Fuji XT4 vs X Pro 3

Fuji XT4 vs X Pro 3


If you are new to Fujifilm or simply looking to upgrade to the latest and greatest that Fuji has to offer you have probably looked for comparisons of the Fuji XT4 vs X Pro 3 but how do you choose between them. What are the main differences and more importantly what are they like to use?

I’m fortunate enough to own both of these top of the range APS-C models from Fujifilm and have used them both extensively. I bought mine from Amazon as I like their returns policy and customer service.


I love them both for very different reasons which I shall go through after explaining the more obvious differences in this Fuji XT4 vs X Pro 3 article. If you want a more detailed review of the Fuji XT4 then click here or watch my Fuji XT4 video review on youtube. You can also see the video version of this Fuji XT4 vs X Pro 3 article here

One thing that I should mention straight off the bat is that if you are a videographer then you can skip the rest of the article and just purchase the Fujifilm X-T4 as it is much more suited to video work due to its larger battery, fully articulating screen and better video specs including 4k 60 and 10 bit internal recording as well as IBIS.


For those of you who are primarily stills shooters then the choice is somewhat more difficult.

The Fuji X-T4 is like a sports saloon car, it can go fast and do virtually everything that a 2 seater convertible can do but with a bit less style and of course you can’t put the roof down on a sunny day (the roof in this case being the X-Pro 3’s hybrid viewfinder).


So let’s start with what the Fuji XT4 and X Pro 3 have in common:

26.1MP X-Trans IV CMOS APS-C sensor

X-Processor 4

weather resistance

maximum continuous shooting speed of 30fps (with crop) or 20fps when using the e-shutter

hybrid autofocus system with contrast and phase detection (max. 425 points)

dual SD card slot (UHS-II compatible)

Both cameras are using the same 26mp X-Trans IV sensor which results in identical image quality. They are both powered by the latest X-Processor 4 and offer the same hybrid AF system and in use they appear to be pretty much equally as fast. Neither are laggy when switching between menus items or indeed switching the camera on. The X-T4 may have a very slight edge in face detect AF due to the latest algorithm being employed but in the real world they are pretty much neck and neck.

XF 55-200mm, F/7.1, 1/480, ISO 160

Both are weather resistant and I have no issue using either of them in less than perfect weather. The feel in the hand offers very similar build quality but in a different way. The XT4 feels more dense and solid and it should as it weighs 609g vs the X-Pro 3 at 497g.

They are so similar in size that it is not even worth writing down the measurements. However when you pick them up they feel worlds apart.

The XT4 feels very solid, weighty and like a workhorse with its enlarged grip (compared to the XT3). It is a very nice design and I must admit that I do like the look of the camera. However the X-Pro 3 feels different to other cameras due to its range finder esque styling, beautifully machined and subtle finish. I should say that I have the standard black version not one of the Dura coated models.

The X-Pro 3 is probably the most beautiful camera that I have ever owned and that includes models such as the X100T (in silver) and a Silver Pen F, both of which are among the best looking digital cameras ever created. Pictures on the internet don’t do it justice. They really don’t.

In use there is no denying that the XT4 makes more sense for most people.  It offers an individual ISO dial rather than the slightly fiddly design on the X-Pro 3 where you have to lift the shutter speed dial and twist it to your desired ISO speed. This also feels like a weak point that may be prone to break in the future but to be fair it hasn’t yet.

The XT4 also continues to use the D-Pad which offers up extra Fn buttons that can be programmed to your liking. I can happily accept cameras from Fuji with or without the D-Pad but if given the choice I would retain it.


That X-Pro 3 LCD Screen

The other main physical difference which may or may not affect you depending on your shooting style is the XT4’s fully articulating LCD screen vs the highly contentious inward facing screen on the X-Pro3. The Screen on the X-Pro 3 faces inward and only opens downward. This Is supposed to encourage you to use the viewfinder and avoid constantly chimping your images giving a pure and authentic photographic experience. Okay, I made that last bit up but I think that is the general idea.

