Product images by Dan Bracaglia

The Fujifilm X-E4 is a light-weight, rangefinder-styled digital camera constructed round a 26MP APS-C sized sensor that makes use of the corporate’s X-mount lineup of lenses. Billed as a fun-to-use and compact photographic companion, the X-E4 is the smallest X-mount digital camera available on the market, encouraging you to maintain it round wherever you wind up.

With Fujifilm’s newest sensor and processor combo, the X-E4 inherits numerous the goodies from the latest Fujifilm cameras, together with up to date autofocus, stable video specs and actually spectacular burst taking pictures charges. And should you’re a JPEG shooter, you now have eighteen of Fujifilm’s wonderful movie simulations to select from.

I’ve all the time discovered the X-E sequence to be a enjoyable companion for picture walks. Out of digital camera JPEG from a pre-production digital camera utilizing the Provia or normal movie simulation.
ISO 160 | 1/480 sec | F8 | Fujifilm XF 35mm F1.Four R

I have been a fan of Fujifilm’s X-E sequence since I reviewed the X-E2S again in 2016. I’ve favored the scale, controls and styling, and the picture high quality has all the time been stable. However because the launch of the X-T3, the primary Fujifilm digital camera to make use of the newer 26MP sensor, the X-E sequence has lagged behind the updates in different areas of Fujifilm’s lineup, so I used to be glad to see the X-E4 introduced with the most recent tech.

Key specs:

  • 26MP APS-C sensor with X-Trans coloration filter array
  • 3.0″ tilting touchscreen with 1.62M dots (can tilt up 180 levels)
  • 2.36M-dot digital viewfinder, 0.62x magnification
  • DCI 4K/30p, 4:2:0, 8-bit inner video recording (4:2:2 10-bit over HDMI out)
  • Full HD video at as much as 240p, for 10x gradual movement
  • Eight fps burst taking pictures with mechanical shutter (20 fps with digital)
  • CIPA rated to 460 photographs per cost (NP-W126S battery pack)
  • 121mm x 73mm x 33mm
  • 364g (12.9oz)

On the within, the X-E4 is kind of a Fujifilm X-S10 (and subsequently a lot of an X-T4) minus the picture stabilization Does it have what it takes to be thought of on your subsequent digital camera buy? Let’s discover out.

The X-E4 can be obtainable in March of 2021 at a value of $849 body-only, and $1,049 when kitted with the XF 27mm F2.Eight II pancake prime lens.

What’s new and the way it compares

The 26MP sensor on the coronary heart of the X-E4 is great, providing nice dynamic vary and quick readout speeds.

Relative to the Fujifilm X-E3, the X-E4 brings a collection of updates, crucial of which is the most recent 26MP X-Trans sensor and quad-core X-Processor 4. This implies the picture high quality and, in some circumstances, efficiency of the X-E4 can be a match for the perfect that Fujifilm has to supply in its X-mount lineup. The digital camera’s physique and controls have additionally been slimmed down relative to its predecessor, however we’ll delve into these particulars within the subsequent part.

That 26MP sensor brings with it actually stable picture high quality, a local base ISO of 160 (down from 200 on the X-E3), and super-fast readout speeds that permit the X-E4 fireplace away pictures at 20fps with the digital shutter (or 30fps should you go for a 1.25x crop). You additionally get super-fast digital shutter readout that tops out at 1/32,000 sec, helpful for taking pictures wide-open in vivid daylight if that is your factor.

I’ve discovered that Fujifilm’s movie simulation choices can actually alter the ‘feeling’ of a scene. Out-of-camera JPEGs from a pre-production digital camera.
ISO 640 | 1/32000 sec (sure, you learn that proper) | F1.4 | Fujifilm XF 35mm F1.Four R
Fujifilm’s DR400 mode was enabled, which raises the efficient base ISO from 160 to 640.

The quad-core processor retains the whole lot transferring fairly swiftly, and although you may need the quickest reminiscence card you may afford for these bursts, you will not achieve any advantages from quicker UHS-II appropriate playing cards with the digital camera’s UHS-I slot (it is nonetheless a very good guess to get the quickest UHS-I card you may, although). The X-E4 additionally comes loaded with Fujifilm’s newest movie simulations, together with Eterna, which is a favourite for video recording, in addition to Basic Neg. And with the ability to re-process Uncooked information in-camera to check out the totally different movie simulations is a enjoyable approach to discover what appears you want finest.

You additionally get an up to date autofocus system with phase-detection protection extending almost to the sides of the body, in addition to the improved monitoring interface and efficiency we first noticed on the X-T4. We have discovered it is a very succesful AF system however could require some tuning to get essentially the most out of it, and we’ll verify this once we get a remaining digital camera for full evaluate.

Fujifilm features a USB-C to headphone port adapter within the field with the X-E4 for audio monitoring whereas taking pictures video.

The video on the X-E4 must be a match for the X-S10, which means it appears to be actually stable. You are getting DCI 4K/30p footage and not using a crop, F-Log recording (8-bit internally, 10-bit to an exterior recorder), spectacular slow-motion in Full HD, and seize aids like zebra warnings. You additionally get each headphone and microphone ports, utilizing the included USB-C to headphone adapter. However that lack of in-body picture stabilization will imply that, for handheld footage, you are going to wish to be sure to decide up a stabilized lens to maintain your photographs regular.

