On my way out the door a few mornings ago, I grabbed both the Fujifilm X100V and the Fujifilm GFX 100S with the Fujifilm GF 50mm f/3.5 lens to do a little comparison shooting. Here's what the two images looked like.
You can download the original size for each version. The X100V output is 6240x4160. The GFX produces files measuring 11648x8736. Both images were recorded as RAW files, then processed similarly in Capture One Pro 21. I then output full-sized Jpegs and posted them on Flickr with permissions to download the original files.
While I was working on them, they felt very similar. The Fujifilm color palette was consistent across both cameras. The whites were clean with appealing colors and excellent sharpness.
The GF 50mm f/3.5 lens has an effective focal length of 40mm, so the perspectives were similar. (The X100V has a 35mm equivalent.)
The big difference between the medium format GFX 100S and the cropped sensor X100V was (to no surprise!) the file size. 6240x4160 for the X100V is far less resolution than the 11648x8736 output from the GFX 100S. But beyond that, color palette, menu options, and overall rendering were very similar. I could tell that I was working with family members.
Bottom line: The advantages of the GFX 100S include more resolution and interchangeable lenses. The X100V is more portable and costs less. But as you can see from the pictures, both cameras have colorful, crisp image quality. I was intrigued at how similar the pictures were from each device. For me, and the type of shooting that I do, it really did come down to resolution.
I know there are many situations where the advantages of the GFX would be important. But, I'm also comforted to know that my X100V hangs tough against its more expensive medium format big brother.
Download the pictures and see what you think.
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