Intro

The Fujifilm XA5 is an inexpensive entry-level mirrorless digital camera aimed toward novices and social photographers, sporting a 24 Megapixel APSC sensor, tilting touchscreen, Bluetooth and Wifi. Introduced in February 2018 it comes roughly a 12 months and a half after the earlier XA3 and no, you’re not going mad, there wasn’t an XA4 in-between.

The XA5 is the smallest and lightest physique in Fujifilm’s X-series, measuring 117x68x40mm and weighing 361g together with battery. It includes a new 24 Megapixel CMOS sensor that just like the XA3 earlier than it could not sport Fujifilm’s X-Trans expertise, however now at the very least consists of embedded phase-detect autofocus, permitting it to extra confidently refocus than its predecessor. Battery life has been prolonged to round 450 photographs per cost, 4k video is now accessible, albeit fairly restricted at 15fps and for under 5 minute clips, whereas 1080p is offered as much as 60p for 14 minute clips. For those who movie in 720p, you may shoot as much as 27 minutes per clip, or at excessive body charges for as much as a 4 instances slowdown. There’s additionally a mic enter which makes it an attention-grabbing possibility for vloggers, though as a 2.5mm jack you’ll want an adapter for many 3.5mm equipment and when you fold the display screen up for selfie-filming, you’ll block the hotshoe. The Olympus PEN E-PL9 will get round this downside by flipping the display screen ahead beneath, fairly than above the digital camera physique, though this in flip blocks the tripod thread.

The XA5 can also be now outfitted with Bluetooth to help Wifi negotiation. Maybe most excitingly for the target market, the XA5 is equipped in a equipment with a model new lens: the XC 15-45mm f3.5-5.6 which is the primary X-mount zoom to supply a motorised zoom, making it ultimate for video work. So the principle upgrades over the XA3 are phase-detect autofocus, Bluetooth and the (restricted) 4k video, plus the brand new equipment zoom. In my evaluate I’ll take a look at the brand new options, see the way it measures-up for the target market, and the way it compares to key rivals together with the Olympus PEN E-PL9. So when you’re on the lookout for an entry-level mirrorless digital camera, learn on!

 

 

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Like all Fujifilm’s mirrorless fashions, the X-A5’s design has a timeless basic look about it. The physique has nearly the very same dimensions because the Olympus PEN E-PL9 and actually the E-PL9 is just a little heavier. Nonetheless, the X-A5’s new powered zoom is considerably bigger than the 14-42mm powered zoom on the E-PL9, making for a much bigger general bundle as you may see within the comparability just a little additional beneath. The entrance panel is uncluttered with solely the AF LED to interrupt the sleek traces and there’s a snug grip on the appropriate, although your little finger will dangle off the underside. It’s manageable with one hand, however feels much more safe together with your left hand supporting the lens.

 

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On the highest panel the mode dial has the same old PASM positions, in addition to SR+ auto mode, scene modes, Superior filters, some devoted scene mode positions and Movement panorama. The on/off swap surrounds the shutter launch and in entrance of the highest management dial is the X-A5’s single reprogrammable perform button.

 

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Around the again there’s a second management dial which is operated together with your taking pictures finger. In most modes the highest dial controls publicity compensation and this one does aperture or shutter pace in A and S modes. In guide publicity mode the highest dial controls the shutter pace and the rear one the aperture. Alongside the flip-up display screen are a four-way controller with the menu button on the center, film report button, playback button, show overlay/again button and a Fast menu button. On the appropriate of the physique is a door to the mini HDMI and USB ports – the latter can be utilized to cost the battery in-camera – and on the left, underneath the flash button is a 2.5mm mic socket. Composition is totally with the display screen which may angle upwards by 180 levels to face you for selfies or vlogging, though doing so will block the hotshoe, stopping you from mounting an exterior microphone. For those who just like the model, options and high quality of the X-A5 however desire a viewfinder and a display screen that may face the topic with out blockages, then contemplate the marginally higher-end X-T100 – see my Fujifilm X-T100 evaluate for extra particulars.

 

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Seen side-by-side right here you may see that there’s little to separate the X-A5 and E-PL9 by way of dimension and weight, at the very least so far as the physique goes. Due to its bodily bigger APS C sensor The X-A5’s X-system lenses are just a little bigger than the E-PL9’s Micro 4 Thirds lenses. In sensible phrases this implies you may comfortably match the E-PL9 with its powered equipment lens in a coat, and even jacket pocket, however the X-A5 is extra of a handful. With the cameras powered off and the lenses retracted (as they’re on this shot) the E-PL9’s depth is 60mm in contrast with 83mm for the X-A5.

 

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The X-A5 ships with Fujifilm’s new Fujinon XC 15-45mm f3.5-5.6 OIS PZ lens. With a 35mm equal vary of 23-69mm this lens is very well suited to selfie taking pictures and vlogging. with the digital camera held at arms size (and the display screen flipped forwards so you may see what you’re doing) you may match your self in head and shoulders fairly comfortably. After all the 23mm equal huge angle can also be nice for giant teams and small interiors.

