Fuji Announces 102MP GFX 100 Medium Format Camera

  By Kaitlyn Kerr

Fujifilm has announced the latest in their GFX medium format mirrorless lineup: the GFX 100, an impressive 102 megapixel camera with 16-bit colour, phase-detection autofocus, 4K video and built-in image stabilization.

After being teased at Photokina last fall, the camera was announced at an event in Japan with specs and pricing. The sensor, which is backside-illuminated (BSI) features 102 megapixels of resolution, and a sensor-based image stabilizer that is rated up to 5.5 stops (when used with the GF 63mm F2.8 R WR lens). The camera is expected to produce better dynamic range and low-light performance than anything else in the GFX lineup and has a native ISO of 100.

The camera also uses the new sensor, combined with the new X-Processor 4 engine to offer medium format 4K UHD video at 30p, and is capable of outputting uncompressed 4:2:2 10-bit footage through an HDMI output. The camera includes Fuji’s many film simulations, including Eterna, which is particularly popular with filmmakers. F-log, Fuji’s flat log profile, is also included.

Also of note is the 3.76 million-pixel phase detection autofocus system that has been implemented. Coverage is approximately 100% of the sensor (which measures 55mm to the diagonal and is approximately 1.7x larger than the standard “full frame” 35mm sensor). Fuji is claiming approximately 210% improvement over the contrast-detection AF that is currently used in the GFX 50R.

Physically, the camera is roughly the same size as a flagship DLSR like the Nikon D5 or Canon 1D-X II. It has an integrated vertical grip and weighs approximately 1.4kg (3.1lbs) with the two included batteries (no lens). The GFX 100 is rugged, with dust- and weather- sealing in 95 different locations on the body. The EVF is detachable and compatible with the EVF-TL1 tilt adapter, allowing you to tilt it 90 degrees vertical. Dual SD card slots with UHS-II support is also included, and the camera is compatible with Capture One.

The Fujifilm GFX 100 will be available this summer at a price of $13,299.99 for the body only. Pre-orders are being accepted now.

 

 

Kaitlyn Kerr

Kaitlyn Kerr

Kaitlyn is a craft beer enthusiast and self-labelled film nerd. Suitably, she is one of the hosts of Calgary's Beers & Cameras meetup group. She also drinks too much coffee and wants to see too many places. When not helping coordinate events or exploring whatever city, town, or backroad she can, she also works as a freelance photographer and assistant.