Fujifilm X-T4 vs X-T3 vs X-T30, what’s the best camera for you? What’s the best mirrorless camera for landscape photography? In today’s video, I’m going to talk about the Fujifilm X-T4. If you’ve landed on this video it’s likely you know this camera, right? There are so many technical reviews on YouTube, some very nice actually, and another millions of unboxing videos. So, for this video, what do you think about a more informal and relaxed conversation on why you should or shouldn’t choose the X-T4 over the X-T3 or the X-T30 as a landscape photographer? Just sit back, grab something to drink, and get ready!
The perfect camera doesn’t exist, but what does exist is the appropriate camera, the proper camera. I frequently receive messages from fellow photographers who ask me what’s the best Fujifilm camera to buy, and for me this question doesn’t even make sense, totally. Some of them are confused about what camera to buy, the X-T4 vs the X-T3, the X-T3 vs the X-T30. In this video, I’ll try to help you to make the right decision. I’m gonna focus specifically on Landscape Photography, but most of my suggestions can be applied to other genres …the basic principles are very similar.
I wanna clarify that I’m not here to sell a product rather than another, I just want to share my philosophy about gear, what in my opinion really matters to keep the focus on what’s really important, photography!
Okay, let’s take a look at these three beautiful cameras next to each other, and let’s see what we’re going to see in this video:
- BODY & ERGONOMICS
- BUTTONS & DIALS
- AF PERFORMANCE
- IMAGE QUALITY
- VIDEO FEATURES
- WHAT’S THE BEST FOR YOU
BODY & ERGONOMICS
I don’t wanna spend too much time listing every small difference in size and dimensions, or at least the precise millimeters. You can find all the exact and super detailed spec numbers on Fujifilm’s website. The X-T4 and X-T3 are very similar, the X-T4 is just slightly bigger. The main differences are internal. So, what does it mean in terms of ergonomics, usability, and the feeling in my hands? This is something I’m more interested in than the spec numbers. Because my hands are quite big, without any doubt the best feeling is with the X-T4, which has a bit more generous grip. However, the X-T3 is also excellent in this respect, and the X-T30 as well, even though it’s way smaller than the others, with a less generous grip to hold the camera, by and large the grip fits well in my hand and it does the job.
I used to install on my cameras the L-bracket to be more efficient on the field to swap the camera from landscape to portrait orientation quickly. The third-party model I use for the X-T4 is with the hand-grip, which works very well for me. But, not everyone likes it, so it’s easily removable by unscrewing these two metal screws. For instance, I removed it from my X-T30 to leave more room for my hand.
The X-T4 and the X-T3 when used with heavy lenses like the 16-55 or the 50-140 are perfectly balanced; with the X-T30, using both the lenses handheld, the experience is less enjoyable. The 16-80 or the 55-200 are more suitable for the X-T30 for a handheld use, they’re lighter and more compact.
The X-T4 has a new and more video-friendly fully articulated rear screen, rather than the two-direction hinged screen on the X-T3 and just one-direction on the X-T30. I absolutely love the X-T3’s screen for both waist-level shooting and portrait orientation shots. For horizontal shooting and video, the new Vari-angle screen doesn’t offer much advantage over a tilting screen as used by the X-T3, but it comes into its own for vertical shots and generally when shooting in tight corners at awkward angles. Anyway, the T4’s fold-out fully articulated screen is still a plus point in some way.
However, be aware that if you use an L-Bracket, it simply doesn’t work extremely well. It’s quite annoying for photographers like me who used to use the L-bracket.
Moreover, this is not a deal-breaker, for my youtube productions, the articulated LCD would be super convenient as a reference “small” monitor to check the correct framing or other stuff but, if I want to monitor the video with a second monitor via the HDMI connection, plus use the remote cable to start & stop the video recording easily, and to connect an external microphone as well, all this stuff makes it difficult to use, if not impossible.
Fujifilm X-T4 vs X-T3 vs X-T30 | - What's the BEST Camera for Landscape Photography?
The really big news in the X-T4 is the 5-axis in-body image stabilization (IBIS), and that’s the biggest difference between the X-T4 and X-T3 (and the X-T30 of course). On paper, it provides up to 6.5EV (or stops) of stabilization when used with one of Fujifilm’s stabilized lenses. This includes 18 out of Fujifilm’s total of 29 lenses and is particularly exciting if you own lenses like the 16-55mm which is an amazing lens but it’s not stabilised.
In addition, there is a “Boost IS” mode which can be applied on top of whichever IS mode you’re using and tells the camera that you’re trying to lock-off your shot, meaning it provides its maximum possible correction against all movement.
For the X-T3 and X-T30, they have no in-body stabilization. You need a stabilized lens.
From a video perspective, the IBIS is not a gimbal replacement. A good gimbal is definitely unbeatable for capturing professional smoother video footage. Just with the IBIS, when handhold panning or sliding, the results are a bit jerky, even with the latest firmware update. Anyway, for steady handheld video footage, I really like it.