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: 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.
Fuji's new entry-level looks lavish and feels flimsy.
14 October 2013
Conclusion: When we reviewed the X-M1, we concluded that it was a camera with an excellent sensor in a chintzy body. The X-A1 keeps the same cheap suit, drops in a marginally inferior sensor, and charges you $200 less. Is that a good thing? It depends on what you're shopping for. Right off the bat, we have to say that there are better mirrorless options out there for less money. If you want an APS-C sensor in a compact body, check out Sony's $450 NEX-3N .
Conclusion: Most photographers will tell you that image quality is their biggest consideration when selecting a camera, but the build and functionality of the camera are also key factors along with the price. Many manufacturers reduce the functionality and build quality of their more entry-level cameras in order to keep cost down, but Fuji is in the unusual position of being able to achieve the same thing while keeping these two elements the same.
Pros: Most affordable Fuji CSC, Natural, vibrant images, Tilting LCD
Cons: No viewfinder, Screen not touch-sensitive, Standard sesnor
Conclusion: The Fujifilm X-A1 delivers an excellent standard of image quality, is an attractively designed camera and has a strong level of performance. While the lenses in the X series might not be the cheapest on the market, the X-A1 is well worthy of consideration in the entry-level CSC market.
Pros: Impressive performance, Outstanding detail and ISO performance, Brisk overall performance, Pricey lens range
Excerpt: You don't need to spend a great deal to bag a decent camera these days, as Fujifilm proves with the X-A1 - the interchangeable lens camera that sits at the introductory end of its compact system camera lens line-up.
Pros: Great value, good image quality, broad choice of lenses, easy to use, built-in Wi-Fi, articulated display
Cons: Some grain at fairly conservative sensitivities, ome blurring on videos with significant image changes, no touchscreen
Excerpt: The Fujifilm X-A1 is the entry level mirrorless camera in the Fujifilm X series, designed to provide high image quality whilst being easy to use and is the most affordable mirrorless camera from Fujifilm, available for £499 with 16-50mm OIS kit lens.
Pros: Excellent 16-50mm OIS kit lens, Very good value for money, Excellent noise performance, Excellent colour reproduction, Impressive detail and resolution, Dynamic range expansion works well, 3inch tilting screen, Wi-Fi connectivity, Printed manual, Compact body
Cons: Lacks panoramic mode, Lacks HDR shooting, Advanced filters don't save raw files, Wi-Fi doesn't allow remote operation