Fujifilm X-E4 Review (so far)

January 27, 2021 | Mark Goldstein
  1. News
  2. Introduction
  3. Ease of Use
  4. Image Quality
  5. Sample Images
  6. Product Images
  7. Rating & Conclusion
  8. Main Rivals
  9. Specifications
  10. Comment
  11. More…

    News

    Fujifilm have just unveiled the X-E4, an APS-sensor mirrorless camera that features the same image sensor, processor and auto-focus system as the flagship X-T4 model, in a lighter, more compact and much cheaper body.

    It features the same 26.1-megapixel, X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor, fast 0.02 sec autofocusing, and fantastic colour science found in the professional X Series cameras, but weighs in at just 364g and measures 121.3mm x 72.9mm x 32.7mm, making it the most compact interchangeable-lens camera using Fuji's 4th generation sensor and processor.

    Available in March 2021, the Fuji XE4 comes in black or silver priced at £799 / $849 body only or £949 with the new XF 27mm F2.8 R WR prime lens.

    We've published a comparison of the X-E4 with the previous X-E3 and also a comparison of the X-E4 with the X-S10, which is the next model up the Fujifilm X-series ladder.

    Fujifilm Press Release

    FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) is pleased to announce FUJIFILM X-E4, a new mirrorless camera available from 4 March 2021.

    The newest addition to X Series, the Fujifilm X-E4 brings the best of what X Series products have to offer and combines them into a single camera that is the perfect storytelling tool for everyday photographers, videographers, and content creators that want results they can be proud of.

    This lightweight, compact camera features the same 26.1-megapixel, X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor, 0.02 sec autofocus, and fantastic colour science that can be found in the professional X Series cameras, but makes these features easily accessible to image-makers of all levels. Outstanding image quality, wide dynamic range, and superb low-light performance combined with simple controls, advanced Face and Eye Detection, and a 180° tilting LCD touchscreen will make this camera a joy to use, so regardless if it is being used to make professional-quality photos, 4K/30p video or super-slow motion, Full HD/240p footage, X-E4 will make the experience quick, easy, and fun for anyone that crosses its path.

    Main Product Features

    A sophisticated, beautiful design housed in X Series lightest and smallest camera body

    At 364g (.80lb) and measuring 121.3mm x 72.9mm x 32.7mm (4.77in x 2.87in x 1.28in), the Fujifilm X-E4 is the most compact interchangeable-lens camera using the 4th generation sensor and processor. To maintain its slim and sleek design, a rear tilting LCD screen has also been carefully designed to ensure the body remains as thin and portable as possible.

    The camera’s compact design is influenced by the design of classic film cameras. Both the front and rear grips are flat to give it a classic aesthetic, while the top plate of the camera body is carefully molded with extreme precision from magnesium that is polished for a beautifully classic appearance.

    Diverse functions and easy operation

    The rear tilting monitor can be flipped upward and forward facing up to 180 degrees, which can accommodate a wide variety of compositions, from high to low angle, as well as selfies and vlog-style videos.

    The top panel includes a Shutter Speed dial (S.S. Dial) that can be set manually or switched to Program Mode (P) if fully automatic functionality is required.

    Controls have also been concentrated to front-side dials to give extra thumb space for added in-hand comfort

    Professional performance

    Using the state-of-the-art 26.1MP “X-Trans™ CMOS 4” sensor and the high-speed image processing engine “X-Processor 4” to provide incredibly fast autofocus, the Fujifilm X-E4 uses phase detection autofocus points across almost 100% of the sensor to acquire focus in as fast as 0.02 seconds. It is also able to track moving subjects with an advanced AF-tracking algorithm so that it is ready to make images at just the right moment.

    The Fujifilm X-E4 also includes the latest Face and Eye detection technology to track subjects accurately, even in luminance levels as low as -7.0EV*. Acquire focus on a subject, even in near darkness, broadening the possibility of when images can be made.

    * When the FUJINON Lens XF50mmF1.0R WR is mounted

    Extensive video-recording functions

    The Fujifilm X-E4 oversamples 6k footage to record 4K/30P 4:2:0 8-bit video to internal media, or 4K/30P 4:2:2 10-bit video via its HDMI port.

    The camera can also deliver high-speed full-HD video at 240fps, which can be used to replay fast-moving subjects up to 10x slower compared to footage recorded at 24fps.

    Variety of film simulations

    A total of 18 film simulations are available, including Velvia, which is characterized by highly saturated colours and crisp gradation, and ETERNA Bleach Bypass, which reproduces a traditional dark-room processing technique to create unique images with low saturation and high contrast.

