FUJIFILM X-T4 and X-S10 Firmware Adds Support for TASCAM Audio Adapter


FUJIFILM X-T4 and X-S10 Firmware Adds Support for TASCAM Audio Adapter

FUJIFILM X-T4 and X-S10 mirrorless cameras get new free firmware updates that bring support for the TASCAM CA-XLR2d-F audio adapter that adds two XLR inputs with 48V Phantom power, manual controls, an extra 3.5mm input, and 3.5mm headphones output while communicating via the camera’s hot shoe.

First announced in August 2021, the XLR audio adapter TASCAM CA-XLR2d from the Japanese TEAC Corporation became available for pre-order in January 2022. As I have been using the Panasonic XLR adapter with my LUMIX cameras for years already, I am very happy to see other mirrorless cameras also get the option to have a better audio workflow. Especially Canon and FUJIFILM cameras will profit from the TASCAM adapter as it offers a digital connection via the cameras’ hot shoes.

The TASCAM XLR audio adapter adds two XLR inputs with 48V Phantom power, lots of manual controls, an extra 3.5mm input, and 3.5mm headphones output. It also includes a detachable dampened microphone bracket on the side, and it is powered directly from the camera’s hot shoe.

The TASCAM CA-XLRd-F is the FUJIFILM version of the adapter. Recently, the two existing FUJIFILM cameras that were supposed to support the TASCAM CA-XLR2d-F audio adapter – the X-T4 and X-S10 – finally received the firmware updates that enable it.

TASCAM audio adapter
FUJIFILM cameras with TASCAM CA-XLR2d-F audio adapter. Source: TEAC Corporation

FUJIFILM X-T4 firmware version 1.40

Announced already more than two years ago, The FUJIFILM X-T4 still holds the flagship spot in the FUJIFILM X-mount lineup. This will stay so at least until this year’s X Summit event in May where FUJIFILM plans to announce multiple new cameras. You can check Johnnie’s X-T4 review from February 2020 in case you missed it. I think this camera is still very relevant in 2022, especially given its price. The new firmware update version 1.40 adds the following new features and improvements:

  • XLR microphone adapter (TASCAM CA-XLR2d-F) is now supported. As a result, the [XLR MIC ADAPTER SETTING] option has been added under the [AUDIO SETTING] in the movie menu as well as [4ch AUDIO PLAYBACK] option has been added under [SOUND SETTING] in the setup menu.
  • a firmware bug has been fixed, which caused [WB SHIFT] saved as “CUSTOM” would be disabled by operating the “Q” menu.
  • another minor bug has been fixed.

The new firmware update for the X-T4 can now be downloaded directly from the FUJIFILM support website.

FUJIFILM X-S10 firmware version 2.30

The tiny FUJIFILM X-S10 camera has been announced in October 2020 and despite having a small footprint, it still offers IBIS and other useful features. Make sure to check Johnnie’s X-S10 review in case you missed it. Although the TASCAM XLR adapter might be a bit too large for such a small camera, it is still great to see that it will now be supported. The full list of new features and improvements included in the firmware update version 2.30 looks like this:

  • XLR microphone adapter (TASCAM CA-XLR2d-F) is now supported. As a result, the [XLR MIC ADAPTER SETTING] option has been added under the [AUDIO SETTING] in the movie menu as well as [4ch AUDIO PLAYBACK] option has been added under [SOUND SETTING] in the setup menu.
  • The firmware bugs have been fixed, which rarely caused that the Bluetooth paired device would not be registered correctly or that the camera would not turn on after paired device was registered.

The new firmware update for the X-S10 can now be downloaded directly from the FUJIFILM support website.

Price and availability

The TASCAM CA-XLR2d-F audio adapter for FUJIFILM can currently be pre-ordered for $499. According to B&H, however, it seems that it won’t start shipping before the end of October 2022. Both FUJIFILM cameras have been available for purchase for a while now. The X-T4 currently sells for $1,699 and the X-S10 can be purchased new for $999.

Do you use one of the mentioned FUJIFILM cameras for your video work? Are you planning on getting the TASCAM audio adapter? Let us know in the comments section underneath the article.




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