GFX 100 & GFX 100S Firmware Updates

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This just in… A minor firmware tweak via Fujifilm to update the GFX 100S camera, along with a considerable update to the original GFX 100.

Firmware 1.1.0 for GFX 100S changes include:

• Addition of White Balance and ISO metadata to RAW footage

Added White Balance / ISO metadata to RAW footage, output to Atomos Ninja V HDR Monitor Recorder via HDMI. The footage is recorded as Apple ProRes RAW files and White Balance / ISO can be adjusted in Final Cut Pro.

• Improvement of Custom mode function

Changes to the functioning of custom modes have altered how custom settings banks are created and edited using IMAGE QUALITY SETTING >DIT/SAVE CUSTOM SETTING and MOVIE SETTING > EDIT/SAVE CUSTOM SETTING in the shooting menu. You can register/edit after selecting the custom number from C1 Through C6.

• The phenomenon is fixed that an image cannot be played back with a specified file name created by the EDIT FILE NAME function.
• Fix of minor bugs.

Firmware 4.00 for GFX 100 changes include:

• Improved autofocus performance to the same level as “GFX100S”

The new firmware updates the camera’s autofocus algorithm to the latest version to boost AF speed and Face/Eye-detection performance, enhancing AF accuracy even in portrait photography that involves subject movements. The ability to track a moving subject will also be improved, making it possible to maintain an accurate focus on a subject that is moving away from the camera.

• Coordinated control of in-body and optical image stabilization mechanisms

The new firmware enables coordinated control of the camera’s in-body image stabilization (IBIS) and a lens’s optical image stabilization (OIS). Image stabilization is applied with optimum correction based on the two mechanisms’ acceleration, frequency detected by gyro sensors and the amount of camera shakes to minimize motion blur even when shooting handheld. This enhances the image stabilization function of GF lenses featuring OIS such as FUJINON Lens GF120mmF4 R LM OIS WR Macro or the FUJINON Lens GF45-100mmF4 R LM OIS WR with additional 0.5-stop.

• Addition of the Film Simulation “Nostalgic Neg.”

The new firmware adds the Film Simulation “Nostalgic Neg.,” characterized by colors and tones reminiscent of the “America New Color,” which emerged in the 1970s to advocate the potential of color expressions to the world and established color photography as the mainstream style for photographic fine arts. The style combines “soft tonality” with “high saturation” at the same time and applies warm amber to highlights to soften the look while maintaining fine details and pop colors in shadows for lyrical looks.

• Improvement of shutter speed setting for TTL slow sync flash shooting

In P and A mode, this firmware makes the slowest shutter speed slower than 1/8 sec. for the shooting used in a scene where relatively long exposure is required (ex. a flash shooting with night view background). In case the shutter speed setting is AUTO, the shutter speed becomes max. 4 sec in P mode and max. 30 sec. in A mode.

• Other added functions and operational improvements

1) The level of “clarity” can be set in the range from -5 to +5.
    The “tone curve” can be adjusted in the increment of 0.5 stop for both highlights and shadows.
2) The “focus limiter” function is added to specify any focusing range. Choose the default focusing
    distance or select it from the specified range.
3) Pictures can be enlarged in the magnification of 1x, 2x, 4x or 8x in playback. There is also an option to
    select the magnification used in the previous playback (from center).
4) Function button can be assigned to switch “shooting mode” between P, S, A and M modes.
5) The front and rear command dials can be set to rotate in a reverse direction.
6) The number of items in the Q menu can be selected from 4, 8, 12 or 16 for both stills and video.
    The items to display in the Q menu are customizable.
7) The Q button can be assigned as a function button.
8) The camera stays ON even when an SD card is removed.
9) Electronic image stabilization is available while shooting video.
10) It corrects camera shake that occurs when shooting video handheld. (1.1x crop when this mode is
    turned on)
11) Live View can be enlarged even while shooting video.
12) The Focus Check Lock can now also be set to ON/OFF to maintain focus check or not when starting
    to shoot video.
13) Video recorded in the SD card can be backed up to the SD card in another card slot.
14) The elapsed video recording time can be displayed on the LCD for checking.
15) The AF area size can be changed while shooting video.
16) Video files recorded with F-log can be played back in conversion equivalent to BT.709.
17) Added White Balance / ISO metadata to RAW footage, output to Atomos Ninja V HDR Monitor
    Recorder via HDMI. The footage is recorded as Apple ProRes RAW files and White Balance / ISO
    can be adjusted in Final Cut Pro.

• Fix of minor bugs.

No rubber meets the road testing results yet available here, but head over to Fujifilm to download the latest for your GFX 100 or GFX 100S cameras if you’d like to be a test-pilot.

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