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Fujifilm GFX100 medium-format mirrorless dispenses with the dials

Because a retro look just doesn't mix well with the needs of video shooters.

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A handful

The GFX100 is roughly the size and weight of the Nikon D5.

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A more digital design

Like pro DSLRs, the GFX100 uses buttons to cycle among modes.

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Settings readout

There are various different views for this display, including virtual shutter-speed and ISO-sensitivity dials that seem kind of superfluous. You switch the display layout with one of the buttons on the top right and cycle among the modes (manual, shutter priority and so on) with the other.

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Movies and stills

The dial on the left shoulder controls the shooting type, such as stills or video.

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Back

Aside from the secondary settings readout on the base of the camera -- similar to that on pro DSLRs like the Nikon D5 -- the rest of the controls are typical Fujifilm: AF- and AE-lock buttons, a navigation joystick, drive-mode switch, quick-menu button (in my least favorite place, on the thumb rest) and so on.

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Multiangle tilting touch screen

While it's nice to have the flexibility to orient the LCD in multiple ways, I find folding out the titling display a bit awkward, like I'm doing origami.

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Dual batteries

Mirrorless cameras have pretty bad battery life, so the GFX100 accommodates two.

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Connections

The camera has mic and headphone jacks, USB-C, micro HDMI and and a remote connection.

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Dual SD card slots

You really need to use fast cards in the GFX100, not just for the video recording as Fujifilm recommends (V60 or V90), but because playing back the huge images is slow going if the card isn't speedy.

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Vertical grip

Unlike Fujifilm's other cameras, the GFX100 has a built-in vertical/battery grip. Since the viewfinder isn't in the center, some people may not like shooting with it, though.

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Sturdy grip

The camera and the lenses are pretty heavy, but the grip is deep enough to give you a stable hold.

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Fujifilm GFX100

A few more caption-free shots for your swiping pleasure.

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Fujifilm GFX100

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Fujifilm GFX100

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