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Should you buy the Fujifilm X-T4?

Fuji-xt4 mirrorless camera

Fujifilm X T4 - a new flagship from Fujifilm with an APS-C size sensor (crop x1.5). Many people know the previous model Fujifilm X-T3 (which I own), so I will start from differences between them.

The main differences from the X-T3:

1. Matrix stabilization. Prior to that, only the X-H1 could boast of such technology from Fuji. Now you have 4k 60fps and matrix stabilization in one cell. At the same time, according to Fujifilm, the matrix stub X-T4 exceeds the X-H1 by 8 (!) Times. In fact, after my tests, I realized that there is a very weak matrix stub.

2. Extended battery. Good news, because battery life has always been a weak point of Fuji cameras. The capacity has increased from 1260mAh for the X-T3 to 2350mAh for the X-T4. In numbers, it looks like it almost doubled. But the manufacturer himself says that the number of shots has increased from only 390 to 500 frames. A very average figure. It's strange that with an increased charge (up to 2350mAh), the camera produces fewer photos than the same Canon R, which is capable of taking about 900 photos on one battery. Fuji added to camera energy saving mode in addition to the usual normal и boost... Personally, I only shoot on boost, because at normal the screen often lags.

3. Dimensions and weight. The camera is slightly larger and slightly heavier (by 68 grams) compared to the previous model. It seems a little, but it can no longer be called a light mirrorless. I miss being compact X-T20.

fuji x-t3 vs x-t4

I personally really liked how they divided the photo and video mode. Plus to the ergonomics.


Fuji-xt3-vs-xt4 buttons4. Full rotary screen. Bloggers can cheer. Finally, the older model from the Fujifilm line has a full-fledged swivel screen. I talked a lot about this flaw in first review of the X-T3... Now the camera is fully usable for bloggers. Although I already got the hang of filming and so on X-T3)

Fuji x-t4 screen

5. The declared resource of the shutter is 300 actuations... I would attribute this purely to marketing advantages. Fuji produces amateur cameras... Not many people will bomb weddings on them. When I sold my four-year-old Canon 5D mark III it had a mileage of 147k. Given the public's love for new products, such cameras are unlikely to last 4 years in the same hands. And the replacement of the shutter is not at all such an expensive horror-horror as they used to imagine it.

6. Improved autofocus. Whichever new camera you are considering, the manufacturer will always swear by a fundamentally improved focusing system. Moreover, the pursuit is following the speed with which Fuji has no problems (unlike cameras Panasonic/Olympus). Autofocus problem on Fujifilm cameras is not smooth transition from one subject to another (regardless of the settings in the menu).

A nice bonus: the autofocus sensitivity has been increased from -3Ev to -6Ev. Although I had no problem focusing in the dark on the X-T3, cameras do. Sony.

7. Color settings. Added profiles: Eterna Bleach Bypass, Classic Neg and Color Chrome Effect Blue... For subtle lovers, let's say. But the two types of white balance are correct. Now in stock white priority and atmosphere priority... Features long found in Nikon and Canon cameras.

The camera can now issue 16-bit tiff files. A very specific feature for people closely associated with printing. But for large format printing, I would look at cameras with a large matrix size.

8. Modes of video recording. 4K 60fps has not changed, as well as 10-bit video with a non-working h265 codec. I think the breakthrough feature of the X-T4 is 240fps (with x1.29 crop). Until now, only the Panasonic GH5S camera has had such a slow motion. Now the Panasonic micra has finally lost its trump cards and, in my opinion, will smoothly leave the market. following Olympus... Just like the micra, the Fuji X-T4 has an effective matrix stabilizer and impressive slow-motion. I'm still pleasantly surprised at the 120fps quality on the Fuji X-T3.

It's good that there is now a preview when recording Log-video - F-Log View Assist. You can immediately see the contrasting image when recording the log curve. This was not enough.F-Log_Assist Fuji x-t4

Fly in the ointment: removed the headphone output with a 3.5mm jack. Headphones can now be connected using a USB type-C adapter.

9. Price... Recommended price tag for X-T4 = $ 1700. We are currently selling from $ 1800. At the same time, the X-T3 can now be purchased for $ 1200. Are the aforementioned improvements worth half the price difference? It's up to you, of course, but in my opinion, no. Over time, both cameras will drop in value. I think in a year X-T4 will cost $ 1300 and X-T3 = $ 800. But will they be as interesting after the release of other new products? The question is rhetorical. The price is based on this - sell the pies while they are hot. While people are excited about new parameters and "relevance»Cameras, sales will be at the maximum, hence the price is high.

Globally, the revolution did not happen. It is difficult to pull more megapixels out of the crop (as the experience with the 90D has shown), the video modes have undergone minor changes, like everything else. Nevertheless, the camera is interesting for those who can easily part with the above amount of money. But you have to understand that there are competitors with full-frame sensors. We will talk about them further.

About competitors

In the Ukrainian market at the moment (mid-2020) Fuji X-T4 is even slightly more expensive than full-frame Canon EOS... The reason is simple - hype. New items are always sold at a good markup. When i did Fuji X-T3 review, the price of the body from Fuji was significantly lower than the full-frame mirrorless from Canon. But even then I warned that the price difference is deceiving. Looking at the Fuji camera kit with native optics and enough batteries, the camera was on par with a full-frame camera with similar EF optics.

Now the Fuji crop is frankly more expensive. In my opinion, photographers definitely do not need to look in this direction. whatever one may say, the full frame takes better. But there is still a more budgetary Canon RPstill giving better photo quality than crop. The problem is that some people deludedthinking that new cameras should shoot fundamentally better. When buying such equipment, you must honestly be aware that you are taking a toy to play with. Don't think that your photos will be fundamentally better from the new camera. It is much more important to competently work with light, composition, choose a suitable location, etc. But that's about photography. In terms of video, Fuji on paper more advantages over Canon cameras.

Fujifilm X-T4 also competes with Nikon Z6, which has a full-frame sensor, matrix stabilization and a lot of other goodies. Fuji has more marketing gimmicks regarding video - like 10bit or 4K 60fps. I would not dwell on them. 10bit there are conditional workers, tk. h265 codec is not friendly to editing and overloads even powerful computer hardware... Anyway, 10bit is not at all the flexibility that raw files have. The difference from 8bit is not at all as big as marketers are trying to promote it. Nikon Z6 is in my opinion a more interesting hybrid camera for the money.

About competitive Sony cameras I am not speaking because I do not consider them worthy of attention in principle.

So to buy or not?

People loyal to the brand will undoubtedly be interested in it and most likely purchase a new product. Is it worth take a camera for a beginnerbecause she's cool? My opinion is no. It makes no sense for a beginner to significantly spend money on a relatively expensive technique. And a person with experience should already be clear which functions he needs, and which are pure marketing.

By the way, the optics for this system have already become better. An alternative has appeared overrated lenses from Fujifilm... Now there are inexpensive and high quality fixes:  Viltrox 23mm f1.4, 33mm f1.4 and 50mm f1.4... I bought the 23mm f1.4 and am very satisfied. So the system develops and becomes more accessible. As for the Fujifilm X-T4, after my tests I was convinced that it's not worth it. X-T3 can do all the same, only weighs less and costs less

July 2020