Intro

The Fujifilm GFX 100 is a medium-format mirrorless digital camera with 100 Megapixels, built-in stabilisation, phase-detect autofocus and 4k video. Teased at Photokina in September 2018 and formally introduced in Could 2019, it’s the third mannequin in Fujifilm’s GFX sequence. The brand new flagship marks quite a few firsts, not only for GFX, however for medium format usually, combining industry-leading decision with the quicker dealing with and video capabilities of smaller cameras.

The GFX 100 employs what Fujifilm describes as a model new sensor, sporting 100 Megapixels, double that of the sooner GFX 50S and GFX 50R and delivering photos with 11648×8736 pixels. The sensor shares the identical 43.8×32.9mm dimensions because the earlier our bodies, however crucially now employs a back-illuminated CMOS design which ought to scale back noise, compensating for the upper pixel density. It additionally turns into the primary medium format sensor with embedded phase-detect autofocus, boasting protection throughout all the body. The autofocus software program and algorithms are inherited from the X-T3 and whereas the GFX lenses are slower than the X sequence, the GFX 100 nonetheless enjoys noticeably faster focusing than the sooner GFX our bodies; it additionally sports activities eye-detection.

In one other first for GFX and medium format usually, the sensor is stabilised inside the physique with a 5-axis system claimed to ship as much as 5.5 stops of compensation – splendid for hand-holding the unstabilised lenses within the G system. The GFX 100 additionally turns into the primary medium format system to seize 4k video utilizing the total sensor width with out cropping, as much as 30p and in 10 bit 4:2:Zero internally or 10 bit 4:2:2 externally over HDMI; the flat F-Log can be out there in addition to the total number of Movie Simulations. Wrapping-up the specs are a climate and dust-resistant physique with a built-in portrait grip, twin battery packs, twin SD slots, twin standing LCDs, a tri-axial 3.2in monitor sharing the identical articulation because the GFX 50S and X-T3, USB charging and energy supply over USB C, and a brand new removeable digital viewfinder with a 5.76 Million dot OLED panel and 0.86x magnification for a big and detailed picture.

I’ve now spent a substantial amount of high quality time with the GFX100, first on the launch occasion in Tokyo, adopted by an prolonged taking pictures interval again in Brighton. I’ve filmed two movies to exhibit the standard, efficiency and my experiences. The primary supplies a hands-on overview of the digital camera, whereas the second concentrates on the headline options of high quality, focus, stabilisation and video – verify them each out for my full evaluate! I’ve additionally taken some excerpts from the video under for individuals who want a written method, and naturally there’s my pattern photos, high quality comparisons and closing verdicts all accessible from the tabs above or the hyperlinks on the finish of every web page.

 

 

 

 

 

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I had an opportunity to shoot with the GFX 100 in Japan alongside the 50R to see how far the format had developed; Fujifilm described my pattern as being closing {hardware} working not-quite-final firmware, however the high quality must be near manufacturing fashions.

 

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The headline function of the GFX 100 could also be its large decision, however for me an important story is the improved dealing with and usefulness. Historically if you consider high-resolution medium format pictures, you’re locked to a tripod, usually tethered in a studio with in depth submit processing. The GFX 100 can actually be used like this in case you like, however for the primary time, it is a medium format digital camera you possibly can simply shoot handheld within the subject, and because of Fujifilm’s processing, the pictures are very usable straight out of digital camera.

 

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The GFX 100 employs what Fujifilm describes as a model new sensor, sporting 102 Megapixels, double that of the sooner GFX 50S or 50R and delivering photos with a whopping 11,648×8,736 pixels. The sensor shares the identical 43.8×32.9mm dimensions because the earlier 50 Megapixel model, giving them 1.7 instances the realm of 35mm full-frame, however crucially now employs a back-illuminated design that reduces noise and may compensate for the upper pixel density. It additionally turns into the primary medium format sensor with embedded phase-detect autofocus, boasting protection throughout all the body. The autofocus software program and algorithms with face and eye detection are inherited from the newest X-T3 firmware and whereas the GF lenses are slower than the quickest X fashions, the GFX 100 nonetheless enjoys noticeably faster focusing than the sooner GFX our bodies.

 

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In one other first for GFX and medium format usually, the sensor is stabilised inside the physique with a 5-axis system claiming as much as 5.5 stops of compensation. This transforms the usability of unstabilised lenses, though proper now GF lenses with optical stabilisation will override reasonably than work-alongside it as Fujifilm believes they’re already adequate.

