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The GFX 100 gets an advisory notice, but don't panic just yet – it's not that major

Fujifilm GFX 100
(Image credit: Fujifilm)

The Fujifilm GFX 100 has been hitting the headlines as a 100-megapixel medium format masterpiece, but it's not all good news. It turns out some examples have a shutter release locking switch that could work loose. It sounds minor, but it’s still an embarrassment in a camera costing $10,000/£10,000.

We didn't experience this problem when we were writing our GFX 100 review (opens in new tab) but Fujifilm has identified a fault with some models nonetheless. It says the defective part is the shutter release locking lever on the camera’s vertical grip. It needs to be fixed because it could lead to small parts becoming loose inside the camera body and interfering with its operation.

If you want to find out more there is an official GFX 100 service advisory notice (opens in new tab) on the Fujifilm website which lists the serial numbers of cameras that may be affected:

92001001~92001975 (excluding 92001830, 92001832, 92001833)
93001001~93001034, 93001038, 93001039, 93001041, 93001046
92A01001~92A01525
92M01001~92M01027

The GFX 100 production process has already been corrected, and some cameras with these serial numbers may have been fixed before sale anyway. But if your GFX 100 has a serial number in this list, you should contact your nearest Fujifilm support or service centre.

Fujifilm GFX 100 recall

Is your Fujifilm GFX 100 affected by this service advisory notice? Use the diagram above to locate its serial number and then compare it with the list above. (Image credit: Fujifilm)

Is this GFX 100 fault serious?

It’s not uncommon for new products to suffer from teething problems, but this one ranks pretty low on the scale (unlike Nikon’s D600 sensor oil-spatter issues, for example). It’s unlikely to affect the GFX 100’s sales or reputation as one of the best cameras for professionals (opens in new tab), as it’s just a minor production defect rather than a serious (and expensive) design flaw.

The fact is that the GFX 100 is such a ground-breaking product that it would take more than this to damage its reputation. $10,000/£10,000 sounds a lot to pay for a camera, but offers the specifications of high-end studio cameras costing three to four times more, and in a body not much larger than a pro DSLR.

The GFX 100's 100-megapixel sensor makes it one of the highest resolution cameras you can buy and with its nearest rivals costing 3-4 times more, we think it's also the best medium format camera right now, pound for pound.

You can find out why we like this camera so much in our Fujifilm GFX 100 review (opens in new tab).

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Rod Lawton
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Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com (opens in new tab) but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com (opens in new tab)