Fuji X-A1: “the best ISO performance on any CSC for £500!”

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1) We know it, the X-A1 doesn’t feature an X-Trans sensor and has an AA-filter… but don’t worry, the image quality is still impressive! According to trustedreviews there isn’t a camera in the X-A1 price range that delivers better ISO results than the cheapest X-series camera. Outstanding ISO performance and details, good battery live (Fuji quotes 350 shots but trustedreviews shot almost 400 “including usage of the Wi-Fi feature and several shots with flash“), impressive operational speed:

“Indeed, the sharpness of the Fujifilm lenses and the camera’s impressive image processing combine to deliver a level of detail some way ahead of expectations.”

2) steve-digicams X-A1 review is online here: “Low light performance was outstanding. As you will see on our Samples page, noise is not much of a concern with the X-A1. The camera offers a very impressive ability to shoot in dimly lit situations without introducing a distracting amount of digital noise. […] The biggest disappointment with the auto focus is that it does not operate in burst mode. […] The mirrorless camera market has a serious contender in the X-A1. Its APS-C sensor, high image quality, and stellar low-light performance make it a very attractive option. Fast burst shooting in both JPEG and RAW formats sweetens the deal.”

3) It’s again: Fuji X-M1 vs Fuji X-A1. This time it’s the Spanish site dslrmagazine that compares them here (translation). As already shown by Rico (here and here) and Max (riflessifotografici here), the X-M1 with X-Trans sensor delivers better results also according to dslrmagazine.

So the X-Trans is “superior” to the Bayer sensor. You’ll notice the difference especially at higher ISO’s and if you set the NR at its minimum (and especially if you pixel peep!). But if the better image quality is worth the $200 extra is another question. Both cameras deliver great results. The X-A1 seems to be the better deal for dslrmagazine: loose a bit of image quality, but save $200!

image courtesy: dslrmagazine

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Tested: XF 23mm (dslrmagazine) and XC 16-50 (photozone)

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Fuji XF 23mm

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The Spanish site dslrmagazine shared its XF23mm review (mounted on a X-E2). Read the result of their field test here (translation). It’s a high quality lens with “character”, beautiful bokeh, no distortion, very little lens flare… lot of great feedback! For their technical test click here (tranlsation). They say it’s worth every cent: “From a technical point of view, image quality, those opting for this lens will soon discover they have made a good investment with € 929.”

Fuji XC 16-50

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photzone‘s XC 16-50 review can be read here: “The Fujinon XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS is a fairly good standard zoom lens but it doesn’t really stand out due to a number of weaknesses. In terms of resolution, the quality is generally high in the image center and decent in the outer image field. The lens relies heavily on auto-correction with respect to its native distortion characteristic which is nothing short of extreme at 16mm. Since most users will never notice this, this is probably an acceptable compromise (albeit a lossy one). The original vignetting is rather heavy at large apertures but also corrected behind the scenes. Lateral CAs are an issue at 16mm at large aperture settings especially in the image corners.”

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Fujifilm X-E2 at soundimageplus + wedding with X-E2 (Kevin Mullins)

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Kevin Mullins

A wedding shot with the X-E2 here at Kevin Mullins website: “Focusing: Snappy. That’s the word I’m going to use. Compared to the X-Pro1 and the X-E1 the camera focuses very quickly in my opinion. […] There is something I’m sad to see lost though, which is the View Mode button.  I really use that a lot and I’m hopeful that can be added as a Fn button toggle in a future firmware update.”

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Uk citizen can already enjoy shooting with the X-E2. Stores as wexUK has it already in stock. Therefore soundimagplus is already able to test the X-E2, and he seems to be pretty impressed by the latest release of Fuji.

“Well it might have been argued that the E-M1 has faster AF and a better screen and EVF. However from my initial time with the X-E2 those arguments might be dissipating somewhat. The X-E2 AF is certainly an improvement over the X-E1. Much snappier. It is in fact now pretty quick. As quick as the Olympus? Well I have no way of knowing but its fast enough for me.”

Soundimageplus is also very happy with the EVF. In fact the best I’ve ever used in very dark conditions.”

Then there is the spectacular High-ISO performance of the X-Trans sensor “that allows me to shoot beautifully clean images up to ISO 800, with all that implies for fast shutter speeds and narrow apertures“, the outstanding image quality. It lacks of a body IS and tilting screen (the E-M1 has them) but is it enough to justify the £500 you have to pay more for the Olympus E-M1?

Of course, also this camera has some CONS as: “battery life, fiddly processing, gaps in the lens range being three of them.”

