Fujifilm GFX 100 offers 100 Megapixels, phase-detect AF and 4K video for $10,000
We've known about the Fujifilm GFX 100 since it was shown at Photokina last fall, and in about a month, you can get one of your own.
The GFX 100 features a medium-format (44 x 33mm) BSI-CMOS sensor with 102 million effective pixels. The camera is powered by a quad-core X-Processor 4 and offers a native ISO range of 100-12,800 (which expands to 50-102,400) and support for 16-bit Raw files. In-body 5-axis image stabilization reduces shake by up to 5.5 stops according to Fujifilm, and the entire sensor is mounted on springs to reduce shutter shock.
If the GFX 100 uses the Sony IMX 461 sensor, which we strongly suspect it does, we expect significantly improved low light and high ISO performance thanks to the sensor's dual gain architecture.
The DSLR-styled body is incredibly well-built, with the durability you'd expect from a high-end camera. About the same size as a professional DSLR, the GFX 100 weighs in at 1.4kg (3.1lbs). The camera has a built-in grip for portrait shooting that can hold one or two NP-T125 batteries, for up to 800 shots per charge. The camera has twin SD card slots with UHS-II support, along with ports for USB 3.2 (Type-C), an external mic and headphones, a wired remote, and HDMI.
Fujifilm has put a hybrid autofocus system on the GFX 100, with 3.76 million phase-detect pixels spread across nearly 100% of the frame
The GFX 100 has a dual-hinged, 3.2" touchscreen LCD with 2.36 million dots that can tilt in both landscape and portrait orientations, just like on the GFX 50S. The camera comes bundled with a removable, tilting OLED EVF that has a whopping 5.76M dots. There are also a pair of OLED displays - one on the top, another below the LCD - that display various camera settings, battery life and shots remaining.
Fujifilm has put a hybrid autofocus system on the GFX 100, with 3.76 million phase-detect pixels spread across nearly 100% of the frame. The company claims that AF speeds are 210% faster than on the contrast-detect-only GFX 50R, and our early experience suggests that autofocus is indeed vastly improved.
The last of the major features on the GFX 100 is its video capabilities. It can capture DCI and UHD 4K video at bit rates up to 400Mbps, with your choice of H.265 or H.264 codecs. It supports Fujifilm's Eterna Film Simulation mode and can output 10-bit 4:2:2 F-Log video to an external recorder.
The GFX 100 will be available at the end of June for $9999.95.
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FUJIFILM INTRODUCES THE GFX100, A GAME CHANGER IN DIGITAL CAMERA TECHNOLOGY AND CAPABILITY
-100+ megapixel sensor in a 55mm diagonal length large format offers highest resolution in the history of mirrorless cameras
-Fast, accurate autofocus with the world’s first phase detection system, 4K video capability, and in-body image stabilization in a large sensor format1.
Valhalla, New York, May 23, 2019 – FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation today announced the upcoming release of its flagship GFX100 mirrorless digital camera, incorporating a newly-developed 102 megapixel (MP), 55mm diagonal length large format image sensor that is designed to deliver image clarity and capability previously unheard of in the photography and video industries.
The GFX100 features several ‘world firsts’ for a large format camera with an image sensor larger than the 35mm (full-frame) format: including its 102MP back-side illuminated sensor (BSI), in body image stabilization (IBIS) and on-board phase detection hybrid auto-focus (AF) with near 100% coverage. In addition to pioneering features, the GFX100 is fully equipped with Fujifilm’s unparalleled color reproduction technology and film simulations. Resulting from years of research and technological innovations, the GFX100 will provide photographers with exceedingly high-quality imagery and best-in-class camera responsiveness for filmmaking and photography in a simple-to-use large format system with a growing selection of lenses.
Offering large-format video capability, the GFX100 is the world’s first mirrorless digital camera with an image sensor of this size to offer 4K, 30p video recording capability (4:2:2 10-bit). These groundbreaking features make the GFX100 a camera of unparalleled innovation and versatility, fulfilling photography’s intrinsic mission of capturing and recording precious moments that may never be repeated with the utmost image quality.
Resolution Redefined: World’s First 100 MP BSI CMOS Sensor in a Mirrorless Camera
The GFX100 pairs a newly-developed back-illuminated 102MP CMOS imaging sensor with Fujifilm’s blazingly fast X-Processor 4 processing engine to create a combination capable of outputting 16-bit images with amazing color fidelity, rich shadow detail, and incredible dynamic range. Its back-illuminated structure promotes crisp image quality by bringing the exposure plane in extremely close proximity to the color filter array, which results in ultra-low noise levels and a native ISO of ISO 100.
1. First for a camera with image sensors larger than the 35mm full-frame format
Noteworthy Stability When It Matters: World’s First Five-axis IBIS in a Camera Featuring an Image Sensor Bigger than the 35mm Format
High-resolution image sensors require high-level stability to ensure image sharpness. With built-in 5-axis image stabilization, GFX100 users are reassured that vibrations won’t interrupt the capture process. The function offers up to 5.5-stop image stabilization (when using the GF63mmF2.8 R WR lens)2. The entire shutter unit is suspended with four springs to minimize the effect of shutter shock. This dramatically broadens the scope of situations where a user can hand-hold the camera and still enjoy the world of 100MP+ ultra-high resolution, pushing the boundaries of photographic expression.
