Excerpt: Being a bit of a technophile its always exciting when you are opening the box on a new piece of hardware. This time around it is the Fujifilm X-A1 and it was a pleasant surprise indeed. The X-A1 appears to be the new entry point for the X series range of cameras that have a 16 Megapixel image sensor.
Summary: The Fujifilm X-A1 perfectly embodies the philosophy of the producer: essential photographic depth of control and quality of results. We are not in the presence of mirrorless smaller in circulation, or more technology or more key performance in the video, but the traditional photographers simply looking for an instrument quite compact and can capture excellent images hard-pressed to find a better alternative to X-A1 in this price segment.
Pros: Exceptional image quality, Fast AF and accurate, In-depth manual controls.
Cons: Physical construction for improvement, Limited video capabilities, The absence of Panorama and HDR mode.
Fujifilm X-A1 review: Compact entry-level interchangeable lens camera
5 January 2014
Conclusion: If you’ve been seduced by the premium look and feel of previous Fujifilm X cameras but haven’t been able to justify the expense until now, the X-A1 is a great value-added place to start. Gavin is a Macworld U.K. contributor who has written about digital photography since 1997 and was editor of a slew of photographic titles including Which Digital Camera. There is little about the subject Gavin doesn't know.
Pros: Swift and accurate auto focus, Plenty of effects and Fuji’s Film Simulation modes, Tilting LCD
Cons: A larger handgrip would have been useful, Longer lenses make the camera front heavy, No eye level viewfinder built in
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).
Summary: 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.
Pros: APS-C CMOS sensor, High image quality, Excellent low-light image performance, Fast burst mode (JPEG and RAW), Two thumb dials, High-resolution LCD (921k dots), LCD folds up/down 90 degrees, Small, lightweight body, Attractive color effects, Fine color and tone curve adjustments, Built-in Wi-Fi, Interchangeable lens, Focus ring on lens, Hot shoe for external flash, Shoots full-resolution HD video
Cons: Contrast-detection auto focus is slow, Auto focus locks at first frame in burst mode, No optical viewfinder, LCD does not swivel horizontally, Lens selection is limited, No aperture ring on kit lens, Menu navigation can be clunky
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.
Pros: Style; Performance: Image quality; Features
Cons: Shiny monitor screen; Expensive system lenses