Fujifilm is gearing up to launch its new, entry segment mirrorless camera, the Fujifilm X-A7, in India. The October 2019 launch is in line with international markets, where it is expected to go on sale in the USA on October 24. This is the follow-up to the X-A5, which launched last year and comes with a host of new improvements. There’s a new sensor; more PDAF points; a higher framerate for 4K video recording and a new Bright Mode for more vivid images.
The new Fujifilm X-A7 boasts of a new 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with 425 PDAF points, which are about 8.5 times greater than the previous model. Video recording now tops out at 4K at 30fps, instead of the 15fps on its predecessor. It features a 3.5-inch touchscreen, which flips out and can be fully articulated.
There’s a new Bright Mode added to the Advanced SR Auto function, which lets the camera use HDR and tweak other parameters, for a brighter and more vivid image. There’s a Light Trail mode in Scene Position selection, which can be used for capturing light trails of car headlights, etc. The camera also supports the Camera Remote app for smartphones, which lets you transfer files and use your phone a remote viewfinder.
The camera (with the kit lens) weighs just 455 grams, making it very light to carry around. The Fujifilm X-A7 has a native ISO range of 100-12,800, which can be expanded to 25,600. The camera can shoot RAW; it has a burst shooting rate of 6fps and has a single SD card slot (UHS-I speed only). The camera also has a Mini-HDMI port; a Micro-USB port; inbuilt Bluetooth v4.2 and Wi-Fi 802.11n. Last but not least, the battery is rated to deliver 440 shots per charge.
As an entry-level mirrorless camera, the X-A7 is very nice. It runs circles around the X-A5 thanks to a much better autofocus system and improved 4K video mode. If you need a good camera for travel and family photos, it’s a solid choice. But its touch interface, despite the beautiful screen, doesn’t come close to replicating the experience and convenience of a phone and is as much the cause of confusion as a solution to it.
As your first interchangeable lens camera or your first dip into the Fujifilm X ecosystem, the X-A7 is not a bad choice. It offers good all-around performance, and no one can argue with its sharp looks.