Fujifilm X-A1

Fujifilm X-A1 front

Fujifilm X-A1 summary

Fujifilm X-A1 is FujiFilm's Entry-Level Mirrorless digital camera initially revealed on November of 2013. It has got a 16 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4896 x 3264.

FujiFilm introduced the more recent Fujifilm X-A2 (Read Full Comparison) in order to update this model.

The Fujifilm X-A1 is placed #66 out of 117 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras & over-all #326 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. You should check out our Advanced camera finder to get camera ratings based on your personalized requirements.

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Fujifilm X-A1 history

The Fujifilm X-A1 is part of a family of cameras. You can see the full range below.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
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Fujifilm X-A1 Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of advantages and drawbacks of the Fujifilm X-A1 based on criterias that are typically considered important in a digital camera.

change lenses (Fujifilm X mount)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
does have HDMI out
good resolution screen (920 k dots)
has built in flash
manual focus
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
offers face detect autofocus
offers tracking focus
screen size is decent (3")
screen tilts
supports RAW formats
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
lacks phase detect autofocus
missing headphone support
missing microphone support
missing Timelapse function
painfully slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames per second)
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Fujifilm X-A1 Sensor specifications

The Fujifilm X-A1 is powered by the EXR Processor II processor chip. The sensor size in the Fujifilm X-A1 is 23.6mm x 15.6mm (APS-C). The 368 mm² sensor is able to capture 4896 x 3264 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor has 16 megapixels and provides a standard ISO range of 200 - 6400. RAW files are saved therefore the user has wider margin for error.

The picture below displays the Fujifilm X-A1's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The Fujifilm X-A1 sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is presented in green.

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To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Fujifilm X-A1 dimensions

Fujifilm X-A1 has a weight of 0.73 pounds (330g or 11.64 ounces) & the over all size of the camera is 117mm x 67mm x 39mm (4.6" x 2.6" x 1.5"). The weight of typical Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 329g so the Fujifilm X-A1 is very much the same as compared with other rivals.

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Below is a visual of the Fujifilm X-A1 next to a soda so you can get a sense of its scale.

Fujifilm X-A1 dimensions scale

The top view here will show the button arrangement on the Fujifilm X-A1.

Fujifilm X-A1 topview buttons dials

Fujifilm X-A1 Lens specifications

The Fujifilm X-A1 works with the Fujifilm X mount and has 72 lenses that are available. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our collection which will fit the Fujifilm X-A1.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Fujifilm-XF-55-200mm-F3.5-4.8-R-LM-OIS lensFujifilm XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS55-200mmf/3.5-4.8 580g
Fujifilm-XF-56mm-F1.2-R lensFujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R56mmf/1.2 405g
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Tokina-atx-m-56mm-F1.4-X-Mount lensTokina atx-m 56mm F1.4 X56mmf/1.4 315g
Samyang-50mm-F1.2-AS-UMC-CS--Rokinon-50mm-F1.2-ED-AS-UMC-Fujifilm-X lensSamyang 50mm F1.2 AS UMC CS50mmf/1.2375g
Fujifilm-XF-16-55mm-F2.8-R-LM-WR lensFujifilm XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR16-55mmf/2.8 655g
Tamron-18-300mm-F3.5-6.3-Di-III-A-VC-VXD-Fujifilm-X lensTamron 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD18-300mmf/3.5-6.3 620g
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Fujifilm-XF-60mm-F2.4-R-Macro lensFujifilm XF 60mm F2.4 R Macro60mmf/2.4 215g
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Fujifilm X-A1 Connectivity

The Fujifilm X-A1 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that incorporate NFC and / or Bluetooth support can easily be used wirelessly via smartphones. You can transfer images and usually change settings without the hassle of connecting physically to the camera.

Some applications even enable a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it could be connected to an external display. Nearly all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB port.

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Fujifilm X-A1 Video specifications

The max video resolution in the Fujifilm X-A1 is 1920 x 1080 and you can capture in H.264 file format. 1080p resolution will provide a decent balance for video quality vs file sizes but 1080p is not going to leave you with any room to downsample. The camera does not have a microphone and / or headphone socket which means that you have got no control over the sound. It is perhaps best to find another camera if you require decent sound for your videos.

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Fujifilm X-A1 Weather Sealing

Fujifilm X-A1 does not include environment sealing so wet conditions can ruin the camera.

Fujifilm X-A1 Screen and Viewfinder

The Fujifilm X-A1 has got a 3" tilting screen boasting a resolution of 920k dots.

