Fujifilm X-A7

24MP APS-C CMOS sensor | On-sensor phase detection | 4K/30p video capture

What we like:

  • Impressive JPEG colors
  • Uncropped 4K capture
  • Huge display w/easy-to-use touch interface

What we don't:

  • Small buffer
  • Slippery in the hand
  • Battery life isn't great
The X-A7 is a capable, low-priced mirrorless camera that uses Fujifilm's X-Mount. It features a 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor, enormous fully articulating LCD, and the ability to capture uncropped 4K video.
The X-A7 has a rangefinder-style design and comes in both traditional and more stylish colors. The body is plastic and on the slippery side, though it doesn't feel cheap. It has a simplified touchscreen interface for beginners but finds room for twin command dials and an AF joystick that are unusual at this price.
The X-A7's out-of-camera images look very good and it's easy-to-use interface makes it ideal for smartphone upgraders
The X-A7 has responsive autofocus, with good face and eye detection, though it will occasionally misidentify other objects as faces. It can track moving subjects, though it's not as 'sticky' as the best models in this price range. The camera's 6 fps burst only lasts for a handful of shots, which rules out more ambitious action shooting. Battery life is average, and we appreciate the camera's USB charging.
The image quality on the X-A7 is very good. Keeping with Fujifilm tradition, JPEG colors are great right out of the camera. Its Film Simulation modes are a fun way to get different color styles with minimal effort.
The X-A7 captures uncropped 4K 30p and 24p video using the full width of its sensor for up to 15 minutes. Video quality is good at 4K and not-so-good at 1080. While there is some rolling shutter (distortion), it's not as obvious as on some of its peers. The X-A7 has a built-in microphone jack, though there's no way to connect headphones.
Overall, the X-A7 is an easy-to-use entry-level camera with a giant display and well-designed touch interface. Photo and 4K video quality are both good, and autofocus is respectable. It is worth noting that the step-up model, the X-T200, offers a viewfinder, fastest burst shooting and a headphone socket for a small increase in price.

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