Fujifilm X-A2 Review - The X-A2 adopts classic rangefinder styling and presents some subtle improvements over the X-A1. Is this enough to make it stand out as one of the best options in a saturated entry-level market?
Fujifilm X-A2 Review – Our Verdict
The X-A2, is a relatively minor update on the X-A1 and it’s clear that its launch into the market has come about by the popularity of those shooting selfies and the impact of the selfie culture. Tilting screen aside, it’s a very capable entry-level CSC that reminds us of everything we liked about the original X-A1.
To look at, I’d go as far as saying it’s one of, if not the most attractive entry-level CSC currently available, however to ensure it hits the market at an affordable price, Fujifilm has had to make a few compromises. Though it may appear on first glance to be in the same league as other X-series models, the plastic used in its construction means that it’s not as robust and doesn’t portray the same premium feel in the hand. The absence of a viewfinder was also missed on a few occasions when shooting outdoors in bright sunlight, but this is typically a feature left out on entry-level CSCs to make them more affordable for the audience their out to target.
The functionality of the camera overall is good, catering well for both the novice and more experienced user who’d like to experiment with manual settings and explore the various film simulation modes. Additionally, there’s a growing selection of XF lenses available should you wish to expand your system later down the line, but it should be noted that due to the small size of the body the X-A2 feels better paired with small primes than bigger zooms. Either the 27mm f/2.8 XF or 35mm f/1.4 R Fujinon would make good choices – the latter of which was used to take many of the images that support this review.
As a camera for those making the step up from a basic compact or smartphone, the X-A2 presents an excellent proposition. It delivers superior image quality and the results straight out of the camera are amongst the best we’ve seen from any entry-level CSC. Where it lets itself down slightly in terms of the robustness of its build quality it more than makes up for it in the images it produces.
To summarize then, for the more serious enthusiast photographers out there the X-E2 would be better suited if the budget allows with its excellent viewfinder and superior build quality. For those looking for a model that’s slightly smaller, lighter and less expensive however, the X-A2 is the one to look at.
Fujifilm has successfully added the minor upgrades to make the X-A2 a camera that’s well tailored for those who’d like to take their photography seriously to the next level, not forgetting the importance and consciousness of style. It’s a splendid entry-level CSC that not only represents excellent value for money, it’ll leave those who buy it very satisfied by their decision.