Fujifilm North America announced Thursday the availability of new Firmware Version 3.00 for the popular Fujifilm GFX100 medium-format mirrorless digital camera (GFX100) to significantly boost its high resolution capabilities.

Available now, the firmware update allows photographers to create images with up to 400 megapixel resolution, which is up from the camera’s original native 100MP resolution capability, using Fujifilm’s Pixel Shift, Multi-Shot technology.

The Pixel Shift Multi Shot feature was designed for use with various camera models employing in-body image stabilization (IBIS). In the Pixel Shift Multi Shot mode, the camera takes a series of RAW images and by using IBIS, rapidly moves the image sensor to get a high-resolution and real color image, the company explained.

Also offered along with this is a new software application called, Fujifilm Pixel Shift Combiner (Pixel Shift Combiner), which will allow 16 RAW images created by the new Pixel Shift, Multi-Shot function to be combined into a single, 400MP image.

It also facilitates tethered capture capability when used with the Pixel Shift, Multi-Shot function, the company said.

The Fujifilm GFX100 ($9,999 retail price for body only) is a medium format camera, which was originally delivered in August 2019 offering a native resolution of 100 megapixels and a range of features that expand the use of traditional medium-format cameras for a specialized class of photographers.

Sixteen images captured with the Pixel Shift Multi Shot system are combined to create a Digital Negative (DNG) RAW file using the Fujifilm Pixel Shift Combiner software. The combining feature is available separately from the tethered shooting feature.

Unlike other resolution enhancement systems that create pixel colors by interpolating colors from the surrounding pixel data using a demosaicing process, the Pixel Shift Multi Shot system receives red, green and blue data for every pixel position eliminating the need for the demosaicing process, Fujifilm explained.

Offering some of the functionality or more traditional full-frame mirrorless digital cameras, the GFX100 offers dual-grip capability and is equipped with the company’s GF lens mount system.

Among the original features of the Fujifilm GFX100 is On-sensor Phase Detection for faster focus times and in-body image stabilization that extends the range of hand-held and other sometimes tricky super high-resolution work.

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Key features of the camera include: a 102MP BSI-CMOS 44 x 33mm sensor; On-sensor Phase Detection; 5-axis image stabilization; continuous shooting at up to 5 fps; 4K video capture with 4:2:2 10-bit HDMI output; 5.76M-dot removable OLED viewfinder and 16 or 14-bit Raw capture.

In related news, Fujifilm said it is custom producing an infra-red version of the GFX100, called the GFX100 IR, for specialized professional use purposes only.

The camera is being produced to order, expressly for qualifying professional customers who need the ability to take images inside the infrared spectrum for various forms of forensics and scientific work and analysis. Qualified purchasers, including professionals involved in forensics, cultural preservation and scientific analysis must sign a GFX100 IR User Agreement, which sets out the specific terms of use.

Fujifilm said the IR version of the camera can be a valuable tool for tasks like verifying the authenticity of artworks, preservation in ultra-high resolution of culturally invaluable items and other analysis.

The camera will be sold only through select specialized Fujifilm equipment dealers.

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By Greg Tarr

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