Fujifilm X-A1 in the Test

The Fujifilm X-A1 is available in blue, black or red leatherette cover, the housing consists completely of plastic. The feel is clouded by a little – take an Edelkompakte such as the Fujifilm X 20 metal housing for less than 500 euros in the hand for comparison. This is by no means detracts from the use-value but, especially since the camera including standard zoom weighs just 516 g-ideal for travel and leisure activities.

A hot shoe is located next to the built-in fold-out flash unit the Fujifilm X-A1. The 3-inch monitor with 306-667 RGB pixels can be folded up out of the housing and on the same axis (up/down) reverse swing. Built on an electronic viewfinder, or can be retrofitted, you must avoid the X-A1.

A Wi-Fi module for transferring photos to Smartphones or tablets with the help of the Fujifilm camera app, but is integrated but currently without the possibility of remote control. There’s the Software Fujifilm PC Autosave for the wireless transfer of images to the laptop or desktop PC.

Auto-Focus And Exposure

To auto focus, a contrast AF with 49 boxes available is the Fujifilm X-A1.You have the choice between multi and single-point AF, continuous AF, tracking AF and face detection. Single-point AF (Vario-AF), the measuring field is freely selected and available in five sizes where it comfortably can switch between using the rotation wheel.

The shutter lag including AF time is a highlight, with 0.51/0.67 s at 1,000/30 Lux but largely at the level of the more expensive X models; the switch-on delay is quite long with 1.8 s. The Fujifilm X-A1 series pace is 5.5 B / s; Unfortunately, there are only 10 images in series.

Manual focus adjustment ring of the lens you can show a distance scale on the monitor and – through pressure on the rear, recessed in the housing adjustment wheel – enable a screen magnifier . A number of exposure programmes can be selected via the mode dial at the top.

In addition to two automatic models (car and SR auto with subject-specific program selection), the standards can be found on (P, A, S, M), supplemented by theme – and effect programs, as well as a custom program. The Fujifilm X-A1 with views of image brightness, film simulation, dynamics and ISO setting; allows automatic exposure bracketing only Flash bracketing series is missing. Can films with a maximum resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, unfortunately with little chore pumps in permanent focus.

Operation

The Fujifilm X-A1 can be operated intuitively and conveniently thanks to its numerous controls. In addition to the another wheel for exposure correction recessed in the housing-mounted wheel with print function can be found right on the outside of the housing.

The arrow keys are assigned with extra functions, the function button is right next to the shutter release free show with one of 15 functions . You have access to all important settings of the Fujifilm X-A1 via the adjusting monitor, accessible via the Q button.

After selection of the respective function box (arrow keys) to be immediately active via pre-set disc , without having to take the detour via submenus. Both dials have the disadvantage that they quite easily accidentally moving – so much it rejoices over their presence -. A control look at the monitor is therefore again recommended.

Image Quality

Good news: the new 16-Megapixel CMOS with Bayer filter and EXR II image processor can crash the picture quality at the Fujifilm X-A1 in comparison to the X-M1 with X-TRANS sensor do not. The X-A1 test images show places even lower noise.

Pleasing also high dynamics between 10 and 11 show up to ISO 6,400.When comparing the dead leaves curves revealed but also the more aggressive vote X-A1 in comparison to the X M1, which occurs in moderate and represents brightness transitions with natural skin tones.

Also, the measured border resolution for the X-M1 is higher up to 400 LP/BRA, what is also visible in the pictures. The bottom line you must certify the new sensor of the X-A1 anyway, a successful debut. He is very well adapted to achieve quite the level of the X-TRANS sensor without.

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Review Conclusion

The X-A1 completes the X-system camera series from Fujifilm convincingly down. It is equipped with everything, what you can expect in this class with a retrofit for an electronic viewfinder – as seen E.g. by the Olympus pen E-PM2 – certainly not a disadvantage. As handy and lightweightentry-level camera d sharpened the X-A1 in the Mirrorless market positioning themselves well, and Sony’s successfully defy NEX models of 3 and 5 series.