Fujifilm Releases a Fine Assortment of Mirrorless, Compact, Rugged, and Long Zoom Cameras

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It appears that Fujifilm decided to jump right into some of the company’s New Year’s resolutions with the announcement of five digital cameras. Among the new releases is the X-A2 Mirrorless Digital Camera, an entry-level for the X-series line, with a 175° tilting LCD screen, and a premium point-and-shoot in the form of the XQ2 Digital Camera. Fujifilm’s tough camera series receives an update with the FinePix XP80 Digital Camera, while the long zoom segment welcomes the FinePix S9800 Digital Camera and the Wi-Fi capable FinePix S9900W Digital Camera. In addition to these cameras, two new zoom lenses are being released: the XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II Lens, which will be included with the X-A2, and the XC 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS II Lens, which offers an expanded zoom range for more versatility.

X-A2 Mirrorless Digital Camera

Updating the entry-level X-mount mirrorless camera, the lightweight X-A2 has been made “selfie-ready,” with a 175° tilting 3.0" 920k-dot LCD, as well as face and eye detection. The 16.3-megapixel camera also has Wi-Fi connectivity so you can easily transfer your images and share them with your friends or print directly from an INSTAX Share Printer. It utilizes the EXR Processor II along with an APS-C CMOS image sensor to produce highly detailed images at up to ISO 25600. This combination enables video recording, in addition to stills, at up to full HD at 1920 x 1080 at 30p.

The X-A2 also offers the recently developed Eye AF, Auto Macro AF, and Multi-Target AF to lock focus quickly and accurately in a variety of different shooting situations. Other improvements include a faster shooting interval time of 0.4 seconds and the addition of the Classic Chrome film-emulation mode.

This camera comes with the XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II Lens and will be available in Brown, Silver, and White.

  X-A2 Mirrorless Digital Camera
Lens Mount Fujifilm X mount
Image Sensor APS-C CMOS
Effective Pixels 16.3 MP
Maximum Resolution 4896 x 3264
Aspect Ratio 3:02
Still Image File Format JPEG, RAW
Storage Media SD, SDHC, SDXC
Card Slot 1 x SD
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-25,600
Focus Modes Eye AF, Auto Macro AF, Multi-Target AF
Built-In Flash Yes
External Flash Interface Hot shoe
Movie Recording 1920 x 1080p at 30 fps
Audio Recording Yes; stereo
Monitor 3.0" (7.6 cm) 175° tilting 920k-dot LCD
Start-Up Time 0.5 seconds
Shutter Lag 0.05 seconds
Wi-Fi Yes; built-in
GPS None
Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
Weight Not specified by manufacturer

XQ2 Digital Camera

Bringing the X-series into the pocket-sized world, the fixed-lens XQ2 features a 12-megapixel X-Trans CMOS II 2/3" image sensor and the EXR Processor II to provide quality imagery from ISO 100 up to ISO 12800. This technology uses a newly developed color filter array with a randomized pixel arrangement that eliminates the need for an Optical Low Pass Filter for achieving a greater resolution.

The XQ2 has a fixed FUJINON 25-100mm equivalent f/1.8 optical zoom lens. The 4x lens uses four aspherical elements and three extra low dispersion lenses as well as the HT-EBC coating to reduce flare, ghosting, and aberrations. Additionally, the XQ2 uses a Lens Modulation Optimizer for creating sharp images and has optical image stabilization rated for up to three stops of compensation.

In addition to this impressive feature set, the XQ2 has a 4x Intelligent Digital Zoom function for approximately 16x of range as well as full HD video recording and the new Classic Chrome film simulation mode, among others. It even has Wi-Fi connectivity for instant sharing or directly printing from an INSTAX Share Printer. This camera will be available in Black, White & Black, and Silver.

