Introduction

GFX100S product pictures by Dan Bracaglia & Richard Butler

The Fujifilm GFX 100S is the logical subsequent step within the growth 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 digicam.

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 know-how from the GFX 100 with parts from the APS-C sensor X-T4, Fujifilm has created a really highly effective digicam 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 many of the functionality of the twin-grip GFX 100, the 100S is considerably inexpensive. It is accessible now for a really helpful worth of $5,999.


What’s new

Extra compact physique

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

Fujifilm has utilized a variety of the downsizing efforts that went into its extra rangefinder-like 50R digicam right here within the GFX 100S, leading to a digicam that’s appreciably smaller than the unique GFX 50S and the dual-grip GFX 100. Nonetheless, the corporate says that in distinction to the 50R, a DSLR-style physique, with the viewfinder meeting on the highest of the digicam, was required so as to make the inclusion of a picture stabilization system sensible.

The GFX 100S has a management structure similar to that of the unique, dual-grip GFX 100, with a big LCD high plate show and a comparable variety of customized buttons. A standard mode dial and film/stills change exchange the GFX 100’s button-within-a-dial association on the digicam’s left shoulder.

Picture stabilization

Core to the GFX 100S is the inclusion of in-body picture stabilization. Simply as Fujifilm has been capable of proceed to miniaturize the IS programs utilized in its X-H1, X-T4 and X-S10 fashions, it is also been capable of cut 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 feasible with extra lenses, giving a rated 1EV enchancment with most combos. On high of this, the brand new system can synchronize with OIS lenses to keep up 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 traditional, we discover CIPA rankings (which solely asses pitch and yaw correction) are likely to over-state the profit considerably, however a 6EV score ought to make it a lot simpler to acquire the complete good thing about the GFX 100S’s decision. You possibly can see the impact of this in our pattern gallery, the place we’re persistently getting excessive ranges of decision, even at comparatively sluggish shutter speeds.

The picture stabilization mechanism can also be used to supply a sixteen-shot high-resolution mode. This strikes the sensor between every publicity, first to make sure that a pink, 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 rely of the picture. Nonetheless, in our expertise with the GFX 100, we discovered that the dearth of any movement correction means it actually solely works for fully static topics, similar to paintings copy.

Eight-direction management nub

The eight-way rubber management nub sits inside straightforward attain of your thumb as you grip the digicam.

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 straightforward to nudge the AF level round or navigate menus with out an excessive amount of danger of unintentionally urgent it inwards which, as earlier than, resets the AF level or confirms the present menu setting.

Further Movie Simulation mode

The GFX 100S good points a 13th Movie Simulation mode: Nostalgic Neg. Fujifilm says that is based mostly on the distinctive look achieved by American colour 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 supply another choice for retro-looking photos. As traditional, the impact is comparatively refined, giving a sexy 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 a 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, which 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 for a reasonably affordable 460 photographs per cost utilizing the LCD, per CIPA customary checks.

As at all times with CIPA rankings, the quantity displays very demanding use, and we have discovered we commonly get greater than twice the acknowledged variety of photographs from most cameras. Nonetheless, the numbers are broadly comparable between mirrorless cameras, so it is affordable to count on you may get greater than 1/2 as many photographs out of the GFX 100S as you’ll from the 800-shot-per-charge rated twin-battery GFX 100. That is more likely to be sufficient for lots of conditions, although marriage ceremony photographers are more likely to discover themselves desirous to pocket a spare. A two-battery charger is obtainable for such customers.

The X100S will recharge over its USB-C socket however there isn’t a provision in any way for a vertical management or battery 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 affords is a match for its bigger sibling: 102MP Uncooked information in 14 or 16 bit with a alternative 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 digicam with a 100MP sensor, the GFX 100S can shoot at as much as 5 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 implies it receives round 2/3EV extra gentle when shot on the similar publicity values as a full body digicam. The ISO system means these photos seem the identical brightness, however the further gentle gives higher picture high quality, usually with decrease noise ranges and better dynamic vary.

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 rely 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 screen Two axis tilt 3.2″ 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 velocity 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 velocity, sturdiness score and 1/125 sec sync velocity 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 GFX 100S 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, in fact, you possibly can straight management the aperture utilizing the ring on the lens, should you want.

