28 Jan Fujifilm X-E4 hands-on

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Introduction Shown with accessory grip attached

The role of the Fujifilm’s X-E models has changed subtly since the X-E1 arrived as the second camera in the company’s X-mount range of mirrorless interchangable lens cameras.

The X-E1 and 2 were EVF-based alternatives to the range-topping X-Pro cameras, with their hybrid viewfinders, but still had distinctly rangefinder-esque styling and enthusiast-level ambition. The arrival of the popular X-T series caused a slight re-think, though. The X-E3 put a little more emphasis on compactness, rather than just being an X-T2 in a different body.

The X-E4 continues this trend: it’s a much more compact, more travel-friendly camera than the X-T4 but achieves this in part by going without the bigger camera’s built-in image stabilization. And, once you’ve got it in your hands, it becomes clear that it’s more like an X-S10 in a body that gains aspects from the entry-level X-A series as well as previous X-E cameras.

Let’s look at what that means for the X-E4.

Body

The X-E4 is the most compact camera in its series yet, with a minimalist shape that does away with any hint of a hand grip. This makes it appreciably smaller than the DSLR-shaped X-S10, which has a substantial, and comfortable, handhold.

The classic rangefinder styling and dials persist from the previous X-E cameras but the move to a square window for the AF illumination LED has the effect of recalling the more modest X-A models. The flip-up rear screen,

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