So finally I have the new Fujifilm GFX100 , its seems like all my Birthday’s have come at once. Prior to reading further you can see a small Youtube video I did here , so give it a like and subscribe. I’ve had the beast for just over a week now and have shot some work, mostly mundane stuff but! I have tested it on some minor issues I had with the GFX50s.
Design and function
Some people didn’t like the two tone look but to be honest i don’t find it offensive or garish in the slightest. New camera new look and it works plus its a tool, it’s not an iMac. They have removed the dials what appeared on the GFX50s and now you have a clean lined body with more programmable buttons for quick use. Although I never used any Fn buttons prior to this camera it makes the whole user experience fluid. Weight distribution through the body seems balanced and delivered well considering what is in the inside of this tank of a camera. I say tank as in build quality , the weight is pretty good not to heavy and not to light. Overall slimmer than the GFX50s which is great and seems less intrusive.
Menu and usability
The menu is the same as the GFX50s with some additions and pretty much if you use a Fuji then you will have no issues. Everything is where it should be and again it makes sense , even if you were stuck you could figure it out and find the right path. Using Fn buttons whilst shooting keeps the transition between your eye and the EVF without having to see what you have changed. The EVF is sharp and can keep you in touch with where you are with settings but I feel the camera does become like an addition to your arm it just works so well.
AF and IBIS
The new AF coupled with Phase detection is a welcome sight and pretty much makes this a point and shoot. You can keep up with fast paced action and using the continuous focus keeps things smooth. Yes the AF is not like the sports cameras with tracking in the context of someone running full pelt towards you, but the camera is far more usable in any situation now. Once you have got the feel you will be capturing work which you may have struggled with the GFX50s. Face and eye detection are a great addition as they actually work on this body. Although you need to set the AF to wide tracking to get the most out of it. The detection sometimes can take a few seconds to kick in and realise it is supposed to be focusing , but it does, and it does it very well. If you have more than one face in then just be aware it will have a field day popping between the faces. IBIS 5.5stops of creamy sharp images at your finger tips. Now I never had a problem with getting sharp images out of the GFX50s handheld and I’m fed up of people saying they use a tripod exclusively with medium format. For me this takes away from actually being a photographer. But even if you are one of these pesky people you can now throw away your tripod. IBIS is life! FACT since the Youtube video I have actually done some additional testing and have got down to virtually a 1 sec shutter time. I do have steady hands but this gives you the confidence in keeping the ISO low and really using that IBIS to the full extent.
IQ and Noise
IQ I don’t need to explain this really , it is unreal. 102mp resolves everything and I mean everything. There are plenty of downloads you can find on the internet to pixel peep if that gets your socks off. The dynamic range, sensor and IBIS keeps things sharp and files which just sing. Be aware 16bit uncompressed images are 260mb a click but I shoot at 14bit compressed which sit between 80-120mb a click. The difference is minimal and unless you have a real nightmare client who knows the reason as to why they need 16bit then save space and shoot compressed. Noise or ISO on this really is something which I use to really pick over, not with Fuji but any camera. Real world tests were so bad that what you see is not what you get in fact. Bad even light shoots better than bad uneven light even at ISO6400 fact. This is the only time I will post an image and crop with this camera to demonstrate how good it is with noise. The two images below are the full image and cropped in , the settings were 1/50 f2.2 iso 10000. No editing has been done they have been
converted straight out of Lightroom. As you can see it pretty much is a win win. With slight noise adjustments you can virtually kill the noise and have no adverse colour shifts. So this camera blows anything away in both categories.
If you can afford the £10000 price tag and need to up your game , and be safe in the knowledge you are delivering the best IQ then this is for you simple. It works across any genre and there are no downsides in my opinion.