Introduction

GFX100S product images by Dan Bracaglia & Richard Butler

The Fujifilm GFX 100S is the logical subsequent step within the improvement of the corporate’s medium format lineup: a 100MP sensor in a single-grip DSLR styled physique. However do not mistake predictability for complacency: the GFX 100S is an terrible lot of digital camera.

Inside its comparatively compact physique, the GFX 100S carries the 102MP BSI CMOS sensor from the unique GFX 100 mounted inside a smaller, extra highly effective picture stabilization mechanism. By mixing expertise from the GFX 100 with parts from the APS-C sensor X-T4, Fujifilm has created a really highly effective digital camera at a relatively reasonably priced worth.



Key specs

  • 102MP BSI-CMOS 44 x 33mm medium format sensor
  • Picture stabilization system rated at as much as 6EV
  • Steady taking pictures at as much as 5 fps with C-AF
  • 4K video at as much as 30p with HDMI output of 10-bit 4:2:2 or 12-bit Uncooked footage
  • Multi-shot 400MP mode for static topics
  • 2.36M-dot rear touchscreen with two-axis tilt
  • Mounted 3.69M-dot OLED EVF with 0.77x equiv. magnification
  • Lossy, lossless or uncompressed Uncooked in 16 or 14-bit
  • Twin UHS-II SD card slots
  • NP-W235 battery, rated at 460 photographs
Out-of-camera JPEG utilizing the Provia movie simulation.
ISO 6400 | 1/100 sec | F11 | GF 120mm F4 Macro
Picture by Carey Rose

Regardless of providing a lot of the functionality of the twin-grip GFX 100, the smaller digital camera is considerably cheaper. It ought to be obtainable round March with a advisable worth of $5,999.


What’s new

Extra compact physique

Using a smaller battery and glued viewfinder have helped considerably slim-down the GFX100S (left), relative to the unique 50MP GFX 50S (proper).

Fujifilm says the addition of the picture stabilization system meant that it was extra sensible to make the GFX 100S right into a DSLR-shaped digital camera, somewhat than the extra rangefinder-like structure of the GFX 50R. However numerous the downsizing efforts that went into the 50R have been utilized right here, leading to a digital camera that is appreciably smaller than the unique GFX 50S.

The GFX 100S has a management structure similar to that of the unique, dual-grip GFX 100, with a big LCD prime plate show and a comparable variety of customized buttons. A traditional mode dial and film/stills swap substitute the button-within-a-dial association on the digital camera’s left shoulder.

Picture stabilization

Core to the GFX 100S is the inclusion of in-body picture stabilization. Simply as Fujifilm has been in a position to proceed to miniaturize the IS programs utilized in its X-H1, X-T4 and X-S10 fashions, it is also been in a position to scale back the scale of the mechanism from the unique GFX 100 to permit it to slot in a smaller physique.

Regardless of the scale discount, the brand new mechanism is simpler than the one which precedes it: rated to right as much as 6EV of shake. That is half a cease greater than the GFX 100’s score and is achieved with extra lenses, giving a rated 1EV enchancment with most combos. On prime of this, the brand new system can synchronize with OIS lenses to take care of this stage of correction even with longer focal lengths. This Sync IS system makes use of each lens and physique IS to right pitch and yaw, simply as Panasonic, Olympus and Canon programs do.

Fujifilm has managed to create an IS mechanism for the GFX 100S that’s each smaller and simpler than the one within the unique GFX 100.

As typical, we discover CIPA rankings (which solely asses pitch and yaw correction) are inclined to over-state the profit considerably, however a 6EV score ought to make it a lot simpler to acquire the total good thing about the GFX 100S’s decision. You’ll be able to see the impact of this in our pattern gallery, the place we’re constantly getting excessive ranges of decision, even at comparatively gradual shutter speeds.

