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Fujifilm X-E4 Comparison Review

The Fujifilm X-E4 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that was officially introduced in January 2021 and is equipped with an APS-C sensor. It offers a resolution of 26 megapixel.

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Is the Fujifilm X-E4 a good camera? The X-E4 has a Camera Elo of 2770. This rating puts the X-E4 among the top 30 percent of all mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. In terms of its sensor size category (APS cameras), the X-E4 ranks among the top 10 percent. Based on its within category standings, the camera earns a 4.5-star performance rating.

Headline Specifications
Fujifilm X-E4
Mirrorless system camera
Fujifilm X mount lenses
26 MP, APS-C Sensor
4K/30p Video
ISO 160 - 12 800 (80 - 51 200)
Electronic viewfinder (2360k dots)
3.0 LCD, 1620k dots
Tilting touchscreen
8 shutter flaps per second
380 shots per battery charge
121 x 73 x 33 mm, 364 g


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Read on to find out more about the camera's size, sensor, features, reception by expert reviewers, and how it compares to other digital cameras.

Body comparison with a credit card

The side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size of the Fujifilm X-E4 vis-à-vis a credit card. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are presented. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Fujifilm X-E4 vs credit card front
X-E4 versus credit card top view
X-E4 and credit card rear side

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the Fujifilm X-E4 alongside a set of similar cameras. If you want to review a particular camera pair side-by-side, just move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible comparisons there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Fujifilm X-E4 121 mm 73 mm 33 mm 364 g 380 n Jan 2021 849 i
2.
 
Fujifilm X-T30 II 118 mm 83 mm 47 mm 383 g 380 n Sep 2021 899 i
3.
 
Fujifilm X-T200 121 mm 84 mm 55 mm 370 g 270 n Jan 2020 699 i
4.
 
Fujifilm X-T30 118 mm 83 mm 47 mm 383 g 380 n Feb 2019 899i
5.
 
Fujifilm X-A7 119 mm 68 mm 41 mm 320 g 440 n Sep 2019 499 i
6.
 
Fujifilm X-A5 117 mm 68 mm 40 mm 361 g 450 n Jan 2018 399i
7.
 
Fujifilm X-E3 121 mm 74 mm 43 mm 337 g 350 n Sep 2017 899 i
8.
 
Fujifilm X-T20 118 mm 83 mm 41 mm 383 g 350 n Jan 2017 899i
9.
 
Fujifilm X-A3 117 mm 67 mm 40 mm 339 g 410 n Aug 2016 399i
10.
 
Fujifilm X-E2S 129 mm 75 mm 37 mm 350 g 350 n Jan 2016 699i
11.
 
Fujifilm X-T10 118 mm 83 mm 41 mm 381 g 350 n May 2015 799i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

The listed prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The Fujifilm X-E4 was launched in the US market at a price of $849. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

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Sensor comparison with a 35mm slide

The imaging sensor is at the core of digital cameras and its size is one of the main determining factors of image quality. A large sensor will generally have larger individual pixels that offer better low-light sensitivity, provide wider dynamic range, and have richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Moreover, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more control over depth-of-field in the image and, thus, the ability to better isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be associated with larger, more expensive camera bodies and lenses.

The Fujifilm X-E4 features an APS-C sensor and has a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 1.5. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the Fujifilm X-E4 among the medium-sized sensor cameras that aim to strike a balance between image quality and portability.

Fujifilm X-E4 sensor measures

For most cameras, data on sensor performance has been reported by DXO Mark. This service determines an overall sensor rating, as well as sub-scores for low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and color depth ("DXO Portrait"). The following table provides an overview of the physical sensor characteristics, as well as the sensor quality measurements for a selection of alternatives.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Fujifilm X-E4 APS-C 26.0 6240 41604K/30p........
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Fujifilm X-T30 II APS-C 26.0 6240 41604K/30p........
3.
 
Fujifilm X-T200 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/30p........
4.
 
Fujifilm X-T30 APS-C 26.0 6240 41604K/30p........
5.
 
Fujifilm X-A7 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/30p........
6.
 
Fujifilm X-A5 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/15p........
7.
 
Fujifilm X-E3 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/30p........
8.
 
Fujifilm X-T20 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/30p........
9.
 
Fujifilm X-A3 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p........
10.
 
Fujifilm X-E2S APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/60p........
11.
 
Fujifilm X-T10 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/60p........

