GFX100S II: Fujifilm's new 100 Mpx body is (much) cheaper and integrates image traceability

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Fujifilm is doing the miniaturization thing again. Based on the electronics of GFX100 II launched in September 2023, here is the GFX100S II, a more compact version, slightly restricted technically and less expensive. We could even say much cheaper: while the first box was launched at €7,999, the GFX100S II is priced at €5,499 (incl. VAT), or €2,500 less, for the same image quality — it's to say what is best at the moment.

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When it comes to cuts, Fujifilm started with physical dimensions. 2 mm narrower, 13 mm lower and 2 mm thinner: the GFX100S II is a more robust version of its predecessor. More compact, it is also lighter since it weighs 147 g less than the GFX100 II (with its removable viewfinder). Considering the size and weight of the GFX system's optics, this little bonus is always worth taking! Note that while the rear screen remains adjustable, the electronic viewfinder is integrated into the body and no longer removable, as is the case for the GFX100 II.

Same sensor and same processor (but some adjustments)

This is the same second-generation 100 Mpix sensor as that of the GFX100 II.

This is the same second-generation 100MP sensor found in the GFX100 II.

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The GFX100S II features the same second-generation 100MP sensor and the same X Processor 5 image processor as the previous generation – meaning autofocus and image quality are the same. It also benefits from the same mechanical stabilization of the sensor (still 8 speeds) and the same orientable 2.36 Mpx LCD screen. However, part of the electronic score has been reduced, which is logical given the price difference!

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If the image definition of the viewfinder is lower, it remains no less comfortable.

If the image definition of the viewfinder is lower, it remains no less comfortable.

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The first planing is to be found on the side of the viewfinder. The wonderful 9.44 Mpx Oled panel gives way to a 5.76 Mpx model. Then, the reduction in size (and marketing segmentation?) causes this GFX100S II to lose the 6K and 8K video modes (4K30p maximum), leaving the GFX100 II the role of cinema camera. Eventually, the burst and its depth are diminished. The mechanical shutter goes up to 7 fps (compared to 8 fps for the GFX100 II), the full-frame electronic burst to 3 fps (compared to 5.3 fps). But above all, the number of consecutive images is significantly decreasing.

The lower capacity of the buffer memory as well as the absence of a high-speed CF Express memory card (SDXC only, UHS-II and V90 compatible) limit the 7 fps mechanical burst to 337 compressed raw, compared to more than 1000 for the large brother. If this limits its use in sport mode, it nevertheless remains that for the vast majority of users, this should be more than enough.

Finally, image traceability!

The GF100S II will be the first Fujifilm body to integrate CAI and C2PA image signature mechanisms.

The GF100S II will be the first Fujifilm body to integrate CAI image signature mechanisms and C2PA.

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The GFX100S II brings something new that its big brother currently lacks: compatibility with the technical devices of the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA) and the Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI). By subscribing to both the C2PA and CAI projects, Fujifilm is making a big splash for its entry into image traceability.

After Leica, Nikon and Sony, Fujifilm will therefore integrate mechanisms into its devices that provide context information in files. This makes it possible to offer traceability of possible modifications, constituting a potentially interesting defense to combat false news. And since the technical basis of the GFX100S II is the same as that of its predecessor, Fujifilm is committed to integrating this function soon in its first body, as well as in others already launched.

Be careful, however: the introduction of these features in other boxes already launched will depend on the onboard processor. Indeed, an encryption coprocessor must be integrated into the chip. If we now know that the X-Trans Processor 5 integrates one (so far unused), Fujifilm has not provided any information on such a presence in previous chips.

Marketed from June 17, the Fujifilm GFX100S II will be launched at €5,499. A price not only €2,500 lower than the GFX100 II, but also €500 below that of its direct ancestor, the GFX100S, launched in 2021 at €5,999.

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