Fujifilm GFX 50R Review

December 4, 2018 | Mark Goldstein |

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The Fujifilm GFX 50R is a rangefinder-styled medium-format mirrorless camera that's smaller and lighter than the GFX 50S (145g less and 25mm thinner). The 51.4 megapixel GFX 50R rangefinder camera allows you to keep your eye on a subject while looking through the the 0.77x 3.69M-dot organic EL electronic viewfinder (EVF) with the other eye. It is the first model in the GFX system to support the Bluetooth low energy technology, while the magnesium alloy body is weather-sealed in 64 places to provide dust and weather resistance and ability to operate at temperatures as low as -10.

The GFX 50R will be available in November 2018 for $4500.

Fujifilm Press Release

Introducing the rangefinder style model to the GFX medium format digital mirrorless system

FUJIFILM GFX 50R

A large 51.4MP image sensor in a compact and lightweight body is reminiscent of renowned medium format film cameras widely used in street and documentary photography

PHOTOKINA 2018, COLOGNE, GERMANY, September 25, 2018 -FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) will launch a medium format mirrorless digital camera FUJIFILM GFX 50R (GFX 50R), which features the FUJIFILM G Format (medium format, 43.8x32.9mm) image sensor, which is approx. 1.7 times the size of a full frame 35mm image sensor (*1).

The GFX 50R continues the compact, lightweight and superior image quality characteristics of Fujifilm’s GFX medium format mirrorless digital camera system, while weighing approx. 145g less and 25mm thinner than the FUJIFILM GFX 50S (GFX 50S). The GFX 50S has attracted high praise from professional photographers since its launch in January 2017. Yet, many field photographers who specialize in weddings, portraits and street photography have sought after an even more compact and lightweight camera, along the line of Fujifilm’s traditional medium format film cameras such as GA645 (*discontinued) and GF670 (*discontinued). With this in mind, FUJIFILM is adding the new “GFX 50R” to the lineup.

1. Compact and lightweight (approx. 775g *2) medium format mirrorless digital camera in the rangefinder style

The GFX 50R is approx. 145g lighter than the GFX 50S (weighing 920g with EVF). The camera body is just 66.4mm thick, 25.0mm thinner than the GFX 50S.

The rangefinder style design allows you to keep your eye on a subject while looking through the viewfinder with the other eye. This enables checking and feeling the atmosphere of the scene around your subject matter, shown in the EVF.

The GFX 50R is equipped with the 0.77x 3.69M-dot organic EL electronic viewfinder (EVF). This allows accurate focusing despite the large size of the medium format sensor, which has a shallower depth of field than that of a 35mm full frame sensor when shooting at the same angle of view.

2. Equipped with 51.4MP medium format CMOS sensor and X-Processor Pro image processing engine

The medium format (43.8mm x 32.9mm) “G Format” sensor has better per pixel light reception capability than that of a 35mm full frame sensor of the same resolution. Furthermore, the micro lenses have been designed to optimize the light gathering performance and image resolution as well as the handling of data from photodiodes are customized to achieve a superior level of image quality, surpassing that of existing cameras that use a sensor of the same size. As a result, the GFX 50R delivers images that precisely reproduce the subject’s texture, three-dimensional feel and even the atmosphere of each scene.

The GFX 50R features the X-Processor Pro image processing engine. Supporting FUJIFILM’s renowned Film Simulation modes, the camera allows you to opt for the tonality of photographic films such as Velvia, PROVIA and ACROS, used for many years in medium format film cameras by professional and enthusiast photographers alike.

3. Intuitive handling and rugged camera body that caters for the needs of all photographers

The GFX 50R is equipped with the Focus Lever to allow quick adjustment of the focus point. The elimination of the selector buttons provides extra space to hold the camera better. The top panel sports two dials, one for shutter speed and the other for exposure compensation. The milled aluminum dials give the camera a premium feel and satisfying clicking touch.

The robust magnesium alloy body is weather-sealed in 64 places to provide dust and weather resistance and ability to operate at temperatures as low as -10. Its durability caters to the needs of all photographers.

