Skip to main content

Fujifilm’s budget mirrorless cameras get a boost with focus, portrait firmware

fujifilm x a10 a3 firmware version 2 xa3 1 970x647 c
Fujifilm
Fujifilm X-A3 and X-A10 shooters will want to watch for new firmware — the company today confirmed that an update to improve both image quality and autofocus speed through software will be coming later this month.

The new firmware, both in version 2.00, will enhance the quality of shots taken in the Portrait Enhancer mode. Both the X-A3 and X-A10 are sort of selfie cameras with flip up LCD screens and the Portrait Enhancer mode. The shooting mode uses built-in software to automatically enhance portraits, brightening and smoothing skin along in addition to the settings under the normal portrait mode, including eye-detection autofocus.

Along with the boost to the automatic portrait edits, the update will also improve autofocus performance in low light.

Fujifilm didn’t specify exact improvements that the firmware will bring to the Portrait Enhancer, just that it’s getting enhanced. The company also didn’t specify if “autofocus performance” indicates speed, accuracy, or both factors.

“Fujifilm continues to incorporate customer feedback into future performance enhancements so customers can keep using our digital cameras for years to come,” the official statement reads.

Both the X-A3 and X-A10 are budget mirrorless cameras. The X-A10 borrows the same sensor from the older X-A2, while for $100 more, the X-A3 uses a 24-megapixel sensor and still has the hot shoe slot. Neither one uses Fujifilm’s X-Trans design, which removes the optical low pass filter for more detailed shots.

Fujifilm doesn’t shy from software updates — both the budget cameras and the new X-T20 are the only options in the current X line that are still using only the original version of the software. Along with bug fixes and compatibility updates, other firmware updates have enhanced the focus, improved controls, and added tethering capability.

The firmware will be available later this month directly from Fujifilm.

Editors' Recommendations

Hillary K. Grigonis
Hillary never planned on becoming a photographer—and then she was handed a camera at her first writing job and she's been…
The Fujifilm X-Pro3’s hidden LCD is an homage to film, but might be frustrating
fujifilm x pro 3 hidden screen frustrating homage to film pro3 featured 1

The first thing you'll notice about the new X-Pro3 isn't what Fujifilm has added, but rather what it has appeared to take away. At first glance, it seems the street photography-focused mirrorless camera has no rear LCD monitor, replaced instead with a small display that shows the selected film simulation and exposure settings. In truth, the monitor is simply hidden on the reverse side of a fold-out panel on the back of the camera.

Previous

Read more
The sleek Fujifilm X-A7 mirrorless is a lightweight in both size and price
fujifilm x a7 announced dsf0027

Previous

Next

Read more
Which budget phone has the best camera? We tested four to find the answer
pixel 3a honor 20 xperia 10 plus motorola one vision camera shootout onevision comp feat

Buy a smartphone that costs $800, $900, or $1,000, and the camera is almost certain to be excellent — packed full of features and able to take pictures in all different situations and environments. Can the same be said when you spend $400 or less? To find out, we put the latest reasonably-priced smartphone darling — Google’s impressive Pixel 3a — against three other Android phones that cost about the same or less, all equally eager for your attention.

The Pixel 3a faces strong competition from the Motorola One Vision, the Sony Xperia 10 Plus, and the Honor 20. I took the four away for the weekend to the Isle of Wight in the south of England, snapping a series of general vacation-style photos to see which I’d want to keep in my album after the trip was over.
The cameras
The $400 (400 British pounds) Google Pixel 3a has the same 12.2-megapixel single-lens camera on it as the full-price Pixel 3, complete with optical and electronic stabilization, an f/1.8 aperture, and all the artificial intelligence features including Night Sight (though it is missing the Visual Core chip for faster image processing). The selfie camera has 8-megapixels.

Read more