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Cameralabs Fujifilm GFX100 Review: “I’m Struck at How Easy it is to Enjoy 102 Megapixel”

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Gordon from Cameralabs published his full Fujifilm GFX100 review.

Down below are his findings:

  • 4K video, IBIS and Phase detection AF make it unique in the medium format market
  • at first glance, images remember those of Fuji APS-C cameras, with pleasing colors and tones
  • the colossal 102 MP allow you to keep up zooming in [as I could verify mself too :)]
  • IBIS and fast AF gives you higher hit rate than any other medium format cameras, especially when shooting handheld
  • prepare for a wealth of detail
  • film simulations are easy to understand, apply and fun to explore
  • he tests the smooth skin function, which can set off, weak or strong
  • It works and smooths his wrinkles
  • smooth skin weak gets away with no loss of detail in the eye, but the strong version has soften his eyelashes a little
  • the internal RAW converter is a really fun way to explore all of the processing options available
  • Fuji’s internal RAW conversion is as good or better than any software he has used
  • Fujifilm GFX100 and GFX50 deliver similar noise levels all across the ISO range
  • the BSI sensor on the GFX100 has allowed to boost resolution without compromising noise
  • The GFX100 resolves definitely more than the GFX50, but maybe not as much as you might think
  • GFX100 has doubled the total amount of pixels, but that works out around 40% more horizontally
  • major benefit of the GFX100 over the GFX50 is its handling
  • thanks to IBIS you can shoot handheld much more successfully
  • IBIS is also useful with longer lenses when you magnify into the focus area to check focus. The stable frame makes it easy to compose and manual focus
  • IBIS is also useful in video
  • to take advantage of faster autofocus, you must update all your GF lenses for phase detection compatibility
  • phase detection gives less hunting when focussing
  • the AF motor on GFX50 works just a little slower than the GFX100, but it’s the minor hunting before locking on the subject, that makes the GFX50 sensibly slower
  • the increased AF confindece of the GFX100 makes it faster overall compared to GFX50
  • AF tracking: the combination between phase and face detection does a good job
  • Gordon was particularly impressed by the eye-AF, which held up with even in the farthest point in the room
  • only Sony matches the eye AF of Fujifilm
  • 3 to 5 fps continuous shooting, so you are probably not going to use it for serious action, but very usable for subjects moving at a more modest speed
  • he filmed 3 one hour 4K clips in a RAW with both batteries charged
  • he would like a full size HDMI port for more robust connection and not that tiny micro port
  • a bit hesitation while shifting the focus during video, also noticeable in X series cameras, but it locks on the subject without hunting
  • face detection in video, the Fujifilm GFX100 does a pretty good job
  • the most usable and enjoyable medium format camera he has ever tested
  • a medium format camera that you can take everywhere and return with high quality images/video
  • it’s not as quick as a modern APS-C or FF
  • but he was struck at how easy it was to enjoy the full 102 megapixel resolution in a wide variety of conditions
  • a bit annoying is the different feel between the standard and portrait grip
  • the fabulous EVF blocks most of the screen when it’s folded up for waist level shooting [NOTE: you can remove the EVF or tilt it up with this accessory]
  • the buttons are unnecessary small and fiddly
  • price is cheap for medium format, but expensive compared to full frame
  • some full frame cameras have pixel shift multishot, but GFX100 can capture those big files in a single frame and handheld
  • a game changer for the specialist market at which it is aimed
  • the GFX100 redefines medium format, delivering industry leading quality and surprisingly easy and enjoyable handling

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