Fujifilm GFX 100S II hands-on review: a light refinement of a medium format favorite

A few choice upgrades create a lighter and even more refined GFX camera for the masses

Close up of a Fujifilm GFX 100S II camera
(Image: © Gareth Bevan / Digital Camera World)

Early Verdict

If you have been lusting after the GFX 100 II since its launch last year, but your budget can't stretch, the GFX 100S II might well scratch that itch. The GFX 100S II is not a revolution from the prior model, instead, it refines the already excellent GFX 100S by adding the latest X-Processor5 for better autofocus, shooting speed, and video while also improving IBIS for up to 8.0 stops of correction. The body remains the same, although shaves a little more weight and the addition of Fuji’s BISHAMON-TEX material makes the camera more grippy. Fujifilm has also kept the price tantalizingly affordable for a medium-format camera, and enough to certainly tempt pros that might be umming and ahhing between full frame and GFX.

Pros

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    Sublime 102MP image quality

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    Improved autofocus with more subject recognition

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    Enhanced video quality

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    BISHAMON-TEX feels more grippy

Cons

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    Battery life is mediocre

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    Not a big leap from the GFX 100S

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With the release of the Fujifilm GFX 100S II, it appears that Fujifilm might have found its rhythm with its GFX lineup. I find it hard to believe that it was only in 2017 that the Fujifilm GFX series burst onto the scene. Since then we have been treated to a few different shapes and sizes, but each new addition has pushed medium format cameras, bringing more resolution, IBIS, and professional video – all with prices that were competitive with the best full frame cameras.

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Sensor102MP BSI CMOS II
ProcessorX-Processor5
Continuous shooting7fps
Video4K30P, 4:2:2 10-bit internal, ProRes via HDMI
IBISUp to 8.0 stops
EVF5.76m dot OLED, 0.84x mag
Screen3.2in, 2.36m dot, 3-way tilt touch LCD
StorageDual UHS-II SD card slots
Ports3.5mm Mic, Headphone, Micro HDMI, PC Sync, USB-C PD
BatteryNP-W235
Fujifilm GFX 100S

Fujifilm GFX 100S
The previous generation of Fujifilm's most affordable 100MP machine has been discontinued, but that means it is currently heavily discounted. The original 100S still offers exceptional images, and you won't miss much from the newer model.

Fujifilm GFX 100 II

Fujifilm GFX 100 II
The big daddy of Fujifilm's GFX range, this camera really does have everything a pro photographer could want. One of the best cameras I have used in a while, if your budget can stretch then you won't be disappointed. 

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.