The Fujifilm X-T4 looks similar to the X-T3, but there have been some changes made to it. The question is, is it enough?
Let’s talk design first. The grip feels a lot better, being slightly enlarged from the X-T3. All the battery grips from the X-T series makes the cameras feel much better, and allow the camera to have a total of 3 batteries. In addition to the larger grip, the batteries are now also coming in larger capacities to allow for longer shoot sessions.
The dials have also been refined and simplified. They still retain the classic look the X-T3 had, but the build quality feels better and more solid. The grooves on the dials feel better and they sound more clicky. One big difference is the removal of the photometry or photo metering modes on the right dial of the camera, changing it to swap between the Still and Movie modes.
Fujifilm likes to stack dials on top of each other, and sometimes you might move the bottom dial without realising it, so do make sure you double-check.
EVF is still the same at 3.69 million dots, with a 3-inch touchscreen display at 1.62 million dots. These aren’t flagship-level specs, but they work and they work well. The screen articulates and swivels, and it’s something a lot of people have asked from Fujifilm.
There’s a big “but” though, and it hinders a certain style of shooting. People who are fond of taking shots from waist level will have to flip out the screen and rotate it to shoot, instead of just pulling the bottom of the screen out for a quick shot.
When we previously reviewed the Fujifilm GFX100, it had some of the best IBIS we’ve seen in a camera. There’s also five-axis IBIS in this camera and it is really well done. Because the camera is relatively light, there might be camera shake, especially at lower shutter speeds.
The IBIS will help alleviate that. It won’t completely eliminate camera shake, but it will help in videos. Speaking of video, you get 4k up to 60fps and autofocusing has been improved slightly.
Moving on to the lenses we paired with the Fujifilm X-T4, we had the Fujinon 90mm f/2, the Fujinon 16mm f/1.4 and the Fujinon 50-140mm f/2.8, which is the equivalent of a 70-200mm lens when converting from APS-C to full-frame.
We took these lenses to the zoo to get a feel of the autofocusing and such. The autofocus has improved a bit, it’s not the best but it’s definitely in the top five. One thing we did notice off the bat is that the IBIS is fantastic in photos when paired with a lens that has OIS.
For videos, this camera might not be as great as the offerings from Panasonic, but it’s definitely up there in terms of IBIS technology.
Photo quality is great, the images come out tack sharp when you get the focus down. The thing with Fujifilm is that some of the lenses available are older and the newer lenses are much sharper with great quality. Fujifilm does need to update some of their lenses, but it’s not a deal-breaker.
Other than the quibble we mentioned above about the screen and shooting from the waist, there really is no other fault we can find with this camera.
So what do we wish was improved in the X-T4? First off, we wanted a better sensor. The one inside currently is the exact same one from the X-T3, along with the same processor.
Another thing for videographers is that the headphone jack is gone from the camera body. You can use the USB-C dongle or attach the battery grip, which has a 3.5mm jack. Honestly, it almost feels like an afterthought that Fujifilm added the headphone jack on the battery grip.
The EVF is another one. 3.69 million dot EVF just isn’t flagship level. It would have been nice to have a higher-resolution EVF.
That’s the X-T4 in a nutshell. An evolution, not a revolution.
More information about the Fujifilm X-T4 (Singapore pricing to be confirmed) is available on Fujifilm’s website.