Fujifilm GFX 50R

Fujifilm GFX 50R

Are you looking for something smaller and lighter? Check. Is there a large medium format sensor? Check! Fujifilm has announced the launching of the Fujifilm GFX 50R, a medium format digital interchangeable mirrorless camera that is designed for professional use. Due to its less weight and thinner body than the previously-released GFX 50S (which was already DSL-sized), the new GFX 50R is expected to be even more portable and packable in comparison.

With a weight of 1.7 lb, this medium format camera is on the light side of things. For those of you keeping track at home, it is much less weight than your Canon 5D Mark IV and your Nikon D850 combined. The GFX 50R, like its bigger(ger) brother, is equipped with a huge 43.8 x 32.9mm 51.4MP sensor and Fujifilm’s renowned film emulation modes, including Velvia, PROVIA, and ACROS. In addition, the new camera, like the 50S, is completely weather and dust-resistant.

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Fans of the GFX 50S may be disappointed to see that the GFX 50R does not include the reflex camera-like “prism” viewfinder housing found on the GFX 50S. It features a configuration and design that is similar to the X-E3 camera, which is a rangefinder-styled camera from Fujifilm’s X series, with the built-in viewfinder being situated on the upper left of the camera’s slim and lightweight back. Alternatively, you may use the huge 3.2″ back LCD panel to create your photographs.

However, for those unfamiliar with the 51.4MP sensor, it is capable of full HD video recording at 1920×1080 29.97p/25p/24p/23.98Mbps @ 36Mbps, with data being stored on dual SD card slots. The remainder of the specifications is quite identical to those of its GFX 50S stablemate. On a full charge, the battery is capable of producing roughly 400 shots. The GFX 50R is also the first GFX camera to include Bluetooth capability, which allows users to pair the camera with a smartphone or tablet for the purpose of sharing images.

Consequently, here we have a smaller and lighter digital medium format machine that is equally as competent as its larger and more expensive sibling, but at an even cheaper price range. What I’m left wondering is whether all of the photographers who believe their full-frame sensors are vastly superior to cropped sensors will be converting to medium format now that medium format digital is becoming more accessible.

Fujifilm GFX 50R Specifications

Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Body materialMagnesium alloy
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
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
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC (dual slots, UHS-II supported)
USBUSB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portYes
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth
Remote controlYes (via cable or smartphone)
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

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