The Fujifilm X-A2 is a new entry-level compact system camera designed to lớn take better selfies, thanks to lớn its 175° tilting LCD screen with face and eye detection. Key features of the X-A2 include a 16.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, newly-developed Eye tự động focus (AF), tự động hóa Macro AF and Multi-Target AF, 5.6fps burst shooting, built-in wi-fi, EXR Processor II, a pop-up flash and external hotshoe, a range of film simulation modes & creative effects, Classic Chrome film simulation mode, Full HD đoạn phim recording capabilities at 30 frames per second, and a multiple exposure mode. The Fujifilm X-A2 is available in silver/black or brown bundled with the new XC 16-50mm II (24-76mm) F3.5-5.6 OIS zoom lens at a kit price of £449.99 / $549.95.

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Ease of Use

The new Fujifilm X-A2 is virtually identical in appearance khổng lồ the previous X-A1 model, the main physical change being the addition of a redesigned LCD screen that can now be tilted khổng lồ the front for easier selfies.

As with all the other X-series cameras, the Fujifilm X-A2 is a classically styled interchangeable lens camera that recalls film rangefinders from the past, with a lovely retro kiến thiết that draws admiring glances from everyone that sees it. 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.

As with the X-M1, the X-A2 dispenses with any kind of viewfinder, either optical or electronic, và it doesn"t accept a hotshoe mounted viewfinder either, making image composition a hold-at-arms length affair. While this is perhaps inevitable given the small form size and weight, và is in-line with the X-A2"s main competitors, it does feel rather strange using a Fujifilm X camera that you can"t hold up to your eye, especially when Fujifilm have made such a big play of their innovative viewfinder technologies. On the other hand, given the X-A2"s budget price-point, it"s probably be better suited to its target market of compact-camera upgraders looking lớn take their first step into the world of interchangeable lens cameras, who are used to lớn not looking through a viewfinder.

The X-A2"s rear LCD screen offers the ability lớn tilt it up or down from a forward-facing 175° angle khổng lồ a low 90° angle, perfect for selfies, overhead và low-down shooting. With a resolution of 920K dots, it has the same resolution as the screen on the X-A1, again proving to lớn be a little hard to see in bright sunlight. When you flip-up the screen lớn 175°, the camera automatically detects both face và eyes to lớn help ensure that the main subject is sharp, and there"s a new Portrait Enhancer mode to lớn make skin look brighter và smoother.

The X-A2 is the latest X-series camera to lớn feature built-in wi-fi connectivity, although it"s rather restricted in use as it has khổng lồ be paired with a smartphone. Install the FUJIFILM Camera App và you can transfer your pictures immediately khổng lồ a smartphone or tablet PC and then edit & share them as you wish, transfer stills and clip onto the camera, và embed GPS information in your shots from your smartphone. Cảnh báo that you can"t control the camera remotely, only transfer images. The FUJIFILM PC AutoSave software provides a simple means khổng lồ back up your photos to your home PC. You can also send photos directly to the instax SHARE điện thoại Printer SP-1.

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Front of the Fujifilm X-A2

Despite its significantly low price on launch, the Fujifilm X-A2 is another well-built X-series camera, with very little no flex or movement in its chassis, despite having more plastic in its construction. It"s actually much lighter than a first glance might suggest, weighing in at 350g body toàn thân only with the battery and memory thẻ fitted và measuring 116.9mm (W) x 66.5mm (H) x 40.4mm (D), almost exactly the same as the X-A1.

There are quite a few plastic buttons và controls on the X-A2, most notably the memory card / battery compartment door & the flap for the HDMI port, both of which wouldn"t look or feel out of place on a cheap compact, & the rear controls, especially the second thumb-operated control dial. Otherwise the X-A2 is very well constructed.

The X-A2 has a subtle but fairly effective hand-grip at the front & a dotted space at the rear for your thumb, with your grip helped in no small part by the textured faux-leather surface that runs around the full width of the camera. Two small metal eyelets on either side of the toàn thân are used for connecting the supplied shoulder strap, which isn"t quite as luxurious as the rest of the package. A metal tripod mount is positioned slightly off-centre from the lens & next to the memory card / battery compartment, so you"ll have lớn remove the camera from the tripod to change either of them.

