Lately, I've seen a shift in the photography community. Gone are the days when people shot with the same ol' giant full-frame DSLR. By all means, they were great cameras for what we needed, but sometimes we want to bring a camera with us on a typical day and not feel burdened; sometimes, we'd rather have a compact and practical camera for documenting our everyday life.
Enter the Fujifilm lineup of X series cameras, a dominant group of compact, analog-designed digital cameras at affordable prices. They are great for an everyday photographer, and the Fujifilm X-E4 is no exception.
A lot of people's favorite Fujifilm camera is the X100V. It's a niche, fixed lens camera with a 35mm film rangefinder silhouette, making it an excellent camera to photograph. Still, unfortunately, it's a camera that's very hard to attain nowadays. It's back-ordered on almost every major retailer around. Thus people turn their heads to the X-E4 and wonder if it's a worthy alternative. Could it even be the better option? As someone who owns both an X-E4 and an X100V, they are both very similar yet distinctively different cameras. Lately, though, I've been grabbing my X-E4 a lot more often.
Be sure to check out my YouTube video on how I use my X-E4 for street photography.
The Fujifilm X-E4 is the fourth iteration and successor to the Fujifilm X-E3, which came out five years ago. The X-E4 boasts the latest fourth-generation X-Processor and 26.1 megapixels with edge-to-edge phase detection autofocus. On the surface, it looks like a photography-focused camera, but it also features a lot of video specs that make it capable of filmmaking.
What We Love
Compact body: The X-E4 is incredibly tight. Paired with a pancake lens, this camera competes with the X100V size and can easily slip in and out of any jacket pocket.
Interchangeable lenses: Unlike the X100V, the X-E4 offers the versatility of using any of Fujifilm's wide range of lenses. I find their compact f/2 lens lineup works perfectly with this camera, and the ability to use different focal lengths is why I pick my X-E4 up more than my X100V.
Analog design: Staying true to the Fujifilm design philosophy, the X-E4 has elements that remind you of using a film camera. This camera is super fun to shoot with a manual shutter speed dial and a left-justified EVF mimicking a rangefinder.
Camera Type: Mirrorless Camera
Best For: Everyday photography, street photography, portraits & landscape. This camera can do it all, but most importantly, it's an excellent choice for anyone who wants a compact, interchangeable lens camera with that signature Fujifilm essence.
What It Has
Classic film camera aesthetic
Compact interchangeable lens body
18 film simulations
Rich color rendering
180-degree tilt screen
What It Does
Every day portability
26.1 X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor
425 Auto Focus points
2.36m-Dot 0.62x OLED EVF
Up to 30 fps shooting
UBC, HDMI, and 3.5mm audio input