Fujifilm X-E4: slimmed down, rangefinder style 26MP mirrorless

Fujifilm has announced the X-E4, the latest in its line of midrange rangefinder-style mirrorless cameras. It’s built around the same 26MP X-Trans BSI-CMOS sensor as the X-S10 and shares many of that camera’s features. The main difference is styling and the X-E4’s lack of image stabilization.

The X-E4 is the smallest X-E camera yet and Fujifilm says its been designed to be as flat as possible, to allow it to fit more easily into pockets (presumably without a lens attached). This means there’s nothing in the way of a hand grip, though a screw-on hand-grip and Arca-style compatible base plate is available.

As with the X-S10 it has a quad-core ‘X-Processor 4’ chip at its heart, which provides the same AF performance as the range-topping X-T4. The X-E4 is also capable of shooting DCI or UHD 4K video at up to 30p or continuous stills at up to 30 fps with its electronic shutter and a 1.25x crop. Full-sensor stills come at up to 20 fps with the electronic shutter or 8 fps in mechanical shutter mode.

The X-E4 also shares its 2.36M-dot OLED viewfinder with the X-S10, along with similar optics, providing 0.62X magnification, in full-frame terms. The rear screen is a 1.63M-dot touchscreen that folds up or down by 180 degrees, allowing selfies or vlogging-style video shooting.

The styling appears to be a blend of previous X-E and X-A cameras but the control system, with dedicated shutter speed and exposure comp dials, along with the primarily metal build, are pure X-E.

The X-E4 will be available from early March at a cost of around $850, body only. A kit with a new weather-resistant 27mm F2.8 R WR will be available for around $1050.

Press release

Fujifilm Announces New FUJIFILM X-E4 Mirrorless Camera: the most portable mirrorless camera in the X-Series lineup

Valhalla, N.Y. – January 27, 2021 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation is pleased to announce FUJIFILM X-E4 digital camera (X-E4), a new mirrorless rangefinder-style camera in the FUJIFILM X Series lineup.

The lightweight, compact X-E4 features the same 26.1-megapixel, X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor, 0.02 sec autofocus, and fantastic color science that can be found in all the professional X Series cameras.

“Outstanding image quality, wide dynamic range, and superb low-light performance combine with simple controls, advanced Face and Eye Detection, and a forward-180° tilting LCD touchscreen to make this camera a joy to use for video or photo,” said Victor Ha, senior director of marketing and product management at FUJIFILM North America Corporation’s Electronic Imaging Division.

Main product features:

X Series’ lightest and smallest camera body

  • At .80 lb. (364g) and measuring 4.77in x 2.87in x 1.28in (121.3mm x 72.9mm x 32.7mm), X-E4 is the most compact interchangeable-lens camera in the X Series of digital cameras. The product uses Fujifilm’s 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 from magnesium to provide a polished, elevated finish.

Diverse functions and easy operation

  • The rear tilting monitor can be flipped upward and forward facing up to180 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 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 maximum in-hand comfort.

Professional performance

  • Using Fujifilm’s state-of-the-art 26.1MP X-TransTM CMOS 4 sensor and the high-speed image processing engine X-Processor 4 to provide incredibly fast autofocus, 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, ensuring that images can be captured when the focus is optimal.
  • X-E4 also includes Fujifilm’s latest Face and Eye detection technology to track subjects accurately, even in luminance levels as low as -7.0EV where used with an attached FUJINON XF50mmF1.0 R WR lens.

Extensive video-recording functions

  • 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 with the X-E4, including Velvia, which is characterized by highly saturated colors and crisp gradation, and ETERNA Bleach Bypass, which reproduces

Pricing and Availability

X-E4 is currently expected to be available in March 2021 at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $849.95 USD and $1,050 CDN. The camera will also be available as a kit that includes the FUJINON XF27mmF4 R WR lens at a manufacturer’s retail price of $1049.95 and $1,300 CDN.

Several accessories will be available for X-E4 as well, including:

  • BLC- XE4 (Black Leather Case): $79.99 MSRP USD/$105 CDN
  • MHG-X-E4(Metal Hand Grip,Black only):$89.99 MSRP USD/$120CDN
  • TR-X-E4 (Thumb Rest, Black): $69.99 MSRP USD/$95 CDN
  • TR-X-E4 (Thumb Rest, Silver): $69.99 MSRP USD/$95 CDN
  • For more information, please visit https://fujifilm-x.com/en-us/products/cameras/x-e4/.

