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Fujifilm X-A5 vs X-E4

The Fujifilm X-A5 and the Fujifilm X-E4 are two digital cameras that were officially introduced, respectively, in January 2018 and January 2021. Both the X-A5 and the X-E4 are mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras that are equipped with an APS-C sensor. The X-A5 has a resolution of 24 megapixels, whereas the X-E4 provides 26 MP.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Fujifilm X-A5 versus Fujifilm X-E4
Fujifilm X-A5 Fujifilm X-E4
Mirrorless system camera Mirrorless system camera
Fujifilm X mount lenses Fujifilm X mount lenses
24 MP, APS-C Sensor 26 MP, APS-C Sensor
4K/15p Video 4K/30p Video
ISO 200-12,800 (200 - 51,200) ISO 160-12,800 (80 - 51,200)
No viewfinder, LCD framing Electronic viewfinder (2360k dots)
3.0 LCD, 1040k dots 3.0 LCD, 1620k dots
Tilting touchscreen Tilting touchscreen
6 shutter flaps per second 8 shutter flaps per second
450 shots per battery charge380 shots per battery charge
117 x 68 x 40 mm, 361 g 121 x 73 x 33 mm, 364 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Fujifilm X-A5 and the Fujifilm X-E4? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

The side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size and weight of the Fujifilm X-A5 and the Fujifilm X-E4. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three successive views from the front, the top, and the rear are shown. All size dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The X-A5 can be obtained in three different colors (silver, brown, pink), while the X-E4 is available in two color-versions (black, silver).

Size Fujifilm X-A5 vs Fujifilm X-E4
Compare X-A5 versus X-E4 top
Comparison X-A5 or X-E4 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Fujifilm X-E4 is notably larger (11 percent) than the Fujifilm X-A5. Moreover, the X-E4 is slightly heavier (1 percent) than the X-A5. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the X-A5 nor the X-E4 are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete since they do not consider the interchangeable lenses that both of these cameras require. In this particular case, both cameras feature the same lens mount, so that they can use the same lenses. You can compare the optics available in the Fujinon X Lens Catalog. Mirrorless cameras, such as the two under consideration, have the additional advantage of having a short flange to focal plane distance, which makes it possible to mount many lenses from other systems onto the camera via adapters.

The battery packs of both cameras can be charged via USB, which can be very convenient when travelling.

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the two cameras alongside a broader set of comparators. If you would like to visualize and compare a different camera combination, you can navigate to the CAM-parator app and make your selection from a broad list of cameras there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Fujifilm X-A5 117 mm 68 mm 40 mm 361 g 450 n Jan 2018 399i
2.
 
Fujifilm X-E4 121 mm 73 mm 33 mm 364 g 380 n Jan 2021 849 i
3.
 
Fujifilm X-T200 121 mm 84 mm 55 mm 370 g 270 n Jan 2020 699 i
4.
 
Fujifilm X-T30 118 mm 83 mm 47 mm 383 g 380 n Feb 2019 899 i
5.
 
Fujifilm X-A7 119 mm 68 mm 41 mm 320 g 440 n Sep 2019 499 i
6.
 
Fujifilm X-T100 121 mm 83 mm 47 mm 448 g 430 n May 2018 599i
7.
 
Fujifilm X-E3 121 mm 74 mm 43 mm 337 g 350 n Sep 2017 899 i
8.
 
Fujifilm X-T20 118 mm 83 mm 41 mm 383 g 350 n Jan 2017 899i
9.
 
Fujifilm X-A3 117 mm 67 mm 40 mm 339 g 410 n Aug 2016 399i
10.
 
Fujifilm X-A10 117 mm 67 mm 40 mm 331 g 410 n Dec 2016 399i
11.
 
Fujifilm X-A2 117 mm 67 mm 40 mm 350 g 410 n Jan 2015 399i
12.
 
Nikon D3500 124 mm 97 mm 70 mm 365 g 1550 n Aug 2018 429 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will naturally be influenced heavily by the price. The retail prices at the time of the camera’s release place the model in the market relative to other models in the producer’s line-up and the competition. The X-A5 was launched at a markedly lower price (by 53 percent) than the X-E4, which puts it into a different market segment. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down.

