Fu­ji­film X-A5

Au­d­ley Jarvis finds out whether this lat­est launch from Fu­ji­film makes a good choice for first-time buy­ers look­ing to take a step up from their smart­phones

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au­d­ley Jarvis finds out if Fu­ji­film’s lat­est launch is a good choice for first­time buy­ers

The X-A5 suc­ceeds the X-A3 that was re­leased to­wards the end of 2016 as the en­try point to Fu­ji­film’s X-se­ries mir­ror­less range. Pri­mar­ily de­signed to ap­peal to video blog­gers and ca­sual pho­tog­ra­phers look­ing to take their first step up from the cam­era that’s on their smart­phone, the X-A5 is a com­pact and stylish mir­ror­less cam­era that’s gen­er­ously fea­tured yet easy to use.

Fea­tures

The X-A5 is built around a newly de­vel­oped 24.2MP APS- C CMOS sen­sor that, as with the X-A3 be­fore it, em­ploys the tra­di­tional Bayer colour pixel ar­ray rather than the pro­pri­etary X-Trans pixel ar­ray found in more ad­vanced Fu­ji­film mir­ror­less cam­eras higher up the range. The main dif­fer­ence be­tween the X-A5’s sen­sor and the other­wise sim­i­lar 24.2MP chip fit­ted to the X-A3 is that the new sen­sor ben­e­fits from the ad­di­tion of phase- de­tec­tion tech­nol­ogy. The X-A5 also ben­e­fits from a ‘newly de­vel­oped im­age-pro­cess­ing en­gine’ and al­though Fu­ji­film hasn’t given it an ac­tual name, it’s most likely to be an en­hanced ver­sion of what was found in­side the X-A3. Ei­ther way, Fu­ji­film claims that the new pro­ces­sor is 1.5x faster than its pre­de­ces­sor.

While the X-A5’s hy­brid aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem isn’t quite as ad­vanced as those found on more ex­pen­sive Fu­ji­film cam­eras such as the X-T20 and X- E3, it’s cer­tainly a step up from the X-A3. The new sys­tem em­ploys a to­tal of 91 AF points ar­ranged in a 13x7 rect­an­gu­lar grid, in­clud­ing a cen­tral block of 35 phase- de­tec­tion points. By way of com­par­i­son, the X-A3 pro­vides 77 AF points, all of which are of the con­trast- de­tect va­ri­ety. You can select from sin­gle-point AF, zone AF (us­ing blocks of 9, 15, or 63 points), plus a wide AF mode that em­ploys all 91 points and which can be used for track­ing mov­ing sub­jects. Fo­cus modes, mean­while, ex­tend to AF-S, AF- C and man­ual fo­cus, with ad­di­tional Face/Eye pri­or­ity op­tions for easy por­trai­ture.

Ex­po­sure modes in­clude the stan­dard quar­tet of pro­gram, aper­ture-pri­or­ity, shut­ter-pri­or­ity and man­ual modes (PASM), along with a fully au­to­matic Ad­vanced Scene Recog­ni­tion mode whose ac­cu­racy Fu­ji­film claims has been im­proved over the X-A3. Th­ese are backed up by 18 in­di­vid­ual Ad­vanced Fil­ter ef­fects and 10 in­di­vid­ual scene modes – a num­ber

The new XC 15-45mm lens is im­pres­sively sharp for a kit zoom Fu­ji­film XC 15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS PZ, 1/400sec at f/8, ISO 200

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