Next month will see the release of the Fujifilm X-A1, the fourth model in the company’s interchangeable-lens X-Series of Compact System Cameras, and the announcement of a new zoom lens.



The three colour options for the Fujifilm X-A1, shown with the new Fujinon XC 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS lens. (Source: Fujifilm.)
Featuring the same 16.3-megapixel APS-C sensor as its siblings, the X-A1 is targeted at photographers transitioning from a digicam to an interchangeable-lens model.   Available in three colours(Black, Blue and Red), the X-A1 has been designed to enable one handed operation. Its EXR Processor II enables a start-up time of 0.5 seconds in quick start mode, shutter time lag of 0.05 seconds and a maximum burst speed of 5.6 frames/second.

The Mode dial provides access to Advanced SR Auto, which automatically recognises a scene type. It also provides access to eight Advanced Filters for artistic photography, and five Film Simulation modes to produce effects such as PROVIA, VELVIA, ASTIA, Monochrome and Sepia. Two Command Dials allow users to adjust the aperture, shutter speed and exposure compensation quickly with their thumb. Individual buttons are also provided for White Balance, Burst Mode and Macro. Users can set the sensitivity settings from the regular ISO200 to as high as ISO6400 in 1/3 step increments, or take advantage of the extended range of ISO100, ISO12800 and ISO25600.

The X-A1comes with a tiltable, 920,000 dot 3-inch LCD monitor, built-in flash, wireless image transfer and hot shoe. It weighs only 330 grams, including battery and memory card. It will be offered in a kit with the XC16-50mm lens at a recommended retail price of AU$849.

Fujifilm has also announced a new Fujinon XC 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS lens, which will be priced at AU$599. Covering focal lengths of 24mm”“76mm (35mm equivalent), it features high speed autofocus, optical image stabilisation and is ideal for indoor shots, landscapes and snapshots. The optical design comprises 13 all-glass elements in 10 groups including one aspherical elements and one ED element. It features optical image stabilisation to help minimise blur. The Fujinon XC 50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS lens comes in black or silver.

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