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Fujifilm X-A2 Review

Fujifilm X-A2 Review - Fujifilm's entry level mirrorless camera has been updated to join the "Selfie" generation, with a new tilting screen and additional upgrades, but how does the X-A2 perform?

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Fujifilm X A2 (11)

The Fujifilm X-A2 is the entry level mirrorless camera in the Fujifilm X series, designed to provide high image quality whilst being easy to use and is the most affordable mirrorless camera from Fujifilm, available for around £399 with 16-50mm OIS kit lens. The Fujifilm X-A2 updates the X-A1 with a new tilting "selfie" screen.

Fujifilm X-A2 Features

Fujifilm X A2 (7)

The heart of the camera is the sensor, and for other Fujifilm X series compact system cameras, such as the X-T1, X-E2, and X-M1, the sensor features the unique X-Trans CMOS sensor with a Fujifilm arrangement of the colour filter array. Fujifilm developed this to provide better colour and low light performance, as well as higher detail due to the removal of the anti-aliasing filter.

The X-A2 instead uses a standard APS-C CMOS sensor with the more standard Bayer filter, allowing the price to be lower, but what affect this will have on image quality, such as colour performance, low light performance, and level of detail is what we plan to find out in this review. The camera is virtually identical in specification to the Fujifilm X-A1, and features an updated tilting 3 inch screen, built in pop-up flash, manual controls, Wi-Fi connectivity and the same ISO range.

Fujifilm X A2 (9)

Key Features

  • 16.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 3inch 175degree tilting selfie LCD, 920K dots
  • Built in flash with Fujifilm’s Super i-Flash technology
  • ISO200-6400, and extended range of ISO100 to 25600
  • Full HD Video recording at 30fps, with stereo sound
  • Art filters: 8 Advanced Filters plus 6 Film Simulation modes, including Classic Chrome
  • Eye detection AF, Auto Macro AF and Multi target "MULTI AF"
  • Long-life battery for up to 410 photos
  • In-camera RAW processing
  • Q button for list view of frequently-used menus and smooth configuration
  • Wireless image transfer to smart phones and tablet PCs via Fujifilm Camera app
  • PC Autosave Wi-Fi connectivity to PCs (for easy image backup)
  • Available in silver and black / tan / white

Fujifilm X-A2 Handling

Fujifilm X A2 (6)

Like the X-M1 and X-A1, the camera feels well built with good build quality even though the camera is mostly constructed of plastic, with some metal parts used in the pop up flash and tilting screen mechanisms. The textured front grip gives a decent area for your hand to hold, and on the back is a raised plastic area for your thumb although unfortunately it is not rubberised.

The X-A2 comes with the new 16-50mm OIS II lens, this now features a closer focusing distance, although doesn't feature an aperture ring around the lens, and the lens mount is made of plastic, compared to the more standard metal mount found on other X series lenses. Whilst the camera body is quite small and lightweight, some of the X mount lenses are quite large due to the APS-C sensor, and the Fujinon XF 55-200mm lens is particularly large on this compact body.

Fujifilm X A2 (5)

The top Fn / function button can be customised, and also doubles as the Wi-Fi button in playback mode. Also on top is a control wheel, which is on the corner of the camera body, this defaults to exposure compensation in P mode, and is quite easy to accidentally move. A second control wheel can be found where your thumb rests, you can press this in playback mode to instantly zoom into a photo. Using Wi-Fi to transfer images to a smartphone is quite straightforward, however the app doesn't feature a remote control feature. A separate Fujifilm remote control app is available, however this does not work with the X-A2.

Fujifilm X A2 (4)

The menu system has the photo and setup options neatly separated over a number of screens, with each section colour coded. There is an additional control panel accessible using the Q button on the back, which is used in combination with the 4-way controller and scroll wheel. This makes it easy and quick to set options, without having to dive into the menus options. The screen is clear, but can be quite difficult to see in bright light, however the ability to tilt the screen can help here.

Battery life - Battery life is rated at 410 shots according to Fujifilm / CIPA test results, an improvement over the 350 shots of the previous model, although extended use of Wi-Fi is likely to drain the number of shots possible.

