Fujifilm GFX 100 Medium Format – Landscape Photography Review (4k)

Fujifilm GFX 100 Medium Format – Landscape Photography Review (4k)


this was the first time I should with a
100 megapixel medium format camera hi everyone I was going did you ever use
a 100 megapixel medium format camera in this video I want to talk about a crazy
camera I tested a few days ago the awesome
Fuji feelin G effects 100 I’m really excited to share with you some of my
thoughts after a short trip ahead in Slovenia last April I had a chance to
get through some nice images in the Faroe Islands with the G effects 50 are
arenas camera with an excellent image quality but for some reason we did
convince me at all or at least not as much as the G effects 100 if we have
seen my work before you know that I’m still using the XT – and little brother
and most recent XT 13 with 100 megapixel the jump from a regular aps-c sensor
cameras is huge and is something that can easily blow your mind without any
dub this is the most powerful camera I ever held in my hand and it’s extremely
extremely expensive ok the price may seems initially high but compared to
other medium formats Fuji has done an outstanding job and at a competitive
price point it’s a completely different camera from the previous 50 R or 50 s
and as the x-series cameras is very easy to understand and so quick to use I am a
landscape photographer so this is not an in-depth technical review to cover all
the capabilities of this wonderful camera my intent is basically to focus
on how this camera works and features that stuck me the most positively during
the tests on the field so first of all let’s see the main features of the GFX
100 the main features are a relatively compact body with a weather resistant
structure 100 megapixel large format CMOS back illuminated sensor actually is
102 megapixel X processors for the IPS in body image stabilization the
capability to record 4k at thirty p.m. with a 10-bit color depth
and face detection pixels across the entire sensor for those used through the
chunky design of a full-size DSLR like the Nikon d5 or Canon 1dx the GFX 100
will feel right at home in fact it’s quite large and bulky but feels quite
lightweight because of its magnesium alloy construction approximately 1400
grams including through batteries memory car and DVF one thing to note is the
real LCD screen which is a 3.2 inches and tilts which is very useful the
viewfinder itself is a crisper 5.76 million dot display and can be
interchanged with a dfdl one version which I didn’t have for this test the
camera is waterproof and full sealed so obviously it means for outdoor action
like landscape photography in difficult weather conditions and called a hot dry
or wet environments the working temperature is from minus 10 to 40
degrees Celsius movie onto the top plate we have the drive button on the left
side it’s surrounded by a locking control dial you need to hold down the
button next to it so to turn it which change the capture mode between stills
multi shot bracketing and movies the right of the top plate is dominated by
an OLED display it’s a backlit for better visibility in dim lights and a
button to its left activated light you can cycle through different display
settings using the small market button to its right its total so the shooting
mode by default via the standard being a s and M options you will need to set
your own lens aperture control ringer – it’s a position to access the shutter
priority in the so display option include an information
screen that shows exposure data the shooting mode white balance find format
and the film emulation mode along with a number of shots left on your memory card
and battery life then the previous entries in the GFX family the 50s and 50
are used physical dials but with a GFX 100 all the controls are totally digital
no more mechanical dials anyway if there are lots of function buttons all over
the back of the camera which are really nice and useful
most of these are completely configurable so you can customize the
functions from the menu and assign them to the different function buttons GFX
100 features are single cue button quick access button which opens are fully
customizable many with the most used commands the
sensor is a BSI CMOS design with a buyer color filter rain and sadly Fuji film
doesn’t use its x-trans array in the GFX series the sensor us with ratio is 4 by
3 something I love so much moreover it works especially better than the 3 by 2
ratio when you composing portrait orientation lovely the Fujifilm G
effects sensor is way larger than aps-c and the difference is quite evident the
35 millimeter full-frame represented here in red is a clearly smaller than
the GFX sensor but maybe not as much as you thought actually the G FX sensor is
a sort of super full-frame bigger than a 35 full-frame but smaller than the
monster phase 1 IQ sensor which measure fifty three point seven by forty point
four millimeters and offer up to 150 megapixel resolution moving into the
viewfinder and LCD the G affects 100 includes removable viewfinder
and an articulating LCD in its design the EVF is one of the best around
it’s big without 0.86 magnification rating and exceedingly crisp thanks to
its 5.7 $6,000,000 resolution it’s also removable which can make the big camera
a bit easier to squeeze into a camera bag or to give you a better view of the
tilting rear display from above the rear display is a super sharp bright vivid
touchscreen display extremely responsive you won’t experience any kind of
sickness or lag when you are pinching zooming or panning your photos it
literally feels like working with a high-end smartphone which is a good
familiar thing there is no need to navigate commands with a joystick very
useful are the screen gestures completely configurable based on the
your taste or your necessities pretty much the same as any of the newer camera
like the XT tree or the XT 830 this feature is one of the reason why the GFX
