The camera released by the renowned Fujifilm was set to take the world by fire and was released as an improved version/replacement of the Fujifilm X-A1. But the question stands. Can Fujifilm X-A2 work well in a saturated market of cameras nowadays?
Since the popularity of selfies many notable manufacturers of have started integrating the articulated LCD screens. The Fujifilm X-A2 features latest 3 inch 920 resolution dot tilt type screen that is capable to be flipped at 175 degrees is the biggest modification to be made on a camera. The camera inherits many features from its predecessors albeit with improvements.
The Fujifilm X-A2 features the newly integrated AF system helps enhancing the focus while clicking selfies. Along with this, there exists classic chrome in the film simulation mode that copies the renowned Kodacrome. 17% improvement in the battery time and the newly installed Auto Macro system are some of the other new inclusions.
Other than the aforementioned Fujifilm X-A2 features, the X-A2 is a copy of its predecessor. It consists of the similar 16.3 megapixel APS-C-technology CMOS sensor & EXR processor II, that helps achieving an ISO range of 200 to 6400 which is extendable up to ISO 100 to 25600.
256-zone TTL Multi metering system, Wi-Fi connectivity, built in pop out flash and +/- 2EV exposure compensation modifiable up to 1/3EV control are some of the other similarities between X-A2 and X-A1. The MOV format HD recording at 30 frames per second with the shutter speed range of 30 sec 1/4000 sec is the same.
The body of the Fujifilm X-A2 is designed entirely of plastic and consists of the classic rangefinder look. The recessed wheel located on top of the thumb rest is prone to damage and is loose.
As mentioned earlier, the screen of the camera is capable of flipping by 175 degrees and the entire view of the camera is easily visible once you’re standing behind the camera. But it wouldn’t be erroneous to state that articulation screen design of the camera despite of having a plasticy built is strong and sturdy.
The camera holds the capability of shooting at a speed of 5.6 frames per second and as high as 30 frames per second to set JPG. The contrast detection mechanism of the AF system attains focus in just 0.3seconds. Although it does not attain focus as brisk at locking the auto focus as some Hybrid AF systems integrated in other cameras but it performs well for a camera of its stature.
The camera produces sharp, well exposed and full of detail images but that are achievable till the ISO reading of 3200 but the noise starts to appear up to 6400 ISO.
Dynamic Range Composition of the Fujifilm X-A2 image quality lets you achieve the dynamic range in the shadows prior to the detail clipping up the image result. Raw Conversions modification is also offered by the Fujifilm X-A2 image quality allows you to set white balance, sharpness and noise reduction to a certain extent.
The standard Provia film simulation mode allows the X-A2 to produce a very eye catching color quality, with rich, green tones that will impress any landscape photographer on this earth.
The kit lens attached with the Fujifilm X-A2 coupled with the ISO setting of 200; helps X-A2 display a 2600 l/ph. set to the JPEG format. Although the users could still expect to extract more detail but can gradually drop down as the sensitivity is extended.
The noise in the image of the camera is barely visible at 6400 ISO while the results are pretty sharp up till the 3200. At the extended settings of ISO 12800 and 25600, the noise appearing can be compared to film grain but a bit of color distortion.
Fujifilm X-A2 can be stated as the camera designed by the manufacturers to make sure that it’s well functioned for those people who’d like to buy their first camera and learn more skills of photography utilizing the manual controls.
Fujifilm X-A2 can be reviewed as a camera that is most attractive entry level CSC’s but the only let down is its plastic design which is damage prone compared to other Fujifilm designs.
The camera consists of a nice Tilt able LCD screen coupled with the famous rangefinder styling system that makes it unique compared to different other cameras in the market.
The camera integrates various manual controls and film simulation effects. The Fast start up is another cool feature that the camera incorporates along with an important upgrade on the improved battery life and time. Wi-Fi connectivity of the camera helps it gather pace with other excelling cameras produced in the market.
The camera despite of various other mentioned pros has its own problems with the build design. Like other cameras, this camera doesn’t allow its users to charge it with the help of a USB. The recessed wheel existing on top of the camera is easier to knock. Fujifilm X-A2 consists of a single function (FN) button.
Fujifilm X-A2 Price as reviewed in the market: $549.95 (along with 16-50mm II lens).
Considering the bottom line of various opinions by the critics all over the internet, we’ll rate our Fujifilm X-A2 at 89%. The Fujifilm X-A2 review gathers the following score on its various rating criteria.