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Fujifilm's entry-level mirrorless will up your selfie game

The new X-A3 has 24.2 megapixels and a better flip screen.
Steve Dent, @stevetdent
August 25, 2016
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Fujifilm has launched the X-A3, a low-priced mirrorless camera aimed at casual users, particularly those who want excellent selfies. It has a number of improvements to its successor, the X-A2, in that regard. The sensor now has 24.2-megapixels, a big improvement over the 16.3-megapixels of the last model. However, as before, it uses a regular CMOS sensor, not the X-Trans model (with effectively higher resolution) used in Fujifilm's X-Pro2, X-T10 and other, more expensive models.

Fujifilm added a flip screen to the X-A2 model, making it much useful to the selfie vacation set that's in the target price market. The screen on the X-A3 now rotates 5 degrees more than the previous model to 180 degrees exactly, thanks to a new mechanism. The company has also added a smile detection feature and skin-tone improvements, a further nod to its people-centric raison d'etre.

That said, the camera is no slouch in the spec department and compares very favorably to other mirrorless models in its price category. It features a 77-point autofocus, "fashionable" retro body (that brown color is nice), 1080p, 60fps video and a newly designed APS-C sensor that's considerably larger than any on Micro Four-Thirds cameras. The X-A3 arrives in October for $600 with the 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II kit lens.

Fujifilm also revealed a new lens, the XF 23mm f2 WR, compatible with all Fujifilm X models. While not as low-light capable as the company's 23mm f/1.4 model, it's weather resistant, more compact and quicker focusing. It arrives in September for $449.

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