After weeks of leaks and rumors the Fujifilm X-T4 has lastly been formally introduced – and the mirrorless all-rounder may be very a lot the Sony A6600 and Panasonic GH5 rival we anticipated it to be.
Maybe simply as fascinating for anybody eyeing up a brand new mirrorless digicam, although, is the information that the X-T4 will not be changing its predecessor, the Fujifilm X-T3. That digicam will stay on sale as a extra reasonably priced various to its new sibling, so look out for additional worth drops on the older mannequin.
However again to the X-T4. The primary purpose it is shaping as much as be probably the greatest all-round cameras you should purchase is as a result of it brings two main upgrades within the type of in-body picture stabilization (IBIS) and a completely articulating touchscreen.
Collectively, these options considerably enhance its attraction, notably for video shooters. That five-axis IBIS mechanism can apparently present 6.5 stops of stabilization once you use it with 18 out of Fujifilm’s complete assortment of 29 XF / XC lenses.
In the true world, meaning having the ability to shoot run-and-gun movies with out essentially needing a gimbal, and in addition the liberty to take handheld stills with lengthy shutter speeds. The cherry on the X-T4’s video cake is that it could additionally shoot Full HD video at 240fps for a brilliant slo-mo impact.
Past these additions, the X-T4 brings two different large new bodily enhancements over the X-T3. Its new NP-W235 battery will final for 500 photographs per cost (or 600 photographs in ‘Economic system mode’), which is a big enhance over its predecessor’s 390-shot ranking. The one draw back being that anybody with current NP-W126S batteries will not have the ability to use them within the X-T4.
The ultimate large design enchancment is a brand new shutter mechanism. This brings a few advantages – one is that, just like the Fujifilm X-H1, its shutter is much quieter (around 30% less audible than the X-T3), which is a bonus for street or wedding photographers. But perhaps more significant is that it allows the X-T4 to shoot at an impressive 15fps in continuous shooting when using its mechanical shutter. That’s seriously fast and could put it right up there with the best mirrorless cameras for shooting sports and action, assuming its autofocus can keep up.
Talking of which, Fujifilm says that a new phase detection AF algorithm will indeed boost the X-T4’s autofocus speed, along with its tracking performance and Face / Eye AF. We’ll have to wait until our full review to see if that bears out.
Get a grip
So are there any downsides to the X-T4? It’s a slight shame that it uses the same 26.1MP X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and X-Processor 4 combination as its predecessor, although that is a tried-and-tested combination that produces great results.
The viewfinder also has the same 3.69-million dot resolution as before – which is good, if not class-leading – and the X-T4’s body has also had to grow a little to accommodate that IBIS system and new screen. It’s 5mm deeper, 2mm wider and 68g heavier than its predecessor. On the plus side, this creates room for a slightly larger built-in grip.
Naturally, the X-T4’s body becomes even bigger when you attach its optional VG-XT4 battery grip (below). This houses two extra batteries, which means you can get around 1,450 shots from a charge, with the batteries automatically switching when one runs out.
With or without this grip, the X-T4 certainly brings a generous helping of new features, but a final factor that might sway you is price. It’ll be available body-only for $1,699 / £1,549 (around AUS3,050) in black or silver from April 2020.
There’ll also be a couple of lens bundles available. Buying an X-T4 with the excellent XF18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS will set you back $2,099 / £1,899 (around AU$3740). Or if you’d prefer to get the camera with the new XF16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR Lens then that will cost you $2,199 / £1,949 (around AU$3,840).
Once you get to these kind of prices then many will start to consider whether it’s worth going for a full-frame camera like the Nikon Z6 or Sony A7 III instead. This depends a little on which existing lenses you have (if any) and the kind of photography you like to do, but we’ll be bringing you our thoughts on how the Fujifilm X-T4 compares to its closest rivals in our full review very soon.
In the meantime, you can check out our hands-on review of the Fujifilm X-T4 for our initial impressions of this exciting new all-rounder.