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New Fuji X-A5 & XC15-45mm OIS PZ Lens | First X-A Series With PDAF & First Electronic Zoom

By Holly Roa on January 30th 2018

Fujifilm’s entry-level interchangeable lens X-A series receives a new camera today in the X-A5, and they’ve introduced their first ever electronic zoom lens, the XC15-45mm F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ. The XC15-45mm F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ will be available either bundled as a kit with the X-A5 or as a stand-alone purchase.

X-A5

Some of the more exciting updates the X-A5 will bring over the X-A3 are the inclusion of Bluetooth rather than wifi-only for file transfers, an intelligent, hybrid phase detection autofocus system, and 4k video capture.

Native ISO will top out at ISO 12800 and will be expandable to ISO 51200. One area where a difference will not be seen is sensor resolution – both the X-A3 and the newly announced X-A5 possess a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor.

XC15-45mm F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ

As mentioned above, the XC15-45mm F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ will be Fuji’s first lens to feature electronic zoom. The PZ in the name, in fact, stands for Powered Zoom. This lens will be just a little wider on the wide end and a little shorter on the long end than Fuji’s previous X-A series bundled kit lens, the XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II.
The X-A5 Kit will be available on February 8, 2018 in the U.S. and Canada for USD $599.95 and CAD $749.99, while the XC15-45mmF3.5- 5.6 OIS PZ Lens will be available on March 15, 2018 in the U.S. and Canada for USD $299.95 and CAD $379.99. Both can be preordered now at B&H.

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X-A5 SPECS AT A GLANCE

  • 24.2 APS-C CMOS sensor
  • “Newly developed” processor
  • phase detection autofocus
  • 3”, 1,040 dot LCD touchscreen which rotates 180 degrees for selfies
  • Native ISO range of ISO 200 – ISO12800
  • Expandable ISO range of ISO 100 – ISO 51200
  • 4k video continuous recording up to 5 minutes
  • Full HD 1920×1280 59.94p/50p/24p/23.98p continuous recording up to 14 minutes
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Wi-Fi image transfer and remote camera operation
  • 450 shot battery life
  • Instax SHARE printer compatibility
  • Available in silver, pink, and brown

You can check out the entire press release below. Are you excited for the new X-A5? Let us know or why not in the comments!

PRESS RELEASE

Fujifilm ANNOUNCES THE NEW X-A5 – THE LIGHTEST CAMERA-ZOOM LENS COMBINATION IN THE X SERIES LINEUP

Featuring an enhanced sensor, newly developed zoom lens, the latest Bluetooth® technology, and 4K video recording, the X-A5 delivers outstanding image quality and ease of use

 

Valhalla, N.Y., January 31, 2018 FUJIFILM North America Corporation is excited to announce the new Fujifilm X-A5 Digital Camera Body with XC15-45mm Lens Kit, the lightest camera-zoom lens combination within the X Series lineup. With a host of new and improved features, the X-A5 kit debuts the new FUJINON XC15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS PZ, the first electric powered zoom lens for X Mount digital cameras. Available in three colors of synthetic leather, the X-A5 is equipped with the latest Bluetooth® technology for quick and easy image transfer and allows for a broader range of video capabilities with its 4K output.

“The X-A5 packs Fujifilm’s renowned image quality and exciting fun features in a compact, lightweight body,” says Yuji Igarashi, General Manager of the Electronic Imaging Division & Optical Devices Division at Fujifilm North America Corporation. “We are excited to bring a user-friendly camera that can capture great images, to the market at an affordable price.”


Featuring an Enhanced Sensor and Color Reproduction Technology

The X-A5 features a powerful 24.2MP APS-C sensor equipped with phase detection autofocus and a newly developed image processing engine with a processing speed 1.5 times faster than that of previous models. Combined with Fujifilm’s renowned color reproduction technology, the X-A5 achieves outstanding image quality and outperforms previous models in its scene recognition accuracy and skin tone reproduction, making it perfect for portraits.

The X-A5 is the first in the X-A series to feature phase detection pixels, and an intelligent Hybrid AF system that focuses twice as fast as previous models to ensure capture of swiftly moving subjects. With an ISO sensitivity range now up to ISO12800 and extended sensitivity range up to ISO51200, camera shake and noise are significantly reduced even in low-light conditions.

