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Fujifilm X-E4 Review: A Tiny Camera With Big Potential

A small addition to Fujifilm’s popular X-series of mirrorless cameras, the X-E4 is Fujifilm’s latest and smallest mirrorless camera. The Fujifilm X-E3 is an update to the Fujifilm X-E3, featuring a new 26-megapixel sensor and processor, a flip-up LCD, and some design/control tweaks. While the X-E4 can be set up to be a point-and-shoot camera, this isn’t its strong suit. It’s best suited to experienced photographers who want to improve their skills. Explore its more advanced features to get the most out of it.

Street photographers will love the rangefinder style of this camera, but thanks to its compact size, it is also perfect for everyday use and travel. The company also offers a wide array of X-mount lenses, including the XF 27mm f/2.8 R WR, which is included in a bundle with the camera and was the lens I used during testing.

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It has a slim body without a prominent handgrip and a viewfinder positioned to the corner, making it a good match for prime lenses. Despite its analog-like controls and in-camera film simulations, this camera still offers 4K video and excellent autofocus performance. Compared to the Editors’ Choice award-winning Fujifilm X-T30, the X-E4 is less of a crowd-pleaser, but if you live life in the shadows, it might be the perfect camera.

Pros

Cons

  • Image stabilization is not built into the device
  • A minimal amount of external control

Design

The Fujifilm X-E4 is the smallest camera in Fuji’s lineup of X-series cameras. A minimalistic design with a retro feel, the X-E4 is available in black and silver. The new model loses the thumb indent of the X-E3, which results in a flat, boxy shape. The X-E4’s body has a textured surface that I generally found comfortable to hold. Photography enthusiasts with large hands may consider purchasing both accessories. The compact size of the X-E4 and its relatively small control buttons might make it a good choice for buyers.

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For selfies and vlogging, the 3-inch touchscreen LCD is tiltable up to 180 degrees. The monitor can be lifted from its flat position with a small tab on the side. From there, it’s easy to adjust the screen for low angle, overhead, or selfie and vlogging shots. With the touchscreen, you can select a focus point, swipe through images in playback mode, or access one of several custom touch options.

In order to provide an additional kick of light, you must purchase a standalone flash unit to fit the hot shoe. The camera’s battery compartment is shared by a single SD card slot. A USB Type-C port and an HDMI micro connector are on board, as well as a 3.5mm stereo mini connector for connecting a microphone or remote release. The 27mm kit lens is waterproof, but the camera itself is not – so be careful when shooting in inclement weather or under adverse conditions.

Performance And Features

The Fujifilm X-E4 provides responsive image quality for most users. The little joystick or the LCD can be used to quickly select a focus point. Mechanical shutters allow for continuous shooting at speeds of up to 8 frames per second. The X-E4 can’t keep up with the continuous shooting speeds of its spritely continuous focus, however, and it isn’t able to accurately track fast-moving action. Even so, the little X-E4’s autofocus is great for static subjects. Due to the camera’s target markets, street photography, and travel, for example, its AF is sufficient.

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  • Battery life was excellent for this size camera: 460 still images and 75 minutes of 4K video.
  • The Fujifilm Camera Remote app is available as a free download for iOS and Android devices. The app has an intuitive interface and is generally useful.
  • It is also easy to view and transfer images. In the camera menu, you can change the setting to transfer full-resolution images; otherwise, the app resizes images to 3 megapixels.
  • The app allows you to shoot remotely, which is great for capturing moments from a unique angle. You can also use remote shooting for group shots – it’s an alternative to using a self-timer since you can see the composition in real-time.

CONTROLS

There are some differences between the control layout and what you’re used to on the Fujifilm X-E4. Although the X-E4’s external controls have been further minimized compared to the X-E3, all the functionality is there. It also offers a P (Program Auto Exposure) mode option along with the top panel. This is where you can set the shutter speed or the exposure mode. Right next to the shutter speed dial is a button that controls the on/off switch.

Three small buttons are located on the back of the camera to the right of the EVF. By pressing the Drive/Delete button, you can choose between still images and movies, burst modes, and bracketing settings, for instance. There are three buttons on the right of the LCD: one for focusing, one for navigating menus, and one for going back. You can customize your Q (Quick) menu with your most-frequently-used settings by populating the menu with those. Various functions such as histograms, electronic levels, and numerous other options can be accessed by flicking your finger up/down/right/left on the touchscreen. 

Image Quality And 4k Video

The X-E4 produces excellent image quality both straight from the camera and in RAW files processed afterward, given its similarity to its higher-end sibling, the Fujifilm X-T4. Users can easily come up with a look that represents their aesthetic with Fuji’s popular film simulations. A great choice for most scenarios is Provia, the default film simulation. Using the Panorama feature creates a different perspective and the camera does a good job capturing a broad view.

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Although the X-E4’s video features are somewhat hidden, it is still a capable video camera. A flexible control scheme comes in handy if you’re constantly recording videos, you can map the unmarked top function button to Record. 4K is available in either UHD or DCI aspect ratios at cinematic 24 frames per second or 30 frames per second.

Conclusion

Photographers who want excellent image quality, solid features, and a compact body will find the Fuji X-E4 a highly capable companion. The compact size and wide variety of features make this camera ideal for street photographers, travelers, and vloggers.

Because of its unique shooting experience and minimalist design, some people may prefer a larger camera body with a more traditional design. Those who shoot slow shutter speeds and like to shoot video may also find the lack of in-body image stabilization to be a deal-breaker. The Fujifilm X-S10 offers those attributes if they are important to you. The Fujifilm X-E4 offers plenty of excellent features for its price and size. You need not shy away from this camera if you’re unfamiliar with Fuji’s X-series controls – in fact, you may even enjoy its unique shooting experience.

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Fujifilm X-E4 Review: A Tiny Camera With Big PotentialA small addition to Fujifilm's popular X-series of mirrorless cameras, the X-E4 is Fujifilm's latest and smallest mirrorless camera. The Fujifilm X-E3 is an update to the Fujifilm X-E3, featuring a new 26-megapixel sensor and processor, a flip-up LCD, and some design/control tweaks. While...