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Fujifilm Announces New X-A3 Camera and Rugged 23mm f/2 Lens

Fujifilm announced that they will be releasing the successor to their X-A2 entry-level camera and a weather sealed XF 23mm f/2 R WR lens soon.

The camera boasts a 180° articulating LCD screen and the ability to trigger a selfie using the command dial on the back of the camera so you can keep better hold of it.

Beyond the selfie features, the X-A3 is basically a stripped down version of Fuji’s higher end mirrorless shooters. Instead of an X-Trans sensor you have a regular 24MP CMOS sensor paired with a 49-point AF system (77-point in wide and tracking modes) that does not have the on-sensor phase detection you see in the high-end Fuji mirrorless cameras.

The X-A3 ships in October, and will be available in three different colors (silver, brown, and pink) for a suggested retail price of $600 in a kit with the XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II lens.

The 23mm f/2R WR lens is dust and water resistance, and promises to keep on working even if the temperature dips to 14°F (-10°C).

Inside the metal housing you’ll find 10 elements in 6 groups and a 9-blade aperture, which is controlled by a dedicated aperture ring on the outside of the lens. At f/2, this 35mm equivalent prime is already fast, but Fuji claims the 23mm f/2 R WR can focus at speeds up to 0.05 seconds when paired with the phase detect system in the X-T2 and X-Pro2.

The XF 23mm f/2 R WR is available in black or silverand will be on sale starting in September for $450.

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