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Sensor comparison

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant of image quality. A large sensor will tend to have larger individual pixels that provide better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixel-units in a sensor of the same technological generation. Moreover, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more control over depth-of-field in the image and, thus, the ability to better isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors are more costly to manufacture and tend to lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature an APS-C sensor, but their sensors differ slightly in size. The sensor area in the X-E4 is 1 percent smaller. They nevertheless have the same format factor of 1.5. Both cameras have a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 3:2.

Fujifilm X-A5 and Fujifilm X-E4 sensor measures

Despite having a slightly smaller sensor, the X-E4 offers a slightly higher resolution of 26 megapixels, compared with 24 MP of the X-A5. This megapixels advantage comes at the cost of a higher pixel density and a smaller size of the individual pixel (with a pixel pitch of 3.76μm versus 3.92μm for the X-A5). However, it should be noted that the X-E4 is much more recent (by 2 years and 11 months) than the X-A5, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that make it possible to gather light more efficiently. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that the X-E4 has no anti-alias filter installed, so that it can capture all the detail its sensor resolves.

The X-E4 has on-sensor phase detect pixels, which results in fast and reliable autofocus acquisition even during live view operation.

The Fujifilm X-A5 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 200 to ISO 12800, which can be extended to ISO 200-51200. The corresponding ISO settings for the Fujifilm X-E4 are ISO 160 to ISO 12800, with the possibility to increase the ISO range to 80-51200.

X-A5 versus X-E4 MP

Consistent information on actual sensor performance is available from DXO Mark for many cameras. This service determines an overall sensor rating, as well as sub-scores for low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and color depth ("DXO Portrait"). The following table provides an overview of the physical sensor characteristics, as well as the sensor quality measurements for a selection of comparators.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Fujifilm X-A5 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/15p........
2.
 
Fujifilm X-E4 APS-C 26.0 6240 41604K/30p........
3.
 
Fujifilm X-T200 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/30p........
4.
 
Fujifilm X-T30 APS-C 26.0 6240 41604K/30p........
5.
 
Fujifilm X-A7 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/30p........
6.
 
Fujifilm X-T100 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/15p........
7.
 
Fujifilm X-E3 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/30p........
8.
 
Fujifilm X-T20 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/30p........
9.
 
Fujifilm X-A3 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p........
10.
 
Fujifilm X-A10 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/30p........
11.
 
Fujifilm X-A2 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/30p........
12.
 
Nikon D3500 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p........

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but can also record movies. Both cameras under consideration have a sensor with sufficiently fast read-out times for moving pictures, but the X-E4 provides a faster frame rate than the X-A5. It can shoot movie footage at 4K/30p, while the X-A5 is limited to 4K/15p.

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Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a variety of features. For example, the X-E4 has an electronic viewfinder (2360k dots), which can be very helpful when shooting in bright sunlight. In contrast, the X-A5 relies on live view and the rear LCD for framing. The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Fujifilm X-A5 and Fujifilm X-E4 along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Fujifilm X-A5none n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
2.
 
Fujifilm X-E42360 n 3.0 1620 tilting Y 1/4000s 8.0 n n
3.
 
Fujifilm X-T2002360 n 3.5 2780 swivel Y 1/4000s 8.0 Y n
4.
 
Fujifilm X-T302360 n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 8.0 Y n
5.
 
Fujifilm X-A7none n 3.5 2760 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
6.
 
Fujifilm X-T1002360 n 3.0 1040 full-flex Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
7.
 
Fujifilm X-E32360 n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 8.0 n n
8.
 
Fujifilm X-T202360 n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 8.0 Y n
9.
 
Fujifilm X-A3none n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
10.
 
Fujifilm X-A10none n 3.0 1040 tilting n 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
11.
 
Fujifilm X-A2none n 3.0 920 tilting n 1/4000s 5.6 Y n
12.
 
