Fujifilm reveals 102 megapixel GFX100 mirrorless camera

Fujifilm’s just announced the GFX100 and it’s shaping up to offer the highest resolution we have ever seen in a mirrorless camera.

There are actually a few world firsts in the GFX100. The image sensor seems to be the main star of this camera. The sensor uses 102 megapixels in a 55 mm diagonal length large format. That is larger than the full frame 35 mm format found in many other cameras. But this back-side illuminated sensor isn’t all this camera has to offer. It has in body image stabilization, on-board phase detection hybrid auto-focus and Fujifilm’s color reproduction technology and film simulations.

The first 100 MP BSI CMOS sensor found in a mirrorless camera

The GFX100 combines its groundbreaking back-side illuminated 102MP CMOS imaging sensor with Fujifilm’s X-Processor 4 processing engine. Together, the pair outputs 16-bit images. Fujifilm says the images that are output will have “amazing color fidelity, rich shadow detail, and incredible dynamic range.”

Plus, the company claims the sensor’s back-illuminated structure will result in lower noise levels and a native ISO of ISO 100.

First five-axis IBIS in a camera with an image sensor larger than the 35mm format

The system’s built-in 5-axis image stabilization offers up to 5.5-stop image stabilization. When shooting, the entire shutter unit is suspended with four springs to minimize the effect of shutter shock. This should allow the camera to keep the image stable, even when using the 102-megapixel resolution.

First on-board phase detection hybrid AF

Back shot of Fujifilm GFX100
The GFX100 claims to offer auto focus with about 100% coverage. Image courtesy Fujifilm.

Fujifilm claims the camera’s auto-focus achieves “speed and accuracy” with 3.76 million phase detection pixels, at approximately 100% coverage.

“ … speed and accuracy is now a reality for photographers needing optimum performance in subject tracking, face/eye detection and low-contrast environments,” says Fujifilm.

Video shooting

The GFX100’s sensor size measures out to be 43.9 mm x 32.9 mm and the camera can shoot 4K video at 30p. Also, Fujifilm says the camera can easily play around with shallow depth-of-field, wide tonal reproducibility and high ISO sensitivity.

Users can additionally use Fujifilm’s Film Simulations (including ETERNA cinema film simulation mode), record in F-Log Rec 2020, and capture 4:2:2 10-bit uncompressed footage through the HDMI port.

Design and durability

Dimension-wise, the camera measure out to be 6.15” (width) x 6.44” (height) x4.05” (depth). In total, the GFX100 weighs 3 pounds. It’s also designed to keep the lens mount, image stabilization mechanism and image sensor safer. The GFX100’s core imaging unit has been structured separately from the main body panels.

The GFX100 also features weather sealing in 95 locations. Plus, its detachable EVF should keep the system safe from high levels of dust and moisture.

Pricing and availability

The GFX100 body will be out on June 27th for $9,999. Learn more at fujifilm-x.com.

Image courtesy Fujifilm.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
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