The recently-leaked Fujifilm X-A1 photo has been deemed “legit” by a person who has had the chance of playing with the camera earlier this year.
Fujifilm is working on an entry-level mirrorless camera that does not feature an X-Trans sensor. According to inside sources, the so-called Fujifilm X-A1 will be based on a brand new sensor, not the X100 one, as previously expected.
Fujifilm X-A1 photo leaked on the web
In the middle of August, a photo of an alleged Fuji X-A1 has been leaked on the web. It has been posted by Marc Sweeney on his personal Google+ account.
This opportunity presented itself as Keitaro So, General Manager of Electronic Imaging Division at the Middle-Eastern branch of the Japanese company, was visiting South Africa, the home country of Sweeney.
The “leakster” claimed that he has been lucky enough to play with the X-M1, which will become available soon in the African country. The unannounced X-A1 was also said to be pushed on the same market in the near future, as a unit was on display near the X-M1.
Fuji X-A1 image is “legit and real”, says Australian who heard it from a company rep
Many people have said that the photo is fake or that it is just a mock-up of some kind, also due to the fact that its blue color is not a regular hue among Fujifilm cameras. A lot of accusations have been made, but all of them have been dismissed by a person living in Australia.
Gavin, from the OCAU forums, says that he has met with Fujifilm representatives from Australia in late July. Apparently, these guys thought that Gavin was working for a local Fuji store and they allowed him to play with an X-M1 prototype.
Moreover, he has been able to play with both the 27mm and 16-50mm lenses. Furthermore, they had revealed that the X-M1 prototype has been hand-made in Japan for a total cost of $20,000. It is worth noting that the camera was not on sale at that time, as the first batch was due to arrive over the next few days.
Our Aussie fellow has also asked some questions about the Fujifilm X-A1. The reps confirmed that it is real and that it will become available in several colors, include “deep blue”, “red maroon”, and “chrome-like silver”.
Entry-level X-A1 to feature Bayer-like sensor instead of X-Trans one
The company representatives have also handed out information about the sensor. They confirmed that it is a Bayer-like model, instead of an X-Trans one that we have been used to lately.
This is all the information coming from Australia and it serves as another confirmation that the entry-level Fuji X-A1 mirrorless camera is coming soon. The rumored price is $300 (Australian Dollars) less than the X-M1.
In the meantime, the body-only Fujifilm X-M1 is available for purchase at Amazon for $640.59.