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Fujifilm GFX 100 Comparison Review

The Fujifilm GFX 100 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that was revealed to the public in May 2019 and is equipped with a medium format sensor. It offers a resolution of 101.8 megapixel.

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Is the Fujifilm GFX 100 a good camera? The GFX 100 has a Camera Elo of 3016. This very strong rating puts it among the elite group of camera grand masters. The GFX 100 ranks among the top 20 percent of all mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. In terms of its sensor size category (medium format cameras), the GFX 100 also ranks among the top 20 percent.

Headline Specifications
Fujifilm GFX 100
Mirrorless system camera
Fujifilm G mount lenses
101.8 MP, Medium Format Sensor
4K/30p Video
ISO 100 - 12 800 (50 - 102 400)
Viewfinder optional
3.2 LCD, 2360k dots
Fully flexible touchscreen
5 shutter flaps per second
In-body stabilization
Weathersealed body
800 shots per battery charge
156 x 144 x 75 mm, 1 320 g


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Read on to find out more about the camera's size, sensor, features, reception by expert reviewers, and how it compares to other digital cameras.

Body comparison with a credit card

The side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size of the Fujifilm GFX 100 vis-à-vis a credit card. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are presented. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Fujifilm GFX 100 vs credit card front
GFX 100 versus credit card top view
GFX 100 and credit card rear side

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the Fujifilm GFX 100 alongside a set of similar cameras. If you want to review a particular camera pair side-by-side, just move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible comparisons there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Fujifilm GFX 100 156 mm 144 mm 75 mm 1320 g 800 Y May 2019 9,999 i
2.
 
Fujifilm GFX 100S 150 mm 104 mm 87 mm 900 g 460 Y Jan 2021 5,999 i
3.
 
Fujifilm GFX 50S II 150 mm 104 mm 87 mm 900 g 440 Y Sep 2021 3,999 i
4.
 
Fujifilm X-T4 135 mm 93 mm 64 mm 607 g 500 Y Feb 2020 1,699 i
5.
 
Fujifilm XP140 110 mm 71 mm 28 mm 207 g 240 Y Feb 2019 229 i
6.
 
Fujifilm X-H1 140 mm 97 mm 86 mm 673 g 310 Y Feb 2018 1,899 i
7.
 
Fujifilm GFX 50R 161 mm 97 mm 66 mm 775 g 400 Y Sep 2018 4,499 i
8.
 
Fujifilm GFX 50S 148 mm 94 mm 91 mm 740 g 400 Y Sep 2016 6,499i
9.
 
Pentax K-1 II 137 mm 110 mm 86 mm 1010 g 670 Y Feb 2018 1,999 i
10.
 
Pentax 645Z 156 mm 117 mm 123 mm 1550 g 650 Y Apr 2014 8,499 i
11.
 
Pentax 645D 156 mm 117 mm 119 mm 1480 g 800 Y Mar 2010 9,995i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

The listed prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The Fujifilm GFX 100 was launched in the US market at a price of $9,999. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

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Sensor comparison with a 35mm slide

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant of image quality. A large sensor will generally have larger individual pixels that offer better low-light sensitivity, provide wider dynamic range, and have richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Moreover, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more control over depth-of-field in the image and, thus, the ability to better isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors are more costly to manufacture and tent to lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

The Fujifilm GFX 100 features a medium format sensor and has a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 0.79. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the Fujifilm GFX 100 among the large-sensor cameras that aim for top notch image quality.

Fujifilm GFX 100 sensor measures

Since 2007, DXO Mark has published sensor performance measurements that have been derived using a consistent methodology. This service is based on lab testing and assigns an overall score to each camera sensor, as well as ratings for dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), color depth ("DXO Portrait"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"). The adjacent table reports on the physical sensor characteristics and the outcomes of the DXO sensor quality tests for a sample of alternative cameras.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Fujifilm GFX 100 Medium Format 101.8 11648 87364K/30p........
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Fujifilm GFX 100S Medium Format 101.8 11648 87364K/30p........
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Fujifilm GFX 50S II Medium Format 51.1 8256 61921080/30p........
4.
 
Fujifilm X-T4 APS-C 26.0 6240 41604K/60p........
5.
 
Fujifilm XP140 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/15p........
6.
 
Fujifilm X-H1 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/30p........
7.
 
Fujifilm GFX 50R Medium Format 51.1 8256 61921080/30p........
8.
 
Fujifilm GFX 50S Medium Format 51.1 8256 61921080/30p........
9.
 
Pentax K-1 II Full Frame 36.2 7360 49121080/60i........
10.
 
Pentax 645Z Medium Format 51.1 8256 61921080/60i26.014.74505101
11.
 
Pentax 645D Medium Format 39.5 7264 5440none24.612.6126282

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. The GFX 100 indeed provides movie recording capabilities. The highest resolution format that the GFX 100 can use is 4K/30p.

Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a variety of features. The tables below summarize some of the other core capabilities of the Fujifilm GFX 100 in connection with corresponding information for a sample of similar cameras.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Specifications
(inch/000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Fujifilm GFX 100optional Y3.2 / 2360 full-flex Y 1/4000s 5.0 n Y
2.
 
Fujifilm GFX 100S3690 Y3.2 / 2360 full-flex Y 1/4000s 5.0 n Y
3.
 
Fujifilm GFX 50S II3690 Y3.2 / 2360 full-flex Y 1/4000s 3.0 n Y
4.
 
Fujifilm X-T43690 n3.0 / 1620 swivel Y 1/8000s 15.0 n Y
5.
 
Fujifilm XP140none n3.0 / 920 fixed n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
6.
 
Fujifilm X-H13690 Y3.0 / 1040 full-flex Y 1/8000s 14.0 n Y
7.
 
Fujifilm GFX 50R3690 n3.2 / 2360 tilting Y 1/4000s 3.0 n n
8.
 
Fujifilm GFX 50Soptional Y3.2 / 2360 full-flex Y 1/4000s 3.0 n n
9.
 
Pentax K-1 IIoptical Y3.2 / 1037 full-flex n 1/8000s 4.4 n Y
10.
 
Pentax 645Zoptical Y3.2 / 1037 tilting n 1/4000s 3.0 n n
11.
 
Pentax 645Doptical Y3.0 / 921 fixed n 1/4000s 1.1 n n

The LCD screen on the Fujifilm GFX 100 is flexibly attached to the body. In particular, the LCD is multi-hinged and can be tilted both vertically and horizontally to enable odd-angle shots in landscape and portrait orientation. The LCD thereby offers a lot of flexibility to adjust and use the rear screen in a diverse set of situations.

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Flexible screen on the GFX 100

One useful feature of the GFX 100 is a presence of a top-level LCD. While being, of course, smaller than the rear screen, the control panel conveys some of the essential shooting information and can be convenient for quick and easy settings verification.

Connection comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Fujifilm GFX 100 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Mic / Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Fujifilm GFX 100Ystereo / monoYYmicro3.1Y-Y
2.
 
Fujifilm GFX 100SYstereo / monoYYmicro3.2Y-Y
3.
 
Fujifilm GFX 50S IIYstereo / monoYYmicro3.2Y--
4.
 
Fujifilm X-T4Ystereo / monoY-micro3.1Y-Y
5.
 
Fujifilm XP140-mono / mono--micro2.0Y-Y
6.
 
Fujifilm X-H1Ystereo / monoY-micro3.0Y--
7.
 
Fujifilm GFX 50RYstereo / monoYYmicro3.0Y-Y
8.
 
Fujifilm GFX 50SYstereo / monoYYmicro3.0Y--
9.
 
Pentax K-1 IIYstereo / monoYYmicro2.0Y--
10.
 
Pentax 645ZYstereo / monoY-mini3.0---
11.
 
Pentax 645DYstereo / ----2.0---

It is notable that the GFX 100 has a microphone port. Such an external microphone input can help to substantially improve the quality of audio recordings when a good external microphone is used.

Expert reviews

While the comparison of the spec-sheets of cameras can offer a general idea of their imaging potential, it says nothing about, for example, the handling, responsiveness, and overall imaging quality of the GFX 100 in practical situations. At times, user reviews, such as those published at amazon, address these issues in a useful manner, but such feedback is on many occasions incomplete, inconsistent, and unreliable. This is why expert reviews are important. The following table reports the overall rankings of the cameras as published by some of the major camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], digitalcameraworld [DCW], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]).

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Review Scores
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DCW 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Fujifilm GFX 1004.5/5+ +4.8/590/1005/54.5/5 May 2019 9,999 i
2.
 
Fujifilm GFX 100S5/5+ +5/590/1005/55/5 Jan 2021 5,999 i
3.
 
Fujifilm GFX 50S II......87/100.... Sep 2021 3,999 i
4.
 
Fujifilm X-T45/5+ +5/588/1005/55/5 Feb 2020 1,699 i
5.
 
Fujifilm XP140..+....3.5/54/5 Feb 2019 229 i
6.
 
Fujifilm X-H1..+5/586/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2018 1,899 i
7.
 
Fujifilm GFX 50R5/5..5/584/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2018 4,499 i
8.
 
Fujifilm GFX 50S....4.5/585/1005/54.5/5 Sep 2016 6,499i
9.
 
Pentax K-1 II....4.5/579/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2018 1,999 i
10.
 
Pentax 645Z5/5......4.5/55/5 Apr 2014 8,499 i
11.
 
Pentax 645D5/5.......... Mar 2010 9,995i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The review scores listed above should be treated with care, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. A score, therefore, has to be seen in close connection to the price and market introduction time of the camera, and comparisons of ratings among very different cameras or across long time periods have little meaning. Also, please note that some of the review sites have changed their methodology and reporting over time.

Fujifilm GFX 100 FAQ

Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the GFX 100.

What type of imaging sensor is used in the GFX 100?

The camera is build around a BSI-CMOS (Backside Illuminated Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor.

Which image processing chip is used to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?

Fujifilm equipped the GFX 100 with the X-Processor 4 image processor.

What is the ISO sensitivity range of the GFX 100?

The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 12800, which can be extended to ISO 50-102400.

Can the camera be equipped with an optional viewfinder?

Yes, Fujifilm provides the EVF-GFX2 as an accessory (here on amazon) that can be mounted on the hotshoe.

What is the life expectancy of the shutter in the Fujifilm GFX 100?

Fujifilm does not publish a shutter rating for the GFX 100. Yet, shutters in comparable cameras from other manufacturers are said to be good for at least 200 000 actuations. It should be noted, though, that this number represents a Mean Time before Failure. The shutter might fail earlier, or it might last longer. Anyway, in order to exhaust an expected shutter life of 200 000 shots over, say, three years, one would have to take about 200 pictures each and every day.

How do I find the shutter count on my GFX 100?

Fujifilm embeds the number of shutter actuations in image metadata. You can check the number of shots that your GFX 100 has taken up to now by uploading a recent image to the free online shutter count finder app.

Is completely silent shooting possible with the Fujifilm GFX 100?

The camera has an electronic shutter option, so that it is indeed feasible to capture images without any shutter noise.

Do I need to purchase an external camera trigger to shoot time-lapse sequences?

No, the Fujifilm GFX 100 has an intervalometer built-in, so that low frequency shooting (for example, flower blooming, sunset, moon rise) can be undertaken without the need to purchase a separate external intervalometer and related software.

Is it difficult to use manual focus lenses with the Fujifilm GFX 100?

The GFX 100 offers focus peaking as a manual focus aid. This feature works by placing a colored highlight on in-focus zones within the image.

Does the Fujifilm GFX 100 feature an autofocus assist light?

Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.

What is the fastest shutter speed that can be used with flash?

The GFX 100's flash sync speed is 1/125 sec.

Does the Fujifilm GFX 100 support the Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus interface for SD cards?

Yes, the camera can indeed use UHS-II cards, which provide for data transfer speed of up to 312 MB/s, in both of its card slots.

Which battery does the GFX 100 use?

The camera gets its power from the NP-T125 (here at amazon), which is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion power pack.

Where can I find the best deals for the GFX 100?

Grey imports from Asia, as found on eBay, are often very attractively priced. However, these cameras come without a warranty from Fujifilm.

Camera to camera comparisons

In case you are interested in seeing how this camera compares to another one, just use the search menu below. An an alternative, you can also directly jump to any one of the listed comparisons that were previously generated by the CAM-parator tool.

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    Specifications Summary
    Camera Model Fujifilm GFX 100
    Camera Type Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens Fujifilm G mount lenses
    Launch Date May 2019
    Launch Price USD 9 999
    Sensor Specs
    Sensor Technology BSI-CMOS
    Sensor Format Medium Format Sensor
    Sensor Size 43.8 x 32.9 mm
    Sensor Area 1 441 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 54.8 mm
    Crop Factor 0.79x
    Sensor Resolution 101.8 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 11 648 x 8 736 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 3.76 μm
    Pixel Density 7.06 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter
    Movie Capability 4K/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 12 800 ISO
    ISO Boost 50 - 102 400 ISO
    Image Processor X-Processor 4
    Screen Specs
    Viewfinder Type Viewfinder optional
    Top-Level Screen Control Panel
    LCD Framing Live View
    LCD Size 3.2 inch
    LCD Resolution 2360k dots
    LCD Attachment Fully flexible screen
    V-logging Friendliness No front-flip
    Touch Input Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs
    Focus System On-Sensor Phase-detect
    Manual Focusing AidFocus Peaking
    Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000s
    Continuous Shooting 5 shutter flaps/s
    Shutter Life Expectancy200 000 actuations
    Silent ShootingElectronic Shutter
    Time Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer Built-in
    Image StabilizationIn-body stabilization
    Fill Flash no On-Board Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Dual card slots
    UHS card support Dual UHS-II
    Connectivity Specs
    External Flash Hotshoe
    Studio Flash PC Sync socket
    USB Connector USB 3.1
    HDMI Port micro HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port
    Headphone Socket Headphone port
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in
    Body Specs
    Environmental SealingWeathersealed body
    Battery Type NP-T125 power pack
    Battery Life (CIPA)800 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 156 x 144 x 75 mm
    (6.1 x 5.7 x 3.0 in)
    Camera Weight 1 320 g (46.6 oz)

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