Fujifilm X-A2

Fujifilm X-A2


16.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor | Wi-Fi | Film simulation modes


 

What we like:

  • Twin control dials
  • Tilting LCD
  • Good image quality
  • Built-in W-Fi

What we don't:

  • Slightly plasticky build 
  • Continuous AF performance not as good as the competition’s

The Fujifilm X-A2 is the company’s entry-level X-mount camera. It uses a 16MP APS-C sensor with a traditional Bayer array, rather than the X-Trans array used by other X-mount cameras. This has disadvantages (X-Trans sensors do punch above their weight a little when it comes to output resolution) but the upside is that Raw files from the X-A2 are more widely supported by third-party Raw converters.

Feature-wise, the X-A2 sports a 3" 920k-dot LCD that flips upwards a full 180 degrees, just in case you want to take a selfie. It is Wi-Fi enabled and offers the full suite of Film Simulation modes (which have a bit more than a bit of a cult following), including our favorite, Classic Chrome.

Despite its more traditional filter array, image quality from the X-A2 is not all that different than that of higher-end X-mount cameras. Even in low light, image quality in both JPEG and Raw modes looks good.

“The X-A2 should offer just enough for any beginner to advance their photography”

In terms of ergonomics, the X-A2 is small, but still quite comfortable to use. It offers dual control dials, and sports both a hotshoe and a pop-up flash. Performance-wise, the X-A2 can fire bursts at 5.6 fps; ISO sensitivity ranges from 200-6400 (expandable to 100-25,600). The X-A2 has no on-sensor phase detection points, so while it's fast and accurate at acquiring focus on static subjects, continuous AF on moving subjects can be challenging.

Video can be captured at 1080/30p. And thanks to the camera’s Bayer pattern array, it offers cleaner, less moiré-prone footage than the camera’s more expensive siblings which use X-Trans arrays. 

Ultimately the X-A2 should offer just enough for any beginner to advance their photography. Twin dial controls, a good-size sensor and Fujifilm’s excellent line-up of X-mount glass all make the X-A2 an appealing buy.


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