Fujifilm X-A1 Compact Digital Camera

It’s more than a couple of months since Fujifilm released its X-M1 monster—a mirrorless, compact system camera that features an advanced sensor and a classy vintage body. But the price of the camera is a whopping $599, and only a few would care how good the included lens is if that price is that big. Thankfully, today, we are about to see a new model from this reputed X-series of the company in the name of X-A1. With the main selling point of a much lower price, i.e., at least $200 less, you get a decent camera with almost the same prowess as that of its more expensive predecessor.

Starting with the build and design, the Fujifilm X-A1 is actually something very identical to its predecessor, and in fact, they both measure the same at 4.6×2.6×1.5inches. About the initial look, while its predecessor sports a chromatic silver/aluminum shell especially on top of the device, the X-A1 starts with either pure black or pure indigo blue, the latter is actually harder to notice in the present markets. However, the X-A1 is a bit lighter at only 11.6oz compared to that 12.8oz of the predecessor, and this may be because of some features that are slashed off to fit well to the price.

More with similarities, for a $200-price off, you get almost the perfect camera as you’d find on the X-M1: you get the same APS-C CMOS sensor at 16.3MP, ISO sensitivity from 100 to 25,600, 5.6fps burst shooting that clocks down at 30JPEGs, a hotshoe for the body with no radical option of any kind of viewfinder, 49-area contrast AF system, shutter speed from 30-1/4000 of a second, a 256-zone metering system, a built-in flash, optical image stabilization, 1080p30p video recording, 3-inch vertically-tilting 920k-dot LCD, Wi-Fi capabilities, and of course the same vintage look.

Looking however at the differences, the biggest hiccup in features is the loss of the X-Trans sensor, which is found in the X-M1. The said sensor is actually mentioned to be a lot better in handling aberrations and moiré effect, and can even induce better clarity with colors and contrast. However, when plainly looking at the results—and more simply because this X-A1 is more aimed for photography enthusiasts only, the Fujifilm X-A1 still delivers stunning quality photos in both areas of JPEG and RAW formats. The former format seemed good enough without editing, so you can directly print them off fresh from the camera, and the RAW format does a decent job of keeping all the source details intact that editing them in LightRoom is a breeze.

Fujifilm claims that the X-A1 is more aimed for travel lovers who would want to operate an interchangeable-lens camera using one hand (of course, you don’t want to change the lens using one hand; what I mean is the general operation). Luckily, the X-A1 has button layouts that are intuitive and easy enough to understand right out of the package. Aside from the usual controls and buttons, you also get an Fn button that you can customize to, let’s say, setting the ISO. A Q-menu button is also ready and easily accessed at the main interface for jumping into the most basic controls. Aside from the mode dial on the top plate, you also get another dial at the back that is at the same time clickable.

The Fujifilm X-A1 is also a performer, but not to that extent that you can safely call it a good camera for the pros. At 0.5-second startup time and seemingly without any shutter lag at all, the X-A1 is also swift also in its own AF system, at least obviously better when in a properly-lit situation. ISO up to 800 (and even 1600) is also respectable enough, not only you crop the image to full zoom. The only gripe I had was that the grip feels too shallow and a bit slippery (with the faux leather surface), making it hard for me to really manage the mode dial using only one hand.

The Fujifilm X-A1 comes with a 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, but it is also said that by this coming weeks, you can also avail of a $400-priced XC50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS lens for those telephoto shots. The X-A1 is a decent camera with sound image quality, but again, it’s more designed for the amateurs than really for the pros.

Fujifilm X-A1 Compact Digital Camera Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 27,000.00

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