The screen on the X-Pro3 while not conventional is actually not a dealbreaker for me unlike for some. It actually works well in practise and as I use the camera purely for stills, particularly, street, candid portraits and documentary photography it offers the only function I would ever want in those scenarios which is the ability to shoot from the hip on the street in order to be discreet. Plus if I want to review my photos I can easily do so via the EVF.

The rear of the screen has a second display which is permanently on and shows the current film simulation with what looks like the label of old Fujifilm film emulsions. Maybe it’s a bit cheesy but I quite like it. The display can also be changed to show your current shooting setting.

As much as I like the X-Pro 3’s rather novel LCD screen there’s no denying that for most, it is not as useful as the fully articulating one found on the XT4. If I was solely a street shooter or just taking travel/documentary type stills then my opinion would be different but as I shoot a lot of landscapes as well as some video too, the fully articulating screen offers more flexibility. I can reverse it to check framing when creating video and it offers a variety of positions should I be shooting at high or low angles as well as in portrait orientation. It also closes with the LCD screen facing inward which means  it is protected and you can ignore it altogether should you wish.

In the end which screen you prefer will depend on what type of photographer you are and how you shoot. I imagine that someone coming from using their mobile phone for photography would find the X-Pro 3’s screen quite limiting. However I very rarely use the LCD screen on any camera to compose my photos so being forced to use the viewfinder simply is not an issue for me.

Prime or Zoom?

I choose whichever one will serve me best for whatever I plan to shoot on that occasion. If I’m heading out for landscapes I grab the XT4 along with the 10-24mm and 55-200mm lenses. If I am going on vacation with the family and just want a camera with me for candid shots of them and anything else encountered then I usually put the X-Pro3 with the 23mm 1.4 or 35mm f/2 in a small bag along with the 56mm 1.2, a spare battery and a powerbank. IMO the X-Pro 3 suits prime lenses and the XT4 works better with the zooms. Both of course can work well with either.

Fuji XT4 vs X Pro 3 EVF/OVF

The EVF on both models is virtually the same although the XT4 offers a little more magnification at 0.75x vs 0.66x and aa much larger viewfinder eye cup which helps to shield the viewfinder when shooting in bright sunlight. . In use the differences are hardly noticeable. Even though I am left eye dominant I am fortunate to be able to use either eye. The range finder style viewfinder on the left of the X-Pro 3 does have some advantages when shooting people as you are not quite so hidden behind the camera. This allows me to  feel more connected with my subjects and be more aware of what is happening outside of the field of view of the viewfinder.

The hybrid viewfinder on the X-Pro 3 offers all the benefits of an EVF as well as providing an OVF. Using the lever on the front of the camera you can very quickly change between the two. You can also superimpose a small electronic image onto the OVF which can aid in focusing.

The design is excellent and although I have preferred EVF’s for sometime now the OVF can come in very useful when shooting on the street.  For instance, it would allow you to perfectly time someone walking into frame and capture them in exactly the right position in your image due to the lack of any delay.


100% Crop @200mm 1/10

Of course, the XT4 now has IBIS which can be useful when wanting to keep your ISO as low as possible as it allows you to shoot at shutter speeds not otherwise possible. If you shoot mostly people then the benefits of IBIS are probably not all that important as you will usually be using a faster shutter speed. It does allow for a little bit more creative control by enabling you to add motion to your images, for instance blurring the motion of subjects while retaining perfect sharpness of the surrounding scene.

If you are a travel/ landscape photographer and would rather not bring along your tripod then the IBIS in the XT4 is at its most useful. Allowing you to keep the ISO as low as possible to ensure the best possible image quality. I have found that with the Fuji 10-24mm lens I can consistantly handhold shots at the wide end down to 0.5 seconds. As useful as this is, if I am going out to do landscape photography then my tripod will be coming with me and so the IBIS becomes redundant. It is useful for grabbing quick shots which would otherwise require bumping up the ISO so it does add a level of flexibility that the X-Pro 3 lacks.


