Fujifilm GFX 50S II: Affordable Medium Format Camera

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Fujifilm GFX 50S II is the most affordable medium format mirrorless camera to date – for $ 4,000, you get a slightly stripped-down version of the flagship of the GFX 100S series, with a reduced resolution of 51 megapixels and a contrast autofocus system, as well as the absence of a 4K video shooting mode. The camera is designed primarily for leisurely photo shooting, and will sell for $ 4,500 when bundled with the new GF 35-70mm F4.5-5.6 WR lens .


Fujifilm GFX 50S II

The presentation focused on the compact size of the camera, it is no larger than full-frame mirrorless cameras from other brands, as well as the IBIS image stabilization system in the camera body, which can compensate for 6.5 stops of exposure, which is very good for a medium format sensor. True, the company says 6.5 stops is achievable with the FUJINON Lens GF63mmF2.8 R WR.

The stabilization system IBIS can also be used to create ultra-high-resolution images of 200 megapixels, which was also said a lot of flattering words at the presentation. In fact, having experience working with huge advertising posters, which depict small-sized objects that require high detail, you understand that the 200 megapixel mode will be in demand.


Fujifilm GFX 50S II complete with new GF 35-70mm F4.5-5.6 WR lens

The ergonomics of the camera are carefully thought out – a large, convenient OLED display on the top panel, information from which is easy to read, a comfortable grip, a two-axis tilting 3.2-inch LCD screen with 100% frame coverage, which is capable of tilting in portrait orientation, an electronic viewfinder with 3.69 million-dot resolution with 0.77x magnification, plus 2 UHS-II card slots. Comfortable.


The GFX 50S II has a two-axis tilting LCD screen

What about autofocus? The miracle did not happen, the contrast AF module is still installed in the 50S II, and not the phase one, as in the older model GFX 100S. To somehow mitigate this fact, the engineers equipped the GFX50S II with more accurate face / eye recognition compared to the similar function in the GFX50S. The novelty will also be called a reportage camera at a stretch – the shooting speed of 3 frames per second hints that the GFX 50S II is for more thoughtful and leisurely photography. The camera cannot shoot 4K video, it only supports Full HD video. On a single charge, the camera is capable of taking about 440 pictures.


Large, user-friendly OLED display on the top panel.
I wonder why the cameras of the younger series are deprived of such a gorgeous screen?

By the way, regarding the splashing water in the photo above – the GFX50S II camera is equipped with protection against dust, moisture and atmospheric influences, it is not afraid of the cold -10 ° C, although recently there has been a tendency for real frosty winters to return to our region, and the indicated temperature is not looks amazing. It may actually be cold for Japan, but they have mountains there, and strong winds from Siberia bring snow and quite harsh conditions for shooting great shots.

Fujifilm is proud of the fact that the GFX50S II supports 19 film simulation modes that are designed for a wide variety of scenes, and you can immediately see the future result on the screen in Live View mode. Not so long ago, I talked with a photographer who loves film imitation modes and actively uses them in his work, claiming that it was the presence of these modes that played a decisive role in buying a new camera from Fujifilm.

Camera controls

The dimensions of the camera are 150 x 104 x 87 mm, the weight is 900 g. Among the interfaces are USB 3.2 Gen 1 with charging, microphone and headphone ports, micro HDMI and Wi-Fi 802.11ac + Bluetooth.

What do you think?

4.8 / 5. 34