The GFX 50S from FUJIFILM is a medium format mirrorless camera that is distinguished by its huge sensor, excellent photography capabilities, and modular architecture. It is a highly adaptable and notably portable medium format mirrorless camera.
The 43.8 x 32.9mm 51.4MP CMOS sensor is at the heart of the GFX camera system, and when combined with the X-Processor Pro image processor, it produces files with an extremely wide dynamic range and high resolution, as well as a wide sensitivity range of ISO 50-102400 for working in challenging lighting conditions. The huge form factor of the sensor also results in a three-dimensional appearance that is particularly smooth in terms of tone and color transitions.
Additionally, the sensor and processor combination provides the capacity to operate in a number of aspect ratios that are similar to those found on classic large and medium format film cameras, as well as the ability to shoot at speeds of up to 3 frames per second and record Full HD 1080p/30 video. The GFX 50S is as forward-thinking as it is beautiful; its design, which is influenced by film cameras, gives it a straightforward operation as well as the flexibility to adapt the camera system to a variety of styles and approaches to image-making.
In addition to the photographic capabilities, the camera has a physically adaptable design that encourages users to experiment with other modes of operation. For high-resolution eye-level viewing, a detachable 3.69 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder is provided. When used in conjunction with an optional tilt adaptor, it may be utilized to allow working with the finder from a variety of different working angles.
A three-way tilting design on the back 3.2″ 2.36m-dot touchscreen LCD allows you to operate from high and low angles, even while the camera is in vertical mode. The usability of the camera is further enhanced by the inclusion of many specialized knobs for altering exposure settings, as well as a top LCD screen for swiftly monitoring settings and exposure data.
Additionally, the GFX 50S is constructed of magnesium alloy, making it both lightweight and sturdy. It is also dust- and weather-sealed, as well as freezeproof down to 14°F, making it ideal for working in challenging environmental circumstances, such as those seen in construction sites.
51.4MP CMOS Sensor and X-Processor Pro
The GFX 50S is equipped with a huge, 43.8 x 32.9mm 51.4MP CMOS sensor and the X-Processor Pro, which allows it to capture high-resolution, 14-bit still images with a 14-stop wide dynamic range and a wide sensitivity range of ISO 100-12800, which can be increased to ISO 50-102400 when necessary.
As a result of the enormous size of each pixel, a more effective light collection is possible, resulting in smoother tonal and color transitions, which results in the characteristic three-dimensional “medium format appearance.” Other classic medium and large format aspect ratios, such as 1:1, 65:24, 5:4, 7:6, 3:2, and 16:9, can be utilized to create a range of medium format looks in addition to the usual 4:3, including 1:1, 65:24, 5:4, 7:6, 3:2, and 16:9.
The image processor and sensor also provide the device a competitive advantage in terms of versatility, allowing it to shoot continuously at up to 3 frames per second or record Full HD 1080p video at frame rates of 29.97, 25, 24, and 23.98 frames per second. Video recording can be used with film simulation settings, such as a Color Chrome Effect to provide subtle tonality among extremely saturated colors, to reduce the need for color correction in post-production.
- With its magnesium alloy body design, the camera system is both lightweight and sturdy. It is also weather- and dust-resistant, as well as freezeproof (down to 14°F), making it ideal for usage in adverse weather situations.
- In keeping with a modular design, a detachable 3.69m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder is incorporated for high-resolution, 0.85x-magnification eye-level viewing. The viewfinder may be used in conjunction with an optional EVF-TL1 Tilt Adapter to allow for a range of viewing and working positions.
- The hot shoe is used to connect the detachable EVF to the camera body, and the EVF has its own hot shoe to ensure compatibility with optional external flashes when used with the camera body.
- A 3.2 on the scale “Image playback, menu navigation, and live view shooting are all possible with the 2.36m-dot touchscreen LCD that is included. With a unique tilting design, this LCD can be tilted 45 degrees below and 90 degrees upward, allowing you to shoot from high and low angles with ease. It can also be tilted 60 degrees to the side, allowing you to shoot in the vertical position while in live view.
- A number of specialized dials are strategically placed throughout the body to allow for separate adjustment of the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings.
- The aperture ring on GF lenses, as well as the ISO dial on the camera, have a C (Command) position, and the Shutter Speed dial has a T position, allowing you to alter these settings using the front and back control dials, respectively.
- A 1.28 on the scale “For setting confirmation and exposure data, a sub LCD panel is also included on the top plate of the camera.
- When the Auto Power Save feature is enabled, the included NP-T125 rechargeable lithium-ion battery produces about 400 shots per charge.
