Fujifilm's Mid-frame GFX 100S II is Lighter, Cheaper and AI-enhanced - Latest Global News

Fujifilm’s Mid-frame GFX 100S II is Lighter, Cheaper and AI-enhanced

Fujifilm’s successor to the GFX 100S, its 2021 medium format camera with great performance but slow speed, is the aptly named GFX 100S II. The new model is $1,000 cheaper, smaller, lighter and has (shocking) AI features to improve the Autofocus, one of our criticisms of the predecessor.

The Fujifilm GFX 100S II uses a 102MP high-speed sensor and the X-Processor 5 processing engine. The company says its medium format sensor is about 1.7 times larger than a 35mm full-frame sensor. Its body weighs approximately 883g (including battery and memory card), making it the lightest model in the range.

The camera features “enhanced” in-body image stabilization, allowing for a maximum performance of eight stops and five axes. This could improve image quality with longer exposure times.

Fujifilm says it has improved the sensor’s pixel layout design, allowing for a standard sensitivity of ISO80. “When the sensor sensitivity is set to ISO80, the camera can capture images with greater dynamic range and lower noise than the previous model,” the company writes in a press release when shooting in 16-bit RAW mode. This should result in better low-light performance, better autofocus accuracy, and overall image quality.

The camera’s sensor features an improved micro-lens design that increases light usage efficiency at the edges. Fujifilm says this gives it better image quality and autofocus accuracy at the edges than its predecessor.

A person holds the Fujifilm GFX 100S II and looks down at it indoors with a blurred background.  View from the person's left side.

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Like almost all other modern technology gear, Fujifilm uses AI in its products – in this case, AI-based subject recognition. Fujifilm says it can automatically detect and focus accordingly on animals, birds, cars, motorcycles, bicycles, planes, trains, insects and drones. The company says its improved autofocus prediction algorithm and continuous shooting speed of up to seven frames per second improve tracking of high-speed subjects. Autofocus was one of our weak points in Engadget’s test of the GFX 100S, so we’re curious to see whether these claims hold up in practice.

On the video front, the new camera supports 4K/30P 4:2:2 10-bit video (for more accurate color reproduction) when using its internal SD card. It is equipped with the F-Log 2 profile for improved dynamic range. Compatibility is increased by Apple ProRes support, but only when using an external solid-state drive connected via USB-C.

The Fujifilm GFX 100S II costs $4,999 or 5,499 euros in Europe. That’s cheaper than the $7,500 GFX 100 II and offers some additional video benefits for less of a strain on the wallet. You can order it on Friday from Fujifilm’s website.

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