There has been an obsession over mirrorless cameras lately, so it’s a no-brainer for Fujifilm to jump in on the bandwagon with its newest APS-C mirrorless camera. The Fujifilm X-T4 shows a lot of promise with features like IBIS, a quiet shutter and an impressive battery life. But is it really worth the price at $1,699?
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Fujifilm X-T4 Overview
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Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Fujifilm started with photographic films and evolved into creating cameras that are now widely known around the world. Its latest release the X-T4 is considered a sister model of its predecessor, the X-T3 and a part of the series of mirrorless cameras that the company has released over the years.
The X-T4: Why it’s worth the investment
Released in 2018, the Fujifilm X-T3 became an instant hit among photographers and multimedia image-makers, so there has been some anticipation for the X-T4. Finally, Fujifilm announced that the newest camera in the X series is now ready for pre-order and will start shipping on April 30. Let’s take a closer look:
Design & Features
The X-T4 is shaping up to be a versatile all-rounder mirrorless camera, especially with its full-packed features.
Viewing, Handling, & Controls
The X-T4 looks like a retro camera from the outside like its predecessor, although its 68 grams heavier than the X-T3. This camera is also 5mm wider, which is ideal for balancing out longer lenses. It features a 3.69m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder with a 0.75x magnification and a vari-angle 3.0” 1.62m-dot LCD touchscreen designed for intuitive operation and playback. It’s vari-angle design is especially beneficial for shooting high and low angles and you can close it for distraction-free shooting.
The camera’s top plate has all the levers and locking dials you need to adjust for exposure settings and intuitive control including ISO and shutter speed while its front and rear command dials have an integrated push function for easier handling.
Image & Video
There are three features that make the X-T4 the best one yet from the X series: IBIS, a new shutter mechanism and an impressive battery life. Having an in-body stabilization system allows for seamless photo and video shooting because it allows you to use slower shutter speeds while holding the camera. It’s also beneficial for low light settings because it keeps ISO settings lower than what you’d normally get.
The X-T4 also has an APS-C format 26.1MP X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor with back-illuminated design for better tonal rendering and it offers sensitivity range of ISO 160-12800. The camera also brings in several video capabilities including full HD recording up to 240fps for ultra slow-motion playback and internal DCI/UHD 4K recording up to 60 fps.
The X-T4’s processor also benefits video recording immensely by reducing rolling shutter distortion, especially while filming moving objects. It also has a micro-HDMI port that allows for 10-bit 4:2:2 recording to an optional external recorder. Of course, there is that impressive new battery that allows for up to 600 shots on a single charge.
Storage, Extras & Connectivity
The X-T4 has a dual SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II) slot as well as USB Type-C and HDMI D ports. It is also capable of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity for easier transferring of images and video.
Pros & Cons
Overall, the Fujifilm X-T4 is good value for anyone who’s into creating photo and video content. Some of its pros include:
- Speedy burst shooting with a very quiet shutter
- Impressive battery life
- Excellent video capabilities
- In-body stabilization for video and stills
There are only a few real downsides to the X-T4 and you can live with them depending on what you’re goal is for buying a camera:
- Bigger and heavier than the X-T4
- Articulating screen is not ideal for still shooting
- Follows the same processor and sensor as the X-T3
The Canon XA11 delivers impressive still image and video results. Being given the option to record footage in different ways is also a bonus. However, the camcorder only records in Full HD while others are already on 4K. The lack of WiFi capability might also be a deal breaker.
The Fujifilm X-T4 is definitely an oldie on the outside, but a goodie on the inside. While you’ll easily see it as old fashioned because of its retro dials and analogue style, it is packed with more features than any other camera from the X-T series.
Fujifilm clarifies that that the X-T4 is a sister model to the X-T3 and not a replacement, so the latter will remain on sale. Overall, the X-T4 is perfect or both amateur and professional photographers who need a good mirrorless camera with a stylish body. At $1,699, it’s definitely a great value for your investment.
Pre-order the Fujifilm X-T4 now before it begins shipping on April 30, 2020.
|MSRP||$1699 (body only), $2099 (w/18-55mm lens), $2199 (w/16-80mm lens)|
|Body type||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Max resolution||6240 x 4160|
|Image ratio w:h||1:1, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||26 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 160-12800 (expands to 80-51200)|
|Boosted ISO (minimum)||80|
|Boosted ISO (maximum)||51200|
|White balance presets||7|
|Custom white balance||Yes (3 slots)|
|Image stabilization notes||Some lenses limited to 5 stops of correction|
|CIPA image stabilization rating||6.5 stop(s)|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, normal|
|Optics & Focus|
|Number of focus points||425|
|Lens mount||Fujifilm X|
|Focal length multiplier||1.5×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Articulated LCD||Fully articulated|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Viewfinder magnification||1.125× (0.75× 35mm equiv.)|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/8000 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed (electronic)||1/32000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||No|
|External flash||Yes (via hot shoe or flash sync port)|
|Continuous drive||20.0 fps|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)|
|Format||MPEG-4, H.264, H.265|
|Storage types||Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC card slots (UHS-II supported)|
|USB||USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)|
|Wireless notes||802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth|
|Remote control||Yes (via smartphone or wired remote)|
|Battery description||NP-W235 lithium-ion battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||500|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||607 g (1.34 lb / 21.41 oz)|
|Dimensions||135 x 93 x 84 mm (5.31 x 3.66 x 3.31″)|
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