The Fujifilm X-T4 is a high-end mirrorless digicam with a 26 Megapixel APSC sensor, 4k as much as 60p, 15fps bursts, built-in stabilisation and a fully-articulated touchscreen. Introduced in February 2020, it comes roughly a 12 months and a half after the X-T3 and slightly than exchange that mannequin, the X-T3 will stay on sale at a cheaper price. I had an opportunity to get my fingers on a pre-production X-T4 at a Fujifilm press occasion and within the video beneath I’ll present you round all the brand new options. As at all times it is a first-looks report and as soon as my full overview is prepared I’ll submit it right here. If you happen to choose to learn in regards to the X-T4, simply maintain scrolling past the video!
With long-awaited built-in stabilisation, it could be simple to imagine the X-T4 is a merger of the X-T and X-H ranges, however Fujifilm’s eager to level out the X-T4 could be very a lot the evolution of the X-T sequence and that the X-H sequence will proceed, presumably with bigger higher-end fashions sooner or later. Because the X-T4 already has such a broad and highly effective feature-set, I can solely assume the X-H sequence will purpose for bodily physique upgrades, however I’m not a hearsay channel, so I’ll consider the information right here.
Above: Place the X-T4 alongside the X-T3 and it’s clear to see how the brand new digicam on the left shares the design aesthetic of its predecessor on the correct, slightly than the X-H1; certainly at first look, the X-T4 seems to be a barely thicker model with primarily the identical styling and controls.
Above: The X-T4 is definitely the identical top because the X-T3 and solely two millimeters wider. The most important measurement distinction is the thickness with the physique understanding about 2.5mm thicker on the thinnest level and about 5mm thicker across the grip. When it comes to weight, at 607g together with battery, it’s 68g heavier than the X-T3. In your fingers, it undoubtedly feels a bit chunkier and heavier, however crucially not by a lot, whereas nonetheless retaining the compact allure of its predecessor. Plus the marginally larger grip permits for a extra snug maintain and suffice it to say the brand new mannequin stays weather-sealed. The rise in measurement and weight is usually all the way down to the addition of built-in stabilisation and a extra highly effective battery, extra about which in a second, however first let’s take a look at the management variations.
Above: From the highest, the X-T4 will look reassuringly acquainted to followers of earlier fashions. On the higher left aspect you’ll discover a lockable dial devoted to the ISO sensitivity, with a collar across the base for adjusting the drive mode; as earlier than you’ll be able to entry the burst taking pictures, bracketing and a few results right here, however there’s been some rearrangement, most notably with the removing of the film mode place.
Above: The X-T4 now encompasses a new shutter unit which accelerates the mechanical shutter from 11fps to a powerful 15fps, the quickest of its rivals, whereas nonetheless additionally providing a mess of digital shutter choices. The mechanical shutter is quieter than earlier than whereas additionally being rated for 300okay actuations – double the X-T3.
Above: In the meantime to the correct of the pinnacle is the lockable shutter velocity dial, manually selectable from one second to 1/8000, with the T choice for accessing the total vary. There’s nonetheless a collar across the base however slightly than alter the metering mode, it now merely switches the digicam between stills and video, considerately permitting you to take care of completely different settings in every.
Above: This even extends to the Q-menu which not solely stays configurable, however now individually for the stills and film mode. This makes the digicam a lot simpler and extra sensible when switching between photographs and video.
Above: Again to the controls, there’s nonetheless a rear thumb wheel and entrance finger dial, each of that are clickable in addition to a shutter button that’s threaded for a mechanical cable launch and the devoted publicity compensation dial that’s nonetheless not lockable. In the meantime around the again you’ll discover Fujifilm has retained the cross keys and AF joystick, whereas relabelling and barely enlarging the AF-ON button. Apparently the Q button, now within the high proper nook, is so flush that it’s worthwhile to make a really acutely aware effort to press it, maybe as a response to the X-T30’s Q button which proved simple to by chance push.
