Features & Controls


Fujifilm gave the X-A2 a 16.3-megapixel, APS-C sized CMOS image sensor (23.6 by 15.6 mm). This is a great image sensor to find in a relatively small mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, and you can create RAW or JPEG images (or both at the same time) with this model. The A2's image sensor creates strong images in a variety of shooting conditions.

The camera manufacturer included an automatic image sensor cleaning system. You can set it to run at power up, power down, or both.

The X-A2 has an X-format lens mount, allowing you to use lenses designed for any of the Fujifilm X-series of mirrorless cameras released in the past. The lens release button is on the lower left of this photograph, while the focus assist lamp is in the upper left corner.

As with many of the Fujifilm X-series mirrorless cameras, the camera body contains a fake leather textured coating to help you grip it more sturdily and to give the camera a retro look. The X-A2's body is primarily plastic below the coating, but this lightweight model still has a sturdy feel. It's available in white, brown, or black coatings with silver trim.


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The Fujifilm X-A2 model I tested included an SC 16-50 mm kit lens, although an XC 50-230 mm kit lens is available too. The kit lens included with my test model included a snap-on lens cap.

Without the lens attached, the X-A2 measures a little more than 1.5 inches in thickness. With the 16-50 mm lens attached and placed at the minimal focal length, the camera measures 4.5 inches in thickness. When you twist the manual zoom ring on the lens to the maximum focal length, the camera measures about 6 inches in thickness.

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The upper ring in this photo (at the far end of the lens when it's attached to the camera) is the focus ring for use with manual focus mode. You'll notice from these photos that the Fujifilm X-A2 camera body and lens have no toggle switches or buttons to change focus modes. Instead, you'll change focus modes through the on-screen menus, which can be a bit of a time-consuming hassle. The available focus modes are:

  • Manual Focus
  • Area AF
  • Multi AF
  • Continuous AF
  • Tracking AF
The X-A2 makes use of a 49-point AF system.

The ridged ring in the middle of the lens is the manual zoom ring, allowing you to set the focal length for the lens. As you twist the zoom ring, the focal length numbers printed on the lens will move too. The number next to the black mark on the lens indicates the current focal length setting.

Four different image stabilization modes are included with this camera, and it supports OIS-type lenses. The IS options are:

  • Continuous and motion
  • Continuous
  • Shooting and motion
  • Shooting only
You'll use the on-screen menu to change the image stabilization mode. You also can turn off IS through the same menu.


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The dials on the right side of the upper panel of the Fujifilm X-A2 are all of a good size to be used comfortably, and they're well positioned for an easy reach.

The silver main command dial is on the far right edge, allowing you to change the shutter speed or exposure easily, depending which shooting mode you're using. You'll use the main command dial with the Q menu, and in Playback mode too. While it's handy to have a dial like this, its positioning -- hanging off the edge of the top panel of the camera -- means you may bump it out of place accidentally a few times while using the camera.

The black sub-command dial appears in this image as well, below and to the left of the main command dial. It's part of the back panel of the camera.

Above the main command dial is the Fn button, through which you assign a particular camera setting. Press and release the Fn button to open the menu associated with the Function setting. Press and hold down the Fn button to open a menu that will allow you to assign a setting option to the Fn button. In Playback mode the Fn button defaults to opening the Wi-Fi settings menu, no matter what option you've assigned to it in shooting modes.

The shutter button is to the left of the Fn button, and it's surrounded by the power switch. Don't mistake this switch for a power zoom ring, as it's common to place the power zoom ring around the shutter button on point-n-shoot cameras. The X-A2 does not have a power zoom though. You have to twist the zoom ring on the lens manually.

The mode dial is to the left of the shutter button, offering 12 shooting modes. The currently selected shooting mode is aligned with the black mark on the left side of the mode dial. The mode dial options are:

  • Program (P)
  • Shutter Priority (S)
  • Aperture Priority (A)
  • Manual (M)
  • Custom (C)
  • Night (moon icon) - scene mode
  • Sport (running man icon) - scene mode
  • Landscape (mountain icon) - scene mode
  • Portrait Enhancer (face icon) - scene mode
  • Portrait (SP) - scene mode
  • Advanced Filter (ADV) - special effects
  • Advanced SR Auto (SR+)
As you twist the mode dial, an explanation of the currently selected mode will appear on the LCD screen, which is a helpful feature for less experienced photographers. Fujifilm didn't give the X-A2 a scene mode option on the mode dial, instead choosing to give each scene mode its own position on the dial. While this may be helpful for beginners, Fujifilm could have made the mode dial smaller by combining all of the scene modes onto one position and then having the photographer select the specific scene mode desired through on-screen menus, as it did with the special effects position on the mode dial.


