Fujifilm X-T4 initial review

Fujifilm X-T4 initial review

The Fujifilm X-T4 is the company’s latest high-end photo and video APS-C mirrorless camera. It brings in-body stabilization, faster shooting, improved autofocus and a larger battery to the already very capable X-T3.

Fujifilm says that the X-T4 is a sister model to the X-T3, rather than a replacement, which is borne out by the specs and pricing. It’s a 26MP camera capable of 20 fps shooting and 4K capture at up to 60p.

Key specifications

  • 26MP BSI CMOS sensor
  • In-body image stabilization (up to 6.5EV correction)
  • 20 fps shooting with AF (15 with new mechanical shutter)
  • 4K video (DCI or UHD) at up to 60p
  • 1080 video at up to 240 fps, output as 4-10x slow-motion footage
  • Fully articulated rear touchscreen
  • 3.68M-dot OLED electronic viewfinder (up to 100 fps refresh rate)
  • New NP-W235 battery rated to give 500 shots per charge
  • Dual UHS-II card slots
  • USB-C type connector allowing USB PD charging
  • 12 Film Simulation modes, including Eterna Bleach Bypass

In-body stabilization is the big news, but there are a host of improvements that make the X-T4 one of the most capable stills/video cameras in its price range.

Key Takeaways

  • In-body stabilization gives up to a 6.5EV benefit
  • Improved AF tracking performance
  • New shutter mechanism promises 15 fps shooting and 300,000 shot lifespan
  • Processing and interface improvements from X-Pro3
  • New Raw compression mode and 8 or 16-bit TIFF output options

Body & controls

The X-T4 looks a lot like an X-T3, certainly more like an X-T3 than the X-H1 did. But, as usual, Fujifilm has taken the opportunity to provide small tweaks and improvements.

Key takeaways:

  • Fully articulated touchscreen
  • Reworked buttons and rear dial (but customizable to match X-T3)
  • New NP-W235 battery brings 500 shot-per-charge rating

Video capabilities

In many respects, the X-T4’s video spec is very similar to that of the X-T3. However, the provision of in-body stabilization significantly and a larger battery significantly changes the way it can be used.

Key Takeaways

  • Excellent video quality, now with stabilization
  • IS system seems well implemented, letting you tell the camera when you want a completely locked-off shot
  • 4K capture for around 30 minutes (20 minutes for frame rates above 30p)
  • Small interface improvements make it easier to shoot with
  • Audio monitoring via a dongle means always having to remember a small, fiddly accessory
  • Still no AF Tracking option in video – it’s all area, specified area or face-detection

So who’s it for?

But as someone who’s shot the X-T3 on a gimbal fairly extensively, but holidayed with an X-H1 for its portable stabilized video, the X-T4 makes immediate sense to me.

The image stabilization is a leap forward from the X-H1, which was great at playing the role of virtual tripod but, at least with the original firmware, really didn’t like you trying to move or pan. It would try to fight against intentional movement, then jump when it could no longer counteract. It was also prone to hitting the limits of its travel and resetting to the center, with unpleasant visual results.

Based on my initial impressions, the X-T4 is much less prone to either of these quirks. It doesn’t try to fight against panning so much, and you can specify the use of ‘IS Boost’ mode for the occasions where you do want tripod-like stillness.

Blog credit to DPreview ( Richard Butler )