Fujifilm has announced the availability of its latest interchangeable lens camera, the X-A1. The new mirrorless camera will be available to purchase from October and will command retail price of $849 in a kit with a 16-50mm lens. It’s a camera that features Fujifilm’s X Mount, which can take Fujinon XF and XC lenses.
At the moment, there are 10 lenses available for the X Mount, including a new Fujinon XC50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS model ($599), and Fujifilm has stated before that it will have up to 14 lenses available by next year. It’s an ecosystem that Fujifilm hopes will appeal to enthusiast photographers looking to make the step up from a traditional compact, without going for a more bulky digital SLR.
The camera has a traditional body style that’s available in three colours (red, blue, or black), and it offers manual control elements that are typical for a camera in this category. Much like the X-M1 that we previewed in July, Fujifilm says it has designed the X-A1 with one-handed operation in mind, mainly because it has put all of the control dials and buttons on the right side of the camera. It’s a logical location for all the controls since the centre-left part of the body is consumed by the 3in LCD screen, which has a 920k dot resolution and is hinged to allow for tilting.
A 16.3-megapixel sensor sits behind the X-Mount, and it’s an APS-C sized sensor, which puts it on par with many of the other cameras in the interchangeable lens category. You don’t get a built-in electronic viewfinder, but there is a built-in pop-up flash, and there is a hot-shoe. The flash is said to have Fujifilm’s ‘Super Intelligent Flash Technology’, which can fire off a ‘dummy’ flash in order to discharge its capacitor before applying the precise amount of flash needed according to the metering of the scene.
Fujifilm reports that the X-A1 uses its EXR Processor II, which it claims gives the camera a 0.5sec start-up time, a shutter lag of 0.05sec, and a burst mode rate of 5.6 frames per second. It has a standard ISO range from ISO200 to ISO6400, but can be extended to ISO100 and ISO25600. Plenty of filters are built in to the camera, including five ‘film simulation’ modes that can do monochrome, sepia, PROVIA, VELVIA and ASTIA. In-camera RAW processing is also present.
The X-A1 has built-in wireless image transfer, which works via an app, and accessories include a hand grip and a leather case.