 

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In your palms the GFX 100 is a considerable however on no account unwieldy digital camera, very comparable in measurement and weight to a Canon EOS 1Dx Mark II or certainly the GFX 50S when that mannequin’s fitted with the battery grip. The GFX 100 is weather-resistant and has a snug foremost grip, and like a professional DSLR, additionally options an built-in portrait grip with duplicate controls. Apparently although the vertical grip itself is thinner and smoother than the primary grip which ends up in a barely inconsistent dealing with expertise the place I additionally discovered the thumb joystick more durable to achieve. I imagine having an identical portrait grip would have elevated the dimensions and weight, however I’d settle for that sacrifice for the consistency provided by the GFX 50S. Fujifilm has traditionally provided screw-on bases to spice up the grips on some fashions although, so perhaps one will come for the GFX 100.

 

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Completely no complaints concerning the viewfinder although which employs a really excessive decision 5.76 million dot OLED panel with an enormous 0.86x magnification. Panasonic used the identical decision on the S1 our bodies and the 1600×1200 viewfinder decision delivers a visual step-up intimately over 3.69 million dot panels which have 1280×960 pixels. However it’s the dimensions and correction on the GFX 100 which actually impresses. It’s simply essentially the most immersive and highest quality digital viewfinder I’ve ever used. It’s additionally removeable, permitting you to save lots of house or mount it on the optionally available tilt adapter first seen on the GFX 50S, though sadly 50S homeowners received’t have the ability to use the brand new viewfinder as an improve.

 

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The GFX 100 employs a 3.2in touchscreen that shares the identical three-way tilting mount because the GFX 50S and X-T3. You possibly can angle it up by 90 levels for low-level taking pictures, though the viewfinder head will hinder among the view. You possibly can in fact slide off the viewfinder head for a transparent view when taking pictures at waist-level, however I’d have most well-liked a mount that allowed the display to be pulled away from the physique, making it faster to shoot discreetly on the road. Shifting on, the display can angle down by 45 levels for simpler composing at excessive angles, and by pushing a button on the left aspect you possibly can flip it out sideways, making it simpler to compose at low angles within the portrait orientation, and see how like X-bodies, the taking pictures data additionally turns to remain upright. Unsurprisingly it received’t flip to face ahead, however I believe homeowners will likely be completely happy by the articulation on supply.

 

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The highest floor is notable for the absence of conventional dials and the presence of a beneficiant sub-monitor, which shows the newest settings when powered-off. Change-on and it refreshes, whereas a button enables you to reverse the show for simpler legibility – discover the wealth of information together with icons for each batteries, and I discovered it simple to view in direct daylight or dim situations. Right here I’ve the digital camera set to Handbook with the entrance dial configured to regulate the shutter pace and the rear dial adjusting the ISO sensitivity, each customisable. The button to the higher proper of the display switches the publicity mode and when set to Aperture Precedence enables you to flip the lens ring to set the f-number. Setting the lens ring to Auto turns the GFX 100 to Program or Shutter Precedence mode, once more adjusted by the Mode button.

 

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The sub monitor has three pages, cycled utilizing the smaller button to the decrease proper. The second web page shows the perform of the management dials graphically for individuals who miss the outdated shutter and ISO dials of older Fujifilm our bodies. Right here I’ve the shutter pace on the appropriate and the ISO sensitivity on the left, whereas the publicity compensation runs alongside the underside.

 

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Then the third web page devotes all the 1.8in 303×230 dot LCD display to displaying a stay brightness histogram. I actually loved utilizing the higher LCD sub-monitor and shortly acquired to grips with the brand new publicity and mode changes.

 

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The opposite aspect of the primary interface is the lockable drive dial on the left which helps you to change between nonetheless images, multi which incorporates bracketing choices, and film, and see how the sub monitor display switches to indicate the video settings that are fully impartial from the nonetheless photograph settings. One thing comparable was potential on the X-T3 and X-T30 with the silent film controls ignoring the bodily dials, however separating stills and films right here is much more intuitive. Cleverly the Drive button itself additionally presents choices related to the mode, so when set to Nonetheless you possibly can select between single or the 2 steady modes, the latter providing as much as 5fps or 2fps with stay view. Flip the dial to Multi and the Drive button presents the entire bracketing and a number of publicity choices, gathered collectively for neatness. Then flip the dial to Film and the Drive button presents the video high quality web page. By presenting related choices, this method enables you to shortly get to the place it’s essential, and minimises delving into menus.

