FujiFilm has unveiled a new ILC that supports 16.3-megapixel APS-C sensor starting at only $599. The new X-A1 has a terrifically modern and simplistic design and is the latest entry into the premium X-Series. The new FUJIFILM X-A1 compact system camera (CSC), is the fourth interchangeable lens system camera within the FUJIFILM X-Series. The camera ships with the FUJINON XC16-50mm (24-76mm) F3.5-5.6 OIS zoom lens, made for a wide range of photographic subjects, “including clear low-light scenes, beautiful portraits and vivid landscapes.” The lens consists of 12 all glass elements in 10 groups including 3 aspherical elements and 1 ED element. The lens features seven round-edged aperture blades, which offer 17 stops in 1/3 EV increments for precise aperture control.
“The lightweight X-A1 and versatile XC16-50mm lens combination gives consumers extraordinary value and the opportunity to experience the outstanding image quality that the X-Series is known for,” said Manny Almeida, senior vice president and general manager, FUJIFILM North America Corporation. “Together with a high definition tilting screen and wireless image transfer, consumers of all skill levels can capture truly memorable images that can also be shared on Facebook and Twitter quickly and easily.”
The FUJIFILM X-A1 uses an APS-C sensor and  EXR Processor  and has an extended ISO range of up to 25600. With the X-A1, users can set the sensor sensitivity from ISO200 to as high as ISO6400 in 1/3 step increments, to obtain remarkably clear images even when shooting indoors and at night. Together with the EXR Processor II, the X-A1 also gives customers fantastic speed with a start-up time of 0.5 seconds, a shutter time lag of 0.05 seconds and a maximum burst speed of 5.6 frames per second (max. 30 frames). The X-A1 weighs just 11.6oz  and is about a third of the size of a traditional DSLR body.  The X-A1 also features a 3″ tilting high resolution LCD screen with 920,000 dots for easy image viewing and framing at various angles. The 3″ LCD monitor tilts at variable vertical angles, facilitating both low-angle and high-angle shots whether on or off a tripod. Also featured is the Super Intelligent Flash technology that “uses scene recognition and automatically controls flash strength to reduce highlight clipping.”
The X-A1 includes a WiFi button that lets users transfer high quality photos and movies to social media sites for easy sharing from the camera to smartphones, tablets and computers To connect the X-A1 to a smartphone or tablet, users can download the free dedicated “FUJIFILM Camera Application” to their iPhone / iPad or Android smartphone or tablet device to transfer up to 30 pictures at a time from the X-A1. The app also lets users download movies, expanding the range of options available for enjoying pictures taken with the camera. The Advanced Filter function and Film Simulation modes give users a range of creative filters and film effects to apply and achieve unique and artistic looks.
The all new FUJINON XC50-230mm (76-350mm) F4.5-6.7 OIS lens adds even more versatility to the X-Series line of compact system cameras by offering an expanded zoom range that delivers consistently outstanding optical performance throughout. The XC50-230mm uses optical image stabilization to ensure superb performance and effectively reduces blur when shooting at longer focal lengths and in low light.
FUJIFILM X-A1 key features list:

  • • 16.3 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • • EXR Processor II
    • o Start-up time of 0.5
    • o Shutter lag time of 0.05
    • o Shooting interval time of 0.7
  • • 3″ (920K dot) tilting high resolution LCD screen
  • • Full range of ISO100 – ISO25600
  • • Wireless image transfer
  • • Q Menu shortcut button
  • • In-camera RAW processing
  • • Film Simulation modes (Velvia, ASTIA, PROVIA, Sepia, and Black & White)
  • • 8 Advanced Filters (Toy Camera, Miniature, Dynamic Tone, Pop Color, Soft Focus, High Key, Low Key and Partial Color)
  • • Multiple Exposure mode to superimpose a second exposure on the first exposure
  • • Full HD movie 1080P\30fps and built-in stereo microphone
  • • Available accessories include: Leather Case, Hand Grip, and Clip-on Flash

FUJINON XC16-50mm (24-76mm) F3.5-5.6 OIS

• 24-76mm equivalent F3.5-5.6 lens
• Fully compatible with FUJIFILM X-Mount
• 12 all glass elements in 10 groups including 3 aspherical elements and 1 ED element
• Seven round-edged aperture blades, which offer 17 stops in 1/3 EV steps

FUJINON XC50-230mm (76-350mm) F4.5-6.7 OIS

• 76-350mm equivalent F4.5-6.7 lens
• Fully compatible with FUJIFILM X-Mount
• 13 all glass elements in 10 groups including 1 aspherical lens and 1 ED element
• Optical image stabilization that minimizes blur at longer focal lengths and in low light
• A precision stepping motor for high-speed autofocusing
• Available in black and silver

The FUJIFILM X-A1 and XC16-50mm (24-76mm) F3.5-5.6 OIS lens (kit) will be available in September 2013 for $599.95 in black and indigo blue. The FUJINON XC50-230mm (76-350mm) F4.5-6.7 OIS lens will be available in November 2013 for $399.95.