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The Fujifilm GFX 100S Crushes It

Fujifilm has gone from strength to strength developing innovative cameras and lenses for their medium format GFX system since launching around 2017. However the release of a new flagship model GFX 100S together with the world’s fastest medium format AF lens - the Fujifilm GF 80mm f/1.7 R WR absolutely crushes it for 2021. In this post we take a closer look at the specs of this new fourth medium format marvel, which gives us 102 megapixels, as well as some of the nitty gritty on the ultra-fast GF lens and some Fujifilm sample photos. Buckle up, Fujifilm is out to impress with these new releases.

GFX 100S in all its medium format glory

Lens: Fujifilm GF 80mm f/1.7 R WR. Camera: GFX 50R. Focal length: 80mm. Exposure: 1/250. f/1.7 ISO 160

Size matters

It’s no secret that the previous flagship GFX 100 is a bit of a beast weighing 1400g. We didn’t mind, at least not until now. What other cameras offer Fujifilm’s gorgeous colour science together with a ground-breaking 102 megapixels? Secretly some users craved a smaller, lighter camera which they could hand-hold for longer. Size is especially important for photographers working out in the landscape, which is one of the target audiences for such a high resolution camera. That is not to diminish the importance of size and weight to studio photographers, who will often work with an attached grip, adding yet more bulk.

Incredible detail sample images from GFX 100S camera

Camera: Fujifilm GFX 100S. Lens: Fujifilm GF 80mm f/1.7 R WR. Focal length: 80mm. Exposure: 1/125. f/1.7 ISO 320

Well Fujifilm have addressed both the size and weight on the GFX 100S. They have taken an axe to the body and cut off half a kilogram. The new model weighs in at an extremely reasonable 900g which is quite the accomplishment. Not only is the camera lighter, but it is more compact as well. Fujifilm’s technical experts have reduced the size to around 15cm wide, 10.4cm tall, and 8.7cm deep. That makes the GFX 100S 6cm shorter. Despite cleaving off substantial size and weight, Fujifilm have kept everything we love in the body. Read on for some of the headline specs.

Stylish indeed

Lens: Fujifilm GF 80mm f/1.7 R WR. Camera: GFX 50R. Focal length: 80mm. Exposure: 1/250. f/1.7 ISO 160

GFX 100S headline specifications

  • Improved 5-axis IBIS unit (which is also 20% smaller) offers up to 6EV stops of compensation. This is 0.5 stops better than the previous model and let’s just say it, every little bit of anti-shake helps when hand-holding at these resolutions.
  • The same 102MP, back-illuminated medium format CMOS sensor, which is just perfect at 1.7x larger than full-frame sensors. The camera can also acquire focus in 0.18 seconds, even down to -5.5EV. This is very impressive low light performance and testament to the light gathering capabilities of the sensor. The largest image size is 11648 x 8736 pixels which is basically mind blowing. The detail is staggering and can be used for any printed media from billboards to full magazine spreads at any size.
  • Fujifilm’s high-performance quad-core X-Processor 4 engine delivers exceptional AF performance for medium format. This is also tried and tested so we know it keeps up with the huge images in 16bit / 14bit RAW. On-sensor phase detection cover almost 100% of the sensor
  • An updated focus tracking algorithm keeps subjects in focus when using the very latest Tracking AF and Face/ Eye AF functions. This will be a superb benefit for anyone shooting moving subjects.
  • Fujifilm redesigned the shutter unit for the GFX 100S, which is now smaller and lighter
  • Battery power has been switched to the smaller and lighter NP-W235 Li-ion battery. This is a high power battery which is also employed in models such as the crop-sensor X-T4. It will provide shooting up to around 460 frames on the medium format body.
  • The 3.2-inch, touch-screen LCD display is a 2.36-million-dot monitor with 100% coverage that can be tilted in three directions. There are also two other screens including a high resolution 5.76 million dots OLED Color Viewfinder and very handy Sub LCD monitor.
  • Connectivity is a breeze with both Bluetooth and WiFi and there are a host of inputs to support professional multimedia content creators. These include USB Type-C, HDMI Micro connector (Type D), ø3.5mm, stereo mini connector for an external microphone as well as ø3.5mm, stereo mini Headphone connector. A ø2.5mm, Remote Release Connector, Hot shoe and synchronised terminal finish off external inputs.

