Fujifilm X-A7 Review

Something peculiarly alluring about the X-A7: it manages to ooze old-school elegance while giving pretty much everything a contemporary phone photographer needs to wean away from the smartphone. This is a feat that the X-A7 accomplishes in some mysterious way. It deftly takes up where the X-A5 left off, cleanly picking up where X-A5 left off, gaining some physical modifications to the camera body along with performance advancements.

The long and the short of it is that it is a compact, lightweight, entry-level mirrorless camera that works astoundingly well in the real world; nevertheless, it may take some practice to get used to using the little snapper.

Fujifilm has redesigned the rear LCD to appeal to the consumers it seeks to attract. The new display not only provides a view that is more detailed of the frame, but it also includes a vari-angle screen that is fantastic for shooting from various angles.

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In the same vein as previously, there is an abundance of creative settings to select from, providing users with various avenues to express themselves. Additionally, the camera can shoot 4K video at 30 frames per second (as opposed to the rather disappointing 15fps in the X-A5). And with more excellent autofocus performance than its predecessor, the X-A7 has a lot to commend itself for, particularly if you don’t need to have it in your hand all day long. However, if you do need to carry it in your hand all day long, it may not be the best choice for you.

Fujifilm X-A7 Features

You may connect the supplied Fujinon XC 15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS PZ kit lens (the same one that came with the X-A5) or use any of the better X-mount optics. However, the X-A7 appears precisely the same as its predecessor when seen from the front. This is because it also uses the same X-mount.

To test the new camera, Fujifilm did not provide us with the kit lens; as a result, we utilized the XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4, which proved to be a significantly superior alternative to the integrated glass. Unfortunately, when our friends over at Digital Camera World were allowed to try out the entire package, they discovered that the XC lens did not meet their expectations.

However, when smartphone photographers make the switch, they will find that the back of the camera will give them a sense of familiarity and comfort. The rear display has been upgraded to a fully articulating touchscreen measuring 3.5 inches in size with a quality of 2,760k dots.

It is also more expansive with an aspect ratio of 16:9, which means you get a more prominent and sharper view of the world when compared to the X-3-inch A5’s display which had a resolution of just 1,040K dots and an aspect ratio of 3:2. Compare this to the show on the X-A7, which had a resolution of just 640K dots and an aspect ratio of 3:2.

Fujifilm X-A7 Build Quality

The X-A7 is around 40 grams lighter than its predecessor, despite having a back LCD bigger than its predecessor’s. Even with the 18-55mm lens we used for testing, the system doesn’t take up much space in your bag. And in addition to the screen’s articulation, it also functions as an excellent selfie camera that you can take with you everywhere you go.

On the other hand, holding the camera for extended periods is not exactly a pleasant experience. The grip is not deep, and the thumb resting on the device’s rear is unsuitably tiny and presses up against the more expansive screen.

Not only will you have to deal with thumbprints on the top right corner of the screen, but when you grasp the camera between pictures, the heel of your palm will also leave streaks on display. This will make it difficult for you to use the camera. We strongly recommend that you use the brown leather strap that is packaged with the camera since it is rather fashionable and comes included with the camera.

Because of the larger screen, the X-control A7’s button layout differs from its predecessor’s. The larger screen makes it more challenging to see the buttons. Four buttons are now available on the X-A5, down from the previous nine. The playback and bin buttons are located at the top of the screen, while the menu and exit buttons are located in the lower right corner.

Fujifilm X-A7 Performance

Even though the X-physical A7’s handling does not particularly excite us, the camera produces stunning results. The autofocus system of the Fujifilm X-A5 wasn’t anything to write home about, but the autofocus system of the Fujifilm X-A7, which provides 117 customizable points, benefits from a new hybrid phase- and contrast-detection technology.

The face and eye detect AF works well out of the box. For example, the camera immediately focused on one of our coworkers as soon as he passed us, maintaining that focus even as he moved around the room.

Eye recognition kicked at the minute he turned toward the camera, and it brilliantly adjusted from left to right when our colleague moved his head while speaking with others, maintaining its focus on the eye closest to the camera.