Last but not least, Fuji’s Kaizen philosophy:

“[…] they do concentrate on what is useful for photographers and image quality above all else. […] However, the recent massive update to the X100, a camera they don’t make anymore, shows a real commitment to their customer base, which is both unusual and refreshing. […] I can’t think of any company that’s offered such a comprehensive upgrade to a discontinued camera.”

But this is only part 1 of his review! The good first impressions are confirmed in part 2 of his review here.

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PCHstore X-E2 unboxing video here (for the XQ1 unboxing click here)

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X-shooter Edric: “Never look back to DSLR. Fuji has made everything so affordable for such a high performance system.”

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Edric: “I attached 3 photos. These shots give me the confidence to never look back [to the DSLR].”

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by Edrich Chen

(http://theedricchen.com/)

Hi Patrick,

I switched from a Canon 5D Mk III earlier this year and have not since looked back.

A lot of cameras are fun to play with but sometimes, one simply cannot unconditionally trust them. I switched from a full-frame Canon system to the Fuji XPro-1 earlier this year. As much as I can trust the Canon in almost every circumstance, my back and shoulders couldn’t take the weight especially since I loved wandering in the streets for extended periods of time. That all changed when I started using the X-Pro1.

I know I am a latecomer to the X system but reading all those slightly negative to downright negative reviews really worried me at first. I shopped around to be sure. Personally, I can say that the X-Pro1 has the most tactile response out of all the other MILCs in the market. It is not as fast as a DSLR in terms of autofocus and card write speed but I learned to accept those constraints. The biggest plus was that I became really careful with every shot, not as careful as with a film camera, but definitely more intentional with every click of the shutter.

The small but solid construction of the camera helps my human subjects be less intimidated with being photographed. It also makes other people, especially security, less interested in what I’m up to when I shoot. I do still get kicked out of certain areas but for the right reasons. I have to admit that the X-Pro1 has made me more adventurous as a photographer.

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I am not qualified to add more to the technical discussion of the X cameras but I can assure that anyone who embraces its quirks will have a good time with it. One thing I cannot entirely wrap my head around is how beautiful the colors are with the Fuji. I do shoot RAW and process files in Lightroom 5.2 and Photoshop CC but I can’t understand how easy it is for me to achieve the colors I want. It’s almost magical.

I own the XF 14mm f/2.8, XF 18mm f/2.0, XF 35mm f/1.4 and the XF 60mm f/2.4 Macro lenses. More recently, I acquired an X-E1 as a backup body and also the wonderful XF 18-55 f/2.8-4.0 lens. Honestly, Fuji has made everything so affordable for such a high performance system.

My only wish is for a fast, native optic 85mm or 90mm lens. That’s about the only focal length where the Fuji X system cannot replace my Canon except when you consider the XF 55-200mm zoon lens. It also won’t hurt to get a built-in ND filter like the X100S.

Cheers to Fuji for listening to what people have been longing for in digital cameras! Everything so far has been well worth the wait.

You may check out some of my X system shots on my photo blog. Almost all of the recent portraits and street shots were taken with the XPro-1. The biggest job I’ve ever shot with the X was for the local edition (Philippines) of Esquire Magazine a few months ago [link here]. I have since done more with the X for the same magazine but I haven’t had the time to post them up.

I’m honestly addicted to your site and have also bought Rico’s book on the X-Pro1 and X-E1 [Patrick: use code FUJISAVES30 to save 30% on Rico’s book].

Thank you for keeping the site very updated and very informative!

Cheers,

Edric
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X-E2: Fuji Guys (Video) and Will Crockett’s review (video) + LR5 Unmasked (15% discount throughout November 3rd)

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– The Spanish site Fujistas had the opportunity to play with the X-E2 for a while. Read their first impressions here (translation): “Another big jump is the electronic viewfinder. […] The viewfinder image is updated very quickly, even moving the camera like crazy (people looked at me quite strangely). Finally we have to get wet with the big question, is it worth upgrading to the Fuji X-E2 from the Fuji X-E1? ”

– The Fuji Guys top features video of the X-E2 is online now here on youtube.

– Will Crockett posted a 20 minutes review about the X-E2 here on youtube: “Sony cameras, Olympus cameras… and I love Lumix cameras. But the Fuji cameras are different! Why? They’ve got gorgeous image quality! […] Each one of the segments of this review I’m gonna change the pre-processing settings. I’m gonna show you why I adjust and how I adjust it and I’m gonna deliver this without any post-processing.”

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