DPR: Fujifilm GFX100S Gets The Gold


The Fujifilm GFX100S will likely be sold out for some time with how big the preorders were and DPR seems to agree this is the ultimate image quality camera for a fairly reasonable price. The reduced size weight and price have been a big draw, but I am sticking with the full-size camera myself. You can read the full review here or you can read the main points below:

The most succinct assessment of the GFX 100S is that it’s capable of producing the best image quality under $10,000, at the time of writing. If gaining the extra image quality it offers over full-frame is valuable to you, we suspect you’ll be happy to work around any of the GFX’s shortcomings, relative to less expensive cameras, just as you’re willing to accept the price difference.

Conversely, if you’re wondering about whether the lower-resolution viewfinder or slower AF than the latest full-frame bodies can be justified at this price, then the excellent image quality it offers perhaps isn’t quite as central to your personal list of priorities. Having used the camera extensively, I think both perspectives are valid.

While we were working on this review, our test unit occasionally locked up after shooting images. The images were saved but the battery needed to be pulled before the camera would respond.

In addition, there have been reports of shutter mechanisms failing, to which the company has responded:

‘At the moment, the failure rate of GFX100S for any type of issues is in line with other GFX/X series cameras. With regard to the reports of mechanical shutter failure, we have heard of such incidents, but in a very limited number. We urge our customers to contact our local repair center if they have questions or concerns.’

The camera was reviewed and scored on the assumption that these issues will be addressed – and after hundreds of exposures we haven’t had any shutter problems – but both risks are present at the time of publication.

 

What we like…

What we don’t…

  • Excellent image quality across the ISO range
  • Exceptional detail levels
  • Very good tonal quality maintained into shadow regions
  • Choice of Raw compression
  • Image stabilization makes it easy to achieve full resolution
  • Comfortable ergonomics and decent level of button/dial customization
  • Relatively compact form factor
  • Impressive video capabilities
  • USB charging is convenient
  • Autofocus performance varies significantly between lenses
  • Face/Eye AF not as reliable as its FF rivals
  • AF Tracking not as sticky
  • No tracking AF in video
  • Line-skipped video doesn’t give full sensor low-light performance
  • Comparatively low battery life
  • Viewfinder isn’t very high resolution

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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