Thanks to a hand­ful of leaks over the past few days we’ve known the Fuji­film X‑A7 was on the way – but only now has the com­pa­ny made it offi­cial.

The X‑A7 becomes the com­pa­ny’s lat­est entry-lev­el mir­ror­less propo­si­tion, one that fol­lows the pre­vi­ous X‑A5 mod­el, but intro­duces a hand­ful of fea­tures that ele­vate it beyond its entry-lev­el billing.

These include a huge new 3.5‑inch LCD touch­screen, which has a 2.76 mil­lion-dot res­o­lu­tion and a 16:9 aspect ratio, and this flips out at the side of the cam­era to face in a range of angles. 

The mod­el also inher­its the AF lever com­mon to its prici­er X‑series sta­ble­mates, which should make light work of menu nav­i­ga­tion, focus point adjust­ment and image brows­ing.

On the inside, Fuji­film has packed a new 24.2MP APS‑C sen­sor with 8.5 times the phase-detect pix­els of the X‑A5, which should help focus­ing to be speedy, as well as cop­per writ­ing to help reduce image noise and read infor­ma­tion from the sen­sor faster.

The mid­dling 4K / 15fps video option we saw on the X‑A5 has been giv­en a boost to 30fps here, while a new Count­down Video mode cap­tures footage for 15, 30, or 60 sec­onds, some­thing which Fuji­film points out makes it eas­i­er to upload clips to social media.

The com­pa­ny has also used the mod­el to add a new Bright Mode fea­ture to its Advanced SR Auto func­tion, which is said to instruct the the cam­era to con­fig­ure ide­al set­tings for brighter and more vivid images.

Face and Eye Detec­tion are on board, as is a new Smart Menu and a Light Trails shoot­ing mode. Oth­er fea­tures include 6fps burst shoot­ing, and a sin­gle SD card slot that sup­ports SDHC and SDXC cards to the UHS‑I stan­dard. The body weighs just 320g includ­ing its bat­tery (though with­out a lens).

The Fuji­film X‑A7 is set to go on sale in Octo­ber for $699.95 / £699 (about AU$1,250 – pric­ing and avail­abil­i­ty for Aus­tralia is yet to be con­firmed). That price includes the Fuji­non XC 15–45mm f/3.5–5.6 OIS PZ kit lens, and in most ter­ri­to­ries the cam­era will be avail­able in four fin­ish­es: camel (which we’re guess­ing will be a light brown), dark sil­ver, mint green and sil­ver.

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