Experienced still image maker Adrian Murray talks to us about using X-T4 to delve deeper into the hybrid photography sphere.
Adrian Murray uses his photography to tell the everyday stories that seem small on the surface, but over time become a family’s most treasured memories. To do this, he needs an image-making tool that can deliver outstanding photos and videos, regardless of the situation. We catch up with him to find out whether X-T4 fit the bill.
“I love to challenge myself and both mediums bring their own sets of challenges,” says Adrian. “With stills, the main challenge is being able to aesthetically tell an entire story with a single frame. With film I gain audio, thousands of frames, motion, and a whole lot of freedom. However, film requires storytelling to be strung together in a sequence that your audience can logically follow,” he explains.
“The physical switch that toggles stills and movies, and the dedicated menus this switch provides, allows for an incredibly organic experience”
Compared to his many years of experience making photographs, Adrian is relatively new to filmmaking. Therefore, he values a hybrid camera that makes it easy to create high-quality photos and video, so that he can focus his energy on the story rather than the gear. “I’ve said this on a few occasions, but the best camera is the one that doesn’t get in the way of your creativity,” he tells us.
“One of the ways the X-T4 achieves this is with the newly designed vari-angle LCD touchscreen. I’m able to comfortably shoot at just about any angle imaginable and that in itself allows the rest of the camera to disappear,” he enthuses.
Another way X-T4 achieves this is with its highly user-friendly operating system. “The physical switch that toggles stills and movies, and the dedicated menus this switch provides, allows for an incredibly organic experience to get the content you want when you want it,” he tells us.
As well as praising X-T4’s external design, Adrian highlights the new technology that can be found on the inside. He specifically mentions his excitement at the phase detection autofocus system that focuses in just 0.02-seconds, the 26.1MP X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor, and Full HD/240fps super slow-motion footage.
Another thing Adrian tells us that really stood out for him was the state-of-the-art image stabilization system. “The digital image stabilization paired with the five-axis in-body image stabilization (IBIS) provides some of the smoothest motion with nothing but a camera,” he says.
Overall, Adrian tells us that X-T4 is definitely a camera he would recommend to creators who want the versatility to record in photo and video, without any sacrifice in quality. “I’d highly recommend X-T4 to any hybrid shooters, because it offers such amazing imagery for both mediums; and does so in such a portable and affordable package,” he explains.
“While continuing with Fujifilm’s excellent color reproduction qualities, beautiful gear, and helpful menu systems, this camera also allows excellent still image quality and smooth motion video, in a portable package,” he continues, adding: “I think those who are used to shooting full frame should really rethink their prejudice toward crop frame shooting.”
“I’d highly recommend X-T4 to any hybrid shooters, because it offers such amazing imagery for both mediums; and does so in such a portable and affordable package”
About the Photographer
Adrian Murray’s trademark fine-art style has earned him a huge social media following and strong reputation as a commercial and lifestyle photographer.