Fujifilm Sets AF Benchmark with New X-Series Compact

January 15, 2015

By Greg Scoblete

Fujifilm has added two new X-series cameras and a pair of new X-mount lenses to its lineup. 

The X-A2 offers a 16.3-megapixel APS-C-sized CMOS image sensor and a 3-inch, 920K dot LCD that can be flipped up 175-degrees for snapping selfies. It features a start-up time of .5 seconds, AF speed of .3 seconds and a shot-to-shot speed of .4 seconds. The X-A2 also plays host to three new autofocus modes–Eye AF, Auto Macro AF and Multi-Target AF–to help keep images sharp in a range of shooting modes.

The camera offers a native ISO range of 100 to 25,600 plus in-camera RAW processing, Fujifilm’s film simulations, including the recently released Classic Chrome simulation, a multi-exposure mode and 1920x1080p video recording at 30 frames per second. 

It will ship in February with the new XC16-50mm II F/3.5-5.6 OIS X-mount zoom lens in silver, white and brown for $550. The new lens features a 24-76mm equivalent focal length and uses 12 glass elements and a seven round-edged aperture blades which offer 17 stops of adjustment in 1/3 EV steps.

There will also be a new telephoto zoom lens, the XC50-230mm II F/4.5-6.7 OIS, offering a 76-350mm equivalent focal length. The lens offers optical image stabilization and a precision stepping motor for high-speed AF. Pricing and availability for this lens were not announced.

Fujifilm also trotted out the XQ2 which it claims offers the fastest autofocus in its class (at .06 seconds) thanks to the XQ2’s EXR Processor II. The processor also drives the camera’s brisk shutter lag of .015 seconds and shot-to-shot interval of .3 seconds.

The XQ2 features a 12-megapixel X-Trans CMOS II image sensor (2/3-inch) and a fixed F/1.8-4.9 4x optical zoom lens (25-100mm, equivalent). The camera’s optical image stabilization system offers up to three stops worth of shake reduction. 

You’ll enjoy a native ISO range of 100 to 12,800 plus Fujifilm’s film simulation modes and Wi-Fi. You’ll find a 3-inch, 920K pixel display on the back of the XQ2 (sorry selfie fans, it’s fixed) in addition to 1920×1080/30fps movie recording, 

The XQ2 ships next month for $400 in white, black and silver, and black.