Fuji X-A1 review

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JPEG signal to noise ratio

Fuji X A1
Fuji X-A1

This graph indicates that the Fuji X-A1 produces the cleanest JPEG images with least noise in this collection of cameras. However, the raw (after conversion to TIFF) signal to noise ratio results don't compete so well with those from the other cameras, suggesting that Fuji does a better job of concealing the noise in its JPEGs. This matches fairly well with our real-world experience, in which the JPEGs look great at normal printing sizes but lack some fine detail when viewed at 100% on screen.

Raw signal to noise ratio (after conversion to TIFF)

Fuji X A1
Fuji X-A1
After conversion to TIFF to Fuji X-A1's raw files contain more noise than the files from the comparison cameras. However, our real-world tests indicate that this noise is within acceptable limits, and while the X-A1's raw images (after conversion to TIFF) don't score as well as the Fuji X-M1's at ISO 3200 and ISO6400, the images still look good.

JPEG dynamic range

Fuji X A1
Fuji X-A1

The Fuji X-A1's JPEGs have a fairly consistent dynamic range of just over 9EV for most of its sensitivity range. While this is not the highest range we have measured, it's better than the X-M1 and we didn't find the camera's dynamic range was unduly restricted when we used it for real-world photography. Generally speaking the X-A1 produces images with a nice level of contrast.

Raw dynamic range (after conversion to TIFF)

Fuji X A1
Fuji X-A1

While the X-A1's raw files (after conversion to TIFF) have a higher dynamic range than the JPEGs (as we would expect), they don't achieve the levels of the files from the Sony NEX-3-N, Fuji X-E1, Olympus E-PM2 and Fuji X-M1.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Wireless LANYes
Effective Camera Resolution16.3 Megapixel
Product FamilyX
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC UHS-I)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom3.1x
Brand NameFujifilm
FeaturesFace Detection, Orientation Sensor, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsH.264, MOV
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)280 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Image Sensor Size23.60 mm x 15.60 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4896 x 3264
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height66 mm
Width116.8 mm
Depth38.1 mm
Product SeriesX
Focal Length16 mm to 50 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
External FlashOptional
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerFuji Photo Film Co. Ltd
Product ModelX-A1
Product NameX-A1 Mirrorless Camera
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberP10NC11810A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.fujifilm.co.uk
Marketing Information
  • A compact and stylish FUJIFILM X entry-level interchangeable-lens camera.
  • Large 16.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor that captures rich tonal expression, has an increased dynamic range and sensitivity settings up to a maximum ISO of 25600.
  • High definition tiltable 3-inch LCD
  • Compatible with all Fujifilm X mount lenses and particularly suited to the compact and lightweight FUJINON XC lenses
  • Wireless image transfer for instant transfer to a mobile device or computer.
Package Contents
  • X-A1 Mirrorless Camera
  • FUJINON XC16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS Lens
  • Li-ion Battery NP-W126
  • Battery Charger BC-W126
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Body Cap
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Owner's Manual