The picture stabilization mechanism can be used to offer a sixteen-shot high-resolution mode. This strikes the sensor between every shot, first to make sure that a crimson, inexperienced and blue pixel has been captured for every location, then to do the identical once more at a slight offset. This each boosts the chroma decision and the general pixel depend of the picture. Nevertheless, in our expertise with the GFX 100, we discovered that the shortage of any movement correction means it actually solely works for utterly static topics, comparable to paintings replica.

Eight-direction management nub

The eight-way rubber management nub sits inside simple attain of your thumb as you grip the digital camera.

The four-direction joystick that is featured on earlier GFX cameras has been changed by a wider, flatter textured nub, that enables diagonal management in addition to vertical and horizontal.

Its decrease profile makes it simple to nudge the AF level round or navigate menus with out an excessive amount of danger of by accident urgent it inwards which, as earlier than, resets the AF level or accepts the present menu setting.

Further Movie Simulation mode

The GFX 100S positive aspects a 13th Movie Simulation mode: Nostalgic Neg. Fujifilm says that is primarily based on the distinctive look achieved by American coloration movie photographer Stephen Shore.

Out-of-camera JPEGs.
ISO 100 | 1/500 sec | F4 | GF 120mm F4 Macro
Picture by Carey Rose

‘Nostalgic Neg’ goals to supply barely amber-tinted highlights, cyan-ish skies and saturated reds together with deep shadows to offer an alternative choice for retro-looking pictures. As typical, the impact is comparatively refined, giving a beautiful possibility with out spilling into overly intense ‘Instagram-filter’ territory.

Battery

The GFX100S makes use of the smaller NP-W235 battery from the X-T4 however nonetheless boasts an honest battery life score.

The transfer to the smaller physique format additionally sees the GFX 100S make use of a smaller battery, in comparison with the GFX 100. It makes use of the identical W235 battery first launched with the X-T4. It is a good bit smaller than NP-T125 used within the earlier GFX our bodies. Regardless of the discount in bodily dimension and electrical capability, the GFX 100S is rated at a fairly cheap 460 photographs per cost utilizing the LCD, per CIPA customary exams.

As at all times with CIPA rankings, the quantity displays very demanding use, and we have discovered we frequently get greater than twice the acknowledged variety of photographs from most cameras. Nevertheless, the numbers are broadly comparable between mirrorless cameras, so it is cheap to anticipate you will get greater than half of as many photographs out of the GFX 100S as you’ll from the 800-shot-per-charge rated twin-battery GFX 100. That is prone to be sufficient for lots of conditions, although marriage ceremony photographers are prone to discover themselves eager to pocket a spare. A two-battery charger is obtainable for such customers.

The X100S will recharge over its USB-C socket however there aren’t any electrical contacts to permit a vertical grip possibility to boost the battery life or present a extra substantial portrait grip: there’s the GFX 100 for that.

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The way it compares

Past this, a lot of what the GFX 100S provides is a match for its bigger sibling: 102MP Uncooked recordsdata in 14 or 16 bit with a selection of lossy, lossless or no compression, DCI or UHD 4K video at as much as 30p and as much as 400Mbps, with the choice to output uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2 or a 12-bit Uncooked stream over HDMI. Impressively, for a digital camera with a 100MP sensor, the GFX 100S can shoot at as much as 5.Zero fps with steady autofocus, regardless of the continued use of UHS-II SD card slots.

As at all times, the important thing consideration is that the GFX has a sensor that is 68% bigger than a full-frame sensor, which suggests it receives round 2/3EV extra gentle when shot on the similar publicity values as a full body digital camera. The ISO system means these pictures seem the identical brightness, however the further gentle gives higher high quality.

