Immediately after weeks of leaks and rumors the Fujifilm X-T4 has ultimately been formally introduced – and the mirrorless all-rounder is really considerably the Sony A6600 and Panasonic GH5 rival we anticipated it to be.
Maybe just as appealing for anyone eyeing up a new mirrorless digicam, though, is the news that the X-T4 will never be replacing its predecessor, the Fujifilm X-T3. That digicam will continue to be on sale as a far more reasonably priced different to its new sibling, so look out for additional price tag drops on the more mature product.
But back to the X-T4. The key explanation it can be shaping up to be one particular of the greatest all-round cameras you can invest in is due to the fact it brings two main updates in the kind of in-physique picture stabilization (IBIS) and a entirely articulating touchscreen.
Jointly, these attributes substantially boost its appeal, specially for video clip shooters. That five-axis IBIS system can apparently provide 6.five stops of stabilization when you use it with eighteen out of Fujifilm’s full selection of 29 XF / XC lenses.
In the actual world, that suggests remaining able to shoot run-and-gun video clips without always needing a gimbal, and also the independence to take handheld stills with extended shutter speeds. The cherry on the X-T4’s video clip cake is that it can also shoot Comprehensive High definition video clip at 240fps for a super slo-mo outcome.
Beyond those additions, the X-T4 brings two other massive new physical enhancements in excess of the X-T3. Its new NP-W235 battery will final for 500 shots for every charge (or 600 shots in ‘Economy mode’), which is a substantial boost in excess of its predecessor’s 390-shot rating. The only draw back remaining that anyone with existing NP-W126S batteries will never be able to use them in the X-T4.
The ultimate massive design advancement is a new shutter system. This brings a pair of advantages – one particular is that, like the Fujifilm X-H1, its shutter is considerably quieter (all-around thirty% considerably less audible than the X-T3), which is a reward for avenue or marriage photographers. But possibly far more substantial is that it enables the X-T4 to shoot at an amazing 15fps in steady shooting when applying its mechanical shutter. That is very seriously rapidly and could place it ideal up there with the greatest mirrorless cameras for shooting sports and action, assuming its autofocus can retain up.
Conversing of which, Fujifilm states that a new stage detection AF algorithm will without a doubt boost the X-T4’s autofocus pace, alongside with its tracking general performance and Facial area / Eye AF. We will have to wait around right up until our total assessment to see if that bears out.
Get a grip
So are there any downsides to the X-T4? It is a slight shame that it utilizes the similar 26.1MP X-Trans CMOS four sensor and X-Processor four blend as its predecessor, despite the fact that that is a tried out-and-tested blend that produces wonderful benefits.
The viewfinder also has the similar three.sixty nine-million dot resolution as before – which is very good, if not course-primary – and the X-T4’s physique has also had to improve a very little to accommodate that IBIS technique and new monitor. It is 5mm deeper, 2mm wider and 68g heavier than its predecessor. On the moreover facet, this creates space for a a little larger constructed-in grip.
Obviously, the X-T4’s physique will become even bigger when you attach its optional VG-XT4 battery grip (under). This houses two excess batteries, which suggests you can get all-around 1,450 shots from a charge, with the batteries quickly switching when one particular operates out.
With or without this grip, the X-T4 certainly brings a generous supporting of new attributes, but a ultimate aspect that may well sway you is price tag. It’ll be readily available physique-only for $1,699 / £1,549 (all-around AUS3,050) in black or silver from April 2020.
There’ll also be a pair of lens bundles readily available. Shopping for an X-T4 with the excellent XF18-55mm f/2.eight-four R LM OIS will set you back $2,099 / £1,899 (all-around AU$3740). Or if you would favor to get the digicam with the new XF16-80mm f/four R OIS WR Lens then that will value you $2,199 / £1,949 (all-around AU$three,840).
At the time you get to these sort of prices then numerous will begin to take into consideration whether or not it can be truly worth likely for a total-body digicam like the Nikon Z6 or Sony A7 III as a substitute. This is dependent a very little on which existing lenses you have (if any) and the sort of pictures you like to do, but we are going to be bringing you our ideas on how the Fujifilm X-T4 compares to its closest rivals in our total assessment really before long.
In the meantime, you can test out our palms-on assessment of the Fujifilm X-T4 for our original impressions of this interesting new all-rounder.