Entry-Level Mirrorless Camera Roundup 2013
16MP CMOS Sensor | Tilting 3.0-inch Screen | Built-in Wi-Fi
What we like:
- Excellent JPEG image quality
- Tilting LCD
- Wi-Fi connectivity
What we don't:
- Occasional overexposure
- Limited control in video mode
- Slightly plasticky build
The Fujifilm X-A1 is nearly the same camera as the X-M1 except for one key detail - it uses a 16MP APS-C sensor with a traditional Bayer array, not the X-Trans kind. While it doesn't have the viewfinder that some of its predecessors do, it offers a tilting high-res 3.0-inch LCD. Like the X-M1 it offers twin control dials which make it nicer to take control of than most of its peers.
"Twin dials will really suit anyone wanting a camera to grow into and learn to take control of."
The X-A1 is sold as a kit with the 16-50mm F3.5-5.6, offering a wide 24mm equivalent angle of view, and as kit lenses go it's respectably sharp. The twin dials are a rarity at this level and will really suit anyone wanting a camera to grow into and learn to take control of. The articulated LCD is useful for creative composition and video recording.
On top of its core features the X-A1 includes Wi-Fi, which is limited to image sharing only with no option for remote control, but works well. There's also 1080p HD video recording, though manual control is limited to aperture priority only. Overall the X-A1 is a solidly built, thoughtfully engineered camera with some useful features that are hard to find in this class. Beginners may be intimidated by a somewhat serious-looking camera, but will find themselves happy with the JPEGs it produces - budding photographers will just love it.