How strong is 100 million pixels? Fuji GFX 100 medium format camera review
Is 100 million pixels great? The current 135 camera pixel limit is 61 million, but the gap between 60 million pixels and 100 million medium format is very huge. Today I got Fuji’s GFX 100-megapixel medium format camera. This camera gave me the feeling of “clearness” and “shock”. Let’s take a look at the actual performance of this camera.
01The more people-friendly 100 million pixels
What does 100 million pixels do? Generally speaking, 100 million pixels are more used by professional users for commercial shooting, but as the group of medium format cameras grows, some high-end enthusiasts have also begun to consider using medium format cameras for shooting. Let me talk about positioning first. This Fuji camera is a real professional camera. Commercial photographers and professional landscape photographers can use this camera to create more exciting photos, but compared to digital backs, this camera can also be used by high-end enthusiasts. Used for shooting everyday subjects.
Fuji GFX 100 can output images with a resolution of 11648*8736, thus ensuring larger image output capabilities and better resolution of details. In addition, although this camera has up to 100 million pixels, with a larger sensor size and better processing chip, the high-sensitivity performance is also excellent, and it can provide photographers with high-quality photos in various environments.
As far as the camera itself is concerned, the price of 67,900 yuan is not cheap for general photographers, but for commercial users, such a price is actually very cost-effective. Moreover, Fuji has a relatively rich lens group, which can provide 9 high-quality lenses ranging from 23mm to 250mm, covering different purposes such as landscape shooting, portrait shooting, macro shooting, etc. The lens support is good.
In addition to the “hard-core parameters” such as high pixels and high resolution, this camera is also excellent in soft power. The body has a five-axis anti-shake, which greatly improves the shooting stability of the camera; the body adopts phase focus, with 425 optional focus points when manually selecting the focus point, and supports face and eye focus, making portrait shooting more convenient; And the camera can record 4K 30p video, in addition to image capture, it can also perform high-quality video output.
is very pleasantly surprised, the color display effect of this Fuji camera far exceeds my expectations. The body is equipped with 16 film simulation modes, which can directly provide a wealth of color tendency choices. These colors are not just for straight-out preparations, they can reduce the color adjustment time during post-adjustment, which is of great help to improve shooting efficiency.
For this camera, the author gave a high score of 9.3 points. The reason why the camera gets such a high score is the amazing detail expression and the super output capacity of 100 million pixels. As for the shortcomings, the main reason is the weak low-light focusing performance and the lack of full-featured touch operation.
02 The control experience is close to the medium format of everyday cameras
For non-back-type medium format cameras, I used 645D, 645Z, Hasselblad X1D, Fuji’s own GFX 50S and GFX 50R . Among these cameras, the Fuji GFX 100 is the closest to everyday household cameras, and it is also the one with the best control experience among these cameras, even much better than its own GFX 50S and 50R.
Fuji GFX 100 comes with a vertical shooting handle, which is a typical professional camera
This camera has its own handle. Although the volume of the camera is increased, a display screen is added and strengthened. A vertical shooting experience. In addition, with the integrated handle, the camera can accommodate two NP-T125 batteries, which greatly enhances the camera’s battery life. However, this handle does not use a skin design, so the vertical feel is not as good as the main handle. I hope that subsequent models can improve this.
The official battery life of the camera is shown as 800 frames. In actual shooting, since medium format needs to be replayed and checked more carefully during use, or longer exposure is used at a higher frequency, camera battery life is more important. In three-day shooting, the actual battery life of the camera can still be reached during high-intensity shooting. More than 600 sheets.
The handle not only improves the handling and grip, it can also use two NP-T125 batteries
due to the presence of the vertical shooting handle, the camera as a whole It looks more “founder”. The button design of the camera is not particularly large, but most buttons can be customized, which greatly improves the controllability of the camera. In addition to the back screen, the camera also has two displays.
The back of the fuselage is designed, the buttons are not too many, but they can be customized, and the operation is quite convenient
The camera back screen adopts a three-way folding touch color LCD display, which can be turned to different angles Folded to facilitate shooting in different poses. In addition, the screen resolution is 2.36 million pixels, which is excellent in resolution and can display clear images.
