Review: Fujifilm GFX100 Medium Format Camera
My love of photography was first ignited when I started regularly taking pictures of my family in the late 1990s. Back then, it was the film era, and I progressed to digital photography in 2000 with the Canon EOS D30, which had a mere 3-megapixel resolution. While Fujifilm is better known to many of us as a film (negatives) manufacturer, over the past few years, the company has mastered digital sensor technology and launched series after series of top-notch prosumer digital cameras. I started using their cameras back in 2012 with the X-Pro 1. More recently, Fujifilm ventured into the medium-format market with the debut of the GFX 50S two years ago. While I have shot some nice photos on that 51-megapixel camera, at the time, I already owned a 50-megapixel camera, so I decided to wait for a higher-resolution model.
That moment has come. Say hello to the GFX100—with 102 megapixels.
Sure, not many people will want to lug around a 2.5 kg camera (with zoom lens), especially considering you can take gorgeous photos with a pocket-size camera or even a smartphone. For me, I like to take photos of buildings and beautiful scenery and, because of this, need the extra resolution for cropping. I also need high resolution images for my design work, so I can manipulate the images in post-production. The mood of the captured photos using a medium format 43.8 x 32.9mm BSI CMOS Sensor is very different even a full 35mm sensor.
Pros: Top quality image; good sensitivity in low light; buttery-smooth operation, just like a 135mm DSLR; well-priced compared to competitors.
The picture quality is very true to life with little distortion. I have tested ISO 3200 in indoor evening dining rooms and find the noise level almost insignificant. It operates smoothly and focuses fast thanks to the use of X Processor 4.
Cons: Large size; heavy at 2.5 kg
The build of the camera is very solid but not much bigger than a Canon EOS 1DX. The lenses are a lot bigger and heavier because of the large diameter lens required for the sensor. That said, I took it on a shoot around Hong Kong Central yesterday and it was not too cumbersome.
Verdict: Yes, I have recommended it to my friends who are avid photographers and require this kind of quality and resolution. However, this is not really a camera for the casual shooter.
James Louey is the CEO of Majestic Creations and Tatler Asia's contributor tech reviewer.