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Fujifilm just announced the arrival of the X-T4, a camera with a 26.1 megapixel back-side illuminated CMOS sensor, a larger battery than its predecessors, a redesigned body, and an overhauled in-body image stabilization system. The mechanical shutter can shoot 15 fps, making it the fastest camera in the X series. I got a chance to check out and shoot with a pre-production version of this compact mirrorless powerhouse a few days before its release.

Design and feel

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It’s now easier to switch between photo and video modes when shooting with the X-T4. Jeanette D. Moses

The X-T4 has a more robust feel than the X series cameras that have come before it. The hand grip is more substantial, the dials on the top have been slightly reorganized, and the dual memory card slots now sit side by side. The larger battery motivates most of these ergonomic changes since it demands more space inside the body.. Although it’s bigger than the X series that have come before it, it’s still compact and the design changes in the handgrip make for a very comfortable shooting experience. The dials on the top of the camera have a bit more space around them and the simple switch for photo and video modes under the shutter speed dial is very convenient.

Like the X series cameras that have come before it though it the controls on the top remain very tactile and are reminiscent of what you might find on an old film camera. If you’ve used previous Fujifilm cameras navigating the X-T4 will be a breeze.

Shooting experience

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The X-T4 uses a new larger capacity battery. Jeanette D. Moses

The autofocus and the in-body image stabilization performed quite well during my brief time with this camera. Although I didn’t have a chance to test it out in any really dark settings where I’m usually shooting with an X-T2, the camera did an impressive job in the darker corners of Grand Central Station even at slower shutter speeds. I loved the new Eterna Bleach Bypass film simulation as it provided a cinematic and somewhat moody look—the perfect aesthetic for city shooting.

Although I didn’t have a chance to put the longer battery life to the test, during my time with the camera the percentage didn’t seem to drop at all—impressive considering how quickly the old style of Fujifilm battery seemed to lose power.

The 47-megapixel RAW files that the camera produces gave me plenty of leeway in post-processing, although the Fujifilm presets are pretty enough that there wasn’t really much to do.

Overall this is a very capable compact mirrorless that we think will be able to handle a wide variety of photo and video jobs. Scroll down to see more sample images from the X-T4.

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Steaks under glass in Grand Central. Shot on the new X-T4 at 1/125 sec, f/1.8 and ISO 800. Jeanette D. Moses
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Detail shot inside a New York City meat shop. Jeanette D. Moses
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Sample image from the new Fujifilm X-T4 camera. Shot at 1/125 sec f/3.2 and ISO 800. Jeanette D. Moses
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Flowers in midtown, shot on the X-T4 at 1/125 sec f/2.8 and ISO 800. Jeanette D. Moses
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Sample image from the new Fujifilm X-T4 camera. Shot at 1/250 sec f/1.4 and ISO 800. Jeanette D. Moses
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The in-body image stabilization makes this a great camera for street shooting. Jeanette D. Moses
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Sample image from the new Fujifilm X-T4 camera. Shot at 1/125 sec f/2.8 and ISO 800. Jeanette D. Moses
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A fleeting moment in Grand Central. Even at 1/30 sec the in-body image stabilization in the camera did a great job. Jeanette D. Moses
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The X-T4 has five-axis in-body image stabilization that provides up to 6.5 stops of image stabilazion—making it a great option for shooting on the go. Jeanette D. Moses
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Man waiting for a taxi in midtwon. Shot on the X-T4 at 1/125 sec, f/2.0 and ISO 800. Jeanette D. Moses
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The camera did a great job grabbing onto this subject’s face despite the busy frame. Jeanette D. Moses
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Man with piegons in midtown Manhattan. Jeanette D. Moses
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Commuters in the food hall at Grand Central Station. Jeanette D. Moses
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Waiting for the train at Grand Central Station. Jeanette D. Moses
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The in-body image stabilization perfomes well in dark spaces even with slow shutter speeds. Jeanette D. Moses
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Sample image from the new Fujifilm X-T4 camera. Shot at 1/125 sec f/2.2 and ISO 800. Jeanette D. Moses
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Shot with the X-T4 at 1/30 sec, f/2.5 and ISO 1250. Jeanette D. Moses
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The Oyster Bar inside Grand Central Station. Shot on the X-T4 at 1/30 sec, f/1.4 and ISO 1250. Jeanette D. Moses
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This corner of Grand Central can be tricky to shoot in because of the low lighting. The Fujifilm X-T4 was up to the challenge. Jeanette D. Moses
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The X-T4 is built around a X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and X-Processor 4. Jeanette D. Moses
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Sample image from the new Fujifilm X-T4 camera. Shot at 1/250 sec f/2.0 and ISO 640. Jeanette D. Moses

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