Record Screens & Menus

Please excuse the quality of the screen captures. The X-A2 kit does not include an AV output cable, therefore we had to photograph the LCD.

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Fujifilm included a mode dial on the top of the X-A2, making it easy to switch between shooting modes. You'll have a full selection of advanced control shooting modes with this mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, along with automatic modes, scene modes, and special effect modes. Having a variety of shooting options is great for those looking to learn more about photography, as you can use the beginner-level modes initially, while moving into the more advanced modes as your photography skills improve.

When spinning the physical mode dial on the camera, you'll see a digital mode dial appear on the right side of the LCD, while an explanation of each shooting mode will appear on the left of the screen. 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+)

When shooting in the various modes, you'll see the icon for the current mode in the lower left corner. In Program mode, the resolution setting is in the upper left corner and the ISO setting is in the lower right corner.

To change the data displayed on the screen, press the Disp/Back button. A popup menu will appear along the bottom of the screen, and you can use the four-way button to select the display mode you want to use. The display mode options are: Information 1 On, Information 2 On, Information Off, and Custom. If you select Custom, you can manually determine the items displayed on the screen using options in the Shooting Menu, which is discussed below.

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The Fujifilm X-A2's manual focus mode is pretty easy to use. Just select manual focus from the on-screen menus and then twist the focus ring on the lens to dial in the focus. A blue grid line will appear along the bottom of the screen in manual focus mode, indicating the current focal distance.

If you want to magnify the center of the image on the LCD, making it easier to precisely achieve the manual focus sharpness you want, press down on the top of the black sub-command dial in the upper right corner of the back panel. Once you've dialed in the focus on the magnified scene, press the shutter button halfway or press the sub-command dial downward again to return to the full scene view.

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Press the Q button on the back of the camera to open the Q grid, which is great for making quick changes to the camera's settings. Each setting is represented by a different box in the grid. Use four-way button to highlight the desired box in the grid. Then use the command dial on the top of the camera to change the setting in the highlighted box. Press the Q button again or press the shutter button halfway to close the Q grid and return to shooting mode.

In Program mode, which is indicated in the box in the upper left corner, the Q grid options are (beginning in the upper left corner and moving left to right):

  • Focus Mode - Manual, Multi, Area, Tracking, Continuous
  • ISO - Auto, L 100, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, H 12800, H 25600
  • Dynamic Range - 100, 200, 400, Auto
  • Noise Reduction - +2, +1, 0, -1, -2
  • Image Size - L 3:2, L 16:9, L 1:1, M 3:2, M 16:9, M 1:1, S 3:2, S 16:9, S 1:1
  • Image Quality - RAW and Fine, RAW and Normal, RAW, Fine, Normal
  • Film Simulation - Standard, Vivid, Soft, Classic Chrome, B&W, Sepia
  • Highlight Tone - +2, +1, 0, -1, -2
  • Shadow Tone - +2, +1, 0, -1, -2
  • Color - +2, +1, 0, -1, -2
  • Sharpness - +2, +1, 0, -1, -2
  • Self-Timer - Off, 10 sec, 2 sec
  • IS Mode - Continuous+Motion, Continuous, Shooting+Motion, Shooting Only, Only
  • Flash Mode - Forced Flash, Slow Synchro, 2nd Curtain Sync, Commander, Auto
  • LCD Brightness - +5, +4, +3, +2, +1, 0, -1, -2, -3, -4, -5
The biggest disappointment in the Q grid is the fact that Fujifilm didn't include an explanation of each setting across the bottom of the screen as you're highlighting it. Some of the icons aren't easily deciphered, so a brief on-screen explanation would be helpful. The name of the option box appears on the top, but the settings that are available within each option aren't explained anywhere on the screen.

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Spin the Fujifilm X-A2's mode dial to ADV to access the Advanced Filter options on the screen, where you can select from a variety of special effects to use with the mirrorless ILC. Start by pressing the Menu button on the back of the camera. With Adv. Mode highlighted in the menus, press the right four-way button twice to open the screen shown above that displays the various special effect modes, which are:

  • Toy Camera
  • Miniature
  • Pop Color
  • High Key
  • Low Key
  • Dynamic Tone
  • Soft Focus
  • Partial Color - Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple
As you highlight each advanced filter option along the right side of the screen, an explanation will appear in the middle of the screen. Press OK to pick the special effect mode you want.

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You can simulate a variety of film effects through the X-A2's Film Simulation option, which is a great feature that may appeal to more advanced photographers. Spin the mode dial to an advanced or auto shooting mode. Then press the Menu button and select the Film Simulation menu option to open the Film Simulation menu, where the options are:

  • Standard
  • Vivid
  • Soft
  • Classic Chrome
  • B&W
  • Sepia
There's a Film Simulation bracket mode available through the on-screen menus too, which allows you to record three Film Simulation options with one press of the shutter button.

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Use the four-way button on the back of the Fujifilm X-A2 to open four different popup menus that provide access to commonly used camera settings. As long as you're in an advanced shooting mode, you'l have access to the full set of popup menu options, which are:

  • White Balance (right button) - Auto, Custom, Fine, Shade, Fluorescent Light-1, Fluorescent Light-2, Fluorescent Light-3, Incandescent
  • Autofocus Point (top button)
  • Self-timer (left button) - 2 sec, 10 sec, Off
  • Drive (bottom button) - Still Image, Continuous (High, Low), AE Bkt (+1, +2/3, +1/3, 0, -1/3, -2/3, -1), ISO Bkt (+1, +2/3, +1/3, 0, -1/3, -2/3, -1), Film Simulation Bkt, Dynamic Range Bkt

Fujifilm included a Fn button on the top panel of the A2, through which you can gain access to a common setting that you pick. The default setting for the Fn button is ISO, as pictured here. Hold down the Fn button to access a menu where you can assign the desired camera setting to the Fn button.

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To open the Fujifilm X-A2 Shooting Menu, press the Menu button from any shooting mode. As you highlight menu commands on the Shooting Menu screen, you'll often see a right-pointing arrowhead, which means you can gain access to additional options by pressing the right four-way button. Press OK to select a menu option.

Five screens make up the Shooting menu, as indicated by the red tabs with camera icons on the left side of the screen. You can scroll through the screens more quickly by highlighting the individual tabs and using the four-way buttons.

The options in the Shooting Menu will change depending on which shooting mode you're using, as some options will be grayed out in certain shooting modes. The shooting menu options in Program mode are:

  • ISO - Auto (Default Sensitivity (200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400), Max. Sensitivity (400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400), Min. Shutter Speed (1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/40, 1/60, 1/80, 1/100, 1/125)), L 100, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, H 12800, H 25600
  • Image Size - L 3:2, L 16:9, L 1:1, M 3:2, M 16:9, M 1:1, S 3:2, S 16:9, S 1:1
  • Image Quality - Fine, Normal, Fine + RAW, Normal + RAW, RAW
  • Dynamic Range - Auto, 100%, 200%, 400%
  • Film Simulation - Standard, Vivid, Soft, Classic Chrome, B&W, Sepia
  • Film Simulation Bkt - Film 1 (Standard, Vivid, Soft, Classic Chrome, B&W, Sepia), Film 2 (Standard, Vivid, Soft, Classic Chrome, B&W, Sepia), Film 3 (Standard, Vivid, Soft, Classic Chrome, B&W, Sepia)
  • Self-Timer - 2 sec, 10 sec, Off
  • Color - +2 High, +1 Medium High, 0 Mid, -1 Medium Low, -2 Low
  • Sharpness - +2 High, +1 Medium Hard, 0 Standard, -1 Medium Soft, -2 Low
  • Highlight Tone - +2 High, +1 Medium Hard, 0 Standard, -1 Medium Soft, -2 Low
  • Shadow Tone - +2 High, +1 Medium Hard, 0 Standard, -1 Medium Soft, -2 Low
  • Noise Reduction - +2 High, +1 Medium High, 0 Standard, -1 Medium Low, -2 Low
  • Long Exposure NR - On, Off
  • Custom Set - OK, Cancel
  • Function (Fn) Setting - Preview Depth of Field, ISO, Self-Timer, Image Size, Image Quality, Dynamic Range, Film Simulation, Photometry, AE/AF Lock, Instant AF, Focus Mode, Face Detection, Location Info Search, Movie Mode, RAW
  • Display Custom Setting - Framing Guideline, AF Distance Indicator, MF Distance Indicator, Histogram, Aperture/S-Speed/ISO, Exp. Compensation, Photometry, Flash, White Balance, Film Simulation, Dynamic Range, Frames Remaining, Image Size/Quality, Battery Level
  • Framing Guideline - Grid 9, Grid 24, HD Framing
  • Mount Adaptor Setting - Lens 1 21mm, Lens 2 24mm, Lens 3 28mm, Lens 4 35mm, Lens 5 50mm (Focal Length Setting, Distortion Correction, Color Shading Correction, Peripheral Illumination Correction), Lens 6 75mm (Focal Length Setting, Distortion Correction, Color Shading Correction, Peripheral Illumination Correction)
  • Shoot Without Lens - On, Off
  • IS Mode - Continuous + Motion, Continuous, Shooting + Motion, Shooting Only, Off
  • Photometry - Multi, Spot, Average
  • Face Detection - On, Off
  • Eye Detection AF - On, Off
  • Focus Mode - Manual, Multi, Area, Continuous, Tracking
  • MF Assist - Standard, Focus Peak Highlight (Low, High)
  • AF Illuminator - On, Off
  • AE/AF-Lock Button - AE Lock Only, AF Lock Only, AE/AF Lock
  • Movie Set-Up - Movie Mode (1920x1080 30 fps, 1280x720 30 fps), Focus Mode (Center, Continuous, Manual)
  • Flash Mode - Auto, Forced Flash, Slow Synchro, 2nd Curtain Sync, Commander
  • Flash Compensation - +2, +1 2/3, +1 1/3, +1, +2/3, +1/3, 0, -1/3, -2/3, -1, -1 1/3, -1 2/3, -2
  • Red Eye Removal - On, Off
  • Save Org. Image - On, Off

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On the same screen as the Shooting Menu, you can access the Set-Up menu options, which are marked with blue wrench icons in the tabs on the left side of the Menu screen. The Set-Up menu is accessible through the Playback menu screen too. Three Set-Up menu screens are available. The Set-Up menu options are:

  • Date/Time - DD.MM.YY, MM/DD/YY, YY.MM.DD
  • Time Difference - Home, Local
  • Language
  • Reset - Shooting Menu Reset (OK, Cancel), Set-Up Reset (OK, Cancel)
  • Silent Mode - On, Off
  • Sound Set-Up - Operation Vol. (3, 2, 1, Off), Playback Volume (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  • Screen Set-Up - Image Disp. (Continuous, 1.5 sec, 0.5 sec, Off), LCD Brightness (between +5 and -5), Monitor Sunlight Mode (On, Off), Autorotate PB (On, Off), Background Color (Silver, Gold, Blue, Yellow, Green, White)
  • Focus Ring - Clockwise, Counter-Clockwise
  • Power Management - Auto Power Off (5 min, 2 min, Off), Quick Start Mode (On, Off)
  • Frame No. - Continuous, Renew
  • Date Stamp - Date & Time, Date, Off
  • Sensor Cleaning - OK, When Switched On (On, Off), When Switched Off (On, Off)
  • Focus Scale Units - Meters, Feet
  • Custom Reset - OK, Cancel
  • Geotagging Set-Up - Location Info Search, Geotagging (On, Off), Location Info (On, Off)
  • Wireless Settings - General Settings (Name, Reset Wireless Settings), Resize Image for Smartphone 3M (On, Off), PC Auto Save Settings (Delete Registered Destination PC, Details of Previous Connection)
  • PC Auto Save Setting - Simple Setup, Manual Setup
  • Instax Printer Connection Setting
  • Format - OK, Cancel

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To record a movie with the X-A2, just press the red movie button on the back of the camera to both start and stop video recording. The possible time remaining in the current video clip is displayed in the upper right corner of the camera, along with a red flashing dot that indicates a current recording.

You can record movies from any mode dial setting. Fujifilm doesn't provide much control over the movie recording options, other than allowing you to select between full HD 1920x1080 resolution and HD 1280x720 resolution. You're limited to 30 frames per second at both resolutions.

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