Record Screens & Menus
This is the default view in intelligent Auto mode, which Fujifilm calls Advanced Scene Recognition Auto (SR+) mode. This mode selects one of 16 scene modes automatically. In this case, the camera selected Auto, as indicated in the lower left of the screen.
When auto focus has locked on your subject, the AF box turns green. Also, the icons along the top of the screen go away, and two new ones are displayed along the bottom - shutter speed and aperture.
You can move the auto focus box by pressing upward on the four-way control (delete/AF), as long as you are in one of the semi-manual modes, including Program and Advanced Filter. Once it turns green, you can change its size with the command or sub-command dial (they do the same thing), but you must use the four-way control to move it around the frame.
In this screen capture, the camera is employing focus peaking to help you get a sharp shot while using manual focus. It is difficult to see here, and is more dramatic to the naked eye.
Note the focus distance indicator along the bottom of the screen, which was added to the display after changing to manual focus (indicated in the bottom left corner).
To see a magnified view while focusing manually, you press the sub-command dial downward (it functions as a dial and a button). When viewing the magnified image, turning the sub-command dial makes no settings changes, and the command dial remains dedicated to adjusting the exposure.
The X-A1 offers three typical informational displays in shooting mode: Information off, and two levels of information. Information 1 offers the bare minimum: shooting mode, exposure compensation icon, ISO, and battery level. Information 2 adds an exposure compensation ruler, flash mode icon, and burst mode icon to the screen.
The most involved setting, however, is the custom display setting. It is highly customizable, offering 14 indicators you can turn on and off.
Display custom setting menu items:
- Framing guideline
- AF distance indicator
- MF distance indicator
- Aperture/shutter speed/ISO
- Exposure compensation
- White balance
- Film simulation
- Dynamic range
- Frames remaining
- Image size/quality
- Battery level
The quickest way to change the focus mode (and 14 other settings), is to press the Q (quick menu) button, at the bottom right of the back panel. This button sits conveniently below the four-way control, and allows you to take advantage of the dials. You navigate to the corresponding icon using the four-way buttons, and turn one of the two dials to change the setting (oddly, both dials perform the same function).
On the other hand, this navigation requires that you press the four-way buttons repeatedly to work your way through the icons. And, when you get to the end of one row, you aren't taken to the next row. You often end up having to use both right/left buttons and up/down buttons to get to the desired setting.
Q button menu:
- Focus mode: Manual, multi, area, continuous, tracking
- ISO setting: Auto (ISO 200 - ISO 6400), ISO 100, ISO 12800, ISO 25600
- Dynamic range: Auto, 100%, 200%, 400%
- Noise reduction: +/- 2 stops
- Image size: Large, Medium, Small in 3:2, 16:9 and 1:1 aspect ratios
- Image quality: Fine, normal, fine+RAW, normal+RAW, RAW
- Film simulation: Provia/standard, Velvia/vivid, Astia/soft, black-and-white, sepia
- Highlight tone: +/- 2 stops
- Shadow tone: +/- 2 stops
- Color: +/- 2 stops
- Sharpness: +/- 2 stops
- Self-timer: 2 seconds, 10 seconds
- Image stabilization mode: Continuous+motion, continuous, shooting+motion, shooting only
- Flash mode: Red eye reduction, forced flash, red eye & slow, second curtain sync., commander
- LCD brightness: +/- 5 stops
Pressing rightward on the four-way control brings up the white balance menu. Each white balance preset is highly customizable. The grid you see above is available for every WB setting, including Auto. How fine you can adjust it isn't fully explained by the grid - each line actually represents three levels. So, for example, getting from the unchanged center (shown) to the farthest setting to the right (maximum red shift) would take nine button presses.
White balance menu:
- Custom (select on grid, pictured above)
- Fine (select on grid, pictured above)
- Fluorescent Light 1
- Fluorescent Light 2
- Fluorescent Light 3
Pressing downward on the four-way control brings up the continuous shooting menu. The X-A1 achieved a brisk 5fps in high-speed burst mode in my testing (in both JPEG and RAW shooting).
In addition to continuous shooting, this menu offers exposure bracketing as well as ISO, film simulation and dynamic range bracketing (from top to bottom in the left column). These last three options are only available if you are shooting JPEG images. They disappear from the menu if you're shooting in RAW or RAW+JPEG.
Drive mode button menu:
- Still image
- Continuous shooting: High-speed, low-speed
- Auto exposure bracketing: +/- 1/3 stop, 2/3 stop, 1 stop
- ISO bracketing: +/- 1/3 stop, 2/3 stop, 1 stop
- Film simulation bracketing
- Dynamic range bracketing
Fn button settings options:
- Depth of field preview
- Sensitivity (ISO)
- Image size
- Image quality
- Dynamic range
- Film simulation
- Photometry (metering)
- Focus/exposure lock
- Instant AF
- Focus mode
- Intelligent face detection
- Location info search
- Movie mode
- RAW/JPEG toggle
Page 4 of the shooting menu is where you set the metering mode (photometry), turn face detection on, and turn on MF assist (or, peak highlighting). This is also where you can select the focus mode, though it's much more quickly reached via the Quick Menu by pressing the dedicated Q button on the back panel.
Though the camera offers a helpful list of focus modes, I found the camera's contrast-detection auto focus to be slow. For example, the continuous auto focus proved unable to keep up with anything more than the most subtle zooming or changes in subject distance while shooting in burst mode. And even when my moving subjects stayed a consistent distance from the camera, I still found the tracking AF to be less than ideal - in combination with other automatic settings, delivering many blurred shots. Long story short, the X-A1 has a lot to offer, but if it has an Achilles' heel, it is the sluggish auto focus.
Focus mode menu:
The setup menu includes three pages of basic settings, such as date/time and sound and screen tweaks. Page 3 of this menu is where you setup geotagging (if you have a compatible smart phone) and wireless settings for transferring images to a smartphone or PC.
The X-A1 records high-quality movies at full 1080p. Unlike the copious adjustments you get for fine-tuning color and sharpness and dynamic range with still images, settings for video are few and basic.
You get three focus settings for use with movie mode.
Move set-up focus menu:
The movie size menu is similarly small. You don't get a host of smaller resolution options, just two high-definition settings with one frame rate option.
Movie mode menu:
- 1920x1080 (30fps)
- 1280x720 (30fps)
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