2018 Fujifilm GFX 50S Specifications Review

The Fujifilm GFX 50S is the initial video camera in the company’s new tool style GF series. It utilizes a 51.4 MP Medium Layout CMOS sensing unit with a Bayer filter range. Like its smaller sized sensor X-series brother or sisters, it uses retro-styling as well as direct controls in a healthy (albeit huge) mirrorless body.

2018 Fujifilm GFX 50S
2018 Fujifilm GFX 50S

At 43.8 × 32.9 mm, the sensor in the GFX 50S is smaller in surface compared to movie medium layout. Nonetheless it equals in dimension as well as pixel count to those provided in the present plant of medium format electronic cams on the market (with the exception of the Stage One XF and also the Hasselblad H6D). The sensor is 1.7 x the surface area of complete structure.

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Fujifilm GFX 50S Key Features

  • 51.4 MP tool style CMOS sensor (43.8 × 32.9 mm) with Bayer filter variety
  • 3.69M-dot OLED Removable EVF
  • 3.2″ 2.36M-dot touch LCD tilts flat as well as vertically
  • AF-point-selection joystick
  • Weather-sealing
  • Movie Simulation modes
  • 1/125 sec flash sync speed
  • 3 fps constant capturing
  • 1080/30p video clip capture
  • In-camera Raw handling
  • Dual SD card slots (UHS-II).
  • USB 3.0 outlet.
  • Wi-Fi.

2018 Fujifilm GFX 50S Performance Camera

1. Modification

There are a total of 10 physical switches that can be personalized on the GFX 50S, consisting of the four-way pad on the back. Many thanks to the AF joystick, those can be programed for other usages rather than AF factor placement. Additionally, the cam’s Q.menu could additionally be customized with frequently altered settings.

2018 Fujifilm GFX 50S Modification
2018 Fujifilm GFX 50S Modification

2. Autofocus

In excellent to moderate light, the 120mm accomplishes focus promptly as well as with ease, while the 63mm focuses a tad slower and sometimes gets floundered. In poor light the 120mm can still achieve emphasis, albeit sometimes slowly and also with a lot of searching. The 63mm typically struggles to reliably accomplish emphasis in low light, when a topic is reduced comparison or backlit.

Autofocus purchase is extremely precise. It is additionally reliably precise, because focus info comes straight from the sensing unit. AF accuracy via the viewfinder is one advantage the GFX 50S has over its SLR rivals like the Nikon D810, Canon EOS 5DS R as well as Pentax 645Z, which all call for lens micro-adjusting for guaranteed focus precision.

Shooting in AF-C with either lens is a headache-inducing experience, as the cam continually pursues (as is the nature of comparison discover). Capturing in AF-S is advisable. The Fujifilm GFX 50S uses a contrast detect autofocus system, which is practical provided its desired usage for photo disciplines like portraiture, landscape and also studio job, in contrast to, say, sporting activities digital photography.

AF speeds on the various other hand are lens-dependent. We had 2 lenses readily available throughout testing: the 63mm F2.8 and also the 120mm F4. The later uses a linear motor style as well as uses significantly much faster AF than the 63mm, which makes use of a straight drive focus electric motor. The 63mm specifically is rather noisy when concentrating (the front barrel expands when focus is initiated, while the 120mm concentrates internally).

3. Various other AF settings

When utilizing these modes in AF-S, the cam chooses its point of focus, either within the selected zone or, in the case of Wide/Tracking mode, within the entire frame. This makes it not perfect for those desiring overall control over structure. In AF-C + Wide/Tracking, customers can pick the preliminary point, though the setting itself is slow-moving and also unstable. The camera also has a Face Detect alternative. It does a respectable task of searching for and securing focus in AF-S. However it is also sluggish ion AF-C to be useful. There is likewise a Zone and a Wide/Tracking AF mode. When utilizing either, the cam defaults to 117 factors. In Zone, the dimension of the AF area can be readjusted in 3 steps, the largest inclusives 49 of the 117 points, the smallest consists of 9.

4. Video clip Top quality

When you assume medium format, video probably does not cross your mind, but the GFX 50S could be utilized for Full HD video clip capture at as much as 1080/30p. It also has an earphone and a microphone outlet. As well as while there are not a ton of video-making devices offered, focus coming to a head can be used and the interior microphone could additionally be adjusted. Furthermore, Car ISO is available throughout video clip capture with direct exposure compensation.

