Fujifilm adds to its GFX series with the GFX100S, a medium-format mirrorless camera with a small form factor.
One of the many praises of mirrorless cameras has been their size. The smaller footprint not only makes them easier to carry around, but as creators, we can rig them into gimbals, drones, or compact spaces with ease. We're now seeing a slight shift in size with mirrorless cameras that can record higher resolutions as companies find intuitive ways to dissipate the heat. On the flip side, DSLR and larger-format cameras are starting to shrink in size. The Fujifilm GFX100S is one of those cameras.
The GFX100S has a 102MP, back-illuminated large-format CMOS sensor and quad-core X-Processor 4 CPU to create its images. It offers on-phase detection pixels that cover nearly 100% of the sensor for fast, quiet autofocus including Tracking AF and Face/Eye AF. It also has a newly designed IBIS system that provides 6 stops of image stabilization, which is about one-half stop better than the GFX100.
In terms of video, it can shoot 4K DCI at 30p with bit rates 400Mbps in 10-bit 4:2:0 F-log internally to an SD card. Depending on the shooting mode, the GFX100s records All-I/Long GOP in either H.265 or H.264 codecs.
For those wanting a higher bit rate, external footage can be captured at 10-bit 4:2:2 in F-log or 12-bit RAW. Atomos already supports the GFX100 with ProRes RAW and will support the GFX100S with 4K 30p recording.
The GFX100S can shoot 16:9 or 17:9 aspect ratios. Rec.2100 is also supported along with Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG). For those who shoot with extended record times, it is worth noting the GFX100S tops out around 120 minutes depending on the setting.
One of the standout things about Fujifilm cameras is their color and film simulations. The GFX100S carries on that tradition with the inclusion of film simulation modes. The camera has a total of 19 different options, including a new one called Nostalgic Neg, which, according to Fujifilm, is reminiscent of American New Color Photography from the 1970s.
In terms of build, the mirrorless camera weighs less than 2 pounds, making it ideal for gimbals and rigs. It features dual card slots, a micro HDMI connector, a USB-C connection, separate 3.5mm inputs for mic and headphones, and a single 1/4-20" mount on the bottom. It also has a 3.2" LCD that can be tilted in three directions (90° up, 45° down, and 60°) and a small LCD monitor on the top that can be customized to what's displayed.
The Fujifilm GFX100S is priced at $5,995 USD ($7,800 CDN) and will be available in March. Pre-order is available now. An optional metal hand grip is $149 USD ($195 CDN).