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Fujifilm X-T4 Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Feb 08, 2021 at 07:40 am
Fujifilm X-T4 Picture
7.8
Travel Photography
8.0
Landscape Photography
7.8
Sport & Wildlife Photography
8.2
Vlogging
8.4
Studio Video
7.2
Action Video
Body Type
SLR-Style
Mirrorless
Yes
Sensor Size
APS-C
Tested Lens
FUJINON XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R OIS

The Fujifilm X-T4 is a premium APS-C mirrorless camera. It offers very good image quality, impressive recording quality, and good image and video stabilization performance. Its autofocus performance for both photography and video is amazing, allowing you to clearly capture fast-moving objects and people without too much difficulty, although its photo autofocus can be a bit inconsistent. It's also exceptionally well-built and offers a wide range of photo and video configuration options. Unfortunately, it's quite heavy, making it a little tricky to carry from place to place.

Our Verdict

7.8 Travel Photography

The Fujifilm X-T4 is good for travel photography. It delivers very good image quality, even in darker environments. Its autofocus and in-body image stabilization features perform well overall, allowing you to quickly take clear pictures without the use of a tripod. Its 500-shot battery life should last you most of the day, while its metal body feels sturdy enough to take some drops and bumps, though it feels a little heavy.

Pros
  • Very good image quality.
  • Impressive build quality.
  • Impressive autofocus performance.
Cons
  • Shoulder strap attachment point can be obtrusive.
  • Somewhat heavy.
8.0 Landscape Photography

The Fujifilm X-T4 is a very good choice for landscape photography. It takes sharp images out-of-the-box and doesn't exhibit much in the way of visual noise or graininess even when using high ISO settings in dimly-lit environments. Its kit lens also lets in quite a bit of light and doesn't exhibit much in the way of light falloff, so the corners of your image aren't noticeably darker than the middle. Its screen is also clear and legible even in direct sunlight.

Pros
  • Very good image quality.
  • Impressive build quality.
  • Impressive autofocus performance.
  • Fully articulated, high-resolution screen with good brightness.
Cons
  • Shoulder strap attachment point can be obtrusive.
  • Somewhat heavy.
7.8 Sport & Wildlife Photography

The Fujifilm X-T4 is great for sports and wildlife photography. It can shoot at very high continuous speeds and has an effective autofocus system, allowing you to clearly capture brief moments. Its high maximum shutter speed should also help in this respect.

Pros
  • Very good image quality.
  • Impressive build quality.
  • Impressive autofocus performance.
  • High maximum shooting speed.
Cons
  • Shoulder strap attachment point can be obtrusive.
  • Somewhat heavy.
8.2 Vlogging

The Fujifilm X-T4 is excellent for vlogging. Its fully articulated screen lets you easily monitor what you're recording while its in-body and optical stabilization features keep videos stable, even when you're on the move. Its autofocus system should also do a fantastic job of tracking and maintaining focus on your face as you record, whether you're shooting in 4k or FHD.

Pros
  • Impressive autofocus performance.
  • Fully articulated, high-resolution screen with good brightness.
  • Impressive video quality.
  • Superb video stabilization performance.
Cons
  • Somewhat heavy.
8.4 Studio Video

The Fujifilm X-T4 is an excellent choice for studio video. Video quality is excellent, whether you're recording in 4k or FHD. Its continuous autofocus system easily keeps moving faces and objects in focus, although its object tracking can be a bit inconsistent. Unfortunately, it lacks a dedicated headphone jack, necessitating the use of a clunky USB-C adapter.

Pros
  • Impressive autofocus performance.
  • Impressive video quality.
Cons
  • No built-in headphone jack.
7.2 Action Video

The Fujifilm X-T4 isn't designed for action video but offers decent performance. It isn't small enough to be mounted on a head rig, and it isn't waterproof, although we don't currently test for that. That said, it's sturdy enough to take minor drops and bumps and offers great video recording quality, regardless of whether you're filming in 4k or FHD. It can also record FHD video in 120 fps or 240 fps for the express purpose of generating slow-motion video, as playback is limited to 30 fps.

