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Hands-on review with the all-new Fujifilm GFX100 II

Fujifilm has launched the all-new GFX100 II, a large-format mirrorless camera embracing high speed with a high-megapixel sensor. With promises of enhanced stills performance and functionality over its predecessor, the GFX100, how does the camera actually hold up out in the field?

Fujifilm Australia provided 7NEWS.com.au exclusive access to the all-new Fujifilm GFX100 II and FUJINON GF55mmF1.7 R WR to test out its stills performance for a week around Sydney.

Keep reading to see what we thought of Fujifilm’s latest large-format camera.

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Fujifilm Australia provided this publisher with devices for testing purposes. This did not affect our views of the device, and our review remains independent of the manufacturer.

FUJIFILM Australia announce the all-new GFX100 II. Credit: FUJIFILM Australia

GFX100 II Stills specifications and features

  • A newly developed 102 MP image sensor (GFX 102MP CMOS II HS)
  • Continuous shooting of up to eight frames per second
  • High-speed image processing with the X-Processor 5
  • Improved face/eye autofocus algorithm
  • Equipped with high-magnification and high-definition 9.44-million-dot EVF
  • 120fps EVF refresh rate
  • Customisable Zone AF functionality
  • 20 film simulation modes, including the new ‘REALA ACE’
  • Pixel shift multi-shot functionality, enabling 4x resolution and accurate colour reproduction.
  • Supports HEIF file format, providing 10-bit colour depth
  • Weighing in at 948g including battery and memory card

Sharpness

Coupled with the FUJINON GF55mmF1.7 R WR, the GFX100 Ii delivers sharp images. When I took the GFX100 II to Sydney’s Circular Quay I was able to test the camera’s sharpness through a couple of long exposure shots.

Cropping with quality

The incredible resolution of the camera thanks to its massive 102MP sensor is particularly helpful when it comes to cropping without losing significant quality or detail in an image. That’s advantageous in terms of adjusting to desired compositions with ease, as well as cropping in for a more close-up look.

The GFX 100 II’s massive 102MP sensor allows for quality image cropping when needed. Credit: Nicholas Gane

Autofocus

Autofocus was very fast when it found and locked onto defined subjects. Autofocus performance was relatively good but did have instances of hunting when trying to lock onto subjects in faster-moving moments.

In terms of AF reliability, there were instances of AF hunting in lower light shooting conditions where manual focus was used on occasion to optimise subject isolation and sharpness. Further testing of the AF system needs to be done to identify longer-term reliability and performance.

Autofocus test using the GFX100 II and the FUJINON GF55mmF1.7 R WR at Sydney’s Circular Quay. Credit: FujiFilm Australia

Body design

Although smaller than the GFX100, the GXF100 II’s body is still quite bulky and heavy in comparison to other mirrorless options on the market.

But despite being heavier than most competitors out in the field, I believe users will still outweigh this with the quality of the image produced.

The body of the GFX100 II did feel quite robust and ready to take on harsher shooting conditions. We did not test the weather sealing of the GFX100 II in this review, but I’m confident the camera will perform under pressure outdoors.

The new FujiFilm GFX100 II in action. Credit: FujiFilm Australia

Final thoughts

It’s more of a first impression than a final verdict, but I found the FujilFilm GFX100 II did pack a punch when it came to high resolution and sharpness in its stills.

The GFX100 II is a great camera aiming to satisfy the needs of professional-level shooters and comes with a high price tag for it. Compared to other market options and its predecessor, the GFX100 II delivers on the feature front but also does carry more weight coming in at 948g, including the battery and memory card. If you are a stills shooter who prioritises or needs professional-grade image resolution then definitely check out the GFX100 II.

Note: All test images have undergone post-processing edits.

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