Fuji X-E3 or X-E4?

QBI

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Has anyone tried both versions?
There’s some great deals on the old X-E3 and plenty reviews explaining the physical differences but nobody talking about the image quality of 3 vs 4.
Is the newer version worth twice the price?
 

Biro

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Is the image quality between the X-T2 and X-T3/4 worth it? Because that's what you're talking about. The X-E3 has the same sensor as the X-T2/X-T20/X-Pro2/X100F. The X-E4 has the same sensor as the X-T4/X-S10/X-T3/X-T30/X-Pro3/X100V.

I'm sure autofocus is more reliable with the X-E4. Fuji has made progress since the X-E3 came out. That said, if the X-E4 is a bit too expensive for you - or if you strongly prefer the older camera's body and grip - there is nothing wrong with the X-E3.
 
The AF and tilt screen are the biggest upgrades. The sensor is really good. But then, the sensor in the E3/T2/Pro2 is also really good. Another big difference between the two is the X-E4 does not have the rear scroll wheel. If you use that a lot in your shooting, the X-E3 will be the better camera for you to go with.
 
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The AF and tilt screen are the biggest upgrades. The sensor is really good. But then, the sensor in the E3/T2/Pro2 is also really good. Another big difference between the two is the X-E4 does not have the rear scroll wheel. If you use that a lot in your shooting, the X-E3 will be the better camera for you to go with.
Don't forget about the grip that's been removed; the X-E3 handles well enough even with (slightly) bigger lenses - I doubt that the X-E4 will do equally well.

It's a different enough camera that I think it'll appeal to a different type of shooter - and I'm not one of them. That said, it's an intriguing offer, especially when combined with its 27mm II companion - small, elegant and capable.

I'll stick with the X-E3 and the original 27mm - I don't profit from the WR enough, owning an unsealed body, and just switching to get the aperture ring seems frivolous.

I should probably see this as kind of a relief - as much as I appreciate what Fujifilm bring to the table, it's most probably not made for me. However, I enjoy using the X-E3 enough to keep it until I can truely replace the system, mostly the primes - which isn't the case yet. Somewhat irritatingly, the only lens I've so far found a match for is also the most impressive I own for the system, the 90mm f/2 (the Nikon Z 85mm f/1.8 matches its performance when used on the Z 50). The other primes are still really good, small and reasonably priced; the 18-55mm zoom remains unique as well (even though the Z 16-50mm DX gives it a run for its money in terms of IQ in many ways - but build, handling and speed are still way beyond what the little plastic Nikon lens offers).

The X-E4 probably represents a sensible next step for Fujifilm (I think we've seen the last of the A and M lines - this is the new entry point, I guess). I, however, would (only) fall for a weather-sealed version of the X-S10 ... But I think that's not to be. It would, however, completely change the game and make life even more difficult not only for Nikon and Canon, but also for Sony APS-C. Such a camera might actually do even more: Kill the OM-D legacy altogether ... Maybe it's just as well that it won't happen.

M.
 

QBI

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Thank you all for your advice. And guess what? Of course I've chosen something else!
The X-E4 piqued my interest, then I saw very tempting clearance deals on the X-E3 but, after a bit more research, I've ordered an X100V.

I have other non-Fuji ILC bodies and a nice collection of lenses for those. I would only have bought the 27mm lens for the X-E4. I think (hope) the X100V is superior to that set-up.
What I really wanted was a Leica Q that would fit in my pocket. If only there was an updated Leica X with an EVF. Maybe I should have gone for a CL?

Anyway, I very much appreciate your input and help.

Cheers,
 
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