Fujifilm GFX 50S Review

Overall 70
Imaging 55
Features 67
Size 70
Price 0

Main Features

  • 51.0 MP Medium format CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Expands to 102400)
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3.2″ Tilting Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 3.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (30p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 148 x 94 x 91 mm
  • Weight: 740 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: No

Fujifilm GFX 50S Summary

This review is devoted to GFX 50S that Fujifilm has first introduced to the public in Jan 18, 2017. This model is a Pro Mirrorless camera with a resolution of 51.0 MP and a Medium format (44 x 33 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

In Pro Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #3 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 70/100 and it takes a rank of #4 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Fujifilm GFX 50S Compared to other MirrorLess Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Fujifilm GFX 50S review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Screen Type: Tilting
  • Screen Size: 3.2″
  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Viewfinder Coverage: 100
  • Dxo Dynamic Range: 14.0
  • Sensor Resolution: 51.0 MP
  • Af Touch: Yes
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Number Of Focus Points: 117
  • Microphone Port: Yes
  • Headphone Port: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes
  • Storage Slots: 2

CONs

  • Continuous Shooting: 3.0 fps
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 1600
  • Af Phase Detection: No

Complete Comparison of Fujifilm GFX 50S With Other Cameras in Pro Mirrorless Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Fujifilm GFX 50S. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Pro Mirrorless cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Fujifilm GFX 50S

Fujifilm GFX 50S has the following external dimensions 148 x 148 x 91 mm (58.27 x 37.01 x 35.83″) with the weight of 740 g.

The typical weight for average Pro Mirrorless type cameras is 672g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Fujifilm GFX 50S, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Fujifilm GFX 50S is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 91mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Fujifilm GFX 50S with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Fujifilm GFX 50S is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Fujifilm GFX 50S compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Fujifilm GFX 50S — 400 shots
Min: 210 shots
Average: 432 shots
Max: 870 shots

Thickness

Fujifilm GFX 50S — 91 mm
Min: 37 mm
Average: 63 mm
Max: 97 mm

Weight

Fujifilm GFX 50S — 740 g
Min: 465 g
Average: 672 g
Max: 1320 g

Unfortunately, Fujifilm GFX 50S comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Fujifilm GFX 50S comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Fujifilm GFX 50S Photo and Sensor Features

Fujifilm GFX 50S comes with X Processor Pro processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 51.0 MP and is equipped with a Medium format (44 x 33 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Fujifilm GFX 50S has the following ISO range 100 - 12800 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 102400.

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

In a huge database of models that we have collected, Fujifilm GFX 50S features a 51.0 MP sensor. In the Pro Mirrorless class, there is a high-resolution camera.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Fujifilm GFX 50S, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 25 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Fujifilm GFX 50S’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Fujifilm GFX 50S is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of Medium format sensor featured in Fujifilm GFX 50S with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Fujifilm GFX 50S

LCD and ViewFinder

Fujifilm GFX 50S is equipped with a Tilting 3.2" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 2,360k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

The Fujifilm GFX 50S’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 3,690k dots.

100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Fujifilm GFX 50S are its 3.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, GFX 50S comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/4000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, GFX 50S unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.

Focusing

In addition, GFX 50S has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Fujifilm GFX 50S, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Fujifilm GFX 50S allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Fujifilm GFX 50S provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

In addition, Fujifilm GFX 50S is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone and, since it comes with a port for external headphones, we can call Fujifilm GFX 50S a perfect camera for high-quality videography purposes.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Fujifilm GFX 50S is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, GFX 50S is equipped with its USB 3.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect GFX 50S with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Fujifilm GFX 50S provides a shooting life of 400, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 432 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Fujifilm GFX 50S is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Fujifilm GFX 50S for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Fujifilm GFX 50S’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Fujifilm GFX 50S’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the GFX 50S to the average MirrorLess camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Fujifilm GFX 50S for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Fujifilm GFX 50S performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 93. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Fujifilm GFX 50S can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Medium format (44 x 33 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (51 MP)
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • No Image Stabilization

Fujifilm GFX 50S for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Fujifilm GFX 50S performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 76. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Fujifilm GFX 50S can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Large Medium format(44 x 33 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (148 x 94 x 91 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization

Fujifilm GFX 50S for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Fujifilm GFX 50S performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 94. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Fujifilm GFX 50S can be called a 94 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • Big Number of autofocus Points (117)
  • Big size (148 x 94 x 91 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (3.0 fps)
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (12800)
  • Small battery life (400 shots)

Fujifilm GFX 50S for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Fujifilm GFX 50S performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 67. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Fujifilm GFX 50S can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Medium format (44 x 33 mm) sensor
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (740 g)
  • Big size (148 x 94 x 91 mm)
  • No Built-in Flash

Fujifilm GFX 50S for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Fujifilm GFX 50S performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 99. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Fujifilm GFX 50S can be called a 99 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Medium format (44 x 33 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (51 MP)
  • Good Dynamic Range (14.0)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Bad Max Native ISO (12800)

Fujifilm GFX 50S Detailed Specs

General
Brand Fujifilm
Model GFX 50S
Announced Jan 18, 2017
Body Type Mid-size SLR
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fujifilm G
Number of Lenses 8
Focal Length Multiplier 0.79x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Tilting
Screen Size 3.2″
Screen Resolution 2,360k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 3,690k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.85
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 360 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 3.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash No
Flash Range 0
Flash Modes Auto, standard, slow sync, manual
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average Yes
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 25
DxO Color Depth 25.0
DxO Dynamic Range 14.0
DxO Low Light ISO 1600
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size Medium format
Sensor Dimensions 44 x 33 mm
Sensor Area 1452.00 mm2
Sensor Resolution 51.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 8256 x 6192
Max Native ISO 12,800
Max Boosted ISO 102,400
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 117
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port Yes
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 3.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 740 g
Physical Dimensions 148 x 94 x 91 mm
Battery Life 400 shots
Battery Type 400 shots
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC (dual slots, UHS-II supported)
Storage Slots 2

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