Fujifilm expands their X-series with the new Fujifilm X-E4 compact mirrorless camera and new XF 27mm R WR, and XF 70-300mm lenses.
Available in either Silver or Black, the new X-E4 sports a back-illuminated 26.1 megapixel “X-Trans CMOS 4” APS-C sensor with on-sensor phase detection pixels. In addition, the “X-Processor 4” high-speed image processing engine provides autofocus as fast as 0.02 seconds. This same processor is also featured in the flagship Fuji X-T4 camera, which is quite popular with video creators.
Fuji-quality Images and 4K Video for Everyone
Priced at just $849, the new X-E4 has a broad appeal, thanks in part to its petite size and premium image quality pedigree. The new camera weighs just 364g making very pocket-friendly and versatile for all sorts of filming scenarios.
In the video department, the new X-E4 can record 4K/30P video at 8-bit 4:2:0 onto an SD card as well as output 4K/30P video at 10-bit 4:2:2 via HDMI to an external recorder such as the Atomos Ninja V.
Furthermore, the camera is also capable of 1080p/240fps super-slow motion. 2K and 4K DCI modes (in addition to UHD) are supported in both internal and external recording modes.
However, it appears that the camera is limited to 30 minutes recordings at a time. This is expected from a camera in this class, but it’s worth mentioning in case some of you are planning to use it for long-form recordings.
Fast and Accurate Autofocus System
The X-E4 comes equipped with a highly accurate tracking AF system, capable of accurately tracking a subject that is moving either toward the camera or away from the camera. Moreover, the camera has a dependable Face/Eye Detection AF function keeps a moving subject’s face/eyes in focus, allowing users to focus on framing while shooting.
Fuji also say their X-E4 also excels in low light conditions, its AF system can focus accurately even in very poorly-lit conditions at -7.0EV.
Film Simulations for Legendary Color and 180 degree Flip Screen
Needless to say, the X-E4 comes packed with a total of 18 modes in Fujifilm’s Film Simulations, including the vivid and high-contrast “Velvia” and high-contrast yet low-saturation “ETERNA Bleach Bypass.”
Moreover, the new Fuji X-E4 features a tilting rear LDC monitor, which can be flipped 180 degrees upwards for selfies or monitoring when vlogging.
In addition, the top panel of the camera body has the Shutter Speed Dial, allowing users to check the shutter speed setting without having to turn the camera on and smoothly move on to the next shot.
Fujifilm XF 27mm f2.8 R WR lens
In addition to the X-E4, Fuji also announced a couple of new lenses for the X-series cameras. The first one is the XF 27mm f2.8 R WR standard prime lens with focal length equivalent to 41mm in Full-frame.
The compact, pancake design makes it almost invisible, but don’t be fooled, this $399 lens is said to feature “outstanding resolution”. Also, the lens is dust and weather resistant for extended durability, while the aperture ring offers excellent operability for a wide range of scenarios including street and landscape photography, and also recording video.
At just 84 grams, the new Fuji XF 27mm f2.8 has an advanced optical construction consisting of 7 lens elements in 5 groups, including one aspherical lens that controls spherical aberration, field curvature and distortion aberration to achieve astonishing image sharpness.
Fuji XF 70-300mm f4-5.6 R LM OIS WR Telephoto
And for those photographers looking to get some extra reach out of their compact X-series Fuji camera, the new XF 70-300mm looks like a fantastic option. Designed primarily for nature and landscape photographers looking for a portable form-factor lens, the 70-300mm offers a 107-457mm FF equivalent, which should be plenty for most outdoor situations.
Tipping the scales at just 1.5 lb and measuring 5.2-inches long, this zoom lens also comes equipped with an advanced optical design. This includes a two ED elements to suppress CA and color fringing throughout the zoom range.
And last, but not least, what good is a telephoto zoom without a decent IS? Fuji has equipped the new 70-300mm with an excellent Optical Image Stabilization system that compensates for up to 5.5 stops of camera shake. Furthermore, the lens is also dust and moisture resistant and can operate in temperatures as low as 14 degrees F.
Pricing and Availability
The new Fuji X-E4 is available to pre-order at $849 from B&H in either Silver or Black versions. B&H estimate the X-E4 will likely ship in early March.
Here are the B&H pre-order links for the new Fuji lenses below: