Fuji introduces the X-A1 and 50-230mm lens

New colour options and sensor for this entry level model

Fuji has announced the X-A1, the fourth model in its X range of interchangeable lens cameras. The latest model will join the line-up at the entry level, and features a 16.3 million pixel APS-C sensor, along with an EXR II processor.

First glance suggests there's very little difference between the X-A1 and the recently released X-M1, with the body shape, size and specification being very similar. However, there are two main differences.

Most notably, the X-A1 will feature a standard APS-C CMOS sensor, rather than Fuji's X-Trans CMOS that we've seen in the X-Pro 1, X-E1 and X-M1 previously, so it will be interesting to see the quality difference when we get samples.


The X-A1 also introduces colour options, breaking away from the usual silver or black body and grip combination, throwing a few vibrant colours such as blue and red into the mix.

Extending the present X mount lens line-up is the introduction of the XC50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS (76-350mm equivalent). This follows a natural progression from the X-A1's 16-50mm kit lens.

The new camera also features a 3-inch 920,000 dot screen which is tillable to enable users to capture images from very high and low angles.

The Fuji X-A1 / XC16-50mm kit price will be £529.99/approx US$843/approx AU$904, with availability from October

The FUJINON XC50-230mm lens will be £429.99/approx US$683/approx AU$734, with availability from November 2013.


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Ali Jennings is the imaging lab manager for Future Publishing's Photography portfolio. Using Imatest Master and DxO Analyser he produces the image quality tests for all new cameras and lenses review in TechRadar's cameras channel. Ali has been shooting digital since the early nineties and joined Future's Photography portfolio back in 2003.