The Fujifilm GFX 100S is a medium format mirrorless digital camera with 100 Megapixels, built-in stabilisation and 4k video. Introduced in January 2021, it’s the fourth mannequin in Fujifilm’s GFX sequence, inheriting the sensor from the flagship GFX 100 however presenting it in a extra compact and far more inexpensive physique. Certainly, at $5999 or 5499 GBP, the GFX 100S is round half the worth of the earlier GFX 100 whereas delivering basically the identical picture and video high quality. It additionally marks the tip of the GFX 50S which has now develop into discontinued.
Due to a brand new IBIS and shutter unit, the 100S can relocate its battery into the grip, permitting the physique to lose the cumbersome rear part of earlier GFX fashions, to not point out cut back the peak in comparison with the GFX 100. The result’s a shorter and far slimmer physique that’s extra akin to a full-frame DSLR, measuring 150x104x44mm and weighing 900g with battery and viewfinder. It could lose the portrait grip and twin batteries of the GFX 100, however is smaller all-round and 500g lighter, whereas nonetheless retaining weather-resistance.
In the meantime Fujifilm has switched batteries from the NP-T125 packs of earlier GFX fashions for the NP-W235 launched on the X-T4, which Fujifilm reckons is nice for 460 frames. Some price and area financial savings have additionally been achieved through the use of a set EVF with a 3.69 million dot OLED and 0.77x magnification, each smaller and decrease decision than the GFX 100, though the principle monitor stays a 3.2in touchscreen with a tri-axial mount that may angle 90 levels up, 45 levels down or 60 levels to the facet. The GFX 100S additionally employs a big 1.8in 303×230 pixel e-ink show on the higher proper floor for publicity and taking pictures info, and a single PASM mode dial on the higher left. By way of connectivity there’s USB C, Micro HDMI, 3.5mm mic and headphone jacks, a PC Sync port, 2.5mm distant jack and twin UHS-II SD card slots.
By inheriting the flagship sensor, the GFX 100S can seize 100 Megapixel photographs with assist for the latest pixel-shift mode, delivering as much as 400 Megapixels for archival functions. It’ll shoot 100 Megapixels at as much as 5fps with phase-detect AF throughout all the body, and can be a succesful film digital camera, filming 4k as much as 30p utilizing the total sensor width and the choice of 10 bit 4:2:2 and even 12-bit ProRes RAW over HDMI to an exterior recorder.
Whereas the sooner GFX 100 nonetheless comes out on high with a bigger, extra detailed and removable viewfinder, longer battery life, a portrait grip, and rear data display, I really feel most patrons could be greater than compensated by the smaller, lighter physique of the 100S and its a lot decreased worth. Actually at nearly half the worth of the GFX 100, I can’t think about anybody going for the older mannequin over the brand new one. Extra importantly whereas the GFX 100S stays costlier than one of the best full-frame fashions, it’s develop into an important deal nearer and arguably shut sufficient for a lot of potential full-frame patrons to contemplate the following step-up. They are going to in fact even have to contemplate the associated fee and number of GFX lenses, however there’s completely little question the GFX 100S has made Fujifilm’s medium format system significantly extra engaging. I look ahead to testing a remaining manufacturing mannequin for my full evaluation.