- Direct wireless file sharing as well as remote camera control from a connected mobile device are also possible thanks to the built-in Wi-Fi.
A system with 117 autofocus points
For focusing speed and accuracy, a contrast-detection autofocus system with 117 total points, which may be further split into 425 points, is used. This technology is especially advantageous when dealing with medium format because of the inherent short depth of field of the format. It is possible to pick focus points by using the inbuilt Focus Lever, which allows for straightforward switching between points, or by utilizing the back touchscreen, which allows for exact focus area selection.
Face and eye detection autofocus are also available for portraits, and an electronic depth of field scale may be employed for more precise selective focus while shooting in low light. Additionally, focus peaking is enabled in manual focus mode, as well as frame magnification for more precise focusing while shooting in low light.
Other camera features
- In addition, the FUJIFILM G lens mount has a short focal flange distance of only 26.7mm, which makes it easier to adapt lenses and allows for shorter back focusing distances, which helps to prevent vignetting and promote edge-to-edge sharpness when using the GF series of lenses. The FUJIFILM G lens mount is compatible with the GF series of lenses.
- These modes allow you to recreate the appearance and feel of numerous different FUJIFILM film types, including Provia, Velvia, Astia, Eterna, Classic Chrome (chromogenic), Classic Negative (negative), and Pro Negative (color negative). Hello, Pro Negative Standard, Acros, Monochrome, and Sepia are all available. Additionally, the Grain Effect, as well as the Classic Chrome effect, maybe tweaked to fine-tune the appearance of the images.
- This effect may be used to conceal flaws and provide an overall smooth look for portraiture applications by blending them together.
- Working with a mechanical focal plane allows for shutter speeds ranging from 60 minutes to 1/4000 second while working with an electronic shutter allows for shutter speeds ranging from 1/16000 second to 1/16000 second for working in strong light settings.
- Interval shooting is feasible for up to 999 consecutive frames with a 1 sec. to 24 hour delay between exposures, as well as a shutter delay of up to 24 hours. Interval shooting is also possible for up to 999 consecutive frames with a 1 sec. to 24 hour delay between exposures.
- Multiple Exposure mode allows you to capture two successive superimposed photographs at the same time, with the first frame being shown on the rear LCD to help with alignment for the second exposure.
- There are two SD memory card ports, both of which support UHS-II speeds, and which allow you to save pictures in a sequential fashion, backup/duplicate mode, or sorted mode to separate JPEG and raw data.
- Depending on your workflow requirements, a range of file formats is available, including uncompressed and compressed raw file types; Super Fine, Fine, and Normal JPEG settings; and TIFF files, which may be produced by using the in-camera raw file creation functionality.
- You may use the voice memo feature to record only your voice for up to 30 seconds at a time, which is useful for taking notes or keeping track of shooting information.
- A 3D Electronic Level may be used to check the correctness of horizontal and vertical lines inside your composition by measuring their heights in three dimensions.
- The X Acquire program allows you to tether your camera to your computer, which then transfers photographs from the camera to a hot folder on your PC for additional editing. The Tether Shooting Plug-in PRO for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and the HS-V5 for Windows operating systems are also available as alternatives.
Fujifilm GFX 50S Specifications
|Body type||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Max resolution||8256 x 6192|
|Image ratio w:h||1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2|
|Effective pixels||51 megapixels|
|Sensor size||Medium format (44 x 33 mm)|
|Processor||X Processor Pro|
|ISO||Auto, 100-12800 (expands up to 102400)|
|Boosted ISO (maximum)||102400|
|White balance presets||7|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|Uncompressed format||RAW + TIFF|
|JPEG quality levels||Superfine, fine, normal|
|Autofocus||Contrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View|
|Number of focus points||425|
|Lens mount||Fujifilm G|
|Focal length multiplier||0.79×|
|Viewfinder magnification||0.67× (0.85× 35mm Equiv.)|
|Minimum shutter speed||360 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed (electronic)||1/16000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|External flash||Yes (via hot shoe or flash sync terminal)|
|Flash modes||Auto, standard, slow sync, manual, off|
|Continuous drive||3.0 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 sec)|
|Metering modes||MultiCenter-weighted average spot|
|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)|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC (dual slots, UHS-II supported)|
|USB||USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)|
|Remote control||Yes (via cable or smartphone)|
|Battery description||NP-T125 lithium-ion battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||400|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||920 g (2.03 lb / 32.45 oz)|
|Dimensions||148 x 94 x 91 mm (5.83 x 3.7 x 3.58″)|