Fujifilm GFX100S Technical Analysis: 4 Small Sensors Stitched Together, Banding Fixed also on GFX100 and More

Jim Kasson continues his technical analysis of the Fujifilm GFX100S.

We already reported how he noticed that the Fujifilm GFX100S solved the PDAF banding issue.

He did check it on his original Fujifilm GFX100, and also there he says the banding has been fixed, as you can read here. FujiRumors already told you here that Fujifilm secretly fixed it via firmware update. Now Jim’s test finally confirms that.

Also, he confirms what we already told you back in 2017 here: the huge medium format GFX sensor is made of four small sensors stitched together. However, to be clear, this will not create any problem in your images.

UPDATE: as Jim explain more precisely at our wonderful GFX group here:

The GFX 100S sensor is not 4 small sensors stitched together. The lithography is stitched. It’s analogous to creating a pano by stitching. The result is on one piece of paper. In the GFX case it’s one piece of silicon.

Here is his most updated coverage:

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Fujifilm Fiscal Year 2020 Financial Results: Income Down 37.8%, but Great Recovery thanks to X-S10 and GFX100S, No Mention of X-T4

Fujifilm has published its financial results for Fiscal Year 2020 (from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021).

So how did Fujifilm perform in the year of the COVID-19 pandemic?

In a nutshell:

  • Instax is going strong
  • broadcasting and cinema lenses suffered most due to cancellation of events (such as the Olympic games) caused by the Coronavirus pandemic
  • Fujifilm X and GFX series had a tough start but recovered greatly later in the year thanks to the Fujifilm X-S10, Fujifilm GFX100S and GF80mm F1.7 R WR, allowing a year-over-year increase in the second-half revenue

For the imaging solution, this translated in an operating income that amounted to ¥15.6 billion (down 37.8% year-over-year).

It is curious they do not mention the Fujifilm X-T4 in their reports, which hit the market in spring 2020. Maybe it’s the camera that suffered most from the pandemic, as it was released right when the pandemic started, factories were shutting down and there was the biggest uncertainty on how the pandemic would evolve.

And once the situation was getting more clear and better, Fujifilm had already a mini X-T4 on the market, the X-S10, which was smaller, more affordable, mainstream ergonomic choices and IBIS, making it probably a top pick over the X-T4 for many. Plus the X-T3 saw some substantial rebates, so if you don’t need IBIS and hate selfie screens, the X-T3 was still the better choice.

This time the bad timing was definitely not Fuji’s fault (as opposed to the X-H1 and X-T3 release timing), but mere bad luck.

Here are some excerpts:

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Fujifilm Fujinon GF80mm f/1.7 R WR In Stock

At the time of this post, the Fujinon GF80mm f/1.7 in stock at Amazon US here as well as at Adorama here.

It not yet in stock at BHphoto here.

Amazon also has the MHG-GFX S hand grip for Fujifilm GFX100S available in limited number here (out of stock at BHphoto here and Adorama here).

The camera itself, the GFX100S, is not available yet.

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Fujinon GF80mmF1.7 in Stock in Limited Number

At the time of this post, there is a limited number of 9 samples of the Fujinon GF80mmF1.7 R WR lens in stock at Amazon US here (shipped and sold by Amazon)

It is still backordered at BHphoto here and Adorama here.

Amazon also has the MHG-GFX S hand grip for Fujifilm GFX100S available in limited number here (out of stock at BHphoto here and Adorama here).

The camera itself, the GFX100S, is not available yet.

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The Big Availability Check for Fujifilm GFX100S, GF80mmF1.7, X-E4, XF70-300mm, XF27mmF2.8 R WR and Accessories

In these days I get many emails asking when the latest Fujifilm gear will be in stock.

I frankly don’t know the answer. I know the GFX100S pre-orders are beyond Fujifilm’s most forbidden dreams, hence it might take long for Fujifilm to deliver, but I don’t have information about the rest of the gear.

So what I can do, is to check when different stores expect to have the latest gear available and what is eventually already in stock.

Fujifilm GFX100S

BHphoto says it expects to have it available in April. More precise indications come from Moment, who give the date “April 2”. AmazonUS says it expects to ship in 2 to 5 weeks. No other indications at other stores.

So, overall, I think we can be optimistic that in April the shipping-bottleneck might be finally solved. Unless you guys keep pre-ordering it :)

Fujinon GF80mmF1.7:

Adorama says it’s on the way, and expects to have it available in a few days. AmazonUS expects it in 2 to 4 weeks. BHphoto gives no indication, whereas Moment gives April 2 as date.

Overall, it seems that we can expect stock already by the end of the month and a more substantial stock in the first half of April.

Fujifilm X-E4:

The Fujifilm X-E4 is mostly available as long as you look for the body only version. The kit version with the XF27mmF2.8 R WR is not available and AmazonUS gives even 1 to 2 months for that combo to be in stock.

Fujinon XF70-300mmF4-5.6:

AmazonUS expects stock on April 5. Adorama says new fresh samples are now on the way to their warehouse, hence it’s only a matter of days. Moment expects stock on March 31. No indication at BHphoto.

So by the end of March and latest early April we might find the lens more widely available.

Fujinon XF27mmF2.8 R WR:

Just as with the GFX100S, also for the XF27mmF2.8 R WR Fujifilm has announced delivery delays. It’s not widely available yet, but you can find some samples at Adorama here. AmazonUS expects stock in 1 to 54 weeks. BHphoto does not give any time frame on when it might have it available. Moment expects stock in early April.

Accessories for X-E4 and GFX100S

MHG-GFX S hand grip for Fujifilm GFX100S

At the time of this post there a 4 samples available at AmazonUS here. It’s not yet available at BHphoto here and at Adorama here.

FUJIFILM BLC-XE4 Leather Case + MHG-XE4 Hand Grip + TR-XE4 Thumb Rest

The leather case for the Fujifilm X-E4 is currently in stock at AmazonUS here. It’s not yet available at BHphoto here and Adorama here.

As for the MHG-XE4 hand grip, AmazonUS says it expects availability in 1 or 2 days, whereas no indication on when they expect stock is given by BHphoto here and Adorama here.

The last X-E4 accessory is the TR-XE4 thumb rest. At the time of this post, there are 2 available at AmazonUS here. Not yet available at BHphoto here and Adorama here.