A rare advanced GFX 100 camera variant was announced by Fujifilm. This newest update also insists on naming this camera a wide format. Due to the improved Pixel Shift functionality, this current version will capture infrared images at either 100 or 400 megapixels.

Fujifilm claims you can see images in pictures taken with the GFX100 IR which are not visible to the naked human eye. In addition, it can be helpful to those who work in cultural conservation, as infrared spectrum may be used to analyze pigments in historical objects or works of art. For example, the company notes, “this can be important for helping identify false documents.”

The new Fujifilm firmware upgrade makes Pixel Shift Multi-Shot, which is helpful in archiving and in forensics since this camera has been used by the company. Capture One is compatible so that photographs can be taken repeatedly, though tied, from the same viewing angle. 

Here are some examples of what can be revealed in a regular picture accompanied by what might be seen in infrared:

In front of the lens, various IR filter can be used to render images at different wavelengths, which in turn show different data. Using the necessary IR cut filter, the GFX100 IR can be used normally – that is, in the same way as the standard GFX100 digital camera – with conventional color images within the visible spectrum. 

GFX100 IR will not be made available to the general public or for personal use, but only to exclusive Fujifilm approved retailers for use in forensic science and cultural preservation applications. 

“The sales of GFX100 IR will be subject to the GFX100 IR User Agreement, which sets out the specific terms of use for the camera,” Fujifilm says in a press release. 

Currently, the GFX100 IR is scheduled to be released in the first quarter of 2021. No price was indicated as part of the announcement.

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