Fujifilm has announced the XQ2 premium compact camera which is the same as the XQ1, save for the addition of the Classic Chrome film simulation mode. As with its predecessor, the XQ2 features a 12 megapixel 2/3" X-Trans CMOS sensor, 25-100mm equiv. F1.8-4.9 lens, 1080/60p video, and built-in Wi-Fi. The XQ2 also has a customizable control ring around the lens for quickly adjusting your favorite settings.

The XQ2 will be available in black, silver, and white in February for $399.95.


Press release:

FUJIFILM ANNOUNCES NEW SELFIE-READY X-A2 CSC AND PREMIUM COMPACT XQ2 

Two new versatile zoom lenses, XC16-50mm II and XC50-230mm II, also added to give users wide range of photographic possibilities 

Valhalla, N.Y., January 15, 2015 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the new FUJIFILM X-A2 compact system camera (CSC), an ultra-light, selfie-ready camera that gives users quick access to a 175° tilting LCD with face and eye detection for fast and fun pictures. The X-A2 is an affordable entry point into the X-Series line of digital cameras and delivers outstanding image quality using its large 16.3 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, easy operation and wireless image transfer for quick photo sharing.

Also new to the X-Series line is the FUJIFILM XQ2, a premium pocket-sized digital camera with a bright FUJINON F1.8 4x zoom lens, an advanced 12 Megapixel 2/3” X-Trans CMOS II sensor with phase detection, and the EXR Processor II that delivers the fastest autofocus speed in its category of up to 0.06 seconds.

FUJIFILM X-A2 faces forward for incredible shots
The FUJIFILM X-A2 ships with the newly-developed FUJINON XC16-50mm II (24-76mm) F3.5-5.6 OIS zoom lens and has a 175° tilting LCD with face and eye detection for candid and fun selfies. The X-A2 also features optical image stabilization of approximately 3.5-stops, making it easier to take telephoto and low light images.

The X-A2 uses a newly-developed Eye auto focus (AF), Auto Macro AF and Multi-Target AF to achieve easy and accurate auto focus performance, bringing premium image quality and performance of the X-Series to everyone. 

The XC16-50mm II is a versatile lens that is ideal for a wide range of photographic subjects, including clear low-light scenes, beautiful portraits and vibrant landscapes. The lens consists of 12 all glass elements in 10 groups including 3 aspherical elements and 1 ED element. The lens features seven round-edged aperture blades, which offer 17 stops in 1/3 EV increments for precise aperture control.

FUJINON XC50-230mm II (76-350mm) F4.5-6.7 OIS
Also new to pair with the X-A2 is the improved FUJINON XC50-230mm II (76-350mm) F4.5-6.7 OIS lens that adds even more versatility by offering an expanded zoom range that delivers consistently outstanding optical performance throughout. The XC50-230mm II uses optical image stabilization to ensure superb performance and effectively reduces blur when shooting at longer focal lengths and in low light.

FUJIFILM XQ2 makes performance easier to carry
The FUJIFILM XQ2 uses the 12 Megapixel 2/3” X-Trans CMOS II sensor that is designed to control moiré and false color generation by using an original color filter array with a highly randomized pixel arrangement. This technology removes the need for an Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF) that degrades resolution. The image quality in the XQ2 is further enhanced by using a Lens Modulation Optimizer (LMO) for stunningly sharp pictures, as well as a 3.0 stop Optical Image Stabilization for shooting in low light situations.

The newly developed FUJINON F1.8 4x zoom (25-100mm) is constructed with 4 aspherical and 3 extra low dispersion lenses and each lens surface is coated with HT-EBC to reduce flare and ghosting. The XQ2 also has a wide sensitivity range from ISO100 to ISO12800 so you can take realistic and vibrant images even in low light.

The EXR Processor II in the new XQ2 more than doubles the processing speed of the previous generation, and it easily captures the information taken from over 100,000 phase detection pixels incorporated in the X-Trans CMOS II to deliver astonishing images.