The large-size shoulder screen can always display the camera parameters
The size of the camera’s shoulder screen is huge, which can display almost all shooting parameters. What is more noteworthy is The shoulder screen uses a black and white LCD display design, even when it is turned off, it can display camera parameter information. The multifunctional display at the bottom is a black and white OLED display.
has a second multi-function display at the bottom
Another point, compared to GFX 50S/50R, the resolution is 3.69 million pixels, Increased to 5.76 million pixels, and the EVF uses a detachable design that can be replaced with other components. The visual effects of the new viewfinder are very good, more suitable for high-pixel models.
The viewfinder is 5.76 million pixels, which can be replaced
In addition, the body interface is complete, using TYPE-C jack, and can be connected to HDMI Online video recording. The microphone and headphone port are also available. The body also has a power cord, which can be connected to a power source for long-term shooting. In addition, the camera uses a dual SD card slot design, it is actually a pity not to use higher specification storage devices such as XQD cards.
From the actual shooting experience, the shooting effect of this Fuji camera is worthy of the flagship body. However, the skin and button design of the fuselage are not particularly good. If the second-generation fuselage is launched in the future, you can consider improving the layout of the buttons.
03 100 million pixel hard power-camera quality measurement
First of all, let’s take a look at this 100 million pixel medium format sensor.
The size of this sensor is 43.8*32.9mm, the frame ratio is 4:3, and the actual image pixels are 11648*8736, which is 117.5 million pixels. The greatest charm of this sensor is its extremely powerful detail resolution, which allows photographers to obtain unparalleled powerful output capabilities in commercial portraits, still life shooting, and landscape photography, and even the smallest details in the picture can be accurately presented.
Fuji GFX 100 real shot photos
100 details zoomed in, image quality resolution is quite powerful
In the studio portrait shooting process, due to the presence of light, we can safely use the small aperture and low sensitivity, so the camera’s resolution advantage is very huge. Even the capillaries of the eyes or the fine hairs on the skin can be clearly presented on the screen.
In landscape photography, Fuji has many lenses suitable for landscape photography, such as GF23mm F4, GF100-200mm F
5.6 and so on. This camera can show you fine picture details when shooting landscapes, and the image quality under long exposure has very little noise. It is a very competent landscape camera.
Fuji GFX 100 landscape shooting
When shooting scenery, the details are also amazing
The camera pixel is 102 million. If folded into a full-frame camera, it is about 61 million pixels, which is very close to the pixel density of the Sony A7R4. But Fuji GFX 100 is a camera system based entirely on medium format, with a more powerful processor, and the image output is a 16bit RAW file. Because of this, the high-sensitivity performance of the Fuji GFX 100 is very good, let’s take a look at the high-sensitivity test of this camera.
In terms of JPG image quality, the JPG image quality of this camera is quite excellent. Below ISO 800, the picture purity is extremely high, and even commercial photography has a high usability. In the light environment, the straight JPG is still very interesting when iSO 12800.
RAW files can see the camera’s ability to retain details. In GFX 100’s RAW format, noise began to increase at ISO 1600. But until ISO 6400, noise is easier to eliminate. On the whole, the camera’s RAW file is more suitable for preservation as a negative for landscape photography or commercial photography, and can retain more details and processing space.
We know that the test environment is not the same as the actual shooting environment. In the actual night shooting, Fuji GFX 100 uses ISO 1000 to shoot night scenes at night, and the picture performance is still quite good.
ISO 1000 actually shot in the night environment
100% screenshots, the picture purity is still very good
Enter a more complex environment. For example, this photo shows the alley at night and the Milky Way soho. The camera not only needs to use higher sensitivity, but also needs to brighten the details of the dark parts later. At this time, although the noise in the dark part begins to increase, the detail preservation ability is still excellent. If supplemented by appropriate noise reduction processing, or compressed to about 30 million pixels, this photo can still be used as a fine output.
is more rigorous shooting, after shooting, post-adjustment to brighten the dark parts
Although there are more noise Yes, but the detail retention is very good
The camera’s latitude is another great advantage of the camera. We know that the RAW file of the general camera is 14bit, and the RAW file of Fuji GFX 100 is 16bit, so not only the latitude of the sensor itself of the camera is already excellent, it can achieve a higher dynamic range output with 16bit RAW.
