The X-A1 is described by Fujifilm as an entry-level compact system camera, the fourth interchangeable lens system camera introduced within the X-series, said to give consumers an affordable entry point into the line.
The X-A1 kit will come with the Fujinon XC16-50 mm (24-76 mm equivalent) f/3.5-5.6 OIS zoom lens. This lens consists of 12 all-glass elements in 10 groups including 3 aspherical elements and 1 ED element. The lens features seven round-edged aperture blades, which offer 17 stops in 1/3 EV increments.
The new camera uses an APS-C sensor and EXR Processor II that capture rich tones, “breath-taking” dynamic range and “stunning” low-light images using the camera’s extended ISO range of up to 25600. With the X-A1, users can set the sensitivity from ISO200 to as high as ISO6400 in 1/3 step increments.
Thanks to the EXR Processor II, the X-A1 gives great speed with a start-up time of 0.5 seconds, a shutter time lag of 0.05 seconds and a maximum burst speed of 5.6 frames per second (max. 30 frames).
The X-A1 weighs 328.8 g (11.6 oz) and is about a third of the size of a traditional DSLR body, with a slim profile of 3.3 cm (1.3 inch) at its trimmest point.
The X-A1 also features a 3-inch tilting high resolution LCD screen. The monitor tilts at variable vertical angles.
The camera has a built-in flash with guide number 7, and Super Intelligent Flash technology that uses scene recognition and automatically controls flash strength to reduce highlight clipping.
There’s a WiFi button that lets users transfer photos and movies to social media sites for easy sharing from the camera to smartphones, tablets and computers.
To connect the X-A1 to a smartphone or tablet, users can download the free dedicated app to transfer up to 30 pictures at a time from the X-A1. The app also lets users download movies.
The X-A1 has its key operation buttons and dials positioned on the right side of the camera’s rear panel. The Mode Dial for selecting the optimum setting for each scene gives access to the Advanced SR Auto function, which automatically recognizes each scene and selects the best settings for sharp and clear images.
The Advanced Filter function and Film Simulation modes give users a range of creative filters and film effects to apply and achieve unique and artistic looks.
The camera also offers in-camera RAW processing; film simulation modes (Velvia, ASTIA, PROVIA, Sepia, and Black & White); 8 advanced filters (Toy Camera, Miniature, Dynamic Tone, Pop Colour, Soft Focus, High Key, Low Key and Partial Colour); Multiple Exposure mode to superimpose a second exposure on the first exposure; and Full HD movie 1080P\30fps and built-in stereo microphone.
The X-A1 uses the same X-Mount as the X-Pro1, X-E1 and X-M1, so all XF and XC lenses will work with this new model.
The Fujifilm X-A1 and XC16-50 mm lens (kit) will be available this month for $599.95.