Fujifilm incrementally updates its entry-level interchangeable-lens camera model, the. 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.
- 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 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.
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.
|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|
|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
unlimited JPEG/20 raw
(8fps with fixed focus and exposure)
(30fps at reduced resolution)
56 JPEG/23 raw
(mag/ effective mag)
|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 |
|H.264 QuickTime MOV 1080/30p @ 24Mbps||H.264 MPEG-4 |
|XAVC S |
1080/60p, 30p, 25p, 24p; 720/120p
|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|
|LCD||3-inch/7.5 cm |
Flip-down touch screen
|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|
|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. |
|8.1 oz (est.) |
230 g (est.)
|10 oz (est.) |
283 g (est.)
|Primary kit||$550 |
(with 16-50mm lens)
(with 14-42mm II lens)
(with 14-42mm PZ lens)
(with 16-50mm PZ lens)
(with 16-50mm PZ lens)
|Release date||February 2015||September 2014||June 2014||September 2014|