DA: Fujifilm GFX100 Review – Image Quality That is Second to None

The Fujifilm GFX100 has been available for a while now, but Dustin Abbott just got his hands on one and he believes the image quality is second to none. Above is his full 45minute review and below is my summary and his shorter 15-minute summary video.

  • Medium format between the size of full-frame and traditional medium format at 0.79x
  • This sensor is about 4x the size of APC-C
  • Optically this sensor is the most impressive Dustin has ever used
  • IBIS makes the 102MP more accessible
  • You can shoot pretty normally thanks to IBIS
  • The camera is 10k and when you hand it to people they treat it like a newborn
  • Very large camera coming in at 1400g and the grip is very deep so it might not be comfortable for small hands at 103mm
  • There is a lot of empty space between the side of the camera and the touch screen/buttons
  • The vertical grip is poorly designed
  • The circular eye cup helps you shoot vertically
  • Fujifilm cameras tend to have a lot of physical controls, but this camera has few even though it has a lot of room for dials/buttons
  • Movie/Multi/still dial is hard to unlock and not great
  • The top LCD is fine, but it takes the place of Fujifilm dials
  • Can show a histogram or fake dials on the top LCD which is nice, but not very functional
  • Adjusting exposure compensation isn’t great ergonomically
  • Great the LCD stays on when the camera is off
  • The second rear LCD is useful for decluttering the main screen
  • Typical Fujifilm touch screen performance
  • Can tilt the screen on 3 axis
  • Single/Continous/Manual focus switch moved from the front to the rear
  • A lot of the controls are replicated for portrait and landscape shooting
  • Can charge via USB-C
  • Great to have two batteries, but only a single battery charger outside of the camera so better to charge in camera
  • 95 seal points and made of magnesium alloy
  • 3.5mm remote release and mic/headphone jack
  • Dual UHS-II SD Card slots
  • VF is 5.76 million dots of resolution with 0.86x magnification at 85fps
  • Similar experience to an optical viewfinder
  • Could have done things better ergonomically
  • If you have small hands the grip will be uncomfortable
  • Very much a two-handed camera
  • Fujifilm is known for physical controls and it is odd that they went away from that
  • Similar PDAF AF system to X-T3 with 425 selectable AF points
  • AF performance is similar to what you are used to that is a bit improvement over other large sensor AF systems
  • The AF isn’t on par with the best full-frame cameras so it might be a bit clunky if that is where you are coming from, but it is good
  • Even though the GFX100 can do 5fps if you track continous it is more like 3 fps
  • Fujifilm did a fairly good job implementing eye AF and its on part with the X-T3/X-T4
  • When you prioritize an eye the performance is better than letting the camera pick
  • Eye AF can front focus slightly and grab the eyelash
  • There is quite a bit of shutter lag
  • The AF system is fine for what the camera is designed to do
  • Video AF focus pulls aren’t very good
  • The video quality is good, but best to shoot manually
  • Moire in the video
  • X-T3/X-T4 would be better for video
  • This camera has an unbelievable amount of resolution so you can crop to your heart’s content
  • You can get almost macro-like performance from a few meters away
  • Medium format has more tonality on subjects like the fact when compared to the Canon R5
  • GFX100 has great high ISO and still very good at 6,400 or even 12,800
  • Blacks get a little less inky past 12,800
  • No destructive noise at 12,800
  • 25,600 is when you start to lose contrast and the blacks are raised some
  • 51,200 is too noisy so 25,600 is the upper limit of this camera
  • Very impressive shadow and highlight recovery
  • The overall quality and smooth gradations make the GFX100 the very best in terms of resolution and detail then this is the most accessible to way to get at it.
  • Comparing full-frame to this is splitting hairs and it is better but not by much
  • If you don’t have 10k or have small hands the GFX100S might be the better camera for you

Fujifilm GFX100S: B&H Photo / Amazon / Moment / Adorama
Fujifilm GFX100: 
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Fujifilm GFX50R: 
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Fujifilm GFX 50S: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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