Above: From the rear you’ll discover the primary main distinction from earlier fashions: a fully-articulated side-hinged display. For the primary time an X-T digicam can now face its display ahead, a transfer that’ll delight vloggers or anybody who must current to digicam with no crew to assist them. Nevertheless it’s not nearly photographing or filming your self – a fully-articulated display additionally makes it simple to compose at excessive or low angles whether or not you’re taking pictures within the panorama or portrait orientation, and whereas the earlier X-T3’s display allowed this to some extent, I choose the entire flexibility right here. After all it’s to not everybody’s tastes, and a few will choose the faster motion of the earlier fashions, however personally talking I’m delighted by the change, each as a photographer and video creator. Oh earlier than transferring on, the display panel now has 1.62 million dots versus 1.04 of the X-T3.
Above: The viewfinder stays primarily the identical as earlier than, sharing the identical 3.69 million dot OLED panel with 0.75x magnification, though Fujifilm’s added new enhance choices to enhance low mild, decision or body charge. It will have been good to have the much more detailed 5 million dot panel of some flagship our bodies, however the X-T4’s viewfinder stays respectable. The eyecup’s now extra inflexible too.
Above: On the grip aspect there’s nonetheless twin SD reminiscence card slots and Fujifilm says each will nonetheless exploit the velocity of UHS-II playing cards, and now you can file backup video to the second card in an equivalent format; the cardboard slot door may also now be eliminated for simpler entry in a cage. Fujifans might discover the slots are actually in a line slightly than overlapping, which implies the sooner 2.5mm distant port has needed to be moved.
Above: And right here it’s, now beneath the three.5mm microphone enter on the left aspect. There’s been some adjustments right here in comparison with the X-T3, with two flaps slightly than a single door. You’ll discover a Kind-D Micro HDMI which nonetheless presents 10 bit 4:2:2 output, and a USB C port which can be utilized for charging and energy, as long as you employ a supply with Energy Supply. Fujifans will nevertheless discover the three.5mm headphone jack of the X-T3 is now not current on this aspect, however like many current Fujifilm cameras, the USB C port can double as a headphone jack and the X-T4 is provided with an acceptable adapter cable. Personally I’d have most popular a devoted jack on the physique, particularly as I may use it whereas powering the digicam over USB, however no less than you’ll be able to nonetheless join headphones.
Above: In one of the welcome albeit overdue upgrades, the X-T4 is now powered by a brand new battery: the NP-W235 with 2200mAh capability that’s good for 500 photographs underneath CIPA circumstances, versus 390 on the X-T3. Once more it’s chargeable contained in the digicam over USB, though an optionally available twin battery charger is obtainable.
Above: If you happen to want extra energy, there’s the optionally available VG-XT4 grip which homes two additional batteries, tripling the general life to virtually 1500 photographs. In a welcome replace over the sooner grip, now you can cost all three batteries internally over a single USB connection, and you probably have the next energy charger like a MacBook Professional mannequin, the charging time may be shortened. The grip after all offers portrait controls and in addition has a devoted headphone jack.
Above: Inside, the X-T4 employs the identical 26 Megapixel X-Trans IV sensor and picture processor that made their debut on the X-T3 a 12 months and a half earlier. Given the sensor has since been used on the X-T30, X-Pro3 and X100V, you’ll know what to anticipate from photograph high quality, and the X-T4 inherits all the most recent processing choices together with grain results, color chrome, movie simulations and monochrome changes.
Above: I’m happy to report the X-T4 inherits the Traditional Destructive simulation intro’d on the X-Pro3 and as custom dictates, debuts a brand new choice: Eterna Bleach Bypass, which is right for stylised video and I’ll present you an instance later. Only one fast notice: whereas I like the monochrome changes, I’m nonetheless ready for the person interface to assist contact management and even diagonal actions with the joystick.
