The Fujifilm X-A2 is a new mirrorless model built around a 16-megapixel APS-C sensor—a different imager than the one in the X-T1, as it’s a Bayer-filter sensor rather than Fuji’s proprietary X-Trans array—and it uses Fujifilm’s X-mount lenses.
Despite its throwback aesthetic, the camera is made with a modern-day craze in mind: You can flip the 3-inch LCD on the back up so it faces forward, helping you frame selfies. We’ve seen a similar feature before on Olympus’s PEN E-PL7. Of course, you don’t have to use the camera for selfies. We’d prefer you didn’t, actually.
The X-A2 has a mode dial and a command dial up top for adjusting manual exposure controls and shooting modes. ISO extends up to 25600, the camera shoots RAW, and Fujifilm claims the autofocus speed is 0.3 seconds. That’s slower than the X-T1’s blazing 0.08-seconds, but it’s still fairly quick.
In movie mode, the X-A2 shoots 1080p video at 30fps, and the camera has built-in Wi-Fi for offloading images and controlling it via an app. It’s not available just yet, but it will cost $550 with a 16-50mm/F3.5-5.6 kit lens starting in February. Kit lenses are fine and all, but you’ll probably want to crank it up to one of Fuji’s 23mm f/1.4 lenses for all your selfies and non-selfies.