5
Sep
2013

X-A1 Czech press release at fotoskoda.cz! + XF 23mm available for pre-order at Pictureline too

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XF 23mm pre-order

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X-A1

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Hi again! I don’t think the X-A1 press release was supposed to be published already now, but well, the Czech site fotoskoda just posted it here (translation) together with the XF 23mm announcement. Yep, the blue X-A1 (I still have to get used to it) leaked by Fujirumors here wasn’t a fake image. This camera will be the cheapest of the X-series. [UPDATE: The Czech site disabled the link of the leaked X-A1 press release... but luckily it's all copied on Fujirumors :)]

all the best
Patrick

X-A1 press release (google translated)

FUJIFILM FUJIFILM launches X-A1: Compact and stylish base FUJIFILM X series camera with interchangeable lens, large sensor APS-C CMOS EXR processor and II.

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) today announced that it will launch its fourth camera with interchangeable lenses, the device FUJIFILM X-A1. With the latest increase in the number of FUJIFILM X attractive to a wider audience and the camera is designed as a step up from compact cameras and aimed at users who want to buy your first system camera with interchangeable lenses.
Basic functions

On first impression very lightweight and compact camera with interchangeable lenses, will be equipped with APS-C CMOS sensor with a resolution of 16Mpx. He brings rich color tones, beautiful effect, “bokeh”, greater dynamic range and high sensitivity up to ISO 25600th There will also be three-inch vari-angle LCD screen with high resolution, built-in flash or the Wi-Fi module for transferring photos to smart phones. With EXR Processor II, this model will also offer a very fast response time – the time needed to turn 0.5 seconds, shutter lag of 0.05 seconds and a top speed continuous shooting 5.6 frames per second
Design

The new model will again excel in terms of processing in the retro style, reflecting the popular device FUJIFILM X-Pro1 and Fujifilm X-E1, unlike them, is available in three colors: black, blue and red. Body black and blue variant is covered with leather with embossed relief. The red variant is then covered with the same leather as favorite camera FUJIFILM XF1. Finish Leatherette further strengthens the feeling of holding the camera and its texture reminds genuine leather.

Camera FUJIFILM X-A1 is compatible with all A-mount lenses Fujifilm X

With the new model, FUJIFILM expanding range of interchangeable lenses with X Mount lens mount. It is a powerful compact lens with a fixed focal length lens for general photography with quality results.

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  • Markus Worsdorfer

    They might as well do the press release for the XC 50-230 as well, seeing that it is pictured here.
    Personally I don’t see the point for the X-A1. They should’ve made the X-M1 a bit cheaper and done with it.

    • Renato S.

      I think that the point is that the camera itself will act as a marketing promo.

      LOTS of people buy Sony because they know the brand, they see it everywhere, a lot of people buy Canikon cheap DSLR just because they have heard of them and think as the right choice to buy a camera.

      Besides the fact that they might get some benefits from a bigger production – the cost of the hardware parts, the distribution, etc.

  • David B

    but no specs whatsoever? what is this release with no specs?

    • http://deleted MdB

      Some specs are in the press release including that it isn’t X-Trans, 16MP sensor. Fps. EXR II processor etc. Also start up times and shutter lag. Missing are things like spec resolution.

  • dCartier

    If they actually kept the articulating screen (against all rumors), I’m in.
    Chain store pricing should be right (for a disposable body), and I can shoot raw without having to keep up with who is the X-Trans raw converter of the week. Basic black, please.

    • m_x

      As much as I hate to say it, the X-Trans files do seem present a problem. I think the situation will improve in a year or so if Fuji gets strong sales.

  • Donsantos

    This will go nicely with my new 23mm 1.4

  • Renato S.

    The black one doesn’t look bad – even more compared to the shock I had when the blue one was leaked

  • MdB

    Wonder if it will have an AA filter? This will be the very first non-Xtrans, interchangeable Fuji X camera. I still prefer the look of the original X100 files to the X-Trans, even though they are clearly ‘better’… So will look with great interest into the X-A1 – If they have a reasonably priced 27mm bundle I might jump on it.

  • Jon

    How is it the X-A1 is leather and cheaper than the plastic X-M1?

    • dCartier

      “Leatherette” – I’m betting they are identical except for sensor.

      • g.b

        The black X-A1 seems to have a different leathering compared to the X-M1. The small picture of the black X-A1 at the end of this post doesn’t show the real X-A1, since it is very likely photoshopped. So this is another difference between the two cameras.

    • tim

      Cost and price are two different things.

      Fuji prices its products to the Markets perceived ability to pay, which is in turn affected by said markets perceived value and/or explicit need. Fuji especially likes it if you first _value_ their offering (sensor/evf/ovf etc) and then some time later _need_ an additional lens.

      Better value, the relation between cost and price, can be had elsewhere, but this is a very personal decision. For instance, a Leica lens or body costs significantly more however it is reasonable that for some people that represents better value – especially if you don’t plan on updating equipment, particularly lenses, every few years. Fuji can also represent terrific value to the same people simply because you don’t have to wait 12 months to get equipment.

      So, Fuji think they will make more money that way, that’s why.

  • MJr

    Nobody noticed the Fujinon XC 50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS in the background ? :)

  • Per K

    I will take a serious look at X-A1: Maybe a backup camera. Most interesting will be to see the image quality of this NON X-trans sensor. Today I do RAW conversion and “import sharpening in Capture One Express, then import TIF to Lightroom – a de-tour that is a bit annoying. Fuji needs to further develop the X-trans algorithms to be competitive long term – or leave the concept.

  • john

    i think Fuji will start new concept based on history. Like the S5pro sensors and moving to something else (i.e. x trans sensor). to me, Fuji is always doing research n keep on improving and adopting new type of sensors, to be different from others and at the same time trying to stay relevant in the industry. Maybe they going to start adopting organic sensors in future, who knows, which, of course, is good. Fuji will always give us surprise of new innovative stuffs, to stay different from mainstream market. To me, they are innovative, they are good in film, lense and sensor technology.

  • Stocasti

    No viewfinder. What a joke.