Fujifilm X-A5 Brief Review


REVIEW SUMMARY

Specifications

  • Weight : 12.7 oz.
  • Battery : Li-ion battery rated at 450 shots
  • Weather Sealing : No
  • Screen : 3" tilting touchscreen
  • GPS : No
  • Wi-Fi : Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Flash : Pop-up or external hot shoe
  • Video : 4K at 15 fps, 1080p HD at 60 fps
  • RAW : Yes
  • Image Stabilization : No (available in some lenses)
  • Autofocus System : Hybrid contrast and phase detection
  • Autofocus Points : 91 area
  • Burst Speed : 6 fps (up to 10 JPEGS)
  • Zoom : Kit lens: 15-45mm
  • Aperture : Kit lens: f/3.5-5.6
  • Shutter Speed : 30 - 1/4,000 sec., Bulb Electronic shutter up to 1/32,000
  • ISO : 200-12800 (extended to 100-51200)
  • Processor :
  • Sensor : 24.2 megapixel APS-C sensor with color filter
  • Release Date: 2018-02-08
  • Final Grade: 89 4.45 Star Rating: Recommended


The Fujifilm X-A5 is a faster, lighter budget shooter
Joining Fujifilm's budget-friendly A line is the new X-A5, which offers more speed and better battery life in a lighter package.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 4/6/2018

Fujifilm's X series of mirroless cameras are heavy hitters -- but the new Fujifilm X-A5 is a literal lightweight. When including the kit lens, the X-A5 is the lightest camera and kit lens combo Fujifilm has launched yet, but the budget-friendly update goes beyond just the scale.

Like the predessesor, the Fujifilm X-A5 uses a 24.2 megapixel sensor. Fujifilm's A line is the only mirrorless in the company's list that skip the X-Trans sensor. That means the image quality won't directly compare with another 24.2 megapixel sensor from Fujifilm at a higher price point. The X-Trans sensors tend to have better detail, though the A series tends to have good image quality for the price point despite the difference.

A new processor allows the X-A5 to process the images about 1.5 times faster than the X-A3. The X-A5 can shoot at an okay six frames per second, but that is limited to just ten JPEGs at that speed. 4K video is included but at a 15 fps frame rate that's going to make motion look choppy. The HD however, offers a good 60 fps frame rate.

Fujifilm is also allowing a handful of features normally reserved for the pricier models to trickle down to the budget A line. Phase detection pixels help boost the autofocus system for performance twice as fast as the older X-A3. Bluetooth has also been added.

Fujifilm is popular for their digital film simulation styles and the X-A5 continues that and adds a few more options, including a fog removal and HDR Art option. The portrait enhancing modes also have more controls compared to the previous version.

The Fujifilm X-A3 is an easy entry into Fujifilm's mirrorless line and offers a good price point for beginners. Pricier cameras are faster with more detailed images, but for the price, the X-A3 has a good set of features. The X-A3 launches in February 2018 for $600 with a kit lens. The camera is available in black/silver, brown and pink.


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    Zach Wagner

    In the last paragraph, you call it the X-A3. Probably worth a fix.

    Reply 8 months ago

Fujifilm Reviews

Being among the first creators of the compact camera, Fujifilm is one of the world's most significant imaging and photographic companies. Fujifilm launched the DS-1P in 1988, gaining credit for the first real digital camera widely available.

Most of their latest advanced cameras use an X-Trans sensor, which eliminates the need for an optical low pass filter by reducing moire with the arrangement of pixel units instead. Eliminating the optical low pass filter means there's less between the lens and the sensor, which translates into better resolution and detail.

Fujifilm digital cameras are famous for their natural image color, wide dynamic range, low noise and high sensitivity. It's hard to go wrong with a Fujifilm X mirrorless camera. Models like the X-M1 have an affordable price, yet sacrifice the right features in order to reach that price. Models like the X-T1, on the other hand, are packed full of the latest, greatest features on the market.

Fujifilm is about more than mirrorless though, offering several fixed lens cameras that are good options as well. Their super zoom cameras are usually a pretty good bet. They also offer a waterproof XP line, but they're more of a budget camera than a best-in-class option.

Fujifilm has also recently joined the retro camera craze, giving many of their models a retro film look with all the features of digital. Many of their models follow this trend, but there's a few that stick with a more digital look.

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