Fujifilm X-E4 specifications

Price
MSRP $849 (body only), $1049 (w/28mm F2.8 R WR lens)
Body type
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor
Max resolution 6240 x 4160
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 26 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
Processor X-Processor 4
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter array X-Trans
Image
ISO Auto, 160-12800 (expands to 80-51200)
Boosted ISO (minimum) 80
Boosted ISO (maximum) 51200
White balance presets 7
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, normal
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
  • Raw (Fujifilm RAF, 14-bit)
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp Yes
Digital zoom Yes
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 425
Lens mount Fujifilm X
Focal length multiplier 1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,620,000
Touch screen Yes
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.62× (0.41× 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder resolution 2,360,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 4 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic) 1/32000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (via hot shoe)
Flash X sync speed 1/180 sec
Continuous drive 20.0 fps
Self-timer Yes
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Average
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes
Videography features
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Modes
  • 4096 x 2160 @ 30p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 4096 x 2160 @ 25p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 4096 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 240p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Connectivity
USB USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
USB charging Yes
HDMI Yes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone port Yes
Headphone port No
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth
Remote control Yes (via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description NP-W126S lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 380
Weight (inc. batteries) 364 g (0.80 lb / 12.84 oz)
Dimensions 121 x 73 x 33 mm (4.76 x 2.87 x 1.3)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS None

Fujifilm has announced the X-E4, the latest in its line of midrange rangefinder-style mirrorless cameras. It’s built around the same 26MP X-Trans BSI-CMOS sensor as the X-S10 and shares many of that camera’s features. The main difference is styling and the X-E4’s lack of image stabilization.
The X-E4 is the smallest X-E camera yet and Fujifilm says its been designed to be as flat as possible, to allow it to fit more easily into pockets (presumably without a lens attached). This means there’s nothing in the way of a hand grip, though a screw-on hand-grip and Arca-style compatible base plate is available.
As with the X-S10 it has a quad-core ‘X-Processor 4’ chip at its heart, which provides the same AF performance as the range-topping X-T4. The X-E4 is also capable of shooting DCI or UHD 4K video at up to 30p or continuous stills at up to 30 fps with its electronic shutter and a 1.25x crop. Full-sensor stills come at up to 20 fps with the electronic shutter or 8 fps in mechanical shutter mode.

The X-E4 also shares its 2.36M-dot OLED viewfinder with the X-S10, along with similar optics, providing 0.62X magnification, in full-frame terms. The rear screen is a 1.63M-dot touchscreen that folds up or down by 180 degrees, allowing selfies or vlogging-style video shooting.
The styling appears to be a blend of previous X-E and X-A cameras but the control system, with dedicated shutter speed and exposure comp dials, along with the primarily metal build, are pure X-E.
The X-E4 will be available from early March at a cost of around $850, body only. A kit with a new weather-resistant 27mm F2.8 R WR will be available for around $1050.
Press release

Fujifilm Announces New FUJIFILM X-E4 Mirrorless Camera: the most portable mirrorless camera in the X-Series lineup
Valhalla, N.Y. – January 27, 2021 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation is pleased to announce FUJIFILM X-E4 digital camera (X-E4), a new mirrorless rangefinder-style camera in the FUJIFILM X Series lineup.
The lightweight, compact X-E4 features the same 26.1-megapixel, X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor, 0.02 sec autofocus, and fantastic color science that can be found in all the professional X Series cameras.
“Outstanding image quality, wide dynamic range, and superb low-light performance combine with simple controls, advanced Face and Eye Detection, and a forward-180° tilting LCD touchscreen to make this camera a joy to use for video or photo,” said Victor Ha, senior director of marketing and product management at FUJIFILM North America Corporation’s Electronic Imaging Division.
Main product features:
X Series’ lightest and smallest camera body

At .80 lb. (364g) and measuring 4.77in x 2.87in x 1.28in (121.3mm x 72.9mm x 32.7mm), X-E4 is the most compact interchangeable-lens camera in the X Series of digital cameras. The product uses Fujifilm’s 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 from magnesium to provide a polished, elevated finish.

Diverse functions and easy operation

The rear tilting monitor can be flipped upward and forward facing up to180 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 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 maximum in-hand comfort.

