Fujifilm has officially unveiled the X-A2 entry-level mirrorless camera along with updated versions of the XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS and XC 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS lenses.
After weeks of rumor and speculation, Fujifilm has introduced a new X-mount mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The brand new X-A2 is here to replace the X-A1, but it has not arrived alone.
The shooter has been announced alongside the XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II and XC 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS II lenses.
Entry-level Fujifilm X-A2 becomes official with few improvements over its predecessor
The selfie craze is not over, yet, so Fujifilm has decided to seize this opportunity in order to launch a mirrorless camera with an LCD that can tilt upwards by 175-degrees. This way, photographers will be able to see themselves on the display and to capture the perfect selfie.
Another new feature of the Fujifilm X-A2 is called Eye Detection AF, which will focus on the eyes of the subject. Auto Macro AF and Multi-Target AF have been added, too, in order to make sure that the photos will not be out-of-focus regardless of the shooting conditions.
It is worth noting that tilting the 3-inch 920K-dot LCD screen by 175-degrees will automatically activate Eye Detection AF. Additionally, the camera does not have a viewfinder, so this display is the only way to frame photos.
The Classic Chrome film simulation mode has also made its way into the X-A2, just like in all of the company’s recent cameras.
Fujifilm X-A is still the only X-mount series without an X-Trans sensor
The remainder of the Fujifilm X-A2 specs list consists of a 16.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor (Bayer-like array instead of X-Trans), EXR II image processor, 49-point AF system, and an ISO range between 200 and 6400, which can be extended between 100 and 25600 through built-in settings.
The mirrorless camera features a shutter speed range between 30 seconds and 1/4000th of a second, a built-in flash, a hot-shoe for mounting accessories, a flash X sync speed of 1/180th of a second, and a continuous shooting mode of up to 5.6fps.
Fuji’s latest shooter can record full HD movies at up to 30fps with stereo audio. The camera also employs a USB 2.0 port, a miniHDMI port, while the storage is ensured by a SD/SDHC/SDXC card.
Just like in the X-A1, photographers will find built-in WiFi in the X-A2, allowing them to transfer files to a smartphone or tablet quickly.
The X-A2 measures 117 x 67 x 40mm / 4.61 x 2.64 x 1.57-inches, while weighing 350 grams / 12.35 ounces including the batteries, and it will be released in brown, silver, and white colors as of this February.
Fuji reveals the XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II and XC 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS II lenses
As stated above, the mirrorless camera has been revealed alongside updated versions of the entry-level XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS and XC 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS lenses. The Mark II units of these optics will offer a 35mm focal length equivalent of 24-76mm and 76-350mm, respectively.
These lenses have not changed much when compared to their predecessors. According to Fuji, the XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II now supports a minimum focusing distance of 15 centimeters, down from 30 centimeters, which will come in handy during macro photography.
On the other hand, the XC 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS II lens comes with an improved image stabilization system of 3.5-stops, up from the 3-stops offered by the previous version.
It appears that these optics will only be available as kit for the X-A2. Speaking of which, the camera plus the XC 16-50mm II lens will cost $549.99 and it is available for pre-order at Amazon right now.
The second kit will include both lenses, will be released in February, too, but its price is unknown for the time being. Stay close for the official availability details!