Fujifilm X-A2 – new entry-level mirrorless digital compact system for better selfies
The Fujifilm X-A2 is a new entry-level mirrorless digital compact system camera designed to take better selfies, thanks to its tilts forward 175° for your front-facing self-portrait needs. Key features of the X-A2 from Fujifilm is a versatile camera featuring a 16.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, newly-developed Eye auto focus (AF), Auto Macro AF and Multi-Target AF, 5.6fps burst shooting, built-in wi-fi, EXR Processor II to deliver high-resolution stills and full HD 1080p video.and fast performance speeds for quick and candid shooting and extended sensitivity of ISO 25600 to benefit working in a variety of shooting conditions, a pop-up flash and external hotshoe, a range of film simulation modes and creative effects, Classic Chrome film simulation mode, Full HD video recording capabilities at 30 frames per second, and a multiple exposure mode.
The new Fujifilm X-A2 is virtually identical in appearance to the previous X-A1 model, the main change being the addition of a redesigned LCD screen that can now be tilted to the front. Benefitting the imaging capabilities of the X-A2 is an intuitive control scheme, which Q Menu shortcut button for quickly adjusting camera and exposure settings. Film Simulation modes are also available, including on top of the decision to lean on old-school style physical controls, at the same time Fujifilm have once again incorporated modern technologies that help ensure that the X-A2 isn’t simply a blast from the past. Furthermore, a built-in flash utilizes Super i-Flash technology for consistent and natural light output and intelligent focusing settings, such as Eye AF, Auto Macro AF, and Multi-Target AF.
Included with the X-A2 is the Fujinon XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II lens, a standard zoom providing a 24-76mm equivalent focal length range to suit working in a wide variety of situations, helping to keep the image quality high. The all-glass, 12-elements-in-10-groups construction incorporated three aspherical elements and one extra-low dispersion element to minimize chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range for greater clarity, sharpness, and clearer imagery in low-light conditions. With a plastic mount, slower apertures and no aperture ring, it seems to be a poor alternative to Fujifilm’s standard 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS optic, but its low weight and compact size are better suited to the smaller X-A2. Auto Macro function automatically switches the camera to the Macro mode for quicker focusing, making the X-A2 quite well-suited to close-up shots. When working with the included XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II lens, a minimum focusing distance of 5.9″ is possible. Intelligent AF helps to improve focusing speeds in tricky situations, such as macro shooting or when working in low lighting.
At the heart of the X-A2 is a large APS-C-sized 16.3MP CMOS sensor and EXR Processor II work together to produce high-resolution still imagery and video with notable low-light quality and sensitivity to ISO 25600. that’s more commonly used by the majority of DSLR cameras than by compact system cameras. The processor works to provide quick performance throughout the camera, including a start-up time of 0.5 seconds, AF speed of 0.3 seconds anf shutter lag time of 0.05 seconds. Additionally, the sensor lends itself to producing full HD 1080p videos at 30 fps.
The X-A2’s rear 3-inch LCD screen that articulates to face front, letting your subject see the shot while you frame it and the ability to tilt it up or down from a forward-facing 175° angle to a low 90° angle, perfect for selfies, overhead and low-down shooting. With a resolution of 920K dots, it has the same resolution as the screen on the X-A1, again proving to be a little hard to see in bright sunlight. When you flip-up the screen to 175°, the camera automatically detects both face and eyes to help ensure that the main subject is sharp, and there’s a new Portrait Enhancer mode to make skin look brighter and smoother.
The X-A2 is the latest X-series camera to feature built-in wi-fi connectivity, integrated Wi-Fi connectivity permits instant wireless transferring of up to 30 images at once to linked mobile devices for direct sharing online. Although it’s rather restricted in use as it has to be paired with a smartphone. Install the FUJIFILM Camera App and you can transfer your pictures immediately to a smartphone or tablet PC and then edit and share them as you wish, transfer stills and video onto the camera, and embed GPS information in your shots from your smartphone. Note that you can’t control the camera remotely, only transfer images. The FUJIFILM PC AutoSave software provides a simple means to back up your photos to your home PC. You can also send photos directly to the instax SHARE Smartphone Printer SP-1.