Fujifilm X-A5 Summary
Fujifilm X-A5 Assessment
The Fujifilm X-A5 follows the entry-level X-A2
Fujifilm X-M1 with an updated sensor and slightly faster processor. It features a standard 24 megapixels 1.5X APS-C CMOS sensor with Bayer Color-Filter and Anti-Alias filters that can capture full-resolution images at 6 FPS and 4K Ultra-HD video at 15 FPS.
Decidedly entry-level by its lack of a viewfinder, the X-A5 offers a simple feature-set yet has numerous controls, including dual control-dials. There is also a mode-dial and a standard hot-shoe, plus most Fuji lenses have an aperture-ring too.
The X-A5 is the most affordable Fuji mirrorless camera and still supports all X-mount lenses. It delivers high image quality which stands out due to its low noise and good dynamic-range. Sharpness is not perfect but its real image-quality issue is metering which tends to over-expose without sufficient EC. The Fujifilm X-A5 is somewhat slower than its peers too.
When it comes to usability though, the Fujifilm X-A5 justifies paying more for a camera. The experience provided by the LCD and the lack of a viewfinder, nor provision to add one, makes framing and adjusting exposure error-prone. The experience for video is quite poor too with no way to frame properly and a long lag before starting to record. Overall, if the low-price of the X-A5 makes it affordable while other Fujifilm mirrorless remain out-of-reach, then by all means consider the X-A5.
|Extremely low image noise until ISO 1600||Tendency to over-expose|
|Good dynamic-range||Strong noise-reduction|
|Nicely saturated colors||Slow autofocus|
|Sharp LCD with good viewing angle||Less than 100% LCD coverage|
|Minimal shutter-lag||Poor Auto WB|
|Generally responsive||Not Exposure-Priority|
|High number of external controls||Below average shot-to-shot speeds|
|Good battery-life||2s Video capture delay|
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Fujifilm X-A5 Highlights
Sensor-Size: 24 x 16mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|24 Megapixels Mirrorless||ISO 100-51200|
|Fujifilm X Mount|
|1 Axis Digital Level||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|Built-in Dust Reduction||Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|6 FPS Drive, 10 Images||Spot-Metering|
|3840x2160 @ 15 FPS Video Recording||Hot-Shoe|
|3" LCD 1 Megapixels||Stereo audio input|
|Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
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