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New Fujifilm camera registered – is it the 102MP Fujifilm GFX update?

New Fujifilm GFX camera on the way – with the same 102MP sensor
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UPDATE 20/10: A new Fujifilm camera has apparently been registered, according to industry insider and notorious leaker Nokishita. All we officially know about this camera so far is that it has the registration number 'FF200003' and has been "registered with an overseas certification body" and is "equipped with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2.". 

According to rumor website Fuji Rumors, there are two possible cameras that they are expecting it to be. The first is the rumored Fujifilm X-E4, which is said to be arriving in the first quarter of 2021. However, the other possibility is the new update to the Fujifilm GFX line, complete with a 102MP sensor. While there's no way to tell which camera it is right now, we're sure that we'll find out soon enough when it arrives in 2021…

ORIGINAL STORY:

The Fujifilm GFX line-up is due to get a new addition soon, with the latest camera rumored to be arriving in early 2021. Apparently, this new Fujifilm GFX camera will be using the same sensor as the current Fujifilm GFX100, which means it'll have a 102MP backside-illuminated Bayer sensor with full phase detection coverage. 

Any further details on what we can expect from this upcoming medium format camera are scarce, but it's likely we'll begin to hear more information as 2020 draws to a close and 2021 begins. 

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The only other tidbit of info we've heard from camera rumors site Fuji Rumors is that this new camera won't be a monochrome camera. While monochrome cameras aren't exactly a dime a dozen, there are a few black & white digital cameras that you can purchase, including the Leica M Monochrom. There have been rumors of a Fujifilm monochrome camera for a while, which is likely why this particular rumor had to be refuted.

The original Fujifilm GFX line began with the Fujifilm GFX50S, released in 2017 with a 51.4MP sensor. This was updated with the Fujifilm GFX50R in 2018, which was then superseded by the Fujifilm GFX100 in 2019. With this speedy update schedule in mind, a 2021 release actually seems a little late on Fujifilm's behalf.

It also means we'd likely expect the 2021 Fujifilm GFX100(R?) to only be an incremental update to the original GFX100. If based on the differences between the original GFX50S and the later GFX50R, we might expect the upcoming camera to feature slimmer, parred-down physical features and a slightly more affordable price. However, this is pure speculation and we'll have to wait until the official release date for more information.

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