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FujifilmX-A1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black)
 
4.5

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Pros

  • Compact (8)
  • Easy to use (8)
  • Large clear LCD (7)
  • Great resolution (5)
  • Fast shutter speed (4)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (4)
  • Short battery life (3)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (7)
  • Travel (6)
  • Low light (4)
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4.0

Perfect For Starters!

By Dylan

from Seattle

Comments about X-A1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black):

This camera is great for people who are just getting into photography, and its relatively affordable. The quality is pretty good for such a small DSLR, and its easy to use. Some things take a little getting used to, but it all makes sense when you figure it out. I've taken some pretty good photos with it, and if you want to check out some examples, visit my Instagram (@dylmill).

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5.0

x-a1 review

By none

from Chico, Ca

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Great Resolution
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about X-A1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Indigo Blue):

      can't be beat for the price and the ability to use x mount lenses / accessories. I use "m" and "a" exposure to take gorgeous photos. The tilt lcd is a real bonus and the camera looks good. I bought two= also have x pro and x-ti and a lot of x lenses.

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      5.0

      AWESOME CAMERA !!!

      By Vick

      from North Jersey

      Comments about X-A1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black):

      EXCELENT QUALITY PICTURES EVEN IN LOW LIGHT. I AM VERY PLEASED .

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      5.0

      Great Camera

      By DNSJR

      from Boardman, OH

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Great Resolution
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape
        • Macro Photography
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about X-A1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black):

        First time using this camera produced great pictures. I am sure as I learn more about it, the pictures will improve.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Great bargain!

        By MrFlash

        from Lake Arrowhead, CA

        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Battery Life
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Resolution
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • No Viewfinder

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Travel

        Comments about X-A1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black):

        A responsive camera with a fantastic lens makes the X-A1 w/16-50 a small, versatile and high quality kit at a very reasonable price.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Great for the price

        By Felipe

        from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good in Low Light
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Complicated Controls
        • No Viewfinder
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Street
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about X-A1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black):

        I have a Nikon D90, that I barely take out these days, becuase it's heavy and bulky. I was looking for a smaller camera, and Fujifilm X-A1 fits very well. Despite comments on the internet about focus being slow, I disagree. For sure a DSLR has a better focus time, but the focus speed of the X-A1 does not prevent taking great pictures.

        And, since I take this camera out much more than I was taking the D90, I'm using this camera much more often.

        Battery does not last long, and is kind of tricky: from two segments, it may go straight to zero, so having another battery at hand is a good idea.

        Controls are sort of at hand: there are wheels and buttons. I'd prefer if I'd press a button and spin the wheel to use a command, but it's a bit slower: when you press a button, it opens a menu for you to choose.

        This camera does not have the X-Trans sensor, but I don't miss it at all. Images are great, even at ISO 3200. Higher sensitivity can be used with care.

        I miss using a viewfinder. Could buy a separated one, if it existed.

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        • No

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        4.0

        A nice lightweight dSLR alternative

        By Dan the picture taker

        from Western New York

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • No Viewfinder
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Travel

        Comments about X-A1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black):

        I bought the X-A1 to bring on vacation instead of my Canon dSLR and lenses. I was torn between this and the X-E1 which has the X-Trans sensor instead of the standard CMOS sensor on this. And to be honest, I'm glad I saved the extra $$. The camera pretty much did everything I asked of it. The best features (for my use) were the reasonably easy to navigate menu system, relative ease of use of the controls [adjusting aperture, iso, shutter speed], and its light weight. The worst feature BY FAR was the battery life. The battery was routinely dying after approximately 150-200 shots AND the little indicator went from showing partial fullness [3 out of 4 bars] to blinking red, to completely dead in a matter of 2-3 shots. I basically had to recognize that once the battery stopped showing full power that I'd better have my spare battery handy.
        Overall it is a nice little camera that has a nice form factor and very nice image quality. Other than the horrific battery life, I'd say that the only thing I would have liked to have had was a better positioned movie record button; as it is right under the area where your thumb holds the camera and twice I accidentally hit it and recorded about 3 seconds of video before I realized what I did.

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        • No

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        5.0

        muy satisfecho

        By Ro

        from Miami Beach, Fl

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Lag / Shutter Delay
        • Limited Zoom
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Travel

        Comments about X-A1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black):

        he quedado muy satisfecho con la compra

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        5.0

        No X-Trans CFA = better RAW files

        By Dave D.

        from Phoenix, AZ

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good Battery Life
        • Great Resolution
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about X-A1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black):

            Apparently this is the only Fujifilm X-series camera currently in production that utilizes a Bayer CFA like the original X100. I purchased the X100S last year and was unhappy with the look of the Raw files in Lightroom. The X-A1 does not have the X-Trans CFA, and I like the Raw files MUCH better. VERY happy with the IQ. Sure, it would be nice to have all the features of the X100S (which I will now sell) but I'll take the Raw files from the X-A1 over the bells and whistles of the X100S any day. I dearly hope Fujifilm continues to have at least one Bayer CFA camera in the X-series, as I am extremely unlikely to ever purchase another X-Trans camera.