GFX 100S in the field

Lens: Fujifilm GF 80mm f/1.7 R WR. Camera: GFX 50R. Focal length: 80mm. Exposure: 1/250. f/2.5 ISO 1600

GFX 100S video capabilities

Whilst the highest resolution GFX cameras are predominantly used for stills, Fujifilm have equipped the 100S with impressive movie capabilities, in-line with client expectations.

All intra movies can be captured at DCI4K/4K 29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p at 400Mbps. Recording video on such a large sensor produces incredibly cinematic footage, with wide tonal graduations and classic medium format shallow depth-of-field. Cinema ratios of 17:9 are also available in camera, with several colour codecs including Hybrid Gamma Log (HLG) and F-Log with REC.2100.

Adding an external recorder enables the highly desirable ProRes RAW to be recorded. Check out the Atomos Ninja V Recording Monitor which is the perfect partner.

Flip out screen

How much does the GFX 100S cost?

The question of pricing remains unspoken, but we’ve save the best till last. Users who need (or simply desire) over 100 megapixels know who they are and tend to be working professionals across a range of genres. What Fujifilm has done to appeal to an even broader audience for 2021 is design a flagship camera at half the price of the previous model. This is almost impossible to believe but it is true, the GFX 100S retails at £5499 at the time of launch. So we recommend ordering as soon as possible if you want to get your hands on the first deliveries as we are expecting the new model to provide extremely popular. Click here for latest pricing and to buy the Fujifilm GFX 100S.

It's all about the sensor with 102 megapixels

FUJIFILM GFX100S Promotional Video directly from FUJIFILM

Fujifilm GF 80mm f/1.7 R WR lens highlights

Let’s talk a bit about the new portrait style lens which accompanies the launch of the camera. Fujifilm are showing off their optical prowess with the release of the GF 80mm f/1.7 R WR Lens. The new 80mm is currently the world’s fastest medium format AF lens and testament to decades of optical engineering. With an equivalent focal width of 63mm in 35mm format, the lens is versatile enough to be used for slightly wider portraits that the existing GF 110mm F/2 R WR for example. Naturally we have a nine-bladed round aperture, which we expect to show gorgeous defocus wide open at f/1.7.

Sample image 2

Camera: Fujifilm GFX 100S. Lens: Fujifilm GF 80mm f/1.7 R WR. Focal length: 80mm. Exposure: 1/80. f/1.7 ISO 100

The GF 80mm is aptly capable of harnessing the latest AF technologies which employ phase-detect Eye and Face AF. Thanks to the fast and silent DC motor, the lens can also keeps up with moving subject tracking systems which Fujifilm have introduced. Optical design is as well thought out as with all Fujifilm medium format lenses, incorporating three special elements (one aspherical element and two Super ED). In total there are12 elements in nine groups which combine to deliver high resolving, richly detailed natural results. Despite all of this technology the GF 80mm f/1.7 R WR remains reasonably lightweight at 795g. Adding it to the new GFX camera gives a combined weight of just under 1.7kg which is pretty impressive for a prime, professional optic and medium format body. The lens is also compact at under 10cm long and sports a convenient 77mm filter thread for users to add variable ND’s, polarisers and perhaps a UV filter just to be safe.

Weather sealed properly

Fujifilm had been very busy for 2021

Joining this new camera and lens are simultaneous releases for the X-System. You can read about the new ridiculously compact Fujifilm X-E4 Camera And new Lenses here in our blog. The X-E4 impresses for different reasons, falling at the other end of Fujifilm’s spectrum. Readers might also enjoy comparing the original GFX 100 in our review here.

Image 3 sample GFX 100S

Above: Camera: Fujifilm GFX 100S. Lens: GF 45-100mm f/4 R LM OIS WR. Focal length: 81.2mm. Exposure: 1/80. f/4 ISO 250

Histogram on the Sub LCD monitor

Image showing histogram info panel. Ideal readily available info to avoid clipping images at point of capture.


By Nick Dautlich on 27/01/2021

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