Fujifilm X-A1 Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 16.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Tiltable 3-inch LCD (920K-dots high definition)
  • PC Autosave Wi-Fi (for easy image backup)
  • Wireless image transfer to smart phones and tablet
  • Full HD video recording at 30fps
  • Manual Modes
  • RAW
  • Image stabilization
  • 5.6 fps burst shooting
  • Lithium Ion battery rated at 350 shots
  • Part Number: X-A1 Kit with 16-50mm Lens Black
  • UPC: 074101022988
  • Release Date: 2013-10-30
  • Final Grade: 90 4.5 Star Rating: Recommended

4.5 Star Rating: Recommended
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Fujifilm X-A1
Excellent, but cheaper version of Fujifilm X-M1
By Digital Admin, Last updated on: 9/11/2014

The X-A1 is essentially a cheaper version of Fujifilm's popular X-M1 and the least expensive model in the mirrorless X line. The most notable difference between the X-M1 and the X-A1 is the sensor. The X-A1 still has the large, APS-C sensor, but it isn't Fujifilm's X-trans design, which eliminates the low-pass filter and results in very detailed images. The X-A1 is also constructed with a less expensive exterior and has a single color instead of the retro two-tone look. If you can swing the extra $200, go for the X-M1, but the X-A1 is still an excellent option, offering a DSLR-size sensor and Fujifilm quality for about $600.

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Fujifilm Reviews

Being among the first creators of the compact camera, Fujifilm is one of the world's most significant imaging and photographic companies. Fujifilm launched the DS-1P in 1988, gaining credit for the first real digital camera widely available.

Most of their latest advanced cameras use an X-Trans sensor, which eliminates the need for an optical low pass filter by reducing moire with the arrangement of pixel units instead. Eliminating the optical low pass filter means there's less between the lens and the sensor, which translates into better resolution and detail.

Fujifilm digital cameras are famous for their natural image color, wide dynamic range, low noise and high sensitivity. It's hard to go wrong with a Fujifilm X mirrorless camera. Models like the X-M1 have an affordable price, yet sacrifice the right features in order to reach that price. Models like the X-T1, on the other hand, are packed full of the latest, greatest features on the market.

Fujifilm is about more than mirrorless though, offering several fixed lens cameras that are good options as well. Their super zoom cameras are usually a pretty good bet. They also offer a waterproof XP line, but they're more of a budget camera than a best-in-class option.

Fujifilm has also recently joined the retro camera craze, giving many of their models a retro film look with all the features of digital. Many of their models follow this trend, but there's a few that stick with a more digital look.

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