Fujifilm GFX 50S Mirrorless Medium Format Camera Review

Fujifilm GFX 50S Mirrorless Medium Format Camera Review
The Fujifilm GFX 50S is a purists camera for those that truly love still photography. Fujifilm have succeeded in creating a magnificent camera that provides images with exceptional tone, dynamic range, depth and clarity with superb lenses. The images above were taken on the Fujifilm GFX 50S of the interior of the new Bentley Bentayga and processed with Capture One.
A mirrorless (uses a 2.36M dot touchscreen or detachable 3.69M dot screen view finder rather direct view via mirror) 43.8x32.9mm 51.4 MP CMOS medium format sensor camera. The electronic viewfinder is so good, you’ll forget it’s an EVF at all. The CMOS sensor is 70% larger than full-frame so you get lower noise and smoother tonal ranges.  The body is surprisingly compact, but large enough to be a proper instrument, you need a certain size and weight for stability and the right grip. It has a sensor cleaning system that operates every time you shut it off and a top shutter speed of 1/4000 with flash sync at 1/125.
The rear screen folds out so you can use it as a waist finder, or straight out and even up, so you can raise the camera high and still follow the action. The rear touchscreen is so easy to use, zoom in with two fingers and navigate through the controls with ease. Pick your focus point with a tiny joystick on the back and change settings very fast. Waist level quickly becomes a very natural way to shoot, especially with the focus tracking on. The on camera knobs are obvious, no instructions necessary, alter everything there, plus the ubiquitous exposure compensation button.
Fujiilm's use of their own digital film styles that imitate previous celluloid stock are a huge draw for this camera. Just pick a film style and shoot. Purist Cartier Bresson always aimed to capture images as he saw them, with little or no changes after. Of course you can always change your mind after and apply different settings if needed, and the detail captured in the raw files is exceptional. Highlights and lowlights can be recovered far more than with almost any other camera system.
Video quality is excellent too, however it is really excels as a stills camera, though this may change if they improve the video focus tracking and add 4K. Shoot a love story or art movie, but actions scenes may be a challenge.
The lenses are a major reason to invest in this system. Wonderful, huge pieces of glass that have zero distortion and translate what you see faithfully to the sensor.  I shot mostly with the Fujifilm GF 32-64mm F4, all you really need for portrait and fashion. The depth of field, resolution and clarity are gorgeous. Everything from still life to landscapes are imbued with vibrant colour and richness. Depth of field on the 110mm f2 and 63mm f2.8 are also jaw dropping, shoot wide open for beautiful softness and bokeh in the background. The 23mm f4 is a fantastic landscape lens, keeping all the detail with no curved lines and divine colour depth.
It's definitely worth investing in the Fujifilm EF-X500 Shoe Mount Flash as it actually manages to provide a soft lighting effect without blowing the subject out. It automatically pairs with the camera so it can easily alter the settings to just fill in the shadows or drop out the background if you so wish.
This is a brilliant and artistically inspiring camera which at this price really has no rivals in terms of sheer quality. Whatever you read elsewhere there are no full frame 35mm cameras that compare, when you take into account the mix of capture detail, high quality lenses, build quality and sheer richness of the images. It really isn’t all about the number of pixels folks! If you grew up on medium format film cameras as I did, then this camera should bring a tear to the eye as digital finally catches up to celluloid at a reasonable price point.
Pre digital photographers saved up for the best medium format film camera body they could buy and stuck with it. Now we are caught in an endless cycle of buying the next latest thing, with more pixels, more dynamic range etc, all essentially because digital was never quite as good as film. With this camera you never need worry about updating again, but keep and take amazing pictures for life. Quality such as this will never be outdated.
The Fujifilm GFX 50S is for professionals and those that simply want the most affordable medium format camera to take unbelievable shots to impress friends, family and colleagues that you simply could not achieve with a 35mm. Ideal for studio, landscape, travel, portraiture and fashion.
Fujifilm GFX 50S available from £4,999 body only.
Fujifilm GF 32-64mm F4 R LM WR available from £2149
Or hire and try here: https://www.hireacamera.com/
Fujifilm GFX 50S Specifications:
Number of effective pixels
51.4 million pixels
Image sensor
43.8mm x 32.9mm Bayer array with primary colour filter
Sensor Cleaning system
Ultra Sonic Vibration
Storage media
SD Card (-2G) / SDHC Card (-32G) / SDXC Card (-256G) 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)
MOV (MPEG-4 AVC / H.264, Audio : Linear PCM / Stereo sound 48KHz sampling)
Number of recorded pixels
L: (4:3) 8256 x 6192 / (3:2) 8256 x 5504 / (16:9)8256 x 4640 / (1:1) 6192 x 6192 (65:24)8256 x 3048 / (5:4) 7744 x 6192 / (7:6) 7232 x 6192 
S: (4:3) 4000 x 3000 / (3:2)4000 x 2664 / (16:9)4000 x 2248 / (1:1) 2992 x 2992 (65:24)4000 x 1480 / (5:4) 3744 x 3000 / (7:6) 3504 x 3000
Lens mount
Standard Output Sensitivity : AUTO1 / AUTO2 / AUTO3 (up to ISO12800) / ISO100-12800 (1/3 step)
Extended output sensitivity : 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 recording : -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), 60 min. - 1/4000 sec. (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 60 min), TIME:60min. - 1/16000sec.
