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Fujifilm X-A3 vs X70

The Fujifilm X-A3 and the Fujifilm X70 are two digital cameras that were officially introduced, respectively, in August 2016 and January 2016. The X-A3 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, while the X70 is a fixed lens compact. Both cameras are equipped with an APS-C sensor. The X-A3 has a resolution of 24 megapixels, whereas the X70 provides 16 MP.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Fujifilm X-A3
versus
Fujifilm X70
Fujifilm X-A3   Fujifilm X70
Mirrorless system camera Fixed lens compact camera
Fujifilm X mount lenses 28mm f/2.8-16
24 MP, APS-C Sensor 16 MP, APS-C Sensor
1080/60p Video 1080/60p Video
ISO 200-6,400 (100 - 25,600) ISO 100-6,400 (100 - 51,200)
No viewfinder, LCD framing Viewfinder optional
3.0 LCD, 1040k dots 3.0 LCD, 1040k dots
Tilting touchscreen Tilting touchscreen
6 shutter flaps per second 8 shutter flaps per second
410 shots per battery charge330 shots per battery charge
117 x 67 x 40 mm, 339 g 113 x 64 x 44 mm, 340 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Fujifilm X-A3 and the Fujifilm X70? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

The side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size and weight of the Fujifilm X-A3 and the Fujifilm X70. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are available. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The X-A3 can be obtained in three different colors (silver, brown, pink), while the X70 is available in two color-versions (black, silver).

Size Fujifilm X-A3 vs Fujifilm X70
Compare X-A3 versus X70 top
Comparison X-A3 or X70 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Fujifilm X70 is notably smaller (8 percent) than the Fujifilm X-A3. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the X-A3 nor the X70 are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete and possibly misleading, as the X70 has a lens built in, whereas the X-A3 is an interchangeable lens camera that requires a separate lens. Attaching the latter will add extra weight and bulk to the setup. You can compare the optics available for the X-A3 and their specifications in the Fujinon X Lens Catalog.

Concerning battery life, the X-A3 gets 410 shots out of its NP-W126S battery, while the X70 can take 330 images on a single charge of its NP-95 power pack. The battery packs of both cameras can be charged via USB, which can be very convenient when travelling.

The following table provides a synthesis of the main physical specifications of the two cameras and other similar ones. If you would like to visualize and compare a different camera combination, you can navigate to the CAM-parator app and make your selection from a broad list of cameras there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Fujifilm X-A3 117 mm 67 mm 40 mm 339 g 410 n Aug 2016 399i
2.
 
Fujifilm X70 113 mm 64 mm 44 mm 340 g 330 n Jan 2016 799i
3.
 
Fujifilm X-T200 121 mm 84 mm 55 mm 370 g 270 n Jan 2020 699 i
4.
 
Fujifilm X-T30 118 mm 83 mm 47 mm 383 g 380 n Feb 2019 899 i
5.
 
Fujifilm X-A7 119 mm 68 mm 41 mm 320 g 440 n Sep 2019 499 i
6.
 
Fujifilm X-A5 117 mm 68 mm 40 mm 361 g 450 n Jan 2018 399i
7.
 
Fujifilm X-E3 121 mm 74 mm 43 mm 337 g 350 n Sep 2017 899 i
8.
 
Fujifilm X-T20 118 mm 83 mm 41 mm 383 g 350 n Jan 2017 899i
9.
 
Fujifilm X-A10 117 mm 67 mm 40 mm 331 g 410 n Dec 2016 399i
10.
 
Fujifilm X-E2S 129 mm 75 mm 37 mm 350 g 350 n Jan 2016 699i
11.
 
Fujifilm X-A2 117 mm 67 mm 40 mm 350 g 410 n Jan 2015 399i
12.
 
Fujifilm X-T10 118 mm 83 mm 41 mm 381 g 350 n May 2015 799i
13.
 
Fujifilm X-A1 117 mm 67 mm 39 mm 330 g 350 n Sep 2013 399i
14.
 
Fujifilm X-M1 117 mm 67 mm 39 mm 330 g 350 n Jun 2013 699i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will naturally be influenced heavily by the price. The retail prices at the time of the camera’s release place the model in the market relative to other models in the producer’s line-up and the competition. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

Sensor comparison

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant of image quality. A large sensor will tend to have larger individual pixels that provide better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixel-units in a sensor of the same technological generation. Moreover, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more control over depth-of-field in the image and, thus, the ability to better isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be more expensive and lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature an APS-C sensor, but their sensors differ slightly in size. They nevertheless have the same format factor of 1.5. Both cameras have a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 3:2.

