Fujifilm announces new X-A1 budget mirrorless camera, Fujinon 50-230mm lens

By Swapnil Mathur | Published on 17 Sep 2013
Fujifilm announces new X-A1 budget mirrorless camera, Fujinon 50-230mm lens
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Just as we had suspected, Fujifilm announces yet another mirrorless camera to dominate the budget space.

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Fujifilm has today announced the fourth addition to their mirrorless line-up, the Fujifilm X-A1. The camera comes with the 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS, the same kit lens that was introduced with the Fujifilm X-M1.

We had said a few days ago that Fujifilm was readying an even cheaper mirrorless camera, and here it finally is. The X-A1 will retail for $599 with the kit lens, a whole $100 cheaper than the X-M1 at launch. The camera does trade the X-Trans sensor out for a regular CMOS sensor, while retaining the APS-C specification. The sensor carries a resolution of 16.3 megapixels and is accompanied by the EXRII image processor which allows the camera to start up in under 0.05 seconds.

What the X-A1 also retains is the 3 inch 920K dot tilt screen and the Wi-Fi connectivity along with the ability to shoot HD video (1920x1080 at 30 fps). What’s interesting is that for the X-A1, Fujifilm has switched out the pseudo leather finish in favour of a ridged-texture, which could be really nice (but we’ll reserve judgement till we get the camera).

Along with the new mirrorless camera, Fujifilm also continues to trudge along with releasing new lenses in accord with its roadmap. This time, we see the 50-230mm f/4.5-7.6 (76-350mm equivalent) zoom lens coming into the market. The lens is comprised of 12 all-glass elements in 10 groups including 3 aspherical elements and 1 ED element. The aperture is comprised of 7 blades to yield a circular shape.

The Fujifilm X-A1 will be available in September 2013 across the US for $599 with the kit lens. The camera will come in Black and Indigo Blue colours. The FUJINON XC50-230mm (76-350mm) F4.5-6.7 OIS lens will be available in November 2013 for $399.95. As for India availability and pricing, we don’t have a confirmed word on the matter yet.

 

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