DPRTV: Is the Fujifilm GFX100 Good For Professional Video? YES! But…

DPReview posted the second half of their Fujifilm GFX100 Review “Is the Fujifilm GFX100 Good For Video?” and it’s a brief but good one. If you do not have time or the ability to watch it there are excerpts below:

  • Filmed in 4K 24p 10-bit 4:2:0 H.265 200Mbps Eterna
  • Shocked to see 10-bit in a medium format cameras
  • 10-bit works with 4k 30p and 24p and 1080 up to 60p
  • No 4k 60p or 1080 120p
  • This is not a high-speed camera though because the large sensor prevents the frame rates
  • IBIS works well for video but it goes from smooth to a little clicky sometimes especially when panning
  • AF works well especially at smaller apertures
  • When using the 110mm f/2 it can smoothly shift between larger steps, which can be jarring
  • The 110mm f/2 doesn’t have jarring shifts when stopped down
  • Eterna is fantastic and gives some flexibility for editing
  • If you need more flexibility than Eterna use F-Log 10-bit
  • It’s great that Fujifilm has a standard and Eterna LUT
  • There is also HLG, but Jordan finds it to be pretty much the same as F-Log
  • HLG is nice to work with and has a big dynamic range
  • The 102MP sensor is huge and 4k only requires 8 megapixels
  • The GFX100 uses the entire horizontal width of the sensor and crops off some on the top and bottom which gives you the same field of view as photography
  • Pixel binning and line-skipping are used to produce 4k video
  • There is some rolling shutter, but not as bad as the electronic shutter when taking a photo
  • The rolling shutter will only be an issue if the camera is bouncing around
  • Low light performance is very good, but APS-C and Full Frame are also very good today
  • Medium format cameras also have slower glass than APS-C and Full Frame so there isn’t a big advantage with low light
  • Even with 10-bit Jourdan would say dynamic range for video is identical between the Fujifilm X-T3/X-T30 and GFX100
  • If you are shooting professional photos on your GFX100 and your client decides that they want a video to you can absolutely get that done with the GFX100
  • They shot the second half of the GFX100 review using the GFX100 and the XF200 f/2 review
  • But would Jordan choose the GFX100 over other cameras for video if he didn’t need the 102MP, probably not because it’s not a big step up in quality like 102MP medium-format stills
  • The GFX100 is going to be bigger/heavier/with slower glass/and dynamic range equal to the X-T3 when shooting video
  • You could have 5 X-T3 setups for the price of a GFX100 one for video and the X-T3 can shoot 4k 60p or 1080 120p
  • So no Jorand wouldn’t buy it just for video
  • If you buy one of the best photo cameras ever made you are absolutely getting video features that will let you take on a bunch of professional jobs without an issue

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