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Fujifilm X-A7 Review

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Fujifilm X-A7 Review

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Fujifilm X-A7 Review: Fujifilm X-A7 entry-level model with extra-large touch screen introduced – Now with true 4K video capability

The new Fujifilm X-A7 makes Fujifilm’s entry-level class much more attractive. It’s not only optically more modern and chic, but above all technically: There are improvements in the autofocus, the connections, but also in the image sensor and above all the 4K video function, which not only delivers finally usable 24 to 30 frames per second but also better image quality with 6K oversampling.

Another outstanding feature is the 8.9 centimeter, 1,000 cd/m² bright, swivel and rotate touch screen with high resolution. However, the price of this model also increases compared to its predecessor.

Fujifilm X-A7 Pros And Cons

Pros

  • Good detail rendition up to ISO 6.400
  • Wide range of functions
  • Simple Wireless Setup
  • Extensive lens portfolio

Cons

  • Housing plastic looks cheap
  • Cumbersome Quick-Menu
  • Buffer memory could be larger

 

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With the new Fujifilm X-A7, a good 4K video function finally makes its way into Fujifilm’s entry-level class. [Photo: Fujifilm]

Fujifilm’s mirrorless system cameras score points through a fusion of classic and modern design elements and cut a fine figure in the process. The Fujifilm X-A7 with its straightforward appearance is no exception.

But inside the camera, there is no classical technique waiting for the photographer. Equipped with a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor and modern features, the camera invites you to take pictures. How it feels, what the photographer can expect and especially how the image quality is, we will clarify in this test report.

Is the Fujifilm X-A7 actually still to be counted to the beginner class or due to the features and the user interface rather than the higher hobby class? More likely the latter. For example, the mirrorless system camera has two control wheels and a program selector wheel, a hot shoe, and a combined stereo microphone and remote release connector. The buyer only has to do without an electronic viewfinder.

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The Fujifilm X-A7 features an 8.9-centimeter touchscreen that can be swiveled and rotated. It is also extremely bright at 1,000 cd/m². The rear touchscreen of the Fujifilm X-A7 measures a whopping 8.9 centimeters diagonally. However, due to the 16:9 aspect ratio, the diagonal in the 3:2 format of the image sensor shrinks to 7.6 centimeters. [Photo: Fujifilm]

But the Fujifilm X-A7 is not stingy with the screen: It measures a proud 8.9 centimeters (3.5 inches) in the diagonal and has an extremely fine resolution of 2.76 million pixels.

Thanks to a luminosity of 1,000 cd/m², it should remain easily readable even in the brightest sunshine.

In addition, the screen can be swiveled sideways and rotated around its axis, so that shots from all possible perspectives (close to the ground, upside down or even selfies) do not require any dislocation.

The only downer is the 16:9 aspect ratio, whereas the sensor comes with the classic photo aspect ratio of 3:2. Although it can be switched very easily, resolution and wide-angle are lost, as it is a simple image cropping.

 

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With a program selector, two dials and hot-shoe, the Fujifilm X-A7 is also ideal for ambitious photographers. [Photo: Fujifilm]

When shooting 4K video, the 16:9 screen is certainly a good choice and you can use the entire area.

Finally, the Fujifilm X-A7 brings a serious 4K video function to Fujifilm’s entry-level class. After all, the previous 15 frames per second were not seriously useful. The Fujifilm X-A7 now records 4K video (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) at 24, 25 or 30 frames per second. But not only the frame rate has increased because the system camera reads the sensor in full width in 6K resolution (6,032 x 3,392 pixels) and downsamples the videos to 4K resolution.

This oversampling ensures even sharper video with less noise. Thanks to the microphone connection and flash shoe, even large stereo microphones can be used without any problems. There is only one small catch: The recording time is limited to 15 minutes per clip in 4K resolution. In Full-HD, on the other hand, which also works at a maximum of 60 frames per second, 29-minute video clips can be created.

 

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Behind the Fujifilm X-A7’s small interface flap, three connections are hidden at once: USB-C, Micro-HDMI and a 2.5 mm jack connector either for a stereo microphone or remote release cable. [Photo: Fujifilm]

Fujifilm also incorporates the touch screen into the operating concept. For example, beginners should be able to adjust the background blur without knowledge of the technical-photographic basics. The brightness, aspect ratio and film simulation modes, of which the Fujifilm X-A7 offers eleven, can also be easily adjusted by touch.

In general, the automatic mode recognizes the subject, for example, and adjusts the camera optimally to it.

Another new feature is a scene mode program that is particularly suitable for recording tracer images. The creation of the tracks can be observed live on the screen, making this mode reminiscent of Olympus’ live composite function.