4. Extensive lineup of the medium format mirrorless system, “GFX system”

The medium format mirrorless system, GFX system, currently offers a lineup of seven FUJINON GF lenses, covering focal lengths from 23mm (equivalent to 18mm in the 35mm film format) to 250mm (equivalent to 198mm in the 35mm film format). All GF lenses are able to resolve up 100MP which means they are future proof. They are also dust and weather resistant and designed to operate at temperatures as low as -10? so that they withstand professional use in harsh conditions.

Tethered shooting is essential part in a professional photographers workflow. The GFX system supports tethering software “HS-V5 for Windows” and “Tether Shooting Plug-in PRO for Adobe® Photoshop®”, “Capture One Pro (FUJIFILM)” is also due to be released, giving extra options in studio sessions for commercial and fashion photography.  This means that a professional photographer can incorporate the GFX system into their regular workflow.

5. GFX system’s first Bluetooth® compatibility for enhanced connectivity

This is the first model in the GFX system to support the Bluetooth® low energy technology. Captured images can be transferred easily and quickly to smartphones and tablet devices paired with the camera via the FUJIFILM Camera Remote app.

*1 Image sensors measuring 36mm×24mm, used by many DSLRs

*2 Operating weight (including the weight of battery and recording media)

*3 Due to be released in October 2018 to bring LCD/EVF color adjustment and other functions to the GFX 50S

