The Fujifilm X-T4 could be the latest camera to see its shipping delayed by the knock-on effects of the coronavirus, according to a post on Fujifilm Russia's Facebook page (opens in new tab).
Although the post is specific to the Russian market, it does state that "the official start of sales of the Fujifilm X-T4 is postponed to a later date, from April 2020 to May 2020".
It also warns about a possible price increase, saying that "due to the sharply increased volatility in the foreign exchange market, by the time sales of the Fujifilm X-T4 camera start, it is possible to revise previously announced recommended retail prices."
If you've been thinking about snapping up the mirrorless all-rounder, though, don't start worrying yet. This is far from official confirmation that the same apply will apply to the US, European or Australian markets.
While a slight delay to shipping is certainly possible – the Nikon D6 recently officially confirmed that it would arriving two months later than planned – and the coronavirus effect will undoubtedly have long-term repercussions, an imminent worldwide price increase seems unlikely.
We reached out to Fujifilm for comment and it said that nothing has changed from its original announcement that the X-T4 would be available in late Spring 2020. That estimate could be pushed to the limits, but right now it's still on course to arrive before the summer.
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The Fujifilm X-T4 is shaping up to be a fantastic all-rounder, adding in-body image stabilization (IBIS) and a fully articulating touchscreen to the X-T3, which is itself already one of our favorite mirrorless cameras.
If you mainly shoot stills, though, then it's still worth considering the X-T3, which will remain on sale for some time and won't, of course, be subject to any manufacturing or shipping delays.
It has the same sensor and EVF as the X-T4, and virtually the same autofocus system, bar some software upgrades on its newer sibling. And while IBIS is certainly helpful for stills as well as video – particularly in low light situations, when it can help you use lower ISO settings to preserve image quality – there's not quite as much benefit if you mostly shoot action sequences or on a tripod.
Naturally, it's also a fair bit cheaper than its successor too – you can buy the X-T3 with the excellent XF18-55mm kit lens for the same price as a body-only X-T4. Still, if you'd rather wait to find out how much better than X-T4 really is, we'll be putting it through its paces in a full review very soon.
via Fuji Rumors (opens in new tab)