In the test, we first use ISO 100 as the tolerance test range. We can see that under -6EV, the Fuji GFX 100 began to show more obvious dark noise. For many cameras, although the noise is acceptable under -5EV, the dark part tends to be purple or blue. However, the color of this Fuji camera is still accurate under -6EV.
From a practical perspective, we can look at the latitude advantage of Fuji GFX 100. For example, in this photo, we underexposed 4 stops when we took it, and then it was brightened by post. We can zoom in to see the details of the photo. Although the 4 stops are brightened, there is almost no obvious noise. In actual shooting, if the Fuji GFX 100 simply brightens the dark parts, it can achieve 4-speed noise-free brightening at ISO 100.
Use RAW files to directly brighten 4 files
100% screenshot, the screen purity is still good
The picture below shows a landscape photo at sunset. In this photo, we have brightened the dark parts by about 4 stops while lowering the exposure of the bright parts. It can be seen that in the actual output JPG photos, whether it is the highlight area of the sunset or the dark part, it is within the normal brightness range. As the so-called highlight does not overflow, the dark part has details, which is very difficult.
The sunset environment fully guarantees that the highlights will not overflow, and the dark parts have details, which is very difficult.
High sensitivity tolerance is also the performance of the camera tolerance . We tested the tolerance performance of ISO 1600 and ISO 6400. In the actual test, at ISO 1600, a sharp increase in noise will only occur when the third gear is brightened. In other words, when we actually take photos, we can still achieve a 2-speed adjustment range at ISO 1600.
As for ISO 6400, the noise of the RAW file itself is actually very high, but if we brighten the exposure by one level, the camera can still have a relatively good noise control performance.
For Fuji GFX 100, the best output environment is studio shooting. But if we encounter some more demanding environments, such as night portraits that must be shot, or starry sky shooting scenes, the camera’s good noise control can still allow us to take pictures with confidence.
The next thing I want to talk about is the color performance of the camera, which is also an important performance that Fuji must mention.
Fuji GFX 100 has 16 built-in film simulation modes, namely: PROVIA / Standard, Velvia / Vivid, ASTIA / Soft, Classic Chrome / Classic Positive Film, PRO Neg.Hi, PRO Neg.Std, ETERNA / Movie, B&W, B&W+Ye filter, B&W+R filter, B&W+G filter, SEPIA/Nostalgia, ACROS, ACROS+Ye filter, ACROS+R filter, ACROS+G filter.
Next, let’s take a photo to take a look at the specific performance of the 16 film simulation settings. I suggest you click on the larger image to view it. First look at the 8 color modes.
In order to facilitate the organization, we have returned the setting of SEPIA/Nostalgia to color. Let’s take a look at the actual display of the remaining 8 black and white film simulation modes.
Fuji’s color is not only a color tendency, but also a highly usable body film simulation setting. If we do a lot of repetitive commercial shooting, Fuji’s film simulation settings can greatly reduce our post-processing time, and we can apply the same color for unified output. In addition, Fuji’s JPG straight-out effect has always been well-loved, and the same is true for the 100-megapixel GFX 100. If we need to produce quickly, some JPG photos are already quite good.
For Fuji GFX 100, it not only has high pixels, but also greatly simplifies the shooting process and shortens the post-processing time. For efficiency-oriented commercial photography, Fuji GFX 100 is a very practical productivity tool.
04 camera soft power-from five-axis anti-shake to face recognition
The “hard-core image quality index” of the camera is finished, let’s talk about the soft power of the camera. It is the shooting function of the camera.
The first thing to talk about is five-axis anti-shake. We know that five-axis anti-shake is now the mainstream configuration of the camera, but it is easy to do five-axis for M43 and five-axis for APS-C. When it comes to full frame and medium format, five-axis anti-shake is not an easy task. The sensor area of this Fuji camera is 1.66 times that of the full frame. The use of anti-shake components for such a huge sensor is a huge challenge for the camera.
The five-axis image stabilization is added to the medium format. The biggest difficulty is how to push the large-size sensor
Fortunately, the Fuji GFX 100 has a sufficient body Space and sufficient power also realize the five-axis anti-shake of the fuselage.