Professional performance

Using Fujifilm’s state-of-the-art 26.1MP X-TransTM CMOS 4 sensor and the high-speed image processing engine X-Processor 4 to provide incredibly fast autofocus, 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, ensuring that images can be captured when the focus is optimal.

X-E4 also includes Fujifilm’s latest Face and Eye detection technology to track subjects accurately, even in luminance levels as low as -7.0EV where used with an attached FUJINON XF50mmF1.0 R WR lens.

Extensive video-recording functions

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 with the X-E4, including Velvia, which is characterized by highly saturated colors and crisp gradation, and ETERNA Bleach Bypass, which reproduces

Pricing and Availability
X-E4 is currently expected to be available in March 2021 at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $849.95 USD and $1,050 CDN. The camera will also be available as a kit that includes the FUJINON XF27mmF4 R WR lens at a manufacturer’s retail price of $1049.95 and $1,300 CDN.
Several accessories will be available for X-E4 as well, including:

BLC- XE4 (Black Leather Case): $79.99 MSRP USD/$105 CDN
MHG-X-E4(Metal Hand Grip,Black only):$89.99 MSRP USD/$120CDN
TR-X-E4 (Thumb Rest, Black): $69.99 MSRP USD/$95 CDN
TR-X-E4 (Thumb Rest, Silver): $69.99 MSRP USD/$95 CDN
For more information, please visit https://fujifilm-x.com/en-us/products/cameras/x-e4/.

Fujifilm X-E4 specifications

Price

MSRP
$849 (body only), $1049 (w/28mm F2.8 R WR lens)

Body type

Body type
Rangefinder-style mirrorless

Sensor

Max resolution
6240 x 4160

Image ratio w:h
1:1, 3:2, 16:9

Effective pixels
26 megapixels

Sensor size
APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)

Sensor type
BSI-CMOS

Processor
X-Processor 4

Color space
sRGB, Adobe RGB

Color filter array
X-Trans

Image

ISO
Auto, 160-12800 (expands to 80-51200)

Boosted ISO (minimum)
80

Boosted ISO (maximum)
51200

White balance presets
7

Custom white balance
Yes

Image stabilization
No

Uncompressed format
RAW

JPEG quality levels
Fine, normal

File format

JPEG (Exif v2.3)
Raw (Fujifilm RAF, 14-bit)

Optics & Focus

Autofocus

Contrast Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi-area
Center
Selective single-point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Touch
Face Detection
Live View

Autofocus assist lamp
Yes

Digital zoom
Yes

Manual focus
Yes

Number of focus points
425

Lens mount
Fujifilm X

Focal length multiplier
1.5×

Screen / viewfinder

Articulated LCD
Tilting

Screen size
3″

Screen dots
1,620,000

Touch screen
Yes

Screen type
TFT LCD

Live view
Yes

Viewfinder type
Electronic

Viewfinder coverage
100%

Viewfinder magnification
0.62× (0.41× 35mm equiv.)

Viewfinder resolution
2,360,000

Photography features

Minimum shutter speed
4 sec

Maximum shutter speed
1/4000 sec

Maximum shutter speed (electronic)
1/32000 sec

Exposure modes

Program
Aperture priority
Shutter priority
Manual

Built-in flash
No

External flash
Yes (via hot shoe)

Flash X sync speed
1/180 sec

Continuous drive
20.0 fps

Self-timer
Yes

Metering modes

Multi
Center-weighted
Average
Spot

Exposure compensation
±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)

AE Bracketing
±5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)

WB Bracketing
Yes

Videography features

Format
MPEG-4, H.264

Modes

4096 x 2160 @ 30p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
4096 x 2160 @ 25p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
4096 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 240p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM

Microphone
Stereo

Speaker
Mono

Connectivity

USB

USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)

USB charging
Yes

HDMI
Yes (micro-HDMI)

Microphone port
Yes

Headphone port
No

Wireless
Built-In

Wireless notes
802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth

Remote control
Yes (via smartphone)

Physical

Environmentally sealed
No

Battery
Battery Pack

Battery description
NP-W126S lithium-ion battery & charger

Battery Life (CIPA)
380

Weight (inc. batteries)
364 g (0.80 lb / 12.84 oz)

Dimensions
121 x 73 x 33 mm (4.76 x 2.87 x 1.3″)

Other features

Orientation sensor
Yes

Timelapse recording
Yes

GPS
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