• $599.95 (Amazon)
The interchangeable lens category of digital cameras has become ultra-competitive in recent years, inching over into the hearts of consumers where point-and-shoot models once ruled. One way manufacturers have been setting themselves apart from one another is by offering either retro body designs or new colorful bodies, which make modern day shooters as much about fashion as function...this one has a little bit of both.
Taking everything good about the higher tier Fujifilm X-M1 (except for the X-M1's sensor's X-Trans image sensor; this one is a 16MP APS-C CMOS using a traditional Bayer color filter), the new X-A1 is aimed specifically as a consumer demographic step-up model for former point-and-shooters looking for an eye-catching and fashionable upgrade, most notably offering a 920k pixel tilting rear screen and Wi-Fi connectivity (a feature I'm happy to note is trickling down to the moderate price range models). Professionals may be better served with other higher spec'ed models available, but for any everyday shooter looking for a handsome travel camera with the option for other lenses, the X-A1 is amongst the better options available for a reasonable price.