Fujifilm Debuts the X-A1, An Entry-Level X-Mount ILC with a Standard Sensor


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.

  • textbook author

    The blue actually looks good. Hopefully it will look good in reality. Besides that, just a simple, easy to use camera. Fuji is diversifying its lineup.

  • Leonardo Abreu

    EVF!! EVF!!

  • Ivan

    X-E1!! X-E1!!

  • Norshan Nusi

    “Super intelligent flash technology”? Looks like just slow synchro flash…

    Looks like a great camera. I really feels like Olympus is fighting against Fuji…in terms of how their camera looks like( retro look).

  • bob cooley

    Actually, the TTL flash on the Fuji X series are really really impressive.

    This (linked) is using the X100s on Aperture priority – with the flash to fill a pretty deep shadow (I burned in the background a little bit – but the foreground is untouched, just the auto-fill flash)

    The TTL fill is more accurate than on my nikons (at default) – I’ve really been impressed with the X-series, and I’ve shot a lot of different cameras in 30 years…

  • Rabi Abonour

    Am I the only one who feels like Fuji is muddling the X brand? They’ve released like half a dozen X-series compacts besides the X-Pro1 and X100(s). I don’t know how you differentiate that many cameras.

    Personally, I would rather see an X-Pro2 than another entry-level X.

  • Norshan Nusi

    It does look great O_O

    Oh hey, I remembered back then where Fuji use a some kind of similar system into a film compact.

    Where it actually alters the white balance of the flash to adjust with ambient accordingly.

    Can’t remember the name though.

    Nice pic! ^^

  • Oliver

    Oh boy! A camera that’s too big to be a Compact, yet too small to be comfortably held like a DSLR.

    “More please”! (not)