 

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Available since early 2020, the Fujifilm X-A7 can be purchased in a set with the XC 15-45 mm F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ at a price of just under 750 dollars, either in silver (as in this picture) or dark silver (as in the other pictures). [Photo: Fujifilm]

The image sensor of the Fujifilm X-A7 is an “ordinary” APS-C sensor with 24-megapixel resolution and Bayer color filter matrix.

Compared to the predecessor model X-A5, however, it is said to offer 8.5 times as many integrated phase autofocus points for hybrid AF. In fact, “only” 99 of these points are actually controllable, instead of the 77 previously on the A5.

By touch, however, it is also possible to focus on any point in the subject. Of course, the Fujifilm X-A7 can also focus on faces and eyes thanks to the appropriate recognition. In addition, the sensor uses more conductive copper conductors, which has a positive effect on the image quality; Fujifilm even claims an aperture step better noise performance compared to the predecessor model.

The shortest exposure time is mechanically 1/4,000 second without flash and 1/180 second with flash, electronically (without flash) even up to 1/32,000 second short exposure times are possible. The continuous shooting function, on the other hand, never knocks anyone off their feet with a maximum of six images per second.

Despite its functional diversity, the Fujifilm X-A7 is compact and light (320 grams). With Bluetooth and WLAN it also offers modern wireless connections. This way, the GPS of a smart device can be tapped, but also image transmission or remote control is possible. The Fujifilm X-A7 can even be connected to a smartphone or tablet via USB cable, which should speed up the transfer of images and videos by a factor of five to eight.

This Fujifilm was launched in early 2020 in a set with the XC 15-45 mm F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ at a price of just under 750 dollars in either silver or dark silver.

 

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The XC 15-45 mm motorized zoom extends automatically when the Fujifilm X-A7 is switched on. [Photo: Fujifilm]

Ergonomics and Workmanship

We tested the Fujifilm X-A7 in a set with the XC 15-45 mm OIS PZ in the silver color version that was provided by the local distributor. We may not choose colors or versions. We have to stick to what the distributor or the manufacturer provides us to do our review.

At first sight, the camera looks like a noble mirror lot that combines modern and classic design.

On closer inspection, or rather, the first tactile eye contact, one notices that the silver elements of the camera and the lens are more illusion than reality. This is not because they are made of plastic, but because of the smooth and cheap-looking paint.

The artificial leather on the front of the camera does not only look noble but also feels almost like real leather. But due to the fine structure of the leather, it is also quite smooth, although not quite as smooth as the rest of the camera. As usual in this class, the Fujifilm X-A7 does not have splash water and dust protection.

Classic design elements can make cameras look chic, but the ergonomics don’t work. Fortunately, the Fujifilm X-A7 is not one of them.

On the one hand, this is due to the small handle on the front side and on the other hand a pleasant thumb recess on the backside for the necessary counter support; at least if you have normal-sized hands.

With a ready to use weight of just under 450 grams including XC 15-45 mm, the camera is not a real lightweight, but it is not really heavy either.

With dimensions of 120 x 70 x 40 mm (width x height x depth), the Fujifilm X-A7 is slightly larger than Canon’s EOS M200 but much smaller than, for example, the Fujifilm X-Pro3, which we had in parallel in the test (which is also in a much higher class).

 

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Thanks to the swivel and tilt mechanism, the monitor can be folded back to protect the Fujifilm X-A7 during transport. [Photo: Fujifilm]

The back of the Fujifilm X-A7 is dominated by the monitor. This is impressively large with a diagonal of 3.5″ (8.9 cm) and with 1.04 million pixels also high enough resolution.

Because the Fujifilm X-A7 does not have a viewfinder, the monitor must provide enough luminance for the photographer to maintain a full view of subjects and settings menus even in bright ambient light.

The monitor in the Fujifilm X-A7 actually achieves a sporty luminance of around 960 candelas per square meter, which means it can be used in very sunny light.

The touchscreen has the 16:9 aspect ratio and displays the sensor’s native 3:2 aspect ratio with black bars on the left and right, shrinking the effective live view area to a diagonal of 7.6 centimeters (3″).

However, the bars do not remain unused, but are partly used by overlays, for example for status displays and touch controls. If you activate the 16:9 aspect ratio, the whole monitor will, of course, be filled.

In addition, the monitor can be swiveled 180 degrees and rotated 270 degrees. This allows frog and bird’s-eye views as well as selfies to be realized without any problems.

Likewise, the monitor can be turned towards the camera and is thus optimally protected for transport.

The controls of the Fujifilm X-A7 are located on the top and back of the camera. The upper side is home to the mode dial, shutter release, two dials, a function button, and the power switch.

