Fujifilm Adds Pair Of 4K Mirrorless Cameras
Fujifilm introduced Wednesday a pair of mirrorless cameras offering DCI (6240 x 4160) and Ultra HD 4K video capture in models placed at two different positions in the market.
The first is the Fujifilm X-E4 midrange rangefinder-style mirrorless camera equipped with an APS-C-size 26 megapixel X-Trans BSI-CMOS image sensor. The camera will be available in early March at an $850 suggested retail price, body only. It will also be offered in a kit for $1,049.95, with the new weather-resistant 27mm F2.8 R WR lens.
The second, model GFX 100S, is a compact 100 megapixel medium-format camera with in-body image stabilization positioned more for professionals and advanced photographers. It will be priced at $5,999 (body only), when it ships in March.
The X-E4 has many of the advanced features — including the X-Trans BSI-CMOS sensor — of the previous X-S10 but with a different configuration and minus the XS-10’s image stabilization.
The X-E4 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera was designed with a flatter body than other X-E family cameras to more easily fit into pockets for portability convenience.
The camera’s processor drives an advanced Auto Focus (AF) system and will capture 4K Ultra HD image quality videos at up 30p, and continuous stills at up to 30 fps (at 1.25x crop using the electronic shutter) or full-sensor shots at up to 20 fps (electronic sensor) and 8 fps (mechanical shutter mode).
X-E4 uses phase detection AF points across almost 100% of the sensor to acquire as quickly as 0.02 seconds. It uses an advanced AF-tracking algorithm to maintain focus. The camera also includes the company’s latest Face and Eye detection technology to track subjects accurately, even in luminance levels as low as -7.0EV when used with an attached FUJINON XF50mmF1.0 R WR lens.
Other features in X-E4 include a 2.36M-dot OLED viewfinder and a 1.63M-dot touchscreen tilting LCD that flips up or down and rotates 180 degrees for shelfie shots and vlogging.
For video work, the X-E4 oversamples 6K footage to record DCI and UHD 4K/30P 4:2:0 8-bit video to internal media, or 4K/30P 4:2:2 10-bit video via its HDMI port. The camera can also deliver high-speed, Full HD 1080 video at 240fps, which can be used to replay fast-moving subjects up to 10x slower compared to footage recorded at 24fps.
Fujifilm said the camera’s design was influenced by classic film cameras. Both the front and rear grips are flat to give it a classic aesthetic, while the top plate of the camera body is carefully molded from magnesium to provide a polished, elevated finish.
The Fujifilm GFX 100S is a relatively compact 100MP medium-format camera that includes in-body image stabilization.
The X100S carries many of the same features as the larger GFX 100, including the same 102MP BSI CMOS 44 x 33mm medium-format sensor. In adds a smaller updated image stabilization system listing an improvement of between a 0.5 and 1EV for up to 6EV of correction. The in-body IS system with in-lens correction is able to hold that performance for longer focal lengths.
The GFX 100S has a 3.68M dot fixed OLED viewfinder. Also included is a 2.36M-dot, 3.2-inch touchscreen on a cradle that tilts in two axes for off-axis shooting in both portrait and landscape.The NP-W235 battery offers up to 460 shots per charge.
On-sensor phase detection pixels cover almost 100% of GFX100S’s imaging sensor, enabling a new level of autofocus performance for a large-format digital camera, the company said. GFX100S can acquire focus in as little as 0.18 seconds, even in luminance levels as low as -5.5EV. Powered by X-Processor 4, the camera can efficiently use an updated focus tracking algorithm to keep subjects in focus when using the Tracking AF and Face/Eye AF functions.
For video work, the GFX 100S can shoot DCI and UHD 4K at up to 30 fps and record in H.265 or H.264 at up to 400Mbps. It outputs 10-bit 4:2:2 video or 12-bit Raw data to an external recorder.
The camera includes twin UHS-II card slots and can shoot at up to 5 fps.
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By Greg Tarr
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