Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this review, we are going to provide a detailed evaluation and comparison of two different camera models that fall into the same category - Pro Mirrorless. Although these cameras are from the same category, they were introduced by different brands - Fujifilm and Sony. Models we are reviewing in this article have different types of sensors, Thus, Fujifilm GFX 100 is equipped with a 102.0 MP BSI-CMOS sensor. Sony Alpha A7S II, on the contrary, features CMOS sensor with a resolution of 12.0 MP.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Fujifilm GFX 100 and Sony Alpha A7S II and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Fujifilm GFX 100 Key Features:
Sony Alpha A7S II Key Features:
|Bluetooth||Yes vs No||Connect your camera to other devices via Bluetooth|
|Storage Slots||2 vs 1||Extra storage slot|
|Sensor Resolution||102.0 MP vs 12.0 MP||88.2% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||1452 mm2 vs 847.28 mm2||41.6% larger pixel area|
|Number Of Focus Points||425 vs 169||256 more focus points|
|Screen Size||3.2″ vs 3″||0.2" larger screen|
|Screen Resolution||2,360k dots vs 1,229k dots||47.9% higher resolution screen|
|Touch Screen||Yes vs No||Easy control of camera functions|
|Battery Life||800 shots vs 370 shots||430 more frames with a single charge|
|Max Video Resolution||4096 x 2160 vs 3840 x 2160||Higher Resolution Video|
|Viewfinder Resolution||5,760k dots vs 2,359k dots||59% higher resolution|
|Viewfinder Magnification||1.09 vs 0.78||0.31 better magnification|
|NFC||Yes vs No||Easy wireless connectivity with compatible devices|
|Timelapse Recording||No vs Yes||Creative shooting|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 vs 1/4000||Faster shutter speed|
|Weight||627 g vs 1320 g||693 g lighter|
|Screen Size||3.2″ | 3″||Large display|
|Screen Resolution||2,360k dots | 1,229k dots||High resolution screen|
|Screen Type||Tilting | Tilting||Help viewing and changing settings easily|
|Viewfinder||Electronic (optional) | Electronic||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Microphone Port||Yes | Yes||High quality audio recording option|
|Headphone Port||Yes | Yes||Better video control|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Image Stabilization||Yes | Yes||Built-in stabilization|
|Flash Sync Port||Yes | Yes||Port for Flash Sync|
|Environmental Sealing||Yes | Yes||Shoot at tough conditions|
|Continuous Shooting||5.0 fps | 5.0 fps||Low continuous shooting|
|Built-In Flash||No | No||No built-in flash|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Fujifilm GFX 100 and Sony Alpha A7S II from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Sony Alpha A7S II is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 693g less than the Fujifilm GFX 100. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Fujifilm GFX 100 and Sony Alpha A7S II any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Fujifilm GFX 100 features a 102.0 MP Medium format sized BSI-CMOS sensor . Sony Alpha A7S II, in its turn, comes with a 12.0 MP Full frame sized CMOS sensor and Bionz X processor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Fujifilm GFX 100 and Sony Alpha A7S II by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Fujifilm GFX 100 has a sensor area 0.6x bigger compared to Sony Alpha A7S II. What does it mean? This basically means that if you these cameras them with the same aperture and focal length, the first model will give you more control in terms of the blurry background and depth of field.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Fujifilm GFX 100 and Sony Alpha A7S II in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Fujifilm GFX 100||Sony Alpha A7S II|
Disadvantages:No Significant Disadvantages
Disadvantages:No Significant Disadvantages
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Fujifilm GFX 100 or Sony Alpha A7S II, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Fujifilm GFX 100 and Sony Alpha A7S II here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Fujifilm GFX 100 deserves a higher Total Score than the Sony Alpha A7S II. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Fujifilm GFX 100||Sony Alpha A7S II|
|Model||GFX 100||Alpha A7S II|
|Announced||May 23, 2019||Oct 12, 2015|
|Body Type||SLR-style mirrorless||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Sensor Size||Medium format||Full frame|
|Sensor Dimensions||44 x 33 mm||35.6 x 23.8 mm|
|Sensor Area||1452.00 mm2||847.28 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||102.0 MP||12.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||11648 x 8736||4240 x 2832|
|Max Native ISO||12,800||102,400|
|Max Boosted ISO||102,400||409,600|
|Min Native ISO||100||100|
|Lens Mount||Fujifilm G||Sony E (NEX)|
|Number of Lenses||9||83|
|Focal Length Multiplier||0.79x||1x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||425||169|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Resolution||2,360k dots||1,229k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||5,760k dots||2,359k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s||1/8000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||5.0 fps||5.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||no built-in flash||no built-in flash|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Score||n/a||85|
|DxO Color Depth||n/a||23.6|
|DxO Dynamic Range||n/a||13.3|
|DxO Low Light ISO||n/a||2993|
|Video Resolutions||4096 x 2160 @ 30p / 400 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM||4K (3840 x 2160 @ 30p/24p [60-100Mbps]), Full HD (1920 x 1080 @ 120p/60p/60i/30p/24p [50-100Mbps]), 720p (30p [16Mbps])|
|Max Video Resolution||4096 x 2160||3840 x 2160|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264, H.265||MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S|
|USB||USB 1||USB 2.0|
|Weight||1320 g||627 g|
|Physical Dimensions||156 x 144 x 75 mm||127 x 96 x 60 mm|
|Battery Life||800 shots||370 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC cards (UHS-II supported)||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo|