Fujifilm X-A5 Preview

Fujifilm has announced their newest X-A camera, the X-A5.

This is going to be a powerhouse of a little camera with a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor and a new processor with phase detection AF functions, the first of its kind in any X-A camera from Fuji. It's got 4K video recording as well as a 4K Photo Mode (aka 8MP) that is capable of capturing 15 frames-per-second of action in burst mode. A wonderful little 3" touchscreen that can be flipped up 180 degrees for selfies or vlogging and a pop-up flash for those who need that kind of thing.

What a fun little camera this is going to be as its hardware is packed to the gills making it 1.5 times faster than previous models in both processing and focusing. ISO can go up to 12800 or extend up to 51200, though I'm guessing the upper threshold of that limit might produce nothing but grainy images. It's fully hooked up in the wireless department too with WiFi and the latest Bluetooth version 4.1 to help with battery life. The Bluetooth allows you to control the camera from Fuji's free app and/or wirelessly print to compatible Fujifilm printers. The WiFi can transfer images for you or be used for remote camera operation as well. The X-A5 also has 11 Film Simulation Modes and seventeen variations of Advanced Filters including the new "Fog Remove" and "HDR Art."

The biggest change in the X-A line up, however, is the lens that comes with the X-A5, a remarkable new FUJINON XC15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS PZ, the first electric-powered zoom lens for X Mount digital cameras. It's so small and compact and yet has a minimum focusing distance of just 2 inches. That's remarkable for a zoom lens.

With phase detection AutoFocus (much quicker and accurate than contrast detection), 4K and variable frame rate video recording, a flip-up screen, and a 2"minimum focus distance, the X-A5 is going to be an affordable Vlogging camera option, perfect for getting close to review subjects, food, or even for macro photography.

Plus, if you already own a Fujifilm X-A3, the new lens will be available to purchase separately while maintaining compatibility.
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KEY FEATURES
  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS
  • Phase detection AF system
  • FUJINON XC15-45mmF3.5- 5.6 OIS PZ wide angle electric-powered zoom lens with minimum working distance of 2"
  • 3" (approx. 1,040K-dot) high resolution tillable (180°) LCD touchscreen
  • Standard output sensitivity of ISO200 - ISO12800 - Extended output sensitivity: ISO100 - ISO5120
  • 4K video recording
  • Full HD 1920 x 1080 59.94p / 50p / 24p / 23.98p
  • High Speed Movie 1280x720 1.6x / 2x / 3.3x / 4x
  • Bluetooth® version 4.1 low energy technology
  • In-camera RAW processing
  • New Advanced Filters: "Fog Remove" and "HDR Art"
  • Wi-Fi® image transfer and remote camera operation

PRICING & AVAILABILITY

The new Fujifilm X-A5 Camera Kit will be available on February 8, 2018 with a $599.95 MSRP.

The new XC15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS PZ lens will be available on March 15, 2018 for $299.95.

COLOR OPTIONS

While the Synthetic Brown leather option is featured at the top, the X-A5 will also come in Pink and Black Synthetic leather as well.

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