Fujifilm X-A2

ESTIMATED STREET PRICE: $549 (with XC16-50mm OIS II kit zoom)

INTRODUCED 1/2015

Fujifilm’s new X-A2 replaces the X-A1 as the entry-level model in the company’s popular X-Series mirrorless camera lineup, sharing its diminutive dimensions and 16.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor (with conventional Bayer RGB filter rather than the unique Fujifilm X-Trans sensor in the higher-end X-Series cameras), but adding some new twists. One is that the three-inch LCD monitor can now tilt 175 degrees for easy “selfies.” Eye-detection AF automatically focuses on the eyes (you can choose auto, left-eye priority or right-eye priority). The wide end of the new XC16-50mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 OIS II kit zoom allows you to include some of your surroundings, while the OIS provides 3-3.5 stops of stabilization for sharper selfies. The new lens will focus down to 2.8 inches from the front element at the wide setting for good close-up capability. Like its predecessor, the X-A2 is quick: it starts up in 0.5 second, autofocuses in 0.3 second and can shoot up to 5.6 fps. A new battery provides 410 shots per charge (per CIPA standard).

Built-in WiFi allows for easy wireless image transfer to smartphone or tablet. All dials and buttons are positioned on the right for easy one-handed operation.

Fujifilm was a major film manufacturer before digital imaging. The X-A2 offers the company’s film simulation modes, including Classic Chrome (muted tones), Provia (neutral colors), Velvia (dramatic rich colors) and Astia (beautiful skin tones). The camera can do multiple exposures, using the first image as a guide to position the second on the LCD monitor. Forty-nine-point contrast-based AF includes face detection and subject tracking as well as a new Multi-Target multi-AF mode. Standard ISO range is 200-6,400 (expandable to 100-25,600), and both JPEG and RAW recording are available (as well as in-camera RAW processing).

Video capabilities include 1080p HD at 30 fps in MOV format with H.264 compression and stereo sound via built-in microphone. Contact: Fujifilm, www.fujifilm.com.

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