Fujifilm shakes up the mirrorless market again with the launch of not one but three new products for its X Series range of cameras and lenses. It is in addition to the announcement of a brand new Fujifilm GFX100S and a GF80mm F1.7 lens. Click here to check out our review of those GFX products. Today, Fujifilm has announced the fourth generation in the X-E range with the Fujifilm X-E4. Plus, Fuji has revealed an updated entry with the popular XF27mm F2.8. Finally, we look at the XF 70-300mm F4-5.6 lens to see if this fills a gap. Read on and also check out our YouTube video on these new Fujifilm releases.
Fujifilm X-E4: X Series Flagship Qualities in a Compact Design
Retro Inspired Design That Hides Modern Features
True to the heritage of Fujifilm, the X-E range has long held appeal to those that appreciate rangefinder-style film cameras. The all-new Fujifilm X-E4 continues that tradition with a neat and stylish design more reminiscent of a retro shooter than the latest modern mirrorless. It is tiny for an interchangeable lens camera with some of the best Fujifilm tech on board. And, at just 364 grams, you’ll hardly notice you’re carrying it. Here are the key specs:
- 26.1Mp X-Trans CMOS 4 Image Sensor
- X Processor 4 Processing Engine
- 4K/30P 4:2:0 8-bit Video to Internal Media
- Full HD at 240fps
- 18 Fujifilm Film Simulations
The Fujifilm X-E4 has a robust build with a single magnesium plate on top of the camera that is minimal and aesthetically pleasing. It is home to a hot shoe and the control dials for Exposure Compensation and Shutter Speed. And despite its compact appearance, a folding LCD touch screen sits snug against the body. It folds 180 degrees up for vlogging or extreme angle shooting.
Fujifilm’s earns its respect from decades of experience with film and colour technology. Fortunately, that experience is evident with the Fujifilm X-E4 with no less than 18 film simulations. For optimal image quality, the X-E4 posses the very latest in Fujifilm tech with the 26.1MP X-Trans CMOS 4 image sensor and the X Processor 4 processing engine. It is the same internal marvels that power the Fujifilm X-T4.
Fuji has made significant advancements in autofocus performance, and the X-E4 is no slouch. With phase-detection autofocus points covering almost 100% of the sensor, your subjects will be sharp and clear. The X-E4 tracks moving subjects thanks to the advanced AF tracking algorithms and Face and Eye Detect modes.
Fujifilm X-E4 Videography in a Compact Form
More and more visual creatives are turning to video for content delivery. With the Fujifilm X-E4, there is no holding back thanks to its ability to oversamples 6k footage to 4K/30P 4:2:0 8-bit video to internal media.
Or, if you want to boost your videography game, record 4K/30P 4:2:2 10-bit video via its HDMI port to an external source. Finally, shoot ultra-smooth slow motion in Full HD at 240fps.
Fujifilm XF27mm F2.8 R WR – Reviving An X Series Classic
One of the most underrated of Fujifilm’s magnificent lens is probably its smallest. The original Fujifilm XF27mm F2.8 pancake lens has proven popular with Fuji fans for its stellar optics and compact design. Fujifilm has now announced the launch of an updated version of the very same lens in the XF27mm F2.8 WR. While initial glances may deceive you into believing that it is the same lens, there are some key differences.
Enhanced For Outstanding Performance
First and foremost, the XF27mm F2.8 WR is Weather Resistant and when paired with a WR Fuji body, provides a complete kit fit for any conditions. While the original version maintained a flat, pancake-like build, it did not possess an aperture ring. It was sorely missed as was a simple lens hood. The new version now includes both a lens hood and an aperture ring with markings between Auto, F2.8 and F16.
The lens construction is solid with seven internal elements in five groups, including one aspherical element. The 27mm focal distance converts to 41mm in 35mm full-frame equivalent. What is most notable about this tiny optical gem is that it has a diameter of 62mm and a depth of only 23mm. Plus, at 84 grams, you can drop this on the new Fujifilm X-E4 and still have a complete kit at under 500g!
Fujifilm XF70-300mm F4-5.6 R LM OIS WR Lens – All-Purpose Lens For Your X-E4 or X Series Camera
The last but in no way the least of the new Fujifilm X Series announcements is the all-new XF70-300mm F4-5.6 R LM OIS WR Lens. Fuji shooters that have moved over from another brand have long dreamed of having the equivalent focal ranges in their lenses. Fujifilm is on a mission to fill those gaps with this lens being a classic example. The new zoom delivers up to 5.5-stops of Optical Image Stabilisation(OIS) to minimise camera shake, especially when at the long end of the focal range. Focusing performance is fast and driven by a linear-motor system to match the AF speeds of the X Series cameras.
Those invested in sports or wildlife photography will rejoice at the new XF70-300mm F4-5.6 lens. Being both Weather Resistant (WR) and featuring Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) is already worthy of attention. Add to this a dynamic focal range and compact design that would be equally useful to those that want to travel with only one or two lenses. The 70-300mm focal length convert to 107-457mm in 35mm full-frame equivalent. Those who want to elevate their wildlife game truly, add the Fujifilm XF1.4 TC or the XF2.0 TC Teleconverters for up to 600mm range.
For such a significant addition to the Fujifilm lineup, it is surprising to learn that it is impeccable, compact and light. With a total length of 132.5mm, a diameter of 75mm and weighing only 580g, the XF70-300mm makes an ideal addition to any kit. The weather-sealed lens features 17 elements in 12 groups, including a single aspherical and two ED elements for optimal image perfection.
Check out the Fujifilm X-E4, available in all black or the retro-inspired black/silver. This compact marvel of a camera will be launching alongside the XF27mm F2.8 WR and XF70-300mmF4-5.6 R LM OIS WR Lens. Fujifilm continues to innovate with camera technology to match its flagship bodies. Plus, they pursue the development of new and improved lenses to meet photographers’ growing needs. Be sure to order the next addition to your Fujifilm X Series kit. Also, check out our YouTube video on these new Fujifilm releases.