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Fujifilm GFX 50R Review

Fujifilm introduced the GFX 50R as a more compact, lighter, and far more affordable alternative to the company’s first GFX model, the GFX 50S – which was released earlier this year. It would appear that medium format models are now getting the same treatment as full-frame cameras, which were once only available to professionals but are now easily accessible to amateur photographers. Full-frame cameras were once only available to professionals but are now easily accessible to amateur photographers.

The new camera has a rangefinder-style design that is more similar to Fujifilm’s X-Pro and X-E mirrorless cameras than the GFX 50S, which has a more reminiscent design of a DSLR. However, many internal components are the same across the two cameras. In addition, it weighs 145g less and has a thickness reduction of 25mm, and the price that is being asked for it now is £1,000 (or $1,000) less than what was asked for the earlier model.

In a nutshell, it bridges the gap between high-end mirrorless/DSLR systems and medium format, and it has the potential to pique the interest of individuals who may have previously believed that cameras of this type were out of their price range.

Fujifilm GFX 50R Features

The GFX 50R utilizes the same medium-format sensor found within the GFX 50S. This sensor has an effective resolution of 51.4 megapixels and measures 43.8 mm by 32.9 mm. This is constructed with the normal Bayer RGB filter array rather than the more sophisticated X-Trans architecture used by many of the models in the X-series. Still, it replicates that design in that no anti-aliasing filter should aid the retention of detail.

According to Fujifilm, the sensor can record 14 stops of dynamic range and output raw files or JPEGs. Additionally, photos may be converted in-camera to 8-bit TIFF files.

The company has also applied an ultrasonic vibration system to the sensor to help dislodge any dust particles that might otherwise appear in the images. This is probably a good idea when you consider the sensor’s size and its relatively short proximity of 26.7 millimeters to the lens mount.

Fujifilm GFX 50R Build Quality

Because of the amount of money involved, we anticipate a high level of craftsmanship, and, at least on paper, not many things surprise us. The body of the Fujifilm GFX 50R was developed with magnesium alloy cladding for stiffness. Sixty-four weather seals protect the camera’s insides from any potential dust and moisture intrusion, and the camera can withstand temperatures as low as -10 degrees Celsius without suffering damage. The lenses that have been developed for this system up to now have provided the wearer with the same level of protection, which is reassuring.

You may fill the camera’s body with a pair of SDHC, SDXC, or older SD cards at any given moment, thanks to the camera’s side-mounted card slots, which also support UHS-I and UHS-II cards. The camera also provides support for older SD cards.

Suppose there is anything that takes us by surprise. In that case, it is the fact that the camera’s USB Type-C connection is hidden behind a little door at the bottom of the device rather than being located on the side of the device, where we would generally anticipate seeing it. When you have the camera set on a tripod, this may be less of an issue for you (since the camera will still be accessible), but it is still inconvenient to do so.

Fujifilm GFX 50R Autofocus

The autofocus mechanism on the GFX 50R is a replica of the one found on its older and larger sibling. Instead of merging phase- and contrast-detect systems into a single hybrid system, as Fujifilm has done with several of its other camera models, this one uses a contrast-detect AF principle to focus the camera’s lens on the subject.

Despite this, many things are already familiar to you, such as the Single Point, Zone, and Wide/Tracking choices, as well as the opportunity to modify the size of the focusing points to accommodate a variety of topics.

When utilizing the Zone mode, you can specify the size of each Zone region. When using the Single Point mode, you can choose from any of the 425 individual points spread out around the screen. Do you need to focus manually or utilize continuous autofocus? Flipping a switch on the rear of the camera is all you require to use it.

Fujifilm GFX 50R Performance

The touchscreens included on earlier Fujifilm models were, in general, extremely enjoyable to use, and the same can be said for this particular model. Touches are received nicely by the panel while making adjustments in the Q Menu, and it is just as simple to swipe through photographs to study them. Additionally, double-tapping images cause them to become somewhat magnified, allowing you to inspect the detail in them.

The only moment the screen appears less responsive is when the user chooses the point at which the camera will focus. During this time, there is minimal wait before the camera begins to take pictures.

Even if the degree to which the screen may move is more restricted than on other models, it is still possible to adapt it to the most crucial locations. This is because the screen tilts up and down to make taking photos from high and low angles easier.

