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Fujifilm X-E4 Review

Fujifilm's new classic rangefinder style Fujifilm X-E4 reviewed. With the same 26mp sensor and image processor as the X-T4, could this camera be a good way to get Fujifilm's great image quality but without the price?


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Fujifilm X E4 Silver (1)
 

Quick Verdict

The Fujifilm X-E4 is a compact and stylish camera, with excellent looks. It's also one of the smallest X-Series cameras available and features the same 26mp sensor as the flagship X-T4.

The camera offers CINE 4K video, but the lack of image stabilisation will be of concern, and the X-S10 is likely to be a better option. In fact, the logical choice would be the X-S10, for its better handling, and in-body image stabilisation, but based on looks alone, the X-E4 is hard to ignore. 

With great image quality, thanks to using the same sensor and image processor as the flagship X-T4, combined with a compact and stylish camera body, the X-E4 is a desirable little camera, that is also great value for money.

+ Pros

  • Beautiful styling and looks
  • Most affordable 26mp Fujifilm camera
  • Compact and well-made body
  • Great image quality and noise performance
  • High-speed AF and continuous shooting
  • Wide range of X-mount lenses

- Cons

  • Exposure compensation dial easily knocked
  • Lacks of in-camera IS, and no digital IS for video
  • Fewer controls, and lack of grip without the accessory pack
  • Small buttons
 

 

Fujifilm X E4 Silver (3)

The Fujifilm X-E4 is Fujifilm's newest rangefinder-style X-Mount mirrorless camera, and features a 26mp APS-C sensor, tilting touch-screen, built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF), and 4K video recording. The camera is available body-only for £799, or £949 with the new XF 27mm f/2.8 R WR lens. It's also available with a metal hand-grip, and thumb grip for £899 (without lens).

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Fujifilm X-E4 Features

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The Fujifilm X-E4 sits under the X-S10 (£949 body only), and X-T4 (£1549 body only), as a compact rangefinder-style mirrorless camera, and one of the most compact X-Series cameras with the 26mp X-Trans IV APS-C BSI CMOS sensor. Below the X-E4, Fujifilm offers the X-A7, and X-T200 (both with 24mp Bayer sensor).

With the same 26mp sensor and image processor as the X-T4 and other X series cameras, the X-E4 offers the same rapid focus as the X-T4, which promised to give 0.02s AF performance.

The camera has direct controls for aperture (if the lens has the dial), shutter speed, and exposure compensation, and the aperture/shutter speed can be set to A (Auto), and there is now a P - Program mode available on the shutter speed dial. As a Fujifilm camera, it features a range of Fujifilm film simulations, giving you the option to use "Velvia" colour film, or Astia (soft), and many others, which reproduce the look (and colour) of 35mm films.

The camera also benefits from the high-speed shooting capabilities of the other cameras in the X-series range, offering up to 30fps continuous shooting (using the electronic shutter).

The camera has been introduced with the XF 27mm f/2.8 R WR, the thinnest and lightest X-mount lens, which weighs only 84g, which makes it a great option to go with the camera, as the camera is very lightweight, at just 364g (with battery and SD card). There is a wide range of X-Mount lenses to choose from.

The camera is smaller than the X-E3, and with a slimmer profile, there is no longer a handgrip at the front or back of the camera, unless you add these with the optional accessory kit, with a handgrip, thumb grip and leather case available. You'll also find fewer controls, with fewer buttons, and fewer dials, compared to the X-E3. There is now only one command dial, whereas there were two available on the X-E3.

There's 4K (UHD) and 4K CINE video recording at up to 30fps, and FullHD video at up to 240fps, but no in-body image stabilisation.

 

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Key Features

  • 26.1mp APS-C BSI CMOS sensor - X-Trans IV
  • 3inch tilting touch-screen, 1.62m dot, 180degrees
  • 2.36m dot EVF, 0.62x magnification, 100fps refresh rate
  • 8fps continuous (mechanical shutter), upto 30fps continuous, 20fps with AF
  • ISO80 to ISO51200 (extended)
  • 425 AF points, with face/eye detection AF
  • 4K CINE/UHD video recording, upto 30fps
  • FullHD 60fps video, 240fps high-speed (3 mins, FullHD)
  • Improved low-light AF performance
  • 18 film simulations
  • 460 shot battery life
  • Built-in Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth
  • Available in black or silver/black

Fujifilm X-E4 Handling

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The styling is classic camera through and through, with the black and silver colour combination reminding us of classic SLR cameras from to 60s and 70s. There's even a screw thread in the middle of the shutter release button for the addition of an old fashioned shutter release cable. We'd question whether anyone actually uses these anymore (you can always let us know in the comments), but it's nice to see this as an option never-the-less.

