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.
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