First of the breed: GFX 100 prototypes take shape
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First of the breed: GFX 100 prototypes take shape

Here, a fully assembled and cosmetically finished prototype GFX 100 undergoes more testing before being released into the wild, where Fujifilm's engineers and selected beta testers will put it through its paces.

Of course, hardware is only part of the equation. During the process of pre-release testing, prototype cameras like this might have literally hundreds of major and iterative firmware updates applied to them as features are added, removed and tweaked.

Tragically, like the replicants in Blade Runner, these first hand-built prototype test bodies are destined for a short service life. Once the beta testing program is complete, they'll be returned to Fujifilm and reduced to their component parts. It's too bad they won't live - but then again, who does?