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Fujifilm announces X-A5 mirrorless camera and first X-series power zoom

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Fujifilm has announced the X-A5, a new entry-level X-series mirrorless camera. It has a 24.2-megapixel APS-C image sensor (with a Bayer color filter, not Fujifilm’s own X-Trans array), phase-detection autofocus, automatic Bluetooth image transfer, and 4K video recording. It still has a 180-degree tilting touchscreen, but also now has a microphone jack, which could make it a good option for YouTubers and other vloggers.

Existing Fujifilm shooters, however, will likely be more interested in the lens the X-A5 ships with. The XC15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS PZ is the first motorized powerzoom lens in Fujifilm’s lineup, making for the most compact and lightweight zoom option yet — it weighs just 136g (4.8oz). And, with a focal length of 15mm at the wide end, this lens could be an inexpensive alternative to Fujifilm’s ultrawide (and unstabilized) primes like the 14mm f/2.8 and 16mm f/1.4.

The X-A5 will ship on February 8th for $599.95 with the new lens, which will be available in standalone form the same month for $299.95. The lens comes in black or silver, while the X-A5 has brown, pink, and black color options.