2018 Fujifilm GFX 50S Video clip Top quality
2018 Fujifilm GFX 50S Video clip Top quality

There are some bothersome constraints in flick setting though. As an example, the lowest ISO provided throughout video capture is 200 (in stills setting it’s 100), which can be restricting when capturing in intense light. Also, when using AF-C during video capture, only the biggest of the AF locations is available. Then again this does not matter much as we do not advise making use of AF-C while shooting video clip, because of consistent searching, an outcome of its CDAF system.

5. Dynamic Array

Nonetheless, the direct exposure latitude test, where we raise the shadows in images shot at gradually lower exposures reveals that its efficiency is just slightly better than that of the D810, in spite of obtaining more complete light (double the exposure time and half the light each square centimeters, recorded on a sensor with even more square centimeters of area). Currently take into consideration that the D810 has an ISO 64 mode, which would certainly allow you to use a 2/3EV brighter exposure prior to the sensor clips. We expect this will certainly give a real-world outcome similar to when we pitted the Pentax 645Z against the Nikon.

6. Images Quality

The resolution from this cam goes over (have a look at the image over at 100%), as is general Image quality. High ISO Raw files have similar noise degrees to the Pentax 645Z, which is to say, very little. As well as we were impressed by the electronic camera’s Raw dynamic range in addition to its exposure latitude. JPEGs have punchy, pleasing colors with appropriate (though periodically a tad hostile) developing. JPEG sound reduction overall is healthy, preserving detail while reducing noise. This plus Color Chrome setting and also TIFF output make it very easy to get near-final arise from the electronic camera – a substantial possible process benefit.
Look closely at the brickwork in the upper left of the image, and the building dead-center, you'll notice a bit of moiré. Edited to taste in ACR | ISO 100 | 1/30 sec | F11 | 120mm
Look closely at the brickwork in the upper left of the image, and the building dead-center, you’ll notice a bit of moiré.
Edited to taste in ACR | ISO 100 | 1/30 sec | F11 | 120mm

That said, one thing that really excited us is the fact that Fujifilm uses the ISO invariant nature of its sensing unit when capturing above ISO 1600. This indicates that when your ISO is 4 stops over base, no additional amplification is used, leading to an unexpected amount of emphasize information being preserved (we actually developed the ISO invariance test, as well as revealed its cause a lot of every brand name, wishing suppliers would certainly do specifically this set day). The real life effects of this could be seen in the image below, and we could confidently claim: this is just how future cams will certainly work, so we’re extremely happy to see Fujifilm (as well as Hasselblad in the X1D) take the lead.

It’s not all confetti and balloons though. Fujifilm used a Bayer filter array in the GFX 50S (for reliable information readouts times) instead of an X-Trans filter range, located in most of the business’s various other ILCs. The latter does an excellent work of eliminating moiré, without the need for a low pass filter (which the GFX 50S likewise does not have). As a result, moiré is noticeable in some fine information in GFX 50S documents. Have a look at the brickwork in the picture above at 100% to see exactly what we’re discussing. This is boosted by the business’s declared much less gapless microlenses, which stops roaming light rays from going into any type of pixel for raised pixel sharpness, at the expense of decreased spatial tasting.

Overall, this is the best picture quality we have actually ever before seen. Which is exactly what you would certainly wish for, offered it is among one of the most costly electronic cameras we’ve ever before reviewed.

2018 Fujifilm GFX 50S Specifications

MSRP $6499/£6199
Body type
Body type SLR-style mirrorless
Body material Magnesium alloy
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)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor X Processor Pro
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter array Primary color filter
ISO Auto, 100-12800 (expands up to 102400)
Boosted ISO (maximum) 102400
White balance presets 7
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW + TIFF
JPEG quality levels Super fine, fine, normal
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
  • Raw (14-bit RAF)
  • TIFF (via Raw conversion)
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 117
Focal length multiplier 0.79×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3.2
Screen dots 2,360,000
Touch screen Yes
Screen type OLED
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.85×
Viewfinder resolution 3,690,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 360 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic) 1/16000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (via hot shoe or flash sync terminal)
Flash modes Auto, standard, slow sync, manual, off
Flash X sync speed 1/125 sec
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
  • Remote
Continuous drive 3.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-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)
WB Bracketing Yes
Videography features
Format MPEG-4, H.264
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 25p / Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 24p / Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC (dual slots, UHS-II supported)
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
HDMI Yes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone port Yes
Headphone port Yes
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11b/g/n
Remote control Yes (via cable or smartphone)
Environmentally sealed Yes
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description NP-T125 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 400
Weight (inc. batteries) 740 g (1.63 lb / 26.10 oz)
Dimensions 148 x 94 x 91 mm (5.83 x 3.7 x 3.58)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS None