Images: The Fujifilm X-A1 is the first camera in the X-series to be available in a variety of colours

Aimed at users looking to buy their first interchangeable lens system camera, the Fujifilm X-A1 retains the compact feel of its predecessor the X-M1 and also includes a 16.3-million pixel APS-C CMOS sensor.

The firm says that this sensor will allow the camera to create ‘rich tonal expression’, increase dynamic range and support a maximum 25,600 ISO.

It also allows the user to produce a strong bokeh effect, and Fujifilm says its high ISO range will allow the X-A1 to deliver strong low-light performance.

The X-A1 comes with Fujifilm’s EXR Processor II, which provides it with a quick start-up time of just 0.5 seconds and a maximum burst speed of 5.6 frames per second.

Image: The X-A1’s small size and lightweight build make it a ‘palm of the hand’ camera

Weighing 330 grams, the camera is designed to be easy to operate one-handed. All of the adjustable dials are situated on the right-hand side of the camera, allowing all settings to be adjusted with just the right hand.

On its rear the X-A1 features a 3-inch tiltable LCD screen with 920,000 dots of resolution. Its built-in flash uses Super Intelligent Flash technology to assess a scene and then alters the flash output accordingly.

Eight advanced filters also allow users to apply creative effects to their images, and Film Simulation modes emulate the looks of classic photographic films such as Velvia and Provia.

The camera shoots full HD video (1920×1080) at 30 frames per second, and some effects such as Film Simulation and bokeh can be applied when shooting video.

Image: The tiltable 3in LCD screen on the rear of the Fujifilm X-A1

Wi-fi functionality allows for immediate transfer of images from the X-A1 to smartphones and tablets. The free Fujifilm camera app allows the camera’s built-in wireless image transfer function to instantly transfer and save images to other devices.

As the camera is compatible with all Fujifilm X-mount lenses, Fuji has recommended two recent Fujinon XC lenses as being particularly well-suited for it.

The Fujinon XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS lens (24-76mm equivalent) is available in a bundled kit with the X-A1 and consists of 12 elements in ten groups, including three aspherical elements.

Image: The X-A1 with the Fujinon XC 16-50mm lens attached

For a little more zoom reach, the XC 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS lens (76-350mm equivalent) features 13 elements in ten groups, one aspherical.

Both lenses include a high-precision stepping motor that Fujifilm says will guarantee high-speed autofocus.

The Fujifilm X-A1 and Fujinon XC 16-50mm kit will be available from October 2013, priced at £529.99. The Fujinon XC 16-50mm is available to buy alone now, priced at £399.99, and the Fujinon XC 50-230mm lens will be on sale from November 2013, priced at £429.99

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