Practical Auto-Focus for Large Format: World’s First On-Board Phase Detection Hybrid AF with approximately 100% Coverage
Compared to traditional medium format digital systems, the GFX100 raises the bar in AF performance by utilizing phase detection pixels across the sensor to help photographers obtain focus wherever they choose to position their subjects in the frame. With 3.76 million phase detection pixels, at approximately 100% coverage, near perfect auto-focus performance with speed and accuracy is now a reality for photographers needing optimum performance in subject tracking, face/eye detection and low-contrast environments. The effect is particularly notable when using fast prime lenses, achieving speed improvement of up to 210% over the conventional contrast AF system used in GFX 50R.
Pushing Creative Boundaries for Filmmakers: Large Format Camera with 4K video at 30p
With a sensor size of 43.9mm x 32.9mm, the GFX100 supports filmmakers in achieving their creative visions. The new sensor and processor combination support 4K video recording at 30p with a unique cinematic look. It’s now a breeze to explore shallow depth-of-field, wide tonal reproducibility and extra high ISO sensitivity, producing high- quality video footage with detailed textures while reproducing three-dimensional definitions and even capturing the atmosphere of the scene. With the ability to apply Fujifilm’s highly respected Film Simulations (including ETERNA cinema film simulation mode), record in F-Log Rec 2020, and capture 4:2:2 10-bit uncompressed footage through the HDMI port, GFX100 should certainly be coming soon to a screen near you.
Dust-resistant, Weather-resistant, Lightweight and Highly Robust Magnesium Alloy Body with Integrated Vertical Grip
Maximizing its use for even the toughest conditions, the GFX100 has weather sealing in 95 locations across the camera body and detachable EVF to ensure an exceptionally high level of dust and moisture resistance. Photographers will have the opportunity to capture moments in even the most remote locations as the GFX100 can maintain reliable operation even under tough natural conditions.
2. Based on CIPA standard. Pitch/yaw shake only. With GF63mmF2.8 R WR lens mounted.
Although it sports a large image sensor, the GFX100’s body is equivalent to that of a flagship 35mm full-frame DSLR camera in terms of dimensions (6.15” (W) x 6.44” (H) x 4.05” (D), measuring 1.93” at the thinnest part) and weight (approx. 3 lbs. including two batteries, memory card and EVF).
Designed for protection, the GFX100’s core imaging unit, consisting of the lens mount, image stabilization mechanism and image sensor, has been structured completely separate from the main body panels. This “double-structure” is designed to ensure a high level of precision and robustness while minimizing resolution degradation caused by external stress to the body. To maximize usability, the GFX100 incorporates a vertical grip, enabling effective use of in-body space.
Advanced Color Reproduction Technology, Delivering Astonishing Quality in Stills
The combination of the newly-developed image sensor and the fourth-generation X- Processor 4 processing engine means the camera supports the 16-bit RAW capture requested by many professional photographers seeking files that tolerate heavy post- processing. The GFX100 also features the newly-developed “Smooth Skin Effect” function, which automatically smooths the skin tone of the subjects, as is often performed in portraiture. It allows the photographer to skip a portion of post-processing work so that images captured with this function can be finished at an extremely high level of perfection, faster.
The GFX100 will be the flagship model of the GFX Series of mirrorless cameras, which have garnered strong praise from professional photographers and photo enthusiasts for their use of 55mm large format image sensor, measuring 55mm diagonally (43.8mm x 32.9mm) and providing approximately 1.7 times the area of the regular 35mm full-frame sensor.
The GFX100 digital camera body will be available on June 30, 2019 at a suggested retail price of USD $9,999.95 and CAD $13,299.99.
For details of product support and other information please visit https://fujifilm-x.com/en- us/special/gfx100.
Fujifilm GFX 100 specifications
|Body type||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Body material||Magnesium alloy|
|Max resolution||11648 x 8736|
|Image ratio w:h||1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||102 megapixels|
|Sensor size||Medium format (44 x 33 mm)|
|Color space||sRGB, Adobe RGB|
|Color filter array||Primary color filter|
|ISO||Auto, 100-12800 (expands to 50-102400)|
|Boosted ISO (minimum)||50|
|Boosted ISO (maximum)||102400|
|White balance presets||7|
|Custom white balance||Yes (3 slots)|
|CIPA image stabilization rating||5.5 stop(s)|
|Uncompressed format||RAW + TIFF|
|JPEG quality levels||Super fine, fine, normal|
|Optics & Focus|
|Autofocus assist lamp||Yes|
|Number of focus points||425|
|Lens mount||Fujifilm G|
|Focal length multiplier||0.79×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Viewfinder type||Electronic (optional)|
|Viewfinder magnification||0.86× (1.09× 35mm equiv.)|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed (electronic)||1/16000 sec|
|External flash||Yes (via hot shoe or flash sync port)|
|Flash X sync speed||1/125 sec|
|Continuous drive||5.0 fps|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)|
|Format||MPEG-4, H.264, H.265|
|Storage types||Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC cards (UHS-II supported)|
|USB||USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (micro HDMI)|
|Wireless notes||802.11ac + Bluetooth|
|Remote control||Yes (via wired remote or smartphone)|
|Battery description||Built-in grip holds one or two NP-T125 batteries|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||800|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||1320 g (2.91 lb / 46.56 oz)|
|Dimensions||156 x 144 x 75 mm (6.14 x 5.67 x 2.95″)|
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