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Fujifilm Removes X-T4 and X-E4 from their Japanese Catalog Page

We already told you that major Japanese stores marked the X-T4, X-E4 and X-T30II as discontinued.

Now we have another puzzle piece to add to this: as you can see from the screenshot above, Fujifilm has removed the Fujifilm X-T4 and X-E4 from their Japanese product catalog.

The last available Google cached version of September 2021 still shows both items on the website.

What does this mean for Fujifilm X-T5, X-E4 and X-T30II? Well, I have tried to explain it as good as possible here.

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Fujifilm X-T4, X-E4, X-T30II Discontinued at Major Japanese Stores: So Let’s Talk Fujifilm X-T5, X-E5 and X-T40

Several major Japanese stores like MapCamera, BicCamera, and Yodobashi have now marked the Fujifilm X-T4, X-E4 and X-T30II as discontinued.

Map camera still has it in stock, but they won’t be receiving anymore units for sale after their stock is depleted. There’s a note on the pages that says “在庫限り(生産完了品)” which translates to “Limited stock (discontinued item)“.

So let’s talk about it.

Fujifilm X-T5:

In the past, especially when it comes to the X-T line, once a successor was released, the older model was still manufactured for a while, simply because they remained very popular. So discontinue the X-T4 even before the Fujifilm X-T5 arrives would be very unique.

But hey, we also live unique times with the massive parts shortage.

Since the Fujifilm X-T5 will be announced shortly, Fujifilm could have decided to stop Fujifilm X-T4 production in order to use some of the X-T4 components for the Fujifilm X-T5 production. A unique, drastic but maybe necessary move. But that’s just a mere speculation of mine, trying to make sense on why it is marked as discontinued at some Japanese stores.

Fujifilm X-E5:

It usually takes Fujifilm almost 4 years to update the X-E line. So a Fujifilm X-E5 coming so soon (X-E4 was announced in January 2021), would be extremely surprising.

If Fujifilm really discontinued the X-E4 as some Japanese stores write, then I believe the most likely reason is not because a Fujifilm X-E5 is about to drop, but because Fujifilm needs some of the parts to manufacture newer and more important cameras (in terms of revenue for Fujifilm) as the Fujifilm X-H2S, Fujifilm X-H2 and the imminent Fujifilm X-T5.

Fujifilm X-T40

Fujifilm needs about 2 years to update the X-T** line.

The Fujifilm X-T30 was released in February 2019. It’s successor, the Fujifilm X-T30II came in September 2021. So one might think we might have to wait late 2023 or early 2024 for an X-T40, but consider that the Fujifilm X-T30II is a last second emergency product of Fujifilm: they run out of parts and in order to keep the manufacturing process of the X-T30 alive, they needed to use new and slightly improved hardware parts (such as a better LCD screen).

Not even Fujifilm sees the X-T30II as a true successor to the X-T30. So I guess a Fujifilm X-T40 in not too distant future could be a possibility.

But the problem here is: I have zero rumors or ever so slight hint and whisper about it, which makes me believe that the Fujifilm X-T40 won’t come that soon.

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Fujifilm X-H2, X-H2S and X-T4 Autofocus Performance Comparison Sheet (and X-H2 Beats X-H2S in One Aspect)

Fujifilm has shared a data sheet with a rough autofocus comparison between the Fujifilm X-H2, Fujifilm X-H2s and Fujifilm X-T4.

It does not really tell us much, but it is interesting to note that at its best, all cameras can focus at 0.02 sec. A limitation that is given by hardware (moving the lens elements etc). And of course the X-T4 of course lacks of subject and animal tracking features.

Other than that, whenever something is moving, the Fujifilm X-H2S has the upper hand due to its stacked sensor design.

However, there is one aspect, where the Fujifilm X-H2 beats the Fujifilm X-H2S, and that’s “high frequency subject“. The reason for that is simple and Fujifilm explains it below.

X-H2’s higher pixel count increases the number of phase detection pixels, which improves AF-S focusing accuracy on subjects including landscapes and portraits. The camera also incorporates an improved AF prediction algorithm, newly developed for the X-H2S, enabling stable focusing even when using AF-C. The X-H2S excels in moving object tracking utilizing the performance of the stacked sensor, while the X-H2 excels in accurate AF for static subjects.

So there is an advantage also in having many more phase detection pixels packed closer together into a higher megapixel camera.

DPR Fujifilm X-H2S Lab Test Results: Despite Big Speed Increase, Comparable Image Quality with X-T3 and X-T4

DRPeview has added the Fujifilm X-H2S to their lab test comparison tool. Their findings:

  • Overall, this is a good result: we were impressed with the X-T3 and 4, so maintaining comparable image quality despite the big speed increase is a creditable result.
  • slight increase in read noise as a result of the fast readout being seen as a reduction in usable dynamic range.

You can read it all and play around with their comparison tool here.

Fujifilm X-H2S vs X-T4 vs X-H1 Dynamic Range

Photons to Photos has published its data for the Photographic Dynamic Range of the Fujifilm X-H2S. You can see the results here.

Camera Model Maximum
PDR
Low Light
ISO
Low Light
EV
FujiFilm X-H1 10.10 3586 10.16
FujiFilm X-H2S 10.04 2884 9.85
FujiFilm X-T4 10.45 3298 10.04

Fujifilm X-T3 Discontinued (but it Resisted 2+ Years After it Was Replaced by Fujifilm X-T4)

Back in September 2021, Fujifilm quietly introduced the Fujifilm X-T3 WW. The Fujifilm X-T3 “worldwide” version is an X-T3 sold without battery charger!

It was the best deal on an X-T3 you can get, but now it is starting to run out of stock forever, as for example BHphoto has marked it as discontinued.

The X-T3 was a massive hit for Fujifilm, and even though it has been replaced by the Fujifilm X-T4 in February 2020, it was able to stay on the market until now.

It’s actually incredible how long it could “resist” and keep up selling on the market despite the X-T4 with IBIS being launched 2+ years ago.

However, now it’s time also for the Fujifilm X-T3 to retire. The Fujifilm X-T4 will keep the sales for the X-T series going, at least until we get the Fujifilm X-T5.

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Fujifilm Manager: “We Are Committed to Bring X-H2S Autofocus Features as much as Possible to Older Models (X-T3/X-T4)”

  • A limited number of Fujinon XF150-600mm f/5.6-8 lenses is now in stock at Amazon US here (at the moment also shipped and sold by Amazon).

When asked if the X-T4 and X-T3 will profit from the new autofocus algorithm of the Fujifilm X-H2, the service manager for Fujifilm Germany says:

First off we have to say clearly that the Fujifilm X-H2S uses a new stacked sensor and a new processor, who are largely responsible for the fast readout and autofocus speed and at the end allow the new algorithm to realize such an autofocus performance.

This means you can’t bring that kind of performance 1 to 1 to other models like the X-T3 and X-T4, who use an older sensor and processor.

But we are committed to bring new features as much as possible to older models via firmware update

This is not Google translated from German, but translated by myself for you in the most accurate way possible, in order to avoid misunderstandings.

Look, when my Fujifilm X-T4 sees faces in trees and branches, I am sure that this is not a limitation of the sensor and processor, but of the algorithm itself. And that’s true also for the real-time Sony alike autofocus tracking, which disappointed me a bit during the wedding I photographed and that could be significantly improved via firmware update also on older cameras.

That’s why I believe that the new algorithm alone would already give us a huge improvement on older cameras, at least for face and eye detection.

And if there would be also an improvement in zone/area tracking, I could also live without subject/animal tracking on my Fujifilm X-T4, which probably are more complex to implement and really require all the latest and greatest 5th gen stuff.

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Fujifilm Firmware Updates for X-T4, X-T3, X-S10, X-Pro3, X-T30II, X100V, GFX100S, GFX100, GFX50S and GFX50R

Fujifilm has released new firmware updates for ten Fujifilm cameras.

Down below all the details and download links.

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Firmware Details

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Which 5th Generation Sensor do You Want in the Fujifilm X-T5, X-Pro4, X-E5, X-S20, X-T40, X80, X200?

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Maybe it’s just because I haven’t had a decent sleep for weeks. Maybe I am just overthinking it all (but don’t worry, I am recovering greatly now)

But when I re-watched the X Summit, I was confused by the statement the Japanese Fujifilm manager made in regards to the 5th generation 26MP stacked and 40MP non-stacked sensor.

His statement:

there is no other camera platform more suitable to have them both than the ‘X-H” Series

I wondered what he meant by that, and I concluded it could be either one of the 2 options mentioned below:

  1. only the X-H line will offer both sensor options
  2. since the X-H line is the most suitable, it will be the first to feature both sensor options. Other less suitable lines might get both options too, but only later on as the priority is the X-H line
  3. NEW ENTRY: some FR-reader said this is just marketing blah blah blah aimed to sell as many X-H cameras as possible and then both sensors will find its way in most camera lines anyway

I’ve asked you guys in a survey what you think the manager meant, and here is the result of the survey.

SPECULATION (NOT RUMOR): In my eyes, it would make sense to put both sensor options in at least all of Fuji’s higher end models, as ordering the same Sony sensor in larger numbers, helps to push down the cost for each sensor.

But what Fujifilm will decide to do is unknown at this point. And maybe it is even unknown to Fujifilm itself.

And yet…

let’s assume for a moment that the interpretation the majority of you guys gave is correct. So let’s assume that only the X-H line will get both sensor options.

This would mean that in regards to all other lines, Fujifilm would have to make a decision on which sensor to pick for each camera.

And if that would be the case, I can already see lots of head scratching at the Fujifilm HQ trying to figure out which sensor is best for which line.

If that’s really the case, then I thought that the generous FujiRumors community will gladly invest a bit of its time to give Fujifilm its opinion on this matter by commenting on this article and by voting the surveys down below.

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Fujifilm X-H2S Autofocus Tracking vs X-T4, for Wildlife and Performance on Older XF Lenses (XF56mmF1.2 Included)

The French channel Les Guides Fujifilm has published a video about the Fujifilm X-H2S autofocus performance under many different scenarios.

It’s a 40 minutes video where he tests:

  • X-H2S vs X-T4 eye/face tracking
  • X-H2S tracking a running dog
  • X-H2S tracking kids (running and on bicycle)
  • X-H2S for Wildlife
  • X-H2S at 40fps and 30fps tracking (dog and kids)
  • how good several Fujinon lenses work on X-H2S
  • low light stills tracking in a circus
  • low light video tracking in a circus

Lots of stuff, right?

You don’t have time right now to watch it all?

Well, for your convenience I’ve made a summary down below and I’ll also give you time stamps so that you can jump to the section that interests you most.

NOTE 1: when he scrolls very quickly through the images you see them unsharp. This happens because his computer is not rendering at full res. When he stops on an image it gets rendered and it becomes sharp.

NOTE 2: I speak four languages, but sadly French is not one of them (although I understand it a bit). In case any French FR-reader notices an error or wants to add something, feel free to let me know in the comments.

Video Summary

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