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Fujifilm X-T4 Review

The Fujifilm X-T4 is a mirrorless camera that has a dual personality. On the surface, it has classic dials and analog flair. Still, on the inside, it is packed with more sophisticated capabilities than any other Fujifilm X-T camera that we have seen so far.

It’s hard to resist the appeal of this pairing. The Fujifilm X-T4, much like the X-T3, is aimed at both enthusiastic amateur and professional photographers looking for the most cutting-edge mirrorless power in fun and appealing packaging. This time around, though, things are different since the X-T4 has turned the “all-rounder” dial to 11.

Incorporating in-body image stabilization (IBIS) is the most noteworthy piece of information since it makes this camera just the second Fujifilm camera overall to have this function; the first being the Fujifilm X-H1, which was released in 2013. IBIS is helpful for photographers who capture static images and moving subjects, and introducing this feature in the X-T4 brings it on par with competitors like the Sony A6600.

Fujifilm X-T4 Build Quality

The X-T4 is not an exception to the general rule that Fujifilm does not make significant changes to the design of its vintage cameras. Let’s say that if you’ve ever picked up a camera from the X-T series in the past, you’ll have no trouble adjusting to this one.

We are big supporters of the high-quality Fujifilm X-T philosophy. It revolves around those striking dials in an analog design located on the top plate. ISO, shutter speed, and exposure correction are all controlled by their separate dials.

This, in conjunction with the aperture ring found in many of Fujifilm’s lenses, puts all of the essential exposure adjustments right where you need them to be: at your fingers. Not only does utilizing old dials not take any more time than using the new general control dials, but it is also arguable that using these dials is more systematic and is without a doubt more endearing.

If you find that the aesthetics of a camera encourage you to use it more, then the X-T4 has a good chance of becoming your go-to device. There is undeniably an emotional connection shared by those passionate about cameras.

Fujifilm X-T4 Autofocus

IBIS, a new battery, and a new shutter mechanism are the three primary new features that make the Fujifilm X-T4 the most significant step forward for the series yet, even though it seems to be fairly identical to its X-T predecessors.

Aside from that, the most notable features of the X-T4 are almost the same as those of the X-T3, a camera almost 18 months older. You get the same 26.1-megapixel back-illuminated APS-C sensor, which is the best in its class regarding the level of detail it captures and how well it performs in low light. Don’t try to mend something that isn’t broken.

Then there is a movie shooting requirement that still holds today, and that is Cinema 4K movies at up to 60 frames per second, 10-bit internal recording in addition to HDMI output, up to 400Mbps data rate, and including F-Log and HLG profiles as standard. Full HD videos may be shot in slow motion at up to 240 frames per second. The X-T4 is capable of producing videos with high-quality visuals, which is something you may want.

The truly significant news, though, is that in-body image stabilization is now available (IBIS). When paired with one of Fujifilm’s stabilized lenses, the sensor-shift unit offers up to 6.5EV (or exposure value) of stabilization, which is one stop more than the one found in the Fujifilm X-H1 camera. This information can be found on paper. This pertains to 18 of Fujifilm’s total 29 lenses and is especially interesting if you already own iconic prime lenses such as the XF35mm f/1.4 or the XF56mm f/1.2.

Fujifilm X-T4 Performance

Therefore, how exactly does the picture stabilization work on the Fujifilm X-T4? During our test, we used the 16-80mm f/4 WR lens, which boasts a stabilization range of up to 6EV (or stops) when both optical stabilization (OIS) and sensor-shift stabilization (IBIS) are engaged. This lens was available to us for our evaluation.

After several repeated efforts made with a steady hand, we obtained effective stabilization that was closer to 4EV (or four stops). One might also say the same thing about the 35mm f/1.4 lens. Regarding photography, such promises of 6.5EV may be a little too optimistic. Nevertheless, we would be curious to test out more lenses. The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III has a significantly improved stabilization system.

Even yet, compared to the X-T3, the image stabilization on the X-T5 is a marginal step forward. Those who use an X-T camera that does not have a lens that is optically stabilized will also find this a game-changer.

Concerning the video, it should go without saying that sensor-shift stabilization is an advantage over having no stabilization. The shake brought on by the vibrations created by walking is less severe, but it is still present. Although this is not the finest IBIS we have seen in the past, it is unquestionably an improvement over the X-T3.

Things go from bad to much better after you turn on the digital stabilization in addition to the optical and image-based stabilization. The shake has almost completely disappeared. The disadvantage of using digital stabilization is that it results in a crop factor of 1.1x being applied to the footage, and the overall atmosphere of the video is altered in some way.

To summarise, the X-T4 IBIS does not eliminate the requirement for a gimbal; but, it is a wonderful addition, and the performance is particularly impressive when digital stabilization is included.

Fujifilm X-T4 Image quality

It’s worth performing a recap and mentioning the beneficial impact of image stabilization and this camera’s better shooting performance. Our review of the Fujifilm X-T3 covers a lot of our opinions on the X-picture T4’s quality, but it’s worth doing a recap nevertheless.