Model name   FUJIFILM GFX 50S FUJIFILM GFX 50R
Number of effective pixels   51.4 million pixels
Image sensor    43.8mm×32.9mm Bayer array with primary color filter
Sensor Cleaning System   Ultra Sonic Vibration
Storage media    SD Card (-2GB) / SDHC Card (-32GB) / SDXC Card (-256GB) UHS-I / UHS-II*1
File format      Still Image JPEG (Exif Ver.2.3)*2, RAW : 14bit RAW (RAF original format), RAW+JPEG, 8-bit TIFF (In-camera Raw Conversion Only)
  Movie MOV (MPEG-4 AVC / H.264, Audio : Linear PCM / Stereo sound 48KHz sampling)
Number of recorded pixels   [L] <4:3> 8256×6192 <3:2> 8256×5504 <16:9> 8256×4640 <1:1> 6192×6192     <65:24> 8256×3048 <5:4> 7744×6192 <7:6> 7232×6192 [S] <4:3> 4000×3000 <3:2> 4000×2664 <16:9> 4000×2248 <1:1> 2992×2992      <65:24> 4000×1480 <5:4> 3744×3000 <7:6> 3504×3000
Lens Mount   FUJIFILM G mount
Sensitivity Standard Output AUTO1/AUTO2/AUTO3 (up to ISO12800) / ISO100~12800 (1/3 step)
  Extended Output ISO50 / 25600 / 51200 / 102400
Exposure control   TTL 256-zone metering, Multi / Spot / Average / Center Weighted
Exposure mode   P (Program AE) / A (Aperture Priority AE) / S (Shutter Speed Priority AE) / M (Manual Exposure)
Exposure compensation   -5.0EV - +5.0EV 1/3EV step (Movie: -2.0EV - +2.0EV)
Image Stabilizer   Supported with OIS type lenses
Shutter type   Focal Plane Shutter
Shutter speed Mechanical Shutter 4sec. - 1/4000sec. (P mode), 60min. - 1/4000sec. (All modes) Bulb mode (up to 60min.), TIME: 60min. - 1/4000sec.
  Electronic Shutter*3 4sec - 1/16000sec. (P mode), 60min. - 1/16000sec. (All modes) Bulb mode (up to 60min.), TIME: 60min. - 1/16000sec.
  Electronic Front Curtain Shutter*4 4sec. - 1/4000sec. (P mode), 60min. - 1/4000sec. (All modes) Bulb mode (up to 60min.), TIME: 60min. - 1/4000sec.
  Mechanical + Electronic Shutter 4sec. - 1/16000sec. (P mode), 60min. - 1/16000sec. (All modes) Bulb mode (up to 60min.), TIME: 60min. - 1/16000sec.
  Electronic Front Curtain Shutter + Electronic Shutter*3*4 4sec. - 1/16000sec. (P mode), 60min. - 1/16000sec. (All modes) Bulb mode (up to 60min.), TIME: 60min. - 1/16000sec.
  Synchronized shutter speed for flash 1/125sec. or slower
Continuous shooting    Approx. 3.0fps (JPEG: Endless Lossless compression RAW: 13 Frames Uncompressed RAW: 8 Frames) *When Using the Electronic Front Curtain Shutter Approx. 1.8fps (JPEG: Endless Lossless Compression RAW: Endless Uncompressed RAW: 8 Frames) *Recordable frame depends on recording media. *Speed of continuous shooting depends on shooting environment and shooting frames.
Auto bracketing   AE Bracketing (2/3/5/7/9 frames) ±1/3EV - ±3EV, 1/3EV step Film Simulation Bracketing (Any 3 types of film simulation selectable) Dynamic Range Bracketing (100%, 200%, 400%) ISO sensitivity Bracketing (±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV) White Balance Bracketing (±1, ±2, ±3) Focus Bracketing (Interval, Number of shots, 10 step)*5
Focus     Mode Single AF / Continuous AF / MF
  Type TTL Contrast AF
  AF frame selection Single Point AF: EVF / LCD: 13×9 / 25×17 (Changeable Size of AF Frame Among 6 Types) Zone AF: 3×3 / 5×5 / 7×7 from 117 Areas on 13×9 Grid Wide/Tracking AF: (Up to 9 Area) *AF-S: Wide *AF-C: Tracking
White balance   Automatic scene recognition / Custom / Color temperature selection (K) / Preset : Daylight, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light, Underwater
Self-timer   10sec. / 2sec.
Interval timer Shooting   YES Setting : Interval, Number of shots, Starting time
Flash modes SYNC. MODE 1ST CURTAIN / 2ND CURTAIN / AUTO FP(HSS)
*When EF-X500 is set FLASH MODE TTL(FLASH AUTO / STANDARD / SLOW SYNC.) / MANUAL / OFF
Hot shoe   Yes (Dedicated TTL Flash compatible)