The viewfinder delivers satisfactory results most of the time. The image itself is crisp and clear; the only time artifacts appear when you are photographing incredibly intricate items, like architecture, or when you are photographing in less-than-ideal lighting, in which case it can get a bit murky.

And while the 0.77x magnification isn’t as high as the one on the GFX 50S, it’s undoubtedly plenty for you to see what you’re shooting or choosing in the menus with absolute clarity.

Fujifilm GFX 50R Image Quality

The degree of detail in the photographs is outstanding, and it is difficult not to be struck by it. Even unsharpened raw files exhibit a great deal of fine detail, but sharpened raw files and JPEGs captured directly from the camera offer a substantial improvement in this regard.

Naturally, considering how much the camera and even just one lens would cost you, you’d be dissatisfied if you received anything less. However, the fact that you can get this level of quality in a design that is reasonably easy to hold in your hand is what makes things so unique.

The absence of noise in low-frequency areas such as the sky is also perfect, especially considering that even with newer full-frame cameras, this may be a problem in these kinds of shots.

As you reach the middle of the available ISO range, the level of detail in the image continues to be quite good. You will start to see noise around the ISO3200 mark, but it is still manageable after post-processing. At higher ISO settings, there is a noticeable decrease in saturation, although this is not unusual.

Fujifilm GFX 50R Specs

Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Body materialMagnesium alloy
Sensor
Max resolution8256 x 6192
Image ratio w:h1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2
Effective pixels51 megapixels
Sensor sizeMedium format (44 x 33 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorX Processor Pro
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100-12800 (expands up to 102400)
Boosted ISO (maximum)102400
White balance presets7
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW + TIFF
JPEG quality levelsSuper fine, fine, normal
File formatJPEG (Exif v2.3)Raw (14-bit RAF)TIFF (via Raw conversion)
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points425
Focal length multiplier0.79×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3.2″
Screen dots2,360,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.61× (0.77× 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder resolution3,690,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed360 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic)1/16000 sec
Exposure modesProgramAperture priorityShutter priorityManual
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (via hot shoe or flash sync terminal)
Flash modesAuto, standard, slow sync, manual, off
Flash X sync speed1/125 sec
Drive modesSingleContinuousSelf-timerRemote
Continuous drive3.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedAverageSpot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes
Videography features
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Modes1920 x 1080 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 24p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC (dual slots, UHS-II supported)
Connectivity
USBUSB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portYes
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth
Remote controlYes (via cable or smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedYes
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNP-T125 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)400
Weight (inc. batteries)775 g (1.71 lb / 27.34 oz)
Dimensions161 x 97 x 66 mm (6.34 x 3.82 x 2.6″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPSNone

Fujifilm GFX 50R Verdict

When Fujifilm first introduced the GFX 50S, it garnered a lot of attention for good reason; therefore, the fact that the company has been able to pack so many of the same features into a body that is even more compact, lighter, and reasonably priced demonstrates that the system is heading in the right direction. Compared to the GFX 50S, the fundamentals of the camera have not undergone a significant transformation; nonetheless, it is arguable whether or not this was necessary.

What you conclude about the GFX 50R as a whole depends on the context in which you view it. Compared to full-frame DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, if you make that comparison, it will not perform as well in many aspects, such as handling and AF speed.

Suppose you intend to use the GFX 50R as your primary camera. In that case, there are a few other considerations you should take into account, including the absence of image stabilization in all but three of the currently available lenses, unimpressive video specifications, and the ergonomic challenges presented by the camera’s necessarily large body.

Fujifilm GFX 50R Pros & Cons

Good For
  • Comparatively inexpensive in terms of media format
  • Superb detail and minimal image noise
  • Touchscreen that is sensitive to input
  • Excellent construction while retaining low weight
Need Improvements
  • Uncomfortably positioned USB port
  • This is not the most user-friendly of bodies.
  • OIS in just three of the lenses currently available
  • Unimpressive audio and visual specifications

REVIEW OVERVIEW
Build quality
Ergonomics & handling
Features
Metering & focus accuracy
Image quality
Low light / high ISO performance
Viewfinder / screen rating
Performance
Movie / video mode
Connectivity
Value
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