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.