Digicam and lens costs preserve going up, however in some way, Fujifilm’s newest medium format mirrorless flagship features a bunch of latest options however prices considerably lower than its predecessor. Fujifilm has introduced its new GFX100 II digital camera at its X Summit livestream from Stockholm, Sweden, and along with a brand new sensor, new subject-detecting autofocus, and full-width 4K video, the brand new digital camera can have a value of $7,499 when it comes out within the fall, about $2,500 lower than the GFX100.
Couple that with a brand new $2,299 55mm f/1.7 R WR lens (equal to a 44mm in full body) and a pair of tilt-shift 30mm and 110mm lenses ($3,999 and $3,499, respectively) additionally launching within the fall, and the considerably dormant GFX line abruptly seems to be to have some life in it.
At first look, the GFX100 II seems to be extra like its lower-cost GFX100S cousin than the unique GFX100 it’s poised to exchange. The 100 II has a shorter, extra standard-size physique that’s smaller and lighter than its tall-boy forebear. The vertical grip is now an non-obligatory add-on, however what the brand new digital camera loses in stature, it tries to make up for in specs. The GFX100 II’s 43.8 x 32.9mm sensor, which has 1.7x extra floor space than the 35mm full body, maintains the identical 102-megapixel decision, however its ISO vary now hits a decrease ground with a variety of 80 to 12,800 (somewhat than its predecessor’s 100 to 12,800 vary), and its full-width 4K recording can now do 60 frames per second, twice its earlier body price.
102-megapixel stills and 8K video
Additionally within the velocity division, the GFX100 II borrows the fifth-generation X-Processor from Fujifilm’s X-H2S and X-H2 cameras. Together with the processor comes subject-detection autofocus and the flexibility to report 4:2:2 10-bit Apple ProRes to its twin SDXC or CFexpress Sort-B reminiscence playing cards.
As well as, the GFX100 II’s new methods embrace permitting that very same topic monitoring for use in video, and the digital camera can obtain 8K / 30p recording when cropped to 1.44x — which would be the true pixel-to-pixel 8K decision on its medium format sensor. There’s no telling simply but how the digital camera’s mixture of a smaller physique and 8K recording will be capable to deal with overheating; Fujifilm has made its present add-on cooling fan appropriate with the GFX100 II to try to help.
Just like the GFX100 and GFX50S, the GFX100 II has a detachable viewfinder, permitting using the EVF-TL1 tilt adapter to make use of the EVF at a decrease angle. Nifty, sure. But it surely additionally prices over $500.Picture: Fujifilm
Whereas all that’s nice for video, photographers could admire that the GFX100 II has a brand new 9.44 million-dot digital viewfinder, can shoot as much as 8fps (fairly quick for medium format), has a brand new movie simulation known as Reala Ace (based mostly on Reala shade unfavourable movie), and its adjustable rear LCD shortly tilts up, down, or to the facet like that of the Fujifilm X-T5. Understand that whereas this type of display screen could also be quicker to deploy for fast from-the-hip pictures, it sacrifices the flexibility to level ahead for self-recording.
The GFX100 was a effectively regarded but specialised digital camera when it got here out in 2019, and now the GFX100 II’s extra aggressive pricing and smaller type issue appear aimed toward making Fujifilm’s flagship extra approachable to those that need to make the leap to medium format. It’s nonetheless an expensive system, but it surely wasn’t a few years in the past that simply being within the medium format dialog simply meant a price of $20,000 to $40,000 or extra for a digital camera physique designed to stay within the studio. The GFX100 II seems to be about as jack-of-all-trades as medium format has ever been for a value that’s a fraction of what it was.