Fujifilm announce new X-A5 mirrorless and zoom lens

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Fujifilm have announced the X-A5, the followup to their budget-friendly X-A3 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera.

Inside is a 24.2MP APS-C (non-X-Trans) sensor and updated processor that Fujifilm say is 1.5 times faster than that in the X-A3. Fujifilm have clearly listened to critics of the X-A line as for the first time in the series, phase detect autofocus is offered with the X-A5. This uses a hybrid AF system that can lock focus at twice the speed of other X-A models and should hopefully address the sluggish AF of the X-A3.

Low light performance should also be greatly improved with a maximum ISO of 12800 (extendable to 51200), up from 6400 (extendable to 25600) in the X-A3.

Utlilising the burst function, the X-A5 is capable of capturing 4k video, however this is limited to 5 minutes and 15fps. Weith an eye clearly on vloggers, the X-A5 includes an external microphone along with a 3-inch, 1.04-million-dot LCD touchscreen that can be tilted to 180 degrees. There is also Bluetooth for pairing and image transfer.

A new kit zoom lens, the Fujinon XC15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS PZ has also been announced. When paired with the X-A5 the new 135g lens promises to be the lightest so far in the X Series lineup. It's also the first electric-powered zoom lens for X Mount cameras, and features a minimum working distance of just 2 inches.

The Fujifilm X-A5 will be available in three synthetic leather colors (silverbrown, and pink) We'll update this post once local pricing is known.

Update: The X-A5 and 15-45mm lens will be sold as a kit locally, and will have an RRP of AU$899. 

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