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Is Fuji’s new X-T4 the ultimate compact mirrorless camera?

26-MP, 5-axis stabilisation and 4K 60p movies equals wow!

Fuji has announced the latest addition to its X-T line up and the new X-T4 could well be the most polished mirrorless camera on the market to date. The compact, retro-chic camera is now Fuji’s flagship APS-C model and is built around a 26-megapixel back-side illuminated sensor that’s paired with a powerful quad-core processor.

Fuji introduces the X-T4…

As you’d expect, the X-T4 brings a raft of new features to Fuji photographers with perhaps the biggest headline-grabber being the addition of a 5-axis IBIS (In Body Image Stabilisation) technology – a first for the X-T line up and a feature that will deliver 6.5 stops of compensation, enabling user to capture sharp shots in low light conditions. What’s more, the focus system (which includes Face and Eye AF) will lock on to subjects in low light (down to -6EV), which should be of particular interest to street photographers working with limited light.

Another new feature is a newly developed mechanical shutter mechanism to make the camera as durable as possible – in fact, the shutter is now rated for 300,000 actuations and offers weather sealing so you can keep shooting in poor conditions. Also new is a higher capacity battery so photographers can shoot up to 500 shots per charge in its default mode or 600 shots via an Eco mode. Pair the X-T4with the optional battery grip and this figure leaps up to 1700 shots per charge.

The X-T4 also sees a boost in speed when compared to the popular X-T3 that is takes over from, with the maximum burst rate increasing from 11 frames per second, up to 15 frames per second in full resolution or up to 30FPS using the electronic shutter. This now puts the X-T4 in the interest area of wildlife and sports photographers who need to capture ultra-quick sequences of shots.

Images can be composed using the new 3.69 million pixel/100fps electronic viewfinder or via the touch-sensitive LCD that features a vari-angle design that will be of great appeal to Vloggers. Talking of video, the X-T4 has plenty to offer aspiring film-makers and capture DCI 4K footage at up to 60p, meaning this high quality footage can be used to create some motion sequences. If you need to slow footage even further, the X-T4 can even shoot Full HD video at up to 240p and it’s possible to record F-Log footage in 10-bit colour, straight to the SD card.

Other features include a new ETERNA Bleach Bypass Film Simulation mode and the choice of colour combinations (black or black/silver). Available for sale in Spring 2020, the X-T4 will carry a price-tag of $1,700/£1,550.

Check out this movie filmed using the X-T4.