Fujifilm has some very capable X-Mount shooters in its repertoire, and today that repertoire grows with the addition of the X-A1 entry-level X-Mount interchangeable lens camera. After months of rumors and photo leaks, the official camera is finally here.
Here’s a quick (if a bit weird) video introduction to the X-A1:
As you would expect, most of the rumors were spot on, leaving little in way of surprises from the announcement.
Inside, you’ll find a regular 16.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor (not X-Trans), EXR Processor II, the same 3-inch 920k-dot tilting LCD and built-in WiFi found in the X-M1, max ISO of 25,600, pop-up flash and the ability to shoot 1080p Full HD video at 30fps.
Rumors of the camera’s speed were also accurate. Fuji boast a start time of just 0.5 seconds for the X-A1, shutter lag of just 0.05 seconds, and a burst mode capable of 5.6fps for a maximum of 30 frames.
Other notable features include Fuji’s “super intelligent flash technology” — which regulates the amount of light fired by the flash based on the ambient light — wireless image transfer and advanced filters like toy camera, miniature, soft focus and more.
In addition to the camera, Fuji also announced a new lightweight zoom lens, the Fujinon XC 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS. Like its XC brethren, it doesn’t have an aperture ring, so it’ll need to be controlled entirely from the camera.
The X-A1 will be available starting later this month in either black, red or blue. You’ll be able to grab it in a kit with the Fujinon XC 16-55 f/3.5-5.6 OIS lens for $600 ($200 less than the X-M1 kit). The 50-230mm lens will arrive a bit later, making its debut in November for $400.