Question: Are you a Canon EOS R user looking to switch to a new camera system? Solution: If so, look no further than the FUJIFILM X-T4. In this comprehensive review, we will explore the features and capabilities of the X-T4 from the perspective of a former Canon EOS R user, highlighting its strengths, weaknesses, and overall performance. As someone who has made the transition, I understand the importance of finding a camera that not only meets your needs but also feels comfortable and intuitive to use. Join me as we delve into the world of the FUJIFILM X-T4 and discover whether it is the perfect choice for those migrating from Canon to FUJIFILM.
FUJIFILM X-T4 REVIEW | Coming from Canon EOS R
I’ve been shooting with the Fujifilm X-T4 for a few weeks now, and I think I’m finally ready to share some of my thoughts on it. This video is not sponsored by Fujifilm; however, they did send me an X-T4 to make a couple of videos and share my honest thoughts on this channel.
Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been able to take the camera on numerous shoots, shooting both photography and video with it, and I’m really happy with the results I’ve been able to get so far. So, I can’t wait to get into the review. But first, I want to let you guys know that this video is sponsored by Skillshare.
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My Experience with Fujifilm Cameras
I’ve been using Fujifilm cameras since I jumped into the Fuji system way back with the X-T2. The X-T3 was my ideal travel camera, being lightweight and compact. You could pack a ton of gear into a bag and not be too weighed down. It also had amazing color profiles straight out of the camera, which is a massive priority for me.
The firmware updates that Fujifilm has been coming out with have been drastically improving the cameras step by step. Even after one or two years of owning the X-T3, we’re still getting these firmware updates that are improving the performance of the camera.
But in 2019, I shifted into making more YouTube videos as well as doing a little bit more photography than video, which saw me move to the EOS R, which I’m filming on right now. It has a flip-around screen, which is amazing for making videos, as well as having the full-frame sensor when I’m shooting portraits. I loved having that extra depth of field.
However, the battery life on the X-T3 was something I didn’t like. I actually owned 12 Fuji batteries for the X-T3, and that was to get me through a full day if I’m shooting a wedding or a commercial gig. But now, the X-T4 has added the flip-around screen as well as a much bigger battery, so it’s actually solved a lot of the problems that I had with the camera.
Video Capabilities and Features
Honestly, the strength of the video capabilities in this camera make it a really compelling option for videographers. Just having that flip-out screen gives you way more options when it comes to shooting on a gimbal. You’re not going to be blocked by your roll motor. You can move that to the side and have a lot more flexibility.
First things first, just holding the X-T4 in my hand, it feels a little bit bigger than the X-T3. Definitely a bulkier build overall.
In terms of image quality, the photos coming out of the X-T4 look incredible. There’s no surprises here as it has the same sensor as the X-T3, which has amazing dynamic range, great shadow recovery, and overall a very sharp and detailed image at 26 megapixels. It is high resolution enough for what I do. You can crop in quite far and not lose much in terms of resolution.
One thing to keep in mind if you’re using the X-T4 or any Fujifilm camera and you’re a Lightroom user, make sure you set your sharpening to zero when you export the final edited image. If you want to do some sharpening, do it in Photoshop. This gives you the absolute best results because Lightroom can’t effectively sharpen the raw data from the X-Trans sensor, as it’s a different sensor design from your regular Bayer sensor.
Moving on to autofocus, the autofocus seems to be slightly improved on the X-T4. However, I think the performance has a lot to do with the lens that you’re using. I was using the 23mm 1.4 lens, which is one of the older lenses in Fujifilm’s lineup, and I didn’t get great results with this lens, to be honest.
I’ve used the newer and more advanced 23mm f2 and 35mm f2, and I’ve got to say that these lenses are far superior, not just in image quality but in focus speed and accuracy as well. Fujifilm also sent me the 16-80mm f4, which I loved using. In terms of autofocus, the 16-80mm lens performed really, really well with the X-T4.
