Fujifilm’s ground-breaking medium format GFX system has gone from strength to strength, with a number of high resolution cameras released since the range launched back in 2017. The arrival of the compact Fujifilm GFX 100S flagship camera is a natural evolution of the range, combining the best features from the previous GFX 100 flagship camera, with the compact useability of the X-T4.
Our Fujifilm GFX 100S review will explore some of its key features that photographers from many genres can harness to capture impeccable stills and beautiful 4K movies.
We’ve got all the information you need to learn about this revolutionary compact medium format camera from Fujifilm and help you decide whether this is the system you’ve been waiting for.
It’s clear where this camera sits within the range, when we consider the Fujifilm GFX 100S price is £5,499.00. Despite placing this firmly at the top-end, the price is extremely competitive for the features it offers, and surprising, as its RRP is around half that of the previous flagship model.
This price also closes the gap between the GFX 100S and the next model down the range, which is the second-generation GFX 50S II, priced at £3,499.00. With 50 megapixels available, the GFX 50S II offers half the resolution, which is more in line with previous models and warrants further investigation of the GFX 50S II compared to other GFX cameras.
The niche capabilities of the GFX 100S has made it quite difficult to source second-hand, although we do periodically see the occasional one crop up in our used Fujifilm camera range.
The Fujifilm GFX100S was released on February 25th, 2021 and there has only been one subsequent medium format camera launch since, with the highly anticipated second-generation GFX 50S II. This arrived later in 2021, on September 29th, having been designed to satisfy photographers who need excellent image quality, but only half the resolution which the flagship provides. Both have proven extremely popular and remain the core of Fujifilm’s medium format range.
The headline features which the Fujifilm GFX 100S offers revolve around the large 43.8 x 32.9mm Fujifilm GFX 100S sensor size. The medium format sensor captures incredible detail with a wide dynamic range, which is suitable for large format printing and high-end professional work.
The camera also shaves an impressive 500g off the weight of the previous flagship, as well as being around 30% smaller. This places ultra-high-resolution capabilities into a relatively compact DSLR-style body, which can easily be handheld by wedding, portrait and studio photographers.
This portability is further enhanced by improvements to the in-body stabilisation mechanism, with up to 6-stops of compensation (up from 5.5-stops in the previous generation) against camera shake. The results are compelling, with extremely sharp details apparent when combined with the high resolving power found in medium format G lenses.
Stabilisation has also been enhanced, specifically for video recording, with a new digital stabilisation feature designed to capture silky-smooth footage, together with a longer record time of up to 120 minutes. The camera captures uncropped 4K 30p movies, which results in a beautiful medium format quality with shallow depth of field and gorgeous colour science, synonymous with Fujifilm.
Weather sealing was also introduced to the GFX 100s body, ensuring outdoor photographers gain a more portable camera that is perfectly capable of shooting during inclement weather. This is particularly appealing for photographers who are required to work outdoors with their clients, such as weddings, fashion shoots and portrait sessions.
There are a number of bespoke accessories available to complement the GFX 100S and transform the shooting experience.
One particularly popular accessory includes the Fujifilm MHG-GFX-S metal hand grip. Whilst this doesn't provide the ability to add another NP-W235 rechargeable battery, it does offer improved grip when larger lenses are mounted, together with a degree of protection for the camera base.
For artificial lighting, you can add a powerful Fujifilm EF-X500 hot-shoe mount flash, which can be controlled by the EF-W1 wireless commander. This combination lends itself to the portable nature of the GFX 100S and is perfect for hand-holding and off-camera lighting.
The GFX 100S makes headlines in no small part because of what Fujifilm removed, rather than what they’ve added, which has resulted in one of the world’s highest resolution cameras becoming more competitively priced and far more portable. It is substantially smaller and lighter than the previous GFX 100, as well as being favourably priced when compared to other brands’ flagship full-frame cameras.
Despite offering a staggering 102 megapixels, you can hand-hold the GFX 100S and capture sharp stills and smooth videos thanks to the improved body stabilisation and the compact nature of the robust, weather sealed body.
The resolution the sensor captures really differentiates the GFX 100S from competitor models. This has led to it being widely recognised as the camera of choice for professional photographers who work in genres where detail and colour accuracy are essential, such as studio, wedding and portrait photographers. It is also popular among those who simply enjoy this level of resolution for landscapes, architecture and fine art prints, where every megapixel counts.
If you work within any of these disciplines, there really is nothing that competes with the Fujifilm GFX 100S at this price point. Order yours today and prepare to be blown away by the versatility and incredible quality that this medium format system is capable of.
By Park Cameras on 02/08/2022
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