 

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Turning to the rear of the digital camera you possibly can see the thumb wheel, a small dial for setting the autofocus mode, and an AF joystick. Many of the rear controls appear inherited from the X-bodies although the place I already thought-about them unnecessarily small, and right here much more so. There’s a great deal of house on the rear floor so why not deploy bigger buttons, dials and joysticks for simpler operation, particularly when carrying gloves? And whereas there’s gesture recognition if you would like it, I see nothing flawed in additionally together with the normal cross keys since there’s room. Shifting on, beneath the primary display is the rear sub-monitor, a 2.05in 256×64 dot OLED show exhibiting helpful taking pictures particulars at a look. There’s 4 web page choices, however in contrast to the highest sub-monitor, no button to cycle by way of them. As an alternative you’ll have to dive deep into the menus to seek out the rear sub-monitor choices, which appears a bit inconvenient to me. Hopefully it may be assigned to a customized perform with a firmware replace. Of the 4 web page choices I preferred the stay histogram view greatest, however having all of the important taking pictures info right here means the primary color display turns into freed-up for composition alone if desired.

 

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On the appropriate aspect of the physique are twin SD card slots. The massive file sizes may have made an argument for a quicker format, however equally SD offers you entry to the most important capacities on the least expensive costs. I’m proud of the choice.

 

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Behind a few flaps on the left aspect are the ports, beginning with 3.5mm microphone and headphone jacks on the high. Beneath these is a USB C port working at 3.2 speeds and I’m delighted to report additionally in a position to cost the battery in-camera or energy the digital camera whereas in operation. Beneath it is a Micro HDMI port which might output 10 bit 4:2:2, though given the dimensions of the digital camera certainly there’d have been room for a extra strong full-size port. And on the backside there’s a DC enter for powering the digital camera with an optionally available adapter, though once more you possibly can alternatively energy it over USB if most well-liked, and it’ll work with a powerbank. By way of wi-fi, there’s Wifi managed by Bluetooth and just like the current X-bodies you possibly can pair the digital camera together with your telephone to seamlessly tag GPS areas as you shoot – I did this for a lot of of my pattern photos.

 

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Fujifilm powers the GFX 100 with a pair of NP-T125 batteries – the identical used within the GFX 50S and 50R – housed in a tray which slides into the portrait grip. These successfully double the battery life from the 400 shot ranking of the earlier our bodies to 800 photographs right here. The batteries will be charged in-camera over USB and assist fast charging with ample present. Throughout my preliminary assessments with two batteries, I managed round 300 photographs with a number of minutes of video, numerous Bluetooth tagging, and loads of playback

 

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Within the absence of cross-keys you’ll be utilizing the joystick to navigate the menus and beneath the picture settings you’ll discover a wealth of facet ratios together with a brand new 65:24 panoramic choice; these all crop the picture, however there’s nonetheless loads of pixels to play with. Underneath picture high quality you possibly can select three JPEG compression ranges, recorded with or with out a RAW file, or in fact RAW by itself if most well-liked. Tremendous high-quality JPEGs measured between 40 and 60 Megapixels. RAW information will be recorded compressed or uncompressed and within the alternative of 14 or 16 bits, though 16 bit slows-down recording and doesn’t enable steady bursts. You’re about 130MB for a 16-bit compressed RAW file. As a Fujifilm digital camera, you could have the full-array of Movie Simulations at your disposal together with Eterna for barely muted however engaging video footage, and ACROS which stays my favorite black and white course of; the GFX 100 additionally inherits the monochrome adjustment, grain impact and color chrome impact of current X-bodies. In the meantime the Easy Pores and skin choice does simply that, subtly smoothing pores and skin areas in portraits with out shedding the biting decision you need across the eyes. A thoughtful choice with the unforgiving resolving energy right here.

 

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The GFX 100 turns into the primary medium format system to seize 4k video utilizing the total sensor width with out cropping, as much as 30p and in 10 bit 4:2:Zero internally or 10 bit 4:2:2 externally over HDMI. You possibly can document 4k clips as much as 60 minutes in size. 1080 video as much as 60p can be out there, though there’s no greater body charges for sluggish movement. Just like the X-series, you may as well select between 17:9 DCI or 16:9 facet ratios.

 

 

Above: The GFX 100 oversamples 50 Megapixels price of information to generate a 4k body, which leads to loads of element. Because the digital camera begins with 76 Megapixels when taking pictures in 16:9, I assume there’s some line-skipping to get to 50, however the outcomes nonetheless look excellent. Obtain the unique file (Registered members of Vimeo solely).

 

Above: The total vary of Movie Simulations can be found for video and for all my clips in my subject check video I used Eterna for barely muted, natural-looking video out of digital camera. Obtain the unique file (Registered members of Vimeo solely). You can even obtain my Fujifilm GFX 100 4k F-Log film pattern.

 

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