At the heart of the X-A2 is a 16.3 megapixel APS-C sized CMOS sensor, with APS-C being a form size that"s more commonly used by the majority of DSLR cameras than by compact system cameras - Sony"s NEX range and Samsung"s NX series are the others.

Helping khổng lồ keep the image unique high is the new 16-50mm zoom lens. With a plastic mount, slower apertures và no aperture ring, at first glance it seems lớn be a poor alternative to Fujifilm"s standard 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS optic, but its low weight và compact kích cỡ are better suited khổng lồ the smaller X-A2. It still offers the added benefit of built-in optical image stabilisation (3-stops) khổng lồ help keep your images sharp, and most importantly doesn"t skimp on image quality, making it a cut above the kit lenses that ship with most interchangeable lens cameras. The 16mm wide-angle setting of the new XC 16-50mm II kit lens provides a useful minimum working distance of 15cm from the sensor, và cleverly the tự động hóa Macro function automatically switches the camera khổng lồ the Macro mode for quicker focusing, making the X-A2 quite well-suited khổng lồ close-up shots.

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Rear of the Fujifilm X-A2

The 18-55mm lens" fairly fast maximum apertures in conjunction with the large APS-C sensor make it easy lớn throw the background out of focus và achieve some really nice bokeh effects. The combination of the fast apertures and the extensive ISO range of 100-25600 makes the X-A2 very well suited khổng lồ low-light shooting, allowing you khổng lồ hand-hold the camera in places where you"d usually be reaching for a tripod (if allowed) or other support. The clever ISO tự động hóa Control setting allows you khổng lồ set a maximum sensitivity (up khổng lồ 3200) and a minimum shutter speed (1/30th is a good starting point), with the camera over-riding your ISO choice if it thinks you"re being too ambitious whilst maintaining a shutter tốc độ that won"t introduce camera shake.

With its focal-plane shutter, the X-A2 has a very adaptable đứng top shutter-speed limit of 1/4000th second in all shooting modes. Consequently there"s no built-in ND filter as on the X100/S, so if you want khổng lồ use, say, the excellent 35mm lens at f/1.4 in very bright sunlight, then it"s a good idea to lớn buy an actual glass ND filter (52mm), otherwise you"ll have lớn stop down lớn achieve a correct exposure.

The Fujifilm X-A2"s auto-focusing speed is quick, with a quoted fastest auto-focus time of 0.1 seconds, although it was slightly slower when using the 16-50mm kit zoom. DSLR owners accustomed to the quick reactions of their phase-detection cameras will likely find the still slightly perceptible delay of the X-A2 as it locks onto the subject mildly annoying, but it simply won"t be an issue for the majority of owners. The X-A2 has 49 individual AF points laid out in a 7x7 grid, with the ability khổng lồ change the kích cỡ of the focus point via the rear command dial to achieve more precise focusing. When using the new Multi-Target auto Area AF mode, the X-A2 employs multiple focusing points to identify and track your intended subject.

Manual focusing is activated via the Focus Mode main menu setting & then using the ring that encircles the lens khổng lồ focus. The X-series lenses have an electronically coupled focus-by-wire manual focusing ring, rather than a physical one, which in practice is less responsive both in terms of feel và speed. We criticised the older X-E1 for taking a lot of turns khổng lồ change the focus from 0.1m to lớn infinity. Fujifilm have cleverly made the focusing ring more sensitive lớn how you use it - turn it slowly & the focusing distance changes slowly, but turn it more quickly & the camera quickly moves through the distance scale. It now takes less than 2 full turns & a couple of seconds lớn jump from the closest focus distance khổng lồ infinity, a big improvement on the X-E1.

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Tilting LCD Screen

The X-A2 offers two ways of manually focusing. Firstly, there"s a handy xanh distance scale along the bottom of the LCD screen, with a red bar indicating the the focusing distance & a white bar showing the depth of field, which actually changes in line with the current aperture - very clever. The X-A2 has another trick up its manual focusing sleeve in the shape of the rear command control (the dial which sits under your right thumb). You can press this in khổng lồ magnify the view, making it much easier khổng lồ judge precise focusing. The second method is the Focus Peak Highlight function, which displays a white line around the subject when it"s in focus, something that Sony NEX users in particular have been enjoying for a while. Both of these make manual focusing on the X-A2 more of a pleasure than a chore, although the revised fly-by-wire manual focusing ring operation is arguably more important.