Fujifilm GFX 100S Fujifilm GFX 100 Hasselblad
X1D II 50C
Sony a7R IV
MSRP $5999 $9999 $5750 $3500
Sensor dimension 44x33mm
(1452 mm2)
44x33mm
(1452 mm2)
44x33mm
(1452 mm2)
36x24mm
(864 mm2)
Pixel depend 102 MP 102 MP 51MP 60MP
Picture stabilization Sure (as much as 6EV, and lens sync) Sure (as much as 5.5EV) No Sure (as much as 5.5EV)
Steady taking pictures 5.Zero fps 5.Zero fps 2.7 fps 10.Zero fps
Viewfinder dimension/res 3.69M dot OLED / 0.77x 5.76M dot OLED / 0.86x 3.69M dot OLED / 0.87x 5.76M dot OLED / 0.78x
Rear display Two axis tilt 3.0″ 2.36M-dot touchscreen Two axis tilt 3.2″ 2.36M-dot touchscreen Mounted 3.6″ 2.36M-dot touchscreen Tilting 3.0″ 1.44M-dot touchscreen
Max shutter pace 1/4000 sec 1/4000 sec 1/2000 sec (leaf shutter) 1/8000 sec
Video 4K/30p as much as 400 Mbps 4K/30p as much as 400 Mbps 2.7K/30p 4K/30p as much as 100 Mbps
Battery life
(LCD)
460 800 Unspecified 670
Weight 900 g 1320g 766g 665g
Dimensions 150 x 104 x 92mm 156 x 164 x 103mm 148 x 97 x 70mm 129 x 96 x 78 mm

Though the GFX 100S’s most shutter pace, sturdiness score and 1/125 sec sync pace all match the GFX 100, Fujifilm says the brand new mechanism reduces shutter lag from 0.09 sec to 0.07 sec.

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Physique and controls

The digital camera is primarily managed by two clickable command dials, entrance and rear. You get an honest stage of management over which dial accesses which perform and, after all, you’ll be able to instantly management the aperture utilizing the ring on the lens, for those who favor.

The GFX 100S makes use of an analogous management strategy to that of earlier GFX cameras, primarily counting on its twin command dials for many management, and utilizing an publicity compensation button somewhat than a devoted dial (although, with a bit of labor, it is best to have the ability to assign it as an possibility while you press the rear dial).

The GFX 100S suits properly within the hand, with a skinny layer of dense rubber offering a very good quantity of traction to a well-shaped hand grip, although photographers with bigger palms might discover the middle-finger indentation a bit too small and near the entrance of the digital camera. The stable grip is essential as a result of though the digital camera is smaller than the likes of a Nikon D850, it may possibly begin to get fairly heavy as soon as you’ve got mounted one thing just like the GF 110mm F2 lens on the entrance.

The highest show panel might be set to indicate taking pictures info, a graphic representing shutter pace and ISO dials or a histogram. The digital camera maintains separate settings for stills and video, and might present black on white for those who discover it clearer than white on black. A small ‘lamp’ button on the facet of the viewfinder illuminates the panel.

Viewfinder

The GFX 100S, not like the GFX 100 or GFX 50S, has a hard and fast built-in viewfinder. It is a 3.69M-dot OLED panel with 0.77x magnification (with a 50mm equal lens mounted). This can be a fairly huge show with fairly first rate decision. ‘Increase’ modes within the digital camera’s energy settings allow you to enhance both the refresh fee or the decision.

Interface

The remainder of the interface is similar to that of latest Fujifilm fashions. Buttons might be personalized by holding down the ‘Disp/Again’ button, and the ‘Q’ menu might be modified with out the necessity to delve into the total menus. Menu choices allow you to resolve whether or not the Q menu is displayed on a gray background or overlaid on prime of the digital camera’s dwell view. Completely different distinction ranges for the interface and menus can be found, together with an evening imaginative and prescient preserving crimson and black coloration scheme for working in excessive low gentle circumstances the place it is simple to get dazzled.

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Preliminary impressions

The GFX100S (left) is a considerably smaller digital camera than the unique GFX 50S (proper), and it provides up the shutter pace and ISO dial to assist with this downsizing. In return you get a considerably bigger, customizable, top-panel show.

We have been impressed with what Fujifilm has achieved with the GFX system thus far: a lot of the lenses are very good and the cameras carry a stage of mass-market polish and value that hasn’t at all times been a function of medium format cameras (Pentax’s digital ‘645’ fashions being the notable exception). However the GFX’s have nearly risked being a sufferer of their very own success, in that this stage of usability has invited comparisons with extra mainstream cameras.

