Fu­ji­film X-A5

£529/$599 with XC15-45mm lens Yes, it’s an­other en­try-level mir­ror­less cam­era with no viewfinder – but it’s im­pres­sive none­the­less

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This en­try-level mir­ror­less sys­tem gets thor­oughly tested by our ex­pert team

The X-A5 is aimed at a very dif­fer­ent mar­ket to Fu­ji­film’s high-end X-mount cam­eras. With sim­pli­fied, user-friendly con­trols, a com­pact body and kit lens com­bi­na­tion, and an af­ford­able price tag, it’s aimed at smart­phone up­graders choos­ing their first in­ter­change­able-lens cam­era.

It doesn’t have a viewfinder, but what it does have is a new com­pact 15-45mm re­tract­ing power zoom kit lens to help make the X-A5 the kind of cam­era you can carry any­where.

In­side is a 24-megapixel APS-C sen­sor, and there’s a 4K video mode too, al­though this is re­stricted to just 15fps. You also get a touch-sen­si­tive rear screen that flips through 180 de­grees for quick and sim­ple self­ies.

Build and han­dling

The X-A5 looks smart and stylish and comes in a choice of black, brown and pink bod­ies. The con­trol lay­out hasn’t changed much from pre­vi­ous X-A mod­els: it fea­tures a mode dial and a con­trol dial on the top plate and four-way nav­i­ga­tional but­tons on the rear, sup­ple­mented by a Q (Quick menu) but­ton and a fur­ther small, ‘click­able’ con­trol wheel next to the thum­brest.

The touch­screen dis­play is not used for set­tings changes, but is used for touch fo­cus and touch shoot­ing op­tions, both of which are quick, sim­ple and effective. It’s a bit trick­ier to bal­ance the cam­era for self­ies than it is with a smart­phone, par­tic­u­larly one-handed, but you’d ex­pect that.

Per­for­mance

Test­ing the new 15-45mm lens on Fu­ji­film’s orig­i­nal X-A1 model re­vealed that the X-A5’s aut­o­fo­cus is faster, but not by much. The new Olym­pus E-PL9, for ex­am­ple, is faster. (It’s re­viewed on page 118.)

The new power-zoom kit lens pro­duces great im­age qual­ity, but the elec­tri­cally-op­er­ated zoom feels a lit­tle vague and un­re­spon­sive. It does have a sta­bil­i­sa­tion mech­a­nism, though, and in our tests the AF sys­tem and sta­biliser be­tween them pro­duced a re­ally high hit rate of sharp im­ages in a wide va­ri­ety of shoot­ing con­di­tions.

The sen­sor might be just a reg­u­lar CMOS type, but it en­ables the X-A5 to pro­duce shots of ter­rific im­age qual­ity, with good dy­namic range and great colours.

Rod Law­ton

The sen­sor might be just a CMOS type, but it en­ables the X-A5 to pro­duce shots of ter­rific im­age qual­ity

3 2 There is a se­cond con­trol wheel on the back of the cam­era, hand­ily placed just above the thum­brest. 3 The touch­screen dis­play flips up for low-an­gle shots and through a full 180 de­grees for self­ies. 2

1 1 Fu­ji­film’s new 15-45mm kit lens of­fers a wider than usual an­gle of view, and a power zoom mech­a­nism that re­tracts to save space.

4 The top plate lay­out is straight­for­ward, with a big, clearly la­belled mode dial and a con­trol dial along­side.

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