Fans of compact cameras will be pleased to hear that Fujifilm has announced a new camera in their X-A series; the Fujifilm X-A7. This small, lightweight, feature-packed camera promises to be great for both photographers and videographers who like to travel light, but who still want the power of an APS-C sensor. We had a feeling that Fujifilm would be announcing a new camera in their X-A series a short while ago. Low and behold, here we are with the new Fujifilm X-A7. This new camera is quite similar to the X-A5 that came before it, but there are a few upgrades that should make potential buyers quite happy.
The Fujifilm X-A7 will feature a 24.2 Megapixel Bayer APS-C sensor. The new camera will be capable of firing off six frames per second, which is the same as the previous model. The new sensor does offer 8.5 times more phase-detection pixels across its surface than the previously available sensor though, so that’s an improvement.
Autofocus performance should be significantly improved thanks to the new phase-detect points. Fujifilm has also reworked the autofocus algorithms. The X-A7 will offer enhanced face-detection and autofocus, which should make it easy to focus on capturing images in all kinds of situations, including low-light and with moving subjects. According to Fujifilm, the X-A7 has also been built with industry-leading copper wiring to reduce digital noise. This should also help ensure that your images and video are processed quickly with the best possible image quality. Battery life is rated at 440 shots per charge.
Perhaps the most significant improvement the Fujifilm X-A7 has over its predecessor is fully articulating touchscreen instead of the flip-up screen used previously. This will delight those who want a small, powerful camera to help them with their vlogging or selfies. The touchscreen itself has also been revamped and is now 3.5-inches in size compared to the 3-inch screen we saw on the X-A5. The display will also offer new ways to interact with the camera too. A quick touch, tap, or swipe will enable users to adjust the brightness, change film simulations, play with bokeh effects, and even implement skin-softening effects.
Fujifilm says the X-A7 offers enhanced data readout speeds when it comes to video. This, in theory, should allow for a smooth frame rate of 30fps when recording 4K video. The enhanced data readouts will also help minimize the rolling shutter effect, which typically occurs when recording fast-moving subjects or when panning the camera quickly. There are quick share features that will allow you to record, upload, and share on-the-go. You can also use a new feature called “Countdown Video” mode. This mode will enable videos to be filmed at a pre-selected duration (15, 30 or 60 seconds), for quick uploads to social media accounts.
The Fujifilm X-A7 is incredibly light. This feature-packed camera weighs in at just 0.70lbs (320 grams). When you have the kit lens attached (XC15-45mm f3.5-5.6 OIS PZ), the camera weighs in at just 1lb (455 grams). As you can see from the images, there’s no viewfinder. You’ll also notice that there are only a few controls and dials on the camera itself, which should make it easy to use overall.
The retail price in the US of $699.95 includes the XC15-45mm f3.5-5.6 OIS PZ, and the same kit will cost $899 in Canada. The Fujifilm X-A7 will be available for purchase on October 24th in the U.S and Canada and will be available in silver, camel, dark silver, and mint green colors. If you would like more information about the new Fujifilm X-A7, head on over to their official website.