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Fujifilm X-E4 Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Jul 06, 2021 at 09:18 am
Fujifilm X-E4 Picture
7.3
Travel Photography
7.8
Landscape Photography
7.2
Sport & Wildlife Photography
6.9
Vlogging
7.4
Studio Video
6.1
Action Video
Body Type
Large Sensor Compact
Mirrorless
Yes
Sensor Size
APS-C
Tested Lens
FUJINON XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R OIS

The Fujifilm X-E4 is a compact rangefinder-style mirrorless camera. It's very portable, which makes it easy to travel with, and it feels impressively well-built. Image quality is great out of the box, with minimal noise and very little degradation of sharpness even when shooting at moderately high ISO levels. It's capable of shooting 4k video at up to 30 fps without a crop, and video quality is good whether you're shooting in 4k or FHD. However, its minimalistic design can make accessing some core camera functions a little difficult and makes it a little uncomfortable to hold for extended periods.

Our Verdict

7.3 Travel Photography

The Fujifilm X-E4 is decent for travel photography. Image quality is impressive, with good noise handling capability and sharpness when shooting at moderate ISO levels, which is good for nighttime photography. It's also very compact and lightweight, making it easy to slip in and out of a pocket or carrying pouch. Its wide shutter speed range should also let you capture quick moments or take complex long-exposure shots. If you're shooting in JPEG, you can choose between 18 different film simulation modes for a bit of added flair, though we don't currently test the camera with those filters active. Unfortunately, the camera's autofocus system can struggle to track both subjects' faces as well as moving objects. Also, its minimalistic design can make it uncomfortable to use for long shooting sessions, with no actual handgrip and few dedicated controls for adjusting exposure parameters on the fly.

Pros
  • Compact, lightweight design.
  • Great build quality.
  • Impressive image quality.
Cons
  • Middling autofocus performance.
  • Uncomfortable ergonomics.
  • Not water-resistant.
7.8 Landscape Photography

The Fujifilm X-E4 is good for landscape photography. It offers great image quality out of the box, though some may want a slightly wider dynamic range to preserve detail in high-contrast lighting conditions. Its compact, sturdy-feeling body makes it easy to bring with you to any remote shooting location. Its touchscreen display is also bright enough to be easily seen even under direct sunlight. It isn't rated as being weather-sealed, though we don't currently test for that. In addition, its minimalistic design, with no dedicated handgrip, can make it uncomfortable to use for long shooting sessions, especially when using heavier lenses.

Pros
  • Compact, lightweight design.
  • Great build quality.
  • Impressive image quality.
  • Sharp, bright flipping and tilting screen.
Cons
  • Middling autofocus performance.
  • Uncomfortable ergonomics.
  • Not water-resistant.
7.2 Sport & Wildlife Photography

The Fujifilm X-E4 is a satisfactory option for sports and wildlife photography. You can use its electronic shutter to increase its maximum continuous shooting speed up to 30 fps, which should help capture clear shots of very fast-moving subjects, though it's worth noting that using that feature incurs a crop. Image quality is great, and the camera itself feels impressively sturdy. Unfortunately, its highly compact design can make it somewhat uncomfortable to use, and you may find it unwieldy in conjunction with a heavy telephoto lens. It also lacks any onboard image stabilization feature, making it challenging to capture clear images at extended focal lengths. Its autofocus system can also have a hard time tracking moving subjects.

Pros
  • Great build quality.
  • Impressive image quality.
  • Fast maximum shooting speed.
Cons
  • Middling autofocus performance.
  • No in-body or digital image stabilization features.
  • Uncomfortable ergonomics.
6.9 Vlogging

The Fujifilm X-E4 is good for vlogging. Its screen can tilt and flips up for selfies, and its lightweight design makes it highly portable. Video quality is also good whether you're shooting in 4k or FHD, and the camera's autofocus system does a superb job of tracking subjects' faces while recording video. It also features a wide complement of inputs and outputs, which is good if you plan on attaching an external recorder or an auxiliary microphone. Unfortunately, it lacks in-body image stabilization, meaning that you may observe some level of camera shake while shooting handheld, depending on whether or not your lens has an optical stabilization feature. It also can overheat during extended recording sessions, especially when shooting in 4k, though the severity of this risk can vary depending on real-world conditions.

