Fujifilm Announces the Entry-Level X-A7 Mirrorless Camera

Fujifilm X-A7

Fujifilm’s mirrorless camera system has long been a darling of enthusiasts and pros alike, thanks to features and performance that are often class-leading among models with APS-C image sensors. But the company has yet to make a compelling entry-level option. It came close with last year’s X-A5, but we were disappointed by its inconsistent autofocus perofrmance and useless 15fps 4K video.

Fuji is promising upgrades with the X-A7—it opted to skip the X-A6 model number. The camera keeps the same 24.2MP resolution, but has increased the number of phase detection focus points by a factor of 8.5 times, and has spread them across the sensor so they cover a broader area of the frame. This should solve the X-A5’s autofocus woes, though we’ll have to test it out to know for sure.

Fujifilm X-A7

The other big upgrade is in terms of video. The X-A5 supported 4K recording, but only at a choppy 15fps frame rate—even Charlie Chaplin had access to 18fps capture. The X-A7 offers 30fps at 4K. It’s unclear if there’s a recording limit on clips for fans of long-form video, but the X-A7 offers a neat feature for social media influencers—the ability to record a video clip exactly 15, 30, or 60 seconds in length.

The camera has a vari-angle LCD with touch support for framing shots, but not built-in or add-on EVF. It can capture photos in Raw or JPG format at up to 6fps, and in addition to the increased phase detection area, offers face detection. Its battery is rated for about 440 shots per charge, which should get most of us through a full day of imaging. You can recharge on the go via the USB port.

Fujifilm X-A7

The camera body is finished in silver, with a leatherette providing some color. Fujifilm offers it in Camel Brown and Mint Green in the US, and will sell a Navy Blue version in other markets. If you prefer a more conservative look, you can get it with a black leatherette, with your choice of the standard light silver or a darker silver body.

All editions are bundled with the Fujinon XC 15-45mm F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ zoom lens. The camera is set to ship on Oct. 24 and will sell for $ 699.95 in the US and $ 899 in Canada.

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