Staying Power

The XT4 also uses the larger capacity NP-W235 battery which offers significantly more shots than the NP-W236s used in the X-Pro 3. I get about 900 shots from the former and around 500 from the latter. Both cameras can be charged via USB-C so I usually only carry one spare for each and then recharge from a power bank. So although the new battery in the XT4 is definitely welcome it is perhaps not quite the deal breaker it would have been had neither of the cameras been capable of charging over USB-C.

The NP-W235 battery in the XT4 is much better.

When out and about shooting street and documentary photography I have noticed that I get a better reaction to the X-Pro 3 than the XT4. The design is minimalistic with no obvious Fuji logo on the front of the X-Pro3 and the classic range finder esque styling seems to be viewed as less threatening. I guess it looks more like an old film camera, a novelty if you will and so people pay it less attention or they enquire in a positive way about what camera it is. Yes you will get asked if it is a film camera quite a lot. Either way the reaction or lack of definitely makes me feel a little more confident and comfortable pointing it at strangers on the street.

Fuji XT4 vs X Pro 3 Conclusion

In the end the choice will come down to what type of photographer you are as much as the specs.

As an owner of both models my opinion is that for pure stills, perhaps with a focus on candid/street/documentary photography the sheer pleasure of owning and using such a unique camera would have me gravitate towards the X-Pro3 even though it is less flexible, less fully featured and actually more expensive than the XT4. For this type of photography I prefer using prime lenses and that is where the X-Pro 3 makes sense and shines. Attach the 23mm, 35mm or 50mm f/2 prime lens on the X-Pro 3 and you have a  discreet, lightweight, weather sealed and very capable camera that (without sounding too poncy) epitomises the joy of photography, at least for me. It is a pleasure to use and it doesn’t hurt that it is as beautiful as it is capable.


With all that said, for 90% of photographers the XT4 is probably going to make more sense. It is cheaper, more capable, more comfortable to hold for long periods has better battery life and works better with Fuji’s zoom lenses (especially the red badge lenses) thanks to the larger grip and the option of a battery grip.

Add in the IBIS, fully articulating screen and better video options and it is one of the most well rounded mirrorless cameras available in any format and despite my love of the X-Pro 3, it is the one I would choose if I had to pick only one camera. However it doesn’t make me feel the way that the X-Pro 3 does and there is definitely something to be said for that.

Which one would you choose? I’d love to hear in the comments below.


My latest article on the Sony A7IV can be found here 

Canon 7D MK II Review

We have been testing out the new Canon 7d Mark 2 for a few weeks now to put it through its paces and to see if it lives up to the 7D name.

The things that interest us most on this new camera are the new 65 point auto-focus system which is borrowed from the top of the range Canon 1DX and how the camera performs at high ISO settings.

The original Canon 7D is a bit long in the tooth now and a lot of photographers find that they are limited to using ISO 400 or below to get the image quality that they are happy with.

By looking at who the 7d mk 2 is aimed at we can start to test out the relevant features to enable you to see if it is a worthy upgrade and if it will allow you to capture the images that you need.

The Canon 7d mark 2 is squarely aimed at wildlife, sports and photojournalists where excellent tracking, fast FPS and the extra reach of Canon’s APS-C sensor all help to get the shots that nothing else under £3000 will get you.

A quick look at the specs and the body tell us that this camera has a level of weather sealing that is not found on any camera body below the top of the range 1DX and Nikon D4s. There are seals and gaskets covering every possible weak point as far as dust and water are concerned and indeed in our testing we have found that the camera handles torrential rain in its stride. The weather sealing is top notch so have no fear in taking this body on safari, to the Arctic or using it in terrible conditions. It will keep going all day long.

In terms of ergonomics the 7d mark 2 is very similar to the original 7d. If you have previously used that camera or any of Canon’s higher end models then you will have no problem whatsoever switching to the new 7d mark 2.

