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First Impressions of First Impressions: Fujifilm X-T4

I would love to see images of the X-T4 without the big bulky battery pack.

The wait is finally over, but is the X-T4 exactly what we were all waiting for?

That's a loaded question. I don't think there is a collective "we" that have the same wants and needs in a camera.

What I see with the X-T4 is that Fujifilm has added a bunch of features - IBIS, NP-W235 battery system, 40FPS 1080P, Film Simulation Eterna Bleach Bypass, etc. — that will not make a difference to my photography, while not addressing the things - customised white balance settings for film simulation recipes, erase both memory cards at once - that will.

In the hand the X-T4 is definitely bigger and heavier than the X-T3, but considering the extra features (IBIS, new shutter mech, articulating screen, new battery) 68g more weight is a very small price to pay.

The full-frame Sony A7R IV weighs approximately 665 g with a battery and memory card included.

The X-T3 at 539g (including battery and SD memory card) was bigger and heavier than the X-T2 at 507g (including battery and memory card) which was bigger and heavier than the X-T1 at 440g (including battery and memory card). The X-T4 is 607g (including battery and SD memory card). That's 167g heavier than the X-T1. So overall the camera is getting bigger and heavier. Soon, we won't be able to call this lightweight.

Are many photographers ready to "upgrade" to the X-T4 and four new Fujifilm NP-W235 batteries?

I’m sure this screen will be the biggest controversy on the X-T4, especially for stills photographers who don’t need or want a front articulating screen.

Yep. I hated the fully articulating screen on my Nikon D5200.

Pretty soon the X Series will look like this.

The point I am hoping to make is that the statement that “considering the extra features ... 68g more weight is a very small price to pay” is a statement that keeps being made each time the camera gets bigger and heavier.

I could just as easily state that “considering the features of the full-frame Sony A7R IV to the APS-CFujifilm X-T2, 58g more weight is a very small price to pay”. As the X-T line gets fat, many photographer may make that argument in their heads and skip Fuji.

Author: Khürt Williams

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