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

The GFX 100S matches properly within the hand, with a skinny layer of dense rubber offering quantity of traction to a well-shaped hand grip, although photographers with bigger fingers might discover the middle-finger indentation a little bit too small and near the entrance of the digicam. The stable grip is vital as a result of though the digicam is smaller than the likes of a Nikon D850, it could 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 may be set to point out both taking pictures info, a graphic representing shutter velocity and ISO dials, or a histogram. The digicam maintains separate settings for stills and video, and the show may be inverted to point out black textual content on white should you discover that clearer than white on black. A small ‘lamp’ button on the facet of the viewfinder illuminates the panel to be used in low gentle.

Viewfinder

The GFX 100S, not like the GFX 100 or GFX 50S, has a set 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 large show with fairly first rate decision. ‘Increase’ modes within the digicam’s energy settings allow you to enhance both the refresh charge or the decision.

Interface

The remainder of the interface is similar to that of latest Fujifilm fashions. Buttons may be personalized by holding down the ‘Disp/Again’ button, and the ‘Q’ menu may be modified with out the necessity to delve into the complete menus. Menu choices allow you to resolve whether or not the Q menu is displayed on a gray background or overlaid on high of the digicam’s reside view. Totally different distinction ranges for the interface and menus can be found, together with an evening imaginative and prescient preserving pink and black colour scheme for working in excessive low gentle situations the place it is easy to get dazzled.

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Preliminary impressions

The GFX100S (left) is a considerably smaller digicam than the unique GFX 50S (proper), and as a part of this downsizing, it offers up the shutter velocity and ISO dial. In return you get a considerably bigger, customizable, top-panel show.

We have been impressed with what Fujifilm has achieved with the GFX system to date: many of the lenses are excellent 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 cameras within the GFX line have virtually risked being victims of their very own success, in that this stage of usability has invited comparisons with extra mainstream full body cameras, which in some respects are extra versatile.

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 affords almost all of the capabilities of the unique GFX 100 in a package deal that is extra accessible and extra usable.

Out of digicam 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, in fact. Bigger sensors are more durable (and thus dearer) to supply, they require bigger, dearer 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 simply do acquire one thing significant for that additional expenditure.

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

The viewfinder is maybe the opposite important 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, however it’s the identical because the 50MP GFX fashions, and Fujifilm seems to make good use of that decision in reside view, fairly than solely utilizing the complete decision in playback mode, as some cameras do.

Whereas the GFX 100S will not match full-frame cameras for autofocus responsiveness, its autofocus may 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, Sony A7R IV or Nikon Z7 II, for portraiture, for example.

However the truth that the GFX 100S affords anyplace close to the responsiveness of mainstream full-frame cameras, and outputs not simply acceptable, however wonderful out-of-camera JPEGs is one other main step ahead for medium format usability. Add in picture stabilization which means you do not have to obsess about stability to comprehend the digicam’s full decision potential, and you’ve got a digicam that can be utilized in a wider vary of circumstances than has beforehand appeared attainable for medium format.

In-body stabilization that syncs with lens IS means you may get 100MP price of element with out a tripod, with out stopping to regulate your respiratory or having to agonize over a steadiness/element loss trade-off of utilizing a better shutter velocity.

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. Normally that is a troublesome query to reply, as a result of whereas there are advantages to the newer cameras – they are usually smaller, present entry to the newest lenses (and producers’ future lens developments), provide higher video and embrace options similar to eye AF – we do not normally see main picture high quality advantages from the cameras themselves. The GFX 100S seems to supply that picture high quality profit, in addition to all these different issues that the newest mirrorless cameras provide.

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Picture High quality

Our check scene is designed to simulate a wide range of textures, colours and element varieties you may encounter in the true world. It additionally has two illumination modes to see the impact of various lighting situations.

Unsurprisingly, the GFX 100S’ picture high quality is virtually indistinguishable from that of the GFX 100, which which it shares a sensor and picture processing pipeline. We shot some check photos of our studio scene to verify this and are assured that the outcomes are an identical, so we’ve used the GFX 100 photos to symbolize each cameras.

