We had the chance to spend a few days with the new Fujfilm GFX100, a brand new entry into Fujifilms range of GFX cameras with a whopping 102 Megapixels.
The headline feature of this camera is obviously going to be that huge megapixel count and I can see why Fujifilm are calling this a large format sensor rather than medium format. There’s nothing medium about 102 megapixels.
But what does that mean for your photography and the pictures you can take?
Well, let’s start off with the obvious. 102 Megapixels gives you a stunning level of detail. Everything is nice and sharp and looks great, but it’s once you start zooming and cropping that you really notice the difference.
That level of detail means you can take a wide angle shot and come out with a wide shot, a medium shot and a close shot, all in one. It means you can crop an image in half and still have enough resolution to print on the side of a house if you wanted to.
Ultimately, it gives you an unprecedented level of flexibility when you get back to edit your photos. I actually had a situation where I had a lovely perspective of a lighthouse on a hill but the lens I was using at the time (GF 23mm f4) was just too wide. If I had moved, I would have ruined the perspective so I took the shot, knowing I had 102 Megapixels to play with and I was able to crop in post to exactly the shot I wanted.
As well as the huge megapixel count, the GFX100 also has a backlit sensor improving low light performance. It also shoots in 16-Bit RAW giving you a huge amount of room to play about with the exposure and colours in the edit.
As you’d expect from Fujifilm, the colours are outstanding. It’s to be expected at this point but Fujifilm really do nail colours in their cameras. Using the GF 23mm f4 for landscapes and the GF 120mm f4 for portraits, the image quality was stunning.
It also features face and eye detection which was very helpful when shooting portraits. It was able to lock on to my subjects eye or face and follow her around the frame as we were shooting.
IMAGE STABILISATION AND VIDEO
Another big advantage for the GFX100 is the built in image stabilisation. You’ve got 5.5 stops of I.S in the body which helps when shooting with slower shutter speeds and just generally for handheld shooting.
It also means that shooting handheld video is much more of a possibility.
In terms of video, the GFX100 has improved a lot over cameras like the 50R. It’s able to shoot 4K at up to 30 frames per second and at up to 400mb/s giving you very high quality 4K.
There’s no option for super slow motion above 60 frames per second in Full HD and while you might not be using this camera as your main video camera, it’s handy to have the ability to shoot good quality 4K footage.
BUILD AND FEEL
This is a big camera, there’s no two ways around it and a part of that is how much is inside the camera. You’ve got the large sensor, you’ve got the image stabilisation and there’s space in the battery tray for two batteries making the battery life outstanding.
Personally, I never found the size of the camera to be an issue and I didn’t find it overly heavy. It felt like a pro camera and when you consider the price point of the camera, I would want it to have a little weight and size to it.
On the top of the camera you’ve got a customisable screen showing settings like shutter speed, ISO and aperture but you can also set it to show things like a histogram. There’s the touch screen on the back as well as a small screen below that showing settings so you’ve got lots of areas where you can see at a glance what your various settings are.
It’s also worth talking about the viewfinder, it’s a 5.7MP EVF and it’s one of the nicest electronic viewfinders I’ve ever used. Everything is clear and high res and it makes the shooting experience much nicer.
Ultimately, this camera is for any kind of professional user looking to shoot anything from landscape, portrait, food, fashion, anything where you might want a super high quality, highly detailed end product. The GFX100 gives you options for how you shoot, you can fill the frame and have that incredible detail or, you can crop in while still retaining a high level of detail in the shot. That means you can recompose while editing and ultimately, you just have so much flexibility for your final image.
You can view the full specs of the Fujifilm GFX100 here.
By Park Cameras on 26/06/2019
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