What the 7d mark 2 does have now is a dedicated auto focus switch that allows you to quickly and easily flick through the auto focus settings. It is located around the joystick control. Here’s how it works. You press the auto focus selection button, then you can flick the selector switch to change between single point AF, group AF and 65 point AF selection. You can then press the joystick in whichever direction you choose to specify which af point or group you wish to use.This allows you to quickly and easily change your auto focus mode to suit the intended target. I personally found this to be a really intuitive system to use and I have been shooting Nikon bodies for the last few years.

So how does it work in practise? Is the AF system as good as they say? 

In short, yes. A big resounding yes! 

We have tested the Canon 7D Mark 2 out on a huge variety of subjects from stationary portraits through to erratically moving birds in flight and found that the new 65 point auto focus system gives you an incredibly high rate of keepers. This is coming from someone who can remember trying to shoot birds in flight on a Canon 40d many years back and all the frustrations that involved.

However this is by far and away the most responsive, accurate and customisable auto-focus system that I have used on any camera now with the exception of the 1DX but that camera is way more expensive.

Below I shot a series of images of oncoming motorbikes travelling around 40-60mph. The camera was set to AI servo (tracking af), high speed burst and the centre group of AF points.It was recording both raw and jpeg files.

I started with the camera at my side and raised it to my eye before firing off a burst.  Out of 32 shots only 2 were out of focus and to be honest that could well have been user error.

What also impresses me with this camera is the depth of the buffer. With jpegs you can shoot all day long and with a fast card not fill the buffer. We are able to shoot 18 raw files before the camera slows down. That is shooting on a Sandisk Extreme 32gb 120/mbs compact flash card.

If you head over to Cotswold Cameras TV channel you can see a quick clip of the canon firing off a burst of jpegs. Not only does this kind of shooting rate make you feel all warm inside, it’s also great for capturing action where a slower camera might miss the critical shot.

ISO performance

We have shot a bunch of different shots at all ISO settings and while the 7d mk2 might not quite be up to par with the full frame sensors in the Nikon d750 and D810 in terms of high ISO performance it is certainly no slouch. We think the ISO performance of this crop sensor is definitely the best we have yet seen from this size of sensor. ISO 1600 is clean, at ISO 3200 there is a small amount of noise creeping it but it is not at all objectionable and even at ISO 6400 noise is incredibly well-controlled. We are talking about unedited raw files that have had no noise reduction whatsoever applied. Now just think about how good they will look if you use Lightroom’s noise reduction capabilities on them.

The shots below are straight raw to jpeg conversions using Canon’s DPP software. They suffer a little from the jpeg conversion and show some jpeg artifacts due to file size restrictions, so to see the high resolution versions please head to our Flickr page.

ISO 100 Crop
ISO 800 Crop
ISO 3200 Crop
ISO 16000 Crop

Even at ISO 16000 you are still getting plenty of detail and the noise levels are manageable. We are really impressed with what Canon has done with this sensor in terms of noise performance and we think you will be too. But of course you don’t just need to take our word for it as we have shot some sample images which you can see below. We also have the full resolution files available on Flickr for you to download so you can have a play around with them and see for yourself.

Is the 7d mk 2 just for wildlife and sports photographers? 

While the Canon 7d mark 2 is undoubtedly a fantastic camera for wildlife and sports it is not just a one trick pony. With the excellent 20mp sensor along with in-camera HDR and the ability to capture time lapse images it is also a great camera for landscapes and general photography. The auto focus makes getting sharp images, no matter what the subject easy and intuitive.

In camera HDR shot with the 7d mk 2

We get to test and play with a lot of cameras here at The Cotswold Photographer but the new Canon 7d Mark 2 is something that we are really excited about. It allows photographers to access the very best auto focus system available, an excellent 10 FPS shooting speed with a deep buffer and all at a price point that was previously unthinkable.

Exit mobile version