Exposure compensation can be set to +/-3 on the dial, but you can also extend this to +/-5 using the C (Custom) setting. The position of the dial means that it is easy to accidentally knock the dial when getting the camera in and out of your pocket or camera bag. There is no lock on the dial.

The dials feel great in the hand, being made of metal. The top and bottom of the camera is also made of metal (magnesium alloy), and this gives the camera a feeling of quality. There is no weather-sealing, but it's rare for any camera at this price point to feature weather-sealing (as it obviously adds to the overall cost of a camera).

With no mode dial, you need to use the Drive mode button in order to switch to the different drive modes, as well as to switch to the video mode.

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There are fewer controls on the camera, compared to the X-E3, with the focus switch being removed, there is no longer a rear command dial, however, the fact that you have a dedicated shutter speed dial, and aperture control on the lens (with the right lens) partly makes up for this. You also have quick access to a number of settings with the Q button, and you can customise the top (unlabelled) button to something of your own choosing. There are a number of custom modes available.

There's a lack of grip, and when using the camera with larger lenses this is much more noticeable. You can add the optional front and rear grips, but this adds to the expense, and then the X-S10 is only a little bit more at this point, and offers better handling and IBIS.

However, no doubt due to the minimal grip, this helps keep the size down, with the camera being 32.7mm thin, as well as being lightweight at 364g with battery and SD memory card.

Focus - The sensor features 2.16M phase-detection AF points, covering 100% of the frame. however, 425 AF points can be manually selected. Face and eye-detection AF, and AF tracking can be used to track your subject, and works well. Focus works down to -7 EV with the XF 50mm f/1.0 R WR, and we didn't have any problems with focus in a variety of lighting conditions, although the XF 27mm is slower than other X-Mount lenses. To change focus modes and settings you need to enter the menus, or you can customise the buttons or on-screen controls to give you quicker access.

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The touch-screen can be tilted forwards for use as a selfie screen, making it suitable for vlogging. It has a good resolution of 1.62 million dots. It neatly fits flush to the camera body when not tilted out, but when you do use the screen tilt feature, this can help to view the screen when needed. It's bright with good colour and gives you a good view of the scene when shooting. You can also access four more functions using the touch-screen by swiping across the screen, and these can be customised.

The electronic viewfinder (EVF) has a 2.36 million dot resolution, 0.62x magnification, and a fast refresh rate. The view through the EVF is good, and this resolution (and magnification) is common at this price point. There's a dioptre adjustment dial on the left so you can adjust it if needed.

It also has an eye-detection sensor to automatically switch between the rear screen and the EVF when you hold it up to your eye, however, it can also be accidentally triggered when you use your left hand to press the DRIVE/Delete button when changing drive mode.

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The menus are clearly laid out with colour coding for each section, including a section for all the movie/video settings. There's also the usual "MyMenu" section where you can add your favourite settings for quicker access. To make the camera easier to use, without having to read the manual, Film simulations have descriptions and additional information.

The Q button (found on top of the camera) gives quick access to a number of settings on the rear screen, and you can customise what's shown to give you quick access to your favourite settings.

Wi-Fi features - As is the case with almost all new cameras, the X-E4 features built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, letting you remotely control the camera after pairing it to your smartphone or tablet. You can also use low-power Bluetooth to transfer images.

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Battery life - Battery life is rated at 460 shots according to Fujifilm / CIPA test results, which is very good for a compact mirrorless camera. The battery is charged in the camera, with a USB-C connection. You can also power the camera via USB, and use the camera at the same time.

The tripod socket position is not central and is very close to the battery/memory card compartment, and therefore these are blocked when you have the camera mounted on a tripod.


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Comments


peterjones 19 5.1k 1 United Kingdom
28 May 2021 11:01PM
I use a so called old fashioned shutter release when the occasion calls, why not?
Diwali 6 2 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2021 1:58PM
Me too! I was so disappointed when I found my X-T1 didnít have the thread for my shutter release cable. I still use it on my X-E1.
I do like the spec. for the X-E4. Maybe time to upgrade?
Thanks for an interesting review.

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