Fujifilm Announces X-A2, XF2, and Updated Kit Lenses

Fujifilm X-A2 Front with Tilted LCD
In the doldrums that is right in-between CES and CP+, Fujifilm has announced a series of minor updates to some of their products. I know, it is not the most exciting thing, but look at it this way: The possibility of other announcements is still there. Normally manufacturers announce the less exciting products away from peak announcement period to avoid getting drowned out by other, more interesting products.

First up is the X-A2. As the entry level camera to the Fujifilm X system, the X-A2 now has a flip-up LCD screen for selfies. The 16 megapixel standard CMOS sensor is still the same, as is the rest of the camera.

Next up is the XQ2, which adds Classic Chrome film simulation mode. Yes, that is the only change from the XQ1. I am guessing Fujifilm wants to have another go with the XQ camera as the first camera got a lukewarm reception, even though it was competitive with Canon’s Powershot S120. It has the same 2/3″ X-Trans sensor along with a 25-100mm equivalent f/1.8-4.9 lens.

Finally the two XC kit lenses, the 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 and the 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 have also been given modest updates. The 16-50 focuses closer to 30cm, down from 40cm, and the 50-230mm has slightly improved OIS. Fujifilm also claims better build quality for both of them, though it looks like the lens mounts are still going to be plastic.

The X-A2 will be available in February for US$550 with the 16-50 II, while the XQ2 will be available in February for US$400.

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