The Fujifilm X-E4 is INSANELY expensive right now!!

The cost of a second-hand Fujifilm X-E4 is completely out of hand!

Before we get to that, let’s rewind this all a bit. Fujifilm released the X-E4 in late-February 2021. I preordered my copy, which arrived in early March. The X-E4 was the fifth in the X-E line, which began in 2012 with the X-E1, Fujifilm’s second interchangeable-lens X-series model (the X-Pro1 was the first). The X-E2 came out only one year later, and the nearly identical X-E2s was released three years after that. The X-E3 was released in 2017, and rumors floated around that it might be the last X-E camera.

The X-E line is much beloved by those who own them. It’s a combination of beautiful rangefinder styling, diminutive size, simplicity, and affordability, while producing images that are equally as good as the bigger and more expensive models. But sales have always been so-so. The X-E3, in particular, was a slow-mover, and it was possible to buy a brand-new copy for less than MSRP as recently as last year. Two years ago the X-E3 was on sale for $560. This is to say that the X-E line is niche, even within Fujifilm, which is itself sort of a niche brand; however, it’s a much loved series by many who have had the pleasure to use them. The X-E1 was my gateway into Fujifilm; today the X-E4 is my second-favorite camera, only behind the X100V.

Two Caballeros – Culleoka, TX – Fujifilm X-E4 & Fujinon 27mm f/2.8 – Kodachrome 64

With the X-E3 not moving particularly quickly, Fujifilm seriously considered discontinuing the X-E line. But with the discontinuation of the low-budget X-A and X-T000 cameras, plus a vocal outcry from their customers, I believe Fujifilm had a change of heart, so the X-E4, with its minimalistic design, was born. However, between the global parts shortage and the expected so-so sales, Fujifilm didn’t produce as many copies as other cameras. My guess is that they were concerned that unsold boxes of the X-E4 would be sitting around for years like with the X-E3 (and, to an extent, the X-E2s before that, and the X-E2 before that, and the X-E1 before that), so Fujifilm made the decision to discontinue the X-E4, and divert manufacturing resources to other cameras, like the X100V, X-T5, and X-S20.

What Fujifilm did not anticipate is that the sudden success of the X100V—thanks to social media and Film Simulation Recipes (to a degree)—would spill over to the X-E4. Since it became so hard to get a copy of the X100V, and new orders were being placed faster than Fujifilm could manufacture the camera—with backorder lists six months long—people began to look for alternatives. The X-E4, especially paired with the 27mm pancake, was a top alternative suggested for those who wanted an X100V but couldn’t get one. The X-E4, which was already hit-or-miss to find, was now sold out everywhere, and Fujifilm couldn’t manufacture new copies nearly fast enough.

Even though the X-E4 was suddenly super successful, Fujifilm inexplicably discontinued it back in March of this year, just two years after it was initially released. I believe that Fujifilm had already decided to discontinue it, and cease manufacturing at a certain point—not secure the necessary parts to make more copies—and they followed through with their plan despite the increased demand. In my opinion, this was a big mistake. Apparently, Fujifilm may have also planned to quietly discontinue the X-E line with the X-E4. My hope is that they change their minds and create an X-E5, but I’m not holding my breath, because it probably won’t happen. Maybe articles like this will convince them otherwise.

Working – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-E4 & Fujinon 27mm f/2.8 – Kodak Vision3 250D

Since the X-E4 was discontinued while demand was high, the prices of used copies has skyrocketed, as reported by Fujirumors. I began this article prior to Patrick publishing his, but got busy with other things before finishing it, then I saw his post on the subject. I questioned if it was even worth publishing, but, after thinking about it, I decided to finish this article. I believe that I have a divergent-enough take on this topic that it’s worthwhile to publish anyway.

Used copies of the X-E4 are being listed for sale for 50% to 100% more (and sometimes higher!) than the camera cost when brand new. Crazy! It’s simple supply and demand. There’s a lot of demand, and Fujifilm didn’t manufacture nearly enough supply. So now, if you want an X-E4 you’re going to pay through the teeth. Even the X-E3 is selling for more than it was, although it still seems pretty affordable—if you can’t find an X-E4, buy an X-E3 instead. I love my X-E4, but I wouldn’t recommend buying one for these prices. What it really shows is that Fujifilm should make an X-E5, or start manufacturing more X-E4 bodies. It’s a wasted opportunity.

Below are some screenshot examples I found of the insanely inflated X-E4 prices. If you are trying to buy one, I sincerely wish you the best of luck finding one for a reasonable cost.

See also: The Current Fujifilm X-Series Lineup


  1. juep · October 26

    Over here in Italy there is a portal where people sell their used equipment called “Subito.” An X-E4 can be found, if you can find it, on average for about 900 euros. And I thought that was a lot, it’s actually a very good price I think..

  2. Nick Blackburn · October 26

    The XE3 is my Fuji of choice- the XE4 was a backward step in my view. Still hoping for an XE5. Cheers, Nick

    • Ritchie Roesch · October 27

      I like the X-E4, personally, but would have preferred a M/C/S switch, and an ISO dial around the shutter knob would have been a nice touch.

  3. Edward Kenway · October 26

    I just buy a xe4 with xf 27 f2.8 in China, The price is 8800RMB (1202 USD), if I wait for a month, until 11th November, maybe I can buy this in 7699RMB (1052USD),but a can`t wait to have this.

    • Ritchie Roesch · October 27

      Sounds like they are significantly inflated over there, but not quite as bad as over here. I’d pay $1,050 for one, but $1,200 is a little more than I’d be willing to part with. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of good alternatives….

  4. Random Guinea Pig · October 26

    Is there a better place to sell mine than KEH?

    • Ritchie Roesch · October 27

      KEH is pretty reputable. MPB is another option.

  5. alexander · October 27

    Glad I got one for 600€, second hand, and I was sure, this was a good deal. Yes, it isn’t perfect, like me, but I like the simplicity on this cam. It took me a wile to get warm with it, but now it is my go for camera, paired with XF 18, 1.4, like it a lot.

    • Ritchie Roesch · October 30

      That’s an excellent deal! You could turn around and double or maybe even triple your money right now, it seems, if you wanted. For me, am not even tempted to sell mine. Thanks for the comment!

      • Barry Studd · October 30

        Me neither Ritchie, love my XE4 and 27mm.

  6. Clouchi · October 29

    I started looking for one after your article on the X100V, found it 11 months ago here in the UAE, less than 3 month old unit for $680, got it on the spot and very happy with it.

  7. Superia800 · October 31

    After my first XE-4 had a mfg error with the dial, I could not find any other XE-4 in stock. I finally settled for a $1200 gray market import XE-4 with 27mm WR lens – overpaying a bit. I love this little thing. Really happy I snagged it when I did.

    • Ritchie Roesch · November 1

      $1,200 with the lens seems like a bargain considering that a used body-only X-E4 is apparently going for $1,500 right now. You get a good deal in retrospect.

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