On the back are designated buttons for the playback function, menu access, display mode button, and the “drive mode” that houses the self-timer, video mode, continuous shooting, and more. The “joystick”, which has been used by Fujifilm for quite some time, has also found its way into the operation of the Fujifilm X-A7 and takes over the task of the usual control pad.

In the case of the Fujifilm X-A7, the joystick is precise and has a pleasant pressure point, but it is so smooth that it makes creaking noises. However, these are not caused by the connection of the joystick to the camera, but by the photographer’s skin and the surface of the joystick.

Instead of the joystick, the touch screen can of course also be used for camera operation. While the settings menu is very well structured and easy to use, the recording settings are not as easy to change.

Although the camera has two rotating wheels and a configurable knob in the rear rotating wheel on the top, many functions can only be called up via the touch menu. It is divided into two levels. The first is called by a virtual arrow key and provides only a few virtual keys – which are depending on the set operating mode.

The second, more extensive level is reached by tapping the likewise virtual Quick Menu button (Q button for short) on the display. In this full-screen menu, settings such as white balance, ISO sensitivity, resolution and more can be selected. On the menu, the photographer can either navigate with the touch of a finger, use the joystick, or use the two control dials as a third navigation option.

The connection terminal is located on the right side of the camera housing and is closed with a small plastic flap instead of the usual fiddly rubber cap. The connection terminal provides space for a micro HDMI interface (type D) and a USB C connector with USB 2.0. The latter also serves as a power connection to charge the camera’s battery. This also works with chargers from other manufacturers, which is also necessary, as the Fujifilm X-A7 doesn’t come with a USB power supply.

A continuous power supply via a USB power supply unit is unfortunately not provided. However, thanks to a cable feed-through in the battery compartment, the optional CP-W126 battery compartment coupler can be used in combination with the AC-9V power supply unit, which is also optional. In addition, the optionally available BC-W126 charger can be used to charge the battery externally.

On the bottom of the camera, there is a 1/4″ tripod thread (unfortunately outside the optical axis) as well as the battery and memory card compartment. The battery is an NP-W126S lithium-ion battery, which is designed to provide enough power for 270 shots. This information is from the manufacturer Fujifilm and was determined using the CIPA test standard.

However, it is not specified whether this test was made in eco or normal performance mode. However, it can be assumed that this battery runtime measurement was not made in the high-performance mode. In this mode, the camera starts up in 1.5 seconds, a good half-second faster than in normal performance mode. The frame rate of the monitor is the same in High and Normal Performance modes. This is only reduced in Eco mode.

A significantly higher power consumption is noticeable in the high-performance mode, the battery is empty quite quickly. Comparing the battery range of the Fujifilm X-A7 with its predecessor X-A5, it is noticeable that the X-A5 has a much longer range than the new Fujifilm X-A7 with 450 shots according to the CIPA standard.

We asked Fujifilm why the battery life of the two cameras was so different but received no answer until the review was published. We will of course update this section as soon as we know more details.

Right next to the battery slot is space for a memory card with an SD form factor. The Fujifilm X-A7 supports SDHC, SDXC, and UHS-1 memory technologies, and the next section of this review will explain how fast the memory card should be for the camera to reach its full speed.

On the opposite side of the Fujifilm X-A7 to the connection terminal, there is a rubber cover after all. This closes a combined microphone and cable release connection (2.5 mm jack). Included with the camera is a small adapter that brings the 2.5mm jack plug connection to the more common 3.5mm dimension. Opening this cover is a bit tricky, but this prevents the port from being opened accidentally.

Equipment And Features

The Fujifilm X-A7 is very beginner-friendly thanks to an automatic scene control. In this operating mode, the camera analyzes the image data from the acquisition sensor and then decides which acquisition and image processing parameters to set. However, the camera forgets to tell the photographer which program is currently being used.

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The upper side of the Fujifilm X-A7 is tidy and clearly arranged. In addition to a program selector wheel, it even offers two setting wheels. [Photo: Fujifilm]

If you want to exert more influence than the black box of the automatic subject control provides, you can simply select one of the twelve subject programs or scene mode programs that suit the current shooting situation.

The scene modes include options for portraits, night scenes, sunsets, snow, and more. In addition, the bulging mode dial has four subject programs that can be selected quickly. Here you will find a skin improvement program as well as programs for landscape, sports and night photography.

Although the panorama wave is fading in my opinion, or at least fading as a trend,  the Fujifilm X-A7 has a panorama function on the mode dial. With this function, the photographer simply needs to hold down the shutter-release button and pan the camera in the direction indicated by the arrow on the camera display.

The camera then rattles off and creates a panorama using continuous shooting. These shots, also known as panning panoramas, are good in principle, but often have problems in imaging the close range without parallax errors. The Fujifilm X-A7 is no exception.

