The FUJIFILM X-A3 offers a total of eleven Film Simulation modes. Enjoy Fujifilm’s original expressions of tonality, such as the true-to-life colors of PROVIA (standard), the vibrant tones and saturated colors of Velvia (vivid), the soft tones of ASTIA (soft) or the documentary-style tones of CLASSIC CHROME. Monochrome and Sepia modes are also available.
Advanced Filters. Artistic photography made fun and simple.
The Advanced Filters help you easily produce creative effects. A total of ten Advanced Filters are available, 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.
Create shaded borders as if you were taking a photo on a toy camera.
Create a look that is evenly soft throughout the whole image.
Adds top and bottom blur for a diorama or miniature effect.
Partial Color (Red/Orange/Yellow/Green/Blue/Purple)
Retain one selected original color and change the rest of the photo to black and white.
Super Intelligent Flash
Automatically delivering the ideal amount of flash for every scene, the FUJIFILM X-A3 clearly and brightly captures faces even under strong backlit or dark conditions. Also when shooting macro shots in dim lighting, this smart flash prevents the washout of the subject and background. When even more light is required or you’re shooting with the lens hood attached, you can use a separately sold TTL flash.
Shot with a regular flash
Shot with the Super Intelligent Flash
Extended battery life of approx. 410 frames per charge
The energy-efficient design has extended the battery life to a class-leading level, allowing you to concentrate on shooting pictures without having to worry about remaining battery power.
Use the supplied USB cable to charge the camera from your AC adapter or computer
Electronic shutter with the maximum speed of 1/32000 sec
When using the ultra-fast electronic shutter, even under clear skies or other bright conditions, you can use large aperture to achieve a shallow depth of field for smooth bokeh without over-exposing the image. You can capture a scene exactly as intended without having to use an ND filter.
Enhanced Autofocus settings
The focus switching lever at the front lets you instantly switch between AF-S (single), AF-C (continuous) and MF (manual focus). Choose any one of 49-point focus areas for AF in the Single Point mode. The X-A3 has been added with the Zone and Wide / Tracking modes, which use the 77-point focus areas to capture the decisive moment of a moving subject.
AF+MF (full time manual)
After auto-focusing on a subject, you can adjust the focus manually without having to switch to the MF mode. Perfect for making fine adjustments to the focus.
Release Priority / Focus Priority
Select whether the shutter fires as you press the release button or when the subject comes into focus.
Motion Panorama 360°
The camera can automatically stitch together multiple images to create high-quality panoramic shots.
Get creative with multiple exposures
Shoot one photo, then seamlessly merge it with another via the Multiple Exposure mode, for an expressive and artistic look. Composing the second frame is easy as it can be shot while displaying the first on screen.
Full HD video recording
Press the dedicated Video Recording button on the rear to easily start recording full HD (1080/60p, 50p, 24p) video. The Film Simulation function, popularly used for still images, can also be applied to video recording for a diverse range of creative effects, which can be combined with smooth bokeh, made possible with the APS-C sensor and fast lens.
Turning on the electronic image stabilization function delivers the five-axis image stabilization that combines optical and electronic stabilization, significantly reducing a variety of camera shakes that could occur during video recording. This function allows you to record high quality video with reduced camera shake while walking around with the camera in your hand.
The camera supports the wide-gamut AdobeRGB color space. When used with monitors and printers that also support AdobeRGB, you can enjoy an even richer tonal range.
XF 23mm F/2R WR Lens features
The XF 23mm f/2 has received a very large number of pre-orders and the black version will be available late September. The silver version will be released together with an optional silver hood in January 2017.
Compact and light weight: 180g
Fast and silent autofocus
Advanced image quality
Minimum object distance : 22cm
Weather and dust resistant, and -10℃ operation
Black and Silver
Accessory LH-XF35-2 Silver version will be released in 2017.
Purchase and availability
The Fuji X-A3 can now be preordered with shipping starting late September 2016
Fujifilm X-A3 Mirrorless Camera with XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens $599
Available in: Silver, Brown or Pink.
Fujinon XF 23mm (35mm) F/2R WR Lens $449
The XF 23mm in Black will be available late September 2016 the Silver version in early January.
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