Brand New Body
Let's get to the camera's body because it has significantly departed from its predecessor. Instead of a massive square, you have a more traditional body with the option to invest in a vertical grip afterward. There's a new wrap on this camera that feels better; it has a slightly more rubberized texture that feels nice to hold.
The top plate has an exciting design shift, angled toward the user. It makes the larger sub-LCD feel slightly more accessible. Staying on the camera's top, you still have that PASM mode dial on the left with six custom modes. There's a movie and still switch for easy toggling. On the right of the camera, you have three customizable buttons just above the shutter, and I love that these are unlabeled. There's a button to toggle a backlight for the sub-monitor. And a fourth customizable button just below that. The front and rear dials can work as buttons for additional functions, but at this time, only the rear dial is customizable, where the front is locked to Apeture-ISO switching.
On the back, you have your standard suite of buttons you'd expect from Fujifilm, but the joystick looks like it got a bit of change. It feels nicer to press; slightly more bouncy. I was more accurate with this one than I was with the one on the GFX 100s. The back LCD is a 3.2" display with 2.36M dots, but what surprised me is that it looks and feels more durable than before.
And speaking of displays, the viewfinder got a massive upgrade. You now have a 9.44M dot OLED EVF, which, along with the 120FPS refresh rate, makes for an incredible viewing experience with this type of camera. It's also removable, so you can use Fujifilm's tilting EVF.
Let's talk about everyone's favorite subject: PORTS! The 100 II now supports a CF Express Type B card and a UHS-II SD Card, which is fantastic. It also adopts the standard NP-W235 battery, which should deliver over 500 shots per charge. You also have an ethernet port, full-sized HDMI, USB-C, microphone jack, and headphone jack. Along with the ability to mount the optional Cooling Fan, this is Fujifilm's most 'connectable' camera. This brings me to the most crucial question of the article…