This can be a good factor: the bigger sensor, in comparison with full-frame signifies that the Fujifilm receives 2/3EV extra gentle per complete picture at matched publicity settings, which implies improved tonal gradation and noise efficiency for any tone within the picture. Our test-scene is properly lit sufficient you can’t at all times see the noise side of this distinction, however it’s there.

The bigger sensor additionally helps present wonderful high-ISO efficiency. The digicam’s 100MP decision signifies that inexpensive cameras can solely exceed its element seize of their multi-shot modes, which require near-static topics. The GFX 100S additionally has a multi-shot mode however it’s extraordinarily delicate to motion, to the extent that it is troublesome to get consequence with out nominally static check scene and tripod setup.

Regardless that we doubt too many GFX 100S customers might be planning to shoot JPEG, we discover its output may be very engaging, by way of colour and element retention. This permits engaging previews to be delivered instantly, even when your delivered product contains processing your photographs to take advantage of the potential of the Uncooked information.

Dynamic Vary

Dynamic vary can also be a match for the GFX 100. The bigger sensor offers a lift over its full-frame rivals. If we evaluate excessive ISO photos to ones shot utilizing the identical publicity at a decrease ISO setting, we will see there’s little or no distinction, which suggests there’s little or no digital noise to be overcome by including amplification. This opens up the choice to maintain the ISO setting down and brighten later, to keep away from the discount in dynamic vary that usually happens as you increase the ISO.

If you happen to look carefully on the pixel-level noise you may see that, with mounted publicity, noise steadily decreases with growing ISO till ISO 800, after which it stays the identical. That is due to the sensor’s twin acquire design. It switches to a excessive conversion acquire mode at ISO 500 for cleaner shadows, at the price of barely diminished dynamic vary. Past ISO 500, there isn’t a sensible profit to growing the ISO setting, save for correctly uncovered JPEGs.

Digging into the deepest shadows of 16-bit Uncooked information (the place you’d count on any bit-depth profit to current itself), there’s no seen benefit over 14-bit information. Nonetheless, not like the GFX 100, the GFX 100S’ information seem to mix within the phase-detection rows completely: there’s no striping even after an enormous shadow elevate, which means the digicam’s full DR may be exploited with out danger of artifacts.

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Autofocus

The GFX 100S’s autofocus system is similar to these of the unique GFX 100 and the X-T4, which implies it is higher than earlier Fujifilms however trying an increasing number of outdated compared to the cameras launched since these fashions arrived.

As you’d count on, you possibly can choose something from a person AF level as much as the complete space, with the digicam choosing the topic. There’s additionally a topic monitoring mode, which normally does an affordable job of following topics as they transfer inside the body. Separate from it is a face/eye detection system, which may be toggled on the press of the joystick.

Not like the perfect fashionable programs, face/eye detection is not built-in with the overall monitoring modes, so if the digicam loses your topic’s face for a second, you possibly can’t be assured that it’ll nonetheless attempt to give attention to them (it could discover one other face or attempt focusing in your chosen AF level in as an alternative).

AF Efficiency

Assessing AF efficiency of a digicam just like the GFX100S is a problem: it is in all probability probably the most adaptable, most usable AF system to be employed in a medium format digicam, however this nonetheless falls a good method in need of the requirements set by the newest mirrorless cameras elsewhere available in the market should you think about ease-of-use, velocity and consistency.

In a straight line check, the GFX 100S, mixed with the GF 250mm F4 OIS is ready to refocus shortly sufficient to maintain up with an approaching topic.

Topic monitoring is nice, fairly than nice, and though the face/eye detection system can ship completely centered outcomes, we’ve not discovered it constant or reliable sufficient to fully depend on. We might count on it to do properly in conditions the place your topic is posing for you and may be directed to have a look at the digicam, however in additional informal settings it could immediately lose monitor of the attention it had beforehand recognized. It is simple sufficient to hit the joystick to revert to a single AF level if this occurs, however it’s irritating as soon as you’ve got grow to be accustomed to newest programs from Canon, Sony or Nikon.

Topic monitoring is much less profitable. Even altering the AF-C response to prioritise topics close to the digicam, it repeatedly misplaced its topic and refocused to the background.

The larger challenge we encountered, although, was the inconsistency of AF velocity between lenses. Whereas some GF lenses focus easily and comparatively shortly, others are considerably slower.

