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Home > New Gear > Fuji X-A7 Micro single camera review: minimalist touch control experience.
Fuji X-A7 Micro single camera review: minimalist touch control experience.

Fuji X-A7 Micro single camera review: minimalist touch control experience.

By  Kelbee Fairgood 2020-02-29 262 17

[PConline review] simple operation and modern touch shooting experience is an important topic for today's micro-single camera. SLR cameras are impacted by smartphones, and the only thing that can compete with them is the micro-single camera. For traditional digital cameras, many buttons and tedious is a major Achilles' heel, how to make photography rookies can quickly start shooting with a micro-camera? Fuji X-A7 is the best answer.

Fuji X-series APS-C micro-camera XMui A7, only 320g weight, coupled with retro appearance, abandon complex buttons, upgrade the 16:9 3.5in about 2.76 million pixels 360 degree flip touchscreen, this can be said to be a sincere work, the specific performance is how, here is a detailed test.

This time we got peppermint green, as well as brown, silver and dark gray. On the front, the Fuji X-A7 LOGO is in the upper right corner of the fuselage, and the upper left corner is the AF auxiliary light. The handle improves the handle, and the slight prominence makes its one-handed operation more convenient.

On the back is a 3.5in about 2.76 million pixels flip touchscreen at 16:9, the direction key of the clover is changed to the joystick, leaving only the four buttons DRIVE/ delete, playback, menu / confirm, and show / return. There is no Q button, but you can evoke the Q menu from the screen.

The design at the top of the fuselage is equally simple, with a pop-up flash with the word FUJIFILM on it, hot boots and two microphones. On the other side of the machine top, there are only mode dial wheel, front and rear dial wheel, open key, the shutter is integrated on the front dial wheel, and the buttons on the rear dial wheel are video recording buttons. Such a simple design, in essence, is also the most commonly used button, all retained.

 
Pop-up flash.

There is a flash pop-up lever on the left side of the fuselage, a microphone port for 2.5mm, and a HDMI and rechargeable USB-C port on the other side. Here to talk about the mint green material, the front skin is made of leather, the back is plastic, if you do not touch carefully, it is difficult to distinguish, because the overall color difference is almost no, the details are also very close, Fuji's quality control is quite good.

There are tripod fixing holes and battery compartments at the bottom of the fuselage, equipped with NP-W126S batteries, with a maximum range of 440 shots, but can be recharged with USC-C, no additional batteries are required during the trip, and the memory card supports up to SDXC 256GB UHS-I.

Fuji X-A7 adopts X card, six nails and three knives, which makes the bayonet more durable. Ten metal contacts are used to ensure the close transmission between the lens and the fuselage. The newly developed 24.2 million pixel APS-C frame CMOS sensor with primary color filter uses a copper wiring structure to achieve high-speed transmission and improve autofocus performance and picture quality.

After the Fuji X-A7 shooting interface has been redesigned, it is more concise and easy to understand, which greatly increases the popularity of the shooting, especially for photography rookies.

Through the screen, you can set up focus, film simulation, exposure compensation, depth of field control, white balance, beauty effect and other common functions.

 
Film Simulation comparison Preview GIF Motion Picture.

The film simulation function is different from the past, in addition to real-time display, you can also drag and compare. On the left is the original film simulation, and on the right is the optional film simulation, whether it is still photos or video shooting. can choose this film simulation function.

This Fuji X-A7 also has a built-in beauty function, which can be turned on when you take a selfie or portrait, and you can take a beautiful picture of the beautiful woman in front of you. Equipped with 16:9 3.5in about 2.76 million pixels flip touchscreen, is the biggest highlight, can unlock a lot of shooting angles, Vlog video shooting is also very friendly, eye focus speed is very fast, high precision, can firmly grasp your eyes. In particular, the 425 pairs of focus that can cover the whole picture, you can enjoy the fun of shooting, and you don't have to worry about the composition being limited to the focus.

In terms of video shooting, it is also very good, using 6K oversampling, supporting up to 4K 29.97p, and shooting 1080p 60p video with an aspect ratio of 16:9 or 1:1, the picture is very good, and the color shot is gorgeous simulated with Velvia/ bright film.

 
Single frame screenshot of 4K video.

Fuji X-A7 supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless remote control transmission function, which can be operated through mobile phone APP. After using it for a period of time, you can deeply feel the newly designed UI interface, which is shown in a simple and easy-to-operate way, guiding users step by step to shoot the effect they want. Let's take a look at the sensitivity quality of this Fuji X-A7.

Fuji X-A7 uses the newly developed 24.2 million pixel APS-C picture COMS sensor, not the Fuji X-Trans series sensor, but this time it uses copper wiring, which will also have amazing performance, so here are the detailed test results:

 
The red box above is the location of the screenshot below.

From the comparison of the above test results, we can see that the Fuji X-A7 has a very good picture quality, less noise and good details in the sensitivity of ISO 200 to ISO 1600. Obvious noise begins to appear in ISO 3200 to ISO 6400, which is still an acceptable range, until ISO 12800 adds a little more color noise, resulting in a greater sense of smear. It is best to keep the sensitivity below ISO 3200 for daily use. In darker places, you should consider turning on the flash or choosing a large aperture lens.

When it comes to the actual sample shot, the following samples are all shot with Fuji XC15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS PZ lens.

Fuji X-A7 film simulation is very powerful, can preview and compare the style I want to shoot before shooting, the shooting process is very smooth, roughly the same way as on smartphones, this familiar shooting experience is brought about by Fuji's new UI design.

Generally speaking, the Fuji X-A7 is very considerate in both the exterior design and the UI design, and has made great sacrifices for portability and control. Simple keystrokes translate most of the shooting language into clicking and swiping on the screen, which is no different from a smartphone. What impresses me is the film simulation function. In the past, we can only choose the corresponding film simulation one by one, but I can't feel the effect comparison of any two film simulations. This conjecture has been realized on Fuji X-A7, which directly shows the power of film simulation. The same operation is also used in the beauty muscle, exposure compensation, depth of field control and other functions to maximize the use of the touch screen. There is also the use of 360-degree flip screen, which is more convenient in most shooting environments, which can meet the shooting needs of photography rookies very well, and can also be handy in travel.


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