Nikon D3500optical n 3.0 921 fixed n 1/4000s 5.0 Y n

One difference between the cameras concerns the presence of an on-board flash. The X-A5 has one, while the X-E4 does not. While the built-in flash of the X-A5 is not very powerful, it can at times be useful as a fill-in light.

The X-A5 has an articulated LCD that can be turned to be front-facing. This characteristic will be appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in snapping selfies. In contrast, the X-E4 does not have a selfie-screen.

The reported shutter speed information refers to the use of the mechanical shutter. Yet, some cameras only have an electronic shutter, while others have an electronic shutter in addition to a mechanical one. In fact, both cameras under consideration feature an electronic shutter, which makes completely silent shooting possible. However, this mode is less suitable for photographing moving objects (risk of rolling shutter) or shooting under artificial light sources (risk of flickering).

The Fujifilm X-A5 and the Fujifilm X-E4 both have an intervalometer built-in. This enables the photographer to capture time lapse sequences, such as flower blooming, a sunset or moon rise, without purchasing an external camera trigger and related software.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the X-A5 and the X-E4 write their files to SDXC cards. Both cameras can use UHS-I cards, which provide for Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 104 MB/s.

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Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Fujifilm X-A5 and Fujifilm X-E4 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Fujifilm X-A5YstereomonoY-mini2.0Y-Y
2.
 
Fujifilm X-E4YstereomonoY-micro3.2Y-Y
3.
 
Fujifilm X-T200YstereomonoYYmicro3.1Y-Y
4.
 
Fujifilm X-T30YstereomonoY-micro3.1Y-Y
5.
 
Fujifilm X-A7YstereomonoY-mini2.0Y-Y
6.
 
Fujifilm X-T100YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
7.
 
Fujifilm X-E3YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
8.
 
Fujifilm X-T20YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y--
9.
 
Fujifilm X-A3Ystereomono--micro2.0Y--
10.
 
Fujifilm X-A10-stereomono--mini2.0Y--
11.
 
Fujifilm X-A2Ystereomono--mini2.0Y--
12.
 
Nikon D3500Ymonomono--mini2.0--Y

The X-E4 is a recent model that features in the current product line-up of Fujifilm. In contrast, the X-A5 has been discontinued (but can be found pre-owned on eBay). There has not been a direct replacement model for the X-A5 from Fujifilm. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Fujifilm website.

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Review summary

So what conclusions can be drawn? Is there a clear favorite between the Fujifilm X-A5 and the Fujifilm X-E4? Which camera is better? Below is a summary of the relative strengths of each of the two contestants.


Advantages of the Fujifilm X-A5:

  • Better moiré control: Has an anti-alias filter to avoid artificial patterns to appear in images.
  • More selfie-friendly: Has an articulated screen that can be turned to be front-facing.
  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (450 versus 380) on a single battery charge.
  • Easier fill-in: Is equipped with a small onboard flash to brighten deep shadow areas.
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced category (53 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More heavily discounted: Has been available for much longer (launched in January 2018).


Arguments in favor of the Fujifilm X-E4:

  • Maximized detail: Lacks an anti-alias filter to exploit the sensor's full resolution potential.
  • Better video: Provides higher movie framerates (4K/30p versus 4K/15p).
  • Better live-view autofocus: Features on-sensor phase-detection for more confident autofocus.
  • Easier framing: Has an electronic viewfinder for image composition and settings control.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (1620k vs 1040k dots).
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (8 vs 6 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Faster data transfer: Supports a more advanced USB protocol (3.2 vs 2.0).
  • More modern: Reflects 2 years and 11 months of technical progress since the X-A5 launch.

If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the X-E4 emerges as the winner of the match-up (8 : 6 points). However, the relevance of individual strengths will vary across photographers, so that you might want to apply your own weighing scheme to the summary points when reflecting and deciding on a new camera. A professional wildlife photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a family photog, and a person interested in architecture has distinct needs from a sports shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

X-A5 06:08 X-E4

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Fujifilm X-A5 and the Fujifilm X-E4 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera listing whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance when actually working with the X-A5 or the X-E4. User reviews that are available, for instance, at amazon can sometimes shed light on these issues, but such feedback is all too often partial, inconsistent, and inaccurate.

