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Fujifilm GFX100 camera review [video]

The message Fujifilm GFX100 Camera Review (video) first appeared on Digital Photography School. It is written by Caz Nowaczyk.

In this video by Georges CamerasTV, Andrew discusses the Fujifilm GFX100 camera.

(youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGINDU54yvg)

Overview of the Fujifilm GFX100

This camera is the large format Fujifilm camera, designed for studio, landscape, architecture and any other form of photography to be printed in large format.

On top of the camera:

  • Large EV76 of 5.76 million dots
  • Rotary switch mode
  • Three modes on the top rotary: modes for standstill, multi, and movie.
  • Top settings LCD – illuminated and graphical. Easy to use at night.

On the backside:

  • A large LCD flip screen. Very well lit so that it can be seen well in bright daylight sun.
  • Lower settings LCD screen to see your settings, so you can see your settings when the camera is mounted on a tripod.
  • Has a small joystick to navigate through the menu.
  • A feature that the camera lacks is a 4-way joystick that has many cameras that some photographers can get used to.
  • Has a touchscreen for navigation.

Battery grip:

  • Built-in battery grip for two batteries with a total of 800 shots.
  • It has a secondary shutter button so that you can use the camera in portrait mode.
  • There is access to a second joystick to navigate through your focal points and your shortcut menu, so you can change your white balance and other settings.
  • There is no rubber grip when used in portrait mode, so it is not so comfortable to hold and can slip out of your hands if your hands are sweaty.

Body size

  • Quite large – comparable to a Canon 5D Mk IV but feels fairly light due to the magnesium alloy.
  • Fully weatherproof and gives operating temperatures from -10 degrees to 40 degrees Celsius.
  • There are two SD slots and an external port on the left side of the camera.
  • The right-hand side has all your video recording inputs and outputs, including a 3.5-millimeter audio connection and a 3.5-millimeter headphone connection.
  • Below that is a USB-C port for tethering and an HDMI port for output and a 15-volt direct power supply.

In the camera

  • Large format 102MP sensor supported with an X processor
  • ISO range from 100 to 12,800 or an expandable range from 50 to 102, 400.
  • Shoot continuously with up to 5 fps
  • Autofocus system with a face detection of 3.76 million pixels that gives you autofocusing options with a low -3 EV

Video specifications

  • 4k DCI up to 30 fps or full HD up to 60 fps
  • Films with a 10-bit color depth
  • If you record to an external device via HDMI, you can get a 10-bit 422 color depth.
  • Shoot in F-log which gives you a nice flat color profile for later color level in the post.
  • If you film by hand, the GFX100 has a 5-axis internal image stabilization, which is not the case with the other GFX models. This is also useful if you are shooting with longer telephoto lenses or for general photography from the hand.
  • It has WiFi and Bluetooth, so you can connect directly to your smartphone or smart device to use it as a remote camera or to transfer your photos to your smart device.

Performance

  • Because it is light, the Fujifilm GFX100 does not have the feeling that you are holding a large format camera.
  • The speed of the autofocus is ridiculously fast – identical to the XT3, if not slightly slower.
    The continuous autofocus works really well.
  • It feels like you are shooting with a standard mirrorless camera or digital single-lens reflex camera because the focus is accurate and super-fast.

Characteristics

  • With the voice memo function, you can record a voice memo when you take a photo and you can download it to your computer when you download the photos. This is a great reference point for how you took the photo, where, settings, etc.

User Experience

  • Andrew mainly uses Panasonic and Nikon cameras & found the transition fairly easy.
  • Navigating through the menu system feels familiar and easy. Same as the XT3 and the XT30.
  • If you are a passionate Fuji user, you will find that some things are missing in the GFX100.
  • There is no shutter speed button, exposure compensation button, or ISO button.
  • For exposure compensation, there is a button that you can access and you can press or you can program any function button. This is also the case with your ISO.
  • To change your shutter, you must turn your dial to change that.

Image quality

  • The sample images are made with the Fujifilm GFX100 with the 110 mm and 45 mm lenses.
  • The images of the GFX100 are fantastic. The detail of the 102MP sensor is full of color, depth and detail.
  • The dynamic range of the camera is amazing and Andrew was able to restore blown highlights and shadows without losing detail.
  • The cropping value in the photos is excellent. It processed all cropping and post-processing well.
  • All images are edited in Lightroom and not in Capture One, which may or may not lead to better results.

Video mode

  • In video mode, Andrew discovered that the GF prime lenses were not the best lenses to use in manual focus due to the focus due to wire construction. However, they were told that in the future there would be a series of senior lenses that should improve that experience.
  • The continuous auto focus in video mode is great. One thing to note, however, the IBIS disappears a little rough when panning, so keep the camera still.
  • The image quality and the actual video result and the flexibility are amazing. All recordings were made in the Eterna film simulation mode, so there is more room to work within the post.
  • They wanted it to shoot at 50 fps in 4k or give it more flexibility in slow motion; in terms of large format, however, it is incredible.
  • The Fujifilm GFX100 could be a viable option for cinema users afterwards.

Conclusion

The GFX100 is super impressive in both photo and video mode. It will not be for everyone because it is quite expensive with $ 10,000 USD. (They have a cheaper alternative in the Fujifilm GFX50S for $ 5000 USD with a 51.4 MP sensor.)

Compared to other large format cameras, the Fujifilm GFX100 is well-priced, in particular for the auto-focus functions, the sensor size and the possibility of becoming a game-changer for cinema users in the future.

It would be suitable for people who want advertising, cinema or an enthusiast who want to get large format landscapes without paying for a medium format camera.

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Do you want to own this camera? I know I would do that! Share it with me in the comments below.

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The message Fujifilm GFX100 Camera Review (video) first appeared on Digital Photography School. It is written by Caz Nowaczyk.

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