The Fujifilm X-A2 is the new entry-level model of the X series. The camera has an APS-C-sized sensor with 16-MP resolution; a small and convenient body; a new swivel LCD screen; and a lot of individual settings, scene modes and image effects (film simulation, for example).
Comments on Image Quality
Colour: The colour reproduction by the Fujifilm X-A2 is good. Many colour errors are on a low level, but some green, red, yellow and blue colours are shifted due to a high saturation, which is very high for a CSC. The mean saturation of 115.5 percent is on the same level as the colour saturation shown by of most compact cameras.
The white-balance system showed a little shift into the yellow and green direction. This is noticeable in the bright background of the portrait shot and the slight yellow touch in the neutral gray of the test box. Skin tones have a shift into the yellow and orange area of the colour space and are therefore a little emphasized.
Even though the camera showed highly saturated reproductions of all test shots, the differentiation of the colours is very good. The threads in the red, green and blue spools are clearly separated and therefore visible.
Sharpness: The resolution results of the X-A2 are extremely high and a little better than the results of the X-A1. The new camera reproduced the test chart with 3110 of 3264 lines per picture height.
But the sharpness enhancement by the image processor of the X-A2 is very intense. ImaTest showed a “clipping warning” because contrast lines are exaggerated and show a double-contour effect due to this very intense electronic sharpening. In images with natural structures this effect may be visible but the test images showed that it stays on a fully acceptable level. Most users will rate these effects as “very crisp and clear.”
Noise: While the test results of sharpness and colour reproduction of the X-A2 are basically comparable to the X-A1 results or are only slightly better, the noise results of the new camera were extremely good. Luminance noise stays on a low level between ISO 200 and ISO 1600. In ISO 3200 the “pixel-noise level” climbs and will show colour noise artifacts or image artifacts, which are produced by the combination of noise a smoothing filtering of the images.
The dynamic-range results of the X-A2 are very good for a camera with a standard APS-C sensor. The new Fujifilm achieved a maximum of 11 f-stops and keeps the high level up to ISO 1600. In higher ISO modes, the dynamic range results dropped drastically.
Comments on Handling
The X-A2 is the successor of the X-A1, which was introduced in 2013. In contrast to Fujifilm’s other X system cameras like the X-T1 or the X-E1, the A-series resigns the Fujifilm X-Trans CMOS (II) sensor and uses a standard APS-C-sized image sensor. Nevertheless the new X-A2 brings a lot out of this sensor technology and performed very well in our tests.
Just like the X-A1, the X-A2 uses an LCD monitor as a viewfinder and menu control center. The monitor can be flipped upward (by nearly 180 degrees) and downward (by about 45 degrees), but it can’t be rotated to the side. This works like the tiltable screen of the X-A1, but the X-A2 uses a slightly different mounting system for its LCD, which allows for moving the screen a little more upward. When using the LCD in its 175-180 degree upward position and moving the screen a little higher, you will see the monitor from the front side. The X-A2 uses this system to support shooting “selfies,” for example. The screen itself has a resolution of 920000 RGB dots.
An important new feature is the new AF system: it is faster than the A1 system but isn’t as fast as the high-speed contrast-metering systems used by Olympus and Panasonic. Nevertheless, it works well in snapshot situations and has new nice features. The new “eye-detection AF” supports the standard face detection and will focus directly on the eyes when shooting portraits. (The eye-focus detection is graphically shown on the LCD screen.) The multi-target system “Multi AF” allows one to keep up to nine elements in focus; this is also shown by a graphical representation on the screen.
Just like all X-cameras, the X-A2 uses the optical image-stabilizer systems of the lenses to prevent photos and videos from showing image blur.
The camera offers a Wi-Fi interface for image data transfer or to receive GPS data of a smartphone or tablet computer. The GPS data is copied into the EXIF information of the X-A2 files. Using the “Fujifilm Camera App” for iOS and Android doesn’t allow remote control for the X-A2.
The camera handles well. The X-A2 offers a clearly structured menu system, which is controlled by a standard 4-way control field. Right above this control field, the camera has a set-up dial to change image parameters like exposure time or aperture size. A second dial on top of the camera allows for changing additional parameters and can be easily reached with the thumb of the right hand. The mode dial is also located on the top and offers standard exposure modes, scene modes, and effect and filter modes. The camera offers film-simulation settings, including the new “classic-chrome” effect, which create image colours with a very “analogue look.”
+ very compact-system camera
+ swivel LCD
+ built-in Wi-Fi
+ faster AF system with a lot of new features
– swivel LCD is not fully articulated
– no “optical” viewfinder for comfortable image control under bright light conditions
– no remote control by smartphone app, even though the camera offers a Wi-Fi interface
This review is based on precise lab tests conducted by BetterNet GmbH and provided by the Technical Imaging Press Association (TIPA). TIPA is the largest family of independent photo and imaging magazines worldwide. Photo Life is an active member of TIPA.
|SPEC SHEET: Fujifilm X-A2|
|BASIC TECHNICAL DATA:|
|Resolution||4896 x 3264|
|Size of sensor (in inches)||0/0.00|
|Size of sensor (in mm)||23.6 x 15.6|
|Focal length (wide angle; 35-mm equivalent; in mm)||24|
|Focal length (tele; 35-mm equivalent; KB in mm)||75|
|Focal length (wide angle; real; in mm)||16.0|
|Focal length (tele; real; KB in mm)||50.0|
|Speed||3.5 – 5.6|
|Macro||30 – 60|
|Manual focus, controlled by function elements||no|
|Manual focus, controlled with lens ring||yes|
|Start-up time (in sec)||0.85|
|Shutter delay (in sec) without pre-focusing||0.30|
|Shutter delay (in sec) with pre-focusing||0.01|
|Continuous shooting speed (frames per second)||5.6|
|Max. burst during continuous shooting speed||30.0|
|Fastest shutter speed (in sec)||1/4000|
|Long time exposure/shutter speed (in sec)||30|
|Aperture presetting, shutter-speed pre-setting, manual-exposure settings,|
|Individual white balance||yes|
|Manual ISO control||yes|
|On, off, automatic-flash, slow-sync, anti-red-eye, rear curtain sync|
|Standard file formats||JPEG, RAW, DCF|
|JPEG compression grades||3|
|LCD AND PREVIEW:|
|Size (in inches)||3.0|
|Resolution of LCD (in pixels)||920000|
|Zoom-Mode during preview||yes|
|Index during preview||yes|
|Slideshow during preview||yes|
|Battery charger included||yes|
|Power supply unit||no|
|Supported memory cards||SD card, SDHC card, SDXC card|
|PC connection||USB 2.0, HDMI, WLAN|
|TV out||PAL/NTSC + HDMI|
|Dimensions (width x height x depth; in mm)||116 x 66 x 40|
|Weight (body without battery and memory card; in g)||350|
|Manual on CD||yes|