Fujifilm X A2 (1)

Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

Shutter Response 0.05s
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.35s
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response 0.35s
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo 1.2s
Shot to Shot without Flash 0.8s
Shot to Shot with Flash 1.6s
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down)
5.4fps (35 shots)
Continuous Shooting - Flash N/A
Continuous Shooting - RAW 4.7fps (9 shots)

Shutter response is excellent, and the camera has a quick continuous shooting mode, as well as quick shot to shot time. It's also possible to shoot a large number of JPEG Fine images before slowdown. 

Fujifilm X A2 (2)

Fujifilm X-A2 Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Fujifilm X-A2 Sample Photos

Sample Photos - The camera produces images with excellent colour and saturation, with good exposure. Photos taken with the built in flash show no red-eye, however we found it was easy to accidentally change exposure compensation due to the placement of the control wheel.

Fujifilm X-A2 Lens test images

Lens Performance - Using the new 16-50mm II OIS lens, the closest focus is 15cm which means that the lens can get quite close to the subject for macro use. Detail and resolution in the centre is very good, with good detail to the edges. The lens appears to be quite resistant to flare thanks to the provided hood. Barrel or pincushion distortion is low enough not to cause issues in the photos we took, and purple fringing or chromatic aberration was low. Unfortunately, the focus occasionally struggled indoors in low light.

Fujifilm X-A2 ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - ISO performance is impressive up to ISO3200 and even ISO6400 where images show low levels of noise and retain good levels of detail. At ISO12800 noise increases and detail drops, and noise increases again at ISO25600. ISO100, ISO12800 and ISO25600 aren't available if shooting RAW or JPEG+RAW, instead these are only available when shooting JPEG. The camera delivers impressive performance, and smoother results than the X-Trans CMOS sensor used in the X-M1, with excellent levels of detail.

Fujifilm X-A2 White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) performs reasonably well under incandescent lighting with the incandescent preset giving a slightly less warm result. Auto white balance performs very well under fluorescent lighting, with the presets working well when adjusted.

Fujifilm X-A2 Digital filters

Digital Filters - Under the "Advanced Filter" mode dial position, there are a number of digital filters with examples shown above, although unfortunately raw is not available. You can also access the multi-exposure mode here. There is no built in HDR mode, although you can use AEB shooting. There are a number of film simulation modes, with the famous Fujifilm film types including: Provia (Standard), Velvia (Vivid), Astia (soft), Classic Chrome, B&W, and Sepia. You can also adjust colour, sharpness, highlight tone, shadow tone, and noise reduction settings individually. Dynamic range can be extended using DR100, 200 and 400, and this does a very good job of expanding dynamic range and stops the sky from being over-exposed in these shots, although this does increase the ISO setting up to ISO800. There is no built in panoramic mode, which seems a strange omission as the X-E1 and X-Pro1 both feature this. There is a film silumation bracketing mode that lets you select three different film modes. 

Video - The camera records good quality video at full HD with stereo sound and 30fps. Film simulation options are available. Continuous focus can appear quite slow, particularly with low-contrast subjects, and there are fairly limited video options.


Value For Money

The Fujifilm X-A2 is available for £379 with 16-50mm II OIS lens, which makes it very good value for money. Alternatives to consider include the following cameras:

Olympus PEN E-PL7, with Wi-Fi, tilting touchscreen, £375 with lens
Panasonic Lumix GF7, with Wi-Fi, tilting touchscreen, £399 with lens
Panasonic Lumix GM1, with Wi-Fi, touchscreen, £389 with lens
Samsung NX3000, with Wi-Fi, tilting screen, £269 with lens
Sony Alpha A5100, with Wi-Fi, tilting screen, £349 with lens
Nikon 1 J4, with Wi-Fi, touchscreen, £319 with lens

You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.

