Fujifilm GFX100 II review: it’s medium format, but faster

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Early Verdict

On paper, the GFX100 II mightiness not beryllium capable crushed for immoderate photographers to upgrade from a GFX100 oregon GFX100S, which aft each person a sensor with the aforesaid 102MP resolution. However, it's an all-round faster machine, susceptible of shooting astatine rates unseen earlier successful this format, and sporting class-leading autofocus and in-body representation stabilization. Compatibility with assorted accessories specified arsenic a vertical grip besides tick boxes the GX100S doesn't, making the GFX100 II the astir versatile medium-format camera ever.


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    Speediest medium-format camera available

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    Superb representation and video quality

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    Large and wide viewfinder display


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    Not the sexiest Fujifilm

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    Not capable reasons to upgrade for some

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You don’t request a batch of clip with the Fujifilm GFX100 II to reason that it’s the astir powerful, responsive and versatile medium-format camera disposable – I gained specified an content during fractional a time shooting with the caller flagship exemplary up of its planetary announcement.

During those fewer hours with the GFX100 II, I was majorly impressed by the autofocus velocity and maximum continuous shooting speed, particularly fixed that the camera's sensor format is traditionally a landscape, representation and studio-based 1 – successful different words, controlled scenarios. I tin easy spot the GFX100 II being genuinely useable for a wider scope of subjects and mundane photography. 

Never earlier person I been capable to sprout with a medium-format camera astatine a complaint of 8fps with reliable taxable detection autofocus that includes quality oculus AF. That’s nary mean feat for a camera that shoots 102MP photos whose size dwarfs that of images from astir different mirrorless cameras. 

Fujifilm GFX100 II connected  woody  array  with nary  lens attached

(Image credit: Future)

Historically, professionals would person to take betwixt representation prime and speed, but the GFX100 II goes a agelong mode towards offering both, being faster than immoderate different GFX camera, and matching the benignant of velocity we’d expect from enthusiast full-frame cameras. 

The GFX100 II is besides a highly-capable video camera, with 8K / 30p video and ProRes earthy recording, LUT colour profiles, compatibility with an outer SSD, and a cooling instrumentality to widen grounds times.

It’s not the sexiest Fujifilm around, but the GFX100 II is by each accounts the astir capable, and it comes with a sensible database price.

Fujifilm GFX100 II: Release day and price

The GFX100 II volition beryllium disposable from September 26, with a database terms of $7,499 / £6,999, portion the optional VG-GFX II grip costs $499 / £479. That’s determination betwixt the motorboat prices of the Fujifilm GFX100 and Fujifilm GFX100S, astir what we would expect fixed the camera’s features, and instantly the astir sensible GFX camera for astir people.  

Alongside the GFX100 II, Fujifilm announced 3 caller medium-format GF lenses; the GF 55mm F1.7 R WR, priced astatine $2,299 / £2,249, positive 2 tilt-shift lenses - the GF 30mm F5.6 TS ($3,499 / £3,499) and 110mm F5.6 TS ($3,999 / £3,999). The aforesaid ‘Fan-001’ made for the Fujifilm X-H2S, X-H2 and Fujifilm X-S20 is besides compatible with the GFX100 II, which volition beryllium a utile accessory for those making the astir of the GFX100 II's 8K video signaling capability.

Fujifilm was incapable to supply Australia prices astatine the clip of writing, but we'll update this nonfiction erstwhile we person them.

Features and performance

  • Continuous 8fps for much than 1,000 JPEGs
  • X Processor 5 for fastest GFX show yet
  • 8-stops in-body representation stabilization

Fujifilm says the 102MP sensor is recently designed, and antithetic from the 1 recovered successful the identical-resolution GFX100 and GFX100S. So what’s new? For one, it has a quicker read-out speed, paired with the latest X Processor 5 motor to present the fastest show successful a GFX camera to date. And that includes the benignant of autofocus velocity we expect from the Fujifilm X-T5, 1 of the best cameras overall, for quality and carnal subjects.

Another facet of the sensor redesign is astatine the photodiode level. (Bear with america here.) Each micro lens has a 30% extended capableness of the photodiodes, which improves dynamic scope and realizes a basal ISO 80 sensitivity setting, little than the ISO 100 of the GFX100. Essentially, if bully airy is available, the GFX100 II volition supply the champion dynamic scope successful the bid yet. 

Window airy  portrait, photograph  utilizing the Fujifilm GFX100 II and GF 55mm F1.7 lens

(Image credit: Future)

The on-sensor in-body representation stabilization portion has been redesigned, too, upping the maximum effectual stabilization to 8 stops from the six stops we tin get with the GFX100. Powerful representation stablization is game-changing for a large-sensor, high-resolution camera specified arsenic the GFX100 II, wherever softness caused by camera shingle is each the much obvious. You won’t request a tripod arsenic often with the GFX100 II.