100 doesn’t have as many dials and buttons as you’d expect on a high-end
camera the screen is mounted on a dual access hinge it tilts to face up or down
and can also swing to face the water right I found it’s useful for both
handheld and tripod use and especially when working as a low angle there is a
second rear display a narrow monochrome hull and positioned below the LCD it
shows the set mode shutter speed ISO AV value film simulation setting and white
balance by default you can dive into the menu and set it to show other
information and we’ll square the displayed options for Stills and video
if you like instead of designing a new battery Fujifilm I decided to use the
same MPT 125 battery as the GFX of 50 R and 50s
it’s powered by two of them which load in a removable tray in camera charging
supported via USB C and there is a single external charger included in the
box if you want to charge the battery outside of the body
the GFX one under is rated for 800 shots per charge but in my experience after
some time in the field with a camera I feel that the estimator is on the low
side especially if you mix some video recording spare batteries are an
absolute must for an all-day use in addition to the USB cg fx100 cludes a
micro HDMI port for use with an external recorder there are a 3.5 millimeter
headphone and microphone jacks for audio 2.5 millimeter remote connector hot
shoes on both the body and the EVF and a legacy PC sync flash connector wireless
communication is included as well GFX 100 sports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi it pairs
with the Fujifilm camera mote app not the best actor in the world to be
totally honest so you can trust and photos through your phone or tablet for
anything or use your handheld device as a remote control something which I don’t
normally do i must prefer the classic cable release there are a few memory
card slots it’s UHS architecture usually I set up
the camera to save the same bro shots on both SD cards using the second one as a
backup about the ergonomic I didn’t notice any specific problem with layout
but something that bother me is the integrated vertical grip there is no
rubberized grip when you using it in the portrait mode so it isn’t as comfortable
to hold and may slip out of your hands if your hands are with him the addition
is welcome though and not as comfortable some chunky atom batteries grips I’ve
used in the past but apart from that the battery gripper has a secondary shutter
button so you can easily use the camera in portrait mode there is access to a
second obstacle to navigate through your focus points and your quick menu so you
can change your white balance or any other setting one reason for such a
bulky body is the addition of the embody Image Stabilizer ibis which is a new
feature for the medium format world the stabilization system promises 5.5 stops
of stabilization across five axes a definite plus point for a handheld user
and lenses without stabilization you can get crisp results when working and he’ll
even if you need a slightly longer shutter speed then you would use without
the feature some lenses include stabilization which works in conjunction
with a sensor for crisp results the GF X 100 is a much more capable video camera
than any medium formal model has the right to be the stabilization plays a
part it smoothes out jitters from a handheld
footage very effectively but there is more to it than just that
which film GFX one and I can shoot an cropped 4k footage which is one of the
largest out there lots of Pro features are include such as the 4k 30p at 10
bits of 4 to 0 internally and 10 bits for 2 to 1 Lincoln to an external
current with a maximum recording time of 1 hour really impressive you also have
the ability to record in F lock modes who have more freedom on the color
grading stage great image quality and few examples the images out of the GFX
100 are absolutely superb no questions the detail out of the 100 3 megapixel
sensor is a full of color depth and detail and also the dynamic range of the
camera is amazing and I was able to recover blown out highlights
shadows without losing any detail the G affects 100 Rafa is also fully supported
by capture one pro 12 points one that’s actually the version I’m using right now
and for some reason appears more contrasted and the ref from 50 are the
detail definition of the capture image viewer that 400% on capture one Pro is
very very impressive now I want to show you some right of the camera shots which
I took with the GFX 100 just to see the amounts of details this sensor can
capture and the high ISO performances and the dynamic range I’m not really a
pixel people but it’s very easy to see the difference in terms of resolution
again I will use capture one that at this moment has the best ref conversion
algorithm by far let’s start with the first shot this is a very common
environment for me being a landscape photographer so several types of
textures we have foliage rocks and so on and in this shot the amounts of detail
is huge look at the color and one says that the camera can reproduce absolutely
brain tones of small details when a gorgeous micro contrast here on the
rocks on the background the grass usually for my professional works 24 26
megapixels are more than enough to print any size that I need but to be ha
totally honest zoomy has 100% you can easily see the enormous potential of the
100 megapixel sensor look at that that’s insane okay a couple more where
we can have a look at the image quality of this camera and how good it can
reproduce any small detail this one is a another one from the lake blade here
zooming at 100% here you can’t see you can count any single branch of the trees the colors the the tonalities is
reproduce perfectly and here the church in the detail on the church it’s
absolutely amazing he had 200% you can see any small small
detail same thing here let’s see and the buildings on the background here we are
at 400% let me reduce at zero and the luminance noise reduction we can reduce
