100MP Sensor & New Design: Here's Our Review of the Fujifilm GFX 100
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In 2019 Fujifilm released its GFX 100, named after the impressive 100 mp sensor. Well, it's actually 102 mp. With a new design and many new features, Fujifilm has come back strong with an incredible hybrid camera.
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Fujifilm gfx 100 review key specs
- Sensor: 43.8mmx32.9mm
- Megapixel: 102 MP
- ISO: 50 - 102,400
- Monitor Size: 3.2″
- Lens: FUJIFILM G mount
- File format(photo): JPEG, RAW & TIFF
- File format(video): MOV
- Maximum video resolution: DCI4K
- Digital Image Stabilization in movie mode
Body and handling
The Fuji GFX 100 has definitely seen improvements in its body design compared to earlier versions. Its handling is more similar to most of the best DSLR cameras on the market, and the fixed-grip is incredible.
Solid build with decent weather sealing
The camera has a solid build and doesn't feel cheap at all. And it's even pretty light for a camera of this type.
The camera also has solid weather sealing, which has become more of an expectation than a surprise in this class. It has a deep main handgrip with a good grip that makes sure it doesn't slide through your hands.
Dual grip design for easy handling
It has a dual grip design as the first GFX model to have such – making it much easier now to take vertical photos.
However, the grip on the two different orientations doesn't share the same design. So if you're planning on shooting both, know that the transition won't feel as seamless.
The LCD monitor allows a two-axis tilting, which means you can take a picture in many different positions.
Carries an old version of a LCD sub monitor
And speaking of monitors, you also have an old-school style LCD sub monitor on the rear end of the camera. It shows you different options like exposure and processing settings.
Autofocus and video performance
The GFX 100 is not made for high-speed photography, such as sports photography, that is for sure. That is not to say that the autofocus is terrible, because that would be a lie!
The AF allows flexibility and is reasonably fast. However, it is outperformed by other current full-frame cameras.
Includes first-ever Fujifilm phase-detection
The Fujifilm GFX 100 is the first camera in Fujifilm's medium camera series that has phase detection.
Phase detection is a technology that gives the autofocus system information about the distance. This improves the speed of the autofocus function on the camera.
While the GFX 100 isn't viable for sports photography, the autofocus still allows you to take back-to-back fast photos without seeing distortion.
When it comes to video quality, the GFX 100 delivers. With an impressive 4K resolution, Fujifilm has created an excellent hybrid camera.
10-bit color and 30fps in 4K for videography purposes
The resolution is filmed with 10-bit color and at 30 fps in 4K or 60fps in Full HD. These specifications mean that the camera is more than capable of videography assignments.
It furthermore has a headphone and microphone socket, meaning you can plug in an external microphone directly into the camera.
Movie Silent Control for avoiding camera shakes and noise
The touchscreen has what is called Movie Silent Control, or MSC. MSC means you can use the touch screen without shaking the camera or making noise.
This allows you to change settings and use the screen mid-recording without risking noise or shaking in the footage.
While the video quality isn't as impressive as other cameras more focused on the video quality, it is pretty good for a hybrid camera.
The image sensor has an impressive 102 mp. When the GFX 100 was released, it became the world's first mirrorless camera with a 100-megapixel BSI sensor.
The image sensor on the Fujifilm GFX 100 is 43.8mm X 32.9mm, meaning it's a medium-format camera. The sensor allows output in 16-bit. The 16-bit provides an improvement in the retention of deep shadow information.
Offers image stabilization to reduce blurring
Due to the sensor's large size, Fujifilm has inserted an Image Stabilization mechanism to stabilize the camera. Image Stabilization is a technique that helps reduce blurring in the images.
This is needed because, with such high MP capabilities, the distortions become more visible.
The sensor is a BSI dual-gain sensor, which means that it creates a better dynamic range.
Fujifilm GFX 100 Review: pros and cons
- Incredible image quality
- 16-bit capabilities
- AF system with phase-detection
- Weather-sealed body
- 4k video
- Twin batteries
- Sensor 70% bigger than full-frame
- Two-axis LCD monitor
- Great high ISO performance
- Has large file sizes
- The vertical grip is not as good as the horizontal grip.
- No high-speed AF capabilities
Price and availability
If you want to get a Fujifilm GFX 100, it will set you back $9,999. So it's quite an investment.
The Fujifilm GFX 100 is available now. However, it looks like the stock is currently low at most retailers.
Final verdict: Who should get the Fujifilm GFX 100?
The Fujifilm GFX 100 is great for the versatile freelancer who works with videography and photography.
If you're only a photographer, the impressive 102mp image sensor should be reason enough to consider this camera.
As long as you don't do wildlife, action, sports photography, or any photography that requires fast continuous shots, you should be fine.
If you're a portrait photographer, you should be wary of the vertical grip, which is sub-par. If you can look past that, the camera has an impressive performance.
The high price means that it probably isn't relevant for you if you're a hobby photographer. And if you're a videographer, you can probably find cheaper alternatives that give you similar performances.
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Is the Fujifilm GFX 100 worth it in 2023?
The Fujifilm GFX 100 is still one of the best medium format cameras, but it is very pricey. It depends if you're willing to shell out $9,999.
Is the Fujifilm GFX 100 full-frame?
The Fujifilm GFX 100 is 70% larger than full-frame format cameras.
Who is the Fujifilm GFX 100 meant for?
The Fujifilm GFX 100 is meant for professional photographers. It is good for landscape photography.
Is the Fujifilm GFX 100 medium format?
Yes, the Fujifilm GFX 100 is a medium format camera.