Last Updated on 02/02/2021 by Mark Beckenbach
The Fujifilm GFX100S is a fantastic camera and one of the most innovative we’ve seen.
We’re very, very excited about the Fujifilm GFX100S. This is the company’s smallest medium format camera yet. They packed a 102MP medium format sensor into a camera the size of the Panasonic S1. It’s also incredibly light, well built, and fun to use. We’re very excited to be testing the prototype we’ve been sent. And we decided to summarize our thoughts in a 5-minute segment. For more like this, you should subscribe to us on YouTube.
Fujifilm GFX100S Tech Specs
Pulled from our original news post:
- 102M pixels 43.8×32.9mm CMOS Sensor
- X processor 4 (4:2:0 10bit / 12bit ProRes Raw 4K/30p)
- 5.0fps Continuous Shooting with AF-C / 64Gb DRAM
- New Smaller Shutter & IBIS in smaller & Lighter weight body
- Up to 6.0 stops Sync. Lens/IBIS / 4K30p non-crop recording
- 100% Phase Detection AF up to -5.5EV@F1.7/ F13~16
- All of the features from X-T4 and GFX100
- DIS for Movie / ProRes Raw 12bit Output
- 400 Megapixel Multiple Shot, Drone & Gimbal support
- GFX S (shooting) style Body H150 x V104 x D44mm
- New Battery NP-W235 in grip makes the body thinner
- Weather and Dust resistant, Freeze Proof to -10°C
- Initial Shipment: Feb/Mar 2021
- Launch Price: US $5,999
The Fujifilm GFX100s is probably going to sell like hotcakes. It’s under $6,000. And you’re getting medium format quality. Additionally, you can track with continuous autofocus for five frames a second. Even better, you can do that with image stabilization (up to six stops of it in this camera). Then there’s weather resistance, phase detection, dual card slots, and more. It’s hard to not like what Fujifilm is doing here.
Of course, no camera is complete without lenses, and the company has to deliver there. We need smaller, faster, medium format lenses. For medium format, this is an incredible innovation. It’s likely to be compared to full-frame systems, and so Fujifilm has a lot to do to keep up. But one thing that they’re doing is very promising. We tested a prototype of the camera, and even with the 45mm f2.8 GF, it focused fast. Specifically, it focused very quickly in low light. I was shocked by this. It can keep pace with the Canon EOS R/R6/R5 and the latest firmware update. That also means it can keep pace with Sony. This perhaps is the most spectacular thing.
Then here’s the new film simulation: Nostalgic Negative. It basically warms up the image a bit. I’ve been using it for portraits and really like it. Between this, Acros, Classic Chrome, and Classic Negative, Fujifilm users have lots of image options. More importantly, it’s a shame if you’re not applying these to your RAW files. That’s literally one of the biggest draws of shooting on the Fuji system.
Here’s a quote from our first impressions:
“We’re so far very impressed with the Fujifilm GX 100s. This is indeed where we think the future of medium format will be. It’s also still Fujifilm’s best weapon against both Canon and Sony. I’m interested to see where this goes, and I’m hoping Fujifilm continues to be an innovative company. More importantly, we’re really interested to see what kind of support this gets. Firmware updates are going to be very important here.”
5 Minute Camera Review: Fujifilm GFX100s
Check out our video below.