Conclusion: Fuji is to be congratulated for sticking to its X-series design principles for it's entry-level model. It would've been easy to compromise on build quality, but it hasn't. It has also managed to keep the same traditional look of its other models such as the Fuji X-E1 and Fuji X-Pro1 while making the X-A1 and (X-M1) more accessible to novice photographers.
Excerpt: The Fuji X-A1 resides at the low end of the Fuji X-Series lineup of mirrorless cameras. The camera is so small and light. It feels much like a point and shoot camera in your hand when equipped with the Fuji XF 27mm f/2.8 pancake lens (40.5mm equivalent on a full frame camera).
Excerpt: In late summer of 2013, Fujifilm announced the ultra-light X-A1 compact camera system that, in kit form, includes the FUJINON XG16-50mm (24-76mm) F/3.5-5.6 OIS Zoom Lens pictured above. The fourth interchangeable lens digicam in the company's X-Series, the X-A1 body weighs only 11.6oz and is one-third the size of traditional DSLRs.
Summary: While the Fujifilm X-A1 is intended to be an entry-level model for Fujifilm's X-series cameras, it is an outstanding camera in its own right. If you can live without a viewfinder you'll discover what is arguably the best CSC in its price bracket.
Excerpt: The X-A1 is Fujifilm’s handsome-looking entry-level interchangeable lens X-series compact, a range noted for reviving the critical fortunes of the brand with its classic styling and a feature set more geared to enthusiasts and pros than the happy-snappy brigade.
Premium look and feel transcends its good value price point and status as the entry model in the range, swift and accurate auto focus, plenty of effects and Fuji’s Film Simulation modes provide a point of difference, classic styling, tilting LCD
A larger handgrip would have been useful, longer zooms in danger of making the camera feel a tad ‘front heavy’, no eye level viewfinder built in may dissuade purists
Conclusion: The Fujifilm X-A1 is still smaller and lighter than the smallest DSLR (Canon’s 100D) while offering a host of functionality, including a custom setting and Wi-Fi. At R7 000 it makes for a compelling offering, coming with a 16-50mm kit lens that is slightly wider than usual. Here are some sample photos takes with the Fujfilm X-E1, courtesy of Vark1 .
Conclusion: The X-A1 is the fourth model in the X series and is the least expensive so far. It shares an almost identical spec sheet to the pricier X-M1, and features the same sized sensor and an identical processor. The performance is matched, though the X-M1 has the potential to offer marginally sharper shots due to the lack of a low pass filter. That said, sharpening can be added in post production and as such the X-A1 offers a real bargain for those after a Fuji CSC.