In terms of underlying technology, both cameras are build around CMOS sensors.

Fujifilm X-A3 and Fujifilm X70 sensor measures

With 24MP, the X-A3 offers a higher resolution than the X70 (16MP), but the X-A3 has smaller individual pixels (pixel pitch of 3.92μm versus 4.80μm for the X70). However, the X-A3 is a somewhat more recent model (by 7 months) than the X70, and its sensor might have benefitted from technological advances during this time that enhance the light gathering capacity of its pixels. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that the X70 has no anti-alias filter installed, so that it can capture all the detail its sensor resolves.

The resolution advantage of the Fujifilm X-A3 implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the X-A3 for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 30 x 20 inches or 76.2 x 50.8 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 24 x 16 inches or 61 x 40.6 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 20 x 13.3 inches or 50.8 x 33.9 cm. The corresponding values for the Fujifilm X70 are 24.5 x 16.3 inches or 62.2 x 41.5 cm for good quality, 19.6 x 13.1 inches or 49.7 x 33.2 cm for very good quality, and 16.3 x 10.9 inches or 41.5 x 27.6 cm for excellent quality prints.

The X70 has on-sensor phase detect pixels, which results in fast and reliable autofocus acquisition even during live view operation.

The Fujifilm X-A3 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 200 to ISO 6400, which can be extended to ISO 100-25600. The corresponding ISO settings for the Fujifilm X70 are ISO 100 to ISO 6400, with the possibility to increase the ISO range to 100-51200.

X-A3 versus X70 MP

Consistent information on actual sensor performance is available from DXO Mark for many cameras. This service determines an overall sensor rating, as well as sub-scores for low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and color depth ("DXO Portrait"). The following table provides an overview of the physical sensor characteristics, as well as the sensor quality measurements for a selection of comparators.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Fujifilm X-A3 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p........
2.
 
Fujifilm X70 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/60p........
3.
 
Fujifilm X-T200 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/30p........
4.
 
Fujifilm X-T30 APS-C 26.0 6240 41604K/30p........
5.
 
Fujifilm X-A7 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/30p........
6.
 
Fujifilm X-A5 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/15p........
7.
 
Fujifilm X-E3 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/30p........
8.
 
Fujifilm X-T20 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/30p........
9.
 
Fujifilm X-A10 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/30p........
10.
 
Fujifilm X-E2S APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/60p........
11.
 
Fujifilm X-A2 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/30p........
12.
 
Fujifilm X-T10 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/60p........
13.
 
Fujifilm X-A1 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/30p........
14.
 
Fujifilm X-M1 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/30p........

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. Both cameras under consideration have a sensor with sufficiently fast read-out times for moving pictures, and both provide the same movie specifications (1080/60p).

Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The X-A3 and the X70 are similar in the sense that neither of the two has a viewfinder. The images are, thus, framed using live view on the rear LCD. That said, the X70 can be equipped with an optional viewfinder – the VF-X21. The following table reports on some other key feature differences and similarities of the Fujifilm X-A3, the Fujifilm X70, and comparable cameras.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Specifications
(inch/000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Fujifilm X-A3none n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
2.
 
Fujifilm X70optional n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 8.0 Y n
3.
 
Fujifilm X-T2002360 n3.5 / 2780 swivel Y 1/4000s 8.0 Y n
4.
 
Fujifilm X-T302360 n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 8.0 Y n
5.
 
Fujifilm X-A7none n3.5 / 2760 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
6.
 
Fujifilm X-A5none n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
7.
 
Fujifilm X-E32360 n3.0 / 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 8.0 n n
8.
 
Fujifilm X-T202360 n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 8.0 Y n
9.
 
Fujifilm X-A10none n3.0 / 1040 tilting n 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
10.
 
Fujifilm X-E2S2360 n3.0 / 1040 fixed n 1/4000s 7.0 Y n
11.
 
Fujifilm X-A2none n3.0 / 920 tilting n 1/4000s 5.6 Y n
12.
 
Fujifilm X-T102360 n3.0 / 920 tilting n 1/4000s 8.0 Y n
13.
 