Pros
  • Impressive video quality.
  • Superb video stabilization performance.
  • Supports 120 fps and 240 fps recording with slow motion playback.
Cons
  • Shoulder strap attachment point can be obtrusive.
  • Somewhat heavy.
  • Not waterproof.
  • 7.8 Travel Photography
  • 8.0 Landscape Photography
  • 7.8 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 8.2 Vlogging
  • 8.4 Studio Video
  • 7.2 Action Video
  1. Updated Apr 22, 2022: After reviewing the low light sample videos, we've increased the 'Low Light Capability in FHD' score to more accurately reflect this camera's performance.
  2. Updated Apr 22, 2022: There was some slight motion blur in our original JPEG test scene photo at base ISO, so we've retaken the photo and re-uploaded it to the 'Photo JPEG Noise' and the 'Test Scene Pictures Download' sections.
  3. Updated Apr 22, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.
  4. Updated Jun 28, 2021: Retested object tracking success rate for photo. Updated 'Autofocus' box accordingly.
  5. Updated Jun 18, 2021: Corrected 'FHD Frame Rate' for accuracy and to better reflect users.
  6. Updated May 31, 2021: Update the 'Water Resistance' field to indicate 'Weather-Sealed', as it was incorrectly set to 'No.'
  7. Updated Apr 12, 2021: Corrected input error in 'Tested Lens' field.
  8. Updated Apr 02, 2021: Corrected input error in 'Recording Light' field in the 'Video Feature' section.
  9. Updated Feb 08, 2021: Review published.
  10. Updated Feb 08, 2021: Early access published.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
5.9
Design
Portability
Height
3.7" (9.5 cm)
Width
5.3" (13.5 cm)
Depth
2.2" (5.7 cm)
Volume
44.6 in³ (731.0 cm³)
Weight
1.38 lbs (0.63 kg)
Weight With Lens
2.05 lbs (0.93 kg)
8.5
Design
Build Quality

  • Feels very solid overall, with a mostly metal construction
  • Controls operate tightly and precisely
  • Hinge for its fully-articulated screen feels sturdy
  • Input and output compartment is covered by a rubber flap

Design
Body
Water Resistance
Weather-Sealed
Rugged
No
Hot Shoe
Yes
Customizable Button
Yes
Command Dial
4
Tripod Mount
Yes
Lens Mount
X Mount
Built-In Flash
No
Design
In The Box

  • Fujifilm X-T4 mirrorless camera
  • FUJINON XF 18-55mm F/2.8-4 R lens
  • Lens hood
  • 1x NP-W235 battery
  • Shoulder strap
  • USB charger
  • USB-C to analog audio adapter
  • USB-C to USB-C cable
  • Owner's manual

7.0
Design
Ergonomics & Comfort
Hand Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Extra-Large Hand
Yes

  • Grip is deep enough to be well-suited for a wide variety of hand sizes
  • Dedicated physical controls for changing ISO, shutter speed, and aperture, allowing you to make adjustments without the need to navigate through the camera's menu system
  • Attachment point for its shoulder strap is in an inconvenient location, as it can interfere with finger placement on the handgrip as well as access to the shutter button, even when the shoulder strap isn't attached
  • Shutter button offers little in the way of feedback when it's pressed
  • Rubber eyecup around its viewfinder isn't especially comfortable to hold your eye against

Design
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Electronic
Advertised Coverage
100%
Advertised Resolution
3.69 million dots
Advertised Magnification
0.75
9.0
Design
Screen
Screen Articulation Type
Fully-Articulated
Screen Max Brightness
856 cd/m²
Advertised Resolution
1.62 million dots
Size
2.9" (7.5 cm)
Touchscreen
Limited
8.0
Design
Menu System
Guide Mode
No
App Name
FujiFilm Camera Remote

  • Interface is very easy to navigate
  • There are some visual aids to help you understand a few of the functions
  • No built-in user guide to help understand some of its proprietary terminology

Design
Assistance Functions
Level Display
Dual-Axis, Photo & Video
Grid Lines
Photo & Video
Histogram
Photo & Video
Zebra Pattern
Photo & Video
Focus Peaking
Photo & Video
Waveform
No
8.2
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
94.4%
Light Falloff
76.8%
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
1.30
8.0
Design
Battery
Battery Type
Fujifilm NP-W235
USB Charging
Yes
Use When Charging
Yes
Advertised Battery Life In Photo
500 photos
Tested Battery Life In Video
89 min
Photo General
Photo General
Photo Features
JPEG File Format
Yes
Raw File Format
RAF
Shutter
Electronic and Mechanical
Slowest Shutter Speed
15 s
Fastest Shutter Speed
1/8,000 s
Silent Shooting
Yes
HDR
Yes
Time Lapse
Yes
7.3
Photo General
Photo Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
7 fps
High Speed Continuous
12 fps
Silent Shooting Continuous
20 fps
Raw Buffer Size
37 Photos
JPEG Buffer Size
168 Photos
Buffer Empty Time
19 s
7.9
Photo General
Photo Autofocus
Object Tracking Success Rate
71%
Face Tracking Success Rate
62%
Face Detection Distance
149" (378 cm)
Eye Detection
Yes
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Focus Points
425
9.0
Photo General
Photo Image Stabilization
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
1/5 s
In-Body Image Stabilization
Yes
Photo Image Quality
7.2
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Dynamic Range
SNR 18% After Exposure Recovery
33.82 dB
Dynamic Range At Base ISO
9.9 f-stops
Dynamic Range At ISO 800
9.8 f-stops
Dynamic Range At ISO 3200
8.7 f-stops
7.6
Photo Image Quality
Photo Sharpness
JPEG Sharpness At Base ISO
1.747 pixels
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 800
1.7414 pixels
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 3200
2.611 pixels
RAW Sharpness At Base ISO
3.496 pixels
RAW Sharpness At ISO 800
3.558 pixels
RAW Sharpness At ISO 3200
3.524 pixels
5.7
Photo Image Quality
Photo JPEG Color Accuracy
Color Difference (dE2000) At Base ISO
12.65
Color Difference (dE2000) At ISO 800
12.27
Color Difference (dE2000) At ISO 3200
12.29
9.6
Photo Image Quality
Photo JPEG Noise
SNR 18% At Base ISO
41.60 dB
SNR 18% At ISO 800
39.59 dB
SNR 18% At ISO 3200
37.75 dB
8.5
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Noise
RAW SNR 18% At Base ISO
40.26 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 200
39.87 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 400
38.28 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 800
35.84 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 1600
33.58 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 3200
30.76 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 6400
27.62 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 12800
24.2 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 25600
20.57 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 51200
16.18 dB
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
Yes
AVCHD H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
All-I Compression
Yes
4k Video
9.2
4k Video
4k Video Frame Rate
240 fps In 4k
No
120 fps In 4k
No
60 fps In 4k
Yes, with a Crop
30 fps In 4k
Yes
24 fps In 4k
Yes
4k Crop At Max Available fps
1.16 x
8.5
4k Video
4k Video Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In 4k
400 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In 4k
100 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In 4k
4:2:0
Bit Depth In 4k
10 Bit
Record Time Limit In 4k
30 min
Overheat Recording Interruptions in 4k
1