the amount of sharpening just to see exactly straight off of the camera
without any adjustments actually I already applied a film simulation
profile with the pro via maybe just an adjustment on the black/white points
nothing else this is the shots right out of the camera and here with a very few
adjustments another one is one here we can see all the details on the windows and you
see that’s insane guys yeah I’m really really impressed on that on the quality
of the of the image okay done now let’s have a look at another image
to get a some idea of the dynamic range the sensor this one works fine on this
image the difference between the highlights and shadows is quite critical
and looking at the histogram there are some extreme highlights turn on
exposure warning function we have extreme deep shadows which are really
close here on the bottom left let’s see how much detail we can pull out from
this area using the HDR panel in Capture One I want to be more aggressive
just to show you the potential of the of the sensor and as you can see here even
on the darkest part of the trees we got back all the details all the details
maintaining great colors great contrast on the on the foliage and then we can
move the slider of the highlights to rebalance the highlights can pull down a
little bit the exposure increase the contrast okay
actually we we can adjust locally this part instead of make an adjustment on
entire image and look at that here I’m zooming at 100% 200% and 400% the
resolution is absolutely absolutely insane you can recognize any face and
details that’s crazy another shot for a highlights recovering
this is for sure an overexposed capture so turn on
exposure warning and we can see the red area is the area where the highlights
are clipping so I want to start rebalancing the entire brightness of the
image moving the exposure towards the negative side so here I already have all
the the detail that I need if I want to go further I can move towards the right
of the highlights to recover more details and that’s it as you can see now
I have a perfectly exposed shot with a nice contrast I can go further let’s
check with exposure warning so now I don’t have any clipping the before after
before after zooming at 100% and you can see there are all the small details
smoothness of the tones that’s perfect and obviously tack sharp
great the high ISO performances are extremely good even though for medium
format camera I would have expected something more I have to be totally
honest you can push the ISO 3200 with a little bit of grain but without other
compromise noise starts to detract at iso 6400 and surely one of the most
unexpected benefits i’ve noticed is how accurate the color reproduction is
this is the first shot luminance to zero and sharpening to zero so we can
evaluate the right amount of noise on the image I want to rebalance the global
exposure pull out some details on the shadows and then we can zoom at 100% here we can
see all the edges are tack sharp plenty of details and here obviously we have
more noise on the darkest parts of the image and color are really good even
though we are we are capturing the image with a high high ISO and here on the
distance we have other buildings that we can evaluate the right amounts of detail
and the edges are still really really good applying a little bit of luminance
reduction we have a final product that’s perfectly usable
another one is another shots I kept through in this case with 1600 ISO at
1/30 seconds as shutter speed f4 again luminance to zero sharpening
to zero global exposure okay and as you can see the colors are really nice and a
beautiful colors and we have a lots of details zooming at 100% 200% great
details here we can pull out a little bit of shadow details we can increase a
little bit of contrast increase a little bit of saturation we can move the black
points to make a faded look okay it’s up to you and that’s pretty much the final
result no more just a little bit of noise reduction 100% you
can see before a noise reduction and after before after actually this is the
default setting for the noise reduction that capture one apply to the these
images and that’s perfectly fine a little bit of pre-sharpening just to make the edges pop out a little
bit and done a little bit of saturation great before and after before and after as you can
see the GFX 100 makes an extremely nice job in low-light beautiful color
rendition and the noise is really nice and the image is very sharp all around
so the GFX 100 is a super impressive both in photo and video mode it won’t
be for everyone because it’s quite expensive at 11,000 euros you can go
with the cheaper alternative in the Fujifilm 50R or 50S with the 50
megapixel sensor like all medium format cameras is not a complete
all-rounder which means it’s not the greatest in the low light or a handheld
for a long time but in my perspective what does matter is the image quality
and here Fujifilm has nailed it also comparing its specs with its medium
format competitors you will find out it costs three to five times less while
delivering superior specs like a 5 axis IBIS exceptional 4k videos
capabilities top-notch OLED EVF articulated touchscreen and so on again
I’m not saying that GFX 100 camera is for everyone but for those
photographer in this case landscape photographers who are looking for the
ultimate camera with an uncompromising image quality GFX 100 is very very
hard to beat so that’s it for this review I hope it’s been useful and hope
it’s been interesting don’t forget to subscribe to my channel and if you got
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thanks for watching ciao you

3 thoughts on “Fujifilm GFX 100 Medium Format – Landscape Photography Review (4k)”

  1. Wow, what a beast Andrea! I couldn't believe the size of it when you put it next to the XT2. An unbelievable camera which was reviewed very well. Good job mate, I'll look forward to your next video 🙂

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