Expert reviews

This is where reviews by experts come in. The adjacent summary-table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Fujifilm X-A5..+..4/53.5/5 Jan 2018 399i
2.
 
Fujifilm X-E44/5........ Jan 2021 849 i
3.
 
Fujifilm X-T2003.5/5..82/1004/54.5/5 Jan 2020 699 i
4.
 
Fujifilm X-T305/5+ +84/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2019 899 i
5.
 
Fujifilm X-A73/5..81/1004/53.5/5 Sep 2019 499 i
6.
 
Fujifilm X-T1004/5+79/1004/54.5/5 May 2018 599i
7.
 
Fujifilm X-E34.5/5+84/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2017 899 i
8.
 
Fujifilm X-T205/5+ +82/1005/54.5/5 Jan 2017 899i
9.
 
Fujifilm X-A3....74/1004.5/54/5 Aug 2016 399i
10.
 
Fujifilm X-A10......4/54/5 Dec 2016 399i
11.
 
Fujifilm X-A24/5....4.5/54.5/5 Jan 2015 399i
12.
 
Nikon D3500....75/1004/54.5/5 Aug 2018 429 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The above review scores should be interpreted with care, though. The ratings are only valid when referring to cameras in the same category and of the same age. Thus, a score needs to be put into the context of the launch date and the launch price of the camera, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. Also, please note that some of the review sites have changed their methodology and reporting over time.

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    Specifications: Fujifilm X-A5 vs Fujifilm X-E4

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Fujifilm X-A5 Fujifilm X-E4
    Camera Type Mirrorless system camera Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens Fujifilm X mount lenses Fujifilm X mount lenses
    Launch Date January 2018 January 2021
    Launch Price USD 399 USD 849
    Sensor Specs Fujifilm X-A5 Fujifilm X-E4
    Sensor Technology CMOS BSI-CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 23.5 x 15.7 mm 23.5 x 15.6 mm
    Sensor Area 368.95 mm2 366.6 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 28.3 mm 28.2 mm
    Crop Factor 1.5x 1.5x
    Sensor Resolution 24 Megapixels 26 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 6000 x 4000 pixels 6240 x 4160 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 3.92 μm 3.76 μm
    Pixel Density 6.50 MP/cm2 7.08 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability 4K/15p Video 4K/30p Video
    ISO Setting 200 - 12,800 ISO 160 - 12,800 ISO
    ISO Boost 200 - 51,200 ISO 80 - 51,200 ISO
    Screen Specs Fujifilm X-A5 Fujifilm X-E4
    Viewfinder Type no viewfinder Electronic viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.62x
    Viewfinder Resolution 2360k dots
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 1040k dots 1620k dots
    LCD Attachment Tilting screen Tilting screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Fujifilm X-A5 Fujifilm X-E4
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF On-Sensor Phase-detect
    Manual Focusing AidFocus PeakingFocus Peaking
    Max Shutter Speed (mechanical) 1/4000s 1/4000s
    Continuous Shooting 6 shutter flaps/s 8 shutter flaps/s
    Electronic Shutterup to 1/32000sup to 1/32000s
    Time-Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer built-inIntervalometer built-in
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash no On-Board Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-I UHS-I
    Connectivity Specs Fujifilm X-A5 Fujifilm X-E4
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 3.2
    HDMI Port mini HDMI micro HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port External MIC port
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in Bluetooth built-in
    Body Specs Fujifilm X-A5 Fujifilm X-E4
    Battery Type NP-W126S NP-W126S
    Battery Life (CIPA)450 shots per charge380 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging USB charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 117 x 68 x 40 mm
    (4.6 x 2.7 x 1.6 in)
    121 x 73 x 33 mm
    (4.8 x 2.9 x 1.3 in)
    Camera Weight 361 g (12.7 oz) 364 g (12.8 oz)

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