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Fujifilm launches the groundbreaking 102-megapixel mirrorless GFX100

It goes on sale June 27th for $10,000.
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While there are four full-frame mirrorless cameras battling it out for supremacy, Fujifilm is content to stick with APS-C and medium-format. Now, it has announced that its impressive flagship medium-format camera, the 102-megapixel GFX100, will soon go on sale.

On top of the insane resolution -- the highest of any mirrorless or medium-format mirrorless camera -- the GFX100 has some seriously impressive specifications. The sensor is back-side illuminated, so you'll be able to crank up the ISO and capture clean images in low light. Fujifilm said it's the first medium-format camera with full-coverage phase-detect autofocus, with subject tracking and face/eye detection. Thanks to that system, it'll shoot up to to 210 percent faster than the contrast AF-equipped GFX 50R.

The GFX100 is equipped with in-body stabilization that adds up to 5.5 extra stops of shake reduction. It's also got 30 fps 4K video with 4:2:2 10-bit recording capability, another first for a medium format camera. That should make for incredibly shallow depth-of-field, and Fujifilm has promised "wide tonal reproducibility and extra high ISO sensitivity, producing high quality video footage with detailed textures." Given the resolution, it likely does some line skipping, so video might get some aliasing and moire, however.

Gallery: Fujifilm GFX100 medium-format mirrorless camera press gallery | 23 Photos

Other features include a tilting rear touch display, 5.76 million dot interchangeable EVF, dual UHS-II card slots and dual batteries. The focal plane shutter has springs to reduce shutter shock that can result in blurry images.

You'll be able to capture 16-bit RAW images, making it easy to draw detail out of shadows and highlights. All of Fujifilm's usual filters, like Velvia, Eterna Cinema and Monochrome are available.The GFX100 also has a new "Smooth Skin Effect" function to flatter your portrait subjects without the need for any post-processing.

The GFX100 is weather sealed "to ensure an exceptionally high level of dust and moisture resistance," Fujifilm said. While it's obviously not small, it's about the size of a full-frame DSLR and weighs about 3 pounds including two batteries, a memory card and the EVF.

You're probably now bracing for the price, and rightfully so, as the Fujifilm GFX100 costs $10,000 without a lens. That's actually reasonable for what it is -- for instance, Hasselblad's X1D costs $8,500 but has less than half the resolution. The GFX100 goes on sale starting June 27th.

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Steve should have known that civil engineering was not for him when he spent most of his time at university monkeying with his 8086 clone PC. Although he graduated, a lifelong obsession of wanting the Solitaire win animation to go faster had begun. Always seeking a gadget fix, he dabbles in photography, video, 3D animation and is a licensed private pilot. He followed l'amour de sa vie from Vancouver, BC, to France and now lives in Paris.

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