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

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.

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Any camera without a viewfinder is not a true camera. As a seasoned amateur of >30 years, no matter how feature ridden or technically capable a camera, one CANNOT compose a photograph or check the focus or exposure of video using a screen only, because a) Sunlight effects legibility b) A viewfinder offers an intimate accurate preview of what you are shooting, in all conditions. Hence I get angry when movies shot entirely on an iPhone are hyped. No serious photographer videographer will use a device without a viewfinder – hence cameras like the Sony A7 series and Panasonic GH5 sell, despite the cost.
Fuji X-T2 is where it’s at!

You kids get off my lawn! With your dag-gum viewfinder-less cameras! Back in my day we… blah blah blah. Dude, chill – this isn’t a camera for so-called "serious photographers"

Why would a ‘non-serious’ photographer buy a dedicated camera in this day and age?

Why do I choose to use an ancient iPod Classic when I have a perfectly good 256gb iPhone 8+? Why, you ask? Because I want to..

You kids get off my lawn!

Haha – I had barely finished the first sentence before this thought popped into my head

No need to use that sarcasm, I’m 23 and I share his same opinion.
What’s the point on buying a 600$ camera that doesn’t even feature a viewfinder?

…to make photographs.

well then this camera isnt aimed at you then is it…move along.

hence cameras like the Sony A7 series and Panasonic GH5 sell, despite the cost.
Fuji X-T2 is where it’s at!

Also known as the "Who in their right mind would by a Toyota Prius when Mercedes S class is so much better" argument.

But then again you probably just wanted to get a pretentious rant off your chest. Feel better?

Wow. I was trying to think of something snarky to say, but man, to be honest, I just feel bad for you. Photography is about exploring the world and being creative, capturing memories and making something beautiful. You gear heads who are so obsessed with the tools that you use, while losing sight of what you’re trying to do, are just a bit pitiful. Who really cares if someone uses a screen to compose and focus their shots? Is that something you can tell by looking at their photographs? No, it’s not.

You can keep your "true camera" and your judgment about what is and is not necessary for photography. Meanwhile, I’ll be over here using whatever I have available to make some art; be it my Galaxy S8, my Fuji X-E1, my old ass Nikon D70s, or a damn Holga Pinhole. All of which are cameras.

Have an amen and a rec, good sir.

Any camera without a viewfinder is not a true camera.

I hear what you’re saying here, but there are reasons for cameras without viewfinders:

  • Portability
  • Fleixbility
  • In landscape you don’t need critical focus, especially when you have an autofocus and metering system that’s reliable, or a lens with a reliable infinity focus mark.

There’s also the fact that in Fuji cameras, the EVF and the screen are showing the same image. You can certainly see the EVF better, but again, the image is the same.

I use the screen on my "serious" camera all the time when shooting near the ground or over my head.

um, that is why this is their cheap entry level model… for us plebeians.

Not to be negative Nancy, because I do agree with viewfinders, but

A viewfinder offers an intimate accurate preview of what you are shooting, in all conditions

Our eyes are not accurate at all. They deceive us all the time. Because we see the world through our eyes, our brains get fooled into thinking that that’s how everyone else sees the world. But that shade of color that you see may look like a slightly different shade to someone else, and may end up a different shade on the camera.

I’ll let Ansel Adams know he wasn’t using a "true camera."

i doubt this was aimed at the photo hardcore…i’m not normally in to cameras but if I, a photo noob, had to buy a decent camera..this would rate pretty highly…it looks really nice and have 90% of what a noob like me would want. The price is a bit high but in line with other cams i have seen. The fact it has that bluetooth transfer in this price seems a good deal to me.

Thin "article." I’m new to handhelds and Fuji, so there are a few follow-up questions I have.

  • What does Bayer color filter mean in terms of image quality and/or colour accuracy, compared to their own "X-Trans array"?
  • How fast is the automatic Bluetooth image transfer, and is there a proprietary app needed for this to be used?
  • How many FPS does the 4K video recording support, and at what bitrate/codec?

4K is at 15 fps only. Not really what you can call "video."

I think you’re looking for a review. This is clearly just an announcement.

Bayer filter as far as I know is the pattern used to layout the Red, Green and Blue photosensors on the chip. In general twice as many green photo sensors are on the chip as Red and Blue. This is to improve perceived image quality as your eyes are more sensitive to green.

What does Bayer color filter mean in terms of image quality and/or colour accuracy, compared to their own "X-Trans array"?

The color pixels are arranged differently between the two sensor types. In terms of quality, the difference is minimal. Practically speaking, you have to process X-trans files a little differently than Bayer files. Primarily, X-Trans needs and will tolerate less and different sharpening during post-processing.

This article on Fujirumors compares the Bayer vs X-Trans on otherwise identical cameras.

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