    Optional accessories

    Leather case “BLC-XE4”

    This is a genuine leather case, specifically designed for the X-E4, that accentuates the camera’s flat and compact design while protecting the lower part of the camera body from impact. The battery or SD card can be replaced without having to remove the camera from the case.

    Hand grip “MHG-XE4”

    This metal hand grip makes it more comfortable to hold the camera with larger lenses, which can help to reduce camera shake. The camera's battery or SD card can be replaced without having to remove the hand grip. The bottom of the grip is also finished into a dove-tail that will work any Arca-Swiss style tripod head.

    Thumb rest “TR-XE4”

    This metal thumb rest can be fitted to the camera’s hot shoe to provide extra comfort when holding the camera. The surface of the thumb rest is covered in rubber for added stability and its unique shape allows for easy access to the camera’s controls and dials.

    Pricing and Availability

    The the Fujifilm X-E4 will be available from 4 March 2021, available in black and silver and priced as follows:

    • Body Only - Black £799.00
    • Body Only - Silver £799.00
    • Kit with XF 27mm lens (Black) £949.00
    • Kit with XF 27mm lens (Silver) £949.00
    • Body with Accessory Kit (Black) £899.00
    • Body with Accessory Kit (Silver) £899.00

    Accessories

    • Metal Hand Grip £79.99
    • Thumb Rest Black £59.99
    • Thumb Rest Silver £59.99
    • Leather Half Case ( Black ) £69.99

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    Main Rivals

    Listed below are some of the rivals of the Fujifilm X-E4.

    Canon EOS M6 Mark II

    The Canon EOS M6 Mark II is a new mid-range mirrorless camera with a 32 megapixel APS-C sensor, 4K video recording, 14fps burst shooting, a tilting touchscreen and optional electronic viewfinder. Can it beat the likes of the Sony A6400 and Fujifilm X-T30 cameras? Find out now by reading our Canon EOS M6 Mark II review...

    Fujifilm X-E3

    The Fujifilm X-E3 is a stylish rangefinder-esque digital camera that comes across like a mini X-Pro2 with a wealth of smartphone touch and connectivity options. Read our Fujifilm XE3 review to find out if this mix of retro and modern is a successful one or not...

    Fujifilm X-S10

    The Fujifilm X-S10 mirrorless camera aims to bring the renowned X-series image quality and colour science to a wider audience by being smaller, easier to use and cheaper than the company's flagship cameras. Does it strike the right balance between simplicity and accessibility? Find out now by reading our in-depth Fuji XS10 review...

    Fujifilm X-T200

    Bridging the gap between complete photography beginner and more experienced enthusiast has often proved to be a tricky task for camera manufacturers. The new Fujifilm X-T200 aims to do exactly that, sitting between the entry-level X-A7 and the higher-end X-T30 in Fuji's mirrorless camera range. Does it succeed in appealing to two quite different kinds of user? Find out now by reading our in-depth Fujifilm X-T200 review, complete with full-size sample images and videos.

    Fujifilm X-T3

    The Fujifilm X-T3 is the successor to our Compact System Camera of the Year 2016 award winner, the popular X-T2. Can this new model really improve on what was already an outstanding camera? Find out now by diving into our in-depth Fujifilm X-T3 review...

    Fujifilm X-T30

    Dubbed the Little Giant by Fujifilm, the new X-T30 mirrorless camera takes most of the things that we loved about the flagship X-T3 and packages them into a smaller, lighter body. It even has a few tricks up its sleeve that the X-T3 doesn't currently offer, most notably a more advanced auto-focusing system. Read our Fujifilm X-T30 review to find out how it compares to the X-T3 and the previous X-T20, and why you should definitely consider buying this new mid-range mirrorless camera...

    Fujifilm X-T4

    The Fujifilm X-T4 is the successor to the very popular X-T3, which was released in 2018, principally adding in-body image stabilisation, greatly improved battery life, a quicker and quieter mechanical shutter, enhanced continuous AF and a number of design tweaks. Can the new X-T4 improve on what was already an outstanding camera? Find out now by reading our in-depth Fujifilm X-T4 review...

    Fujifilm X100V

    As its name suggests, the new X100V represents the fifth generation of Fujfilm's now classic 35mm fixed lens premium compact camera series. The new Fuji X100V uses exactly the same 26 megapixel sensor and X-Processor 4 as the rest of the latest X-series cameras, and also adds weather-proofing, a revised lens design, tilting LCD touchscreen and 4K video recording into the rich mix. Read our in-depth Fujifilm X100V review now, complete with full-size sample images and videos...