Even while it’s not the quickest autofocus system we’ve used, it’s still pretty good for such a low-end device. It is also important to note that we did not test the autofocus speed and accuracy with the kit lens included with the camera. This is because AF speed depends not only on the camera’s focusing capacity but also on the ability of the lens being used.

Fujifilm X-A7 Image Quality

Even though it does not have an X-Trans sensor, the new model outperforms its predecessor, the X-A5, regarding image quality. We feel like we are going to repeat ourselves here. The images are clear and distinct, and the colors are stunning. If you aren’t very experienced with the more technical parts of photography, the Program (P) option on your camera performs a great job of determining the appropriate settings for pretty much any situation you would find yourself in.

There is no question that the Film Simulation modes offered by Fujifilm are excellent, and they continue to live up to their reputation. We would have liked a bit of contrast in the black-and-white selections, but it can be readily adjusted in the post-processing stage.

The noise levels are also effectively managed, with some traces of grain visible at ISO 800 and ISO 1600; however, these traces are only discernible when viewed on a widescreen, such as a 15-inch laptop. Because there won’t be any way to see the noise, those shooting to publish to social media won’t have to worry about this issue. Noise, on the other hand, becomes more noticeable at ISO settings more fabulous than 3200.

Fujifilm X-A7 Specs

Lens MountFUJIFILM X
Sensor ResolutionEffective: 24.2 Megapixel
Crop Factor1.5x
Image StabilizationDigital (Video Only)

Exposure Control

Shutter SpeedMechanical Shutter
1/4000 to 30 Second
1/4000 4 Second in Program Mode
0 60 Minutes in Bulb Mode
Electronic Shutter
1/32000 to 30 Second
1/32000 4 Second in Program Mode
0 60 Minutes in Bulb Mode
Electronic Front Curtain Shutter
1/32000 to 30 Second
1/32000 4 Second in Program Mode
0 60 Minutes in Bulb Mode
Metering MethodAverage, Multi-Zone, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation-5 to +5 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
Continuous ShootingUp to 6 fps at 24.2 MP
Up to 3 fps at 24.2 MP
Interval RecordingYes
Self-Timer2/10-Second Delay
Aspect Ratio1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Image File FormatJPEG, Raw
Broadcast OutputNTSC/PAL

Interface

Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
Resolution2,760,000 Dot
Display TypeArticulating Touchscreen LCD

Focus

Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeAutomatic, Continuous-Servo AF, Manual Focus, Single-Servo AF
Autofocus Points117

Flash

Built-In FlashYes
Flash ModesAuto, Forced On, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Suppressed Flash
Guide Number13.12′ / 4 m at ISO 100
Maximum Sync Speed1/180 Second
Flash Compensation-2 to +2 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
Dedicated Flash SystemTTL
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe

Environmental

Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Operating Humidity10 to 80%
Battery Type1 x NP-W126S Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 8.4 VDC, 1260 mAh (Approx. 270 Shots)

Kit Lens

Focal Length15 to 45mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 23 to 69mm)
Maximum Aperturef/3.5 to 5.6
Minimum Aperturef/22
Angle of View86.9° to 35°
Maximum Magnification0.24x
Minimum Focus Distance5.12″ / 13 cm
Optical Design10 Elements in 9 Groups
Diaphragm Blades7, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Filter Size52 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.46 x 1.74″ / 62.6 x 44.2 mm
Weight4.76 oz / 135 g

Packaging Info

Package Weight1.9 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.7 x 7.5 x 4.4″

Fujifilm X-A7 Verdict

The X-A7 was created with the smartphone user in mind from the beginning, right down to the giant LCD screen on the back of the device and the reasonably straightforward menu system. As a result, it’s a tremendously tiny camera, and the image quality is so high-end that even seasoned photographers will be impressed with the results.

The autofocus performance is outstanding for still images and video, a feat that even some enthusiast-level cameras struggle to do. We were not bothered in the least by the absence of a viewfinder.

The camera’s ergonomics are the one thing we have a problem with; there isn’t much of a hold on it, and the joystick isn’t in a position where the thumb can easily access it. As a result, whenever you reach for the joystick, you must sustain the camera’s weight by holding the lens in your hand.

The display’s 16:9 aspect ratio is another quirk that requires some getting accustomed to. If you switch to a different aspect ratio, you will reduce the amount of visible space on both the left and right sides of the screen.

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