I received the Fujifilm X-T4, the company’s latest and greatest X series interchangeable mirrorless camera, last night from B&H Photo. After unpacking it, I immediately charged the battery using the BC-W235 dual battery charger. It took less than an hour to charge the new battery which, I learned, already had a 40% charge, thanks to the charge indicator on the BC-W235 LCD screen. Here are my first impressions with images of the camera itself and pictures taken with it using the Fujifilm 23mm f/1.4 lens.
- Right away, the camera feels a lot more “solid” as compared to the X-T3 and other X series camera’s I’ve had. It is somewhat bigger with a lot more real estate to hold on to. The grip doesn’t feel lacking and gives a lot more sturdier feel to the shooter.
- The dials and indicators appear bigger and easier to see. Fuji made a few changes to the layout but all in all it’s pretty familiar for anyone used to using Fujifilm cameras.
- The flip out screen comes out nice and smooth with the right amount of tension and soft clicks as you move it in different positions. The LCD screen brightness is just as bright and clear as the X-T3. I’m not a big fan of the flip out screen though I like that you can flip it with the LCD towards the back of the camera to protect it. For some reason, I feel the flippy up and down screen first introduced on the X-T1 and inherited by the X-H1, X-T2 and X-T3 is enough for everyday shooting even for pro video work. I find the flip out screen creates unnecessary extension that adds to the things you have to manage while shooting.
- In body stabilization is immediately apparent when you start shooting and it’s pretty impressive and somehow liberating. I liked the IBIS on the X-H1 but felt it wasn’t enough. This time I think Fuji did a good job. Combined with an image stabilized lens, you’ll be able to shoot some pretty sharp images at slower shutter speeds.
- Image quality from the camera is superb as expected and gave me that same “woah” reaction after I first started shooting with the X-T3. The new generation 26.1MP X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor is the same as that of the X-T3 which is in my opinion one of the best APS-C sensors around. The color saturation and organic feel to images that Fuji is know for doesn’t disappoint and the various film simulations are just a joy to play around with. I haven’t tried the bleach bypass film simulation though but I will do so when do the video review.
- Lastly, I noticed the shutter button to be a bit less “rigid” to use. It has a softer feedback when pressed and is a welcome improvement to me.
Below are some images of the camera paired with the 23mm F1.4 XF lens. The other pictures were taken with the camera-lens combination and the 55-200mm XF. At this time I only used the Standard, Vivid, Classic Chrome and Acros film simulations. Aside from a few crops and minor adjustments, all these images were straight out of the camera jpegs.
Enjoy and comment at the end for any questions and watch out for the video test coming up soon!