Fujifilm X-A7 Review

December 12, 2019 | Amy Davies |

Fujifilm X-A7 Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 24 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 8Mb.

Being a Fujifilm camera, we had high hopes for the image quality from the X-A7, despite the handling quirks.

Images are bright and punchy, displaying a classic “Fuji” look that we’ve come to know and love from the X series. They are well saturated without being so overly vibrant as to be unrealistic.

Detail is well rendered, especially at the lower end of the sensitivity scale. The overall impression of detail up to images at A4 in size is excellent, while out of focus areas are also nicely reproduced.

In the majority of situations, the Fujifilm X-A7 gets it right in all-purpose metering mode to produce a well-balanced exposure, but it can be slightly thrown off by areas of very bright, or low light - in which case switching to spot metering can help get the look you want.

Under artificial lighting, the X-A7 has a tendency to err towards slightly yellow tones when used with the automatic white balance setting. In which case, switching to a more specific white balance setting can help to get the correct colours in camera.

For low light shooting, it’s best if you can restrict the camera to ISO 3200 for the best results. However ISO 6400 is also usable if you only intend to share images at small sizes. ISO 12800 is only recommended if the light is so low that you must use it - in images shot at this setting you can see noticeable image smoothing and the introduction of noise.

Noise

The Fujifilm X-A7 has has seven native ISO settings ranging from ISO 200 to ISO 12,800, for JPEG and RAW files. The ISO range can be extended down to ISO 100 and up to ISO 51,200 in JPEG format only. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting for both JPEG and RAW files.

JPEG RAW

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

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Flash

Flash settings on the Fujifilm X-A7 are Auto, Forced Flash, Slow Synchro, 2nd Curtain Sync, Commander and Suppressed Flash (off). Red-eye removal can be applied to flash, plus a manually selected Flash Compensation up to ±2EV selected in values of 1/3EV.

Flash Off

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Forced Flash

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Flash Off

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Flash On

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Flash Off

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Flash On

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Long Exposures

Using either the mechanical or electronic shutter, the maximum shutter speed of the Fujifilm X-A7 is 30 seconds in manual exposure mode or up to four seconds in P Mode. There is also a Bulb mode which allows exposures up to 60 minutes long.

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Film Simulations

Most cameras include a choice of colour styles, but Fujifilm names these colour styles Film Simulation because they are designed to emulate the company’s film stock. In the X-A7, there are 11 different film simulation choices, including Provia, Velvia, Astia and a range of monochrome with filters.

The camera offers a Film Simulation bracket mode in JPEG format only, where up to three different styles are captured with a single push of the shutter.

Provia / Standard

Velvia / Vivid

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Astia / Soft

B&W

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Sepia

Pro Neg

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Classic Chrome

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Advanced Filters

On the shooting mode dial is an option called Advanced Filter that offers 17 different filter effects (including six different ‘Partial Color’ effects). These effects can be selected quickly via the touchscreen and you’ll see the effect on the screen in real time.

Toy Camera

Miniature

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Pop Color

High-Key

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Low-Key

Dynamic Tone

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Soft Focus

Partial Color (Red)

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Partial Color (Orange)

Partial Color (Yellow)

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Partial Color (Green)

Partial Color (Blue)

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Partial Color (Purple)

Cross Screen

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Fisheye

Remove Fog

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HDR Art

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