Fujifilm X-A1

Fujifilm X-A1

16MP CMOS Sensor | Tilting 3.0" 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 Fujifilm X-M1 except for one key detail - it uses a 16MP APS-C sensor with a traditional Bayer array, rather than X-Trans. Other than that, the two are nearly identical.

One advantage this sensor gives the X-A1 over the X-M1 is wider support for its Raw files. If you are undecided between the two, your ultimate decision may boil down to whether you prefer the subtle differences in image quality coming off the two sensors.

Like the X-M1 the X-A1 has no EVF but does include a tilting high-res 3.0" LCD. ISOs max out at 25,6000 and a burst rate of 5.6 fps should be ample for most.

"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 usefully 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 suit anyone wanting a camera to grow into and learn to take control of. The articulated LCD is useful for getting creative with one's compositions during both still and video capture.

On top of its core features the X-A1 includes Wi-Fi for sharing images which works well but is limited, with no option for remote control. There's also 1080p HD video recording, but manual control is limited to aperture priority only. Overall the X-A1 is a very appealing camera. Beginners will find this camera gives them lots of room to grow and learn, with good JPEG image quality; budding photographers will also find this camera meets many, if not all of their shooting needs.

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