For the past number of years, Fujifilm has led the way with medium format mirrorless cameras. Today, the company is no different. Fujifilm has announced the desirable new medium format Fujifilm GFX100S. Drawing from the trio of predecessors the GFX 50S, GFX 50R and more notably the GFX100, the newer version combines the best qualities to reveal something professionals have wanted for years. Read on and also check out our YouTube video on these new Fujifilm releases.
Bragging Rights: What The Fujifilm GFX100S Can Brag About
If 102 Megapixels isn’t enough to brag about, how about the new high-performance quad-core X-Processor 4 CPU? With a back-illuminated CMOS large format sensor under the hood, professionals won’t have any bug with the image quality. However, if you compare the lower-resolution sensors found in ‘traditional’ full-frame DSLR and mirrorless cameras the GFX100S towers above at approximately 1.7x the size. This means your photos will portray an incredibly shallow depth of field, fantastic dynamic range, faithful colour reproduction, and outstanding high-ISO performance. Some other notable features you can expect to find on the camera include:
- 102 MP
- Ultra Sonic Vibration Sensor Cleaning System
- X-Processor 4 Image Processing Engine
- In-Body Image Stabilisation with Compensation Effect of 6.0 Stops
- Mechanical and Electronic Shutter
- 4K Video Recording
The GFX100S Feels Familiar To Professionals
If one thing is true, Fujifilm knows their audience. The feedback from Fujifilm ambassadors is free-flowing, ensuring the quality of the product is on-point. So when you first touch the Fujifilm GFX100S, either from an X-T series or GFX series camera, you’ll know where to find all the important buttons and dials. Looking at the top of the camera, you’ll notice the consistent layout. The main mode dial sits prominently on the left-hand side, and a large 1.8-inch LCD positions above where your thumb would rest.
Turning your attention to the rear of the camera you’ll notice the acrobatic design of the rear 3.2-inch LCD. This is a welcome addition for those professionals who don’t like climbing ladders or getting their knees dirty. The main camera buttons on the back of the camera are similar to the GFX100. You’ll find the focus selector (Single, Continuous or Manual), DRIVE button, navigation joystick, AEL (Auto Exposure Lock), and AF ON (Auto Focus on). It took many years for these buttons to find themselves in these positions, so it’s good to see Fujifilm is continuing to listen to photographers about these buttons’ placement.
Built Like a Tank With Stabilisation
The impressive design doesn’t stop with the ergonomics of this camera. When you align the GFX100S against the riff-raff, you may confuse its medium format size for a full-frame camera. At only 900g, this tank-like body is only 15cm wide, 10.4cm tall and a mere 8.7cm deep (6cm shorter and 500g lighter than the GFX100). In other words, it’s a perfect handhold for a professional photographer.
The GFX100S also operates in temperatures as low as -10°C. With a dust and moisture-resistant body, professional photographers can take it anywhere without a worry. Also there is a magnesium alloy casing that is purposely 1mm denser around the lens mount (compared to GFX100) to ensure it works with longer lenses.
Within the inner workings, IBIS (In Body Image Stabilisation) plays a big role in ensuring all photos and video are stabilised regardless of the lens mount. There’s a newly redesigned shutter unit that unlocks a host of frame rates and also a smaller yet efficient lithium-ion battery to keep you shooting longer.
The GFX100S Has Outstanding Autofocus For a Medium Format Camera
Make sure you are sitting down when you try out the autofocus on the GFX100S. You’ll be impressed – especially with the newly announced GF80mm F1.7 lens. With IBIS responsible for delivering up to 6-stops of vibration reduction the autofocus delivers in spades.
The focus system pulls from the success of the Fujifilm’s X Series. With phase detection autofocus covering the majority of the back-lit CMOS sensor. The result is fast, accurate autofocus even in low light performance.
The GFX100S’s Video Is As Impressive As The Photos
Don’t think that this is just for the photographers. With video appealing to the die-hard cinematographers, the GFX100S is capable of cinematic 4K 30p shooting. F-log features internally (10-bit 4:2:0) to ensure tonal gradation in post. If you prefer to record to an external monitor, Fujifilm enables 12-bit 4:2:2 ProRes RAW through the HDMI port.
In addition to recording 4k footage in a 16:9 aspect ratio, GFX100S supports a 17:9 aspect ratio, frequently used in digital cinemas. The most commonly used compression codecs, like H.264 and H.265 are also available. Additionally, professional standards, like the REC.2100 supported Hybrid Gamma Log (HLG), or F-Log, can be selected for complete creative control. Compared to using commonly available compression codecs, like H.264, recording footage in F-Log or HLG gives filmmakers much more flexibility in post-production as the footage is brought through the editing colour-grading process, allowing users to make adjustments to the image’s luminance, colour saturation and many more attributes.
Announcing Fujifilm’s GF80mmF1.7 R WR Lens
Adding to the existing 11 Fujinon GF lenses, the GF80mmF1.7 R WR lens is a welcome addition for any portrait photographer. This lens hails as the world’s first F1.7 interchangeable lens with autofocus designed for a Large Format system making it the fastest prime in Fujifilm’s lineup and a lens many of our team want to shoot with!
In terms of size, the weight is bearable for a medium format lens. At 795g you can expect that this won’t be a hindrance when handholding – especially for those longer shots. The front of the lens adopts a 77mm filter plus there’s a lens hood to match.
GF80mmF1.7 R WR Lens Construction
The construction of the lens comprises 12 lens elements in nine groups. Within the mix of glass, you’ll find one aspherical element and two Super ED elements. The benefit of these inclusions ensures their minimal spherical aberration while maintaining quality bokeh. So if you have used the GF110mm previously, you can expect a better result on this new lens.
A powerful DC motor drives autofocus to ensure all six lens groups work in unison to deliver fast, accurate focus. For professionals working out in the field, Fujifilm has you covered when using this lens. There are weather-resistant seals in ten locations on the lens to ensure dust and water don’t enter the lens. And like the GFX100S, the lens is rated to temperatures as low as -10°C. This features makes it a perfect pairing for commercial work out in the field.
We are very excited about both these GFX releases. As professional photographers ourselves, we strive to understand every piece of equipment. We like to put it to the test in our reviews and compare each camera and lens against its predecessor. In the case of the GFX100S, we applaud Fujifilm on breaking the 100 Megapixel barrier while keeping the camera affordable for Australian professional photographers. Ensure you pre-order the Fujifilm GFX100S and GF80mmF1.7 R WR lens as the first shipment will sell quickly.