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When you want to use a flash with the A2, you have two choices. The easiest option is to use the popup flash unit. As shown here, the flash unit rises far enough away from the camera body that you shouldn't have to worry about vignetting problems from the lens.

The flash mode options for the X-A2's popup flash with the red-eye reduction off are:

  • Auto
  • Forced flash
  • Slow synchro
  • 2nd curtain sync
  • Commander
Each flash mode option, other than Commander, is available in red-eye reduction flash mode too. You must have the popup flash opened to access the flash mode options in the camera's on-screen menus. If the flash is closed, the Flash Mode command in the on-screen menus will be grayed out.


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To open the popup flash, just press the flash button at the upper left on the back panel of the X-A2.

Your other option for flash photography is to add an external flash unit to the camera's hot shoe, pictured here on the right.

Finally, I have to mention one Fujifilm quirk when it comes to flash photography with the built-in flash unit. If you have the camera in "silent" mode, you cannot use the popup flash. When activating silent mode, which you can select from the on-screen menu, you'll silence all of the artificial beeps and clicks of the X-A2, which is handy, but you'll also disable the flash.

This is an odd aspect of this and many other Fujifilm cameras, and it can be quite an annoyance if you're trying to shoot flash photos in a hurry, as you have to spend a few seconds turning off silent mode before you can use the flash. You may want to just mute each sound individually through the menus rather than employing silent mode.


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Fujifilm included a 3.0-inch LCD screen with this model. It's a sharp and bright 3:2 aspect ratio screen with 920,000 pixels of resolution. Because no viewfinder option is available with the X-A2, you'll have to use the LCD to frame all photos. Glare isn't a significant problem when shooting in bright sunlight.


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Fujifilm gave the X-A2 a tiltable LCD screen, making it work well for odd-angle shots, as well as for use with a tripod. You can use a variety of angles with this screen, which is a great feature. You even can swing the LCD almost 180 degrees so it's easier to shoot self-portraits.



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The camera's primary control buttons are on the back right side of the camera. They're a little small for my liking, but they are still adequate for using comfortably for short periods of time. Additionally, you can use the command dials to scroll through menus and stored photos more quickly than using the smallish four-way buttons.

At the top of the back right panel is the sub-command dial. (You can just see the top portion of the dial in this photo, as most of the dial is embedded behind the thumbpad.) You'll use the sub-command dial to change the shutter speed and aperture in some shooting modes, to scroll through the Q menu grid options, or to magnify the scene or stored image currently displayed on the LCD, which helps with manual focus or checking the sharpness of a stored image.

Below the thumbpad is the Playback button on the left, through which you can view the images stored on the Fujifilm X-A2, and the movie recording button with the red dot on the right.

The four-way buttons are in the middle of the panel. Beyond using the four-way button to scroll through menu options and stored images, each button is associated with a popup menu to a commonly used camera feature. The button's associated popup menus are:

  • White Balance (right button)
  • Focus mode (top button) - In Playback mode, this button is the delete button.
  • Self-timer (left button)
  • Drive mode (bottom button)
The middle Menu/OK button allows you to open the camera's Shooting, Setup, or Playback menus, as well as make selections of a menu command.

Along the bottom of the panel are the Disp/Back and Q buttons. The Disp/Back button allows you to change the data displayed on the screen in shooting or Playback modes. And it allows you to back out of menus. The Q button opens the useful Q menu grid with its shortcuts to camera settings.


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The left side of the camera contains the ports compartment. A hard plastic cover on a flexible hinge protects the ports. The HDMI port is at the top, while the USB port is below.

You can see the fake leather coating more clearly at the top and bottom of this photo.













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Both the battery and memory card fit into the X-A2's body through a compartment on the bottom panel of the camera. A hard plastic door on a spring hinge locks in place with a toggle switch to protect the compartment. The A2 makes use of SD-sized memory cards.

Fujifilm estimates you can shoot 410 photos per battery charge, which my tests found is a bit high for typical usage of the camera, such as working through menus and shooting movies on occasion. Still, the battery life of the X-A2 is very good, and my tests show you can easily expect 325-plus shots per charge under real-world usage conditions.

Fujifilm also included a separate battery charger with this model, which is a helpful feature.

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