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DPReview Declares Fujifilm X-T4 Best Hybrid Camera under $2,000 and Fujifilm X-T4 vs Sony A7III Comparison


DPReview updated its Buying Guide, and now officially recommends the Fujifilm X-T4 as the best hybrid video/stills camera you can buy for less than $2,000, hence, according to DPR, if you are looking for the best balanced video/stills camera, the X-T4 will serve you better than the second placed camera, the Sony A7III. That’s at least according to DPR here.

Fujifilm X-T4 vs Sony A7III?

Down below you will find:

  • don’t miss this – Fujifilm APS-C is Dead? Nikon Z5, Sony A7III, Canon R6 vs the Fujifilm X Series Art of Balance
  • a comparison between Fujifilm X-T4 and Sony A7III (with summary)
  • Hugh Brownstone calls the Fujifilm X-T4 the best balanced and least compromised camera on the market

Fujifilm X-T4: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / FocusCamera

Fujifilm X-T4 vs Sony A7III

The Hybrid Shooter compares the arguable best options for sub. $2,000 cameras, the Sony A7III and the Fujifilm X-T4. Here is what he says:

  • X-T4 is a very good attempt to make X-T line a complete package
  • X-T4 is geared towards enthusiasts, with its vintage controls
  • size and weight is similar, both cameras feel solid and well made
  • side doors feel plasticy on both cameras
  • the tilt screen is always more solid than the fully articulating one, hence Sony screen feels more solid
  • overall both cameras feel premium
  • X-T4 is one of the best looking cameras on the market
  • Sony A7III has less pixel density, and hence is much less demanding when it comes to lens quality, hence with the Sony A7III you can get good results with average lenses
  • with X-T4 you need very good lenses if you want to match the sensor resolution
  • shallow DOF easier to achieve with Sony due to lens selection
  • dynamic range on X-T4 is surprisingly good, and he does not think anybody will be disappointed, although the Sony A7III still has an edge
  • Sony ISO performance is generally one stop cleaner than X-T4 and at higher ISO the difference is about 1.5 stops (including adjusting for exposure difference)
  • in low light, the X-T4 keeps up very well until ISO 3200 and ISO6400 is still usable in most cases, and the Sony has acceptable amount of noise at 12800
  • Sony has the edge, but the X-Trans sensor is really good as well
  • color science is very similar, both accurate colors
  • Fujifilm has great selection of film simulations, so if you prefer Canon style colors, you can go with Velvia
  • Sony AF system is basically perfect in video and stills
  • X-T4 AF is very good in stills. Tracking AF is very good but not quite on Sony level
  • eye detection on Fuji X-T4 is very good, but not as good as Sony
  • In video, AF performance of Fuji depends on lenses. Smooth with new lenses, not so smooth with old lenses
  • Fuji better video specs
  • he loves ETERNA for video
  • Sony has no 10 bit, so you can’t push color grading as far as Fuji X-T4
  • also the LOG is better on X-T4 thanks to higher bitrate and better codecs
  • Sony exposure changes in video are smooth, in Fuji it is stepping
  • Fuji is the more advanced video camera
  • Sony has larger grip, but also X-T4 grip is still usable with small to mid-size lenses
  • the stills/video switch on the Fuji is extremely usable
  • he wishes the AF-selector mode on the X-T4 would be on the back and not on the front
  • Fuji is more fun to use, but it is also fun to shoot with Sony
  • Fuji user interface is a bit better than Sony
  • the menu on Sony is really outdated, and the Fuji menu is better organized
  • Sony A7III has only 1 UHS-II compatible slot, the other is UHS-I, with Fuji both are UHS-II
  • IBIS is better on Fuji X-T4, but it’s ok also on the Sony A7III
  • EVF and LCD is better on X-T4, making the X-T4 more pleasant to work with
  • he prefers the tilt screen of Sony A7III. He does not like fully articulating screens
  • Fuji X-T4 has higher fps, but since Sony has more accurate focus, he would pick the Sony for AF tracking
  • Sony has the best selection at the moment (thanks also to Sigma and Tamron offering)
  • Fujifilm has very good lenses, but some are quite old and not optimized for newest cameras, also not optimized for video. Not many AF third party options
  • Sony wins in terms of lens selection
  • battery life is very good on both, still 35% better on Sony, probably due to lower res. viewfinder and display
  • Sony is a pragmatic choice
  • Fuji is the more capable video camera
  • both cameras are great value at the moment, and you can’t go wrong with any of these
  • there is no clear winner

Fujifilm X-T4 camera: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / FocusCamera

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