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. The X-E4 indeed provides movie recording capabilities. The highest resolution format that the X-E4 can use is 4K/30p.

Feature comparison

Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the X-E4 has an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2360k dots. The viewfinder offers a field of view of 100% and a magnification of 0.62x. The tables below summarize some of the other core capabilities of the Fujifilm X-E4 in connection with corresponding information for a sample of similar cameras.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Specifications
(inch/000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Fujifilm X-E42360 n3.0 / 1620 tilting Y 1/4000s 8.0 n n
2.
 
Fujifilm X-T30 II2360 n3.0 / 1620 tilting Y 1/4000s 8.0 Y n
3.
 
Fujifilm X-T2002360 n3.5 / 2780 swivel Y 1/4000s 8.0 Y n
4.
 
Fujifilm X-T302360 n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 8.0 Y n
5.
 
Fujifilm X-A7none n3.5 / 2760 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
6.
 
Fujifilm X-A5none n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
7.
 
Fujifilm X-E32360 n3.0 / 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 8.0 n n
8.
 
Fujifilm X-T202360 n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 8.0 Y n
9.
 
Fujifilm X-A3none n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
10.
 
Fujifilm X-E2S2360 n3.0 / 1040 fixed n 1/4000s 7.0 Y n
11.
 
Fujifilm X-T102360 n3.0 / 920 tilting n 1/4000s 8.0 Y n

The LCD screen on the Fujifilm X-E4 is flexibly attached to the body. In particular, the LCD can be tilted vertically to facilitate odd-angle shots in landscape orientation. This tilting design is often preferred, for example, by street photographers to a fully articulated, swivel type of LCD attachment, as it is more unobtrusive during shooting than a screen that flips out to the side.

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Flexible screen on the X-E4

It is worthwhile pointing out that the X-E4 has a touchscreen. Touch control can be particularly helpful, for example, when trying to adjust the focus point.

Connection comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Fujifilm X-E4 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Mic / Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Fujifilm X-E4Ystereo / monoY-micro3.2Y-Y
2.
 
Fujifilm X-T30 IIYstereo / monoY-micro3.2Y-Y
3.
 
Fujifilm X-T200Ystereo / monoYYmicro3.1Y-Y
4.
 
Fujifilm X-T30Ystereo / monoY-micro3.1Y-Y
5.
 
Fujifilm X-A7Ystereo / monoY-micro2.0Y-Y
6.
 
Fujifilm X-A5Ystereo / monoY-micro2.0Y-Y
7.
 
Fujifilm X-E3Ystereo / monoY-micro2.0Y-Y
8.
 
Fujifilm X-T20Ystereo / monoY-micro2.0Y--
9.
 
Fujifilm X-A3Ystereo / mono--micro2.0Y--
10.
 
Fujifilm X-E2SYstereo / monoY-micro2.0Y--
11.
 
Fujifilm X-T10Ystereo / monoY-micro2.0Y--

It is notable that the X-E4 has a microphone port. Such an external microphone input can help to substantially improve the quality of audio recordings when a good external microphone is used.

Expert reviews

While the comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it says nothing about, for example, the handling, responsiveness, and overall imaging quality of the X-E4 in practical situations. At times, user reviews, such as those published at amazon, address these issues in a useful manner, but such feedback is on many occasions incomplete, inconsistent, and unreliable. This is where reviews by experts come in. The table below summarizes the assessments of some of the best known camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], digitalcameraworld [DCW], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]).

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Review Scores
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DCW 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Fujifilm X-E44/5..4/5..4.5/54/5 Jan 2021 849 i
2.
 
Fujifilm X-T30 II............ Sep 2021 899 i
3.
 
Fujifilm X-T2003.5/5..4/582/1004/54.5/5 Jan 2020 699 i
4.
 
Fujifilm X-T305/5+ +5/584/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2019 899i
5.
 
Fujifilm X-A73/5..3.5/581/1004/53.5/5 Sep 2019 499 i
6.
 
Fujifilm X-A5..+4.1/5..4/53.5/5 Jan 2018 399i
7.
 
Fujifilm X-E34.5/5+4.5/584/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2017 899 i
8.
 
Fujifilm X-T205/5+ +5/582/1005/54.5/5 Jan 2017 899i
9.
 
Fujifilm X-A3......74/1004.5/54/5 Aug 2016 399i
10.
 
Fujifilm X-E2S4.5/5....77/1004.5/54.5/5 Jan 2016 699i
11.
 