Pros
  • Compact, lightweight design.
  • Good video quality in FHD and 4k.
  • Wide selection of inputs and outputs.
  • Sharp, bright flipping and tilting screen.
Cons
  • No in-body or digital image stabilization features.
  • Can overheat easily.
7.4 Studio Video

The Fujifilm X-E4 is a great choice for studio video. Video quality in FHD and 4k is good overall, though you may notice a bit of noise when shooting in darker environments. Its autofocus system delivers superb performance in FHD and does a great job of tracking subjects when shooting in 4k. This camera also supports Log recording, yielding a wider dynamic range and allowing for in-depth color grading while editing, though we don't currently test this function. If you plan on shooting video with an external recorder, it's capable of outputting 10-bit 4:2:2 color video through its HDMI port, too. It features a wide variety of inputs and outputs, including a microphone jack and an analog to USB-C adapter if you plan on using a pair of headphones to monitor audio levels. Unfortunately, your recording may be interrupted by overheat warnings, though the frequency of these interruptions can vary in real-world conditions.

Pros
  • Good video quality in FHD and 4k.
  • Wide selection of inputs and outputs.
  • Capable of outputting 10-bit 4:2:2 video over HDMI.
Cons
  • Can overheat easily.
6.1 Action Video

The Fujifilm X-E4 isn't for action video. While it's compact, lightweight, and well-built, it isn't meant to be attached to a chest or helmet rig. It isn't rated as being weather-sealed, though we don't currently test for that. It also lacks in-body or digital image stabilization, so you may notice some level of camera shake in handheld videos depending on if the lens you use has an optical stabilization feature. Still, this camera does have a dedicated slow-motion shooting mode in FHD and can shoot 4k video without a crop, though it's limited to a maximum frame rate of 30 fps in that resolution.

Pros
  • Compact, lightweight design.
  • Great build quality.
  • Good video quality in FHD and 4k.
Cons
  • No in-body or digital image stabilization features.
  • Not water-resistant.
  • Can overheat easily.
  • 7.3 Travel Photography
  • 7.8 Landscape Photography
  • 7.2 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 6.9 Vlogging
  • 7.4 Studio Video
  • 6.1 Action Video
  1. Updated Apr 26, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.
  2. Updated Jul 06, 2021: Review published.
  3. Updated Jul 01, 2021: Early access published.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
8.0
Design
Portability
Height
2.9" (7.4 cm)
Width
5.1" (13.0 cm)
Depth
1.9" (4.8 cm)
Volume
28.2 in³ (461.8 cm³)
Weight
0.82 lbs (0.37 kg)
Weight With Lens
1.54 lbs (0.70 kg)
8.0
Design
Build Quality

  • Mainly made of plastic, but top plate is made of magnesium alloy
  • Plastic used on the outside of the camera has a pebbled texture, but it isn't rubberized
  • Dials feel sturdy and feel nice to the touch
  • "Drive/delete", "Play", and "AEL/AFL" buttons are small, but are raised from the body and offer good physical feedback
  • "Menu/OK", "Disp/Back", "Q", and "Function" buttons are small, lie flush against the body, and offer almost no physical feedback, making it hard to tell if you've made an input
  • Solid-feeling screen and flash mechanisms
  • Battery and SD card compartment covered by a locking hinged door
  • Input and output compartment is covered by a solid hinged door
  • Plastic hinged door to the battery and SD card compartment is wobbly, though this could be unique to our test unit

Design
Body
Water Resistance
No
Rugged
No
Hot Shoe
Yes
Customizable Button
Yes
Command Dial
1
Tripod Mount
Yes
Lens Mount
X Mount
Built-In Flash
No
Design
In The Box

  • Fujifilm X-E4 camera body
  • Sensor cap
  • 1x NP-W126S battery
  • Shoulder strap
  • USB-A to USB-C cable
  • USB-C to analog audio adapter
  • Basic manual

Note: This camera came bundled with the FUJINON XF 27 mm f/2.8 R WR lens, but we didn't test the camera with it, and therefore it wasn't included in the 'In The Box' picture.

