Is the X-A1 the right camera for me?

Started Nov 17, 2013 | Discussions thread
pcb_dpr Contributing Member • Posts: 835
Re: Is the X-A1 the right camera for me?

I'd say if you're willing to make the compromise of using flash or turning up the light when indoors, there's no reason (except for budget) to back down to a compact camera. No small-sensor p&s will match the XA1 IQ, lowlight high-ISO performance, or shallow dof capabilities. The only ones that come close are larger-sensor compacts, which can cost as much as, or more, than the XA1.

bimbert84 wrote:

If not, and you're not willing to make any compromises on your listed needs, buying nothing at all might be your only option. Getting a fast lens with a mirrorless camera with an articulated screen and great high ISO performance at $500-$600 is a tall order.

bimbert84 wrote:’s doubtful any of these pictures would ever be printed above 8x10, and even that would be extremely rare. 4x6 or 5x7 or computer viewing would be the norm.

For those who have suggested additional lenses, I guess I should've been more clear: I just don't have the funds to spend $1000 or more on camera equipment. If the kit lens won't do what I want, I'll have to go another route entirely (and if it turns out I'm asking too much of my budget, that may mean buying nothing at all).

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Hi pcb_dcr,

Thanks for the response. Yes, the dilemma lies in the subjectivity, which is why I'm deferring to the experience of those of you who know better.

I want to avoid getting myself strapped into a large cash outlay. At this point I'm leaning toward backing down to a compact with a fast lens, and if my low-light is too low for that, I'll use a flash or turn up the lights. I don't consider that ideal, but it may be something I have to live with.

Thanks for the advice.

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