Above: The identical sensor means the identical broad array of phase-detect autofocus factors throughout the sensor, however Fujifilm has tweaked the main focus algorithms, claiming improved face and eye detection, higher monitoring and sooner focusing too. Right here you’ll be able to see a pre-production mannequin in motion with the XF 16mm f1.4.
Above: The most important information although is the X-T4 turns into the primary within the sequence to sport built-in stabilisation, and is the truth is solely the second X physique to supply it after the X-H1.
Above: The problem was to implement IBIS with out compromising the compact physique of the X-T sequence. Fujifilm’s definitely shrunk the stabilising unit which thanks to make use of of magnets over coiled springs is now 30% smaller and 20% lighter than the unit within the X-H1. Coupled with the extra highly effective battery, it’s inevitably thickened the X-T4 over the X-T3, however not a lot it compromises the general enchantment.
Above: With the identical sensor because the X-T3, it’s additionally not shocking to seek out comparable film capabilities, however these had been already spectacular, supporting uncropped 4k as much as 30p, or as much as 60p with a 1.18x crop. There’s additionally 10 bit inside recording at 4:2:Zero or externally over HDMI at 4:2:2.
Above: New to the X-T4 is the next body charge 1080 mode, working as much as 240fps for a ten instances slow-down on 24p output. In my preview video above, you’ll be able to see an instance I filmed at 200p to be used on my 25p timeline for an eight-times slowdown; it’s a bit noisy however was filmed inside. Footage is slowed in-camera, so you need to select your output body charge. Excessive velocity 1080 incurs a 1.29x subject discount. I stay up for attempting this in several circumstances as 1080 at 240p is past most of its rivals at this level.
Above: Constructed-in stabilisation drastically enhances the film capabilities of the X-T4, and Fujifilm presents a number of extra digital choices for numerous conditions. Digital stabilisation incurs a crop of 1.1x for 1080 as much as 60p or 4k as much as 30p, or of 1.29x for 4k at 60p. If you happen to’re fed up with all of the completely different crop components, a brand new choice enforces a 1.29x crop for all video, so that you don’t must reframe when switching between them. There’s additionally a brand new View Help mode when taking pictures in F-log.
Verdict to this point
The X-T4 builds-upon considered one of my favorite all-round cameras, inheriting the model and high quality of the X-T3, whereas addressing my key complaints. Fujifilm’s managed to squeeze built-in stabilisation, a extra highly effective battery and a fully-articulated display into the X-T4 whereas solely making the physique a bit thicker, and in addition thrown-in sooner burst taking pictures at 15fps, higher sluggish movement video at 1080 240p, and a pleasant new Movie Simulation for the moody videographers on the market. As such it appears virtually churlish to seek out faults, and what little you may complain about is fairly minor. For instance it’s a bit annoying to lose a devoted headphone jack, however you’ll be able to adapt the USB port and a cable is offered. The viewfinder decision hasn’t been improved, however 3.69 million dots continues to be an honest spec. The sensor isn’t new, however then it’s not that outdated both. Most likely the most important complaints will likely be addressed to the side-hinged display by those that choose the older mechanism, however that is purely private and so far as I’m involved, I like the brand new strategy significantly better. You may additionally marvel why the X-T4 doesn’t have a pixel-shift mode that makes use of IBIS to spice up the decision or scale back color artefacts particularly because the GFX100 was confirmed to obtain this in a future firmware replace, however that is most certainly because of the 6×6 filter array of the X-Trans sensor being extra complicated to de-mosaic than the two×2 bayer sample within the GFX and different cameras. As for the stabilisation and AF enhancements, I’ll reserve judgment for my upcoming overview of a last manufacturing pattern, nevertheless it’s definitely wanting very promising. Finally I feel Fujifilm has finished an awesome job at enhancing a preferred mannequin with out compromising its allure, and the pricing is wise. Once more I’m reserving my last verdict till I’ve absolutely examined a manufacturing physique, however the X-T4 seems to be set to grow to be considered one of, if not the, finest cropped sensor digicam up to now.
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