    Nikon Z50

    Nikon have introduced their first APS-C, cropped-sensor mirrorless camera with the launch of the Z50, accompanied by two kit zoom lenses. Can the Z50 take on the likes of the well established Sony A6000-series and Canon EOS-M range, not to mention Fujifilm with its line-up of excellent APS-C bodies and lenses? Find out now by reading our in-depth Nikon Z50 review.

    Panasonic Lumix G90

    The mid-range interchangeable lens camera market is fiercely fought, with a huge array of formats on offer from all the major camera manufacturers. Enter stage left Panasonic with the new Lumix G90 / G95, a camera that aims to satisfy both photographers and videographers alike. Can it pull off this tricky feat? Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix G90 / G95 review to find out...

    Sony A6400

    The Sony A6400 is a new mirrorless camera with an APS-C size sensor and a cutting-edge auto-focusing system. With 24.2 megapixels, 4K movie recording, a touchscreen 180-degree LCD touchscreen, 11fps burst shooting, electronic viewfinder, built-in flash, and Wi-fi / Bluetooth / NFC connectivity, is this the best APS-C camera on the market? Read our Sony Alpha A6400 review to find out...

    Specifications

    Model name FUJIFILM X-E4
    Number of effective pixels 26.1 millions pixels
    Image sensor 23.5mm x 15.6mm (APS-C) X-Trans CMOS 4 with primary color filter
    Sensor Cleaning System Ultra Sonic Vibration
    Storage media SD Card (~2GB) / SDHC Card (~32GB) / SDXC Card (~2TB)
    UHS-I *1
    File format of still image Compliant with Design rule for Camera File system (DCF2.0)
    JPEG: Exif Ver.2.32 *2
    RAW: 14bit RAW (RAF original format)
    Number of recorded pixels [L]<3:2> 6240 × 4160 <16:9> 6240 × 3512 <1:1> 4160 × 4160
    [M]<3:2> 4416 × 2944 <16:9> 4416 × 2488 <1:1> 2944 × 2944
    [S]<3:2> 3120 × 2080 <16:9> 3120 × 1760 <1:1> 2080 × 2080
    Panorama [L]9600 x 2160 [L]9600 x 1440
    [L]6400 x 2160 [M]6400 x 1440
    Lens Mount FUJIFILM X mount
    Image Processing Engine X-Processor 4
    Sensitivity Still Image [Standard Output]AUTO1 / AUTO2 / AUTO3 / ISO160~12800 (1/3 step)
    [Extended Output]ISO80 / 100 / 125 / 25600 / 51200
    Movie [Standard Output]AUTO / ISO160~12800 (1/3 step)
    [Extended Output]ISO25600
    Exposure control TTL 256-zone metering, Multi / Spot / Average / Center Weighted
    Exposure mode P (Program AE) / A (Aperture Priority AE) / S (Shutter Speed Priority AE) / M (Manual Exposure)
    Exposure compensation -5.0EV - +5.0EV 1/3EV step (Movie: -2.0EV - +2.0EV)
    Shutter type Focal Plane Shutter
    Shutter speed Mechanical shutter P mode: 4sec. to 1/4000sec. A mode: 30sec. to 1/4000sec. S/M mode: 15min. to 1/4000sec. Bulb mode: up to 60min.
    Electronic shutter*3 P mode: 4sec. to 1/32000sec. A mode: 30sec. to 1/32000sec. S/M mode: 15min. to 1/32000sec. Bulb mode: 1sec. Fixed
    Mechanical + Electronic shutter*3 P mode: 4sec. to 1/32000sec. A mode: 30sec. to 1/32000sec. S/M mode: 15min. to 1/32000sec. Bulb mode: up to 60min.
    Movie DCI4K/4K: 1/4000sec. to 1/24 sec. FHD: 1/4000sec. to 1/24 sec.
    *Cannot choose slower shutter speed than framerate.
    Synchronized shutter speed for flash 1/180sec. or slower
    Continuous shooting Approx. 30fps [Only electronic shutter, 1.25 x Crop ](JPEG: 29 frames Lossless compressed RAW: 17 frames Compressed RAW: 17 frames Uncompressed RAW: 17 frames)
    Approx. 20fps [Only electronic shutter, 1.25 x Crop ](JPEG: 79 frames Lossless compressed RAW: 17 frames Compressed RAW: 20 frames Uncompressed RAW: 17 frames)
    Approx. 10fps [Only electronic shutter, 1.25 x Crop ](JPEG: 153 frames Lossless compressed RAW: 18 frames Compressed RAW: 26 frames Uncompressed RAW: 18 frames)