  XQ2 Digital Camera
   
Image Sensor 2/3" X-Trans II CMOS
Effective Pixels 12MP
Maximum Resolution Not specified by manufacturer
Aspect Ratio Not specified by manufacturer
Still Image File Format JPEG, RAW
Storage Media SD, SDHC, SDXC
Card Slot 1 x SD
Lens Type Fujinon Zoom Lens
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent) 25-100mm
Optical Zoom 4x
Aperture Range Maximum: f/1.8-4.9
Digital Zoom 4x
Image Stabilization Yes
Viewfinder Type None
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-12,800
Built-In Flash Yes
External Flash Interface None
Movie Recording 1920 x 1080p
Audio Recording Yes; stereo
Monitor 3.0" (7.6 cm) 920k-dot LCD
Wi-Fi Yes
Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
Weight Not specified by manufacturer

XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II & XC 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS II Lenses

Alongside these new X-series cameras are two updated X-mount lenses. The XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II Lens is a standard zoom with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 24-76mm, which covers wide-angle to short telephoto lengths in a single compact package. The XC 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS II Lens picks up where the 16-50mm left off, dramatically extending a photographer’s reach with a 76-350mm equivalent focal length. This pair of lenses provides an exceptionally broad range of coverage for shooting in a wide range of different conditions.

The 16-50mm has an optical construction of 12 elements in 10 groups, including three aspherical elements and one extra-low dispersion element. This provides users with sharp imagery throughout the zoom range with minimal aberrations. The 50-230mm lens has a similar design with 13 elements in 10 groups including one aspherical element and one extra-low dispersion element while it has a stepping AF motor for fast, accurate autofocus. Also, Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S.) is incorporated into both models, which will minimize the appearance of camera shake at longer focal lengths and when working in low-light conditions.

  XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II Lens XC 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS II Lens
     
Lens Mount Fuji X mount Fuji X mount
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent) 24-76mm 76-350mm
Maximum Aperture f/3.5-5.6 f/4.5-6.7
Minimum Aperture f/22 f/22
Angle of View 83.2° to 31.7° 31.7° to 7.1°
Lens Construction 12 elements / 10 groups 13 elements / 10 groups
Diaphragm Blades 7, rounded Not specified by manufacturer
Filter Ring Diameter 58mm Not specified by manufacturer

FinePix XP80 Digital Camera

If you need a camera you can take almost anywhere and not worry about, the FinePix XP80 Digital Camera continues the tradition of the rugged XP-series line with enhanced waterproofing for use down to 50', improved shock-proofing rated up to 5.8', freeze-proofing to 14°F, and a dustproof construction. It uses a 16.4-megapixel CMOS sensor along with a versatile 28-140mm equivalent optical zoom lens with image stabilization to produce sharp, detailed stills and full HD video in nearly any conditions, even underwater.

Wireless connectivity is included in this model and enables remote shooting using the Fujifilm Camera Remote app along with wireless transfer of images and video to mobile devices and computers. It offers an Action Camera Mode, which works with an adapter to convert the lens to a fixed 18mm and shuts off the LCD to save battery life for use as a mounted camera. Additionally, the camera offers a 480 fps slow-motion mode, 11 Advanced Filters including a Sketch function, HDR capture, and a 360° Motion Panorama mode.

The XP80 will be available in Blue, Yellow, and Black with green accents.

  FinePix XP80 Digital Camera
   
Image Sensor 1/2.3" CMOS Sensor
Effective Pixels 16.4 MP
Maximum Resolution 4608 x 3456
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Still Image File Format JPEG
Storage Media SD, SDHC, SDXC
Card Slot 1 x SD
Lens Type Fujinon Optical Zoom
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent) 28-140mm
Optical Zoom 5x
Viewfinder Type None
ISO Sensitivity Not specified by manufacturer
Autofocus System Not specified by manufacturer
Built-In Flash Yes
External Flash Interface None
Movie Recording 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps
Slow Motion 480 fps mode at reduced resolution
Audio Recording Yes, with video
Monitor Rear LCD with anti-reflective coating
Wi-Fi Yes, built-in
GPS None
Operating Environment Waterproof to 50' / 15.2 m
Shockproof from 5.8' /1.8 m
Freeze proof to 14°F / -10° C
Dust proof to IP68 standards
Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
Weight Not specified by manufacturer