The way it compares

The X-E4 slots in to a fairly aggressive phase within the digital camera market; we contemplate it is most direct opponents to be the Nikon Z50, the Sony a6400 and the Canon EOS M6 Mark II, all of that are inside $50 USD of the X-E4’s MSRP. All of those choices use APS-C sensors, and none provide in-body picture stabilization.

Fujifilm X-E4 Nikon Z50 Sony a6400 Canon EOS M6 Mark II
MSRP (physique) $849 $859 $899 $849
Sensor res. 26MP X-Trans 21MP 24MP 32.5MP
LCD sort Tilting Tilting Tilting Tilting
LCD dimension/res 3.0″ / 1.62M-dot 3.2″ / 1.04M-dot 3.0″ / 921k-dot 3.0″ / 1.04M-dot
EVF res / magazine
Optionally available 2.36M-dot
Constructed-in flash No Sure Sure Sure
Burst w/AF 20 fps 11 fps 11 fps 14 fps
Video res. 4K/30p 4K/30p 4K/30p 4K/30p
Log F-Log (8-bit inner, 10-bit over HDMI) No S-Log (8-bit) No
Mic / headphone socket Sure / Sure (with adapter) Sure / No Sure / No Sure / No
SD card velocity UHS-I UHS-I UHS-I UHS-II
Battery life (LCD) 460 photographs 320 photographs 410 photographs 305 photographs
Weight 364g (12.8oz) 450g (15.9oz) 403g (14.2oz) 408g (14.4oz)

As you may see, the X-E4 actually presents numerous bang on your buck on this market phase, coming in with not less than aggressive specs in each class (battery life is particularly notable). It is value mentioning, although, that for one more $150 USD, you will get into Fujifilm’s X-S10; that digital camera has very related core options to the X-E4, however provides in-body picture stabilization and a much bigger grip. The tradeoff is that in fact it is a bigger digital camera, and the ergonomics and dealing with are strikingly totally different.

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Physique and dealing with

Gone from earlier X-E fashions is the minimal entrance grip; however the optionally available MHG-XE4 accent grip proven right here conjures up some extra hand-holding confidence should you’re not involved about touring as gentle as attainable. the grip provides an Arca-style plate to the bottom of the digital camera, for straightforward mounting onto most tripod techniques.

Simply because the X-E3 noticed the slight diminishing of dimension and management factors relative to the X-E2S, so does the X-E4 relative to the X-E3. You get a barely smaller (although a contact heavier) digital camera physique than the outgoing mannequin. That is ostensibly for the needs of being extra pocket-friendly (although such a declare is clearly going to be fairly darn lens-dependent). With the brand new XF 27mm F2.Eight R WR lens hooked up, it is lighter than Fujifilm’s personal fixed-lens X100V.

In use I discover that the digital camera itself is fairly snug within the hand with only a wrist strap so long as you are sticking to a compact lens. When you’re eyeing bigger lenses, the optionally available MHG-X34 nor TR-XE4 thumb relaxation will assist there. Simply do not anticipate final consolation from a digital camera whose form resembles a big bar of cleaning soap.

The X-E4 is the primary X-E sequence digital camera to supply a tilting display screen, which sits flush with the rear of the digital camera when folded away.

However actually, I discover this to be a extremely engaging little digital camera. The faux-leatherette appears and feels good, the magnesium-alloy prime plate is beautiful and the digital camera physique feels stable. The fold-flush rear display screen is an actual pleasure, and makes the X-E4 a lot simpler to work with at excessive and low angles than its predecessor. The threaded shutter button is all the time a pleasant contact, and the dials have simply the correct amount of resistance.

Sadly, Fujifilm is making no claims of any climate resistance on the X-E4, regardless of doing so for its XF 27mm F2.Eight R WR package lens. And on our pre-production mannequin not less than, the ‘Menu/OK’ and ‘Disp/Again’ buttons on the rear plate are just a little too mushy and just a little too shallow. It’d even be good if the shutter velocity dial might spin 360 levels just like the publicity comp dial; when you hit ‘P’ or ‘B’, you may’t hold turning it.

I am not personally offered on the disappearance of the ‘M-C-S’ (‘Guide,’ ‘Steady’ and ‘Single’) focus mode management which was on the entrance of the X-E2. This swap was a fast approach to regulate a significant autofocus setting relying in your subject material, and since Fujifilm’s autofocus system has traditionally benefitted from a bit extra involvement on the a part of the photographer in our testing, we’re unhappy to see it go.

On the very least now you can assign autofocus modes and space settings to a customized setting financial institution to assign to a button for fast toggling, however once more, you are low on buttons to assign an ‘entry customized settings banks’ operate to. We additionally lose the rear dial from the X-E3, which does depart extra room on your thumb, however once more, it is one much less management level.

