FUJIFILM Australia has announced the release of FUJIFILM GFX100S (GFX100S), the fourth large format mirrorless camera in FUJIFILM’s GFX System.
Fujifilm says the GFX100S builds on the groundbreaking ideas from the FUJIFILM GFX100. Created with the philosophy of mobility and portability, GFX100S is a camera that is positioned to provide creatives with the unique opportunity to embrace large format image-making.
Refusing to sacrifice performance for portability, FUJIFILM has created one of the most compact, high performance large format cameras in the world. It is more advanced than any GFX System camera to date and combines the best of FUJIFILM’s imaging technology into a body that weighs just 900g. Similar in size to most full-frame cameras, but beautifully engineered to house a 102MP sensor that is 1.7 times larger than a full-frame sensor, GFX100S offers up to 6-stops of five-axis In-Body Image Stabilisation (IBIS). This allows it to be incredibly fast, to deliver accurate autofocus and world-renowned colour reproduction that helps image makers push the limits of their creativity.
“GFX100S is a game changer, taking innovation to the next level offering so much more than a full-frame camera ever could. It has a sensor that is 1.7 times larger than a full-frame camera sensor, all in a portable and compact body. Upgrading to Large Format has never been more accessible and we are sure we will see many photographers making the change,” says Shaun Mah, General Manager of Electronic Imaging Division at FUJIFILM Australia.
Key features of the GFX100S include:
(1) 102MP images made at the speed of a compact mirrorless camera achievable only on large format
Powered by FUJIFILM’s high-performance quad-core X-Processor 4 CPU, GFX100S utilises its 102MP, back-illuminated large format CMOS sensor to deliver images with stunning quality. Compared to smaller, lower-resolution sensors commonly found in traditional full-frame DSLR and mirrorless cameras, GFX100S’ imaging sensor is approximately 1.7 times larger and is enhanced to be incredibly sensitive to light. This provides it with a significant advantage over smaller sensors when it comes to producing images with incredibly shallow depth of field, fantastic dynamic range, faithful colour reproduction, and outstanding high-ISO performance.
FUJIFILM’s expertise in colour science is legendary among image makers. For more than 86 years, FUJIFILM has been responsible for some of the world’s most iconic photographs and movies. GFX100S gives users access to a wealth of experience via the touch of a button, powered by one of the world’s most widely acclaimed digital colour processing engines. With a choice of 19 exclusive FUJIFILM Film Simulation modes, it is easy to achieve fantastic colour straight out of camera. GFX100S includes a new Film Simulation mode to explore – Nostalgic Neg. Reminiscent of American New Colour Photography, which emerged in the 1970s, Nostalgic Neg continues this movement by expanding the boundaries of photographic creativity through the purposeful use of colour. Its unique tonality adds an amber tone to highlights for a softer look and boosts saturations to shadows, while preserving details, to give a lyrical feel to images.
(2) High-performance mirrorless AF made for large format, even in low-light
Unlike many other large format and medium format cameras, on-sensor phase detection pixels cover almost 100% of GFX100S’ imaging sensor, unlocking a level of autofocus performance never before seen in large format digital photography. This means the camera can acquire focus in as little as 0.18 seconds, even in luminance levels as low as -5.5EV, making it versatile, accurate and incredibly fast. Powered by X-Processor 4, the camera is also able to efficiently make use of an updated focus tracking algorithm to keep subjects in focus when using the Tracking AF and Face/ Eye AF functions.
(3) Compact 5-axis In-Body Stabilisation delivering up to 6-stops of vibration reduction
GFX100S features a newly designed In-Body Image Stabilisation (IBIS) system, which dramatically broadens the capability of photographers to confidently create handheld images. Compared to the unit found in FUJIFILM GFX100, the IBIS mechanism inside of GFX100S is 20% smaller and 10% lighter. Despite the smaller size, the five-axis system provides 6-stops of CIPA-rated image stabilisation, a 0.5-stop improvement over GFX100.
(4) High-performance designed for portability and to withstand the elements
At 900g and measuring 15cm wide, 10.4cm tall, and 8.7cm deep, GFX100S’ compact body is comparable in size to many full-frame cameras. Despite the compact size, it packs a high-performance IBIS and a 102MP imaging sensor that is almost twice the physical size of a typical full-frame sensor. The GFX100S features a redesigned shutter unit and a brand new IBIS unit, while powered by a smaller yet efficient lithium-ion battery. This results in a camera body that is approximately 6cm shorter and 500g lighter than the GFX100, while able to maintain the same level of stills and video performance. The reduced size of GFX100S is well-balanced by a highly robust grip, with a comfortable in-hand feel, which makes it exceptionally easy to hold for extended periods of time.
GFX100S is made to operate in temperatures as low as -10°C and is dust- and moisture-resistant. It is also constructed with a magnesium alloy casing that is purposely denser around the lens mount by 1mm compared to GFX100, which provides added support for larger G Mount lenses.
(5) Intuitive controls for a familiar experience
GFX100S features controls that are familiar to both new and existing GFX System photographers. For example, a PASM dial, with six programmable custom options, provides quick and direct access to frequently used settings, while the switch, conveniently located next to the mode dial, allows users to quickly change between still and movie mode. An ergonomic update to the Focus Lever also makes choosing a focus point easy and smooth.
The camera features a 3.2-inch LCD display on the rear and a 1.8-inch sub LCD monitor on its top plate, which can be customised to show key EXIF settings like shutter speed, aperture, ISO sensitivity and exposure compensation. It can also display the status of key functions or available capacity on storage media. The 3.2-inch, touch-capable LCD display is a 2.36-million-dot monitor with 100% coverage that can be tilted in three directions (90° upward, 45° downward, and 60° rightward).
(6) A large format system delivering smooth 4K/30P video
With its large format imaging sensor, GFX100S is capable of recording cinematic 4K/30p movies that feature incredibly shallow depth-of-field, impressive high-ISO performance, wide tonal gradation, and an unmatched overall image quality. Footage can be recorded at bit rates of 400Mbps at different quality levels, from 10-bit 4:2:0 F-log internally to an SD card, to 12-bit 4:2:2 ProRes RAW through the HDMI port.
In addition to being able to record 4k footage in a 16:9 aspect ratio, GFX100S supports a 17:9 aspect ratio, frequently used in digital cinemas. The most commonly used compression codecs, like H.264 and H.265 are also available. Additionally, professional standards, like the REC.2100 supported Hybrid Gamma Log (HLG), or F-Log can be selected for complete creative control. Compared to using commonly available compression codecs, like H.264, recording footage in F-Log or HLG gives filmmakers much more flexibility in post-production as footage is brought through the editing and colour-grading process, allowing users to make adjustments to the image’s luminance, colour saturation and many more attributes.
For maximum flexibility with image-based adjustments and colour-grading options, GFX100S can also record 4K/30P footage in 12-bit RAW, via HDMI, directly to an Atomos Ninja V Recording Monitor to later be output as ProRes RAW. This allows users to make post-product decisions around refining images. Users can also achieve simultaneous output of RAW footage and footage in F-Log or Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) with a Film Simulation mode.