Fujifilm launches GFX100-II flagship medium format camera with improved sensor, AF, IBIS and 25% lower price than original
Fujifilm held its X Summit event today in Stockholm, where it has announced the GFX100 II, the update to its flagship medium format mirrorless camera, along with three new GF lenses and a new film simulation. Rumors surrounding this camera have been doing the rounds for some time, and most of them seem to be confirmed. After four years, an upgrade to the original GFX100 was well overdue, and the new model delivers on multiple fronts. Fujifilm says that the focus with this iteration is speed: the new changes will collectively make the GFX system more capable of action and high-speed photography.
The new “GFX 102MP CMOS II HS” sensor doubles the readout speed over the previous 102 MP sensor in the GFX100S. Combined with the new X-Processor 5, it allows continuous shooting at 8 fps. X-Processor 5 features AI-enabled subject detection autofocus, capable of detecting faces, animals, vehicles, etc. That means one can select a specific category of object and the camera will automatically detect and keep it in focus. Other improvements include decreased delay between frames, shorter viewfinder blackout, and a blackout-free 5.3fps burst mode.
The new image stabilization (IBIS) actually leverages the faster sensor, detecting motion blur (in addition to gyroscopic data) to provide 8-stop stabilization. IBIS is also used for the ‘Pixel Shift Multi-Shot’ mode, which shifts the sensor by sub-pixel distances to create a 400 MP image with one click. The GFX100 II features Fujifilm’s best ever EVF, with 9.44M dots, up to 1x magnification, better optics and up to 120 fps frame rate.
On the video front, the GFX100 II can shoot 8K/30P or 4K/60P 4:2:2 10-bit and ProRes video, with support for F-Log2 14+ dynamic range and multiple cinema formats like Premista and 35 mm anamorphic, making it ideal for use with cinematic lenses. It can also record directly to SSD or to the Frame.io cloud service via ethernet cable.
Design wise, Fujifilm has made some ergonomic refinements like adding three function buttons on the grip, and sloping the top-panel for easier reading. The GFX100 II is also compatible with accessories like a vertical battery grip, an EVF tilt adapter that allows shooting from various angles and a cooling fan for continuous video shooting.
Along with the new camera, Fujifilm has also launched three new GF lenses and a new film simulation called Reala Ace that emphasizes fine grain tonality and smoother gradients. The Capture One app is now made available for mobile and iPad, and allows tether shooting and RAW image editing in wired and wireless modes.
The new GFX100 II will be available in late September for a price of US$7,499, which is US$2500 less than the launch price of its predecessor, making it a tough challenger to the Hasselblad X2D 100C.