19 January 2017
When Fujifilm introduced us to the GFX 50S medium format camera at Photokina last year, it’s fair to we were as excited and impressed as everyone else. They have now released the full specification, availability more detail about the new range of GF lenses they have designed specifically for this camera.
The GFX 50S features a 43.8 x x32.9mm, 51.4 MP sensor, making it approximately 1.7x larger than a full frame sensor, which Fujifilm say produces 'dramatically better resolution, sensitivity performance and tone reproduction than a full frame sensor, with an equivalent number of pixels, due to the larger size of the individual pixels.'
Fujifilm has used the same X Processor Pro image engine that is featured in the X-Pro2 and X-T2 models, which brings the X-Series popular ‘Film Simulation’ features to the GFX.
A compact and lightweight (825g body only) magnesium alloy body ‘allows for easy handheld shooting despite being a medium format digital camera’ and a detachable EVF further increases shooting flexibility. The EVF boasts a brand new 0.5inch 3.69M-dot organic EL panel that uses 5 glass elements to achieve 0.85x magnification, with a wide viewing angle (40 degrees diagonal). The angle of the viewfinder can also be changed by attaching the EVF-TL1 tilt adapter, sold separately, by up to 90 degrees when shooting horizontally and ±45 degrees when shooting portrait.
The 3.2 inch, 2.36M-dot LCD touchscreen on the rear allows the user to confirm accurate focus and supports touch control for a variety of functions such as menu selection and zooming into images.
Fujifilm has developed a new focal plane shutter specifically for this camera. It has a maximum shutter speed of 1/4000 (or 1/16000 when using the electronic shutter) with a flash sync speed of 1/125 or less. The 117-point contrast AF system with distance measuring points ‘dramatically improves focusing accuracy in the medium format with a shallow depth of field’.
The ISO ranges from 100 - 12800, with an extended ISO range of 50 -1024000.
Fujifilm also developed the brand new large diameter G Mount specifically for the G Format sensor. A range of dedicated G Mount Fujinon GF Lenses has also been developed for the GFX 50S, which Fujifilm say ‘have been designed to support resolutions of up to 100MP.' Three lenses will be released at the same time as the GFX - the Fujinon GF 63mm F2.8 R WR, the Fujinon GF 32-64mm F4 R LM WR and the Fujinon GF 120mm F4 R LM OIS WR Macro.
Inheriting its looks and design from Fujifilm's X Series cameras, the GFX 50S dedicated dials to set aperture, shutter speed and ISO and also features a 1.28 inch LCD screen on the top of the body that displays relevant exposure information.
The Fujifilm GFX 50S will be available from February 23, 2017 but I suspect it will be March before we have them in stock to hire. We will let you know as we know more on that date.
We will have a more in-depth hands-on preview soon.
Model name: FUJIFILM GFX 50S
Number of effective pixels: 51.4 million pixels
Image Sensor: 43.8mm x 32.9mm Bayer array with primary color filter
Sensor Cleaning System: Ultra Sonic Vibration
Storage media: SD Card (-2G) / SDHC Card (-32G) / SDXC Card (-256G) UHS-I / UHS-II*
Lens Mount: FUJIFILM G mount
Standard Output Sensitivity: AUTO1/AUTO2/AUTO3 (up to ISO12800) ISO100 - 12800 (1/3 step)
Extended output Sensitivity: ISO50/25600/51200/1024000
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: 0.85x 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: [Full HD (1920x1080)] 29.97p / 25p / 24p / 23.98p 36Mbps up to Approx. 30 min. [HD (1280x720)] 29.97p / 25p / 24p / 23.98p 18Mbps up to Approx. 30min. * For recording movies, use a card with UHS Speed Class 1 or higher.
Power Supply: Rechargeable battery NP-T125 (Lithium-ion type) (included)
Battery life for still images**: Approx. 400frames When GF63mmF2.8 R WR is set. (Auto power save ON)
Continuance battery life of movie capture**: Full HD: approx. 145 min. *Face detection is set to OFF
Actual battery life of movie capture**: Full HD: approx. 70 min. *Face detection is set to OFF
Dimension / Weight: 147.5mm (W) x 94.2mm (H) x 91.4mm (D) (Minimum Depth : 41.6mm) Approx. 825g (including battery and memory card), Approx 920g (including EVF) Approx. 740g (excluding accessories, battery and memory card)
* Please see the Fujifilm website to check memory card compatibility.
** Measured according to the CIPA standards, using the included battery and an SD card. The number of frames that can be taken per charge varies depending on a battery’s charge capacity. This figure is not a guarantee of battery’s working capacity. At low temperatures, the number of frames per charge decreases.