Fujifilm X-T4 Also Plagued With Overheating Issues

In the last week we've heard a lot about the latest camera unveiled by Canon. As great as these cameras are on paper, Canon has confirmed that they may have issues with overheating after a certain amount of use. Unfortunately, this is not just a problem that Canon cameras are suffering from, Fujifilm is also having problems with overheating too. 

In a recent video from Tony and Chelsea Northrup, they perform a detailed on the Fujifilm X-T4. For the most part, the Northrups describe the camera in a positive light, however, they do point out one potentially major problem, and that is the overheating. When filming in 4K, it seems that this camera does overheat. Northrup also discusses the amount of time it takes for the camera to overheat and in what kind of conditions, which could be useful for those that own the system already. 

This is disappointing but also rather strange to me. I own the X-T3 and use it for a lot of our videos. I absolutely love the camera for a number of a reasons and I've never experienced any kind of overheating with it. I've regularly shot long clips with the camera and even after hours of use, the camera has absolutely no problem. The latest camera offers very similar video specifications to the older model, yet seems to overheat quite quickly. 

The problem could be due to the addition of IBIS in the latest model, although I should mention this is complete speculation on my part. In my view, if video is a major reason for buying one of the Fujifilm cameras, I would recommend the X-T3 for now as that is far more stable than what the X-T4 seems to be. 

Check out the full video linked above to see how the camera performs. 

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To be fair, they were recording at 60p, not 30p.

If you're up to it, maybe you can conduct your own tests:

1. 4k 60p
2. IBIS on
3. Dual card recording
4. Outside / Inside

I disagree. I think Tony's experience with gear provides a useful data point. He almost always shows his work so you can decide for yourself whether or not you agree with him. In the case of overheating, he is not the first or only one to report the issue.

That said, I'm glad you didn't have issues. Your experience in the jungle sounds interesting. I hope you write something up for FujiLove or the like. The X-T4 is a solid camera that has been taking a beating lately. It would be great to read about your positive results.

i'm not considering writing an article for fujilove at the moment.
i used to be in contact with Tomasz but the last propositions of work i sent his way where turned down. he has toured in Peru with me and some fujilovers. he is an awesome guy, but i think he is busy as hell and also honestly, doesn't seem interested in working with me anymore. so that's that. no idea, maybe he didn't like the experience so much. But a really really nice pro-active guy. really admire him.

as for the T4, so far so good. as long as it keeps working with no problems, i'm a happy customer.

I completely understand Fujifilm from an enthusiast point of view. They offer great looking bodies, tactile experiences, offer the most complete APSC lens lineup and the only company (even after MF) to treat their APSC customers properly.

What I don’t understand is why any professional (if your getting paid) would bother with the system when numerous superior options are available in both DSLR and mirrorless formats. Your getting paid to deliver photos, why sacrifice the IQ (yes larger sensors do deliver better IQ, fact), deal with a fairly limited lens lineup when compared to FF, and find workarounds/wait for Kaizen updates that honestly should have been released when the camera was released.

No camera is perfect, I appreciate when reviewers find those flaws and report on them. That way, as a consumer, I can weigh those positives and negatives into my purchase decision. This is much better than living in an echo chamber and only listening/watching reviewers who repeat my pre-existing thoughts on a product.

Honestly, it's probably because the bodies have been cheaper than the full-frame, though that difference is narrowing a bit with the X-T4. Carrying two X-T2's for a wedding shoot (56mm f/1.2 + 16mm f/1.4) means less lens swapping and meaningful cost savings. Full frame definitely has a broader range of fast glass (and high ISO performance), but if you don't plan on shooting with f/2.8 equivalent zooms on full frame, I imagine a lot of pros get by with Fuji.

That, and a great many clients will never know the difference between FF and APS-C. If they like your portfolio, you get the gig, and they like the end product, the system doesn't really matter.

All that being said, I can't tear myself away from full-frame, though I sometimes think the advantages are all in my head lol

Fair enough. I agree clients can’t tell the difference and if your using strobes it makes little difference what system your using.

Indeed. The IQ is easily good enough if the resolution is sufficient for your purposes. The Fuji gear can be lighter too—though that's not a given.

Given the Northrups track record, I wouldn’t trust them if they said rain was wet.

That being said however, it wouldn’t surprise me if a camera that small, with no active cooling, did experience at least some overheating, as many cameras tend to in that form factor.

Let’s wait until this gets investigated by real professionals and see what happens then.

The only noticeable overheating issue I have noticed is when using my X-T3 as a webcam; after a couple of hours online meeting the camera gets disconcertingly hot, I have got over the problem by placing an ice block directly below the mini tripod not quite in contact with the camera.

I'm not a fan to these two and their bias towards Sony. Since I don't and won't watch the, I have read - but not confirmed - that they put a non-approved card in the camera: an action that in no small part, helped to create the overheating problem. If true, they should do a new review using a Fuji approved card and see if the problem persists.

Glad to see a wakening over this video issue. Want video? Get a video camera. This mob mentality has infected photography. Leica the one left that hasn’t lost their way. Fuji introduced the X series as a answer option to Leica in the Xpro-1. It’s looking like Fuji has bent to the mob with this video nonsense and bloggers with the flippy screen feature. It’s the XT series I’m referring to. Refining a model doesn’t mean piling on features in number to impress. Also, I’ve never seen a company, as in Fuji take so many critical hits unjustly from these forums. Possibly it’s by nature that the modern camera provides so much convenience making great imagery accessible to the newbie, or beginner captive of their own insecurity pressuring, or polluting real world photographic method.

A lot of truth here, when I got into photography I wrongly assumed it was a mainly positively minded pursuit full of people that enjoy capturing the best parts of our planet (excluding photo journalists and crime scene obviously). The reality is it’s a snidey little cesspit of nasty comments and anonymous trolls making massively overhyped statements based on hearsay and misinformation.

Comments regarding reviewers and commenters resolve nothing. Look at high end video graphic cards. Heat dissipation is a real problem. Unfortunately, we can't use noisy, electron greedy fans in our cameras. Video will always produce more heat than still photography. Hybrid cameras, while nice to have, come with negative tradeoffs when video use is emphasized. The manufacturers want to build swiss army cameras because that's cheaper for them to do. Still photographers don't want to pay extra for full-on video. Eventually everyone will realize that there's a necessary fork in the road that will satisfy the needs of both kinds of tool users.

I’m not surprised. My X100V is definitely having overheating issues and that is with still photos. There are two reasons for this. First, I’ve been trying out the in camera HDR feature in combination with the clarity turned up. Both of these require more processing power is my guess. Also, I’m shooting in Phx AZ in the summer. The first night it overheated, it was 10pm and only 100 degrees outside. Not very hot for Phoenix summer temperatures. It overheated within a few minutes and I had only taken a few shots. Since then, I’m getting overheating warnings within minutes of using the HDR function. I was a bit disappointed but not surprised. This is the trade off for weathersealing. I’m keeping the camera and just working within its limits. I love it!!
Also, I had the X100F for two years with zero overheating issues. Even when shooting in 110 degree temperatures.