Fujifilm GFX 50S Brief Review



  • Weight : 29.1 oz. (825g)
  • Battery : 400 shots (or 70 min. of video)
  • Weather Sealing : Yes
  • Screen : 3.2" tilting touchscreen, detachable electronic viewfinder
  • GPS : Using Wi-fi
  • Wi-Fi : Yes
  • Flash : External only
  • Video : 1080p at 30 fps for up to 30 min.
  • RAW : Yes
  • Image Stabilization : No (available in some lenses)
  • Autofocus System : Contrast detection
  • Autofocus Points : 117
  • Burst Speed : 3 fps
  • Shutter Speed : 60 min - 1/400 sec., 1/16000 electronic shutter
  • ISO : 50 - 102400
  • Sensor : 51.4 megapixel medium format sensor
  • Release Date: 2017-02-23
  • Final Grade: 95 4.75 Star Rating: Recommended

The medium format mirrorless Fujifilm GFX 50S rivals top full frame prices
Fujifilm's medium format mirrorless camera looks impressive -- and rivals the price of top full frame DSLRs.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 2/24/2017

Fujifilm is skipping the full frame and moving straight from the APS-C X-Trans mirrorless to into the world of medium format sensors with remarkable detail, color and low light performance -- and with a price that's actually rather reasonable considering the feature list.

The Fujifilm GFX 50S uses a medium format sensor that's about 1.7x larger than full frame. Larger sensors mean more resolution, better low light performance and better bokeh. Unlike most of Fujifilm's mirrorless cameras, however, Fujifilm didn't label this sensor as an X-Trans, which means it likely still has the optical low pass filter -- though with a larger sensor, theoretically you don't need that detail boost anyway.

While the GFX 50S is large for a mirrorless, it's small for a medium format camera. The 50S uses a similar format to the X series with plenty of physical controls and dials, but adds a secondary screen at the top displaying shooting data. The camera's touchscreen also tilts and the electronic viewfinder can be completely removed from the camera as a sort of modular system. The camera is made with magnesium alloy and weather-sealed for enhanced durability.

The GFX 50S looks impressive and will likely turn out exceptional images that build on the strong colors and details of the X-Trans sensor -- but with big sensors come big files. The camera shoots at just 3 fps, which is nothing unexpected giving the size of the files the 50S is handling. The video, just plain old 1080p HD, also has a fairly slow 30 fps -- which is more common for the higher resolution 4K.

Medium format cameras often retail between $25K and $50K -- the Fujifilm GFX 50S is expected out at an impressive $6,500 list price. That's closer to Nikon and Canon's flagship DSLRs than it is to medium format. While the GFX 50S doesn't have the speed of those flagships, image quality should be impressive with that medium format sensor. For high-end professionals shooting portraits, weddings, fashion and pretty much anything that doesn't require a ton of speed, the GFX 50S should be an excellent, though luxury shooter.

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Being among the first creators of the compact camera, Fujifilm is one of the world's most significant imaging and photographic companies. Fujifilm launched the DS-1P in 1988, gaining credit for the first real digital camera widely available.

Most of their latest advanced cameras use an X-Trans sensor, which eliminates the need for an optical low pass filter by reducing moire with the arrangement of pixel units instead. Eliminating the optical low pass filter means there's less between the lens and the sensor, which translates into better resolution and detail.

Fujifilm digital cameras are famous for their natural image color, wide dynamic range, low noise and high sensitivity. It's hard to go wrong with a Fujifilm X mirrorless camera. Models like the X-M1 have an affordable price, yet sacrifice the right features in order to reach that price. Models like the X-T1, on the other hand, are packed full of the latest, greatest features on the market.

Fujifilm is about more than mirrorless though, offering several fixed lens cameras that are good options as well. Their super zoom cameras are usually a pretty good bet. They also offer a waterproof XP line, but they're more of a budget camera than a best-in-class option.

Fujifilm has also recently joined the retro camera craze, giving many of their models a retro film look with all the features of digital. Many of their models follow this trend, but there's a few that stick with a more digital look.

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