I still can't believe! First time ever I have a newest camera model from a series at home. Last weekend the Fujifilm X-T4 camera has just arrived with the most advanced features and currently the state of the art flagship APS-C camera, one of the best hybrid still/video device, and of course 2020/2021 EISA winner in best system camera of the year category.
Did I need the extra features of the newest technology? - No.
Was I unsatisfied with my older machine? - No.
Do I enjoy using it? - Yes, yes and yes!
Did I need it? - This is the most important question, and the answer is yes... and I tell you why:
Since I have started a photography business recently, I'm about to offer my services on events such as weddings. There you can't go with only 1 camera. One reason is to cover most of focal lengths with wide aperture you need at least 2 lenses at the same time which obviously requires 2 camera body as well. The second reason is more critical: in a wedding you have to have redundant equipment from everything and more.
The other reason I've been choosing this more expensive model over the older X-T3 is the in-body image stabilization: The XF 50-140 f/2.8 tele lens has optical image stabilization so I'm able to use that easily on the older X-T2 model - which I still love and will never sell to anyone. On the wide side I have the XF 16-55 f/2.8 lenses which may be optically perfect, lacks the OIS. In this case the X-T4 compensate this small issue and my equipment is complete. All I need is a portrait lens (or more lenses), and it's done!
And why the X-T4 is a bunch of fun? I love the new film simulation, the Classic Negative has very subtle tones and exciting colors, it is something I missed from the X-T2. Although the IBIS is also amazing it's not something you could recognize, so I was more amused by the burst shooting improvements, the first curtain electronic shutter function, and the sport mode crop method. The AF is much better than the older brother, but still the best thing I love: the sound of the shutter mechanism! Oh boy, this is fantastic, so silent but still very confident and elegant clapping. It's perfect! I was always proud of my X-T2 shutter because of the discrete sound, but now it sounds like an old rusty clock next to the successor.
Don't get me wrong, I love the X-T2 and we are about to share a lot of memories together in the next years, I'll use it until the shutter doesn't stop for good.
Okay that's all for today, I hope you enjoyed my happiness - since it's too short for a review. :)