Viewfinder   0.5 inch Approx. 3.69 millions dots OLED Color Viewfinder Coverage of Viewing Area vs. Capturing Area: Approx. 100% Eyepoint: Approx. 23mm (from the Rear End of the Camera's Eyepiece) Diopter Adjustment: -4 - +2m-1 Magnification: 0.85× with 50mm Lens (35mm Equivalent) at infinity and Diopter set to -1.0m-1 Diagonal Angle of View: Approx. 40° (Horizontal Angle of View: Approx. 33°) Built-In Eye Sensor 0.5 inch Approx. 3.69 millions dots OLED Color Viewfinder Coverage of Viewing Area vs. Capturing Area: Approx. 100% Eyepoint: Approx. 23mm (from the Rear End of the Camera's Eyepiece) Diopter Adjustment: -4 - +2m-1 Magnification: 0.77× with 50mm Lens (35mm Equivalent) at infinity and Diopter set to -1.0m-1 Diagonal Angle of View: Approx. 38° (Horizontal Angle of View: Approx. 30°) Built-In Eye Sensor
LCD monitor   3.2 inch, Aspect Ratio 4:3, Approx. 2,360K-dot Tilt-Type(Three Direction), Touch Screen Color LCD Monitor (Approx. 100% Coverage) 3.2 inch, Aspect Ratio 4:3, Approx. 2,360K-dot Tilt-Type(Two Direction), Touch Screen Color LCD Monitor (Approx. 100% Coverage)
Sub LCD monitor   1.28 inch, Aspect Ratio 1:1, 128×128-dot Monochrome LCD Monitor -
Movie recording   [Full HD (1920×1080)] 29.97p / 25p / 24p / 23.98p 36Mbps up to Approx. 30min. [HD (1280×720)] 29.97p / 25p / 24p / 23.98p 18Mbps up to Approx. 30min.
Photography  functions   Color, Sharpness, Highlight tone, Shadow tone, Noise reduction, Long exposure NR, Lens Modulation Optimizer, Color space, Pixel mapping, Select custom setting, Edit/Save custom setting, Store AF mode by orientation, Rapid AF, AF point display, Pre-AF, Face/Eye detection AF, AF+MF, Focus peak highlight, Focus check, Interlock spot AE & focus area, Instant AF setting (AF-S/AF-C), Depth-of-field scale, Release/Focus priority, Touch screen mode, Flicker reduction*5, Mount adapter setting, 35mm Format Mode*5, Red eye removal, Movie AF mode, RGB Histogram, Highlight alert, Electronic level, Preview depth of field, AE lock, AF lock, AF-ON, Multiple exposure Color, Sharpness, Highlight tone, Shadow tone, Noise reduction, Long exposure NR, Lens Modulation Optimizer, Color space, Pixel mapping, Select custom setting, Edit/Save custom setting, Store AF mode by orientation, Rapid AF, AF point display, Pre-AF, AF Illuminator, Face/Eye detection AF, AF+MF, Focus peak highlight, Focus check, Interlock spot AE & focus area, Instant AF setting (AF-S/AF-C), Depth-of-field scale, Release/Focus priority, Touch screen mode, Flicker reduction, Mount adapter setting, 35mm Format Mode, Red eye removal, Movie AF mode, RGB Histogram, Highlight alert, Electronic level, Preview depth of field, AE lock, AF lock, AF-ON, Multiple exposure
Touch Screen Mode Shooting Mode Touch AF, Focus Area, OFF
  Playback Mode Swipe, Zoom, Pinch-in / Pinch-out, Double-tap, Drag
Film Simulation mode   15 modes ( PROVIA / Standard, Velvia / Vivid, ASTIA / Soft, Classic Chrome, PRO Neg.Hi, PRO Neg.Std, Black&White, Black&White+Ye Filter, Black&White+R Filter, Black&White+Gfilter, Sepia, ACROS, ACROS+Ye Filter, ACROS+R Filter, ACROS+G Filter )
Grain Effect   STRONG, WEAK, OFF
Color Chrome Effect   STRONG, WEAK, OFF
Dynamic range setting   AUTO, 100%, 200%, 400%
Playback  functions   Switch slot, RAW conversion, Erase, Erase selected frames, Crop, Resize, Protect, Image rotate, Red eye removal, Voice memo setting, Copy, Photobook assist, Multi-frame playback (with micro thumbnail), Favorites, RGB histogram, Highlight alert Switch slot, RAW conversion, Erase, Erase selected frames, Simultaneous delete(Raw Slot1/JPG Slot2), Crop, Resize, Protect, Image rotate, Red eye removal, Voice memo setting, Copy, Photobook assist, Multi-frame playback (with micro thumbnail), Favorites, RGB histogram, Highlight alert
Wireless transmitter          Standard IEEE 802.11b/g/n (standard wireless protocol)
  Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2 mixed mode
  Access mode Infrastructure
Wireless function   Geotagging, Wireless communication (Image transfer), View & Obtain Images, Remote camera shooting, instax printer print Geotagging, Image transfer (Individual image/Selected multiple images), View & Obtain Images, instax Printer Print, Pairing registration, Delete pairing registration, Bluetooth ON/OFF setting, Auto image transfer, Smartphone Sync. Setting
Other functions   Exif Print, Date/Time, Time difference, 35 Languages, My menu setting, Sensor cleaning, Battery age, Sound set-up, EVF brightness, EVF color, LCD brightness, LCD color, Image disp, Auto rotate displays, Preview exp./WB in manual mode, Preview pic. effect, Framing guideline, Autorotate PB, Focus scale units, Disp. custom setting, Sub monitor setting, Focus lever setting, Edit/Save Quick menu, Function(Fn) setting, Selector button setting, Command dial setting, S.S. operation*5, Shutter AF, Shutter AE, Shoot without lens, Shoot without card*5, Focus ring, AE/AF-Lock mode, Expo. Comp. button setting, Touch screen setting, Lock, Auto power off, Shooting stand by mode, Auto power save, Frame No., Save org image, Edit file name, Card slot setting, Switch slot, Movie file destination, Select Folder and Create Folder*5, Copyright Info Exif Print, Date/Time, Time difference, 35 Languages, My menu setting, Sensor cleaning, Battery age, Sound set-up, EVF brightness, EVF color, LCD brightness, LCD color, Image disp, Auto rotate displays, Preview exp./WB in manual mode, Natural live view, Framing guideline, Autorotate PB, Focus scale units, Disp. custom setting, Focus lever setting, Edit/Save Quick menu, Function(Fn) setting, Selector button setting, Command dial setting, S.S. operation, Shutter AF, Shutter AE, Shoot without lens, Shoot without card, Focus ring, AE/AF-Lock mode, Expo. Comp. button setting, Touch screen setting, Lock, Auto power off, Shooting stand by mode, Auto power save, Frame No., Save org image, Edit file name, Card slot setting, Switch slot, Movie file destination, Select Folder and Create Folder, Copyright Info
Terminal      
Digital interface   USB3.0 (High-Speed) / micro USB terminal *connectable with Remote Release RR-90 (sold separately) USB Type-C(USB3.1 Gen1)
HDMI output   HDMI Micro connector (Type D)
Others   ø3.5mm, stereo mini connector (Microphone) ø3.5mm, stereo mini connector (Headphone) ø2.5mm, Remote Release Connector DC IN 15V Connecter *Compatible with AC-15V (Optional) Only Hot shoe Synchronized terninal ø2.5mm, Remote Release / Stereo Mini Connector (Microphone) DC IN 15V Connecter *Compatible with AC-15V (Optional) Only Hot Shoe Synchronized Terninal
Power supply   NP-T125 Li-ion battery (included)
  Battery life for still images*6 Approx. 400 frames When GF63mmF2.8 R WR is set. (Auto power save ON)
  Continuance battery life of movie capture*6 [Full HD] Approx. 145min. *Face detection is set to OFF
  Actual battery life of movie capture*6 [Full HD] Approx. 70min. *Face detection is set to OFF
Dimensions   Including EVF 147.5mm (W) × 113.8mm (H) × 91.4mm (D) / 5.81in. (W) × 4.48in. (H) × 3.60in. (D) (Minimum Depth : 41.6mm / 1.64in.) Excluding EVF 147.5mm (W) × 94.2mm (H) × 91.4mm (D) / 5.81in. (W) × 3.71in. (H) × 3.60in. (D) (Minimum Depth : 41.6mm / 1.64in.) 160.7mm (W) × 96.5mm (H) × 66.4mm (D) / 6.33in. (W) × 3.80in. (H) × 2.62in. (D) (Minimum Depth : 46.0mm / 1.81in.)
Weight   Approx. 920g / 32.5oz. (including EVF, battery and memory card) Approx. 825g / 29.1oz. (including battery and memory card) Approx. 740g / 26.1oz. (excluding accessories, battery and memory card) Approx. 775g / 27.3oz. (including battery and memory card) Approx. 690g / 24.3oz. (excluding accessories, battery and memory card)
Operating Temperature   -10°C - 40°C (+14°F - +104°F)
Operating Humidity   10% - 80% (no condensation)
Starting up period   Approx. 0.4sec. *Fujifilm Research
Accessories included   Li-ion battery NP-T125, Battery charger BC-T125, Plug adapter, Body cap, Shoulder strap, Metal strap clip, Metal strap clip lock, Cable protector, Interchangeable electronic viewfinder EVF-GFX1, Hot shoe cover (Body/EVF), Connector cover (EVF), Vertical Battery Grip connector cover, Sync terminal cover, Owner's manual Li-ion battery NP-T125, Battery charger BC-T125, Plug adapter, Body cap, Strap clip, Protective cover, Clip attaching tool, Shoulder strap, Cable protector, Hot shoe cover, Sync terminal cover, Owner's manual

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