5.5
Design
Ergonomics & Comfort
Hand Grip: Small Hand
No Hand Grip
Hand Grip: Medium Hand
No Hand Grip
Hand Grip: Large Hand
No Hand Grip
Hand Grip: Extra-Large Hand
No Hand Grip

  • Lack of a handgrip and non-rubberized plastic body doesn't allow for a secure grip on the body and makes it uncomfortable to hold for long periods
  • You can purchase the MHG-XE4 accessory grip or the TR-XE4 thumb rest at an additional cost
  • Minimalistic control scheme makes accessing some functions a little tricky
  • Unlike the Fujifilm X100V, this camera lacks a dedicated ISO dial, so you need to navigate the menu to change this parameter
  • No dedicated video recording button
  • Changing shutter speed is easy thanks to the dedicated dial, but you might find it cumbersome to change aperture if you don't use a lens with a dedicated aperture ring
  • You can swipe on the touchscreen to access some core functions, and you can extensively customize what these gestures do.
  • Small viewfinder can be uncomfortable to press your eye against for long shooting sessions
  • Q Menu button is small and is located on top of the camera
  • Memory card can't be changed while the camera is mounted on a tripod

Design
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Electronic
Advertised Coverage
100%
Advertised Resolution
2.36 million dots
Advertised Magnification
0.62
8.1
Design
Screen
Screen Articulation Type
Tilt And Flip
Screen Max Brightness
886 cd/m²
Advertised Resolution
1.62 million dots
Size
3.0" (7.5 cm)
Touchscreen
Limited
8.0
Design
Menu System
Guide Mode
Yes
App Name
FujiFilm Camera Remote

  • Built-in guide mode expands on some core features, but it's quite limited overall, with some functions not being explained at all
  • You can customize the function of the Q, AEL, and fn buttons as well as the swipe gestures for the touchscreen
  • Menu can be navigated quickly with the thumb control stick
  • Q Menu lets you access commonly used parameters and can be customized to add or remove certain functions
  • Some brand-specific terminology for certain features. For instance, what's commonly referred to as the metering mode is called 'Photometry'

Design
Assistance Functions
Level Display
Dual-Axis, Photo & Video
Grid Lines
Photo & Video
Histogram
Photo & Video
Zebra Pattern
Video Only
Focus Peaking
Photo & Video
Waveform
No
7.5
Design
Lens
Lens Type
Interchangeable
Maximum Aperture
2.8 - 4.0
Max Aperture (Full-Frame Equivalent)
f/4.3
Minimum Focal Length
18 mm
Maximum Focal Length
55 mm
Max Focal Length (Full-Frame Equivalent)
84 mm
Optical Image Stabilization
Yes
Luminance
90.7%
Light Falloff
57.6%

Note: The only lens that you can purchase this camera with as part of a bundle is the FUJINON XF 27 mm f/2.8 R WR lens. However, we didn't test the camera with it, as our current test methodology isn't designed to test lenses with fixed focal lengths. As such, we tested this camera with the FUJINON XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R OIS lens to achieve comparable results to other interchangeable lens cameras like the Fujifilm X-S10 or Fujifilm X-T4.

Design
Sensor
Sensor Type
CMOS
Advertised Effective Pixels
26.1 MP
Processor
X-Processor 4
Extended ISO Minimum
80
Native ISO Minimum (Base ISO)
160
Native ISO Maximum
12,800
Tested Firmware
Version 1.10
6.9
Design
Battery
Battery Type
Fujifilm NP-W126S
USB Charging
Yes
Use When Charging
Yes
Advertised Battery Life In Photo
460 photos
Tested Battery Life In Video
56 min

Note: This camera can frequently interrupt your recording sessions by shutting down due to overheating.

Photo General
Photo General
Photo Features
JPEG File Format
Yes
Raw File Format
RAF
Shutter
Electronic and Mechanical
Slowest Shutter Speed
900 s
Fastest Shutter Speed
1/4,000 s
Silent Shooting
Yes
HDR
Yes
Time Lapse
Yes
7.3
Photo General
Photo Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
3 fps
High Speed Continuous
10 fps
Silent Shooting Continuous
20 fps
Raw Buffer Size
17 Photos
JPEG Buffer Size
171 Photos
Buffer Empty Time
14 s

Note: Using the electronic shutter allows you to fire at up to 30 fps, but doing so incurs a crop on your image. Also, shooting at 20 fps with the electronic shutter lowers the JPEG buffer size to 59 shots and increases the buffer clearing time from '0s' to '8s' compared to the results shown, which we achieved with the mechanical shutter.

