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Fujifilm X-A7 Unveiled: An Entry-Level Mirrorless Camera with 24.2MP & 4K Video

- 5 years ago

Fujifilm has announced their latest camera in the X-Series family; the compact and lightweight X-A7 mirrorless digital camera. See below for the full skinny.

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Fujifilm’s X-Series family of cameras has been nothing short of a revelation in imaging terms, with many a photographer [and even some videographers] dropping their larger DSLRs in favour of the smaller, mirrorless marvels. This latest addition, the X-A7 is being presented as an ideal choice for photographers on the go, vloggers and content creators alike.

The new, entry-level, X-A7 houses a freshly developed 24.2MP APS-C sensor which uses copper wiring for high-speed data readout and phase-detection pixels across the entire sensor. This provides the camera with a very fast, accurate autofocus that’s said to be capable of quickly detecting and tracking eyes and faces, even in low light.

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The X-A7 also boasts smooth 4K, high-speed video function and high-ISO capabilities that Fujifilm tells us have never before seen in this level of camera.

It is indeed unusual to find such advanced features crammed into such a compact camera body [that weighs just 320g]. The back of the new camera has a bright 3.5” 16:9 touchscreen LCD, which allows users to clearly see the live view even in strong daylight. The use of the vari-angle structure, a first for X Series cameras, means the monitor can be
pivoted in various angles.

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The Portrait Enhancer mode, in combination with the Face/Eye AF, increases the quality and operability of taking selfies. Moreover, the newly-designed ‘Smart Menu’ allows for intuitive touchscreen operation so that even beginners can produce high-quality images easily.

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Key features as listed in Fujifilm’s press release

  • New 24.2MP APS-C CMOS image sensor uses copper wiring construction to achieve premium image quality and advanced AF performance
  • The sensor features 8.5 times more phase-detection pixels across its surface than previous sensors. This has delivered a dramatic improvement in performance for Face/Eye Detection, when tracking moving subjects, and when focusing in low light
  • The use of copper wiring reduces digital noise, providing approximately one stop improvement in image quality at high ISO levels compared to previous sensors
  • A significant improvement in data readout speed enables a smooth frame rate of 30fps when recording 4K video, substantially reducing the rolling shutter effect, which typically occurs when recording fast-moving subjects.
  • Large 3.5” 16:9 wide touchscreen LCD
  • The display uses a new ‘Smart Menu’, allowing shooting settings to be changed easily and intuitively
  • Quickly adjust settings such as brightness, degree of background blur, Film Simulations and aspect ratios with a tap on the LCD, while being able to see what the effect will be on screen in real time
  • Display has the touch response performance equivalent to smartphones, to change menu items instinctively and simply
  • The vari-angle display accommodates a wide range of shooting positions including high-angle, low-angle and self-portrait
  • Aspect ratios supported include 3:2, 16:9, 1:1 and 4:3, newly-adopted in the X-A7
  • Weighs just 320g – 455g with the kit lens ([XC15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS] attached
  • Can shoot approx. 440 pictures per charge
  • Advanced video performance and functions that cater to the growing demands for movie shooting
  • The image sensor produces 4K [3820×2150] footage using data equal to 6K [6032×3392], which results in high-resolution video quality with lower noise and delivering smooth 4K video at up to 30fps with no crop
  • Create movies in Full HD or HD, at up to 60p in full-screen 16:9 aspect ratio or the popular 1:1 square format for easy live-story posting on social media.
  • ‘Countdown Video’ mode has been added, which is helpful when uploading videos to social media
  • Videos are filmed for a pre-selected duration: 15, 30 or 60 seconds, with the remaining time for the clip appearing on the screen
  • HD high-speed video capture at up to 4x speed easily produces epic slow-motion results of action
  • Diverse shooting modes that help produce photography with a creative flair
  • New [Bright Mode] feature has been added to the [Advanced SR Auto] function, letting the camera configure ideal settings to produce HDR and other options that create brighter and more vivid images in a single, one-touch operation
  • Light Trail mode, added to the [Scene Position] selection, can be used to capture light trails of car headlights, for example, while checking the effect on the LCD in real-time.
  • Enhanced connectivity for an easy link to smartphones and tablets
  • The use of FUJIFILM Camera Remote [free app for smartphones and tablet devices] and improvements incorporated into the X-A7 have improved the connectivity and stability in wireless communications
  • The X-A7 also supports wired communications with smartphones and tablet devices, useful when transferring large data, e.g. video, to such devices. Data is transferred approx. 8 times faster compared to wireless communications.
  • Android: Requiring a USB type C to C or C to Micro B cable
  • iOS: Requiring a USB type C to C or C to Lightning cable

See our image gallery of the Fujifilm X-A7 below

Pricing and availability

The X-A7 will be available at the end of October with an RRP
of £699. See more at Fujifilm’s website

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Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.