GFX 50R: Fujifilm’s new compact & lightweight medium format camera

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The just announced Fujifilm GFX 50R is a rangefinder-style medium format, mirrorless digital camera that follows in the footsteps of the GFX 50S released back in 2016.

GFX 50R Size Comparisons

GFX 50S (top) GFX 50R (middle) X-T3 (bottom) 

The GFX 50R features the same 51.4MP G Format CMOS image sensor and X-Processor Pro image processing engine as its bigger brother, but somehow Fujifilm has been able to fit it into a body that is more similar in size to the newly announced X-T3 camera than the GFX 50S.

By eliminating the deeper grip, top mounted LCD screen and hump on the back of the 50S, Fujifilm has been able to reduce the overall size (66.4mm vs. 91.4mm) and weight (775g vs. 920g) of the 50R by about 27% and 16% respectively.

The body is constructed out of magnesium alloy and is weather-sealed in 64 places offering a fair amount of weather and dust proofing.

With the 50R, Fujifilm has moved back to the dial system for controlling camera functions as found on most of their X-Series cameras.


Fuji Guys – FUJIFILM GFX 50R – First Look


TTL Contrast AF is available in Single Point, Zone and Wide/Tracking modes and offers up to 425 focus points (in Single Point mode) as well as six different focus size areas.

Face/eye detection is also available with the ability to give priority to either the left or right eye.

There is also a focus level on the back of the camera allowing you to move the focus area in eight different directions without having to look away from the EVF.

GFX 50R Back

Continuous shooting possible at up to 3fps when shooting in JPEG, or up to 8 fps in RAW and up to 13 fps in compressed RAW.

In terms of video, the 50R is capable of capturing up to Full HD 30p for up to 30 minutes, but really, people aren’t going to be buying this camera to shoot video. Still, it’s a nice feature to have in a pinch…

You’ll also have access to 15 of Fujifilm’s stellar film simulation modes when shooting in either photo or video modes.

In first for the GFX line, Bluetooth connectivity has been added in addition to Wi-fi. This means that you’ll be able to pair the GFX 50R with Fujifilm’s free camera remote app on your smartphone or tablet.

Lenses

GF Lens Group

GF Lenses

The 50R is fully compatible with the existing G Mount lenses and adapters and Fujifilm has announced that there are more 3 lenses on the way.

Those lenses are the GF 100-200mm f/5.6 OIS, GF 50mm f/3.5, and GF 45-100mm f/4 OIS lenses, however, pricing and release dates for them have yet to be announced.

The Fujifilm GFX 50R is expected to hit stores around November and retail for around $5700.00 CDN.


Fujifilm GFX 50R Medium Format Mirrorless Body (no lens)

FUJIFILM made history with the launch of the GFX 50S. And now, with the launch of the GFX 50R – a medium format mirrorless camera that delivers premium imaging quality in a lightweight rangefinder style body – FUJIFILM is shaping the future of history.


FUJIFILM GFX 50R Key Features:

  • 51.4MP Medium Format 43.8 x 32.9mm sensor for superior sharpness and image quality
    for all photographers
  • FUJIFILM G Mount with short flange back distance of just 26.7mm
  • X-Processor Pro imaging processor
  • Weather- and dust- resistant; operation to as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit \ -10
    degrees Celsius
  • File formats include three different JPEG settings (SUPER FINE, FINE, NORMAL), as
    well as two different RAW settings (uncompressed, compressed). TIFF output is also
    possible with in-camera RAW development
  • Full HD for Movie Mode: 1920×1080 29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p 36Mbps, in Film Simulation
    modes
  • Lightweight body weighs approximately 27.3oz. / 775g
  • LCD Monitor
    • 3.2 inch, aspect ratio 4:3, approx. 2,360K-dots; tilt-type (two direction), touch
      screen colour LCD monitor (approx. 100% coverage)
  • Uses SD Cards (UHS-II recommended)
    • Equipped with dual slots
  • Uses NP-T125 high capacity battery for approximately 400 photos (with Auto Power Save ON)
  • All FUJINON GF Lenses are dust- and weather-resistant, built to withstand operation at temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit \ -10 degrees Celsius allowing photographers to take them outdoors with confidence in challenging weather conditions.
  • Bluetooth® Ver. 4.0 low energy technology

 


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Woodrow Walden is a Toronto-based photographer and the Social Media Community Specialist for Vistek.