Fujifilm Rolls Out Selfie-Ready X-A2 CSC, Premium XQ2, Plus Rugged and Long...

Fujifilm Rolls Out Selfie-Ready X-A2 CSC, Premium XQ2, Plus Rugged and Long Zoom P&S Cameras


Valhalla, NY—Fujifilm North America Corporation introduced the Fujifilm X-A2 mirrorless compact system camera (CSC), an ultralight, selfie-ready camera that uses a 175° tilting LCD with face and eye detection. Also announced were the XQ2 premium point-and-shoot model, the adventureproof FinePix XP80, and the FinePix S9900W (with Wi-Fi) and FinePix S9800 (without Wi-Fi), which utilize 50x optical zoom lenses.

This entry-level camera into Fujifilm's premium X series employs a 16.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, a 175° tilting LCD with face and eye detection for candid selfies, and image stabilization of 3.5 stops to making it easier to take telephoto and low-light images. It offers simple operation and wireless image transfer for quick photo sharing. The CSC uses the newly developed eye autofocus (AF), auto macro AF and multi-target AF to help achieve easy, accurate autofocus.

The X-A2 ships with the new Fujinon XC16–50mm II (24–76mm equivalent) f/3.5–5.6 OIS zoom lens. The X-mount lens can be used for a range of photographic subjects, including clear low-light scenes, portraits and landscapes. The lens consists of 12 all-glass elements in 10 groups, including three aspherical elements and an ED element. It also features seven round-edged aperture blades that offer 17 stops in 1/3-EV increments for more precise aperture control.

Additional X-A2 features include: a start-up time of 0.5 sec; AF speeds of 0.3 sec; a shutter lag time of 0.05 sec; a shooting interval time of 0.4; ISO settings to from ISO 100 to 25,600; wireless image transfer; a Q menu shortcut button; in-camera RAW processing; a super i-Flash that controls light output according to individual scenes; new classic chrome and other film simulation modes; multiple exposure mode to superimpose a second exposure on the first; and Full HD 1080p, 30-fps moving recording. Photos taken with the X-A2 can be sent to the Instax Share printer using the free Instax Share app (iOS/Android).

The Fujifilm X-A2 standard kit with the XC16–50mm II lens will be available in silver, white and brown in February for $549.95.

Fujinon XC50–230mm f/4.5–6.7 II OIS. This 76–350mm equivalent lens offers an expanded zoom range and optical image stabilization, to aid in effectively reducing blur when shooting at longer focal lengths and in low light. Compatible with Fujifilm’s X mount, it boasts 13 glass elements in 10 groups, with one aspherical lens and one ED element, as well as a stepping motor for high-speed autofocus.

Fujifilm XQ2
. This premium, pocketsize P&S camera has a bright Fujinon f/1.8–4.9, 4x optical zoom lens (25–100mm equivalent). It also employs a 12MP, 2/3-inch X-Trans CMOS II sensor with phase-detection AF and the EXR II processor, to deliver an autofocus speed of up to 0.06 second. Its sensor is designed to control moiré and false color generation by using an original color filter array with a highly randomized pixel arrangement. This technology removes the need for an optical low pass filter (OLPF) that degrades resolution. The image quality in the XQ2 is enhanced by a lens modulation optimizer (LMO) and three-stop optical image stabilization.

Its new Fujinon 4x, 25–100mm f/1.8 zoom lens is constructed with four aspherical and three extra-low dispersion lenses, and each lens surface is coated with HT-EBC to reduce flare and ghosting.

The XQ2 has a sensitivity range of ISO 100–12,800, and its EXR II processor more than doubles the processing speed of the previous generation, capturing the information taken from the sensor’s more than 100,000 phase-detection pixels.

Other XQ2 features are: a start-up time of 1 sec; a shutter lag time of 0.015 sec; a shooting interval time of 0.3 sec; AF speeds of 0.06 sec; 4x intelligent digital zoom (16x combined with its 4x optical zoom); a 3-inch, 920K-dot LCD with a wide viewing angle; a built-in super intelligent pop-up flash; Full HD movie recording with a built-in stereo microphone; film simulation modes, including the new classic chrome; and Wi-Fi connectivity, which permits photos/video to be sent to the Instax Share printer via the free Instax Share app (iOS/Android).

The Fujifilm XQ2 will be available in black, white, and black and silver in February 2015 for $399.95.

New Fujifilm FinePix Rugged and Long Zoom Cameras

FinePix XP80.
Fujifilm’s toughest camera yet for extreme weather protection, the FinePix XP80 is the latest addition to the XP series. The rugged camera is waterproof to 50 feet, shockproof from 5.8 feet, freezeproof to 14° F and dustproof. It has a 16.4MP CMOS sensor, a 28–140mm, 5x optical zoom lens, Wi-Fi connectivity for one-touch transfer to smartphones and tablets, and Full HD 1080p movie capture, even underwater.

When using the free Fujifilm Camera Remote app and the XP80’s dedicated Wi-Fi button, users can take advantage of remote shooting as well as select images or movies to be transferred to smartphones, tablets and computers. Also offered is an action camera mode that turns the XP80’s lens into a fixed 18mm and enables hands-free shooting with the camera mounted on the user or on sporting equipment. In this mode, the rear LCD turns off automatically to preserve battery life and extend recording times.

Other XP80 features include: an antireflection LCD; optical image stabilization; Full HD movie capture at 60 frames per sec, or 480 fps in slow motion mode; 11 filter effects, like the new sketch; HDR (high dynamic range) capture; and motion panorama 360° capture.

The FinePix XP80 will come in blue, yellow and graphite with green accents. It will be available in March 2015 for $229.95.

FinePix S9900W (with Wi-Fi) and FinePix S9800 (without Wi-Fi). Both of these bridge models boast 16.2MP CMOS sensors, a maximum ISO sensitivity of 12,800, and bright 24–1,200mm f/2.9–6.5 lenses with impressive 50x optical zoom. Utilizing Fujifilm’s Intelligent Digital Zoom technology, the range can be boosted to 100x magnification while going down to 1cm in super macro mode. Both also use a 5-axis image stabilization system that combines two-axis optical and three-axis electronic stabilization for blur-free photos and smoother video.

The cameras each have a start-up time of one second, autofocus in 0.15 sec and are ready to take another shot in 0.6 sec. Those wanting to capture a burst of full-resolution images in quick succession can do so using the continuous shooting speed of 10 frames per second (maximum 10 frames). Other shared features include: a 920K-dot electronic viewfinder; a 460K-dot LCD screen; Full HD movie capture; 11 filter effects; HDR capture; and motion panorama 360º mode.

The FinePix S9900W also offers remote shooting via a smartphone/tablet, the free Fujifilm Camera Remote app and its dedicated Wi-Fi button. Photos and movies also can be sent to devices using the same wireless connectivity.

The FinePix S9900W and S9800 will be available in March 2015 for $349.95 and $329.95, respectively. fujifilmusa.com