Fujifilm has announced the X-A1, its most basic X-mount mirrorless camera yet. The X-A1 shares a body with the X-M1 but is based around a 16MP sensor with a conventional, Bayer color filter array, rather than the X-Trans design that's been used in the other X-series models. Despite its lowly position in the lineup, the X-A1 retains the 920k-dot tilting rear screen and Wi-Fi offered by the X-M1, yet is being launched with an MSRP of $599 with the XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS standard zoom - $200 cheaper than the X-M1 cost at its launch.

The company has also announced the Fujinon XC 50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS lens, a relatively small, lightweight zoom for Fujifilm's mirrorless cameras, designed to complement smaller bodies like the X-M1 and X-A1. It features optical image stabilization for sharper handheld pictures, and uses a stepper motor for fast focusing. Like the XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS, but unlike Fujifilm's more-expensive 'R' type lenses, it doesn't have an aperture ring - instead this is controlled from the camera body. This means that X-Pro1 and X-E1 owners will need to install the latest firmware to use the lens.

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FUJIFILM LAUNCHES THE X-A1, AN ENTRY-LEVEL CSC FEATURING A 16.3 MP APS-C CMOS SENSOR AND POWERFUL EXR PROCESSOR II

New X-A1 offers entry into the premium X-Series while delivering outstanding image quality, modern design, sharp 3” tilting LCD screen and wireless image transfer

Valhalla, N.Y., September 17, 2013 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the new FUJIFILM X-A1 compact system camera (CSC), the fourth interchangeable lens system camera introduced within the award-winning FUJIFILM X-Series. The ultra-light X-A1 gives consumers an affordable entry point into the X-Series line of digital cameras and delivers outstanding image quality using its large 16.3 Megapixel APS-C  CMOS sensor, easy operation and wireless image transfer for quick photo sharing.

The FUJIFILM X-A1 kit will ship with the FUJINON XC16-50mm (24-76mm)*1 F3.5-5.6 OIS zoom lens. The XC16-50mm is a versatile lens that is ideal for a wide range of photographic subjects, including clear low-light scenes, beautiful portraits and vivid landscapes. The 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 for precise aperture control.

“The lightweight X-A1 and versatile XC16-50mm lens combination gives consumers extraordinary value and the opportunity to experience the outstanding image quality that the X-Series is known for,” said Manny Almeida, senior vice president and general manager, FUJIFILM North America Corporation. “Together with a high definition tilting screen and wireless image transfer, consumers of all skill levels can capture truly memorable images that can also be shared on Facebook and Twitter quickly and easily.”

Large 16.3 Megapixel APS-C sensor and EXR Processor II

The FUJIFILM X-A1 uses an APS-C sensor and powerful EXR Processor II that captures rich tones, breath-taking dynamic range and stunning low-light images using its extended ISO range of up to 25600. With the X-A1, users can set the sensor sensitivity from ISO200 to as high as ISO6400 in 1/3 step increments, to obtain remarkably clear images even when shooting indoors and at night.

Together with the EXR Processor II, the X-A1 also gives customers fantastic speed with a start-up time of 0.5 seconds*2, a shutter time lag of 0.05 seconds and a maximum burst speed of 5.6 frames per second (max. 30 frames*3).

Compact performance and advanced features

The X-A1 CSC combines advanced features in a go-anywhere design. The X-A1 weighs just 11.6oz*4 and is about a third of the size of a traditional DSLR body. With a slim profile of 1.3” at its trimmest point, the X-A1 is easily carried anywhere.

The X-A1 also features a 3” tilting high resolution LCD screen with 920,000 dots for easy image viewing and framing at various angles. The 3” LCD monitor tilts at variable vertical angles, facilitating both low-angle and high-angle shots whether on or off a tripod.

The X-A1 uses a built-in high precision flash, with the guide number 7*5, and Super Intelligent Flash technology that uses scene recognition and automatically controls flash strength to reduce highlight clipping.

Easy Image Transfer with WiFi® button

The X-A1 includes a WiFi button that lets users transfer high quality photos and movies*6  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 “FUJIFILM Camera Application” to their iPhone™ / iPad™ or Android™ smartphone or tablet device to transfer up to 30 pictures at a time from the X-A1. The app also lets users download movies, expanding the range of options available for enjoying pictures taken with the camera.

Intuitive design and easy operation

The X-A1 has its key operation buttons and dials positioned on the right side of the camera’s rear panel for easy use and quick picture taking. 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.

FUJINON XC50-230mm (76-350mm) F4.5-6.7 OIS

The all new FUJINON XC50-230mm (76-350mm) F4.5-6.7 OIS lens adds even more versatility to the X-Series line of compact system cameras by offering an expanded zoom range that delivers consistently outstanding optical performance throughout. The XC50-230mm uses optical image stabilization to ensure superb performance and effectively reduces blur when shooting at longer focal lengths and in low light.