If you want to learn photography from the ground up, the Fujifilm X-A7 is also the right choice for you. At least the camera offers a program automatic, a time and aperture automatic as well as the manual mode for experimenting and learning.

A hybrid AF system ensures the correct focusing. This means that on the one hand the focus is measured on the sensor level based on contrast and on the other hand a phase comparison system is used.

Put simply, it works like this: in the phase comparison system, contrast edges are compared with each other on two adjacent sensors. Depending on how the two edges are offset from each other, the AF system can determine in which direction and how far the focus must be adjusted.

Pure contrast AF, on the other hand, evaluates the subject contrast at the measuring points. The focal plane is located at the point where the highest contrast is obtained. With the latter, the system cannot recognize in which direction the focus has to be changed and how far it has to be changed. With this type of measurement, the focus is positioned particularly precisely at the sensor level.

The autofocus offers 99 measuring points that can be selected individually. In addition, focus measuring points can be combined and in combination with the touch screen, the focus point can also be set on the display by tapping on a scene detail. Furthermore, a well-functioning tracking function is available that can be coupled with face recognition. The joystick can also be used for AF area selection.

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Unlike the plastic bayonet of the XC 15-45 mm OIS PZ, the lens bayonet of the Fujifilm X-A7 is made of metal. [Photo: Fujifilm]

Focus speed is always one of those things at Fujifilm. By factory setting an automatic pre-focusing is active, which works well and fast. In addition, even in AF-S mode, the camera operates with a shutter priority instead of a focus priority, which is actually only common in AF-C mode. So to find out how fast the camera can really focus, we always switch off the pre-AF for our test and activate focus priority in AF-S mode.

Without pre-focusing, the camera adjusts the focus from infinity to two meters in about 0.3 seconds at wide-angle, and 0.44 seconds at telephoto. In contrast, the pure shutter release delay, which is already included in the measurement, is only 0.09 seconds in the wide-angle and 0.07 seconds in the telephoto range. This puts the Fujifilm X-A7 on a par with Canon’s EOS M200 in wide-angle.

In the telephoto range, the Fujifilm is a bit slower and even with the shutter release delay, the chic Fujifilm has to be able to depend on the Canon. However, the delay values are not bad at all.

Switching between continuous, single and manual focus is quick and easy using the display menu that can be shown. The actual mode of operation (tracking or point autofocus etc.) must be changed on the second level of the quick menu already mentioned. This may prove impractical in practice, but thanks to the two freely assignable virtual function keys or a “real” function key, this potential problem can be circumvented.

Thanks to a 4K video function with a maximum frame rate of 30 frames per second, nothing stands in the way of high-resolution video. In addition, 6,032 x 3,392 pixels (6K) are used to record 4K videos (3,820 x 2,160 pixels).

This oversampling not only eliminates the unpleasant cropping of 4K videos and the very annoying narrowing of the picture angle that goes along with it, but the picture quality of the videos is also better. The duration of 4K video recording is limited to 15 minutes at a time.

Of course, the Fujifilm X-A7 can also record Full HD videos (1,920 x 1,080) with a maximum of 60 frames per second.

The image is also not cropped in these images. The recording time is limited to just under 30 minutes (29 min 59 sec). However, there is no HDR video mode. The data for video recording can either be written to the memory card or transferred to an external recorder via the camera’s micro-HDMI interface.

The sound is recorded via the manually adjustable built-in stereo microphone or via an external microphone connected to the camera via the corresponding 2.5mm jack connector. To capture 4K video to the memory card, the memory card must be fast enough. The Fujifilm X-A7 records 4K video at about 133 Mbps.

Since this is a variable bit rate recording, the values may differ from recording to recording. At 133 Mbit/s the card should be able to write at least 16.6 megabytes per second. For this purpose, memory cards with the V30 marking are suitable. These are designed to write at least 30 megabytes per second.

 

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At the bottom side, the clearly displaced tripod thread and the battery compartment flap are visible that is blocked by this even when using the smallest tripod quick-release plates. [Photo: Fujifilm]

The Fujifilm X-A7’s continuous shooting function is rather spartan, though. According to the technical data, the camera reaches a maximum of six shots per second and Fujifilm states that the number of photos that can be taken at this speed depends on the speed of the memory card.

In our camera tests, we always use fast memory cards, in this case, a Panasonic SDXC memory card with 64 GB, UHS-II, Class 10 and V90, i.e. a minimum write rate of 90 megabytes per second (MB/s). Panasonic even specifies a maximum write speed of 250 MB/s.

Although the Fujifilm X-A7 only supports UHS-I memory cards, this UHS-II card is much faster than a UHS-I Class 10 memory card in the camera. Fujifilm achieved about seven frames per second in raw format with a maximum of five shots in a row, before falling into an irregular shooting rhythm that averaged about 1.7 frames per second.

With JPEG recordings, the recording frequency was only 4.5 frames per second, which was sustained for seven consecutive shots. The buffer memory of the camera is emptied at just under 70 MB/s. This is quite fast for a camera that only supports the UHS-I standard, but the buffer memory could be more generous since the number of images that can be taken at high speed in a row is quite limited.

Even before the Instagram community started telling people what was hip and how photos should look, special effects were being used in cameras. The Fujifilm X-A7 is no exception and has a few special features in store. Special effects can be applied to images as they are captured thanks to a setting on the mode dial. The filter selection is activated via the virtual quick menu and the desired filter is then selected via touchscreen or joystick.

The display then shows a two-part preview. The left side shows the currently set effect and the right side shows the new effect that has not yet been confirmed. The separation slider between the two views can be conveniently moved to the left or right using the touchscreen, allowing the photographer to compare the differences between the two effects.

There is nothing spectacularly new about the special effects. You can find effects for a pinhole camera, LowKey, fisheye, HDR and much more, with which you can individualize your own photos. It is not possible to apply these effects to already taken pictures. However, raw data recordings can be edited directly in the camera and saved as JPEG.

The film simulations, which are part of Fujifilm’s standard repertoire, simulate legendary analog film material, such as Fujifilm Provia Film. This is also stored as the standard color reproduction of the Fujifilm X-A7. But also the Astia and the already legendary Velvia film material (with more intense colors) finds its digital home in the camera. In addition, black and white material is simulated with color filters as well as sepia toning. The film simulations are also available for video recordings.

 

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The 2.5mm jack socket for the connection of a cable remote release or stereo microphone is covered with a fiddly plastic cap. [Photo: Fujifilm]

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The interface terminal is easily recognizable and very easy to open thanks to a separate flap. [Photo: Fujifilm]

Bracketing functions are commonplace on Fujifilm cameras, and the Fujifilm X-A7 is no exception. This allows the photographer to create ISO, dynamic range, film simulation, and HDR exposure bracketing instead of normal exposure bracketing. In addition, an interval timer is available that allows intervals of up to 24 hours and 999 shots. In addition, the photographer can choose whether to take only still images or also to take still images with time-lapse film.

An interesting feature, although already known from other manufacturers (e.g. Olympus with the live composite function, see photo tip in the links below), is the ability to take “light track” images of static subjects. In this mode, the camera determines the exposure of the static base image, and the exposure time must be between one and 30 seconds. The actual long-term recording is then started.

Bright objects passing through the field of view are also exposed. The camera electronics ensure that the static subject is no longer exposed to light to avoid overexposure. This function is suitable for star photography, light tracks on streets or light painting. However, the camera must be in a stable position.

Unfortunately, Fujifilm has not succeeded in implementing the function optimally, which doesn’t diminish the performance of the function, but only makes its configuration more difficult. To access the detailed settings of scene mode, the photographer must first navigate to the camera’s menu and shooting settings after activating it. There he then selects the entry “Recording Settings-Light Painting”.

This entry cannot be selected in any other recording program. It would be much simpler if, when selecting the scene mode, there were the option of going straight to the setting details of the function.

In addition to a system hot shoe, the camera also has a small flash that can be folded out manually. This flash jumps quite high and can theoretically even be folded back with the finger for indirect flash, but with a guide number of about 4.4 at ISO 100 and a shooting distance of one meter, it only achieves a very low output. But this is sufficient if you want to use the flash as control impulse for external unleashed system flashes.

The Fujifilm X-A7 has WLAN and Bluetooth for wireless connection with other devices. After installing the free Camera Remote app from Fujifilm on your smartphone or tablet with Android or iOS, you’re ready to go. The coupling of the smart device with the camera is not even crooked in the case of the Fujifilm X-A7.

 

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Fujifilm has succeeded in the retro design of the Fujifilm X-A7, even though the plastic looks rather cheap due to its surface structure. [Photo: Fujifilm]

To do this, the smart device is first paired with the camera via the Bluetooth connection. All the photographer has to do is select the corresponding item in the camera’s settings menu and the camera will search for devices in the vicinity that are ready for coupling. The same is then done on the side of the smart device and after a short time, the Bluetooth connection to the camera is established.

The very energy-saving Bluetooth connection is used to write position data from the smart device into the photo’s metadata when the photo is taken. In addition, this connection allows the app to perform a simple remote trigger and image data transfer in the background. Fortunately, the image data is not reduced in size when transferred but is available in the resolution set in the camera. Only the transmission of raw data is not possible.

