Fujifilm has finally given its GFX 50S medium format camera a proper introduction, as the rumor mill predicted, by revealing the full details about specifications and availability.
Sources familiar with the matter used to say that Fujifilm is working on a mirrorless camera with a medium format sensor. The company denied the rumors on multiple occasions, but it eventually confirmed such plans at the Photokina 2016 event.
After promising that we will receive more information in early 2017, the Japan-based manufacturer has officially announced the GFX 50S. This is a camera that is designed to give users the ultimate photography experience.
Fujifilm GFX 50S becomes official with 51.4-megapixel medium format sensor
We will begin with the sensor and we will confirm that it consists of a 51.4-megapixel CMOS unit measuring 43.8 by 32.9 millimeters. It is 1.7 times bigger than a full-frame sensor and it will come in handy for huge prints among others.
The sensor has a native ISO sensitivity of 100, which can be boosted up to 102,400, thus being of use in low-light conditions. Its large size will also be useful in such conditions. All these megapixels will require a lot of processing power, that will be provided by Fuji’s X Processor Pro.
Photographers will be able to capture only up to 3 fps in continuous shooting mode, as well as only full HD videos at 30fps. Users will find a bunch of modes and effects in the camera, including Film Simulations and a brand new Color Chrome Effect.
As for the shutter speed, photographers will be able to shoot photos with a maximum speed of 1/4000th of a second and a minimum of 360 seconds / 6 minutes. However, the Fujifilm GFX 50S does have an electronic shutter with a maximum speed of 1/16000th of a second.
Fuji’s new camera is weathersealed and comes with built-in WiFi
The specs list of this medium format camera continues with a focus system containing 117 AF points. The focus area can be selected by touching the 3.2-inch tilting OLED screen on the back. Nevertheless, the joystick can be used, too, when users are looking through the electronic viewfinder.
There is no built-in flash, but photographers can attach external ones with an X sync speed of 1/125th of a second. WiFi technology is also integrated, so users can remotely control the device without the need of an extra accessory.
Fujifilm GFX 50S offers two SD card slots, integrated stereo microphone, HDMI port, and a secondary 1.28-inch LCD screen. The latter is located on top of the camera and it displays exposure settings.
It is worth noting that this mirrorless camera shoots uncompressed RAW photos. The device’s electronic viewfinder is detachable, while the whole system is weathersealed, therefore it withstands low temperatures and handles dust as well as moisture.
Three lenses to be initially released with the GFX 50S
Alongside the GFX 50S camera, which weighs 825 grams, Fujifilm will release three GF-series lenses. The mount is called G-mount and all lenses (including future ones) are designed to solve 100-megapixel sensors.
The initial trio will consist of the GF 63mm f/2.8 R WR, GF 32-64mm f/4 R LM WR, and GF 120mm f/4 R LM OIS WR Macro lenses. They will provide full-frame equivalents of 50mm, 25-51mm, and, respectively, 95mm.
While these four products will become available towards the end of February 2017, Fuji is planning to launch three more lenses in late 2017, as follows: GF 110mm f/2 R LM WR (87mm focal length equivalent), GF 23mm f/4 R LM WR (18mm equivalent), and GF 45mm f/2.8 R WR (35mm equivalent).
Until then, the GFX 50S camera will cost $6,499.95, the 63mm f/2.8 will be priced at $1,499.95, the 32-64mm f/4 will set you back $2,299.95, whereas the 120mm f/4 will have a $2,699.95 price tag.