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Fujifilm X-A2 jumps on selfie bandwagon

Very, very incremental updates from the X-A1 include a flip-up display.

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Lori Grunin

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I've been reviewing hardware and software, devising testing methodology and handed out buying advice for what seems like forever; I'm currently absorbed by computers and gaming hardware, but previously spent many years concentrating on cameras. I've also volunteered with a cat rescue for over 15 years doing adoptions, designing marketing materials, managing volunteers and, of course, photographing cats.

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A flip-up display is one of the few new changes to the X-A2 from the X-A1. (The unflipped image is a preproduction bug.) Joshua Goldman/CNET

Fujifilm X-A2 gets a flip-up display (pictures)

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Fujifilm incrementally updates its entry-level interchangeable-lens camera model, the X-A1 . The Fujifilm X-A2 will ship in two official kits, a $550 option with a revised version of the XC16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OIS lens (denoted with a II) and a $700 kit with that lens and the XC50-230mm II f4.5-6.7 lens.

Directly converted, those prices equate to £363/£462 and AU$673/AU$857; I don't have actual kit configurations or pricing for those regions yet, but I'll update as soon as I do.

What's new

  • Selfie display: While the X-A1's LCD tilted, the X-A2 follows the crowd and flips up -- 175 degrees, as opposed to 180 -- for convenient selfie shots.
  • New autofocus options: Picking up some of Fujifilm's newer autofocus technologies, the camera now incorporates Multi-Target AF, which expands the selected focus points over a detected subject; Eye AF, a common AF setting that compensates for bad face detection by looking specifically for eyes; and Auto Macro AF, which switches into macro mode when you try to autofocus within a certain distance range, comes in really handy.
  • Updated mode dial: There's now a night mode right on it.
  • Classic Chrome: Like every other X-series model, the A2 gets the slide-film effect preset.
  • Updated app: Fujifilm is stressing that you can print to an Instax printer directly from the app after downloading an image from the camera via Wi-Fi.

Both updated lenses have better build quality and tweaked designs. For the 50-230mm lens, Fujifilm says it slightly improved image stabilization, and decreased the closest focus on the 16-50mm lens to 2.8in/7cm from its predecessor's 5.9in/15cm from the front of the lens.

My take

As far as I can tell, those are the only changes -- the specifications are essentially identical to the A1 -- and it doesn't seem terribly compelling compared to what's out there. It's still a physically attractive camera, but there's so much competition -- and cheaper models -- that it does nothing to meaningfully distinguish it from the pack.

Comparative specs

Fujifilm X-A2 Olympus PEN E-PL7 Samsung NX3000 Sony Alpha A5100
Sensor effective resolution 16.3MP CMOS 16.1MP Live MOS 20.3MP CMOS 24.3MP Exmor HD CMOS
Sensor size 23.6 x 15.6mm 17.3mm x 13mm 23.5mm x 15.7mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Focal-length multiplier 1.5x 2.0x 1.5x 1.5x
OLPF No Yes No Yes
Sensitivity range ISO 100 (exp)/
ISO 200 - ISO 6400/
ISO 25600 (exp)
ISO 100 (exp)/ISO 200 - ISO 25600 ISO 100 - ISO 25600 ISO 100 - ISO 25600
Burst shooting

None with continuous focus and exposure
(5.6fps with fixed focus and exposure)

3.5fps
unlimited JPEG/20 raw
(8fps with fixed focus and exposure)
5fps
(30fps at reduced resolution)
n/a
6fps
56 JPEG/23 raw
Viewfinder
(mag/ effective mag)
None None None None
Hot shoe Yes Yes Yes No
Autofocus 49-area
Contrast AF
81-area
Contrast AF
21-area contrast AF 179-pt phase-
detection; 25-area contrast AF
AF sensitivity n/a n/a n/a -1 - 20 EV
Shutter speed 30 - 1/4,000 sec.; bulb to 60 min; 1/180 x-sync 60-1/4,000 sec.; bulb to 30 minutes; 1/250 sec. x-sync 30-1/4,000 sec.; bulb to 4 minutes; 1/180 x-sync 30-1/4,000 sec.; bulb; 1/160 x-sync
Metering 256 zones 324 area 221 segment 1,200 zone
Metering sensitivity n/a -2 - 20 EV 0 - 18 EV -1 - 20 EV
Best video H.264 MPEG-4
Quicktime MOV
1080/30p
H.264 QuickTime MOV 1080/30p @ 24Mbps H.264 MPEG-4
1080/30p, 25p
XAVC S
1080/60p, 30p, 25p, 24p; 720/120p
50Mbps
Audio Stereo Stereo Stereo Stereo
Manual aperture and shutter in video n/a Yes Yes Yes
Maximum best-quality recording time per clip 14 minutes 22 minutes 4GB/20 minutes 29 minutes
IS Optical Sensor shift Optical Optical
LCD 3-inch/7.5 cm
Tilting
920,000 dots
3-inch/7.5cm
Flip-down touch screen
1.04m dots
3-inch/7.5cm
Tilting
460,000 dots
3-inch/7.5cm
Flip-up touchscreen
921,600 dots
Memory slots 1 x SDXC 1 x SDXC 1 x microSD 1 x SDXC
Wireless connection Wi-Fi Wi-Fi Wi-Fi, NFC Wi-Fi, NFC
Flash Yes Bundled optional Bundled optional Yes
Wireless flash Yes Yes No No
Battery life (CIPA rating) 410 shots 350 shots 370 shots 400 shots
Size (WHD) 4.6 x 2.6 x 1.6 in
116.9 x 66.5 x 404 mm
4.5 x 2.6 x 1.5 in
114.9 x 67 x 38.4 mm
4.6 x 2.6 x 1.5 in
117.4 x 65.9 x 39.0 mm
4.3 x 2.5 x 1.4 in
109.6 x 62.8 x 35.7 mm
Body operating weight 12.3 oz. (est.)
350 g (est.)
12.9 oz.
364 g
8.1 oz (est.)
230 g (est.)
10 oz (est.)
283 g (est.)
Primary kit $550
(with 16-50mm lens)
$600
£400
(with 14-42mm II lens)
AU$849
(with 14-42mm PZ lens)
$510
£280
AU$600
(with 16-50mm PZ lens)
$600
£530
AU$800
(with 16-50mm PZ lens)
Release date February 2015 September 2014 June 2014 September 2014
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