5.7
Photo General
Photo Autofocus
Object Tracking Success Rate
36%
Face Tracking Success Rate
42%
Face Detection Distance
126" (320 cm)
Eye Detection
Yes
Advertised Coverage
99.99%
Advertised Focus Points
425
7.6
Photo General
Photo Image Stabilization
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
1/15 s
In-Body Image Stabilization
No

Note: This camera's image stabilization performance was also evaluated with the FUJINON XF 27 mm f/2.8 R WR lens. The result for the 'Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved' test is 1/50s.

Photo Image Quality
6.9
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Dynamic Range
SNR 18% After Exposure Recovery
34.17 dB
Dynamic Range At Base ISO
9.9 f-stops
Dynamic Range At ISO 800
9.0 f-stops
Dynamic Range At ISO 3200
8.1 f-stops
8.2
Photo Image Quality
Photo Sharpness
JPEG Sharpness At Base ISO
1.439 pixels
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 800
1.4743 pixels
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 3200
2.245 pixels
RAW Sharpness At Base ISO
2.987 pixels
RAW Sharpness At ISO 800
3.013 pixels
RAW Sharpness At ISO 3200
3.060 pixels
5.1
Photo Image Quality
Photo JPEG Color Accuracy
Color Difference (dE2000) At Base ISO
13.33
Color Difference (dE2000) At ISO 800
13.12
Color Difference (dE2000) At ISO 3200
13.15
9.7
Photo Image Quality
Photo JPEG Noise
SNR 18% At Base ISO
41.72 dB
SNR 18% At ISO 800
39.90 dB
SNR 18% At ISO 3200
38.09 dB
9.2
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Noise
RAW SNR 18% At Base ISO
40.79 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 200
40.54 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 400
39.15 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 800
37.26 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 1600
34.95 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 3200
32.26 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 6400
29.54 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 12800
26.38 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 25600
23.79 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 51200
20.12 dB

Note: This camera can shoot at ISO 100, but only as an extended minimum. ISO 25600 and ISO 51200 are considered extended ISO maximums. The aperture was set to f/9.0 for the ISO 25600 sample image and set to f/13.0 for the ISO 51200 sample image. Results of images taken at those ISO levels may not be fully comparable to other cameras that we've tested.

Photo Image Quality
Test Scene Pictures Download
JPEG Picture At Base ISO Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 400 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 800 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 1600 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 3200 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 6400 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 12800 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 25600 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 51200 Download
RAW Picture At Base ISO Download
RAW Picture At ISO 400 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 800 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 1600 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 3200 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 6400 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 12800 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 25600 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 51200 Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Skate Park Picture
JPEG Skate Park Picture Download
RAW Skate Park Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Polish Church Picture
JPEG Polish Church Picture Download
RAW Polish Church Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Studio Picture
JPEG Studio Picture Download
RAW Studio Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Stairway Picture
JPEG Stairway Picture Download
RAW Stairway Picture Download
Video General
Video General
Video Features
Full HD Video
Yes
4k Video
Yes
6k Video
No
Clean HDMI Output
Yes
Advertised Max Chroma Sampling Over HDMI
4:2:2
Advertised Max Bit Depth Over HDMI
10 bits
Log Picture Profile
Yes
Recording Light
Yes
Video General
Audio
Audio Test Sample
Audio Recording
Stereo
Microphone Level Display
Yes
Video General
Video File Format And Compression
MP4 H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Yes
MP4 H.265 / HEVC
No
MOV H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Yes
MOV H.265 / HEVC
No
AVCHD H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
All-I Compression
No
4k Video
8.5
4k Video
4k Video Frame Rate
240 fps In 4k
No
120 fps In 4k
No
60 fps In 4k
No
30 fps In 4k
Yes
24 fps In 4k
Yes
4k Crop At Max Available fps
1 x
6.5
4k Video
4k Video Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In 4k
203 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In 4k
102 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In 4k
4:2:0
Bit Depth In 4k
8 Bit
Record Time Limit In 4k
30 min
Overheat Recording Interruptions in 4k
8
8.3
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Object Tracking In 4k
7.0
Face Tracking In 4k
8.9
Face Detection In 4k
Yes
Eye Detection In 4k
Yes
6.5
4k Video
4k Video Stabilization
Walking Test In 4k
15.93 pixels/frame
Running Test In 4k
32.40 pixels/frame
In-Body Video Image Stabilization In 4k
No
4k Video Stabilization Crop
1 x