Unfortunately the screen isn't a touch screen.

Fujifilm X-A1 screen and viewfinder Photography Glossary

The View Finder specs for Fujifilm X-A1 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

For bright outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and challenging to see, viewfinders are rather valuable.

Fujifilm X-A1 Shutter specifications

Fujifilm X-A1 is able to shoot continuously at 6.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Fujifilm X-A1 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Fujifilm X-A1 features both built-in flash along with external flash support. The maximum flash sync speed is 1/180 seconds.

Fujifilm X-A1 Autofocus specifications

Fujifilm X-A1 features just Contrast Based AF & doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more faster and precise compared with Contrast Based focusing. The camera has got Face detection making it handy for people photography.

The Sensor has got 49 focus points to pick from. It also has Tracking AF for subjects on the move. Fujifilm X-A1 supports manual focusing if needed for low light occasions or you require more exact focusing control.

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Fujifilm X-A1 Battery life

The battery pack (NP-W126) on the Fujifilm X-A1 is built to last for 350 images as per the CIPA measurements which is similar to it's competitors. The usual Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 343. Fujifilm X-S20 has the maximum (750) battery life for this category of cameras.

Here is a number of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras with the strongest battery life:

Fujifilm X-A1 for specific categories of photography

The following chart provides a outline of the Fujifilm X-A1 for specific categories of photography. To read more, check out the specific section below.

Fujifilm X-A1 Portrait photography information

The Fujifilm X-A1 gets a score of 74 which is nice, and means the camera is a very decent choice to use for portrait photography. Shooting portraits favors greatly towards sensor dimensions, RAW support & ability to utilize external flash.

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you can focus manually
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
includes face detect focusing
supports RAW files

Fujifilm X-A1 as a Street photography camera

Coming in at a tremendous rating of 76, the Fujifilm X-A1 is a excellent option to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera comes with a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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screen tilts up and down
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
does not have image stabilization

Fujifilm X-A1 Sports photography info

A decent sports photography points tally of 54 suggests the Fujifilm X-A1 is relatively adequate for taking photos of sports. A camera really should have excellent autofocus and shutter speeds for sports photography.

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MP count good (16MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
features tracking focus
continuous shooting slow (6.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
lack of phase detect AF

Fujifilm X-A1 Travel photography factors

Weight is extremely important when buying a travel camera. All things considered, the Fujifilm X-A1 gets a very good 66 as a travel camera which is a fine pick to purchase for your holidays.

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decent sensor resolution (16MP)
has built in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
screen isn't selfie friendly

Fujifilm X-A1 Landscape photography highlights

For anyone who is planning to choose a camera for landscape pictures, the most critical aspect will be image quality. The Fujifilm X-A1 and it's very good score of 69 as a landscape camera is a good fit in the current market.

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focusing manually
switch lenses (Fujifilm X mount)
screen size is good (3")
MP count good (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have Timelapse mode

Vlogging with Fujifilm X-A1

A vlogging camera really should have a moving display, mic port and if possible IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Fujifilm X-A1 is simply not good for vlogging as it receives a terrible rating of 31.

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provides face detection autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
no external microphone port

Fujifilm X-A1 Alternatives

If you are trying to find alternatives to the Fujifilm X-A1, here is a list of the highest rated cameras which fall into the family of Entry-Level Mirrorless.

The chart here shows you a summary of the Fujifilm X-A1 vs it's highest ranking competitors shown above.

There are a bunch of cameras you might look at as alternatives. To browse through a extensive comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Fujifilm X-A1
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Physical type
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Processor Chip
EXR Processor II
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
23.6 x 15.6mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
4896 x 3264
RAW files
Maximum native ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points
Lens mount type
Fujifilm X
Total lenses
Crop factor
Type of screen
Screen diagonal
Screen resolution
920k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Screen tech
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Min shutter speed
30 secs
Max shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter rate
6.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
7.00 m (ISO200m)
Flash modes
Auto / Forced Flash / Suppressed Flash / Slow Synchro / Rear-curtain Synchro / Commander
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize
1/180 secs
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 30p, Continuous recording: up to approx. 14 min./1280 x 720 30p, Continuous recording: up to approx. 27 min.
Maximum video resolution
Video data format
Microphone support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
330g (0.73 lbs)
Physical dimensions
117 x 67 x 39mm (4.6" x 2.6" x 1.5")
Battery life
350 images
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (10 sec. / 2 sec.)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD memory card / SDHC memory card / SDXC (UHS-I) memory card
Card slots
Price at release