You besides get up to 8fps with continuous AF for what is fundamentally an unlimited fig of JPEG photos, erstwhile signaling onto a CFExpress card, oregon astir 75 images successful earthy format. That fig of JPEGs is reduced to a small nether 200 images onto a SD card. In short, this is the astir susceptible medium-format camera yet. 

Top sheet  of the Fujifilm GFX100 II

(Image credit: Future)


  • Similar size to the GFX100S
  • Compatible with optional grip and EVF adaptor
  • Best-in-class 9.44m-dot EVF

Fujifilm was keen to marque it wide to maine that the GFX100 II succeeds the $10,000 / £10,000 GFX100 and not the half-price GFX100S, but the world is that the GFX100 II does the occupation of both, which is really great. 

We get the smaller signifier origin of the GFX100S, but present with the enactment to bulk it retired with the optional VG-GFX II vertical grip for representation format shooting and accrued artillery life. The GFX100S cannot beryllium paired with a grip, nor successful information with the EVF-TL1 tilt adaptor accessory. The GFX100 II, connected the different hand, has a removable 9.44m-dot EVF compatible with the tilt adaptor for those that similar the waist-level viewing synonymous with mean format.

The viewfinder show is simply a steadfast 0.64-inches, with a 1x magnification, and that 9.44m-dot solution is lone equalled by the Sony A7R V. In plain speak, this is the largest and sharpest physics viewfinder around, though to summation the champion imaginable refresh rate, you’ll request to power to the 0.5-inch show mounting with 5.76m-dot resolution.

Fujifilm GFX100 II successful  the hand

(Image credit: Future)

Smaller doesn’t mean tiny - this is mean format, aft all. By mode of comparison, the GFX100 II, with the caller GF 55mm F1.7 R WR lens attached that I had for this hands-on, is similar an precocious DSLR specified arsenic the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. It sits successful the manus comfortably enough, but if we’re purely talking plan I inactive similar the acquisition with the Hasselblad X2D 100C.

The GFX100 II inactive handles truly well, though, and I’m a instrumentality of the generous back-lit apical LCD displaying cardinal vulnerability information. It besides boasts an improved artillery life, contempt utilizing the aforesaid WP235 artillery arsenic the GFX100, up 20% and rated to 540-shots.

Flowers connected  a woody  array  with Reala Ace Fujifilm movie  simulation

Reala Ace movie simulation (Image credit: Future)

Image quality

  • New 102MP sensor with improved airy intake
  • 8K / 30p and 4K / 60p video
  • New Reala Ace colour profile

I haven’t had astir capable clip with the GFX100 II to gully immoderate conclusive opinions connected its representation prime – including however discernible the caller sensor improvements are implicit the previous-gen – but connected paper, representation prime volition beryllium unmatched. After all, this is simply a camera that succeeds the already fantabulous GFX100. 

I’m besides keen to instrumentality the high-res changeable mode for a spin. It combines 4 100MP images into 1 400MP image, and is present supposedly useable handheld, acknowledgment to improved sensor velocity and representation stabilization. A sharp, handheld 400MP representation would beryllium rather the feat.

And who doesn’t similar a Fujifilm movie simulation? The array of colour profiles – inspired by Fujifilm movie banal – present has different addition; Reala Ace. It’s a earthy yet affluent profile, with plentifulness of tonal item successful highlights (see above, compared to different movie simulations), and an fantabulous summation to the present 20 choices you person (albeit that fig includes 2 achromatic and achromatic profiles each with 4 antithetic filter effects). 

There can’t beryllium excessively galore much movie simulations near for Fujifilm to adhd now, and archetypal impressions are that Reala Ace is an fantabulous addition. 

Fujifilm GFX100 II with nary  lens attached

(Image credit: Future)

Early verdict

The GFX100 II looks similar the champion mean format camera for astir people, if you tin spend it. I similar the user-experience with the simplified Hasselblad X2D 100C, but the GFX100 II is the astir almighty camera successful this sensor format available, and blows distant each different GFX models, adjacent if it has the aforesaid 102MP photograph resolution. 

Based connected my clip with it truthful far, the operation of superb photograph quality, speedy show crossed the committee and almighty in-body representation stabilization instrumentality mean format to caller heights. The question for Fujifilm volition beryllium however galore radical request the champion of some worlds capable to laic down the cash. 

Timothy Coleman

Tim is the Cameras exertion astatine TechRadar. He has enjoyed much than 15 years successful the photograph video manufacture with astir of those successful the satellite of tech journalism. During his clip arsenic Deputy Technical Editor with Amateur Photographer, arsenic a freelancer and consequently exertion astatine Tech Radar, Tim has developed a profoundly method cognition and applicable acquisition with cameras, educating others done news, reviews and features. He’s besides worked successful video accumulation for Studio 44 with clients including Canon, and volunteers his spare clip to consult a non-profit, divers stories squad based successful Nairobi. Tim is curious, a keen creative, avid footballer and runner, and mean level achromatic drinker who has lived successful Kenya and believes we person overmuch to bask and larn from each other. 

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