Fujifilm X-A2 Review - The X-A2 arrives as a replacement for the X-A1, but can it stand out in a now-saturated entry-level market?
Introducing multi-target AF to enhance focusing while shooting selfies, other refinements to the camera see Classic Chrome added to the film simulation modes to imitate the look and feel of Kodachrome, a 17% improvement in battery life, and an all-new Auto Macro function. This last addition is designed to tie in with the camera’s new kit lens, which enables users to focus closer and within 15cm of a subject.
In all other respects, the X-A2 is a carbon copy of the X-A1. It adopts the same 16.3MP APS-C-size CMOS sensor and EXR processor II, providing an ISO range of 200-6400 that’s expandable to ISO 100-25,600.
Other similarities between the X-A2 and X-A1 include its 256-zone TTL Multi metering system, built-in pop up fl ash, Wi-fi connectivity and +/-2EV exposure compensation control that can be adjusted in 1/3EV steps. The shutter speed range of 30secs-1/4000sec remains unchanged and it continues to offer Full HD video recording at 30 frames per second in the .MOV format.
Despite sharing a striking resemblance to other models in the Fujifilm line-up, the classic rangefinder look is largely superficial. The body is made entirely of plastic and there’s a handling quirk, too – the smaller recessed wheel located above the thumb rest is rather loose and is prone to being inadvertently knocked.
The screen flips by 175° into its selfie position smoothly and the entire display is viewable when you’re stood behind the lens. Although it’s fair to say the articulation mechanism feels positively robust, the screen itself has a rather plasticky feel about it, much like the body.
In use, the X-A2 performs admirably, and is capable of shooting at 5.6fps for as many as 30 frames set to JPEG. The contrast-detect AF system acquires focus within 0.3sec and though not as instantaneous at locking focus as some Hybrid AF systems, it performs well for a camera of its pedigree.