The second transmission variant is the WLAN connection. This consumes significantly more energy but offers a higher data transfer rate. With this, remote control with LiveView function can also be used.

The live image in the remote control is stable except for a few jerks and the settings for the recording parameters are also clear and easy to make. However, the app cannot change the operating mode of the camera.

In addition, changes in the operating mode on the camera require a restart of the remote control function in the app. By the way, firmware updates of the camera are also possible via an app, no computer is needed.

Image Quality Of The Fujifilm X-A7

Inside the Fujifilm X-A7 is a 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and is designed to deliver outstanding image quality using the company’s own image processor. How well the Fujifilm X-A7 works in a set with the XC 15-45 mm 3.5-5.6 OIS PZ we tested in our with the testing software that allows us to retrieve exact measurements.

As the type designation of the lens already indicates, it is a simple set lens with a zoom motor and image stabilizer. The zoom motor can go through the focal length range in about 1.4 seconds but is quite loud. If, on the other hand, the zoom ring is operated less, the zoom speed also slows down, which also significantly reduces noise.

 

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The battery and memory card compartment holds no surprises. [Photo: Fujifilm]

While the maximum edge dimming of the XC 15-45 mm 3.5-5.6 OIS PZ is quite low with eleven percent, color fringes at maximum focal length are only slightly visible on average in the other focal lengths. Towards the edge of the image, however, the color fringes become slightly visible in all focal length ranges.

The resolution that the lens achieves on the 24-megapixel APS-C sensor is about 60 line pairs per millimeter (lp/mm) in the wide-angle and in the center of the image in 35 mm equivalent with 50 percent contrast, which is a good result.

However, the resolution drops to about half of that towards the edge of the image. This is not unusual for set lenses, but it is a pity.

The small Fujifilm system camera has the image noise well under control. Details are rendered in a differentiated manner up to ISO 6,400 and texture sharpness is high up to ISO 1,600.

The image processing of the camera does not oversharp the images. The annoying color noise is not a problem at any ISO sensitivity and the brightness noise is characterized by a fine grain.

The Fujifilm X-A7 color reproduction is good on average, but it does adjust certain color tones (blue, yellow, green and magenta), sometimes significantly. The number of colors displayed (color depth) is good. Fortunately, the initial tone values are good up to 3,200. In terms of input dynamics, the camera does not cope with particularly high contrasts, but up to ISO 1,600, it is in the upper normal to a normal range of nine to 9.5 f-stops.

Conclusions: Is The Fujifilm X-A7 Worth It?

The Fujifilm X-A7 is a successful entry-level camera. The plastic case looks classy, is perfectly processed and the “leather” looks fine at least on the front side, even if not very handy. However, the smooth paint makes the camera feel unnecessarily cheap and simple. The operating elements are logically distributed and the concept of the menu structure is also easy to understand and therefore quick to learn. We were somewhat surprised by the quick menu, which is anything but quickly accessible. You have to work your way to a second level using the touch function of the 3.5″ moveable monitor to make quick changes to the recording settings.

Good connectivity for the Fujifilm X-A7. Connections could be set up very quickly without any problems and the handling was always perfect and traceable. With the further equipment of the camera, there is hardly anything to complain about for the beginner segment.

Besides the great preview of the effect filters and the good 4K video function – which is unfortunately limited to 15 minutes recording time – there is everything that the photographic beginner and advanced photographer could need.

Although the flip-up flash is a little weak on the chest, the Commander function for wireless control of external system flashes compensates for this.

The image quality of the 24-megapixel APS-C sensor is also good, making the Fujifilm X-A7 a good entry-level and a solid base for both simple and more demanding photography. Thanks to an extensive and constantly expanding lens fleet, the camera can be expanded to meet the most diverse requirements, so that photographic growth is assured for years to come.