FinePix S9900W & FinePix S9800 Digital Cameras

                                                      

Fuji’s long-zoom lineup sees the introduction of the FinePix S9900W Digital Camera and FinePix S9800 Digital Camera. Both feature an impressive 50x optical zoom lens equivalent to 24-1200mm with a bright f/2.9-6.5 aperture, as well as a 16.2-megapixel  CMOS sensor that works up to ISO 12,800. Five-axis image stabilization with two-axis optical and three-axis electronic further improves imagery by reducing the effects of camera shake. The main differentiating feature of these cameras is the inclusion of Wi-Fi connectivity on the S9900W.

These cameras are quite fast, with a start-up time of one second, 0.15 second AF, and a continuous shooting rate of 10 fps. Also, to assist with framing, the cameras have both a 920k-dot EVF and a  3.0" 460k-dot LCD screen. Other features available in these models are full HD video recording, HDR image capture, 360° Motion Panorama, and 11 Advanced Filter effects.

  FinePix S9900W Digital Camera FinePix S9800 Digital Camera
     
Image Sensor 1/2.3" CMOS 1/2.3" CMOS
Effective Pixels 16.2 MP 16.2 MP
Maximum Resolution Not specified by manufacturer Not specified by manufacturer
Still Image File Format JPEG JPEG
Storage Media SD, SDHC, SDXC SD, SDHC, SDXC
Card Slot 1 x SD 1 x SD
Lens Type Fujinon Optical Zoom Lens Fujinon Optical Zoom Lens
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent) 24-1200mm 24-1200mm
Optical Zoom 50x 50x
Aperture Range Maximum: f/2.9-6.5 Maximum: f/2.9-6.5
Minimum Focusing Distance Super Macro Mode: 0.4" / 1 cm Super Macro Mode: 0.4" / 1 cm
Digital Zoom Intelligent: 2x Intelligent: 2x
Image Stabilization Yes, 5-axis Yes, 5-axis
Viewfinder Type 920k-dot Electronic Viewfinder 920k-dot Electronic Viewfinder
Shutter Speed Not specified by manufacturer Not specified by manufacturer
Top Continuous Shooting Rate 10 fps for 10 frames at 16.2 MP 10 fps for 10 frames at 16.2 MP
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-12800 Auto, 100-12800
Autofocus System Not specified by manufacturer Not specified by manufacturer
Built-In Flash Yes Yes
External Flash Interface None None
Movie Recording 1920 x 1080p 1920 x 1080p
Audio Recording Yes Yes
Monitor  3.0" 460k-dot LCD  3.0" 460k-dot LCD
Wi-Fi Yes, built-in None
GPS None None
Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer Not specified by manufacturer
Weight Not specified by manufacturer Not specified by manufacturer

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I am interested in learning more on this compact 24-1200mm  (50x) comparison vs. Sony's 400

Any word yet on the Fuji X-Pro2?

No aperture/focal length on the rugged model...so they're both probably bad. Most of Fuji's rugged offerings have terribly slow aperture offerings.

And a 16MP sensor...come the heck on, aren't the megapixel wars over yet?

Only 200 k dots for the LCD monitor?  Seems that would produce rather gross viewing.  Not much detail to be seen there.

Seems like the cameras of five years ago had more dots in their monitors.  Could this be a misprint?  My old S1800 has 230K dots in a 3 inch LCD monitor.  This is much newer technology, seems that it should out do an old S1800.

The zoom lens, is it a 'power' zoom?  Or, does it use a zoom ring like the HS30 EXP?

Larry,

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We are implementing the correction. The lens is a power zoom and a side lever is used to control the zoom position.