The X-T4 makes use of the same 26.1-megapixel APS-C sensor that was found in the X-T3, along with the same native ISO range (from 160 to 12,800), video resolution, and frame rates.

Since there is no evidence of luminance noise in photographs that have been well exposed, we would not have any reservations about utilizing any of the sensitivity settings up to ISO 6400. Even the expanded ISO 80 to ISO 51,200 range may be used; it is not only included for the sake of its numbers.

The X-T4 (and the X-T3) are the only cameras in this class that can compete with the X-performance T4s in low light or the X-level T3s of resolved detail (depending on which lens you use). If you are looking for photographs of exceptional quality, the X-T4 will not disappoint you.

We have a lot of respect for the ‘color science’ that Fujifilm has implemented in its one-of-a-kind sensor design. Fujifilm’s film stock is referred to in each color profile, often known as a “film simulation.” The default ‘Provia’ profile has a beautiful and natural appearance, but the Eterna profile is also a favorite of the design team.

There is also a healthy market for black-and-white shooters. Across with a Red filter enhances the sky in landscapes ornamented with blue skies and sporadic clouds that stand out more prominently.

Eterna Bleach Bypass is the name of the new color profile that has been added; it provides an appearance that is high-contrast yet desaturated. Although it is not our top choice, we will defer to your judgment over the new profile and ask what you think. At this time, there are a total of twelve color profiles available, each of which may be applied in-camera to Raw files.

When you switch to the video mode, you can record Cinema 4K videos at frame rates of up to 60 and bit rates of up to 400. Color profiles in F-Log and HLG are automatically applied if any of those options are used. We captured several beautiful-looking video clips in the F-Log profile, and all they required was a little adjustment to the contrast and brightness, and they were ready to be graded.

Fujifilm X-T4 Review Specs

Body typeSLR-style mirrorless
Body materialMagnesium alloy
Sensor
Max resolution6240 x 4160
Image ratio w:h1:1, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels26 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
ProcessorX-Processor 4
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayX-Trans
Image
ISOAuto, 160-12800 (expands to 80-51200)
Boosted ISO (minimum)80
Boosted ISO (maximum)51200
White balance presets7
Custom white balanceYes (3 slots)
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Image stabilization notesSome lenses limited to 5 stops of correction
CIPA image stabilization rating6.5 stop(s)
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, normal
File formatJPEG (Exif v2.3)Raw (14-bit RAF)
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points425
Lens mountFujifilm X
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,620,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification1.125× (0.75× 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder resolution3,690,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic)1/32000 sec
Exposure modesProgramShutter priorityAperture priorityManual
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (via hot shoe or flash sync port)
Flash X sync speed1/250 sec
Drive modesSingleContinuous (L/H)Bracketing
Continuous drive20.0 fps
Self-timerYes
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedAverageSpot
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)
WB BracketingYes
Videography features
FormatMPEG-4, H.264, H.265
Modes4096 x 2160 @ 60p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 50p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 30p / 400 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 25p / 400 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 400 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 400 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 50p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 240p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesDual SD/SDHC/SDXC card slots (UHS-II supported)
Connectivity
USBUSB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
USB chargingYes
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth
Remote controlYes (via smartphone or wired remote)
Physical
Environmentally sealedYes
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNP-W235 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)500
Weight (inc. batteries)607 g (1.34 lb / 21.41 oz)
Dimensions135 x 93 x 84 mm (5.31 x 3.66 x 3.31″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPSNone

Fujifilm X-T4 Verdict

The Fujifilm X-T4 is the most impressive APS-C camera that money can buy.

It is a remarkable camera that not only stands out from the crowd but also functions in an exceptionally effective manner because of its appealing design, strong construction, and analog dials. This indicates that it is particularly appealing to those individuals who have an equal passion for photography and photography equipment.

Not to say that it isn’t also quite good at the latter, though. Aesthetics aside, the X-T4 offers unrivaled performance in both still photography and videography (at least when compared to other APS-C cameras), checking off all of the categories that are the most important.

Additionally, the X-T4 is more than an X-T3 equipped with IBIS. You get a battery with a far bigger capacity, a shutter that is significantly more durable, and other design tweaks that are quite appropriate for a hybrid camera.

Indeed, the vast majority of the alterations improve the video storage capacity. However, photographers are not left behind and will benefit from a longer battery life, improved stabilization for lenses that are not already stabilized, and a menu system and controls that are distinguished for use with either photos or videos.

Fujifilm X-T4 Review Pros & Cons

Good For
  • Excellent image quality
  • Wide choice of attractive color modes
  • Effective and customizable ergonomics
  • Very good video quality
Need Improvements
  • AF performance highly lens dependent
  • Autofocus performance is heavily subject-dependent
  • No AF subject tracking in video

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