Fujifilm X-A1none n3.0 / 920 tilting n 1/4000s 5.6 Y n
14.
 
Fujifilm X-M1none n3.0 / 920 tilting n 1/4000s 5.6 Y n
Both cameras have an articulated rear screen that can be turned to be front-facing. This feature will be particularly appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in taking selfies.

The reported shutter speed information refers to the use of the mechanical shutter. Yet, some cameras only have an electronic shutter, while others have an electronic shutter in addition to a mechanical one. In fact, both cameras under consideration feature an electronic shutter, which makes completely silent shooting possible. However, this mode is less suitable for photographing moving objects (risk of rolling shutter) or shooting under artificial light sources (risk of flickering).

The Fujifilm X-A3 and the Fujifilm X70 both have an intervalometer built-in. This enables the photographer to capture time lapse sequences, such as flower blooming, a sunset or moon rise, without purchasing an external camera trigger and related software.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the X-A3 and the X70 write their files to SDXC cards. Both cameras can use UHS-I cards, which provide for Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 104 MB/s.

Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Fujifilm X-A3 and Fujifilm X70 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Mic / Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Fujifilm X-A3Ystereo / mono--micro2.0Y--
2.
 
Fujifilm X70Ystereo / monoY-micro2.0Y--
3.
 
Fujifilm X-T200Ystereo / monoYYmicro3.1Y-Y
4.
 
Fujifilm X-T30Ystereo / monoY-micro3.1Y-Y
5.
 
Fujifilm X-A7Ystereo / monoY-mini2.0Y-Y
6.
 
Fujifilm X-A5Ystereo / monoY-mini2.0Y-Y
7.
 
Fujifilm X-E3Ystereo / monoY-micro2.0Y-Y
8.
 
Fujifilm X-T20Ystereo / monoY-micro2.0Y--
9.
 
Fujifilm X-A10-stereo / mono--mini2.0Y--
10.
 
Fujifilm X-E2SYstereo / monoY-micro2.0Y--
11.
 
Fujifilm X-A2Ystereo / mono--mini2.0Y--
12.
 
Fujifilm X-T10Ystereo / monoY-micro2.0Y--
13.
 
Fujifilm X-A1Ystereo / mono--mini2.0Y--
14.
 
Fujifilm X-M1Ystereo / mono--mini2.0Y--

It is notable that the X70 has a microphone port, which can help to improve the quality of audio recordings by attaching an external microphone. The X-A3 does not feature such a mic input.

Both the X-A3 and the X70 have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. The X70 was replaced by the Fujifilm XF10, while the X-A3 was followed by the Fujifilm X-A5. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Fujifilm website.

Review summary

So what conclusions can be drawn? Which of the two cameras – the Fujifilm X-A3 or the Fujifilm X70 – has the upper hand? Is one clearly better than the other? Below is a summary of the relative strengths of each of the two contestants.


Reasons to prefer the Fujifilm X-A3:

  • More detail: Offers more megapixels (24 vs 16MP) with a 23% higher linear resolution.
  • Better moiré control: Has an anti-alias filter to avoid artificial patterns to appear in images.
  • More flexible: Accepts interchangeable lenses, so that lens characteristics can be altered.
  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (410 versus 330) on a single battery charge.
  • More modern: Is somewhat more recent (announced 7 months after the X70).


Arguments in favor of the Fujifilm X70:

  • Maximized detail: Lacks an anti-alias filter to exploit the sensor's full resolution potential.
  • Better live-view autofocus: Features on-sensor phase-detection for more confident autofocus.
  • Better sound: Can connect to an external microphone for higher quality sound recording.
  • More framing options: Can be equipped with a hotshoe-mounted accessory-viewfinder.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (8 vs 6 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Ready to shoot: Has an integrated lens, whereas the X-A3 necessitates an extra lens.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been on the market for longer (launched in January 2016).

If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the X70 emerges as the winner of the match-up (7 : 5 points). However, the relative importance of the various individual camera aspects will vary according to personal preferences and needs, so that you might like to apply corresponding weights to the particular features before making a decision on a new camera. A professional wildlife photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a family photog, and a person interested in architecture has distinct needs from a sports shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

X-A3 05:07 X70

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Fujifilm X-A3 and the Fujifilm X70 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera and Best Prime Lens Compact Camera listings whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the specs-based evaluation of cameras can be instructive in revealing their potential as photographic tools, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance when actually working with the X-A3 or the X70. At times, user reviews, such as those published at amazon, address these issues in a useful manner, but such feedback is on many occasions incomplete, inconsistent, and unreliable.