To make the camera less obtrusive there"s a clever Silent thực đơn option which turns off the speaker, flash, AF-assist lamp & most importantly the artificially-created shutter-release sound, instantly making the X-A2 perfectly suited lớn more candid photography.

In terms of operational speed, the Fujifilm X-A2 is actually quicker in some ways than the more expensive X-E1 và X-Pro1 models, thanks lớn the EXR Processor II. At 0.05 secs shutter lag is virtually non-existent on this camera, so once you have mix the focus, you"ll never miss the moment because the camera can"t fire the shutter quickly enough, & the start-up time is only 0.5 secs. The write speeds from pressing the shutter button to recording to lớn the SD / SDHC / SDXC memory thẻ are perfectly acceptable. Shooting a single RAW + Fine JPEG takes about 5 seconds to record to the card, but you can take another shot almost straight away.

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Continuous shooting speeds are also good, with a top rate of 5.6fps for around 30 JPEGs or 10 RAW files, depending on the speed of your memory card, with a slower 3fps tốc độ also available for around 50 JPEGs or 10 RAW files. Cảnh báo that both the focus and the exposure are phối according lớn the first frame in each series, so it"s not a particularly good system for tracking fast-moving subjects in varied lighting conditions, Thankfully the camera doesn"t lock up completely for a long time if you shoot the maximum number of images in a burst, allowing you khổng lồ continue shooting after just a few seconds.

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Top of the Fujifilm X-A2

Located on đứng top of the X-A2 are a small but responsive shutter release button, encircled by the On/Off switch. Alongside is the Wi-Fi / Fn button, which by mặc định during shooting provides quick access to lớn the ISO speeds, but can be customised to lớn suit your own needs from 12 different settings. Further customisation is available via the Custom thực đơn option, which lets you create, save & recall a phối of user-defined settings. There"s an external flash hotshoe for suitable dedicated external units, & the handy built-in pop-up flash which has a guide number of 7 at ISO 200. This is released via the Flash button on the rear of the camera, and its clever hinged design positions it above the lens & helps to reduce red-eye.

There"s an unmarked tactile control dial for changing the exposure compensation (+-2EV) or the shutter speed, dependent upon the shooting mode, alongside the ridged dial for selecting one of the 12 different modes. As the X-A2 is a consumer-focused camera, there"s a smattering of scene modes alongside the beginner-focused tự động hóa modes and more photographer-friendly P/A/S/M modes. The clever Advanced SR tự động automatically optimizes the shutter speed, aperture và other settings, instantly recognizing 58 scene types và then choosing the most appropriate settings. Also available on the X-A2 is the Advanced mode, which offers a range of 13 different filter effects that can be previewed on the LCD screen (JPEG only).

The Fujifilm X-A2 can record full HD 1080p or 720p movies at 30fps with stereo sound, with a handy one-touch movie record button on the back of the camera. It"s fair to lớn say that the X-A2"s movie mode isn"t overly advanced. You can mix the aperture và shutter tốc độ before recording begins, but not during, & you can also set the Film Simulation mode, so black & white footage is possible. Continuous auto-focusing is possible, although it tends to lớn hunt around a lot before locking onto the subject, và manual focusing is also available (with the same caveats as for stills). There is a HDMI port for connecting the X-A2 khổng lồ a high-definition TV, although as usual there"s no cable supplied in the box. Also missing is a paper copy of the otherwise helpful manual, which is supplied on CD-ROM instead, along with the consumer MyFinepix software the slow và rather unintuitive RAW converter (essentially a specially customised version of the commercial Silkypix application).