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Manufacturer Fujifilm
Model Fujifilm X-A7
Sensor CMOS APS-C 23.6 x 15.8 mm (crop factor 1.5
)24.2 megapixels (physical)
24.0 megapixels (effective)
Pixelpitch 3.9 µm
Resolution (max.) 6.000 x 4.000 (3:2)
Video (max.) 3.840 x 2,160 30p
Lens Fujifilm XC 15-45 mm F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ (zoom lens)
Monitor 3.5″ (8.9 cm)
Resolution 1.040,000 pixels
tiltable
rotatable yes
swiveling yes
Touchscreen yes
AV connector HDMI output Micro (Type D)
Fully automatic yes
Scene automatic yes
Scene mode programs 10 scene modes are available
Automatic programming yes
Program shift yes
Automatic aperture control yes
Automatic timer yes
Manually yes
Bulb Long Term Exposure yes
HDR function
Panorama function yes, panoramic view
Exposure metering Matrix/multi-field measurement (256 fields), center-weighted integral measurement, spot measurement
fastest shutter speed 1/4.000 s
Flash built-in flash
Synchronous time 1/180 s
Flash connection Hot shoe: Fujifilm, standard center contact
WLAN yes
NFC
GPS external, permanent smartphone connection
Remote release yes, cable release, remote control via smartphone/tablet
Interval recording yes
Storage medium
SD (SDHC, SDXC, UHS I)
Sensitivity
automatically ISO 200-12,800
manually ISO 100-51.200
White balance
automatically yes
manual measuring yes
Kelvin input yes
Fine correction yes
Autofocus yes
Number of measuring fields 99
Speed 0.30 s to 0.44 s
AF auxiliary light LED
Dimensions 119 x 68 x 41 mm
Weight (ready for operation) 320 g (housing only) 450 g (with lens)
Tripod thread off optical axis
Zoom
Zoom adjustment Lens ring (motorized)
Battery life 270 recordings (according to CIPA standard)
– = “not applicable” or “not available

 

This test of the Fujifilm X-A7 with Fujifilm XC 15-45 mm F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ was created with DXOMARK Analyzer.

Brief assessment

Pros

  • Good detail rendition up to ISO 6.400
  • Wide range of functions
  • Simple Wireless Setup
  • Extensive lens portfolio

Cons

  • Housing plastic looks cheap
  • Cumbersome Quick-Menu
  • Buffer memory could be larger

Firmware For Fujifilm X-A7

Fujifilm released a firmware update for the Fujifilm X-A7 in April 2020, that you can find in the link included in this paragraph. Among other things, it is to bring bokeh control in the automatic program via touch screen as well as a My-Menu as new functions. Especially the latter, despite the well-structured Fujifilm menu, would be a real enrichment for the camera and would further simplify the handling.

Fujifilm X-A7 Datasheet

Electronics

Sensor CMOS sensor APS-C 23.6 x 15.8 mm (crop factor 1.5) 24.2 megapixels (physical) and 24.0 megapixels (effective)
Pixelpitch 3.9 µm
Photo resolution
6.000 x 4.000 pixels (3:2)
6.000 x 3.376 pixels (16:9)
5.328 x 4.000 pixels (4:3)
4.240 x 2.832 pixels (3:2)
4.240 x 2.384 pixels (16:9)
4.000 x 4.000 pixels (1:1)
3.712 x 2.784 pixels (4:3)
3.008 x 2.000 pixels (3:2)
3.008 x 1.688 pixels (16:9)
2.832 x 2.832 pixels (1:1)
2.656 x 1.992 pixels (4:3)
2.000 x 2.000 pixels (1:1)
Panorama Sweeping panorama
Image formats JPG, RAW
Color depth 24 bits (8 bits per color channel)
Metadata Exif (version 2.3), DCF standard
Video resolution
3.840 x 2.160 (16:9) 30 p 15 minutes
3.840 x 2.160 (16:9) 25 p 15 minutes
3.840 x 2.160 (16:9) 24 p 15 min
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 60 p 29 min
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 50 p 29 min
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 30 p 29 min
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 25 p 29 min
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 24 p 29 min
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 60 p 29 min
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 50 p 29 min
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 25 p 29 min
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 24 p 29 min
1.080 x 1.080 (1:1) 60 p 29 min
1.080 x 1.080 (1:1) 50 p 29 min
1.080 x 1.080 (1:1) 30 p 29 min
1.080 x 1.080 (1:1) 25 p 29 min
1.080 x 1.080 (1:1) 24 p 29 min
720 x 720 (1:1) 60 p 29 min
720 x 720 (1:1) 50 p 29 min
720 x 720 (1:1) 30 p 29 min
720 x 720 (1:1) 25 p 29 min
720 x 720 (1:1) 24 p 29 min
Maximum recording time 14 min
Video format
MPG4 (Codec H.264)

Lens

Lens mount
Fujifilm XF

Focus

Autofocus mode Phase comparison autofocus with 99 sensors, contrast autofocus
Autofocus functions Single AF, Continuous AF, Area AF, Tracking AF, Manual, AFL function, AF assist light (LED), Focus peaking, Focus magnifier
Sharpness control Depth of field control, Live View

Viewfinder and monitor

Display 3.5″ (8.9 cm) TFT LCD monitor with 1,040,000 pixels, non-reflective, brightness adjustable, can be swivelled 180°, rotated 270°, with touch screen

