Fujifilm XA-5 Camera Review

Fujifilm XA-5 Camera Review

The brand new Fujifilm X-A5 replaces the 18-month-old Fujifilm X-A3, which was Fuji’s entry-level X-Series digital camera till the X-A10 was launched. For consistency, we’ll keep the X-A5 as an entry-level digital camera.
So what’s new 18-months on? Not as a lot as we might hope. The sensor is a refined model of the 24.2MP APS-C sensor of the X-A3, with an up to date image processor. It’s not the identical because the X-Trans sensor utilized in Fujifilm’s high-end X-Series cameras.
An up to date sensor means an additional stop within the native ISO range, which now reaches to ISO 12,800 and might be prolonged as much as ISO 51,200. So whereas not breaking new floor, there must be minor enhancements in picture quality, backed up by 1.5x faster processing speeds.
On paper, maybe probably the most important enhancement is the brand new autofocus system. The X-A5 features hybrid AF, which means you have got each contrast and part detection AF factors in play. It’s a 91-point-array that’s easier than these present in high-end X-Series cameras, but more comprehensive than within the X-A3.
One ought to count on a a lot better focusing experience capturing with the X-A5 than the X-A3 and we’ll touch upon our experience later within the overview.
Fujifilm XA-5 Camera Review
4K video recording is now included within the X-A5. We should always say although that the utmost frame rate is 15fps and the much less mentioned about that the higher. Also, the utmost record time is round 5 minutes. That’s much less of a problem for us than the severely restricted frame rate, as a result of we don’t typically shoot single clips longer than 5 minutes.
Nevertheless, the improved 4K video resolution opens up two new capturing modes; 4K Burst Shooting and Multi Focus Mode. The brand new 4K Burst Shooting mode is actually an everyday 15fps 4K video, however on this mode the user can extract an 8.3MP nonetheless picture from any a kind of frames.
The X-A5 is the most recent digital camera to benefit from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wi-fi connections. The latter consumes a lot much less power. Whereas on power, the battery life has been upped from 410 frames within the X-A3 to 450 frames. For an entry-level mirrorless digital camera, that performance is excellent and from what we are able to inform is the best from an X-Series digital camera.
That’s the primary ins and outs of the Fujifilm X-A5. It’s obtainable now in black, brown or pink for £549 / $599 with the brand new XC 15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS PZ lens.

Fujifilm XA-5 Camera Review
Fujifilm XA-5 Camera Review
A silver prime plate slopes down to hold chunky dials that sit flush within the digital camera’s profile. The faux-leather finish in black, brown or pink seems to be nice, whereas the sweeping curve of the hand grip not solely seems to be the half however gives a firm hold.
With the brand new XC 15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 package lens connected (the smallest X-Series zoom lens obtainable) or a compact prime lens just like the XF 35mm f/2 R WR, you have got a digital camera that sits completely within the hand.
Begin to really feel your approach across the digital camera and things start to unravel slightly. After all the X-A5 is plastic – it’s an entry-level digital camera in spite of everything – however in locations it feels plasticky. There’s a distinction.
Tap the digital camera’s silver plating plus it’s battery compartment and it feels hollow. Push within the shutter release and the buttons on the digital camera’s rear they usually all really feel ‘clicky’.
The chunky dials are strong and provide excellent resistance. The HDMI port on the aspect is admittedly good. You also get a mic port which is much less frequent on entry-level cameras, although it’s a 2.5mm mini jack not the industry standard size.
Then there may be the operational speed. Among the Fujifilm X-Series cameras operate at lightning speed – consider the Fujifilm X100F for instance. The X-A5 is sluggish as compared.
Begin up speed is ok – it’s 0.4 seconds when the excessive performance mode is ON. Nevertheless, choose an choice within the menu and the digital camera takes its time to confirm selection. Frankly, it doesn’t respond like a digital camera of 2018. The overall operational speed is for us our least favorite side of the X-A5.
Still, at the least there may be this new 91-point hybrid AF system. Fuji claims it’s twice the speed of the contrast detection AF system of the X-A3.

Fujifilm XA-5 Camera Review
Now, we haven’t had the X-A5 and X-A3 collectively to make a direct comparability, however our expectations on this newest model have been not really met. It doesn’t really feel just like the X-A5 options part detection AF.
General AF speed within the Wide/ Tracking AF Mode still appears sluggish and at times unreliable. We had the Olympus PEN E-PL9 at the same time, which focuses faster.
Photos are composed and viewed utilizing the 3in touchscreen. It tilts up 180° to above the digital camera for selfies and the like, with somewhat slide to increase its final clearance above the top plate of the digital camera. Tilt down is restricted by the design, so the X-A5 is much less useful for above head shots.
Overall, the touchscreen handles nice. You get touch shutter, touch AF, pinch to zoom for live view magnification and picture playback.
There may be also fast access to a couple of user controls on the touchscreen. Whereas the Fujifilm X-A3 includes a switch on its front for Focus Mode, the identical control is omitted within the X-A5 and as an alternative introduced on the touchscreen. In use, the touchscreen is a faster method.
Elsewhere, the Fujifilm X-A5 has a fairly solid feature set that can please photographers of all talent ranges.
There are many manual exposure control fast to hand, plus beginner-friendly image results. Additionally, there are a stack of bracketing modes to select from within the drive mode menu which can be prone to please photography fans. Every bracketing mode takes three consecutive photos at totally different values. These embody auto exposure, film simulation, dynamic vary, ISO sensitivity and White Balance.
Actually, part of our experience dealing with the X-A5 was one in every of learning to live with a few of its limitations. In some areas the X-A5 handles nice, in others such as its overall speed, it frustrates, so there may be room for practical enchancement.