There have been rumors lately that the Fujifilm GFX100 medium format camera may soon have a smaller successor – and now it seems we have a name for the 102MP wonder.
After the reliable Fuji rumorsThe camera is called the Fujifilm GFX100S – and that name gives us some clues about its design and design.
This is because in Fujifilm’s current range of three GFX cameras, all of which have a medium format sensor that is about 67% larger than their full screen competitors, the only model with an ‘S’ in the name is the Fujifilm GFX 50S. And Fujifilm previously stated that the ‘S’ in that name stands for SLR.
This means that we can expect the GFX100S to have a built-in viewfinder, unlike the rangefinder-style Fujifilm GFX50R (with a detachable EVF). If the design of the new camera does indeed follow the example of the GFX 50S, it should also be delivered unencumbered by the non-removable battery grip, which adds to the substantial bulk of the current Fujifilm GFX100.
For well-heeled photographers looking for massive resolution and the benefits of medium format photography – including unparalleled dynamic range and low light performance – this is all a promising camera.
The GFX 50S isn’t exactly small, but it’s bigger and heavier than most full-frame DSLRs. However, we did manage to pack them in a modest shoulder bag with top notch lenses like 63mm or 120mm. If the rumored GFX100S manages to pack 102 MP resolution into a similar form factor, it could be a highly desirable option for landscape shooters looking for the ultimate in image quality.
The big picture
How soon can we count on the Fujifilm GFX100S and what could it cost? Earlier rumors suggest the camera will arrive in early 2021, making a January or February release more and more likely.
The expected price is a little less clear, however. The current GFX100 was priced at $ 9,999 (about £ 7,920 / AU $ 14,450) before tax when it arrived in June 2019, while the GFX 50S is currently much cheaper ($ 5,499 / £ 3,999 / AU $ 9,300). While there have not been any rumors about the possible price of the GFX100S, it seems likely that it will be somewhere between these two cameras.
Of course, that’s still a tremendous amount of money for most people, even professionals, in the current climate, especially when you start to consider the cost of lenses. It’s easy to forget, however, that until recently, medium format cameras were regularly selling five-digit price tags in the $ 20,000 / £ 20,000 range.
Fujifilm has also done an excellent job of developing its GFX lens range, which now includes 11 lenses, thanks to the introduction of the GF30mm f / 3.5 prime this year. Also on display next year is the exciting GF80mm f / 1.7 R WR, a lens that promises to be the fastest medium format lens ever with autofocus.
With the expected inclusion of minor image stabilization in the body (IBIS), the Fujifilm GFX100S could be the most exciting high-end camera of 2021 if the rumors turn out to be correct. We will bring you all the official news as soon as we receive it.