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Fujifilm Manager Explains Large Format GFX sensor: 70% Larger than Full Frame


Medium Format, super full frame, large sensor… there are many ways that Fujifilm called its GFX line-up, and now they seem to stick with the “large format” definition.

I personally find there was nothing wrong with medium format. The Pentax 645 was called “medium format” for years, the Hasselblad X1D, too, and nobody ever complaint about that.

It’s just when Fujifilm joined the sensor size 70% larger than full frame, that suddenly some youtubers found the definition “medium format” no longer appropriate. Really, sometimes it feels like if Fujifilm does it, it must be bad.

And now to the video.

Fujifilm published a video, where they repeat, that the sensor is 70% larger than full frame, and they explain why they call it “large format”.

The video is titled “Understanding Fujifilm GFX Large Sensor Imaging“. You can find it down below and see also a summary.

  • in film era, the most used medium format
  • when 35mm was introduced, it was actually called “miniature” [admin note: and in German we still call it “Kleinbild“, hence “small format“]
  • Pro photographers felt 35mm was inferior to their medium format films
  • everything in between 35mm and the sheet film size was called “medium format”
  • in today’s world we don’t have access to 4×5 and 8×10 digital sensors, this means that anything bigger that 35mm film size is “large”
  • today photographers call the GFX sensor “large format” or “medium format”
  • GFX sensor is 70% larger than full frame sensor
  • you can put a lot more pixel into that sensor
  • pixel can be bigger and better
  • most of the digital medium format cameras are slow, but not the Fujifilm GFX100
  • GFX100 shoots at 5fps (and it has 102 megapixel) and RAW files are around 210 MB. Considering that, 5fps is very quick
  • the manager making the video shows crops of images he took of butterflies, to show how sharp files are and how much you can crop
  • GFX100 has phase detecion AF all over the sensor
  • GFX100 has 14 stops of dynamic range

Fujifilm GFX 100: B&H Photo, AmazonUS, Adorama, Focuscamera

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