The Fujifilm XA5 is an affordable entry-level mirrorless camera aimed at beginners and social photographers, sporting a 24 Megapixel APSC sensor, tilting touchscreen, 4k video, Bluetooth and Wifi. Announced in February 2018 it comes roughly a year and a half after the previous XA3 and no, you’re not going mad, there wasn’t an XA4 in-between.
The XA5 is the smallest and lightest body in Fujifilm’s X-series, measuring 117x68x40mm and weighing 361g including battery. It features a new 24 Megapixel CMOS sensor that like the XA3 before it may not sport Fujifilm’s X-Trans technology, but now boasts embedded phase-detect autofocus, allowing it to more confidently refocus than its predecessor. Battery life has been extended to around 450 shots per charge 4k video is now available, albeit for only five minute clips, while 1080p is available up to 60p for 14 minute clips. If you film in 720p, you can shoot up to 27 minutes per clip, or at high frame rates for up to a four times slowdown. There’s also a mic input which makes it an interesting option for vloggers, although as a 2.5mm jack you’ll need an adapter for most 3.5mm accessories and if you fold the screen up for selfie-filming, you’ll block the hotshoe.
The XA5 is also now equipped with Bluetooth to aid Wifi negotiation, although I’m confirming to see whether the smartphone app has been updated to deliver better location-tagging than previous versions. Perhaps most excitingly for the target audience, the XA5 is supplied in a kit with a brand new lens: the XC 15-45mm f3.5-5.6 which is the first X-mount zoom to offer a motorised zoom, making it ideal for video work. So the main upgrades over the XA3 are 4k video, phase-detect autofocus and Bluetooth, plus the new kit zoom. I hope to try out the XA5 soon in-person, after which I’ll update this preview with hands-on experiences! In the meantime, the XA5 is expected in February in brown, pink or black at a price of $599 USD / 549 GBP including the kit zoom. The new lens will also be available separately at $299 USD / 249 GBP, making the XA5 kit seem like a bit of a bargain.B&H, or Adorama. Alternatively you could treat me to a coffee!