Fujifilm GFX 50S Review: Modern MF

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

The Fujifilm GFX 50S is the earliest camera in the company’s new medium format GF series. It uses a 51.4MP Medium Format CMOS sensor with a Bayer filter array. Relish its smaller sensor X-series siblings, it offers retro-styling and direct controls in a well-balanced (albeit large) mirrorless body.

At 43.8 × 32.9mm, the sensor in the GFX 50S is tighter in surface area than film medium format. However it is identical in size and pixel count to those offered in the current crop of middle format digital cameras on the market (with the exception of the Phase One XF and the Hasselblad H6D). The sensor is 1.7x the surface area of full frame.

Notable Chips

  • 51.4MP medium format CMOS sensor the broadest definition, a sensor is an electronic component, module, or subsystem whose purpose is to detect events or changes in (43.8 × 32.9mm) with Bayer filter array
  • 3.69M-dot OLED Removable EVF
  • 3.2″ 2.36M-dot touch LCD tilts horizontally and vertically
  • AF-point-selection joystick
  • Weather-sealing
  • Mist Simulation modes
  • 1/125 sec flash sync speed
  • 3 fps continuous shooting
  • 1080/30p video capture
  • In-camera Raw processing
  • Dual SD card slots (UHS-II)
  • USB 3.0 socket
  • Wi-Fi

How does it fit in?

The GFX 50S is an in toto new system and uses the brand new ‘G’ mount. At launch, three lenses will be available (with three more to ship by year’s end). If you’re turned off by the minimal lens choice, don’t be, in just five years, the company added 23 lenses to the X-mount lineup, turning a young system into one with barrels of choices. So we’ll likely see more GF lenses announced relatively soon.

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Our Fujifilm Photokina interview alluded to the fact that the company has felt clever to go bigger for some time. This makes sense: with numerous brands operating in the Full Frame arena, it seems sensible to leapfrog that form all together. It’s also a good way to keep product lines from cannibalizing one another.

The camera clearly shares a lot with its high-end X-series siblings, but not their X-Trans sensor array. Somewhat the GFX 50S uses a more traditional Bayer sensor array. The justification: Bayer reduces the complexities of signal processing, which is important when details is coming from such a large sensor.

With or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel the GFX 50S you have the promise of an outstanding ergonomic experience – one in which company’s X-series cameras are recollected for – coupled with a large sensor capable of lovely “Fujifilm” color renditions. The question is can it live up to this promise?

Stacking it up

Fujifilm is hoping the GFX 50S command find its way into the hands of commercial shooters working in fashion, portraiture or landscape. Of course, there are quite a few cameras on the market satisfying the difficulties of photographers in those disciplines. We’ve compared the GFX 50S to quite a few in the table below. But cameras like the Pentax K-1 and Sony a7R II also make for worthwhile comparisons.

Pentax 645Z Hasselblad X1D
Camera paradigm Mirrorless SLR SLR SLR Mirrorless
Sensor size 43.8 × 32.9mm 35.9 x 24.0mm 35.9 x 24.0mm 43.8 × 32.9mm 43.8 x 32.9mm
Pixel count 51.4MP 50.6MP 36.3MP 51.4MP 50MP
Max resolution 8256 x 6192px 8688 x 5792px 7360 x 4912px 8256 × 6192px 8272 x 6200px
Min ISO ISO 100
(expand 50)

ISO 100
(Augment 50)

ISO 64
(Expand 32)
ISO 100 ISO 100

ISO 12,800
(expand 102,400)

ISO 6,400
(Expand 12,800)
ISO 12,800 (Expand 51,200) ISO 204,800

ISO 25,600
Max frame rate 3 fps 5 fps 5 fps 3 fps 2.3 fps
Autofocus system On-sensor Contrast Detect Dedicated 61-point AF sensor w/ 41 cross-type Consecrate 51-point AF Sensor w/ 15 cross-type Dedicated 27-point AF sensor w/ 25 cross-type On-sensor Contrast Detect
Metering On-sensor metering (256-zone) 150k-pixel (RGB+IR) metering sensor 91k-pixel RGB 86K-pixel RGB On-sensor metering
LCD 3.2″ 2.36M-dot tip 3.2″1.04M-dot
3.2″ 1.2M-dot fixed 3.2″ 1.04M-dot tilting 3″ 920K-dot


Yes No No No Yes
Viewfinder Electronic 3.69M-dot (removable)
w/0.85x mag
Optical w/ 0.71x mag Optical w/ 0.7x mag

Optical w/ ˜0.75x mag

Video spec 1080/30p 1080/30p 1080/60p 1080/60i/30p 1080/25p
Dimensions 147.5 x 94.2 x 91.4mm 152 x 117 x 76mm 146 x 123 x 81.5mm 155 x 117 x 122mm 150 x 98 x 71mm
Incline 920 g
(with EVF)
845 g 880 g 1,550 g 725 g
Price (body only, MSRP) $6500 $3700 $3300 $8500 $8600
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Price, lenses and availability

The Fujifilm GFX 50S is available now for a body-only price of $6500. Currently, three lenses are convenient for the system (though availability seems to vary by region). They include the GF 63mm f/2.8 R WR for $1500, the GF 120mm f/4 Macro R LM OIS WR for $2700, and the GF 32-64mm f/4 R LM WR Lens for $2300.


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Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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