The X-A2 has a fairly logical rear control layout, with almost all the controls located to lớn the right of the tilting LCD screen. Underneath the second control dial, there"s a cluster of buttons for choosing image playback, one-touch movie record, the focus point, trắng balance, continuous shooting và the self-timer, plus a central button which accesses the Main thực đơn system. The Q button provides quick access to lớn lots of frequently used shooting settings including the ISO speed, white Balance, File form size and tệp tin Quality, with the 4-way controller và control dial used lớn quickly change them. Finally the Disp/Back button is used for changing the LCD display or going back.

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this reviews were taken using the 16 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image kích thước of around 6Mb.

The Fujifilm X-A2 produces images of outstanding quality. It recorded noise-free JPEG images at ISO 100 all the way up lớn 6400, with a little noise at ISO 12800 và more visible noise and slight colour desaturation at the fastest setting of ISO 25600, an amazing performance for a camera with an APS-C sensor. The RAW files were also excellent, with usable images throughout the entire range of ISO 200-6400.

The images were a little soft straight out of the Fujifilm X-A2 at the mặc định sharpening setting and ideally require some further sharpening in an application lượt thích Adobe Photoshop, or you can change the in-camera setting. The night photograph was excellent, with the maximum shutter tốc độ of 30 seconds being long enough for most after-dark shots, and the Bulb mode allowing much longer exposures if required. The Dynamic Range settings subtly improve detail in the shadows and highlights, while the Film Simulation modes hark back to a bygone era. The Advanced Filters provide some creative control over your JPEGs bewfore taking the shot.

Noise

There are 9 ISO settings available on the Fujifilm X-A2 for JPEGs, & 6 for RAW files. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting for both JPEG & RAW files.

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ISO 100 (100% Crop)

 
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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

 
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ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

 
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Sharpening

Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as website - chất lượng 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are a little soft và ideally benefit from some further sharpening in a program lượt thích Adobe Photoshop. You can also change the in-camera sharpening level.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

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File Quality

The Fujifilm X-A2 has 2 different image unique settings available, with Fine being the highest quality option. Here are some 100% crops which show the chất lượng of the various options, with the file kích thước shown in brackets.

16M Fine (4.57Mb) (100% Crop)16M Normal (2.88Mb) (100% Crop)
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16M RAW (24.9Mb) (100% Crop) 
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Flash

The flash settings on the Fujifilm FinePix X-A2 are Auto, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction Auto, Red-eye Reduction và Forced Flash và Red-eye Reduction và Slow Synchro. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Suppressed Flash - Wide Angle (24mm)

Forced Flash - Wide Angle (24mm)

  

Suppressed Flash - Telephoto (75mm)

Forced Flash - Telephoto (75mm)

And here are some portrait shots. As you can see, neither the Forced Flash setting or the Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash option caused any red-eye.

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Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash

Red-eye Reduction và Forced Flash (100% Crop)

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Night

The Fujifilm X-A2"s maximum shutter speed is 30 seconds in the Manual mode, và there"s a Bulb mode which allows exposures up khổng lồ 60 minutes long, which is excellent news if you"re seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter tốc độ of 15 seconds at ISO 200.

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Night (100% Crop)

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Dynamic Range

The Fujifilm X-A2 has three dynamic range settings - 100% (on by default), 200%, & 400% - và an tự động setting if you want khổng lồ let the camera take control. These settings gradually increase the amount of detail visible in the shadow & highlight areas, with the side-effect of more noise appearing in the image. Cảnh báo that you can"t actually turn this feature off.

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200%

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Film Simulation

The Fujifilm X-A2 offers 5 different film simulation modes lớn help replicate the look of your favourite film stock from the past.

Provia / Standard

Velvia / Vivid

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Astia / Soft

B&W

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Advanced Filter

The Fujifilm Finepix X-A2 offers 13 different filter effects which can be previewed on the LCD screen.

Toy Camera

Miniature

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Pop Color

High-Key

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Low-Key

Dynamic Tone

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Soft Focus

Partial màu sắc (Red)

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Partial color (Orange)

Partial màu sắc (Yellow)

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Partial màu sắc (Green)

Partial màu sắc (Blue)

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Partial color (Purple)

 
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Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Fujifilm X-A2 camera, which were all taken using the 16 megapixel Fine JPEG setting. The thumbnails below liên kết to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.