 

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That is the angle of view with the lens zoomed to its most 45mm, or 69mm equal focal size. This isn’t going to get you near distant sporting motion or wildlife, however it’s a very good focal size for portraiture. The 14-42mm lens on the E-PL9 has a 35mm equal vary of 28-84mm so it doesn’t go as huge because the X-A5’s lens, however it will possibly go just a little longer. For those who goal to do numerous vlogging and selfie taking pictures that additional margin on the huge angle finish goes to be very helpful.

 

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The XC 15-45mm has a quoted shut focus distance of 13cm at its 15mm huge angle setting, however I used to be capable of shoot as shut as 45mm from the topic as you may see from the shot above. It could have been nice to get just a little bit nearer to this small butterfly however I’m pretty proud of this end result. With the 14-42mm EZ lens on the E-PL9 I may solely get to inside 85mm of the topic, which might rule out a shot like this.

 

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Fujifilm applies its image kinds utilizing a set of Movie Simulations that emulate basic Fujifilm movie inventory. The default setting is Provia, and that’s what you’ll see in all my pattern pictures except in any other case said; it delivers a very good stability of distinction and color with out being too punchy or saturated. For those who fancy one thing extra vivid, then select Velvia, or for a extra subdued look, Astia, whereas portrait photographers could like Professional Neg Hello and Customary. For a sophisticated classic look, attempt Basic Chrome or Sepia or one of many 4 monochrome modes, three of which characteristic yellow, pink and inexperienced filters. You received’t nonetheless get the Acros Simulation because it’s reserved for our bodies using X-Trans III sensors.

For this clip I set the Fujifilm X-A5 to its 1080 / 60p video mode with the stabilisation enabled. As you’d count on the publicity and color are good and the stabilisation retains issues fairly regular, although the horizontal pan has a jitter that I’m not totally certain is all my very own doing. The 15-45mm lens has a two-speed zoom and it may be tough to show the ring simply the correct amount to interact both the gradual or quicker pace. Right here I managed to zoom in on the quicker pace and zoom out on the slower one. There’s a slight audible buzz from the zoom motor, one thing you could possibly keep away from by utilizing an exterior microphone plugged into the two.5mm mic socket.

 

Once more in 1080 / 60p mode, and with the stabilisation on, this low-light indoor pan appears to be like good by way of the noise high quality. Most likely due to the daylight coming by the open doorways, the white stability is overly heat to start with, then the X-A5 makes fairly a drastic over-correction, one thing I may have averted by setting the white stability beforehand, fairly than leaving it on the default auto setting.

 

For this vlogging clip the Fujifilm X-A5 is once more in 1080 / 60p mode, with the lens set to the 15mm most huge angle and the display screen flipped into the ahead going through place. I hooked up a small gorillapod to the X-A5 to make it simpler to carry, however looking back I in all probability may have carried out with out it. And with the digital camera held at arms size and going through you it’s pretty straightforward to press the film report button together with your index finger. It’s a disgrace the display screen prevents you utilizing the new shoe when it’s going through forwards as that guidelines out becoming an exterior flash or mic in it. The upper-end XT100 has the benefit right here as its display screen can fold out sideways to face the topic, leaving the hotshoe and tripod thread clear to be used.

 

Lastly, right here’s a brief clip recording within the X-A5’s 4K / 15p mode. As you see 15 frames per second isn’t quick sufficient to provide the impression of easy steady movement and the footage appears to be like very jumpy. This guidelines the 4K mode out for regular video recording, however it does present the X-A5 with some succesful 15fps burst taking pictures modes together with a ‘multi focus’ mode that permits you to choose the main focus level submit taking pictures – it’s similar to the Publish Focus mode that Panasonic has offered on its fashions for a while.

 

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The X-A5 has built-in Wifi and Bluetooth. The Wifi connection permits you to distant shoot, browse pictures on the digital camera card and obtain them to a smartphone or laptop. The Bluetooth connection in concept permits automated switch pictures to your telephone over Wifi, although I used to be unable to get this characteristic to work in any respect throughout testing with my iPhone 6. Utilizing the Fujifilm Cam Distant app with the X-A5 wasn’t totally a joy-filled expertise. The app is gradual to reply when shopping pictures and, as I’ve mentioned, didn’t work for me in auto switch. In distant taking pictures mode it supplies some management over taking pictures settings and you may report video, however I used to be just a little disenchanted there was no choice to zoom the lens. Gordon’s used the Bluetooth on the X-T100 to embed up to date places as he shot and this characteristic also needs to work on the X-A5.

 

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Shift the X-A5’s mode dial to the Movement Panorama place and you may shoot panoramas with the digital camera in portrait or panorama orientation, rotating as you maintain down the shutter launch. There are 120 and 180 diploma choices which, with the digital camera in panorama orientation, produce recordsdata measuring 6400×1440 pixels and 9600×1440 pixels respectively. With the digital camera in portrait orientation it’s 2160 pixels fairly than 1440.

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