Fuji has released the XT-4, the ultimate video/stills hybrid camera. How does the XT-4 improve on the XT-3 and should you buy one?
The XT-4 has everything the XT-3 has so you can expect beautiful images from its 26 megapixel APS-C X-Trans sensor and all the usual film simulation modes plus a few new ones.
The XT-4 also includes the XT-3’s celebrated autofocus system providing on-chip phase detection coverage across almost the entire frame and includes perks such as subject tracking and eye detection.
The XT-3’s excellent class-leading video features also arrive on the XT-4.
Perhaps the biggest reason to rush out and buy an XT-4 is the inclusion of in-body image stabilization, also known as IBIS.
Although IBIS is useful for photography, it’s essential for smooth, handheld video. Furthermore, Fuji has finally addressed the XT’s long-term issue of longevity and have fitted the XT-4 with a larger, more powerful battery.
Finally, the XT-4 now includes a fully-articulated screen that folds out to the side – the kind favoured by vloggers though not necessarily photographers.
However, photographers may approve of the more robust shutter mechanism that can fire away at 15 frames-per-second. With the XT-4, Fuji has created the video/stills hybrid camera to beat. But what about the XT-3?
Buy a Fuji XT-4
The XT-3 was released barely 18 months before the XT-4 and is hardly old nor tired. In fact, it is still considered one of the best cameras and perhaps, until the XT-4, the best stills/video hybrid.
If you are not interested in vlogging, extended battery life, and in-built image stabilization, the XT-3 might be the better choice for you, given the XT-3’s massively discounted price tag.
Buy a Fuji X-T3
The X-T2 still gets you the wonderful weather-sealed metal body synonymous with the XT series, a fantastic 24-megapixel X-Trans sensor, and entry into Fuji’s outstanding X mount lens system.
Unlike the X-T3 and X-T4, the X-T2 is not a master of video, and its auto-focus system is miles behind. But if you are not bothered about video and tend to shoot slower subjects – the XT-2 will give you similar results to its successors and for a lot less cash.
On the other hand, if you can live without the weather-proof, retro body and dials, Fuji now has the X-S1.