A Day with the Fujifilm X-A1 and the Rockettes

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As time edged closer to 10:00 a.m. last Wednesday in the basement of the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, the photographers from various media organizations readied their kits for showtime. Beyond the large metal door in front of us were the Rockettes out of costume and in rehearsal. I was there on assignment for school, and the Fujifilm X-A1 served as my only method of recording the hour aside from a reporter’s pad. Most of the photographers there had bigger rigs from the likes of Canon and Nikon, and they were probably more seasoned than I was. As the Rockettes dipped into arabesques and kicked high in the air, I raised the X-A1, consulted the LCD, and started shooting.

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Fujifilm Introduces X-A1 Entry Level X-Mount Camera and 50-230mm X-Mount Lens

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The previously rumored Fujifilm X-A1 entry-level X-mount camera is now official, and it looks just like in the leaked pictures: that is like the X-M1 with a slightly different styling. What  sets the X-A1 apart from the X-M1–and from all other X-mount cameras for that matter–is the lack of X-Trans color filter array on its sensor. Instead, Fuji opted for a conventional APS-C sized CMOS sensor with bayer pattern in the X-A1. The camera sports 16.1 megapixels resolution bundled with an EXR II image processor. ISO goes from 200-6,400, and the 3″ 920k dot rear display is tiltable, just like on the X-M1. Additional features include WiFi and Full-HD video recording.

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Fujifilm’s Rumored X-A1 Allegedly Leaks in Picture of Store Shelf

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UPDATE 8/21/13: We have since been provided with the original picture of the X-A1, thanks Alexandre!

Fuji Rumors has just posted a picture allegedly showing the rumored X-A1 entry-level X-mount camera, sitting on a store shelf. The picture shows two cameras, a blue one labelled ‘X-A1’, and the well-known silver-and-black X-M1 medium-level X-mount camera next to it. The X-A1 has been rumored for a while, and is said to come in multiple colors and without an X-Trans sensor like its bigger siblings, instead sporting a conventional CMOS sensor.

Some commenters on Fuji Rumors point out that the alleged X-A1 looks exactly the same as the X-M1 next to it, only in blue. With that in mind, we cannot be entirely sure if this picture is real or a fake. But still, it’s pretty safe to assume that the X-A1 will be coming soon, whether this is what it’ll look like or not.

Is There A Budget X-A1 X-Series Camera Coming From Fujifilm Soon?

xm1For several days now rumors have been floating around the internet about an upcoming X-A1 entry-level X-mount camera that Fuji might present soon. Now it seems these rumors are no longer rumors, since the name has reportedly been registered with the South Korean Radio Research Agency. Fujifilm has only recently introduced the budget-friendly(er) X-M1, which is positioned below the X-E1, and a new XC 16-50mm kit lens that comes without a manual aperture ring, hinting at more entry-level X-series items to come.

This isn’t actually a bad move. digital compacts are hopelessly out of fashion these days, and most people step up to a mirrorless camera right away when they find their smartphone pictures don’t do the job anymore. By offering entry-level cameras and lenses for their X-system, Fuji automatically gains potential users of the more advanced lenses and cameras. Starting out with the X-A1 and the low-end kit lens, users will either step up to better lenses, more advanced bodies or both, but they need not change their entire system to do so.

Well played, Fuji, well played! (Btw, we’ve seen the same with Micro Four Thirds: both Olympus and Panasonic are offering entry-level cameras and lenses as well as higher-end products, so the idea itself isn’t actually new.)