Fujifilm GFX 100 vs. GFX 100S

In January, Fujifilm announced a new medium format camera—the Fujifilm GFX 100S. This camera incorporates a majority of the same features found in the Fujifilm GFX 100 but in a lighter, more streamlined, compact design. We were able to test out the camera ourselves and instantly fell in love with the overall ergonomics and how it felt in our hands. Our number one question was what made this new 100S different than the original? Let's take a look!

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Fujifilm GFX 100 vs GFX 100S Specification Chart

Camera Feature 

Fujifilm GFX 100 Fujifilm GFX 100S
Announcement Date May 23rd, 2019 January 27th, 2021
Mount Type G-Mount  G-Mount 
Sensor Resolution 102 MP 102 MP
Sensor Type  CMOS CMOS
Sensor Size 43.8 x 32.9mm 43.8 x 32.9mm 
Image Size  11,648 x 8,736 11,648 x 8,736
Image Processor  X-Processor 4 X-Processor 4
In-body Image Stabilization Yes (5.5 stops) Yes (6 stops)
Grip Battery Grip with Twin Batteries  Metal Hand Grip (Optional)
Native ISO Sensitivity 100-12,800 100-12,800
Boosted ISO Sensitivity 50-102,400 50-102,400
Dust Reduction/Sensor Cleaning  Yes Yes
Calibrations  No No
Viewfinder Type  Interchangeable (Electronic) EVF Non-Interchangeable (Electronic) EVF
Viewfinder Resolution  5.76 million dots 3.69 million dots
Viewfinder Magnification .86x .77x
LCD Screen 3.2" 3.2"
LCD Articulating Screen 3-Way Tilting Touchscreen  3-Way Tilting Touchscreen 
Storage  2x SD (UHS-II) 2x SD (UHS-II)
Continuous Shooting Speed (Mechanical) 5 FPS 5 FPS
Max Shutter Speed  1/4000 to 60 minutes 1/4000 to 120 minutes
Multi-shot Feature Yes, 400MP Yes, 400MP
Film Simulation Modes 18 modes 19 modes
Number of AF Phase Detection Pixels 3,760,000 3,760,000
Low Light Sensitivity -5 to +5 EV -5 to +5 EV
Video Max Resolution 4K 30 FPS 4K 30 FPS 
1080p Video Max Frame Rate 60 FPS 60 FPS
Internal Recording 4:2:0, 10-bit  4:2:0 10-bit 
Audio Recording  Built-in stereo microphone, optional external stereo microphone Built-in stereo microphone, optional external stereo microphone
Headphone Jack  Yes  Yes 
LCD Resolution  2,360,000 dots  2,360,000 dots 
Shutter Count Durability 150,000 shots 150,000 shots
Wi-Fi Yes  Yes 
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Battery Type 2 x NP-T125 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion (800 shots) NP-W235 (460 shots)
Weather-Sealed Body  Yes Yes
Weight  3.08 lbs 2 lbs
Dimensions  6.15 x 6.44 x 4.05 in 5.9 x 4.1 x 3.4 in
Price $9,999.95 $5,999.95

 

A quick scan of the spec comparison chart shows that the GFX 100S still packs many of the amazing features its predecessor boasted with a few welcome additions. The image quality is practically the same with an identical 102MP CMOS sensor, ISO sensitivity, and image processor. It also comes with the recent Multi-shot feature which was recently added via firmware to the GFX 100. The autofocus system has the same 3.76 million AF pixels and feels similar to the autofocus system in the Fujifilm X-T4. Video specs are no different with un-cropped 4K 30p, except for the fact that record time has increased from 60 to 120 minutes in the GFX 100S.  

Image Stabilization 

If you're worried that the compact size of the GFX 100S would alter the image stabilization capability, don't fret. By using technologies incorporated in the X-T4 and X-S10 cameras, Fujifilm has improved the stabilization by 0.5 stops with a total of 6 stops compared to the previous 5.5.

Vertical Grip 

To keep the compact size, Fujifilm decided to forego the integrated grip and vertical controls on the GFX 100S. Although, Fujifilm will be offering a smaller metal hand-grip if users are missing the feeling of a fuller camera experience. 

Control Layout

Unlike the original GFX 100, Fujifilm added a space for a mode dial on the 100S compared to the contextual dial built into the top LCD screen settings. We enjoy the familiarity of the physical mode dial...

fujifilm gfx 100 and gfx 100s top lcd screens

Viewfinder 

When it comes to the viewfinder, the GFX 100 has an edge with its viewfinder being interchangeable while the 100S is fixed. Not only that, but it also boasts a resolution of 5.6 million dots and magnification of .86x compared to 3.4 million dots and .77x in the 100S.

Film Simulation 

Fujifilm is known for its film simulations and the GFX 100S gained one more compared to the GFX 100 making the total 19. 

photo of model taken with gfx 100s film simulation

Battery Life 

Due to the compact nature of this camera it makes sense that it would require a smaller battery. Plus, without the grip, it limits the ability to utilize two batteries at once. The GFX 100S now takes the NP-W235, the same battery found in the Fujfilm X-T4. With only one battery, it can take up to 460 shots compared to 800 shots with double the batteries in the GFX 100. 

Price

Now for one of the main differences—the price. The GFX 100S is now $4,000 cheaper then it's original counterpart retailing at $5,999.95, comparable to some high end full-frame cameras. It's even $500 cheaper than the recent Sony A1. 

With Fuji cramming so many of the features that photographers loved from the GFX100 into an even smaller, more ergonomic camera, while shaving off nearly half the price, they've created a medium format for the masses that surely be in the running for top cameras of 2021. 

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