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            4.0

            Great Little Camera at a Bargain Price

            By bs1946

            from Western Massachusetts

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Complicated Wifi
            • Lag / Shutter Delay
            • No Viewfinder

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about X-A1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black):

            I bought a competitor's high end mirror-less system for a cruise we went on. That camera had the best viewfinder I have ever had. It also had a touch LCD screen, a bunch of little easy-to-hit buttons, and a 360 page user's manual. I lost a lot of good shots by hitting the wrong button or the touch screen at the wrong time, so I decided to find something easier to use.After a lot of research, I decided on the X-A1. The camera is plastic but finished well and should hold up for a long time. The XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens that comes with the X-A1 is very cheaply made but takes pretty good photos. The X-A1 kit cost is under $, It has most of the features that are in Fuji's high-end system cameras, and it takes photos that are as good, if not better than many of the cameras costing two or three times as much.The buttons are simple to use and I don't find myself hitting them by accident. One great feature is the ability to lock most of the buttons on the back after setting up the camera the way you want. The X-A1 has a bright 3" articulating LCD which I hope will prove ok in bright outdoor light. It is not a touchscreen which I find makes the camera easier to use. The user's guide is only 128 pages long.The biggest drawback is the lack of a viewfinder. The camera is equipped with Wifi that allows you to transfer pics to your smart-phone, tablet, or PC. You can transfer or view the pics from the camera, but the X-A1 cannot be controlled remotely. You have to use Fuji's app to manage the WiFi and I find it terrible. It is not a simple one-button operation as Fuji says and the camera disconnects after the transfer of even 1 photo. I have used it with my iPhone and iPad, but have been unable to connect to my home WiFi network and iMac.

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            5.0

            best Mirrorless for the price

            By Eli_singer

            from Israel

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Battery Life
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Resolution
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Travel

              Comments about X-A1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black):

              i bought this to enter the Mirrorless arena more seriously. i had an Olympus E-PM1 which i hated and sold so this is my first real entry to this field (don't blame Olympus, it was pretty much the first MLM out there. the sensor was nothing to be proud of).so far it's been great.after digging online i opt for this Fuji because:1. large APS-C sensor-unlike Olympus and Panasonic which have 4/3" sensor. the large APS-C sensor means it can get shallower Depth of Field, and a regular 2:3 aspect ratio instead of the awkward 3:4 that those 4/3" sensors use.in addition, i'm used to my APS-C DSLR focal lengths so it is a very smooth transition in that sense.so if i'll break down the advantages of the sensor it'll go like this:a. 2:3 ratiob. better (shallower) DOFc. better noise performance2. the DIALS!one of the main reasons i wanted to go with Fuji (and not Sony, Samsung or other APS-C MLM's)was the fact that it has two dials to control the camera. it is like a DSLR when it comes to controlling aperture, shutter speed, exposure compensation and ISO. very very convenient.i really like their design, it is so friendly for someone who comes from the DSLR world and wants the ability to change settings manually with ease, and yet, it can always be used like a P&S camera when throwing it in Auto mode.3. articulating screenwell, this sets this model apart from the other Fuji's (except for the X-M1 which is identical to this model aside from the X-Trans sensor and the metal casing).i find this feature quite convenient, especially for shooting kids or shooting stealth.4. built qualitywell, it is very well built. very. i was a bit afraid since it's mainly plastic, but it's very sturdy and feels great in the hand.the same goes to the kit lens it comes bundled with, it is surprisingly well built, nothing like the all plasticy-fidelly 14-42 kit lens that comes with the Olympus models.5. the kit kensalthough it's a kit lens, and it's a slow lens (3.5-5.6), it is by far the best kit lens i encountered in terms of optics and build quality. (didn't try Nikon's, heard they're not bad).true, i do intend to build a system with primes, but this kit lens will hold it until i'll cough up the dollars for that.oh, and it has Optical Stabilazation :)6. image qualitythe main reason for this MLM's right? this one is superb. the RAW files that comes out of it are rich, sharp, full of details, freat dynamic range, and give you a fantastic image all around, even at high ISO settings. amazing how this small thing can take down heavy DSLR's when comparing image quality side by side, and for a fraction of the price! which leads me to...7. PRICE!this camera is so cheap!after being in the DSLR world for a decade, getting DSLR quality images for as low as $[$] (during the holidays sale) is mind blowing.oh, and those $[$] includes the kit lens and a 16GB memory card!i don't think there's a camera that can beat that for now.now, it's not all roses.i do have some cons and here they are:1. Awful JPEG'sto put it in plain words, don't ever shoot JPEG's with this camera. the processing it does is... well, atrocious.their NR filter or whatever they did there just turns everything to barbie dolls, it smoothes the hell out of the picture making nasty artifacts and an overall very un-realistic look.just don't do it.if you're a casual amateur shooter you'll be better off with Olympus that produces great JPEG's. this one is for RAW shooters only.2. Focus Speedagain, compared to the very basic Olympus E-PM1, the Fuji looses. it's not slow, by all means, but it is far from the blistering instant focus achieved by the competition.i just want to make this clear- it is not slow, i'm happy with it, but it's definitely not super fast.maybe they'll work on it with a firmware...3. Video Controlthe video quality of the Fuji is great. i didn't compared neck to neck with a Canon 7d, but it seems the same or at least very close.the problem is, you can't control anything once you pressed the record button. no changing ISO, no shutter changes, not even Iris adjustment. very disappointing and annoying. it's so basic! really throws me back the 2008-9 when we shot with the 5D II and couldn't change anything. they really ought to take care of this with a future Firmware. it's a shame.oh, and if that's not enough, Auto Focus during video is going nuts. you practically can't use it. only manual focus.they have a way to go with the video feature that's for sure.i think that wraps it up.overall i'm loving this camera and it sends me back shooting stills while enjoying it so much!if you need a small and amazingly brilliant RAW stills camera with DSLR-like controls and a few perks, this one is the best you can get for the price range.for a more ameture approach to things i would advice on the Olympus runner-up, the PL-5. you basically trade the controls and the large sensor for a touch screen and a super-fast focus with great JPEG's.i'd personally would definitely choose the Fuji again.Eli

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