Last year Fujifilm shook the medium format market with the affordable Fujifilm GFX 50S. In 2018, they’ve done it again with the Fujifilm Fujifilm GFX50R. Fujifilm have taken the internals of the Fujifilm GFX 50S and have fitted it, in a rangefinder style body. Here is what it is all about.
- 51.4MP 43.8 x 32.9mm CMOS Sensor
- X-Processor Pro Image Processor
- Built-In 3.69m-Dot 0.77x OLED EVF
- 3.2″ 2.36m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
- 117-Point Contrast-Detection AF System
- Extended ISO 50-102400, 3 fps Shooting
- Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
- Weather-Sealed Magnesium-Alloy Body
Design and Ergonomics
One of the biggest changes compared to the GFX50S is the Fujifilm GFX50R‘s ergonomics. There is no four way d-pad on the camera, and the viewfinder is built in on the top right of the camera. The focus selector dial has been moved to the back which can now be easily accessed with your right thumb. It does take a bit of getting used to with not having a d pad. To make up for it Fujifilm have implemented a pretty responsive tilting touch screen.
One of our favourite things about the Fujifilm GFX50R was the ability to change basically every setting without ever having to take the camera off your face. Pair this with right eye shooting and you essentially have a street photography machine. The speed to change settings combined with well place ergonomics makes it super easy to quickly compose a shot with adjustments.
As it borrows basically the identical internal hardware from the Fujifilm GFX 50S the performance of the Fujifilm GFX50R is great. The autofocus is fast for a medium format camera but don’t expect it to be fast enough to use for tracking fast paced action. Video performance is pretty standard but it’s expected as this camera is not designed for video. However it’s nice to know that it can produce some good looking Full HD video if you want to document a moment.
Nothing to say here, apart from the image quality is fantastic. Dynamic range is large in both shadows and highlights. Recovering something thats been underexposed or overexposed by 2 or 3 stops is no problem for the Fujifilm GFX50R. In addition the colours, detail, clarity and contrast on the JPEGS are great for those who don’t have the capacity to work with the high file sizes in RAW.
The Fujifilm GFX50R is a fantastic camera and medium format is now more accessible than ever before. The price point on the Fujifilm GFX50R rivals high end full frame cameras opening up the option to consider medium format. With its high image quality, dynamic range and fantastic ergonomics, the Fujifilm GFX50R is going to be a camera that we’ll be seeing more often on the streets.
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