Fuji X-T4 overview: Mirrorless boss is again & higher than ever


(Pocket-lint) – The long-standing Fujifilm X-T collection has prior to now set the benchmark for being the mirrorless digital camera to beat all others. Certainly, the X-T3 won Best Camera within the 2019 Pocket-lint Awards.

Now there is a new child on the town: the Fujifilm X-T4. However does this newest digital camera add sufficient further to warrant its buy? We acquired to play with a pre-production digital camera forward of its official announcement, adopted through the use of the ultimate digital camera on some automobile shoots. Here is what we make of it.

X-T4 vs X-T3: What’s new?

  • X-T4 provides:
    • New in-body stabilisation unit (IBIS)
    • New shutter unit (15fps mechanical)
    • Devoted film mode
    • New battery system

At a look the X-T4 seems to be quite a bit like its X-T3 youthful brother. However there are some clear variations. The newer digital camera is a bit of bigger and heavier, on account of a brand new battery system that is designed to last more.

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Some weight has been shed elsewhere, to keep away from it getting altogether too heavy, by introducing a more recent, smaller in-body stabilisation system, which is alleged to be succesful as much as 6.5 stops (up from the 5 stops of the X-H1, the place in-body was first launched by Fujifilm).

In tandem with the stabilisation system is a brand new shutter mechanism, able to as much as 15 frames per second (15fps) burst taking pictures. It is also examined to 300,000 shutter cycles, doubling the sturdiness over the X-T3.

Different little tweaks ought to make an enormous distinction for film customers: a devoted film mode, with its personal Q Menu on-screen settings (helpful for silent adjustment), and even a detachable SD card door, must you be taking pictures from a rig. The rear LCD display can be a bit of larger in decision than earlier than (1.62m-dot in comparison with 1.04m-dot).

Elsewhere the specification is constructed across the similar core because the X-T3. This implies the X-T4 has the identical sensor and processor mixture, similar on-sensor autofocus capabilities (albeit with some algorithm tweaks to enhance monitoring and face/eye-detection). So when you’re in search of larger decision or advances in high quality in that space, then the 2 cameras do not differ.

How does the X-T4 carry out?

  • New magnesium alloy physique footprint: 134.6mm x 92.8mm x 63.8mm / 607g
  • 3-inch tri-adjustable LCD touchscreen, 1.62m-dot decision
  • 0.5-inch, 3.69m-dot OLED digital viewfinder
  • Improved autofocus algorithm
  • 425 selectable AF areas

The X-T4 is made primarily from magnesium alloy, which supplies it a strong feeling within the hand. It is also weather-resistant, so paired with an appropriate lens you needn’t fear about splashes and rain. We have been utilizing the stunning 16-55mm f/2.8 for almost all of this take a look at.

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The X-T4 is bigger than the X-T3 given its new battery system, however that further little little bit of bulk and 10 per cent weight improve is price it on account of longevity. The brand new battery is 2,200mAh in capability, which is an enormous improve over the 1,260mAh of the X-T3’s cell. Regardless of having two batteries available and taking pictures throughout a number of days, we did not even drain the primary one to zero – that means the five hundred photographs per cost quote appears on level. 

There’s additionally a brand new vertical grip, which may home two extra batteries, and comes with a devoted change to flick between regular, increase and economic system efficiency modes. The X-T3 grip will not match onto the X-T4 as a result of new battery system and completely different digital camera footprint.

Recharging takes place by way of USB-C, very similar to an Android cellphone, however you may want to make use of a 15W charger on the wall for the quickest potential recharge occasions. It will take about three hours to recharge the one cell, which is not particularly fast, however use a low energy USB port and it will take three or 4 occasions longer than that!

The X-T4 has the now staple rear LCD and OLED viewfinder setup. The vari-angle touchscreen is simple to make use of, advantages from that added decision, whereas the OLED finder is the very same as discovered within the X-T3. Meaning it is acquired all of the decision you may want, full with a excessive refresh-rate, deep distinction, and a large 0.75x equal magnification dimension – which makes for a formidable finder scale to this eye.

Should you’re accustomed to the X-T3’s autofocus – which we found did a great job at the Goodwood Revival motor show – then it is a lot the identical with the X-T4. The digital camera makes use of a large 2.16-million phase-detection pixels embedded throughout its sensor’s floor, designed to cowl the complete width from edge to edge. Meaning you’ll be able to focus anyplace within the discipline of view, as far vertically or horizontally as you want, and nonetheless purchase the identical focus potential as you’ll within the centre.