Fujifilm X-T104.5/5+ +..80/1005/55/5 May 2015 799i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The above review scores should be interpreted with care, though. The ratings were established in reference to similarly priced cameras that were available in the market at the time of the review. Hence, a score should always be seen in the context of the camera's market launch date and its price, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.

Fujifilm X-E4 FAQ

Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the X-E4.

What type of imaging sensor is used in the X-E4?

The camera is build around a BSI-CMOS (Backside Illuminated Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor.

Which image processing chip is used to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?

Fujifilm equipped the X-E4 with the X-Processor 4 image processor.

What is the ISO sensitivity range of the X-E4?

The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 160 to ISO 12800, which can be extended to ISO 80-51200.

What is the life expectancy of the shutter in the Fujifilm X-E4?

Fujifilm does not publish a shutter rating for the X-E4. Yet, shutters in comparable cameras from other manufacturers are said to be good for at least 100 000 actuations. It should be noted, though, that this number represents a Mean Time before Failure. The shutter might fail earlier, or it might last longer. Anyway, in order to exhaust an expected shutter life of 100 000 shots over, say, three years, one would have to take about 100 pictures each and every day.

How do I find the shutter count on my X-E4?

Fujifilm embeds the number of shutter actuations in image metadata. You can check the number of shots that your X-E4 has taken up to now by uploading a recent image to the free online shutter count finder app.

Is completely silent shooting possible with the Fujifilm X-E4?

The camera has an electronic shutter option, so that it is indeed feasible to capture images without any shutter noise.

Do I need to purchase an external camera trigger to shoot time-lapse sequences?

No, the Fujifilm X-E4 has an intervalometer built-in, so that low frequency shooting (for example, flower blooming, sunset, moon rise) can be undertaken without the need to purchase a separate external intervalometer and related software.

Is it difficult to use manual focus lenses with the Fujifilm X-E4?

The X-E4 offers focus peaking as a manual focus aid. This feature works by placing a colored highlight on in-focus zones within the image.

Does the Fujifilm X-E4 feature an autofocus assist light?

Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.

What is the fastest shutter speed that can be used with flash?

The X-E4's flash sync speed is 1/180 sec.

Does the Fujifilm X-E4 support the Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus interface for SD cards?

Yes, the camera can indeed use UHS-I cards (data transfer speed of up to 104 MB/s).

Which battery does the X-E4 use?

The camera gets its power from the NP-W126S (here at amazon), which is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion power pack.

Where can I find the best deals for the X-E4?

Grey imports from Asia, as found on eBay, are often very attractively priced. However, these cameras come without a warranty from Fujifilm.

Camera to camera comparisons

In case you would like to check on the differences and similarities with other camera models, just make your choice using the following search menu. There is also a set of direct links to comparison reviews that other users of the CAM-parator app explored.

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    Specifications Summary
    Camera Model Fujifilm X-E4
    Camera Type Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens Fujifilm X mount lenses
    Launch Date January 2021
    Launch Price USD 849
    Sensor Specs
    Sensor Technology BSI-CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 23.5 x 15.6 mm
    Sensor Area 367 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 28.2 mm
    Crop Factor 1.5x
    Sensor Resolution 26 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 6 240 x 4 160 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 3.76 μm
    Pixel Density 7.08 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter
    Movie Capability 4K/30p Video
    ISO Setting 160 - 12 800 ISO
    ISO Boost 80 - 51 200 ISO
    Image Processor X-Processor 4
    Screen Specs
    Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.62x
    Viewfinder Resolution 2360k dots
    Top-Level Screen no Top Display
    LCD Framing Live View
    LCD Size 3.0 inch
    LCD Resolution 1620k dots
    LCD Attachment Tilting screen
    V-logging Friendliness No front-flip
    Touch Input Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs
    Focus System On-Sensor Phase-detect
    Manual Focusing AidFocus Peaking
    Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000s
    Continuous Shooting 8 shutter flaps/s
    Shutter Life Expectancy100 000 actuations
    Silent ShootingElectronic Shutter
    Time Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer Built-in
    Fill Flash no On-Board Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-I
    Connectivity Specs
    External Flash Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 3.2
    HDMI Port micro HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in
    Body Specs
    Battery Type NP-W126S power pack
    Battery Life (CIPA)380 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 121 x 73 x 33 mm
    (4.8 x 2.9 x 1.3 in)
    Camera Weight 364 g (12.8 oz)

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