In testing we discovered that the 50MP sensor of earlier GFX cameras did not provide a serious picture high quality profit over the perfect full-frame cameras of the time, however the transfer to a 100MP chip modified that. In use, we have discovered the smaller dimension and extra highly effective IS of the GFX 100S means it provides practically all of the capabilities of the unique GFX 100 in a bundle that is extra accessible and extra usable.

Out of digital camera JPEG utilizing the Nostalgic Neg movie simulation.
ISO 100 | 1/320 sec | F4 | Fujifilm GF 45mm F2.8
Picture by Carey Rose

It is nonetheless not low-cost, after all. Bigger sensors are tougher (and thus costlier) to supply, they require bigger, costlier lenses, and the resultant decrease gross sales volumes simply serve to push up the unit worth in what dangers turning into a vicious cycle. However our expertise of the GFX 100S is that you just do acquire one thing recognizable for that further expenditure.

Getting the GFX 100S down in dimension (and worth) does imply you lose out in a few respects, in contrast with the full-sized GFX 100, however none which are overly detrimental. For example, the battery is considerably smaller than those the bigger digital camera makes use of, although the battery life score seems fairly stable and does not seem like achieved by being over-keen to drop into battery saving mode, or anything sneaky which may undermine efficiency or consumer expertise.

The viewfinder is maybe the opposite vital step down in spec, in comparison with the GFX 100. A complete of three.69M dots is fewer than within the finders of the cameras such because the Panasonic S1R and Sony a7R IV, nevertheless it’s the identical because the 50MP GFXs had, however Fujifilm seems to make good use of that decision, somewhat than solely utilizing the total decision in playback mode, as some cameras do.

Whereas the GFX 100S will not match full-frame cameras for autofocus responsiveness, its autofocus might be very correct, particularly with portraiture and eye-detection.
ISO 320 | 1/60 sec | F3.2 | GF 80mm F1.7
Picture by Richard Butler

Fujifilm’s lenses, whereas optically spectacular, aren’t at all times the quickest to focus (although there’s some variability inside the vary). So, regardless of the inclusion of on-sensor part detection, the GFX 100S will not provide the degrees of AF responsiveness you’d get from a Canon EOS R5, and Sony A7R IV or Nikon Z7 II, for portraiture, as an illustration.

However the truth that the GFX 100S provides solely a slight discount in responsiveness in comparison with mainstream full-frame cameras, and outputs not simply usable however glorious out-of-cameras JPEGs is one other main step ahead for medium format usability. Add in picture stabilization meaning you do not have to obsess about stability to understand the digital camera’s full decision potential, and you’ve got a digital camera that can be utilized in a wider vary of circumstances than has beforehand appeared doable for medium format.

In-body stabilization that syncs with lens IS means you may get 100MP value of element and not using a tripod, with out stopping to manage your respiratory or having to agonize over a steadiness/element loss trade-off of utilizing a better shutter pace.

We have seen loads of posts questioning whether or not cameras such because the Nikon Z7 II or Sony a7R IV will provide an considerable improve over last-generation high-res DSLRs such because the Nikon D850 or Canon EOS 5DS R. Typically that is a tough query to reply, as a result of whereas there are advantages to the newer cameras – they are typically are smaller, present entry to the newest lenses (and producers’ future lens developments), provide higher video and embody options comparable to eye AF – we do not often see main IQ profit from the cameras themselves. The GFX 100S seem to offer that picture high quality profit, in addition to all these different issues that the newest mirrorless cameras provide.

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Pattern Gallery

Pictures are from a pre-production digital camera. At Fujifilm’s request, unique Uncooked recordsdata will not be obtainable for obtain.

Please don’t reproduce any of those pictures with out prior permission (see our copyright web page). We make the originals obtainable for personal customers to obtain to their very own machines for private examination or printing (along side this assessment).

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