FUJIFILM X

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February/2018 – The X-A series is Fujifilm’s entry-level mirrorless camera lineup for the X-Mount. The least you can purchase to lớn natively tư vấn Fujinon X lenses, the manufacturer tries to balance everything it can put (or remove) from a modern digital camera, not losing ground to lớn smartphones (the most popular cameras today); nor canibalize its higher-end models. So much vtvplus.vnpetition is welvtvplus.vned và for just US$599 the XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II kit, on the X-A3 we get virtually the same creative possibilities of larger cameras (Pro 2, T2, T20); on a much simpler và easier khổng lồ use package. Gone are the tactile jog dials, the metal build & the electronic viewfinders; in are the retro design and largely the same image quality. Already surpassed by the new X-A5 (with 4K video and phase-detection AF points), và more expensive than the ultra-low-cost X-A10 (using an older 16MP imager), from the X-A2 the A3 gets a new touch-sensitive LCD, a better build và 24MP. An excellent entry-level camera for Fuji’s X-Mount, is it the right camera for you? Let’s find out!

BUILD QUALITY


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At 116.9 x 40.4mm of 339g (sans lens) of mostly plastics, vtvplus.vning from the X-A2 nhận xét the A3 is a giant leap forward; much better built & apparently the same as the newer X-A5. While on the A2 the plastics made sure we felt a lower-end camera, with questionable finishing, the A3 is certainly tougher và better put together. While some plastic edges và screws are still visible from the outside, I guess Fuji nearly duplicated the thickness of each plastic piece, for a much more robust feeling in our hands; not wobbling nor making noises when we move the swivel LCD screen. It’s a relief revtvplus.vnmending it as true Fuji X-Mount camera, despite the all-plastic build, & great lớn use with larger lenses; we can simply forget the X-A2 fiasco và opt for either the A3 or the A5.

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In your hands the X-A3 ergonomics are largely the same as the previous A2 and even the Pro 2; & that’s not a vtvplus.vnpliment. The square-ish thiết kế removes the front hand grip used to support your fingers, making all these cameras harder to hold; despite being more portable. At the rear the right-hand presses a now-rubberized grip, that fits the secondary exposure setting dial, just like we saw on the A2, but better built. It works well with portable lenses lượt thích newer f/2 R WR XF or ultra-light XC zooms, but it’s not ideal for larger zooms like the 18-135mm. On the other hand the shorter camera footprint forces every control to be on the right camera side, making the single hand operation faster and better than even higher-end X models; filled with distant dials.

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Starting from the top, even before we turn the X-A3 ON we can feel the improvements over the A2. The ON/OFF switch is taller & fatter, much more robust than the older A2. It also lost the chromed finishing that was prone khổng lồ scratches, và the overall index finger input is firmer; impossible to lớn slip with sweaty hands. The shutter release button sits inside this switch, lượt thích virtually all X-Mount camera, featuring two stages despite feeling like three: a fairly looong spring pushes the button way higher than it should be, activating the half-press with a slight click for AF + AE; and a final click for releasing the shutter. It feels more fragile than it actually is, as is higher than it should be; maybe for better ergonomics. Anyway it is nearly impossible to take a photo by accident with the A3.

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At the đứng top the main exposure mode dial feels alien khổng lồ Fujifilm’s X cameras, as all feature tactile jogs for aperture priority or shutter (even ISO) speeds). On X-A2/A3/A5/A10 this dial fits traditional PASM modes, also with a curiously “pro” oriented C “custom”; and seven automatic modes between scenes and special filters. This dial feels like a metal piece (!) over a sturdy controller, cold to the touch, and makes the A-series more user friendly. Khổng lồ the camera’s side, on its shoulder, a free-spinning disc activates the exposure vtvplus.vnpensation under semi-automatic modes (P/S/A); or to lớn control the shutter speed under manual mode; paired with the rear-thumb dial (more about it later) for faster adjustments. At the front a tiny Fn button is customizable for over đôi mươi functions, showing Fuji’s goodwill with the entry-level market: few cameras feature such button at this price point, and it’s a great example of the flexibility offered by the A-series; easily bevtvplus.vning a backup camera.

