X Series Of Ten Years Of “sword” Fuji X-t4 Mirrorless Camera Review


[Bestbuy618 Digital Channel] The fame of Fujifilm, the glory of the film era, is widely spread. Fuji was unable to call the shots with the traditional SLR big brother at the dawn of the digital era. The X100 series, the oldest of the X series, has been updated to the fifth generation, and the side axis design represents a tribute to the film era, but after the release of the X series, ten years of high technology, high production, and high value, Fuji received market and consumer recognition, and gradually among the first camp of digital cameras. The retro appearance gene has been passed down through the entire X series, as the performance flagship, the X-T4, unquestionably represents the highest technical level of Fuji digital cameras.

At the same time, as the fourth generation of the series, almost all of the previous generation’s flaws have been corrected, and as a series, it is unavoidable that it will be used to compare with its predecessor. This is perfectly reasonable; after all, it is the improvements that everyone is concerned about. The table below provides a visual comparison of the main parameters of the X-T4 and X-T3.

The addition of a new folding screen makes framing larger shots easier; 2, the body is equipped with a 6.5-speed five-axis stabilization function; 3, a new model of the battery, a significant increase in capacity, shooting range straight up; 4, the mechanical shutter continuous shooting speed to 15 / s; 5, the new addition of bleach mode film simulation. The overall dimensions of the x-T4 are 134.6×92.8×63.8 (mm), with a slight increase in thickness, primarily in the handle position. Weight control is still very much in place due to the addition of the body five-axis anti-shake function, than the X-T3 weight of about 37g.

The X-T4 employs the same 26.1 megapixel X-Trans CMOS4 sensor as the X-T3, which is very mature and reliable in terms of imaging, as well as having excellent noise suppression. In recent years, consumers have become more interested in a camera’s ability to shoot video, and video shooting differs from photo shooting in that the high pixel density that comes with high pixels affects the light sensitivity performance of individual pixel points, which can negatively affect image quality. The Fujifilm X-T4’s standard sensitivity is a minimum of ISO 160, a maximum of ISO 12800, and can be extended to ISO 80-51200.

The X-T4 uses a new algorithm and phase detection autofocus processing function, which improves autofocus performance to 0.02 seconds over the original performance. The physical composite dial has always been a standard feature of Fuji’s high-end cameras, and the X-T4 also features an intuitive dial design.

The iso sensitivity dial on the left side integrates shooting mode selection, including panorama, filter, bracketing, high/low speed burst, single shot, and HDR modes. It is worth noting that the HDR shooting mode replaces the previous generation of video shooting mode. The separate setting of the video shooting mode demonstrates Fuji’s commitment to improving the video shooting experience; the playback and delete buttons are located on the left shoulder, and a diopter adjustment knob with lock function is located on the left side of the frigate top.

On the right shoulder of the camera, as is customary, there are two function dials: the shutter speed dial and the exposure compensation dial. The classic two-in-one shutter and power button design has been retained, and there is also a customizable shortcut button to the right of the shutter. The biggest change to the button is the replacement of the metering mode dial with a photo/video mode switch function. This design enables you to quickly select whether to shoot photos or videos without the need for a separate video shooting button.

The shutter button also serves as the start/stop button for video shooting, which is a significant improvement in terms of feel and convenience over the small, independent video shooting button. The VIEWMODE button on the right side of the battleship’s top provides a back screen display/EVF display and auto-sensing to switch between the above two viewfinder modes. This appears to be the mainstream trend of mirrorless cameras, following the pursuit of the ultimate compact size, the user’s demand for shooting range and grip, and promoting camera manufacturers’ original intention of being “people-oriented.”

The button layout on the back is similar to that of the previous generation. In recent years, Fuji has removed the directional buttons from the entry-level model, instead relying on the joystick and touch screen to control the main parameters. However, I believe that for photographers or enthusiasts who frequently need to adjust camera settings, the combination of joystick arrow keys is the best combination of control. A major focus of this upgrade is the back of the LCD screen, which has been converted from the original X-T3’s three-way folding screen into a flip screen.

The range of free framing has been greatly expanded, making it easier for users to frame at unusual angles. It should be noted that the X-T4 employs an ultra-thin LCD screen, and the combination of flatness with the body is quite high. It almost blends in with the body when flipped for protection or live view.

The X-T4 has an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of up to 3.69 megapixels and a magnification of up to 0.75 times. It can also be improved in three ways: low-light priority (allows you to see your subject clearly in low light), resolution priority (shows even the fine details of your subject), and frame rate priority (minimizes blur in the viewfinder when shooting moving objects). The new model has a wider and more comfortable eyepiece, which is also easy to remove and is also applicable to the previous model.

The X-T4’s origin, according to the internal nameplate, is China. Indeed, Chinese factories have significantly improved in recent years, both in terms of production capacity and manufacturing process, so you can’t be too obsessed with Japanese manufacturing.

As the flagship model, the X-T4’s built-in interface is also rich, with USB-C, Micro HDMI, 3.5mm audio input, and 2.5mm remote control interfaces, among others. Among them, the USB-C interface can provide a variety of functions, including body charging and external 3.5mm audio output. The inside of the cover is also equipped with a rubber seal, providing better protection for the camera.

The sync port on the bottom of the camera can be connected to the original vertical grip, and it supports three batteries (one in the body and two in the grip) at the same time for stacked life. The new battery model name is: NP-W235, with a nominal capacity of 2200mAh, which is about 1.7 times higher than the NP-W126S battery (capacity of 1260mAh) used in the mainstream of other Fujifilm X series cameras. During the actual test shooting, which lasted a full day, with the in-camera five-axis stabilization turned on throughout, I shot approximately 260 RAW FINE photos and approximately 15 minutes of 4K video, including normal playback. The Fujifilm X-T4 has a 26.1 megapixel X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor with 26 megapixels, and at the end of the shoot, 45 percent of the battery power remained.

The X-Trans CMOS sensor is optimized for traditional Bayer array sort CMOS, which not only retains the camera’s original sharpness but also effectively avoids moire and artifacts, resulting in a double whammy. With the fourth generation sensor bringing a minimum standard sensitivity of ISO 160, outdoor shooting in the daytime with a large aperture is also very beneficial to improving image quality. Here’s a look at the Fujifilm X-T4’s image quality performance at various ISO settings.

As is customary, tests for native sensitivity were carried out. The Fujifilm X-T4 can maintain a very clean image with plenty of detail retention up to ISO 3200, as evidenced by the test images. Only when the ISO is raised above 6400 does a small amount of noise become visible to the human eye, and this continues until ISO 12800, when the noise increases but the detail retention remains commendable. If you use the auto ISO setting for everyday shooting, it is recommended that you set the sensitivity range to ISO 6400 or less.

Of course, if there is no external fill light emergency situation, ISO12800 can ensure that the image is captured accurately. The X-T4 is the second Fujifilm X-series camera to be equipped with body stabilization; most previous models used lens stabilization mode in pursuit of a compact body. Although both cameras have five-axis stabilization, the X-T4’s image stabilization unit has been significantly reduced in size without compromising performance (30 percent smaller and 20% lighter), and the new unit uses magnets instead of springs and is equipped with a high-performance gyro sensor that is eight times more accurate than the X-H1.

It should be noted that the X-T4 does not achieve 6.5 stops of stabilization with all XF-mount lenses, with up to 6.5 stops of image stabilization available on 18 of the 29 Fujinon XF lenses currently available. According to the above screenshot comparison of samples taken with and without stabilization, when the camera’s five-axis stabilization is turned on, the picture is still very clear when shot handheld at 1/8s shutter speed, and even handheld at 1/4s is only slightly blurred; however, when stabilization is turned off, the camera is blurred at 1/30s shutter speed, and then the picture shakes very significantly and is no longer usable value.

Higher compression is provided by /60P 4:2:0 10 bit video. However, in addition to the standard MOV video file format, the X-T4 now has the option of MP4, broadening the range of files available.

Original Video Playback Thanks to the excellent performance of the fourth-generation X-Trans CMOS4, video images are very well reproduced with high quality XF lenses, and the image quality is clear and sharp in both the center and the edges. To make it easier to get the correct exposure in video recording, video is converted to display with BT.709 equivalents. Color has long been a source of pride for Fuji, bringing the “memory colors” of the film era back to the digital age. The Fujifilm X-T4 has a total of 18 film simulations for both photography and video recording, including the Classic Negative mode.

that first appeared on the X-Pro3 is, predictably, included in the X-T4’s list of film simulations This set of dailies was shot with the XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR lens.

I believe that for Fuji cameras, the retro, unique shape is the primary factor attracting users, followed by Fuji’s inherited for more than seventy years of film color is also perfectly reproduced to the digital age, the stunning straight out effect is attracting a crowd of advocates. Fuji X-T4 as the fourth generation flagship model, in the photo shooting mechanical shutter continuous shooting speed to 15 / s, and the inclusion of up to 6.5 stops of body five-axis stabilization, combined with three generations of models upgraded from a more powerful focus performance, so that it is in the same level of the photo field in the benchmark. Furthermore, in recent years, the popular camera video shooting capabilities, the X-T4 has excellent performance, such as high specification 4K 60P shooting specifications, and Full HD 240P upscaling capabilities. If the Fujifilm X series before the second generation relied on value and film simulation to attract users, the fourth generation of products has completely defied this statement three generations later.

Fuji cameras will be associated with good looks, lightness, and high performance, and they can be used as the primary camera.