A medium format camera is prone to jitter when shooting. The most typical representative is the Pentax 645Z camera. Due to the high pixels and large camera shake, this camera is a standard “frame machine”. Fuji GFX 100’s five-axis anti-shake, the official data is 5.5 gears, which is quite remarkable data. We know that considering various factors in actual use, the actual stabilization effect will be lower than the data. In real shooting, the Fuji GFX 100 can achieve at least 2 stops of stable shooting, and at 60mm, it can achieve about 1/15s. Steady handheld, the success rate is almost 100%, which is quite rare.
uses 64mm shooting in the studio, shutter speed is 1/15s
100% picture screenshot, no jitter
In addition, the five-axis anti-shake also expands the camera’s video shooting capabilities. We can use the handheld to shoot some simple short lenses, which is difficult for the previous medium format cameras. We will show you this in the follow-up video test.
Another soft power of camera lies in the camera’s focusing component. This camera uses phase focusing, and the body has 425 selectable focus points. In addition, the camera is equipped with the current mainstream facial recognition + eye focus technology. When shooting portraits, in addition to manually selecting the focus point, you can also easily track the model’s face for focus through facial recognition and eye recognition, which improves the shooting effect.
camera has 17*25, a total of 425 optional focus points
camera eye focus display
In addition, the camera also has a continuous shooting speed of up to 5fps, which is rare among medium format cameras. Of course, the continuous shooting speed of a medium-format camera is not about chasing and shooting how intense sports scenes are, but about capturing rare moments in commercial shooting.
Fuji GFX 100 continuous shooting test, 5fps is rare for medium format
The focus system of this Fuji camera can be divided into two From the aspect: if compared with the current medium format camera, the focus system of this camera should be the best in the medium format; if compared with the current 135 camera, this set of focus system is actually flawed. The first is that the sensitivity of this focus system in facial recognition is worse than that of some high-end 135 cameras. In addition, the camera has a more obvious focus attenuation under low light.
Another important feature of camera is that the camera has 4K 30p video shooting capabilities. In addition, you can also output 10bit 4:2:2 video and F-Log curve through HDMI cable. For medium format cameras, shooting video is just an extra job, but this feature can increase the scope of the camera.
Fuji GFX 100 also has excellent video shooting capabilities
However, medium-format video shooting, with a larger sensor area, can achieve better The spatial sense of the picture can create the lens feeling of filming. And with five-axis anti-shake, the camera’s video shooting becomes easier. Except for the traffic flow, all of these four clips were shot handheld.
05 shooting experience and summary
Finally, let’s talk about the shooting experience of this camera. I have limited time using this camera, so I mainly experienced two types of shooting: commercial portraits and urban scenery.
When shooting, the most profound thing I felt was the bright spots: one was the impact of 100 million pixels, and the other was the good tolerance of 16bit RAW files.
As a high-end camera, the functions are so fancy and useless. The most important thing is to be able to take good pictures. This Fuji camera has a very powerful detail output capability at ISO 100. When shooting at ISO 100, it can fully display the strength of 100 million pixels. But getting rid of the indoor lighting environment, this camera can also exert a good combat effectiveness with its excellent noise control ability.
The color performance of the camera is also satisfactory to me. Under normal circumstances, I will use RAW files for more post-color correction, but the color performance of the Fuji GFX 100 is gentle and natural, and a suitable native film simulation mode can be found for each scene. So when taking pictures with this camera, I prefer to use the camera’s own color performance instead of relying on manual adjustments.
The focus system of the camera is a bit of love and hate that I have intertwined. Compared with other medium format cameras, the focus of this camera is quite excellent, but if you consider the focus speed of the current 135 camera, this camera actually has a lot of room for improvement. Especially in some noisy environments, the probability of interference with the focusing system will be very high. The focusing speed is not fast in low light. But after all, this is a working camera, the focus is slower, and will not affect the use of commercial shooting or landscape shooting.
Finally returned to the camera price, 67,900 yuan, such a configuration worthy of such a price. If you have high-resolution shooting needs, this camera is absolutely cost-effective, but for the majority of photography enthusiasts, if you choose medium format, Fuji’s GFX 50R is more suitable.
Finally, let’s take a look at more real shots of this camera. This concludes today’s evaluation. In the future, we will bring further functional analysis of this camera. I hope you will not miss it.
This Fuji camera is a high-end photography Audiophiles and professional users deserve a camera. One hundred million pixels can bring an extraordinary output experience, which is provided by the 135 camera. If your financial resources can reach, this camera is worth your own.
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