Electronic Front Curtain Shutter*4
4sec. - 1/4000sec (P mode), 60 min. - 1/4000 sec. (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 60 min), TIME:60min. - 1/16000sec.
Electronic Front Curtain Shutter*3,*4 + Electronic Shutter
4sec - 1/16000sec (P mode), 60min - 1/16000sec (All modes)
Bulb mode (up to 60 min), TIME:60min. - 1/16000sec.
Synchronized shutter speed for flash
1/125sec. or slower
Continuous shooting
Approx. 3.0 fps ( JPEG:Endless Lossless compression RAW : 13 Frames Uncompressed RAW : 8 Frames)
When Using the Electronic Front Curtain Shutter
Approx. 1.8 fps ( JPEG : Endless Lossless Compression RAW : Endless Uncompressed RAW : 8 Frames)
    •    * Recordable frames 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*5 (Interval, Number of shots, 10 step)
Single AF / Continuous AF / MF
TTL Contrast AF
AF frame selection
Single Point AF: EVF / LCD: 13x9 / 25x17 (Changeable Size of AF Frame Among 6 Types)
Zone AF: 3x3 / 5x5 / 7x7 from 117 Areas on 13x9 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
10sec. / 2sec.
Interval timer shooting
Yes (Setting : Interval, Number of shots, Starting time)
Flash modes
*When EF-X500 is set
Sync. Mode
1St Curtain / 2Nd Curtain / Auto Fp(Hss)
Flash Mode
Ttl(Flash Auto / Standard / Slow Sync.) / Manual / Off
Hot shoe
Yes (Dedicated TTL Flash compatible)
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: 0.85x 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
LCD monitor
3.2 inch, Aspect Ratio 4:3,
Approx. 2,360K-dot Tilt-Type, Touch Screen Color LCD Monitor (Approx. 100% Coverage)
Movie recording
29.97p / 25p / 24p / 23.98p 36Mbps up to Approx. 30 min.
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
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
Color Chrome Effect
Dynamic range setting
AUTO, 100%, 200%, 400%
Playback functions
Switch slot, RAW conversion, Erase, Erase selected frames, Simultaneous delete(Raw Slot1/JPG Slot2)*5, 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
IEEE 802.11b / g / n (standard wireless protocol)
WEP / WPA / WPA2 mixed mode
Access mode
Wireless function
Geotagging, Wireless communication (Image transfer), View & Obtain Images, Remote camera shooting, instax printer print
Other functions
Exif Print, Date/Time, Time difference, 35 Languages, My menu setting, Sensor cleaning, Battery age, Sound set-up, EVF brightness, EVF color, EVF color adjustment*5, LCD brightness, LCD color, LCD color adjustment*5, 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
Digital interface
USB3.0 (High-Speed) / micro USB terminal
    •    * connectable with Remote Release RR-90 (sold separately)
HDMI output
HDMI micro connector (Type D)
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 / Syncronized terninal
Power supply
NP-T125 Li-ion battery (included)
Battery life for still images*6
Approx. 400frames When GF63mmF2.8 R WR is set. (Auto power save ON)
Actual battery life of movie capture*6
    •    *Face detection is set to OFF
Full HD : approx. 70 min
Continuance battery life of movie capture*6
    •    *Face detection is set to OFF
Full HD : approx. 145 min.
147.5mm (W) x 94.2mm (H) x 91.4mm (D) / 5.81in. (W) x 3.71in. (H) x 3.60in. (D)
(Minimum Depth : 41.6mm / 1.64in.)
Approx. 825g / 29.1 oz. (including battery and memory card), Approx 920g / 32.5 oz. (including EVF)
Approx. 740g / 26.1 oz. (excluding accessories, battery and memory card)
Operating Temperature
-10°C - +40°C (+14°F - +104°F)C
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 view finder EVF-GFX1
Hot shoe cover(Body/EVF)
Connector cover(EVF)
Vertical Battery Grip connector cover
Sync terminal cover
Owner's manual
    •    1 x HAC00-03728: Fujifilm GFX 50S
    •    1 x HAC00-03736: Fujifilm GF 63mm F2.8 R WR
    •    1 x HAC00-04218: Fujifilm GF 110mm f2 R LM WR Lens
    •    1 x HAC00-03737: Fujifilm GF 32-64mm F4 R LM WR
    •    1 x HAC00-04114: Fujifilm GF 23mm f/4 R LM WR
    •    1 x HAC00-04125: Fujifilm EF-X500 Shoe Mount Flash