FUJIFILM X-A1 key features list:

  • 16.3 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • EXR Processor II
    • Start-up time of 0.5
    • Shutter lag time of 0.05
    • Shooting interval time of 0.7
  • 3” (920K dot) tilting high resolution LCD screen
  • Full range of ISO100 – ISO25600
  • Wireless image transfer
  • Q Menu shortcut button
  • In-camera RAW processing
  • Film Simulation modes (Velvia, ASTIA, PROVIA, Sepia, and Black & White)
  • 8 Advanced Filters (Toy Camera, Miniature, Dynamic Tone, Pop Color, Soft Focus, High Key, Low Key and Partial Color)
  • Multiple Exposure mode to superimpose a second exposure on the first exposure
  • Full HD movie 1080P\30fps and built-in stereo microphone
  • Available accessories include: Leather Case, Hand Grip, and Clip-on Flash

 FUJINON XC16-50mm (24-76mm) F3.5-5.6 OIS

  • 24-76mm equivalent F3.5-5.6 lens
  • Fully compatible with FUJIFILM X-Mount
  • 12 all glass elements in 10 groups including 3 aspherical elements and 1 ED element
  • Seven round-edged aperture blades, which offer 17 stops in 1/3 EV steps

 FUJINON XC50-230mm (76-350mm) F4.5-6.7 OIS

  • 76-350mm equivalent F4.5-6.7 lens
  • Fully compatible with FUJIFILM X-Mount
  • 13 all glass elements in 10 groups including 1 aspherical lens and 1 ED element
  • Optical image stabilization that minimizes blur at longer focal lengths and in low light
  • A precision stepping motor for  high-speed autofocusing
  • Available in black and silver

The FUJIFILM X-A1 and XC16-50mm (24-76mm) F3.5-5.6 OIS lens (kit) will be available in September 2013 for $599.95 in black and indigo blue. The FUJINON XC50-230mm (76-350mm) F4.5-6.7 OIS lens will be available in November 2013 for $399.95. The FUJIFILM X-A1 uses the same FUJIFILM X-Mount as the X-Pro1, X-E1 and X-M1, and all FUJIFILM XF and XC lenses will work with all X-Series interchangeable lens cameras.

The current Fujifilm lens family includes the following FUJINON XF and XC lenses:

  • XF 14mm F2.8
  • XF 18mm F2.0
  • XF 23mm F1.4
  • XF 27mm F2.8
  • XF 35mm F1.4
  • XF 60mm F2.4
  • XF 18-55mm F2.8-4.0 OIS
  • XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 OIS
  • XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS

*1 35mm format equivalent
*2 Quick Start mode
*3 Maximum number of frames can be shot in JPEG setting, using a “Class 10” or higher SD card
*4 Including the battery and memory card, excluding the lens
*5 ISO200・m; When shooting at ISO200, the light reaches a subject up to (7/F number) meters away
*6 FUJIFILM Camera Application for iOS can save movie files up to 1280 x 720

Fujifilm X-A1 specifications

Price
MSRP$599 with 16-50mm
Body type
Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor
Max resolution4896 x 3264
Other resolutionsS: (3:2) 2496 x 1664 / (16:9) 2496 x 1408 / (1:1) 1664 x 1664
Image ratio w:h1:1, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.6 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorEXR Processor II
Image
ISOAUTO / Equivalent to ISO200 - 6400 (Standard Output Sensitivity)
White balance presets7
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Image stabilization notesSupported with OIS type lens
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal
File format
  • JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3)*2 / RAW (RAF format) / RAW+JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
Autofocus assist lampAF assist illuminator available
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points49
Lens mountFujifilm X
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3
Screen dots920,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Advanced SR AUTO
  • Program AE
  • Shutter Priority
  • Aperture Priority
  • Manual
  • Custom
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Sport
  • SP
  • Adv.
  • AUTO
Scene modes
  • Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Portrait enhancer, Night, Night (tripod), Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Party, Flower, Text
Built-in flashYes (Manual pop-up flash)
Flash range7.00 m (ISO200m)
External flashYes (dedicated TTL Flash compatible)
Flash modesAuto / Forced Flash / Suppressed Flash / Slow Synchro / Rear-curtain Synchro / Commander
Flash X sync speed1/180 sec
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive5.6 fps
Self-timerYes (10 sec. / 2 sec.)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Average
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±1 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 30p, Continuous recording: up to approx. 14 min./1280 x 720 30p, Continuous recording: up to approx. 27 min.
FormatH.264
Videography notesMOV/H.264
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD memory card / SDHC memory card / SDXC (UHS-I) memory card
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini HDMI Type C)
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notesGeotagging setup, Image transfer (Individual image / Selected multiple images), View & Obtain Images, PC Autosave
Remote controlYes (RR-90 (sold separately))
Physical
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNP-W126 battery and BC-W126 charger
Battery Life (CIPA)350
Weight (inc. batteries)330 g (0.73 lb / 11.64 oz)
Dimensions117 x 67 x 39 mm (4.6 x 2.62 x 1.54)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
GPSNone

Fujifilm XC 50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typeZoom lens
Max Format sizeAPS-C / DX
Focal length50–230 mm
Image stabilisationYes
Lens mountFujifilm X
Aperture
Maximum apertureF4.5 - F6.7
Minimum apertureF22.0
Aperture ringNo
Number of diaphragm blades7
Aperture notesRounded diaphragm
Optics
Elements13
Groups10
Special elements / coatings1 aspherical lens, 1 ED glass element
Focus
Minimum focus1.10 m (43.31)
Maximum magnification0.2×
AutofocusYes
Motor typeStepper motor
Full time manualYes
Focus methodInternal
Distance scaleNo
DoF scaleNo
Physical
Weight375 g (0.83 lb)
Diameter69 mm (2.7)
Length111 mm (4.37)
MaterialsPlastic barrel, plastic mount
ColourBlack, Silver
Zoom methodRotary (extending)
Filter thread58 mm

Additional images

 Fujifilm X-A1 The X-A1 retains the tilting screen featured on the X-M1.
Fujifilm X-A1 with XC 16-50mm OIS Fujinon XC50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS