Fujifilm just announced the 26.1-megapixel X-T4, a highly anticipated update to 2018’s X-T3. The X-T4 sports significant improvements in autofocus, video, and shutter durability, but the headline feature is 6.5-stop IBIS (the previous X-T3 does not have in-body image stabilization at all, so this is a major upgrade). The camera will ship in Spring 2020 for $1,699 body only.
Here’s a list of the X-T4’s major new features:
- 6.5-stop IBIS (versus none on the X-T3)
- 15 FPS with the mechanical shutter (versus 11)
- Phase detect AF down to -6 EV (versus -3 EV)
- 240 fps video at 1080p (versus 120 fps)
- Better face/eye AF and tracking capabilities and improved AF algorithm
- New eco battery mode, up to 600 shots per charge (compared to 390 on X-T3 and 500 on X-T4 in standard mode)
- New film simulation options
- Higher-resolution rear LCD (1.62 vs 1.04 million dots) with new tilt-flip design rather than dual-axis tilt
- Dual SD card video recording
- 300,000 vs 150,000 shot shutter life, and slightly quieter mechanical shutter
One of the biggest things that didn’t change is the 26.1-megapixel sensor, one of the best (if not the best) APS-C camera sensor on the market.
If you are a landscape, studio, or architecture photographer – anyone who mainly shoots stationary subjects from a tripod – I would take a really close look at the previous X-T3 before spending the extra money on the X-T4. Most of the improvements on the new camera are related to handheld photography (IBIS), fast action shots (autofocus and frame rate improvements), and video.
Video users will appreciate the ability to record simultaneously to both cards. The option for 240 fps video in 1080p resolution is also a very interesting specification, and not something many competing cameras on the market can match. While it’s true that the X-T4 isn’t primarily geared toward dedicated videographers (certainly not when compared to some Panasonic or Blackmagic cameras at a similar price), video shooters certainly won’t be disappointed by it.
To me, IBIS is the biggest new feature on the X-T4, and something that a lot of travel and portrait photographers will find invaluable. Fuji claims it provides 6.5 stops of stabilization with 18 of 29 current XF / XC lenses, and does so with a lighter weight magnetic rather than a spring-based system.
The Fuji X-T4 will cost $1,699 and weigh 607 g / 1.34 lbs (including SD and battery). It will begin to ship in the spring of this year.
All in all, this looks like an exciting camera release to me, albeit one whose improvements may not matter as much if you shoot primarily still photos from a tripod. (Not that this is a bad camera for those needs, but that the X-T3 should more than cover your requirements already.)
For travel photography, portraiture, or action photography, however, this looks like a well-thought-out update to an already excellent camera.
Fujifilm Promotional Videos
Below is Fuji’s press release on the X-T4.
Official Press Release
INTRODUCING THE FUJIFILM X-T4: CRAFTED FOR THE MODERN IMAGE-MAKER
Valhalla, New York – February 26, 2020 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation is proud to announce the launch of the FUJIFILM X-T4 (hereinafter “X-T4”), a flagship model of the X Series family of mirrorless digital cameras.
The X-T4 is an astounding imaging tool, packing a newly designed IBIS, a quiet new shutter unit, a new vari-angle LCD screen, a new Eterna Bleach Bypass Film Simulation, and a new, large-capacity, battery all into a compact and lightweight camera body. This camera is the perfect tool for today’s image makers and is an ideal multi-functional solution for visual storytellers to use in creating their stories.More information about the key features of X-T4:
Designed for Quality and Speed
Fujifilm’s state-of-the-art X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and X-Processor 4 combination sits at this camera’s core, pairing this exceptional, 26.1MP, back-side illuminated sensor with a powerful quad-core CPU to produce images with wide dynamic range and incredible image quality, doing so with lightning-fast processing and precision AF performance, right down to -6EV.
IBIS Puts Stability in the User’s Hands
A huge part of creating great photos or videos is being in the right place at the right time – and that often means making handheld images to get to the heart of the action. X-T4’s five-axis In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS) provides up to 6.5 stops1 of image stabilization to make sure that, even in the midst of all the excitement, images remain steady and sharp. Combine this with the new four-axis Digital Image Stabilizer, and there’s lots of room to maneuver.
Steady, Reliable Performance
For any serious image maker, having a tool that can be relied upon to perform flawlessly whenever it is required is extremely important. For this reason, X-T4 features a newly developed mechanical shutter that is the fastest and most robust in the history of the X Series. Not only can it make 26.1 Megapixel images at 15 frames per second, but it is also rated for 300,000 actuations. Combined with its larger capacity battery that is capable of up to 600 frames per charge2, X-T4 has the power and the durability to give users the peace of mind that they’ll never miss the perfect opportunity.
Find the Best Angle for the Story
When chasing the perfect image, versatility is key. The 1.62 million pixel vari-angle touchscreen LCD featured on X-T4 can be adjusted to make it visible from a wide range of positions. This not only provides a high-quality monitor to frame with, but also provides quick and simple controls when they’re needed most. On the flip side, there are times when it’s necessary to minimize the light and distractions that a screen can create. That’s why X-T4’s LCD has been designed to easily fold away so it is completely hidden from view, leaving the updated 3.69 million pixel/100fps electronic viewfinder to focus on the moment at hand.
When a Story Needs Movement
The modern image maker is blurring the lines between photography and videography, and X-T4 has been designed to celebrate this new generation of hybrid creativity. With the simple flick of a switch, movie mode is activated, meaning X-T4 is capable of recording both professional-level DCI 4K/60p and Full HD/240p super slow-motion video. It is also possible to record F-Log footage in 10-bit color, straight to the card. What’s more, the innovative AF-C subject tracking works in low-light conditions down to -6EV and the camera’s use of a new, high capacity battery lets content creators push their creative limits.
Powerful Image Manipulation Made Easy
For over 86 years, FUJIFILM Corporation has produced photographic films that have been used by some of the world’s best-known moviemakers to create some of the world’s most successful movies. This legendary reputation in color science is celebrated with the company’s hugely popular selection of film simulation modes, which digitize some of the industry’s most iconic films and puts them right at hand. X-T4 introduces ETERNA Bleach Bypass, the newest addition to the much-loved collection of Film Simulation modes available in the X Series product line, which creates a beautiful de- saturated, high-contrast look that image-makers will find irresistible.
X-T4 will be available in both black and silver and is expected to be available for sale in Spring 2020 at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1,699.95 USD and $2,199.99 CAD.
I’m in the moron camp. I enjoy an a9 and a7Riv (and a Z50 and D500 among others) but always wanted to experience Fuji so I pre-ordered the X-T4.
On mFT I shot with my beloved GM-5 last week, just a seriously fun little machine which continues to amaze me for it’s size to out put ratio-
To the poster branding people morons, there really is more to the joy of photography than sensor size
and dynamic range.
It’s not unusual now for camera companies to come out with updates that seem to be on the minor side and to charge very high initial MSRPs to grab the early adapters. They appear to have hit upon this as their best survival strategy. Nobody has to buy anything at the initial price (or at any other price) if we don’t want to. This has always been one of the nicest photography web sites and we don’t want to ruin it by making insulting comments about posts, prices, brands, or sensor sizes preferences. We all know photography sites that welcome idiotic and insulting arguments for those who wish to engage in them.
Hello. Looks like a great camera. Is it a lot better to the recently announced Olympus EM1-III? The lens offerings there look very good too, especially at the longer end.
Although DR is better on the Fuji sensor, the latest Olympus sensors don’t look too bad in comparison. Am I missing something? thanks…
Yes, you are. That camera is just as expensive, has much smaller sensor, Has worse DR, high ISO and micro contrast. Also, for that money you can buy fullframe with 4 times bigger sensor, One has to either have a lot of M43 lenses…or be a complete and utter moron to choose that before:
Sony Alpha a7R II 1398$
Nikon Z 6 1800$
Canon EOS RP $1,499.00
Canon EOS R $1,799.00
Sony Alpha a7 III $1,798.00
Canon EOS R $1,799.00
As I said, if you don’t already have a bunch of M43 lenses then you have to be stupid to pay same money for 4x smaller sensor with 2-3 stops of worse DR, ISO and everything else. I really wonder if Olympus people are on some heavy heavy drugs to ask that money for that body.
All prices are from B&H.
Red, are you running a qualification for “moron”? FF 4× bigger? in which mathematical universe means twice the surface (864 mm² vs 432 mm²) 4× bigger? And why do you put in one camera twice? To make the selection of cheaper FF bodies bigger? And oops, it’s only two really cheaper ones, the others are a bit pricier. Take a nap, let off some steam, do a breathing exercise and then you might rethink. Or not, just steer a bit clear of calling people morons.
Seeing is believing for some. M43 is a joke for anything more then 800$. EVER.
Also, ever heard of “rounding” ?
Gents, one of many many great things about PL is the unusually civil discourse in the comments section of articles. Nasim and Spencer set this tone and we respect them by discussing with respect.
Agree Brad, following PL in many years, first time i read this kind of comment..sad…
I was checking what is actually the difference between this camera and the X-T3. The sensor is the same (26.1 mpxl), both can shoot 4K 60 fps. Ok, they added 1080p 240fps with a crop (I have the same thing on my iPhone for years and never use it). So in terms of stills and video it’s exactly the same camera. So the main difference is the addition of IBIS and the flip-out screen, that’s all. And a slightly bigger battery for around 100 more shots. OK. So for that they charge 1700 USD, 200 USD more than the X-T3 at launch. I’m baffled. Having IBIS is already a basic feature that many cameras have, for example the Sony A6600 that you can get for 1200 USD these days.
Maybe they want to clean the stock of the X-T3, that’s why they priced this one so high? After X-T3 stock is gone, they will probably drop the MSRP. That’s the only explanation for this incredible high price where you can actually get lots of full frame mirrorless cameras that are way better.
“That’s the only explanation for this incredible high price where you can actually get lots of full frame mirrorless cameras that are way better.”
For Fuji lenses? (Given, a buyer wants to upgrade his X-T1 or X-T2)
Yes, a quick search on B&H gave me:
Sony Alpha a7R II 1398$
Nikon Z 6 1800$
Canon EOS RP $1,499.00
Canon EOS R $1,799.00
Sony Alpha a7 III $1,798.00
Canon EOS R $1,799.00
That’s 6 cameras and that is “lots” yes !
If you are a Fuji owner and have invested heavily in lenses I can understand, if you are in market for a mirrorless for your first time buy, one has to be a moron to go with 2x smaller sensor. A certified moron with a diploma.
1700.- for the Fuji and 1800.- for 3 out of 5 (!!!) FF mirrorless bodies. The EOS R you took twice – so it’s actual 5 FF. Which can mean “expensive lenses” or “not much choice in lenses” or both (well, Fuji is also not very complete towards the longer FL and a rather closed system when it comes to third party AF-lenses).
The Sonys are one or two generations older than the current Alphas. Here I do have doubts if they really are “better”. For some people FF is NOT the answer to everything. ;)
I’m not a Fuji fanboy, but the Fuji MSRP is like always a dream price of the manufacturer. In the past tehre were bundles with kit lenses and/or battery grip. I mean “real” grips, not just battery boxes with only one added cell.
Still “certified moron”?
R and RP two DIFFERENT cameras. And 100$ when spending 1500 is nothing.
One is “certified moron” since one of us can’t use Google to see difference between Canon R and Canon RP. Care to guess who that is ?
1700+, Nasim , you really need to add “edit” button here.
You are really too blind to see that you put in EOS R twice? Moron.
I’d rather buy the Nikon Z6 at B&H for $1844 that includes the FTZ adapter, XQD card and a camera bag.
Thanks for adding your thoughts. 4K specifications are indeed the same. But beyond just the 240 FPS spec, this is a better video camera overall, thanks to dual SD card video recording and the fully articulating tilt/flip screen. For still shooters, I’d wait and see how much better the new autofocus algorithms are before declaring it functionally the same. Faster autofocus, better low light focusing, and a bump in frame rate (15 FPS mechanical is pretty wild) can take things a long way for action photographers.
The price bump does indeed position this as a higher end option, in line with some good full frame cameras (including with IBIS) like the Nikon Z6 or Sony A7 III. That said, the X-T4 also has a number of benefits over those cameras – specific lenses and build quality/ergonomics come to mind – and I don’t think the $1700 price is unreasonable for the package they’re offering.
However, I do agree that most photographers interested in Fuji would find the X-T3 a better value for their needs. It’s an excellent camera, and now will start selling (especially used/refurbished) at even better prices. I typically recommend buying one generation older than current at any given time, to save money without (usually) missing out on any game-changing features. This is really no exception.
Re the flip screen. I have used the canon r which has a flip screen and it kept fouling the cameras conventional camera strap either when opening it or obstructing the view of the screen. For street photography flip screens are much more noticeable than drop down designs. This XT4 is aimed at videographers rather than stills photography which is a pity because Ibis in an Xt body is a major advance in the Fuji system.
To me, there’s a lot to like and nothing to dislike. Currently it’s one of the few bodies with fully articulated LCD. There were times I bought a camera just for that reason. Maybe I sold the 16/1.4 too early.
Fuji is doing a great job these days. Wish other manufacturers would follow suit in many ways! Tilt/flip is much better than any other screen design, in my opinion, even compared to dual-axis tilt. Props to Fuji for including it here.
A fully articulated LCD is the bane of street photographers. This is step backward for the X-Tx series.