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?

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Fujifilm X-A2

Image Quality:90%


  • Tilt-type LCD screen; Rangefinder styling; Manual control; Film simulation effects; Fast start-up; Improved battery life; Number of XF lenses available; Wi-fi connectivity


  • Plastic buttons and build quality; Recessed wheel above thumb rest is easy to knock; Can’t be charged via USB; Single function (Fn) button


Fujifilm X-A2 Review


Price as reviewed:

£419.00 (with 16-50mm II lens)
The popularity of selfies has seen many manufacturers introduce articulated screens on their latest models. The X-A2 is a good example, and its new 3in, 920k-dot tilt-type screen that can be flipped by 175° is the biggest change to be made on a camera that shares many similarities with its predecessor – the X-A1.

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The X-A2’s LCD screen can pivot to face the subject of the photograph – perfect for selfies

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.

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Despite appearing similar to its X-series counterparts, the X-A2 is constructed largely from plastic

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.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Fujifilm X-A2 Review - Image Quality
  3. 3. Fujifilm X-A2 Review - Verdict
  4. 4. Fujifilm X-A2 Review - Full Specification
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