Fujifilm GFX 50R Review
What's new and how it compares
|The GFX 50R looks like a hybrid of an X-E3 cross-bred with a house brick. In a good way.|
The GFX 50R looks a lot like a scaled-up X-E3 but its significantly increased size is likely to prompt memories of the long-running series of medium format rangefinders made by Fuji from the late 1970s through until the mid nineties.
- Reliance on directional swipes and the AF joystick inherited from the X-E3 make for an entirely different handling experience compared with the 50S
- Bluetooth makes for a nice addition
|This isn't the first time the company has built a medium format camera this shape. Back in the film era, when it was known as Fuji, it built actual rangerfinders, such as the GW690 series.|
The GW690 series was considerably larger than the 50R but then, as the name implies, it could shoot in the 83 x 56mm '6x9' format: over three times the size of the new camera's sensor. So is this really medium format?
Is it really medium format?
Absolutely. There are only two larger-than full-frame formats available in digital: 44 x 33mm and 54 x 40 mm (comparable with 645 film and costing multiple tens of thousands of dollars). It seems peculiar to have to invent a new name for one of them, just because it doesn't correspond to the specifications of a different technology that it happily out-performs.
|The GFX 50R is a sizeable camera, despite being a touch smaller than its 'S' sibling.|
It may be smaller than the GW690 or the GFX 50S but it's still a substantial camera: one you wield rather than simply carry. But that's to be expected of a larger-than-full-frame camera. It's not likely to be a camera you simply have with you: it's one you'll use when you're going out to take photographs.
Despite being a hulking great brick of a camera, Fujifilm has removed a couple of control points and connectors. As such, there's no four-way controller, with directional swipes of the touchscreen deputizing for the functions it might otherwise offer. The camera also goes without dedicated headphone or mic sockets: presumably because Fujifilm doesn't expect many people to buy a 1080p shooting, rangefinder-shaped medium format camera to capture video. (You can still connect a mic via the 2.5mm remote socket if you are a member of that video-shooting medium format minority).
The GFX 50R gains the Bluetooth implementation Fujifilm has been using in its recent X-series cameras. Once registered, this sets up a connection between your smart device and the camera. This low bandwidth connection can either be used as a remote shutter release or as a way to more quickly establish a full Wi-Fi connection for image transfer.
Based on how attractive the camera's JPEGs are, we think the option to re-process Raw files in the camera and then send or show them to subjects or clients is pretty valuable.
Other than that, there's not much of a difference between the GFX 50S and the 50R: the new camera has a tilt, rather than two-axis screen, and slightly smaller viewfinder magnification, but most of the other differences are in the control points available.
The smaller, squarer shape of the GFX 50R makes the Hasselblad X1D 50c an obvious competitor. The Fujifilm and its lenses are a lot less expensive, and its feature set (DR modes, a range of attractive color modes) more extensive.
Camera size rather rules out the Pentax 645Z as a peer: the Fujifilm is much easier to travel with, for instance. However, the greatest challenge to the Fujifilm is likely to come from the smaller format Nikon Z7. Its sensor is smaller but also has a lower base ISO which allows it to tolerate as much light as the Fujifilm can: allowing it to compete in image quality terms.
Slightly disappointingly, the GFX 50R doesn't gain the newer, faster processor from the X-T3, so there's still a delay if you engage features such as Color Chrome Effect, which aren't present on the smaller camera.
|Hasselblad X1D||Sony a7 R III||Canon
EOS 5DS R
|Sensor size||43.8 × 32.9mm||35.9 x 24.0mm||43.8 x 32.9mm||35.9 x 24.0mm||36 x 24.0mm|
|Max resolution||8256 x 6192px||8256 x 5504px||8272 x 6200px||7,952 x 5,304||8688 x 5792px|
|Min ISO||ISO 100
|ISO 100||ISO 100
|ISO 25,600 (Expand 102,400)||ISO 25,600||ISO 32,000
2 x SD (UHS-II)
|1 x XQD||2 x SD||2 x SD
(1 x UHS II)
|1 x CF
1 x SD
|Max frame rate||3 fps||9 fps||2.3 fps||10 fps||5 fps|
|Autofocus system||Contrast Detect||On-sensor phase detection||Contrast Detect||On-sensor phase detection||Dedicated 61-point AF sensor w/ 41 cross-type|
|Metering||On-sensor metering (256-zone)||On-sensor metering||On-sensor metering||On-sensor metering
|150k-pixel (RGB+IR) metering sensor|
|LCD||3.2" 2.36M-dot tilting||3.2" 2.1M-dot tilting||3" 920K-dot||3.0" 1.44M dot tilting||3.2"1.04M-dot
|Electronic 3.69M dots
|Optical w/ 0.71x mag|
|Dimensions||161 x 97 x 66mm||134 x 101 x 68mm||150 x 98 x 71mm||127 x 96 x 74mm||152 x 117 x 76mm|
|Price (body only, MSRP)||$4500||$3400||$8600||$3200||$3700|
The Sony can't quite keep up with the GFX's image quality (though the differences are pretty subtle, thanks to the smaller camera's BSI sensor). Like the Nikon, it significantly outpaces the Fujifilm when it comes to video. Both cameras can also shoot faster continuous bursts and have faster autofocus.
However, beyond the measurable pluses and minuses, we suspect some people will simply appreciate a camera that rewards considered shooting with excellent image quality.
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