FUJIFILM Announces GFX100 II Large-Format Mirrorless Digital Camera

FUJIFILM has announced the FUJIFILM GFX100 II digital camera, FUJIFILM’s new flagship addition to the GFX System family of mirrorless digital cameras. Incorporating a 55mm large-format image sensor, which is nearly 1.7x larger than the 35mm image sensors found in full-frame cameras. FUJIFILM states the GFX100 II produces images with broad dynamic range with very shallow depth of field.

GFX100 II includes a newly developed, 102-megapixel high-speed image sensor and Fujifilm’s latest 5th generation X-Processor 5 image processing engine, which doubles the signal readout speed compared to the current model.

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GFX100 II utilizes Fujifilm’s latest high-speed image sensor, along with its advanced image processing engine, to deliver Artificial Intelligence (AI) based subject-detection autofocus (AF), which was most recently featured in the FUJIFILM X-H2S mirrorless digital camera. Developed with Deep Learning technology and updated with the latest prediction AF algorithm, GFX100 II now incorporates AI based subject-detection AF to quickly track and detect animals, birds, vehicles, and other fast-moving objects like insects and drones, and it automatically keeps them in focus.

Burst shooting performance has been increased from the current 5.0 frames per second to 8.0 frames per second, expanding the GFX100 II’s application across various genres, including fashion, commercial, landscape, sports, and photojournalism. An expanded buffer memory extends seamless burst capabilities.

Video Features

GFX100 II’s new sensor provides enhanced capabilities for video production. The camera can internally record Apple ProRes 4:2:2, 10-bit video at 4K/60p and 8K/30p, which is a major first for GFX System cameras. With the use of an optional, third-party GF to PL lens adapter, multiple video recording formats can be natively accommodated on GFX100 II. I think this is a great option, as ProRes is a solid codec that edits easily. 8K/30p ProRes is also impressive for a large-format hybrid camera.

The FUJINON PREMISTA Large Format and 35mm Anamorphic cinema lenses are easily adaptable. If you like shooting with ProRes, the GFX100 II supports Apple ProRes 422 HQ, Apple ProRes 422 and Apple ProRes 422 LT. The camera can also output h.264 and Apple ProRes 422 Proxy files when recording in Apple ProRes.

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You can record in 8K 17:9 up to 24p and 8K 16:9 at up to 29.97p. There is also an 8K 8192 x 2968 2.76:1 mode. There are also 4.9K 16:9 and a 4.6K 4664 x 3380 (1.88:1) options.

You can shoot 5.8K 2.35:1 at up to 29.97p, and 5.5K 16:9 at up to 29.97p.

There is a 3:2 4.8K open gate anamorphic mode but you are limited to frame rates up to 24p.

If you drop down to 4K DCI or UHD you can record in frame rates of up to 59.94p.

You can shoot at up to 120p in 2K DCI or HD.

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You can capture RAW over HDMI to a compatible recorder.

Recording to External SSD via USB

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By connecting an external SSD via a USB Type-C cable, you record photos and videos directly to an external SSD in all modes and formats, including 4K/60p and 8K/30p.

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GFX100 II also features Ethernet, HDMI Type A, and USB-C terminals for enhanced external device connectivity. Dual card slots support one CFExpressTM Type B and one SD card. CFExpressTM Type B cards are required to access the GFX100 II’s enhanced video performance features. Production workflows are additionally streamlined with the camera’s native, accessory free integration for Frame.io Camera to Cloud, which seamlessly delivers files directly to the cloud, and Atomos AirGluTM BT, which allows timecode on GFX100 II to be accurately jammed and synchronized across various compatible accessories, audio recorders, and other hardware and software products that are commonly used in video production.

GFX100 II includes a total of 20 Film Simulation modes, including the new REALA ACE mode, which is based on Fujifilm’s color-negative film, offering a neutral color reproduction suitable for all subject types. Additionally, Fujifilm’s innovation of the pixel structure has enabled the use of ISO80 as a standard sensitivity. FUJIFILM states when the sensor sensitivity is set at ISO80, the camera can make images with incredible dynamic range and noise levels that are lower than previous GFX100 and GFX100S models. The new sensor’s photosites have been optimized to increase light use efficiency at the sensor’s edges, improving both image quality at the edges of the photo, and AF accuracy over the previous GFX100 and GFX100S models.

Other functions for Video

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Other Features

Hardware enhancements include a five-axis, in-body image stabilization (IBIS) that provides up to 8-stops of image stabilization, as well as 1.0x viewfinder magnification and a high-magnification, high-definition 9.44-million-dot EVF.

The camera’s new design also features a large, sub-LCD, tilted top panel and a textured grip.

To keep the camera cool, an optional fan (FAN-001) is available that is powered by the camera and has options for the user to set in the menu.

Optional Accessories

  • FUJIFILM VG-GFX II Vertical battery grip (VG-GFX II) accommodates two NP-W235 batteries for extended image- and video-making opportunities.
  • FUJIFILM FAN-001 Cooling fan (FAN-001) allows for extended video filming in high temperatures.
  • FUJIFILM EVF-TL1 EVF tilt adapter (EVF-TL1) provides diverse shooting angles while using the viewfinder.

The new camera specs are impressive, with a large format sensor, ProRes internal and full-size HDMI for external monitoring, plus the new EFV. All in all an impressive release from FUJIFILM. Save your lunch money because stepping up to this format will require large format lenses, which will be expensive.

Pricing and Availability

GFX100 II is expected to be available in early fall 2023 at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $7,499.95 USD and $10,124.99 CDN. The pricing for the optional accessories is expected to be as follows:

VG-GFXII – $499.95
FAN-001 – $199
EVF-TL1 – $569

Full Specifications

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