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Gear Reviews

Fujifilm’s X-A2 Hopes To Capture Amateur Imaginations

By Anthony Thurston on March 4th 2015

Fujifilm has been capturing the imaginations of photographers with their high end X-Pro1 and X-T1 cameras, but when it comes to the lower end of their X-Series, the excitement has not been there. Fujifilm is hoping to change that with their new X-A2, which I was able to take a look at while visiting the Fuji booth at WPPI.

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In the X-A2, Fujifilm has a base entry level option for photographers looking to get into the X-Series system, but who can’t stretch the budget for something more expensive like the X-T1 or X-Pro1.  Unlike its older brothers, the X-A2 features a much more modern design than the vintage styles applied to other X-series cameras.

Having held it in my hands, I was able to really get a feel for it and how it works. I must be honest, it really doesn’t give you as nice of a grip as the Sony A6000 or the Samsung NX500 which I wrote about earlier. It is much nicer than the X-A1, in my opinion, but it still isn’t quite there when compared to its closest competition.

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Despite the deficiencies in how the camera handles and feels in the hand, the actual experience of shooting is wonderful, and is on par with anything that I have seen from the A6000 or NX500.

The selfie-friendly flip out screen was both something that impressed me, and also gave me pause. I like the function of it, but unlike other flip screens – like the one on the X-T1 and the D750 – it feels a bit flimsy. For example, on my X-T1 and the D750, I feel like they could take a fair bit of abuse, vs the X-A2 which is not quite on the same level.

Overall though, the camera seems to deliver quality images in an affordable package. It has some tough competition, but for those looking for specifically to get into the X-series at a great price, the X-A2 is a great option.

You can pre-order the camera now for $549 in the kit with the 16-55mm lens from B&H, the sponsor of our WPPI coverage and our go-to store for all of our photography needs.

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.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Nice Camera

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  2. Rafael Steffen

    Interesting new camera to check out.

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  3. Hannu Siika-aho

    “It is much nicer than the X-A1, in my opinion,..”

    As a X-A1 user looking the images of X-A2 it seems to have the same shape and layout of controls as X-A1 (I don’t care about the (bit flimsy) selfie LCD). I wonder what makes it so much nicer. I would be happy to upgrade if I found a good reason for it. Does it have better sensor/processing engine?

    X-A1 has been praised for it’s great image quality. Imaging resource wrote about it like this:

    “Fujifilm X-A1 – Is this the best low light camera for under $1500? (even though it only costs $499?)”

    http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2014/02/10/fuji-x-a1-the-best-low-light-camera-under-1500

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Hannu,

      Its hard to describe, but I just liked how it felt in my hands better than the X-A1. It was similar, for sure, but there was just something about the A2 that gives it a bit more ‘umph’ in your hands. I know this isn’t really helpful, but i suggest heading to a nearby camera store when you can a chance an holding it. I was surprised, you may be as well.

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  4. Vince Arredondo

    I like FUJI, just tried the XT-1. I think this is a great addition!

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  5. Mircea Blanaru

    The price is good for a brand new camera but I wonder if there is an EVF or if you can attach one. That would be be very nice…

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    • Colin Dow

      I know that for some reason the X-M1 doesn’t have any support for an attachable EVF, so it’s highly unlikely that this does as well. Which is unfortunate, but on a camera this price it’s kinda understandable.

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  6. Stephen Jennings

    Of all the camera companies out there.. Fuji cameras are the best looking. In my opinion.

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  7. James Rogen

    words that porn has forever ruined for me: amateur

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  8. Jason Markos

    If it’s essentially the same sensor as the other fuji cameras… That’s a whole of camera for the money.

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    • Aidan Morgan

      I believe the XA and XM lines use a Bayer sensor array instead of the X-Trans. But still, I’ve seen beautiful images from the XA-1.

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    • Aidan Morgan

      I’m curious about the lens that comes with the XA-2. Unless I’m mistaken, the XA and XM camera bodies come with Fufilm’s XC kit lens, which doesn’t give the same performance as the XF lineup (what are Fujifilm going to do when they’ve burned through the alphabet?). I kind of wish they’d release the XA with the higher-end XF kit lens, or maybe with the 35 2.0? As always, it’s fun playing Fantasy Camera.

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    • Hannu Siika-aho

      X-M1 uses X-Trans sensor. X-A1 & X-A2 are the only ones to use Bayer sensors.

      http://www.fujifilm.com/news/n130625_01.html

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