It was back in 2019 when Fujifilm released the GFX 100, a medium-format camera that retailed for a cool ten grand. That’s one expensive camera, putting it out of reach for most individuals. The Fujifilm GFX 100S improves on that camera while making it just a tad more accessible to regular users.
The smallest camera in the GFX range, the device manages to pack the same high-end feature set as its predecessor, all while coming in a body that’s 30 percent smaller. Seriously, the smaller, mirrorless-like size makes it look so much different compared to other models in the line, so if you’ve ever fancied picking up a GFX camera, this should be the perfect time.
The Fujifilm GFX 100S is equipped with a 102-megapixel medium-format sensor and the outfit’s latest X-Processor, allowing it to produce 16-bit RAW images with broad dynamic range, low noise levels, and, of course, an astonishing level of picture resolution. The sensor is back-illuminated, too, so it should be capable of capturing with high clarity and accurate color reproduction in almost any lighting condition. It has a new five-axis optical image stabilization that’s smaller and lighter than that on its predecessor, all while slightly outperforming it by reducing shakes up to six stops for most lenses.
The autofocus system has 100 percent coverage, totaling a whopping 3.76 million phase-detection pixels across the surface, while the algorithms for both movement prediction and face/eye detection have been updated for even better accuracy. The camera, by the way, can shoot in bursts up to 5 fps, which is downright impressive, considering it’s capturing a whopping 102 megapixels every shot. If 102 megapixels isn’t enough for your requirements, by the way, you can even go for 400-megapixel shots using the camera’s Pixel Shift Multi-Shot feature for maximum resolution in your stills.
The Fujifilm GFX 100S can shoot 4K video at 30 fps, complete with DCI support, so you can shoot movies with the same 17:9 aspect ratio that many filmmakers prefer. According to the outfit, the sensor’s size allows it to take video footage with high ISO performance, wide tonal reproducibility, and shallow depth-of-field capability, apart from support F-Log mode, HLG recording, and more efficient compression codecs like H.264 and HEVC. The onboard battery allows it to take 460 shots between charges, so make sure to bring backup for extended shooting sessions in the field. Do note, the redesigned smaller body eliminated the ability to add a battery grip, so that’s one downside to the compact redesign, although they do offer a metal hand grip to give you a better handle on the body.
It has a weatherproof body weighing in at a lightweight 1.9 pounds, with a 1.8-inch LCD displaying key settings and a mode dial on top, both of which can tailored to your preferred usage. In the rear is a 3.2-inch main touchscreen that can be tilted in three direction for high- and low-angle shooting. Other features include two UHS-II card slots, two 3.5mm sockets for audio, a 2.5mm remote release, a USB-C slot, and an HDMI port.
The Fujifilm GFX 100S comes out in March, priced at $5,999.95.