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Feb 01, 2018 18:05 |  #1

They have announced a new compact camera that takes interchangeable lenses. I'm not sure who would buy this camera. I've heard compact cameras are dead, killed by cell phone cameras. (The 100F and the X70 being the exceptions) It's a cute little camera but I don't understand the marketing idea behind it. What do you think?




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Feb 02, 2018 03:06 |  #2

I've had and used a bunch of Fuji mirrorless cameras in the last 2 years, they do produce some excellent photos even with the 'cheap' 16-50mm kit lens.
The X-A5 seems to be released with a new power zoom lens aswell, which if I remember rightly, most PZ lenses are usually optically pretty poor.

In using the X-M1, X-A2 and recently testing the X-A10 in a local store - AF is pretty slow compared to the competition nowadays, even the EOS M line of cameras are much quicker now. Also there is plenty of shutter lag and just general slowness of operation with most of the entry level Fuji cameras.

If you move up to the slightly more expensive XT & XE line of cameras that the AF and general speed is much better.

My biggest gripe with Fuji cameras are the lens selection and lens pricing, they are optical amazing pieces of kit but the price compared to the majority of competition is just too much.

The X-A5 is meant to have the 24mp sensor and new AF system. It's not the same 24mp X-Trans sensor as the higher up cameras mind you.


Like you say, the X-A range for me is pointless. The target audience that buys one won't be able to afford any other lenses, and with no EVF amateur photographer probably wont buy one. Maybe someone who shoots Fuji already and has a selection of lenses would purchase one as back up or for there other halves.

EDIT: For me, my Google Pixel 2 shoots excellent photos and it's with me all the time, so the majority of people do not really need this type of camera.


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Feb 04, 2018 17:10 |  #3

Rainyday wrote in post #18554299 (external link)
They have announced a new compact camera that takes interchangeable lenses. I'm not sure who would buy this camera. I've heard compact cameras are dead, killed by cell phone cameras. (The 100F and the X70 being the exceptions) It's a cute little camera but I don't understand the marketing idea behind it. What do you think?

The term compact camera as you are using it describes small sensor cameras, point and shoots etc...
The Fuji A-5 has the same sized sensor [ASP-c] as the X-T2 and all the other X cameras. Just this one has not got the X-Trans colour set up of the chip. Probably aimed at a someone who wants a good beginner camera at a good price over a point and shoot or phone.


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Feb 05, 2018 09:37 |  #4

kkerry.photo wrote in post #18554508 (external link)
I've had and used a bunch of Fuji mirrorless cameras in the last 2 years, they do produce some excellent photos even with the 'cheap' 16-50mm kit lens.
The X-A5 seems to be released with a new power zoom lens aswell, which if I remember rightly, most PZ lenses are usually optically pretty poor.

In using the X-M1, X-A2 and recently testing the X-A10 in a local store - AF is pretty slow compared to the competition nowadays, even the EOS M line of cameras are much quicker now. Also there is plenty of shutter lag and just general slowness of operation with most of the entry level Fuji cameras.

If you move up to the slightly more expensive XT & XE line of cameras that the AF and general speed is much better.

My biggest gripe with Fuji cameras are the lens selection and lens pricing, they are optical amazing pieces of kit but the price compared to the majority of competition is just too much.

The X-A5 is meant to have the 24mp sensor and new AF system. It's not the same 24mp X-Trans sensor as the higher up cameras mind you.


Like you say, the X-A range for me is pointless. The target audience that buys one won't be able to afford any other lenses, and with no EVF amateur photographer probably wont buy one. Maybe someone who shoots Fuji already and has a selection of lenses would purchase one as back up or for there other halves.

EDIT: For me, my Google Pixel 2 shoots excellent photos and it's with me all the time, so the majority of people do not really need this type of camera.

It's aimed at the type of people who won't need anything beyond the XC lens lineup, those lenses are comparably priced to other brands versions while being arguably optically superior.

Fuji's glass is more expensive because it's higher quality... it's really that simple. Higher quality glass for other companies cost more than their lower end glass too.


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