Fujifilm X-A1

Estimated Street Price: $599 (with XC16-50mm OIS zoom)

INTRODUCED 9/2013

Fujifilm’s new X-A1 is the entry-level model in the X-series mirrorless camera lineup, sharing the compact dimensions of the recent X-M1, but with a 16.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor that uses a conventional Bayer RGB filter rather than the unique Fujifilm X-Trans sensor in the other X-series cameras—and an entry-level price some $200 less. A powerful EXR Processor II improves image quality and speeds operation; the camera starts up in 0.5 seconds, and shutter time lag is just 0.05 seconds.

While the top-end X-Pro1 and X-E1 have built-in eye-level viewfinders, the X-A1 (like the X-M1) doesn’t, and that’s part of why it’s so compact. There’s a big, 3.0-inch LCD screen that tilts for easy composition, and like its tiny twin, the X-A1 has room for the same Li-ion battery as the other X-series cameras, good for around 350 shots per charge.

Also like the X-M1, the X-A1 has something that the high-end X models lack: built-in Wi-Fi for wireless image transfer to smartphone or tablet. The compact (4.6×2.6×1.5-inch, 9.9-ounce) design positions all dials and buttons on the right for easy one-handed operation.

Fujifilm’s legacy in color film transfers well to digital with film simulation modes, including Provia (neutral colors), Velvia (dramatic rich colors) and Astia (beautiful skin tones). Like the X-M1, the X-A1 can shoot up to 5.6 fps. You can do multiple exposures, using the first image as a guide to position the second on the LCD monitor, and 49-point contrast-based AF includes face detection and subject tracking.

Video capabilities include 1080p and 720p at 30 fps in MOV format with H.264 compression, and stereo sound via built-in mic.

STANDOUT FEATURE: An X-series camera at a bargain price.

1.The tilting LCD makes it easy to take high- and low-angle shots.

2.he mode dial provides direct activation of many camera features. SR+ mode automatically recognizes 58 scene types and optimizes shutter speed, aperture and other settings.

3.The Wi-Fi (Fn) button makes it simple to transfer photos wirelessly.

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