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Big is beautiful The fourthmember in Fujifilm’s GFX family is the GFX100S, a 102-megapixel medium format camera that is portable, versatile and impressively featured

with pixels covering almost 100% of the imaging area. It also works down to light levels of -5.5EV and can acquire focus as quick as 0.18 seconds. An updated focus algorithm also helps to track subjects in Tracking AF and Face/ Eye AF modes. The GFX100S body is weather- resistant and there have been some design innovations, too. These include a freshly designed AF lever, a PASMdial with six custom options and an EVF that is fixed – unlike the GFX 50S’ – and this has a 3.69 million-dot resolution. Also, next to the mode dial is a stills/ video control to enable fast switching between shooting methods. Fujifilm’s range of Film Simulation modes includes a new one, Nostalgia Neg, bringing the total on offer up to 19. The new setting gives amber toned warm highlights and boosted shadows to preserve detail, for a look reminiscent of seventies colour films. In video, the GFX100S records 4K/30p and DCI4K/30p movie footage at 100, 200 or 400Mbps with a recording time of up to 120 minutes. For pro video makers, the GFX100S can record 4K/30p in 12-bit Raw via

THE GFX SYSTEMwas introduced to bring medium format digital to a wider audience by offering more affordable and portable cameras to quality- conscious photographers. There are currently three GFXmodels – the GFX100, GFX 50R and GFX 50S – based on the 44x33mm format, which is 1.7x larger than 35mm full-frame and what Fujifilm terms as large format. Full-size files open to 11,648x8736 pixels. The GFX100S has the same core imaging technology as the GFX100, featuring the 102-megapixel CMOS Bayer array sensor and quad-core X-Processor 4. Compared with the GFX100, however, it is in a body that’s much smaller and 500g lighter. And at £5499 (body only), it’s a lot cheaper. The weight and size savings are the result of a new 22% smaller and 16% lighter shutter mechanism that is still very durable with a minimum 150,000 actuations. There is also a new 10% lighter and 20%more compact in-body image stabilisation mechanismwith a claimed benefit of 6EV – better than the 5.5EV gain of the GFX100. The autofocus is handled by an on-sensor phase detection system,

FUJIFILM GFX100S KEY FEATURES › £5499 (body only) › Magnesium alloy body

› 44x33mm format › 102MP resolution › Backside-illuminated CMOS sensor › Quad-core X-Processor 4 › Upgraded Intelligent hybrid AF › Phase detection autofocus pixels cover almost 100% of the sensor › Weather-resistant › New style focus lever › Nostalgic Neg Film Simulation › 5fps continuous shooting › IBIS 6EV benefit › Fixed 3.69M-dot EVF › 3.2in LCD monitor with 2.36M dots › 12-bit ProRes Raw 4K/30p › 1.8in LCD top-plate sub monitor › NP-W235 battery (gives 460 shots)

top-plate LCD and a high-resolution, multi-shot pixel shift mode that gives a 400-megapixel resolution. The GFX100S is available to buy at £5499 body only from 4 March. Sony’s new G Sony’s had a busy month. Not only has it launched the A1, the company has also found time to unveil the FE 35mm f/1.4 GM. Its optical construction includes two extreme aspherical lenses to assure high-quality images and smooth bokeh. Autofocus is delivered via two silent Sony XD (extreme dynamic) linear motors, so it ’s great for video shooters and capturing stills on the street or in nature. For handling, there’s a focus hold button that can adopt other functions and a focus mode switch, as well as an aperture ring that can be de-clicked. It’s also dust- and moisture-resistant and has a fluorine-coated front element. The FE 35mm f/1.4 GM is available to pre-order now, priced £1499.

HDMI or 10-bit Raw to the internal SD card. There are also H.264 and H.265 compression modes available, as well as F-Log and HLG settings. Other headlines include dual SD card slots, both UHS II-compatible, a 1.8-inch

› Two SD card slots › 900g (body only)

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