I wonder if Fujifilm went just a little too minimalist on the X-E4

The viewfinder is par for the category of cameras, although not excellent. The larger situation is that, despite the fact that you may wish to press the Drive/Delete button along with your left thumb, you may nearly actually set off the attention sensor to modify from the rear display screen to utilizing the EVF. It is a ache. And whereas the digital camera would not mechanically swap to the EVF once you set off the sensor with the display screen tilted out, it does rotate the display screen 180 levels; the information show is flipped to seemingly put together you for taking a selfie.

The two.36M-dot decision of the X-E4’s viewfinder is par for the phase; some customers would possibly discover the 0.62x magnification on the small facet.

Principally, I am questioning whether or not Fujifilm went just a little too minimalist on the X-E4. It took me some time to get it set as much as the place I might simply entry the entire settings I need (and there are heaps of issues to assign to buttons, simply not a lot of buttons).) In the long run, I enabled the touch-swipe for customized capabilities to get just a little extra management, which means you may swipe up, down, left or proper on the rear display screen to set off a operate. It really works fairly nicely.

Lastly, Fujifilm’s Auto ISO habits is unchanged, which means that you could set higher and decrease bounds on ISO values, after which both specify a minimal shutter velocity threshold or choose ‘Auto.’ However there’s nonetheless no approach to bias ‘Auto’ to be quicker or slower than half of*Focal Size, as you may on most different opponents. Alternatively, you do get three banks of separate Auto ISO settings you may rapidly swap between.

The X-E4 additionally has a brand new ‘P’ mode on its shutter velocity dial. Choosing it is going to override regardless of the lens’s aperture ring is ready to, and can put the digital camera into the Program Automated mode. You’ll be able to accomplish the identical factor by setting each the aperture and shutter velocity dials to ‘A’.

Battery and storage

The Fujifilm X-E4 makes use of a well-known NP-W126S battery pack to attain a CIPA-rated 380 photographs per cost. As with most cameras, that is more likely to be an underestimate in real-world use (how usually do you shoot with flash and enter playback?), however it offers a dependable measure of comparability amongst associated cameras.

This score is more likely to get you thru a weekend’s value of informal taking pictures do you have to be on vacation (hopeful ideas for the longer term). And, most likely because of elevated processing efficiencies, the X-E4’s score places it close to the entrance of its pack on this regard. You can even cost the battery through the digital camera’s USB-C port.

The united statesI slot means you will not get any velocity advantages should you use quicker UHS-II playing cards

The X-E4 makes use of SD playing cards for storage; they’re cheap and ubiquitous, however the X-E4 solely helps UHS-I speeds. You’ll be able to in fact use UHS-II playing cards within the digital camera, you simply will not essentially see any profit.

Casual testing with a SanDisk Excessive Professional UHS-I U3 card reveals that you could shoot losslessly-compressed Uncooked and Wonderful JPEG pictures for between 1 and 1.5 seconds of burst taking pictures at 20fps, and wait then just a little beneath 10 seconds for the buffer to clear. Taking pictures JPEG-only will get you round 2.5 seconds of taking pictures earlier than the buffer fills, after which it clears after round Eight seconds.

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Preliminary impressions

As I alluded to on the outset, the X-E4 is a digital camera I have been ready for Fujifilm to launch for some time now. It is my favourite form-factor amongst X-series cameras, although in fact, it will not be for everyone (significantly left-eyed shooters). However I actually like its mix of basic appears and devoted dials, and I respect the smaller kind issue.

However (and I am certain individuals at Fujifilm will simply love me for this), whereas we have mentioned the most recent X100-series cameras would possibly simply have too many management factors, I can not assist however wonder if Fujifilm’s gone too far the opposite route with the X-E4. Perhaps, although, that is simply due to how they’re anticipating individuals to make use of it. In spite of everything, it is alleged to be the informal, ‘fun-to-use’ choice and, for ‘picture stroll’ kinds of images, I loved it total.

I normally shoot Fujifilm cameras in ‘Provia,’ however I feel I will be experimenting with ‘Basic Neg’ much more. Out-of-camera JPEG from a pre-production digital camera.
ISO 160 | 1/6400 sec | F1.4 | Fujifilm XF 35mm F1.Four R

However in my expertise, Fujifilm’s steady autofocus nonetheless is not fairly dependable sufficient to go away on on a regular basis, so I discover myself wanting the X-E3’s entrance focus mode management again for the occasional shot. Between the highest and rear plates, we have misplaced two reassignable buttons and a management dial, so you might end up eager to arrange customized settings banks, and assign the flexibility to modify these to a button. That is probably numerous setup for an ostensibly informal, fun-to-use and approachable digital camera.

The X-E4 is a pretty digital camera that takes nice images and is straightforward to maintain with you

I’d simply be serious about all of it unsuitable, although. As I mentioned, total, I loved the expertise of utilizing the digital camera. Simply because it can shoot actually stable 4K video, and actually quick bursts with good zone AF, doesn’t suggest I must have these settings at my fingertips on a regular basis. That is what the higher-end and higher-priced X-T4 is de facto for.

However within the X-E4, these options are there if I want them, and after I do not, I’ve obtained a pretty digital camera that takes nice images and is straightforward to maintain with me. And for many individuals, that is a profitable mixture.

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