Fujifilm GFX 50S II
Digital Camera World|November 2021
This medium-format might tempt you away from full-frame

Specifications

Sensor: 51.4MP medium-format (43.8 x 32.9mm) Bayer CMOS

Image processor: X Processor 4

Lens mount: Fujifilm G

Autofocus: Contrast-detect AF; 425 total points

ISO range: 100 to 12,800 (exp 50-102,400)

Max burst rate: 3fps

Video: 1080p at up to 30fps

Viewfinder: 0.5-inch 3.69-million-dot fixed EVF, 0.77x magnification

LCD: 3.2-inch 3-way tilt touchscreen; 2.36 million dots

Memory card: Two SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)

Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth USB-C, mini HDMI, mic, headphone jack

Size: 150 x 104 x 44mm

Weight: 900g with battery and SD card

Fujifilm’s goal to make medium-format photography more accessible takes another step closer to going mainstream with the GFX 50S II, the fifth model in the GFX series. On paper there doesn’t seem to be a huge difference between the Mark II and its predecessor, but a completely different body, a few internal upgrades and a more tempting price point could see some photographers making the switch to medium-format.

Fujifilm already had a couple of relatively affordable medium-format cameras in the GFX 50S and GFX 50R, but after the success of its 102MP cameras, it’s no surprise that the company decided to upgrade its 50MP models. Enter the Fujifilm GFX 50S II.

At launch, it’s cheaper than the original GFX 50S, carrying a price tag that’s comparable with some of the newer high-resolution full-frame mirrorless cameras on the market right now. While that’s an unfair comparison to make in some ways, considering the speed and precision of the full-framers, it does put into perspective how far Fujifilm has come to making medium-format photography achievable.

So how exactly did Fujifilm manage to keep costs low? For one, by using the same 51.4MP sensor that was used in the original GFX 50S. That means you can forget about 4K video, and you’re stuck with a continuous shooting speed of 3fps. But not everything in photography is about video recording and burst rates. Sometimes all you want is top-notch stills and that medium-format ‘look’.

Key features

For anyone tempted by the GFX series, the GFX 100S is perhaps the most compelling option – if you have the spare change for a 102MP sensor. However, if half the sensor resolution will do, then a 51.4MP medium-format sensor is nothing to scoffat. Sure, it limits how much you can crop before degrading image quality, but it’s significantly cheaper, and you get the benefits of a sensor that’s about 1.7 times larger than a 35mm chip.

Fujifilm has opted to use the same Bayer RGBG sensor of the original in the Mark II, meaning you get bigger photosites, for better low-light performance; some very impressive dynamic range; and shallow depth of field, even at longer focal lengths. The GFX 50S II also uses a focal plane shutter like its predecessor, restricting flash sync to a conservative 1/125 sec.

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