The affordable mirrorless camera for any occasion!
On May holidays, we went on a fascinated journey through Armenia with mirrorless cameras in our hands. I had Fujifilm X-T1 and my wife’s was Fujifilm X-A2. We were testing a brand new one – Fujifilm X-A2 with a cool line of native lenses. That’s what I’m going to talk about within this review. There will be more photographs than a test-drive though. All of the photos below were taken using Fujifilm X-A2 and processed in Capture One Pro 8.
Brief overview – mirrorless Fujifilm X-A2
Fujifilm X-A2 is a new compact system (mirrorless) camera by one of my favorite companies which main feature is considered to be its 175 tilting LCD screen for selfies. However, believe me this is not the only one and definitely not the main advantage for me!
- This camera is available in black, gray and the most fashionable brown color.
- X-A2 includes 16.3-megapixel APS-C sensor (crop 1.5)
- X-A2 goes with a removable FUJIFILM FUJINON XC 16-50 II kit zoom lens F3.5-5.6 OIS with a focusing distance of minimum 15 cm.
- Full HD video – 30fps.
- 920k screen and built-in Wi-Fi
Initially I was sceptic about this new model and I thought that the company has made just another disposable camera to cover the low-price budget. But the more I used it – the less I thought this way.
- Firstly, it’s a very stylish camera which will suit both men and women. It is small, looks pretty good in lady’s handbag and with it’s “pancake” lens will fit man’s pocket.
- Secondly, you can take great photos using this model and they will be saved in JPEG.
JPEG is a real bomb! You see the scene with your eyes and you like it, then you take a picture… and it looks even better via the camera! I hadn’t have this feeling since Nikon D200.
Perfect clean eyes pleasing colors! Also I had a feeling that these RAW files behave better in post-process in Lighroom and Camera Raw than those from models X-T1.
CONS: I miss viewfinder, which this model doesn’t have. That’s probably the only disadvantage for me.
This model’s high ISO is great for shooting in almost total darkness:
Camera is made of plastic but quality made. And most importantly, it’s not just a camera – it is a fashion accessory for men and women. For instance, my wife had never taken pictures with X-PRO 1, X-T 1, even though they look pretty. However, she fell in love with X-A2. There are several reasons for that: stylish camera which goes well with a handbag, it has a tilting screen for selfies, it performs great, it has WiFi which is a very useful function. Because of these pros she got at settings, which she had no wish to deal with, in 30 minutes!
Camera price deserves special attention!
I have been recommending Fujifilm cameras for a long time but for most of the entry-level photographers those were too expensive. From now on there is no such a problem. There’s no camera better that this one for its price!
And there’s one more thing. Perhaps the main advantage of mirrorless cameras, especially Fujifilm ones, is obviously a small size and its retro style due to which most of people think that it’s an amateur camera and pay no attention to it at all! It helps a lot when you’re shooting outdoors.
Many users love great film styles in Fujifilm! They are truly cool! I was pleasantly surprised when I found my favorite Classic Chrome style in X-A2 model, as well as frequently used Fujifilm Astia.
Main PROs and strained CONs:
- Retro style
- Lightweight and small size
- Low price
- High-quality inner jpeg
- Color reproduction of jpeg
- Easy Lightroom post-processing
- During the test-drive video shooting had a higher quality than X-T1
- Titling screen which turns to you when you’re taking selfies
- Easy focusing with manual lenses with open aperture due to focus-peaking (it highlights the areas that are in focus)
- No viewfinder
- No Panorama Mode
P.S. I can’t add the absence of plastic case as a disadvantage because of the price.
Camera will work great for an amateur photographer and will be a good addition to the main camera for a professional photographer. X-A2 with an additional viewfinder can be used for commercial shooting. It’s a pleasure to use Fujifilm X-A2, you get pleasure from the process, besides, girls can easily carry it as an accessorize. I recommend Fujifilm X-A2 to everyone without exception. After a month of using this camera you will rarely use your phone for taking pictures because you will have X-A2 on your hand.
A bit more photos using Fujifilm X-A2:
A small photosession for Fujifilm X-A2.