Fujifilm Gets in on the Selfie Craze With the New X-A2
Fujifilm looks to make a splash with new cameras before CP+ 2015.
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After a quiet CES, Fujifilm's spring is looking chock full of fresh models. In addition to some refreshed point-and-shoots, Fujifilm is updating some of its higher-end offerings.
The Fujifilm X-A2 is the camera's new "selfie-ready" entry-level compact system camera, while the new X-Q2 joins it as a fixed-lens premium point-and-shoot. Fujifilm's also brought two new lenses, including the Fujinon XC 16-50mm II (24-76mm) f/3.5-5.6 OIS and Fujinon XC 50-230mm II (76-350mm) f/4.5-6.7 OIS.
The Fujifilm X-A2 is a followup to the X-A1, which had an articulating screen for off-angle shooting. The X-A2 updates this with an LCD that tilts a full 175 degree, giving your subject a view of themselves—perfect for those selfies.
Aside from that, the X-A2 has a 16.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 100-25600. It can film full HD 1080p video at 30 frames per second, has built-in Wi-Fi, and ships with the new Fujinon XC 16-50mm II lens.
The other camera announced is the new Fujifilm XQ2. The XQ2 features a 12-megapixel 2/3” X-Trans CMOS II sensor, with a respectably fast f/1.8-4.9 4x optical zoom–equivalent to 25-100mm in 35mm format. The sensor is designed to remove the need for an Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF), preserving the most resolution possible.
The XQ2 will have an ISO range of 100-12,800, offering shooters the ability to get usably bright shots even in low light.
The XQ-2 also has a new EXR Processor II that is said to double the processing speed of the previous generation. Fujifilm also claims that the XQ2 can read from over 100,000 phase detection pixels incorporated in the X-Trans CMOS II.
We're a little dubious of the claim, but we'll reserve judgement until we can get the camera into our labs. It is also Wi-Fi enabled and capable of capturing HD video.
Digging into the new lenses for a moment, the Fujinon XC 16-50mm II (24-76mm) f/3.5-5.6 OIS is made up of 12 all glass elements in 10 groups including three aspherical elements and one ED element.
The Fujinon XC 50-230mm II (76-350mm) f/4.5-6.7 OIS is comprised of 13 all glass elements in 10 groups, including one aspherical lens and one ED element. The 50-230mm also comes with optical image stabilization, which should help minimize blur at longer focal lengths.
For Fujifilm users interested in picking any of these up, the X-A2 standard kit–with XC16-50mm II lens–will be available in silver, white, and brown in February 2015 for USD $549.95. The XQ2 will be available in black, white, and a two-tone black and silver in February 2015 for USD $399.95.
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