Fujifilm X-A2 Verdict

The Fujifilm X-A2 is introduced with an improved 16-50mm II OIS kit lens, and despite being a kit lens, it delivers excellent image quality with a useful wide-angle to telephoto zoom range and includes a good sized lens hood. The combination of this lens and the compact body makes for a compelling package, with the added bonus of a good 3inch tilting screen and built in Wi-Fi connectivity. For those that want a more traditional feeling camera, as well as a built in viewfinder, you would be best looking at the X-E2, however for the price, the X-A2 delivers excellent results with good controls and layout.

The X-A2 is the most affordable Fujifilm X series CSC available yet, and despite using a "standard" APS-C CMOS sensor, delivers impressive image quality, with low noise right up to ISO3200 and ISO6400 while retaining good levels of detail. Some may even find the results from this camera preferable to the results from the more expensive X-M1. With the introduction of the X-A2, Fujifilm also introduced updated lenses, making the Fujifilm X series a much more compelling system, although some may wish there were more affordable lenses to go with the camera. With impressive image quality and a camera packed with features, we would highly recommend the Fujifilm X-A2.

  The Fujifilm X-A2 delivers impressive image quality, all for an excellent price and comes with a great kit lens.

Fujifilm X-A2 Pros

Excellent 16-50mm II OIS kit lens
Very good value for money
Excellent noise performance
Excellent colour reproduction
Impressive detail and resolution
Dynamic range expansion works well
3inch tilting screen
Wi-Fi connectivity
Printed manual
Compact body

Fujifilm X-A2 Cons

Lacks panoramic mode
Lacks HDR shooting
Advanced filters don't save raw files
Wi-Fi doesn't allow remote operation
RAW not available when using ISO100, 12800, 25600
Limited video options



Fujifilm X-A2 Specifications

Image Sensor
Pixels16.3Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4896
Pixels (H)3264
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeAPS-C
Sensor Size (width)23.6mm
Sensor Size (height)15.6mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 1:1
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution920k
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Cloudy
  • Fluorescent
Exposure Comp+/-2
Viewfinder ResolutionNo Data
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting5.6fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
Video FPS30
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLithium Ion
CIPA Rating410
Box Contents
Box ContentsLi-ion Battery NP-W126, Battery Charger BC-W126, Shoulder strap, Body cap, CD-ROM (Viewer software, RAW File Converter etc.), Owner's manual

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dannyr 7 46 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2015 4:01PM
The only real problem I have with the Fuji system is the lens prices, for poor buggers like me there are only a mere handful of lenses I can afford!
If Sigma at least released their DN lenses in the Fuji mount ill be happy.

Until then Ill be staying with Micro Four Thirds, good cameras and a great selection of affordable lenses Smile

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AlexandraSD 5 688 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2015 6:54AM
I could not be happier with my little x-a2, it performs amazingly in low light, the images are sharp as a tack, and that eye detection AF is a massive bonus for self portrait artists like myself, but i agree about lens prices, astronomical, i only have that kit lens so far but i will invest in more glass when i have refurbished my place Grin
sasan 3 36 England
10 Apr 2015 7:33AM
"for poor buggers like me "

I think so & fuji lens is dangerous for my pocket too Grin
My first experience in pro cameras was X-A1 . It has some annoying bugs :
Little buttons & unergomic body
High price for lens
Bad quality in movie record
Lack of viewfinder
Complex menus
& ...
Fuji didn't fix these problems in X-A2
josa 4 25 Czech Republic
8 Jun 2015 1:39PM
I like what I see, CMOS sensor is great! The only thing I miss is EVF. Unfortunately I don't like X-trans sensor found in hi-end models.
phiggy 14 6 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2016 8:04AM
Just purchased the XA2 with lens Smile
Well all I can say is I,m really impressed with it !
I have other X models and prime lenses but love the image quality and colours off this XA2 carefully shopping around will find you the other XC 50-230mm ois II lens for around about the 100 Mark !
And that's also a Great little performer.
I would certainly recomend this little Gem from the Fuji stable not for sport or fast moving subjects although I haven't tried to shoot these subjects yet.
For general use indoors and out its a great buy IMO
Oh and they have included a small pop up flash something thats not on Xpro1 Smile

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