Fujifilm X-T4 – in a word: "Finally"

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JackEtweather
JackEtweather Junior Member • Posts: 37
Fujifilm X-T4 – in a word: "Finally"
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Having migrated from Panasonic to Fujifilm, due to Fuji's superior color and image quality, I was still my longing for IBIS and Dual IS as I'd known in the Lumix cameras. The X-H1 was almost/not-quite a successor to the G9, in that regard. When the X-T4 was announced, I sold-off the X-H1 to help defray the X-T4. The X-T4's shutter mechanism is also quiet and practically shockless, but its IBIS is much improved. In conjunction with a firmware update to the X-T4 and the 16-80mm f/4 lens, panning is a lot smoother, and stationary handheld shots no longer rock side-to-side. If Fuji would now similarly smooth the motion of tilting shots, that would ice my cupcake.

Here's a list of the features particular to the X-T4 which also compelled me to buy it:

Separate switchable still/movie modes and settings, improved IBIS, quiet/shockless mechanical shutter, true redundant storage between the SD cards, the larger/longer-life battery, USB-C powering from a "PD" battery bank, high-bitrate 4k video, 120/240fps slo-mo video, the Eterna film simulation), autofocus improved such that I'll actually use it, and the street cred of owning the best current APS-C camera. These features (except for the last one) would have lured me to Fujiland back when I had gotten into Panasonic for a three-year-long video project. But better "finally" than never.

Bonus likes:

The HDR setting on the mode dial, completely re-assignable Quick Menu Fn buttons (including the "Q" button), the Silent Video mode whereby the video controls are presented on the touch screen, electronic front-curtain shutter setting, and an eyecup that doesn't fall/break off. I have the "AF-ON" button set for back-button focusing in horizontal position, and the "AE-L" button for likewise, shooting vertically. Also: the camera really turns on, without having to rub its eyes and stretch, when you switch it "on." Fix Movie Crop Magnification is a thoughtful addition, which I just might have occasion to use some time.

What I dislike about the X-T4:

The Bleach Bypass simulation (I can make things look ugly in post, thank you), the "Why?" factor of some image features (i.e., Clarity, Color Chrome Effect), and the dang "flippy" screen. The following also appears in my review of the X-T2:

The X-T4's "flippy" screen is prone to breakage at the joint (ever worked in camera repair?) and is unwieldy and cumbersome, taking too long to set for a shot in some cases. That Fuji had let the vocal minority of vloggers dictate product design was stupid, flouting their own ingenuity demonstrated in the design of the two-way tilting screen on previous models. The narcissism of people who just have to capture images of themselves – or, just of YouTubers in general – should not be enabled. (Suggestion to camera manufacturers: modular, replaceable screen assemblies of different configurations.)

Despite this concession to regression, I went for the X-T4 when opportunity arose. I knock half off the fifth star due to this design flaw.

 JackEtweather's gear list:JackEtweather's gear list
Fujifilm X-T4 Fujifilm X-S10 Fujifilm XF 35mm F1.4 R Fujifilm XF 27mm F2.8 Fujifilm 50-230mm II +4 more
Fujifilm X-T4
26 megapixels • 3 screen • APS-C sensor
Announced: Feb 26, 2020
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baggy1 Regular Member • Posts: 291
Re: Fujifilm X-T4 – in a word: "Finally"
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Yes these articulating screens are annoying. I have one on my Canon R6 don't like it all. Feels odd trying to align it with the viewfinder and shoot looking at it.

Am reading Fuji posts, Iooking for a camera that is fun to use. Have had no desire to take the Canon out from the bag. Despite all the tech in it, it's just a work tool. Played with the Fuji when it first came out in their impressive London store and the shutter felt sooo nice and sounded so sweet I wanted to go out and shoot with it. Maybe I am just losing interest in photography, with no work in the pandemic and am looking for something to get my mojo back.

Craig268
Craig268 Senior Member • Posts: 1,523
Re: Fujifilm X-T4 – in a word: "Finally"

The XT4 is certainly a very fine camera but it's interesting to see how people's preferences differ amongst cameras. For example, I bought two nearly new XH-1's (I usually carry two cameras) for the price of a new XT4  body.

Different strokes but it's all good.  I still enjoy my XT1's and film cameras as well.  It'll  be very interesting to see what the XH2 will be like.

 Craig268's gear list:Craig268's gear list
Fujifilm X-T1 Fujifilm X-H1 Fujifilm XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS Fujifilm 50-230mm Fujifilm XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS +7 more
Krummj Regular Member • Posts: 185
Re: Fujifilm X-T4 – in a word: "Finally"
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The color chrome effect and clarity effect are quite nice for jpeg and X-Raw studio shooters. I pretty routinely shoot with -2 sharpening, -2 clarity, weak small grain, strong color chrome with CC, then using X-Raw Studio to export from the camera. Prints have been really nice.

If you ever get into the whole "film simulation" side of things, these options come in handy. See https://fujixweekly.com/recipes/

JackEtweather
OP JackEtweather Junior Member • Posts: 37
Re: Fujifilm X-T4 – in a word: "Finally"

Yeah, the image settings are a matter of personal taste (as is that "flippy" screen, I begrudgingly admit). I like to shoot JPEGs with -2 highlight and -2 shadow in high-contrast situations. I've never gotten the hang of the DR settings, although I have used the X-T4's in-camera HDR to good effect. I prefer Astia, Classic Chrome and Acros settings (often bracketing them), though I do have custom settings based upon them. I use Eterna almost exclusively in video. The Classic Chrome has a cool-blue effect that looks good on daytime sky, water, and glass-faced buildings. With a camera such as this, I take its particular functions that I will use along with those which I won't.

 JackEtweather's gear list:JackEtweather's gear list
Fujifilm X-T4 Fujifilm X-S10 Fujifilm XF 35mm F1.4 R Fujifilm XF 27mm F2.8 Fujifilm 50-230mm II +4 more
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