Expert reviews

This is why expert reviews are important. The table below provides a synthesis of the camera assessments of some of the best known photo-gear review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], digitalcameraworld [DCW], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DCW 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Fujifilm X-A3......74/1004.5/54/5 Aug 2016 399i
2.
 
Fujifilm X704.5/5....76/1004.5/54.5/5 Jan 2016 799i
3.
 
Fujifilm X-T2003.5/5..4/582/1004/54.5/5 Jan 2020 699 i
4.
 
Fujifilm X-T305/5+ +5/584/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2019 899 i
5.
 
Fujifilm X-A73/5..3.5/581/1004/53.5/5 Sep 2019 499 i
6.
 
Fujifilm X-A5..+4.1/5..4/53.5/5 Jan 2018 399i
7.
 
Fujifilm X-E34.5/5+4.5/584/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2017 899 i
8.
 
Fujifilm X-T205/5+ +5/582/1005/54.5/5 Jan 2017 899i
9.
 
Fujifilm X-A10........4/54/5 Dec 2016 399i
10.
 
Fujifilm X-E2S4.5/5....77/1004.5/54.5/5 Jan 2016 699i
11.
 
Fujifilm X-A24/5......4.5/54.5/5 Jan 2015 399i
12.
 
Fujifilm X-T104.5/5+ +..80/1005/55/5 May 2015 799i
13.
 
Fujifilm X-A1........4.5/54.5/5 Sep 2013 399i
14.
 
Fujifilm X-M13/5+..77/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2013 699i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, though. The ratings were established in reference to similarly priced cameras that were available in the market at the time of the review. Hence, a score should always be seen in the context of the camera's market launch date and its price, and comparing ratings of very distinct cameras or ones that are far apart in terms of their release date have little meaning. It should also be noted that some of the review sites have over time altered the way they render their verdicts.

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    Specifications: Fujifilm X-A3 vs Fujifilm X70

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Fujifilm X-A3 Fujifilm X70
    Camera Type Mirrorless system camera Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens Fujifilm X mount lenses 28mm f/2.8-16
    Launch Date August 2016 January 2016
    Launch Price USD 399 USD 799
    Sensor Specs Fujifilm X-A3 Fujifilm X70
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 23.5 x 15.7 mm 23.6 x 15.6 mm
    Sensor Area 368.95 mm2 368.16 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 28.3 mm 28.3 mm
    Crop Factor 1.5x 1.5x
    Sensor Resolution 24 Megapixels 16 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 6000 x 4000 pixels 4896 x 3264 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 3.92 μm 4.80 μm
    Pixel Density 6.50 MP/cm2 4.34 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability 1080/60p Video 1080/60p Video
    ISO Setting 200 - 6,400 ISO 100 - 6,400 ISO
    ISO Boost 100 - 25,600 ISO 100 - 51,200 ISO
    Screen Specs Fujifilm X-A3 Fujifilm X70
    Viewfinder Type no viewfinder Viewfinder optional
    Viewfinder Magnification
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 1040k dots 1040k dots
    LCD Attachment Tilting screen Tilting screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Fujifilm X-A3 Fujifilm X70
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF On-Sensor Phase-detect
    Manual Focusing AidFocus PeakingFocus Peaking
    Max Shutter Speed (mechanical) 1/4000s 1/4000s
    Continuous Shooting 6 shutter flaps/s 8 shutter flaps/s
    Electronic Shutterup to 1/32000sup to 1/32000s
    Time-Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer built-inIntervalometer built-in
    Fill Flash Built-in Flash Built-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-I UHS-I
    Connectivity Specs Fujifilm X-A3 Fujifilm X70
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI micro HDMI
    Microphone Port no MIC socket External MIC port
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Body Specs Fujifilm X-A3 Fujifilm X70
    Battery Type NP-W126S NP-95
    Battery Life (CIPA)410 shots per charge330 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging USB charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 117 x 67 x 40 mm
    (4.6 x 2.6 x 1.6 in)
    113 x 64 x 44 mm
    (4.4 x 2.5 x 1.7 in)
    Camera Weight 339 g (12.0 oz) 340 g (12.0 oz)

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