Fujifilm reveals new large format mirrorless camera: the GFX100 II

Fujifilm has announced its new flagship camera, a new large format mirrorless camera named the Fujifilm GFX100 II. Fujifilm says it delivers the highest burst-shooting, AF and video performance in the history of the GFX Series.

Large format sensor

The Fujifilm GFX100 II has a GFX 102-megapixel CMOS II HS large format sensor. The sensor is around 1.7 times larger than a 35 mm full frame sensor. The camera also features the X-Processor 5 high-speed image processing engine which delivers up to double the signal readout speed compared to the previous model. In addition, Fujifilm says that the increased sensor readout speed suppresses the rolling shutter effect.

Video recording

Fujifilm GFX100 II back screen
Image courtesy: Fujifilm

The GFX100 II is the first GFX Series camera that supports 8K 30p video recording. It can also record 4K 60p 4:2:2 10-bit video internally. In addition, the camera features new Video Format modes which enable recording in multiple formats including Premista, 35 mm and anamorphic 35 mm with a mount adapter. Premista is a range of Fujifilm zoom lenses for cinema cameras. For multi-camera shoots, the GFX100 II supports timecode synch with ATOMOS AirGlu BT.

File formats

Moving onto file format, the GFX100 II supports three Apple ProRes codecs: ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422 and ProRes 422 LT. The camera can also output up to 8K 30p 12-bit video in RAW data via HDMI. This means that you can record video in the Apple ProRes RAW format externally with the Atomos NINJA V+ monitor recorder. In addition, you can record in the Blackmagic RAW format if you use the Blackmagic Design Video Assist 12G monitor recorder with the GFX100 II.

Log video

The GFX100 II is also the first GFX Series camera that features F-Log2 with a dynamic range expanded up to more than 14 stops. Shooting in F-Log2 gives you increased tonality and much greater scope for grading in post-production. The non-extended ISO 100 is also available in video mode to deliver even higher image quality video footage.

Other video features

Fujifilm GFX100 II side view
Image courtesy: Fujifilm

For autofocusing, the GFX100 II features tracking autofocus for video recording. You can simply touch the camera’s screen to specify the subject to be tracked in the AF-C + Wide / Tracking AF mode. The new camera also has enhanced eight-stop five-axis image stabilization. Internally the GFX100 II has dual card slots supporting CFExpress Type B and SD cards. Alternatively, you can record video up to 8K 30p to an external SSD via USB-C. In addition, the camera supports the Frame.io Camera to Cloud service, which means that you can upload ProRes Proxy files and other files directly to Frame.io.

What we think

The GXF100 II is an interesting prospect for videographers. The large format sensor means that you will have a much wider field of view than when shooting with a full frame sensor camera. However the different video format modes mean that it’s almost like having several different video cameras all in one body. The GFX100 II also appears to be the most fully featured video orientated large format camera to date. It’s not cheap, but it could bring a whole new perspective and look to your videos.

Pricing and availability

The Fujifilm GFX100 II will be available this month and will retail at $7,499.

Pete Tomkies
Pete Tomkies
Pete Tomkies is a freelance cinematographer and camera operator from Manchester, UK. He also produces and directs short films as Duck66 Films. Pete's latest short Once Bitten... won 15 awards and was selected for 105 film festivals around the world.

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