One thing that I noticed, which is a massive improvement, is that on the X-T3, when you change the size of the autofocus point, if you make it smaller, then the focus is a little bit less accurate and a lot slower. On the X-T4, when you make that focus point smaller, it seems like the accuracy and the speed are the same as if you had a larger autofocus point, which is really good. It gives you a lot more flexibility when it comes to focusing because the smaller the point, the more precise you can be with your focusing.
The eye autofocus is really snappy, and I think it does a really great job in eye auto of choosing the eye that is closest to the camera. I was able to do a few tests with my friend Amanda walking towards the camera and then tracking her continuously with the AFC and then firing off bursts of photos. And as you can see, it did a pretty good job, not perfect, it did lose the face from time to time. I don’t think it does as well as the Canon Dual Pixel autofocus system, but it does a pretty good job overall.
I used to avoid using the face tracking on the X-T3, but with the X-T4, I think I would be confident enough to use it for a situation where I had a subject coming towards the camera and I needed to track their face.
Favorite Autofocus Features
One of my favorite features on the X-T4 when it comes to autofocus is the wide tracking autofocus option. The reason I love this is because back when I used to shoot on a DSLR, I would use the center point to focus my image and then recompose. What this feature allows you to do is to acquire focus with that center point, so when you move the camera around and recompose your image, whatever was under that focus point continues to be tracked.
The best thing about this method is that the camera will continually focus on that point until you press the shutter. This is my favorite focus mode because it ensures that that point in the image will always be in focus. I’m actually sad that I don’t have it on my other cameras like my EOS R.
Video Autofocus Performance
In terms of video autofocus performance, I’m seeing a massive improvement with the X-T4. The X-T3 was already pretty good in this regard, and I’m seeing a big improvement with the X-T4. The autofocus seems snappier and more accurate, especially when using the wide tracking autofocus option. This makes it a great camera for videographers who need reliable autofocus while shooting.
FAQ – FUJIFILM X-T4 REVIEW | Coming from Canon EOS R
1. Why should I consider switching from Canon EOS R to FUJIFILM X-T4?
Switching to FUJIFILM X-T4 offers several advantages such as:
- Improved autofocus performance
- Enhanced image stabilization
- Superior video capabilities
- Wider range of lens options
- Compact and lightweight design
2. Is it difficult to adapt to FUJIFILM’s X-T4 system after using Canon EOS R?
The transition may require some adjustment, but overall, adapting to FUJIFILM’s X-T4 system is relatively straightforward:
- Familiarize yourself with FUJIFILM’s camera settings and menu system
- Explore the unique features and functions of X-T4
- Take advantage of FUJIFILM’s extensive online resources, tutorials, and support
- Experiment and practice to fully leverage X-T4’s capabilities
3. Can I use my Canon EOS R lenses with FUJIFILM X-T4?
No, Canon EF RF lenses are not directly compatible with FUJIFILM’s X-T4. However, there are various lens adapters available to use Canon EF or EF-S lenses on X-T4. Keep in mind that certain functionalities like autofocus may be compromised when using adapters.
4. How does FUJIFILM X-T4’s autofocus compare to Canon EOS R?
FUJIFILM X-T4 boasts highly advanced autofocus capabilities, including improved subject tracking and eye/face detection. While Canon EOS R also performs well in this regard, X-T4’s autofocus system offers faster and more accurate results in various shooting conditions.
5. Is the image stabilization better on FUJIFILM X-T4 compared to Canon EOS R?
X-T4 is equipped with a powerful in-body image stabilization (IBIS) system that provides up to 6.5 stops of compensation. Canon EOS R relies primarily on lens-based stabilization (IS) systems, which may not offer the same level of stabilization as X-T4’s IBIS.
6. How does FUJIFILM X-T4 perform for videography compared to Canon EOS R?
FUJIFILM X-T4 excels in video capabilities, supporting 4K/60p recording, high bit rates, and various film simulation modes. It also offers a headphone jack and microphone input, facilitating better audio recording. While Canon EOS R is no slouch, X-T4’s video performance is generally considered superior by many professionals.
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