Note: This camera's video stabilization performance was evaluated with the FUJINON XF 27 mm f/2.8 R WR lens. The result for the 'Walking Test In 4k' is 28 pixels/frames, and the result of the 'Running Test In 4k' is 52 pixels/frames.

8.3
4k Video
4k Video Quality
Low Light Capability In 4k
7.5
Test Scene Extract In 4k
9.0

Note: Because Fujifilm video files are recorded in Full RGB color, some web browsers and media players might overlay a pale veil to the '4k Sample Low Light Video', which doesn't reflect the true capabilities of the camera.

6.1
4k Video
4k Video Rolling Shutter Effect
4k Rolling Shutter
6.3°
Full HD Video
9.7
Full HD Video
FHD Video Frame Rate
240 fps In FHD
Yes, with a Crop
120 fps In FHD
Yes, with a Crop
60 fps In FHD
Yes
30 fps In FHD
Yes
24 fps In FHD
Yes
FHD Crop At Max Available fps
1.2 x

Note: This camera is capable of recording high-speed FHD video in 120 fps and 240 fps, but it only allows for playback of this footage in 10x, 8x, 4x, or 2x slow-motion speed. It can't actually playback this footage at normal speed. Audio isn't recorded in this shooting mode either. This feature is available in the 'Full HD High Speed Rec' menu. Enabling this feature also incurs a crop.

7.9
Full HD Video
FHD Video Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In FHD
203 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In FHD
51 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In FHD
4:2:0
Bit Depth In FHD
8 Bit
Record Time Limit in FHD
30 min

Note: When recording at 60 fps, 30 fps, or 24 fps, the camera has a recording time limit of approximately 30 minutes. When recording at 120 fps, this drops to six minutes. While shooting at 240 fps, you can only record continuously for three minutes.

9.3
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Object Tracking In FHD
9.0
Face Tracking In FHD
9.3
Face Detection In FHD
Yes
Eye Detection In FHD
Yes
7.7
Full HD Video
FHD Video Stabilization
Walking Test In FHD
7.60 pixels/frame
Running Test In FHD
15.78 pixels/frame
In-Body Video Image Stabilization In FHD
No
FHD Video Stabilization Crop
1 x

Note: This camera's video stabilization performance was evaluated with the FUJINON XF 27 mm f/2.8 R WR lens. The result for the 'Walking Test In 4k' is 16 pixels/frames, and the result of the 'Running Test In 4k' is 22 pixels/frames.

7.5
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
7.0
Test Scene Extract In FHD
8.0

Note: Because Fujifilm video files are recorded in Full RGB color, some web browsers and media players might overlay a pale veil to the 'FHD Sample Low Light Video', which doesn't reflect the camera's true capabilities.

7.0
Full HD Video
FHD Video Rolling Shutter Effect
FHD Rolling Shutter
4.0°
Storage And Connectivity
Storage And Connectivity
Storage
Card 1 Slot
SD Card UHS-I
Card 2 Slot
No 2nd Card Slot
8.7
Storage And Connectivity
Inputs / Outputs
USB
USB-C
HDMI
Micro (Type D)
Headphones
Yes, via Included Adapter
Microphone
Stereo
Wi-Fi
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Fujifilm X-E4 is available in two different color variants: 'Black' and 'Silver'. We tested the 'Black' variant in conjunction with the FUJINON XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R OIS lens, and you can see its label here. This camera can be purchased in a bundle with the FUJINON XF 27 mm f/2.8 R WR lens and is fully compatible with any other X-Mount lenses; we haven't tested it in any other configuration.

Let us know in the discussions if you come across another variant of this camera, and we'll update our review.

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