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At the rear the X-A3 is dominated by the 3″ 1.04M pixels touch-sensitive LCD screen that can be fully rotated to lớn the top; thus displaying the image khổng lồ the front of the camera. It’s a big highlight over various X-Mount cameras, that can only swivel 90º, making the A3 special for amateur photographers. Its sharpness và brightness is also better than the older A2 (920k dots), similar khổng lồ the panel used on both T2/T20. And it’s engineering is tougher to support a big update: the new touch-sensitive interface. Although it is currently limited to just selecting focusing points and some gestures during playback, the cảm ứng controls give better dynamics to lớn the overall usage, specially focused on newer smartphone-generation photographers. You simply select the subject to lớn be focused by touching it on the screen, also with a touch-to-shutter option; virtually without delays. And when it’s fully articulated to lớn the top, it can raise over the X-A3 controls và automatically engage the face-detection mode; great for high-quality selfies. It’s Fuji’s idea lớn captivate entry-level photographers on the X-Mount, as an always-with-you, better-than-your-smartphone camera.

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To the right the A3 buttons carry about every vtvplus.vnmand used on any X-Mount camera; another great ergonomic touch to lớn the entry-level camera. The lô ghích is virtually the same from the Pro 2 to the A3, & everything works fast: a center thực đơn button over directional keys, intuitive as any digital camera; a playback and most importantly a clip REC button can immediately start recording footage (much better than larger cameras, with the đoạn phim mode on the DRIVE dial); self-explanatory DISP/BACK and Q buttons (to cycle the display overlays & to engage a quick menu); and above it sits the built-into-the-grip secondary exposure dial; also with an internal, vertical click. It’s possible to lớn control aperture for XC lenses (sans ring), or khổng lồ bias the exposure on p. Mode.

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Finally at the front the A3 gets a new focusing selection switch (single, continuous, manual), missing from the A2; another reason to never look back at the older model. As most XF/XC lenses exclude buttons, it’s almost mandatory for the camera to lớn have such dial; it otherwise would need to be switched over the vtvplus.vnplicated Fuji menu. On the other side the lens release button is robust and easy to lớn use, feeling fairly secure; you don’t want your expensive XF f/1.4 lens falling from the camera. At its top a LED is used lớn assist the AF under low-light, doubling as a timer warning, & over its four corners Fuji built-in the A3: a đứng top guide-7 (ISO100) flash, next to lớn the full hot-shoe flash area; both with advanced high-speed sync and second curtain options. To the camera’s right, under the hand-grip, both HDMI and USB2.0 fit under a simple plastic door, the later used to lớn charge the battery internally (Fuji doesn’t include a wall charger with the A3). & the single UHS-I SD card slot sits next lớn the NP-W126S battery under the camera, just like the X-T20, over a spring-loaded door.

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The US$599 X-A3 feels cheap before-hand vtvplus.vning from Fuji who convinced us that APS-C mirrorless cameras should cost over US$1699 (Pro 2); paired with US$449 f/2 lenses (XF 23mm, 35mm, 50mm R WR). But despite the low price, in your hands the X-A3 proves lớn be a fairly premium entry-level X camera. The new build quality is a giant leap the A2, much better finished & nicer to lớn use, despite the all-plastic body. While the previous A2 suffered from panel misalignments, the A3 feels closer lớn the T20 in solidness, borrowed by the new A5; making it hard khổng lồ ignore Fuji’s entry-level cameras. Of course this camera ain’t weather sealed lượt thích more expensive models nor it sports all-tactile dials. But the overall simplified usability is fast và better khổng lồ use and, as we’ll see, its performance is still great. Is it the best X camera? Maybe so.