Whispers of the Fujifilm X-T4 have been heard for months, and now the wait is over. Following the official announcement, let’s check out how the most recent flagship X-series compares to its predecessor, the Fujifilm X-T3.
The X-T4 had simply 1.5 years of growth time because the launch of the X-T3, shortening the same old 2-year product life cycle. Despite the early launch, the X-T4 seems to be to be a strong successor, and probably the closest factor we’ve seen to the right digicam. Here’s what it’s good to know concerning the X-T4 earlier than you improve.
Editor’s Note: Unfortunately, we’ve got not had hands-on expertise with the Fujifilm X-T4. This comparability is predicated on the printed specs and shall be up to date as soon as we evaluate the digicam.
Finally, IBIS in an X-T digicam
The greatest gripe from the Fuji devoted has lengthy been that their X-series cameras lack picture stabilization (nicely, besides the upmarket Fujifilm X-H1). Finally, the cries have been answered, and we are able to now get pleasure from in-body picture stabilization (IBIS) within the X-T4. We would have beloved to have seen this characteristic within the X-T3, but it surely seems to be like Fujifilm wanted some additional time to develop its new IBIS system, which is totally totally different from that used within the bigger X-H1.
It now supplies as much as 6.5 stops of picture stabilization with choose XF lenses (the preliminary press supplies didn’t make clear which of them). So you should utilize a telephoto lens with peace of thoughts, or shoot handheld video with out worrying that little shakiness will spoil your picture. This alone places it nicely above the X-T3.
A brand new vari-angle LCD display screen
The X-T3 continued the undesirable pattern of getting an LCD display screen that might tilt up, down, or barely to at least one facet for taking pictures vertically when mounted on a tripod. We’re happy to say the X-T4 has bucked that pattern and eventually launched a fully-articulating display screen.
With the brand new 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen, videographers and vloggers can lastly get pleasure from higher viewing angles and simpler framing. It’s a 1.6-million-dot show, not the highest-resolution we’ve seen, however an improve from 1.04 million dots on the X-T3.
On the subject of taking pictures video, there are some slight enhancements within the X-T4. The X-T3 had already distanced itself from the somewhat underwhelming video efficiency of earlier fashions. It shoots 4k at 60 frames per second, with skilled options like F-Log and high-bitrate recording as much as 400 megabits per second.
Naturally, the X-T4 retains all of that, but it surely’s additionally added Full HD taking pictures at a formidable 240 frames per second, permitting for as much as 10X slow-motion when taking part in again at 24 fps.
A battery that lasts
The X-T3’s battery was rated at 390 pictures, and the battery itself was unchanged since first-generation X-series cameras.
The X-T4 guarantees virtually double that, with as much as 600 images in financial system mode from a brand new, higher-capacity battery. Compared to a DSLR just like the Nikon D780, which supplies you over 2000 stills per cost, that won’t sound like a lot. But for a mirrorless digicam, that’s really very respectable; particularly one as small because the X-T4. This brings the X-T4 nearer to the Sony A6600, which nonetheless holds the lead at 810 pictures per cost.
Likely due to the bigger battery, in addition to the the addition of IBIS, the X-T4 weighs a bit of extra (21.5 ounces) than the X-T3 (17.3 ounces). It’s nonetheless a light-weight digicam, and the 4-ounce distinction shouldn’t be too noticeable.
A brand new movie simulation
Fans of movie pictures that need the digital expertise typically transfer to the Fujifilm X-Series. The ergonomics of the digicam pay homage to analog techniques of a earlier period, whereas the built-in movie simulations carry again basic seems to be. With the X-T4, Fujifilm launched a brand new simulation known as Eterna Bleach Bypass. Based on the favored movie growing method that skipped the bleach course of with the intention to protect the monochromatic impact of silver in coloration movie, it creates a high-contrast, desaturated look.
As at all times, movie simulations actually solely have an effect on in-camera JPEGs, however they continue to be one motive why photographers love taking pictures JPEG on Fujifilm cameras.
Updated controls and a brand new shutter
Physically, the 2 cameras seem all however equivalent, however the management structure has seen slight modifications. The metering mode selector has been changed with a nonetheless/film change, which means the film mode possibility has been faraway from the drive mode dial on the left shoulder. That feels like a sensible change, except you’re somebody who continually switches metering modes — one thing we doubt is quite common.
The again buttons have been reshuffled. There’s now a devoted AF-On button as an alternative of AF-L, and the AEL and Q buttons have been repositioned.
The shutter is a brand new mechanism, and extra sturdy, examined to 300,000 exposures. It can also shoot sooner, permitting for steady taking pictures at 15 frames per second, the place the X-T3 topped out at 11. Actual shutter velocity vary stays the identical, from 1/8000 second to 15 minutes, or as much as 60 minutes in bulb mode.
What stays the identical
Both the X-T4 and X-T3 have the identical 26-megapixel APS-C sensor. It’s uncertain too many could have a problem with this because the X-T3 already had wonderful picture high quality. Both cameras additionally make use of the identical processor, Fujifilm’s X Processor 4, in addition to the identical 3.69-million-dot digital viewfinder. This means you shouldn’t anticipate any features to picture high quality, save for the potential for sharper pictures due to the stabilization system.
The cameras additionally look practically equivalent, save for the aforementioned button rearrangement and a slight change to the look of the viewfinder bump.
Should the Fuji devoted improve?
We’re basing our judgment off the specs proper now, however there actually appears to be sufficient within the newest mannequin to warrant an improve. IBIS ought to come as a game-changer for a lot of that already shoot with the X-Series, as ought to the improved battery life.
However, the Fujifilm X-T4 will value $200 greater than the launch worth of the X-T3, $1700. If you’re at present debating between these two cameras, you may seize the X-T3 for simply $1300 proper now. If the most important updates — IBIS, a vari-angle monitor, higher battery life — don’t excite you, then the X-T4 might not be what you want proper now. And when you select to stay with the X-T3, you’re not left with a digicam that’s out of contact — in reality, we see no motive it gained’t proceed to serve you nicely for years.