The long wait is finally over. As promised earlier, Fujifilm has just announced the Fuji X-T4 mirrorless camera. The unit sports the same back-illuminated Super 35 26.1MP X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and a high-speed image X-Processor 4 found on the X-T3. Unlike its predecessor, however, the X-T4 comes equipped with advanced 5-axis image stabilization providing 6.5 stop image stabilization when used with XF / XC lenses.
This new technology offers many new components, including new materials to the base part, a refined layout of the shutter shock-absorbing structure and newly developed gyro sensors that boast approx. 8 times the detection accuracy of the IBIS unit in the X-H1.
As a result, video recording in situations prone to camera shake is significantly improved. The new IBIS unit also uses magnetic force rather than springs, which boosts functionality while making it approx. 30% smaller and 20% lighter than X-H1 image stabilization mechanism. When combined with the 4-axis digital image stabilization function (DIS) for use in the video mode, users can get even better results and a more stable image.
Other than that, the camera is capable of shooting DCI/UHD 4K60p (no 6K recording, unfortunately) as well as Full HD high-speed video at whopping 240fps using either H264 / H265 encoding up to 400 Mbps. Furthermore, video in the same format can be recorded onto two SD cards at the same time as a backup. Also, a micro-HDMI port enables 10-bit 4:2:2 recording to an optional external recorder.
Additionally, F-Log View Assist function has been added to correct low-saturation / low-contrast video while recording F-Log. Video is converted equivalent to BT.709 for display to make it easier to attain correct exposure in video recording.
Combined with FUJIFILM’s color reproduction technology, the X-T4 delivers a wide variety of picture profiles. The newcomer, for instance, features Eterna Bleach Bypass, a new Film Simulation mode, that uses FUJIFILM’s unique technology to provide versatile color tones.
The 1.62 mil dots vari-angle monitor allows for more creative and versatile shooting styles. The LCD/EVF can be boosted in three different ways, Low Light Priority – allowing users to see the subject clearly in low light, Resolution Priority – displaying even the fine details of your subject and Frame Rate Priority which minimizes blur in the viewfinder when shooting a moving subject.
The eyecup now has a locking mechanism to prevent tearing or dislodgement. The Boost / Normal modes, on the other hand, are now joined by the Economy mode, which saves the power to increase the battery life.
Highlight and shadow tones from -2 to +4 can now be adjusted by 1/2 stops, instead of 1 stop, allowing for finer tonality, and White Balance now has White Priority and Ambience Priority options in addition to AUTO.
Thanks to newly developed high-torque coreless DC motor, the ultra-fast focal plane shutter has the capability to shoot up to world fastest 15fps in burst mode, and has advanced response performance with a shutter release lag of just 0.035 seconds. The shutter unit also boasts double the durability with 300,000 actuations and offers shutter noise approx. 30% quieter compared to the X-T3.
When RAW is selected, users can now choose the non-reversible Compressed option in addition to the reversible Lossless Compressed. A new algorithm and phase-detection AF processing capability have led to autofocus performance as fast as 0.02 seconds. This ensures that users can capture and track a subject moving at high speed, especially when combined with the continuous shooting performance of 15fps in post view and 8fps in live view.
Tracking AF performance has also undergone serious enhancement. The tracking success rate has been doubled compared to the X-T3. The Face / Eye AF performance has also been dramatically improved. This enhanced tracking ability has made focusing and taking portraits even easier than ever before.
The “IS (Image Stabilisation) Boost” mode mitigates gentle camera shakes, enabling stabilized fixed-point video recording without a tripod. The stills and video modes now have separate menus and the video-only Quick Menu (Q Menu) button has enhanced the camera’s simplicity while recording video.
A Movie optimized control function has been introduced with the X-T4, meaning that you can adjust exposure with the command dial as well as the touchscreen panel. With this function, it’s also possible to toggle the STILL / MOVIE mode dial on the top panel to swiftly shift into video recording with stored video settings.
The Fix movie crop magnification function fixes the video crop rate to prevent changes in the angle of view when switching to a different video mode. A “MIC jack setting” on the camera can be switched input level between MIC level and LINE level. The camera supports external microphones as well as LINE level input from external audio equipment.
Finally, the Fuji X-T4 uses a new NP-W235 battery which has a large capacity that is approx. 1.5 times that of an NP-W126S battery. It lasts for approx. 500 frames per charge in the Normal mode, approx. 600 frames per charge in the Economy mode and up to approx. 1,700 frames when two additional batteries are used with the optional battery grip (VG-XT4).
Fuji X-T4 Highlights
- 26.1MP X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor
- X-Processor 4
- DCI/UHD 4K/60p 10bit recording; Full HD at 240fps;
- H264 / H265 encoding;
- High data rate recording (Up to 400 Mbps)
- All Intra (Alongside Long GOP) compression
- 10 bit 4:2:0 color sampling
- 5-Axis In-body Image Stabilization (IBIS)
- 4-axis Digital Image Stabilization (DIS)
- ISO 160-12800
- 3.0″ 1.62m-dot touchscreen LCD
- 3.69m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder
- AF-ON button
- 2350mAh NP-W235 battery
- Dual SD card slots with support of up to the UHS-II standard
- Integrated Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity
- Availability: March 2020
The Fuji X-T4 is already available to order selling for $1,699.
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