The autofocus system is pared all the way down to 425 areas most, which will be additional diminished to simplify operation as you want. The AF level will be adjusted between quite a lot of level sizes, too, through the use of the rear thumbwheel. There’s nonetheless no Panasonic-style Pinpoint mode, nevertheless, which we at all times miss when utilizing different manufacturers’ mirrorless cameras.

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With a good lens on the entrance and the X-T4 is a formidable taking pictures machine. From its 15fps burst, to the assorted customized settings (very similar to you may discover in a professional DSLR, in a scenario-appropriate format), mirrorless system cameras do not actually get any higher than this.

What is the X-T4’s picture high quality like?

  • 26-megapixel X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor
  • ISO 160-12,800 (80-51,200 ext)
  • New: Eterna Seaside Bypass filter

Identical to the X-T3, the X-T4 options Fujifilm’s fourth-generation X-Trans CMOS sensor. This sensor is bottom illuminated, with the copper wiring placement beneath the photograph diodes within the sensor, with the intention to create a cleaner sign path.

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That each one labored a deal with within the X-T3 and it is a lot the identical right here: picture high quality is exemplary. Though, as we at all times say, loads of that comes all the way down to the lens on the entrance of the digital camera. And Fujifilm’s vary of optics means there’s one thing for roughly each scenario.

The 18-55mm we have used for this overview is okay, however not the most popular ticket, we have discovered the 40-150mm f/2.8 and 50mm f/2.0 to impress us rather more – particularly these wider aperture lenses.

We have shot with the X-T4 in and round Fujifilm’s Home of Pictures in central London, the place there’s quite a lot of mild sources and conditions. That is given a broad scope to check out the baseline ISO 160 sensitivity, proper by to the upper ISO 12,800 setting when taking pictures a vase of flowers within the dim-lit (off public limits) basement on the property.

Low-light will present some grain, after all, however it’s not overwhelming by any measure and even the four-figure ISO settings are actually clear trying. However daylight is the place issues actually shine, these decrease settings giving actual readability.

We have at all times praised Fujifilm for its picture high quality prowess, a development that the X-T4 continues. It is performed our numerous automobile shoots a deal with when it comes to publicity, color steadiness, scale and element.

No, it is no more resolute or extra superior than the X-T3, which some will see as a downer, however as that digital camera was already completed you are actually trying to purchase this newer mannequin for its higher battery, sooner burst price and improved picture stabilisation (though it is a marginal enchancment in that regard).

The X-T4’s new video capabilities

  • Devoted film mode, by way of bodily change dial
  • Devoted Q Menu with silent mode choice
  • 4K 60fps most, 1080p 240fps slow-mo
  • Can repair crop to 1.29x for all modes

The X-T4 has additionally clearly been engineered with the videographer in thoughts. Not solely on account of the higher battery and detachable SD card door, but in addition the devoted film mode, which is activated by way of a bodily change beneath the shutter velocity dial atop the digital camera.

Shifting this change over to ‘Film’ means you get a devoted Q Menu, which is accessible throughout taking pictures and means silent adjustment of modes is feasible utilizing the touchscreen. The bodily dials may even work, however if you wish to keep away from the bodily movement and clicking sounds then that is a technique round it.

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The frame-rate chance has additionally elevated, with Full HD (1080p) now out there at as much as 240fps. Some would name that slow-motion to 1 eighth the velocity of a traditional 30fps seize. The X-T4 can be 4K succesful, providing 60fps on this Extremely-HD mode (identical to the X-T3).

All this provides as much as a way more completed and movie-focused system, in an try and outsmart the Panasonic and Sony choices available on the market. That stated, with the likes of the Panasonic Lumix S5 now out there, we predict the competitors has a slight edge.

Verdict

The Fujifilm X-T4 may depend on the identical sensor because the X-T3 earlier than it, with an autofocus system that is a lot the identical, however its number of function boosts make it an altogether extra thought-about digital camera.

The addition of a sooner burst mode, higher battery life and improved picture stabilisation make for a extra rounded digital camera. Plus its devoted film mode sees a lift that would lure in a wider viewers – though Sony does have that market largely wrapped up.

Stand the X-T4 up towards any digital camera of its sort in the identical worth bracket and it will greater than maintain its personal. Whether or not for stills or video, that is Fujifilm displaying it may nonetheless set the benchmark on this class.

Additionally take into account

Fujifilm X-T3

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Should you’re in search of a stills digital camera and might choose up the predecessor mannequin you then’re not sacrificing any picture high quality potential, which could make this a veritable cut price.

Panasonic Lumix S5

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If you’d like a small-scale however full-frame picture sensor to step issues up a notch, Panasonic’s pretty priced entry on this area is relatively particular.

Writing by Mike Lowe.

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