FUJIFILM X-A2 key features list:

  • 16.3 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • EXR Processor II
    Start-up time of 0.5 seconds
    AF speed of 0.3 seconds
    Shutter lag time of 0.05 seconds
    Shooting interval time of 0.4 seconds
    3” (920K dot) high resolution LCD screen that can be tilted to 175°
  • Full range of ISO100 – ISO25600
  • Wireless image transfer
  • Q Menu shortcut button
  • In-camera RAW processing
  • Super i-Flash accurately controls light output according to individual scenes
  • NEW ‘Classic Chrome’ and other film simulation modes
  • Multiple Exposure mode to superimpose a second exposure on the first exposure
  • Full HD movie 1080P\30fps
  • Wi-Fi® enabled
  • Photos can be sent to the INSTAX Share Printer using the free INSTAX Share App (iOS and Android) SHARE Smartphone Printer

FUJINON XC16-50mm II (24-76mm) F3.5-5.6 OIS

  • 24-76mm equivalent F3.5-5.6 lens
  • Fully compatible with FUJIFILM X-Mount
  • 12 all glass elements in 10 groups including 3 aspherical elements and 1 ED element
  • Seven round-edged aperture blades, which offer 17 stops in 1/3 EV steps

FUJINON XC50-230mm II (76-350mm) F4.5-6.7 OIS

  • 76-350mm equivalent F4.5-6.7 lens
  • Fully compatible with FUJIFILM X-Mount
  • 13 all glass elements in 10 groups including 1 aspherical lens and 1 ED element
  • Optical image stabilization that minimizes blur at longer focal lengths and in low light
  • A precision stepping motor for high-speed autofocusing 

FUJIFILM XQ2 key features list:

  • 12 Megapixel 2/3” X-Trans CMOS II Sensor
  • EXR Processor II
    Start-up time of 1.0
    Shutter lag time of 0.015
    Shooting interval time of 0.3
  • AF speed 0.06 seconds
  • F1.8-F4.9 4x optical zoom equivalent to 25-100mm in 35mm format
  • 4x Intelligent Digital Zoom (16X combined with optical zoom)
  • Lens Modulation Optimizer for improved image quality
  • 3” (920,000 dot) premium clear LCD (High contrast, High Brightness and Wide viewing angle)
  • Built-in Super Intelligent pop-up Flash
  • ISO100 – 12800
  • Full HD Movie and built-in stereo microphone
  • Wi-Fi® enabled
  • NEW ‘Classic Chrome’ and other film simulation modes
  • Photos can be sent to the INSTAX Share Printer using the free INSTAX Share App (iOS and Android) SHARE Smartphone Printer

The FUJIFILM X-A2 standard kit (XC16-50mm II) will be available in silver, white and brown in February 2015 for USD $549.95 \ CAD $599.95.

The FUJIFILM XQ2 will be available in black, white and black and silver in February 2015 for USD $399.95 \ CAD $449.95.


Fujifilm XQ2 specifications

Price
MSRP$399
Body type
Body typeUltracompact
Sensor
Max resolution4000 x 3000
Other resolutions4000 x 2664, 4000 x 2248, 2992 x 2992, 2816 x 2112, 2816 x 1864, 2816 x 1584, , 2112 x 2112, 2048 x x 1536, 2048 x 1360, 1920 x 1080, 1536 x 1536
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels12 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors15 megapixels
Sensor size2/3" (8.8 x 6.6 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorEXR Processor II
Color spacesRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto (100-3200), 100 - 12800
White balance presets7
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3),
  • RAW (RAF format)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)25–100 mm
Optical zoom4×
Maximum apertureF1.8–4.9
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (4X)
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range50 cm (19.69)
Macro focus range3 cm (1.18)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots920,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT-LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual exposure
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Portrait Enhancer
  • Landscape
  • Sport
  • Night
  • Night (Tripod)
  • Fireworks
  • Sunset
  • Snow
  • Beach
  • Party
  • Flower
  • Text
  • Underwater
Built-in flashYes
Flash range7.40 m (at Auto ISO)
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, on, off, slow syncho
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive12.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Average
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±1 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
FormatH.264
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage included66MB
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n
Remote controlNo
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNP-48 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)240
Weight (inc. batteries)206 g (0.45 lb / 7.27 oz)
Dimensions100 x 59 x 33 mm (3.94 x 2.32 x 1.3)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSNone