Fujifilm Debuts First Mirrorless Camera With On-Sensor Phase Detect AF

January 31, 2018

By Greg Scoblete

While most of us (okay, just us) are larding up with extra winter pounds, Fujifilm has put its latest X mount mirrorless camera on a serious diet. The result is the X-A5, the lightest X series camera to date.

The camera features a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor which Fuji says has a speedier processing engine that’s 1.5x faster than prior models. The sensor also incorporates phase detect AF sensors–a first for Fuji. The new AF system can focus twice as fast as previous models.

The X-A5 features a native ISO range of 200-12,800 (expandable to ISO 100 and 51,200).

The camera can record 4K video but at 15p. It also features a burst mode that captures 8-megapixel images at 15 fps and lets you select your favorite still–a feature that’s quite similar to Panasonic’s 4K Photo mode. Full HD video can be recorded at up to 60p for 14 minutes at a clip.

A new Multi Focus Mode captures multiple 4K quality (8-megapixel) still images with varying depths of field to create a focus-stacked image.

Additional features include:

  • Bluetooth Low Energy for automatically transferring images from the camera to a mobile device, as well as for remote control over the camera
  • 11 film simulation modes
  • Eye AF
  • electronic shutter as fast as 1/32,000 sec.
  • new user interface
  • 6 fps continuous shooting for up to 10 frames
  • 3-inch touch display that can rotate 180 degrees
  • in- camera RAW processing
  • Wi-Fi
  • 450 frame battery life

The X-A5 will be sold with the new FUJINON XC15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS PZ, the company’s first electric powered zoom lens for X mount digital cameras. It can focus on objects as close as 2 inches.

The X-A5 ships in early February for $600, including lens. It is available for pre-order now. The XC15-45mmF3.5- 5.6 OIS PZ Lens will also be available separately in mid-March for $300. It is available for pre-order now.