In the end it appears to be the value that you simply pay for the bigger chunks of glass that must be moved, and using optical designs that presumably prioritize optical efficiency over AF velocity. For all of the promise implied by 5fps taking pictures, there are some lenses (such because the 80mm F1.7) that when mounted on the GFX 100S, serve to remind you that you simply’re nonetheless utilizing a distinct segment, specialist digicam.

That stated, these lenses and the AF system do job of delivering photos centered and sharp sufficient so that you can recognize the digicam’s 100MP decision. It will not give a good efficiency when taking pictures our check scene, however it’ll repeatedly ship outcomes that may solely be distinguished from good in side-by-side, pixel-level evaluation.

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Video

Just like the GFX100, the 100S is a surprisingly succesful video digicam. I say surprisingly as a result of giant sensors are likely to imply giant numbers of comparatively giant pixels which, absent any intelligent/costly applied sciences, are likely to rely towards quick readout velocity. Fujifilm’s answer seems to be line-skipping: solely studying sure traces out from the sensor, to hurry up the method and cut back the rolling shutter impact. This will get it to a reasonably affordable 27ms for each its DCI and UHD 4K modes.

Line-skipping has the drawback that it is extra liable to moiré and will not yield the complete low-light efficiency of the GFX’s giant sensor. Nonetheless, it does permit the digicam to make use of the complete area of view of the lenses mounted, and supply the shallow depth-of-field you can obtain with giant sensors and vivid lenses.

Most of what is notably good concerning the GFX100S’ video capabilities have been borrowed straight from the X-T4: vary of bitrates and codecs, together with 10-bit Log choices, with a consumer interface that enables separation between the settings getting used for stills, which means it is easy to swap between stills and video. It’s going to output a Uncooked stream to an exterior recorder should you can reside with the scale/weight and extra processing that requires.

The GFX 100S’ Uncooked video output is diminished all the way down to 3840 x 2160 pixels and is taken from the complete width of the sensor. The digicam is restricted to a minimal of ISO 1250 and, as traditional for Uncooked video, produces a noisier, softer consequence than the digicam’s extra processed output. Rolling shutter is corresponding to the in-camera footage. The footage at the moment affords no Uncooked-level management over ‘ISO’ or white steadiness management in Ultimate Reduce Professional.

In video mode the autofocus does not have a topic monitoring possibility, aside from face/eye detection, whose response to shedding its topic is not at all times predictable. With a single level AF level you possibly can faucet to refocus and management velocity and responsiveness and, as traditional with Fujifilm, you should utilize handbook focus mode and press the AFL button to carry out a single AF acquisition to make sure you’re in focus at first of the clip.

We definitely would not select the GFX100S over a extra video-focused digicam, such because the Sony a7S III or Panasonic S1H, however it’s a more-than-solid efficiency for what’s normally a secondary perform on a high-resolution digicam.

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Conclusion

What we like… What we do not…
  • Glorious picture high quality throughout the ISO vary
  • Distinctive element ranges
  • Excellent tonal high quality maintained into shadow areas
  • Alternative of Uncooked compression
  • Picture stabilization makes it straightforward to realize full decision
  • Comfy ergonomics and first rate stage of button/dial customization
  • Comparatively compact type issue
  • Spectacular video capabilities
  • USB charging is handy
  • Autofocus efficiency varies considerably between lenses
  • Face/Eye AF not as dependable as its FF rivals
  • AF Monitoring not as sticky
  • No monitoring AF in video
  • Line-skipped video does not give full sensor low-light efficiency
  • Comparatively low battery life
  • Viewfinder is not very excessive decision

Essentially the most succinct evaluation of the GFX 100S is that it is able to producing the perfect picture high quality underneath $10,000, on the time of writing. If gaining the additional picture high quality it affords over full-frame is effective to you, we suspect you may be blissful to work round any of the GFX’s shortcomings, relative to inexpensive cameras, simply as you are keen to just accept the value distinction.

Conversely, should you’re questioning about whether or not the lower-resolution viewfinder or slower AF than the newest full-frame our bodies may be justified at this worth, then the superb picture high quality it affords maybe is not fairly as central to your private record of priorities. Having used the digicam extensively, I feel each views are legitimate.

Whereas we have been engaged on this evaluation, our check unit sometimes locked up after taking pictures photos. The photographs have been saved however the battery wanted to be pulled earlier than the digicam would reply.

As well as, there have been stories of shutter mechanisms failing, to which the corporate has responded:

‘In the mean time, the failure charge of GFX100S for any kind of points is in keeping with different GFX/X sequence cameras. With regard to the stories of mechanical shutter failure, we’ve heard of such incidents, however in a really restricted quantity. We urge our prospects to contact our native restore middle if they’ve questions or issues.’

The digicam was reviewed and scored on the belief that these points might be addressed – and after lots of of exposures we’ve not had any shutter issues – however each dangers are current on the time of publication.

The GFX 100S’s autofocus system is neither as slick nor as quick as its most up-to-date full-frame rivals. In some purposes it will implement a slower (maybe extra thought-about) method of taking pictures that arguably is sensible when reaching the absolute best picture high quality is the objective. Nonetheless, there isn’t any denying {that a} quicker, extra reliable face/eye detection system can be a profit for portraiture.

Fujinon 80mm F1.7 | ISO 200 | 1/125 sec | F5.6
Picture by: Richard Butler

The diminished dimension of the physique, in contrast with the unique GFX 100 is more likely to be extra of a profit to many photographers than the discount of battery life that comes with it. That is unlikely to be a digicam with which you may take lots of of snapshots in a day, nor one with which you fill card after card from the touchline of a sports activities area, which meant we did not discover ourselves having to fret about recharging.

The viewfinder does what it must do: it isn’t so large or detailed that it will make the expertise of utilizing it really feel particular (one thing Pentax 645 customers will know all about), as an alternative the GFX 100S appears like an on a regular basis digicam if you’re taking pictures, however delivers sensational information if you get residence.

Fujinon 30mm F3.5 | ISO 100 | 1/680 sec | F6.3
Picture by: Richard Butler

The slower autofocus means it is unlikely to be many marriage ceremony shooter’s solely digicam, however it’ll do group photographs or posed photos extraordinarily properly and is a surprisingly succesful video digicam when mandatory (although that is a state of affairs during which battery life and warmth build-up might start to restrict you).

In the end all of it comes all the way down to how a lot you need that picture high quality enhance. How a lot is a ~2/3EV leap in tonal high quality and the ~30% enhance in linear decision over the perfect full-frame cameras price to you and your pictures? The GFX’s mixture of well-polished interface, in-body picture stabilization and quick-for-its-type autofocus imply it is maybe probably the most usable medium format digicam but made, and it’ll commonly ship its full picture high quality. For us, that is sufficient to justify some lack of velocity and adaptability, and earns the GFX 100S a Gold award.

In comparison with its friends

The Hasselblad X1D 50c is barely smaller than the GFX 100S and is constructed round using leaf shutters, permitting greater flash sync speeds, however the Fujifilm is healthier in each different respect. The 100S affords greater decision, is extra responsive, quicker to focus and has higher battery life. Fujifilm’s lenses are inexpensive, normally brighter and usually produce nicer bokeh, due to their excessive blade-count aperture mechanisms. The Fujifilm’s video and JPEG output are additionally significantly better.

Comparisons towards its full-frame friends comply with the same sample: the Canon EOS R5, Sony a7R IV, Nikon Z7 II and Panasonic S1R are all faster cameras with quicker AF programs and all provide focus monitoring and eye-detection capabilities that work extra dependably than the Fujifilm. They’re additionally all smaller and cheaper than the GFX. Nonetheless, none of them can match its picture high quality. The Nikon’s base ISO of 64 lets it come near the tonal high quality and dynamic vary of the GFX however at considerably decrease decision. The Sony and Panasonic provide multi-shot excessive res modes in case your topic is static sufficient, however the Fujifilm will provide 100MP of beyond-full-frame picture high quality in a variety of circumstances. If you happen to want a digicam that does a little bit of the whole lot, full-frame might be the way in which to go, but when IQ is your absolute precedence, the selection is straightforward.


Pattern Gallery

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Pre-production pattern gallery

Pictures are from a pre-production digicam. At Fujifilm’s request, unique Uncooked information will not be accessible for obtain.

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Fujifilm GFX 100S scoring

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