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Fujifilm GFX100 First Looks: 95% Eye Detection Success Rate, Great Skin Tones and $10,000 is Actually a Good Price

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Fujifilm GFX100 Hands On Reviews

Matt Granger went hands on with the Fujifilm GFX100.

He starts by saying that he does not get any attention by Fujifilm, and was not invited to Japan for the launch. So he needed to wait for the Fujifilm GFX100 to be displayed at a photography fair, and all he could do is to talk to Fuji reps there and go only shortly hands on with the camera. So what he can share for now is only a quick first look.

Other major youtube channels also complaint about Fujifilm not flying them to exclusive events around the world (which is what Sony does all the time). If this is good or bad, I leave the judgement to you.

  • keithwee – Availing The Future | Fujifilm GFX100 review Part II

Back to Matt and his first impressions:

The Good

  • better balanced when used with big lenses
  • IBIS
  • 102 MP
  • Great video
  • live view histogram on top screen

The Bad

  • no more virtual dials
  • he does not like the design of the vertical grip
  • if you are a Fuji user used to dials, the user interface will confuse you
  • vertical grip is too small. Fujifilm engineers told him that it was an aesthetic choice
  • rear dial too easy to push, and by accidentally pushing it, you get to different feature
  • it’s heavy if you use it a whole day, not a travel camera

Another Fujifilm GFX 100 hands on review can be found at the Vistek youtube channel (video below). Here are their findings:

The Good

  • the color tones
  • 16 bit colors means 65,000 more colors than in a 14 bit file
  • colors are immediately different from anything you have seen before
  • for skin tones, 16 bit makes a major difference
  • operates like a full frame camera, but has latitude and tonality of medium format
  • IBIS gives you reliable sharp images at 1/30th of a second
  • 4K 10 bit internal video, but there is line skipping in one direction and super sampling in another
  • in video, rolling shutter wasn’t really bad
  • autofocus
  • eye detection 95% success rate
  • EVF is fantastic
  • $10,000 is a good price for medium format

The Bad / Challenges

  • file size
  • you need fastest SD-cards
  • he complaints about calling it “large format”, since in cinematography large format is also 35mm, so the Sony A7s should also be considered large format
  • all PL lenses (large format 35mm for Arri Alexa etc) will not cover GFX100 sensor, hence you must use native GF lenses, but they are not suitable for cinematography. [NOTE: he is wrong. Fujinon Premista large format lenses have been tested by Fujifilm, and they cover the GFX sensor, as we reported here]

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