Fujifilm incrementally updates its entry-level interchangeable-lens camera model, the X-A1. The Fujifilm X-A2 will ship in two official kits, a $550 option with a revised version of the XC16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OIS lens (denoted with a II) and a $700 kit with that lens and the XC50-230mm II f4.5-6.7 lens.
Selfie display: While the X-A1’s LCD tilted, the X-A2 follows the crowd and flips up — 175 degrees, as opposed to 180 — for convenient selfie shots.
New autofocus options: Picking up some of Fujifilm’s newer autofocus technologies, the camera now incorporates Multi-Target AF, which expands the selected focus points over a detected subject; Eye AF, a common AF setting that compensates for bad face detection by looking specifically for eyes; and Auto Macro AF, which switches into macro mode when you try to autofocus within a certain distance range, comes in really handy.
Updated mode dial: There’s now a night mode right on it.
Classic Chrome: Like every other X-series model, the A2 gets the slide-film effect preset.
Updated app: Fujifilm is stressing that you can print to an Instax printer directly from the app after downloading an image from the camera via Wi-Fi.
Both updated lenses have better build quality and tweaked designs. For the 50-230mm lens, Fujifilm says it slightly improved image stabilization, and decreased the closest focus on the 16-50mm lens to 2.8in/7cm from its predecessor’s 5.9in/15cm from the front of the lens.