Today we are talking about the FUJIFILM GFX 100 II, the latest Medium Format Camera that packs tons of features for both videos and photos. Is it truly more than Full Frame?
1. GFX 100 II Sensor
The heart of the GFX 100 II is its extraordinary 102MP BSI CMOS medium format sensor. This powerhouse of a sensor ensures your photos and videos are filled with incredible detail and astonishing clarity. With a base ISO of 80, your shots will come to life, even in challenging lighting conditions. Powered by the Fujifilm Processor 5, you can expect nothing less than top-notch performance.
2. Weight & Size of the GFX 100 II
Despite its remarkable capabilities, the GFX 100 II is impressively compact and lightweight. Weighing in at 948g (1030g with accessories), it’s 300g lighter than its predecessor, the GFX 100. This reduction in weight makes it a more portable option for photographers and videographers on the go.
3. Build Quality & Handling: Modern and User-Friendly
The camera features a 9.44M dot OLED EVF that offers a crystal-clear view of your subjects. This EVF can be detached from the main body of the GFX 100 II.
With a separate handgrip, handling the GFX 100 II is a breeze, even in compact settings. Its sleek and modern design is both solid and substantial. Plus, the removable viewfinder and two-way tilt screen add versatility to your shooting experience.
4. Image Stabilization: Steady as a Rock
Image stabilization is essential for achieving sharp shots, and the GFX 100 II doesn’t disappoint. With an impressive 8 stops of stabilization, you can confidently shoot handheld without worrying too much about camera shake.
5. Burst Rate: Capturing Action with Medium Format Resolution
For action shots and fast-paced scenes, this camera offers a continuous burst rate of 8fps. This ensures you never miss a moment, with approximatively 10s of 16bit 102MP RAW images, which is truly a big change in the medium format world.
6. Image Quality: Unmatched Realism
The GFX 100 II delivers unparalleled image quality, thanks to its medium format sensor. Colors are vibrant with 16bit, and details are astonishingly realistic, making it an ideal choice for professional photographers and videographers. With 14 stops of dynamic range as well as good performance in low light, the GFX 100 ii gives you all the tools that you need to make your creativity a reality.
7. Autofocus: AI comes in the GFX 100 II
The GFX 100 II comes equipped with AI subject recognition, including animal, bird, automobile, motorcycle, bike, airplane, and train recognition. The AF tracking works pretty well, but moving the heavy glass of the medium format system can be challenging. With the lenses that we have tried, in our various tests, about 40-60% of our pictures were in focus when using the FUJIFILM Medium format camera in heavy movements situations.
8. Input/Output: Connectivity at Its Best
Connectivity options are robust, with features like Ethernet, direct recording to SSD, and camera-to-cloud support. Plus, it offers a 2.5mm mic input and compatibility with SD/CF-Express Type B cards.
9. Battery Life: Reliable Power Source
The GFX uses the same battery as the X Series Camera from FUJIFILM. While the NP-W235 battery may seem small for a camera of this caliber, it still provides reliable power.
For longer shooting sessions, it’s advisable to carry extra batteries.
10. New GFX 100 IIFilm Simulation: Real Ace
The GFX 100 II introduces the “Real Ace” film simulation, similar to Classic Chrome but with enhanced colors like Provia. It excels at producing excellent skin tones, making it perfect for portraits.
11. Video: Versatility for Filmmakers
For videographers, the medium format camera offers 8K video capture. However, note that this comes with a 1.53x crop, similar to the RED Helium 8K sensor. However, be prepared for some rolling shutter effects in 4K and even more in 8K. We also now have access to tools like anamorphic mode, vector, waveforms and parade to be able to monitor your footage straight from the camera, without using an external monitor.
12. Price: A Commitment to Quality
With a price tag of $7500, it is aimed at professionals who demand the best in resolution, color fidelity, and medium format capabilities. It’s an investment in your craft that’s sure to pay off. But for a medium format camera with so many photos and video features, that is extremely aggressively priced and FUJIFILM is aiming at increasing its user base for the new GFX 100 II.
In conclusion, the FUJIFILM GFX 100 II is a game-changer in the world of medium format. Its powerful sensor, compact design, advanced features, and exceptional image quality as well as relatively low price make it a compelling choice for professionals and dedicated enthusiasts alike. The results you’ll achieve with this camera are nothing short of breathtaking. So, if you’re seeking to push your creative boundaries, the GFX 100 II is an investment worth considering.