It seems that every time a new super high-resolution camera is released, one of the first samples we see of it in use is a timelapse. And the Fuji GFX100 announced a few days ago certainly qualifies under that “super high-resolution” qualifier. So, here’s the obligatory timelapse, and it’s an absolute beauty.
The timelapse, titled Hermes, was created by Emmy-nominated timelapse photographer Beno Saradzic to test out the capabilities of a prototype of the new camera and see what it can really do. He says that after being offered the chance to shoot with it, he didn’t even let them finish the sentence before grabbing the camera – which was one of only seven in the world at the time.
I quickly scoured for rooftops in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, shooting whatever scenery was in sight. I was dying to see what a 12k sensor could produce. I was expecting impressive results, but nothing prepared me for the images I was seeing at on my 4k monitor, blown up at 100%.
– Beno Saradzic
While the final video uploaded to Vimeo is a mere 4K, the original 12K images would fill a dozen 4K monitors at 100% resolution. To even be able to render out the video from his system, he had to downscale to 8K. Rendered on a dual Intel Xeon CPU workstation with 24 cores, a pair of Nvidia Titans and 128GB of RAM, he says that it screamed “in agonising pain for several hours” to render it out and encode it to h.265.
Fujifilm also released a five minute behind the scenes video, following Beno’s journey and how he created this pretty epic timelapse.
No matter how high-resolution cameras get, we always think we’re happy. We always think we’ll never need more megapixels. And, if we’re honest with ourselves, that’s probably true. But sometimes, you know you want it, just for the versatility it can offer. And if you depend on that versatility to keep a roof over your head, then a want can easily become a need.