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Fujifilm Officially Announces New X-A2 | Entry Level X-Series Gets Its Revamp

By Anthony Thurston on January 15th 2015

Fujifilm‘s entry level X-Series just got the revamp that it needed. It was announced this morning, officially, that the rumored X-A2 is, in fact, a reality and should be available in about a month.

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Fuji X-A2 Highlights

  • 16.5 MP Sensor
  • 3″ Rear Screen Tilting  LCD
  • 5.6 FPS Max Burst Rate
  • New ‘Eye Detection’ AF Mode (Separate from Face Detection)

The new X-A2 features the same 16.5MP (16.3 Effective) X-Trans sensor that we have come to know and love, while adding in a lot of new features to the X-A series that should help the camera compete well in that low/entry-level segment of the market.

It also features a new ‘Eye Detection’ AF mode, where the camera not only detects the face of a person, but then finds their eyes and – in theory – makes the eyes the point of critical focus.

The X-A2 will sell for $549 in a kit with the original 16-50mm OIS lens, or for around $599 in a kit with the newly announced 16-50mm OIS II. As mentioned in the beginning, the camera is expected to become available at some point in February. If you are interested in pre-ordering, you can head on over to B&H and get those in now.

[via Fuji Press Release]

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

10 Comments

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  1. Jesper Ek

    A great hobby cam!

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  2. Timothy Harris Jr.

    @Barry, you are absolutely correct on this. In the Fuji X-T1 manual, they actually state that you need to be careful to not damage the thin connection between the rotatable screen and the body. Having taken a closer look at the interconnect, I was personally concerned about how long the screen will stay connected.

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  3. Stephen Jennings

    I love the ability to rotate the LCD screen around, I don’t understand why that’s not a feature seen on professional bodies from Cannon, Nikon or others. I mean it seems to be a fairly simple feature, doesn’t it?

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    • Barry Cunningham

      I think the problem is that the tiltable LCD screens are fragile compared to the rugged bodies pros expect, so they are a net minus for the target demographic.

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    • Stephen Jennings

      That’s kinda what I was figuring, there were a few times shooting with a d5100 I felt I broke the screen (quickly twisting the wrong way.. catching the falling tripod by the flipped out screen..)

      It’d be especially nice if you’re like me and do a fair amount of real estate/architecture work.. bending down constantly to look through the eye piece or screen is a literal pain.

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    • Joshua Grasso

      Yeah I’ve always wanted one for those hold camera over peoples head and guess the composition dancing shots at receptions.

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    • Rafael Steffen

      Now you can get that on the Nikon D750!

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    • Rafael Steffen

      I wish these cameras would come with a great viewfinder.

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    • Dave Haynie

      Yeah.. the pro models from Canon and Nikon are rugged first — that’s a big part of what you’re paying extra for. I guess the tilt-up/down screen on my OM-D is perhaps a bit more robust than the swing – out version on my Canon 60D… but also less flexible. The lower end models are increasingly willing to trade build strength for selfie-readiness. This Fujifilm approach may be a good compromise

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