If you're looking for a camera that can do 4:2:2 subsampling internally, consider the Panasonic LUMIX GH5s.

9.6
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Object Tracking In 4k
9.7
Face Tracking In 4k
9.4
Face Detection In 4k
Yes
Eye Detection In 4k
Yes
8.5
4k Video
4k Video Stabilization
Walking Test In 4k
5.92 pixels/frame
Running Test In 4k
28.25 pixels/frame
In-Body Video Image Stabilization In 4k
Yes
4k Video Stabilization Crop
1.09 x
8.5
4k Video
4k Video Quality
Low Light Capability In 4k
8.0
Test Scene Extract In 4k
9.0
6.4
4k Video
4k Video Rolling Shutter Effect
4k Rolling Shutter
5.7°
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
1.3 x

The Fujifilm X-T4 is capable of recording FHD video in 120 fps and 240 fps, but it only allows for playback of this footage in slow motion at 30 fps. This feature is available in the 'Full HD High Speed Rec' menu (see here and here). Enabling it also incurs a crop.

8.8
Full HD Video
FHD Video Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In FHD
200 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In FHD
50 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In FHD
4:2:0
Bit Depth In FHD
10 Bit
Record Time Limit in FHD
30 min
9.6
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Object Tracking In FHD
9.5
Face Tracking In FHD
9.5
Face Detection In FHD
Yes
Eye Detection In FHD
Yes
8.7
Full HD Video
FHD Video Stabilization
Walking Test In FHD
3.14 pixels/frame
Running Test In FHD
16.09 pixels/frame
In-Body Video Image Stabilization In FHD
Yes
FHD Video Stabilization Crop
1.09 x
7.8
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
7.5
Test Scene Extract In FHD
8.0
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-II
Card 2 Slot
SD Card UHS-II
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-T4 comes in two color variants: 'Black' and 'Silver'. We tested the 'Black' variant with the FUJINON XF 18-55mm F/2.8-4 R lens, and you can see its label here. That said, we expect the 'Silver' variant to perform similarly overall.

It can also be purchased in either color scheme with the FUJINON XF 16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR lens or without a lens at all, but haven't tested the performance of these variants.

If someone comes across a differently-equipped variant of the Fujifilm X-T4, let us know in the discussions so we can update our review.

Compared To Other Cameras

Sony α7 IV

The Sony α7 IV and the Fujifilm X-T4 are both great hybrid photo/video cameras, but they use different-sized sensors. Because the Fujifilm uses an APS-C sensor, it's more portable than the Sony, but both cameras are well-built, weather-sealed, and have fully articulated touchscreens. The Fuji also has a faster max burst rate and better overall stabilization. On the other hand, the Sony's full-frame sensor gives it better low-light and high-ISO performance and better dynamic range. When it comes to video, both cameras can shoot 4k / 60 fps, although the Sony incurs a larger crop at this frame rate, and they can both record 10-bit 4:2:2 video internally. While the higher-resolution full-frame sensor on the Sony offers some advantages over the Fujifilm, the Fuji is still competitive, especially if you prefer a more compact form factor.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III

The Fujifilm X-T4 and the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III are both great all-around cameras, but the Fujifilm has a slight edge thanks to its larger sensor, slightly more compact design, and more advanced video features. Though the Fujifilm isn't quite as comfortable to shoot with, its APS-C sensor has better noise handling and dynamic range than the smaller Micro Four Thirds sensor of the Olympus. It also has a better battery life and higher-resolution EVF. That said, the Olympus has a faster max burst rate and extra features like a high-resolution photo mode and digital ND filters that still make it an appealing option for photography. However, when it comes to video, the Fujifilm offers better internal recording, higher bit rates, and 4k / 60 fps recording. 

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