Exposure

Exposure metering Center-weighted integral measurement, matrix/multi-field measurement over 256 fields, spot measurement
Exposure times 1/4,000 to 4 s (automatic) 1/4,000 to 30 s (manual)
1/32,000 to 1 s (electronic shutter)
Bulb with maximum exposure time of 3,600 s
Exposure control Fully automatic, Program automatic (with program shift), Shutter automatic, Aperture automatic, Manual
Exposure bracketing function Bracketing function with a maximum of 3 shots, 1/3 to 1 EV increments
Exposure Compensation -5.0 to +5.0 EV with step size of 1/3 EV
Photosensitivity ISO 200 to ISO 12,800 (automatic) ISO 100 to ISO 51,200 (manual)
Remote access Remote release, cable release, remote control via smartphone/tablet
Scene modes Flowers, documents, fireworks, night automatic, portrait, sunset, beach/snow, and 3 more scene mode programs
Picture effects Fisheye, High Key, Pinhole camera, Low Key, Miniature effect, Monochrome, Pop color, Selective color, Star grid, Soft focus, Colorkey (Red, Orange, Yellow, Blue, Purple), Dynamic Range (100%, 200% and 400%), Film simulation (Provia, Velvia, Astia, Pro Neg), High and Low Key, Pop colors, 5 other image effects
White balance Auto, Sun, White balance bracket, Fine tuning, Shadow, Underwater, Fluorescent lamp with 3 presets, Tungsten light, from 2,500 to 10,000 K, Manual 1 memory
Color space Adobe RGB, sRGB
Continuous shooting 6.0 fps at highest resolution, 3 fps
Burst function Burst function
Self-timer Self-timer with 2 s interval, special features: or 10 s (optional), group self-timer, buddy self-timer
Timer Timer/Interval recording
Recording functions AEL function, AFL function, live histogram

Flashgun Of The Fujifilm X-A7

Flash built-in flash (flip up) Flash shoe: Fujifilm, standard center contact
Flash range Flash sync speed 1/180 s
Flash code Guide number 5 (ISO 200)
Flash functions Auto mode, fill-flash, flash on, flash off, slow sync, flash on second shutter curtain, red-eye reduction by digital retouch, lamp, master function, flash exposure correction

Equipment And Features

Image stabilizer no optical image stabilizer
Memory
SD (SDHC, SDXC, UHS I)
GPS function GPS external (permanent smartphone connection)
Microphone Stereo
Power supply unit Power supply connectionUSB charging function
Power supply 1 x Fujifilm NP-W126S270
images according to CIPA standard
Playback functions Red eye retouching, cropping, image rotation, image protection, playback histogram, playback magnifier, image index, slide show function, zoom out
Face recognition Face detection, blink detection
Image parameters Sharpness, color saturation
Special functions Orientation sensor, Live View
Connections Data interfaces: Bluetooth, USB

USB type: USB 2.0 High SpeedWLAN: available (Type: B, G, N)

AV Connections AV output: HDMI output Micro (Type D) Audio input: yes (2.5 mm stereo jack) Audio output: no
Supported direct printing methods Exif Print, PictBridge
Tripod thread 1/4″ not in optical axis
Special features and miscellaneous Ultrasonic Sensor Cleaning SystemExposure compensation
-2 to 2 in film modeAuto focus points
are grouped (11 x 9, 3 x 3, 5 x 5, 7 x 7)
Tracking AF with 9 metering pointsFilm simulation bracketing
(3 shots)
Dynamic range bracketing (100%, 200%, and 400%)
ISO sensitivity bracketing ( 1/3, 2/3, and 1 EV)
Multiple exposuresFilm simulation
:Velvia, Provia, Astia, Classic ChromeSmile
, Partner, Group (1-4 objects)Self-timerHigh
Speed Video (1,280 x 720 with 1.6x, 2x, 3.3x or 4x)
Photobook WizardRaw data conversion

Size And Weight Of The Fujifilm X-A7

Dimensions W x H x D 119 x 68 x 41 mm
Weight 320 g (ready for operation)

Miscellaneous

standard accessory Fujifilm NP-W126S special batteryFujifilm
XF (case cover)
USB cable, strap, 3.5 mm microphone adapter
additional accessories Fujifilm AC-9V AC AdapterFujifilm
CP-W126 Battery Compartment Adapter Cable Fujifilm
RR-90 Cable Remote Release
Peter Dench
Peter Dench
I am Peter Dench. Digital Photographer, born in London 1972, currently living in Deerfield, near Chicago. I have numerous photography expositions and also working in model photography. In this website, PhotoPoint, I usually review cameras provided by local dealers in Illinois and by the manufacturers. Sometimes I, Peter Dench, review lenses too, but only when I have a suitable camera for them. Please let me know in the comments if I can improve any of these articles.

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