    Approx. 20fps [Only electronic shutter ](JPEG: 32 frames Lossless compressed RAW: 17 frames Compressed RAW: 17 frames Uncompressed RAW: 17 frames)
    Approx. 10fps [Only electronic shutter ](JPEG: 81 frames Lossless compressed RAW: 18 frames Compressed RAW: 21 frames Uncompressed RAW: 18 frames)
    Approx. 8.0fps (JPEG: 105 frames Lossless compressed RAW: 18 frames Compressed RAW: 23 frames Uncompressed RAW: 18 frames)
    Approx. 5.0fps (JPEG: 458 frames Lossless compressed RAW: 24 frames Compressed RAW: 46 frames Uncompressed RAW: 19 frames)
    Approx. 4.0fps (JPEG: endless frames Lossless compressed RAW: 28 frames Compressed RAW: 107 frames Uncompressed RAW: 20 frames)
    Approx. 3.0fps (JPEG: endless frames Lossless compressed RAW: 34 frames Compressed RAW: 480 frames Uncompressed RAW: 21 frames)
    Pre-shot: Approx. 30fps [Only electronic shutter, 1.25 x Crop ] (max. 10 frames while half press, max. 15 frames after full press, total max. 25 frames)
    Pre-shot: Approx. 20fps [Only electronic shutter, 1.25 x Crop ] (max. 10 frames while half press, max. 48 frames after full press, total max. 58 frames)
    Pre-shot: Approx. 10fps [Only electronic shutter, 1.25 x Crop ] (max. 10 frames while half press, max. 110 frames after full press, total max. 120 frames)
    *Recordable frames depends on recording media
    *Speed of continuous shooting depends on shooting environment and shooting frames
    Auto bracketing AE Bracketing (Frames: 2, 3, 5, 7, 9 Step: by 1/3EV step, up to ±3EV steps)
    Filmsimulation bracketing (Any 3 types of film simulation selectable)
    Dynamic Range Bracketing (100%, 200%, 400%)
    ISO sensitivity Bracketing (±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV)
    White Balance Bracketing (±1, ±2, ±3)
    Focus Bracketing (AUTO, MANUAL)
    Multiple Exposure Yes (Max. 9 frames) Additive, Average, Bright, Dark
    Focus Mode Single AF / Continuous AF / MF
    Type Intelligent Hybrid AF (TTL contrast AF / TTL phase detection AF)
    Low-light Performance Contrast: -4.0EV Phase Detection: -7.0EV (XF50mmF1.0 attached)
    AF frame selection Single point AF: EVF / LCD: 13×9 / 25×17 (Changeable size of AF frame)
    Zone AF: 3×3 / 5×5 / 7×7 from 117 areas on 13×9 grid
    Wide/Tracking AF: (up to 18 area)*AF-S: Wide / AF-C: Tracking
    All
    Face/eye detection Yes
    White balance Auto (WHITE PRIORITY, AUTO, AMBIENCE PRIORITY), / Custom1 - 3 / Color temperature selection (2500K - 10000K) /
    Preset: Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light, Underwater
    Self-timer 10sec. / 2sec.
    Interval timer shooting Yes (Setting : Interval, Number of shots, Starting time, Interval timer shooting exposure smoothing)
    Flash SYNC. MODE 1ST CURTAIN / 2ND CURTAIN / AUTO FP(HSS) (excl. EF-X8)
    FLASH MODE TTL (TTL AUTO (P mode) / STANDARD / SLOW SYNC. ) / MANUAL / COMMANDER / OFF (When EF-X8 is set)
    TTL (TTL AUTO (P mode) / STANDARD / SLOW SYNC. ) / MANUAL / MULTI / OFF (When SHOE MOUNT FLASH is set)
    Hot shoe Yes (Dedicated TTL Flash compatible)
    Viewfinder 0.39 inch approx. 2.36 millions dots OLED Color Viewfinder
    Coverage of viewing area vs. capturing area: approx. 100%
    Eyepoint: approx. 17.5mm (from the eyepiece lens) Diopter adjustment: -4 - +2m-1 (lockable)
    Magnification: 0.62x with 50mm lens (35mm equivalent) at infinity and diopter set to -1m-1
    Diagonal angle of view: approx. 31° (Horizontal angle of view: approx. 26° ) Built-in eye sensor
    Touch Screen Mode Shooting Mode Shooting
    AF
    Focus Area
    OFF
    Double Tap Setting
    Touch Function Setting
    EVF Touch Screen Area Setting
    Playback Mode Swipe
    Pinch-in / Pinch-out
    Double-tap
    Drag
    LCD monitor 3.0 inch, aspect ratio 3:2, approx. 1.62 millions dots touch screen color LCD monitor(approx. 100% coverage)
    Movie recording File format MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio: Linear PCM / Stereo sound 24bit / 48KHz sampling)
    MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC)
    Movie compression Long-GOP
    File size
    Frame rate
    Recording time
    [DCI 4K(4096 x 2160)] 29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p 200Mbps/100Mbps up to approx. 30min.
    [4K(3840 x 2160)] 29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p 200Mbps/100Mbps up to approx. 30min.
    [Full HD(2048 x 1080)] 59.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p 200Mbps/100Mbps/50Mbps up to approx. 30min.
    [Full HD(1920 x 1080)] 59.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p 200Mbps/100Mbps/50Mbps up to approx. 30min.
    [Full HD(1920 x 1080) High speed rec.]
    240p / 200p 200Mbps(recording) up to approx. 3min.
    120p / 100p 200Mbps(recording) up to approx. 6min.
    *For recording movies, use a SD memory card with UHS Speed Class 3 or higher.
    *Recording time can become short depending on the temperature and/or shooting conditions
    Film simulation mode 18 modes (PROVIA/Standard, Velvia/Vivid, ASTIA/Soft, Classic Chrome, PRO Neg.Hi, PRO Neg.Std,
    Black & White, Black & White+Ye Filter, Black & White+R Filter, Black & White+G Filter, Sepia, ACROS,
    ACROS+Ye Filter, ACROS+R Filter, ACROS+G Filter, ETERNA/Cinema, Classic Neg, Classic Neg., ETERNA BLEACH BYPASS)Monochromatic Color
    Clarity setting ±5 steps
    HDR mode AUTO, 200%, 400%, 800%, 800% +
    Grain Effect Roughness: STRONG, WEAK, OFF Size: LARGE, SMALL
    Color chrome effect STRONG, WEAK, OFF
    Color chrome Blue STRONG, WEAK, OFF
    Dynamic range setting Still AUTO / 100% / 200% / 400% 
    DR100%: No limit、DR200%: ISO320 or more、DR400%: ISO640 or more
    Movie 100% / 200% / 400% 
    DR100%: No limit、DR200%: ISO320 or more、DR400%: ISO640 or more
    Advanced filter Toy camera, Miniature, Pop color, High-key, Low-key, Dynamic tone, Soft focus,
    Partial color (Red / Orange / Yellow / Green / Blue / Purple)
    Wireless transmitter Standard IEEE802.11b/g/n (standard wireless protocol)
    Encryption WEP/ WPA/WPA2 mixed mode
    Access mode Infrastructure
    Bluetooth® Standartd Bluetooth Ver. 4.2 (Bluetooth low energy)
    Operating frequency (Center frequency) 2402〜2480MHz
    Terminal Digital interface USB Type-C (USB3.2 Gen1x1)
    HDMI output HDMI Micro connector (Type D)
    Others ø3.5mm, stereo mini connector (for Microphone and Remote Release), Hot shoe
    Power supply NP-W126S Li-ion battery (included)
    Battery life for still images*4 Approx. 460 frames (Normal Mode) When XF35mmF1.4 R is set.
    Actual battery life of movie capture*4
    *Face detection is set to OFF
    [4K] approx. 45min. (29.97p)
    [Full HD] approx. 75min. (59.94p)
    Continuance battery life of movie capture*4
    *Face detection is set to OFF
    [4K] approx. 60min. (29.97p)
    [Full HD] approx. 75min. (59.94p)
    Dimensions (W) 121.3mm × (H) 72.9mm × (D) 32.7mm (minimum depth 32.9mm) (W) 121.3mm × (H) 72.9mm × (D) 32.7mm (minimum depth)
    Weight Approx. 364g (including battery and SD memory card)
    Approx. 315g (excluding battery and SD memory card)
    Operation Environment Operating Temperature 0℃~+40℃
    Operating Humidity 10% - 80% (no condensation)
    Starting up period Approx. 0.4sec.
    Accessories included Li-ion battery NP-W126S
    USB cable
    Headphone adapter
    Shoulder strap
    Body cap
    Owner's manual

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    1. News
    2. Introduction
    3. Ease of Use
    4. Image Quality
    5. Sample Images
    6. Product Images
    7. Conclusion
    8. Main Rivals
    9. Specifications
    10. Comment