 

New Compact and Lightweight Electric Powered Zoom Lens

The new X-A5 introduces the first electric powered zoom lens for X Mount cameras, the FUJINON XC15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS PZ. With a minimum working distance of just 2 inches, this lightweight and compact lens is great for achieving clear close-up shots while making the photographic experience easy and comfortable. Capable of capturing crisp, intricate textures, the XC15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS PZ is ideal for food and macro photography. Starting at a wide angle, this smooth electric-powered zoom also allows for great freedom in composition framing.

The new XC15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS PZ lens will also be available for standalone purchase as a portable addition for existing X Series users.

Equipped with 4K Video Capabilities

The X-A5 features a variety of 4K video capabilities. Utilizing the Burst Function, users are able to shoot 15 frames per second in 4K image quality, ensuring that photo opportunities are never missed. Offering an HD video function to record videos up to quad speed for slow motion clips and a Multi Focus Mode which stacks 4K quality images and automatically changes the depth of field setting, the X-A5 is the perfect companion for a wide range of creative captures.

Bluetooth® Pairing Technology for Easy Image Transfer

Featuring the latest Bluetooth® technology, the X-A5 allows for automatic transfer of images and videos to paired smart devices using the free “Fujifilm Camera Remote” app. The camera is compatible with Instax Share™ Printers to instantly transfer and print images directly from the camera.

Film Simulation Modes and Improved User Interface for Ease of Operation

The X-A5 allows for artistic expression through Fujifilm’s unique Film Simulation Modes that boast the company’s advances in color reproduction. Offering eleven different modes, users can add a creative twist to their images. In addition, the camera offers seventeen variations of Advanced Filters including the new “Fog Remove” and “HDR Art.

An improved user interface allows for superior ease of use. The large LCD screen uses new touch-panel GUI, facilitating intuitive operation and is capable of rotating 180 degrees, making the X-A5 perfect for taking high quality self-portraits. When the panel is rotated 180 degrees, the Rear Command Dial switches to the Zoom and Shutter Release function and automatically activates the Eye AF function for sharp focus on the subject’s eyes. Additionally, the Portrait Enhancer Mode allows for users to select from three levels of skin tone enhancement with easy touchscreen operation.

 

Fujifilm X-A5 Key Features:

  • 2MP APS-C CMOS sensor and newly developed processor equipped with phase detection AF system
  • FUJINON XC15-45mmF3.5- 5.6 OIS PZ wide angle electric-powered zoom lens with minimum working distance of 2”
  • 3” (approx. 1,040K-dot) high resolution LCD touchscreen using new touch-panel GUI can be tilted to 180°
    • Portrait Enhancement Level, Touch AF in Movie Mode, Advanced Filter Select
  • Standard output sensitivity of ISO200 – ISO12800
    • Extended output sensitivity: ISO100 – ISO51200
  • 4K video recording up to approx. 5 mins
    • Full HD 1920 x 1080 59.94p / 50p / 24p / 23.98p; continuous recording up to approx.14 mins
    • HD 1280 x 720 59.94p / 50p / 24p / 23.98p; continuous recording up to approx. 27 mins
    • High Speed Movie 1280×720 1.6x / 2x / 3.3x / 4x
  • Bluetooth® version 4.1 low energy technology
  • In-camera RAW processing
  • New Advanced Filters: “Fog Remove” and “HDR Art”
  • Wi-Fi® image transfer and remote camera operation
  • Improved battery life for still images – approx. 450 frames
  • Improved start-up period:
    • 0.4 sec., when High Performance mode set to ON
    • 0.8 sec., when High Performance mode set to OFF
  • Photos can be sent to instax SHARE printers using the free instax SHARE App (iOS and Android)
  • Accessories include:
    • Li-ion battery NP-W126S
    • AC power adapter
    • Plug adapter
    • USB cable
    • Shoulder strap
    • Body cap
    • Owner’s manual

Availability and Pricing

The new Fujifilm X-A5 Camera Kit will be available on February 8, 2018 in the U.S. and Canada for USD $599.95 and CAD $749.99.

The new standalone XC15-45mmF3.5- 5.6 OIS PZ Lens will be available on March 15, 2018 in the U.S. and Canada for USD $299.95 and CAD $379.99.

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