Fujifilm GFX 50S II Review

The GFX 50S II is the fifth medium-format mirrorless camera that Fujifilm have launched in the last couple of years, and is by far one of the most budget-friendly, making medium-format available to a much wider target market.

As its name suggests, it has a 50 megapixel picture sensing unit which physically determines 43.8 x32.9 mm, a lot larger than the 36x24mm sensing unit found in a 35mm full-frame electronic camera – roughly 1.7 x larger as a matter of fact.

The Fuji 50S II really utilizes specifically the very same sensing unit as the older 50 megapixel 50S as well as 50R versions, in spite of costing significantly less than both at launch.

This is a back brightened CMOS sensor with the exact same contrast-detect type autofocus system as the 50S and also 50R, without phase-detection AF sensors embedded in the sensing unit as on the 100 megapixel GFX 100 and also 100S video cameras.

Brand-new to the Mark II edition is “Contrast Rapid AF”, an enhanced version of the contrast-based autofocus system that can focus in 0.272 sec with the 35-70mm lens, just 0.1 sec slower than the GFX 100S with the very same lens and its advanced PDAF system.

The native ISO range ranges from ISO 100 to ISO 12,800, which is expandable to 50-102,400.

The GFX50S II does utilize the latest, most powerful X-Processor 4 picture processor, however, a function that is shared with the 100 megapixel versions, which enables the brand-new variation to provide a tremendous 79 upgraded functions when compared to the original 50S version.

Similar to the GFX 100 and 100S, the 50S II features in-body picture stabilization (IBIS), however this moment the five-axis picture stabilisation system provides an also much better settlement ranking of as much as 6.5 stops.

The Fuji 50S II offers 1080p video clip recording with a structure rate of 30fps, a constraint of the sensing unit that it uses, instead of the 4K 30p video recording discovered on the GFX 100/S.

The 50S’s detachable viewfinder as well as battery grasp have both been given up in the interest of making the Mark II variation lighter, smaller as well as most importantly cheaper (as it’s easier to produce).

Other crucial requirements include a weather-resistant magnesium alloy body, 3.69M-dot OLED electronic viewfinder with 100% protection and also a zoom of 0.77 x, 2.36 million dot tilting 3.2-inch LCD display, Face as well as Eye Detection AF, 3fps continual capturing rates, and also dual UHS-II SD flash memory card slots.

The 50S II also supplies shutter rates from 60 minutes to 1/4000th sec utilizing the mechanical focal airplane shutter or approximately 1/16000 sec through the digital shutter, interval shooting as well as several direct exposure settings, built-in Wi-Fi as well as Bluetooth connection, and a USB-C port.

The Fujifilm GFX 50S II is available currently priced at ₤ 3499/ $3999 body only or ₤ 3999/ $4499 with the brand-new GF 35-70mm package lens, in the UK as well as USA respectively, putting in comparable with the likes of the Canon EOS R5 and Sony Alpha A7R IV 35mm full-frame mirrorless electronic cameras.

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Fujifilm GFX 50S II
On the surface the new GFX 50S II corresponds last year’s GFX 100S camera, with the exact same magnesium alloy, weather-resistant body, the very same PASM control dial and also leading LCD panel, and also the same back LCD display, electronic viewfinder and AF joystick on the back.

The GFX 50S II is additionally taking on the 35mm full-frame market by being likewise sized to some DSLR as well as mirrorless models, regardless of having a bigger, tool format sensing unit – as well as have we already mentioned that it’s very in a similar way valued to flagship full-frame versions from Canon, Sony, Nikon and also Panasonic, even with a lens included?

Despite having a tool format sensor, it’s clear that Fujifilm believes the GFX 50S II primary opponents are 35mm sensing unit video cameras, not the “standard” medium-format market that mostly serves studio professional photographers.

With this brand-new design, Fujifilm have actually strongly minimized the size and the price of the GFX 50S II to take on the likes of the Sony Alpha A7R IV, Canon EOS R5, Nikon Z7 II as well as Panasonic Lumix S1R, not to mention DSLRs like the Canon EOS 5D IV and Nikon D850.

Fujifilm does not have a 35mm electronic camera range – instead it has the popular APS-C X-series as well as the relatively brand-new GFX medium-format series.

Fujifilm GFX 50S II
So it’s assaulting the prominent full-frame market from two angles – smaller, lighter as well as less costly video cameras like the X-T4, as well as currently a medium-format video camera that is similar in size, weight as well as even cost to the latest flagship 35mm versions.

We haven’t even discussed the GFX 50S II’ medium format opponents, which with the exception of the currently aging Pentax 645Z are usually bigger as well as a lot, far more pricey than this electronic camera.

As ever before with cameras, there’s no one version that does it all, however, so do not expect the GFX 50S II to competing smaller-sensor electronic cameras for things like ruptured capturing rates, video and also auto-focus efficiency.

It is still significantly a medium-format electronic camera in theses locations, which is particularly real with the 50S II since it continues to utilize the now aging 50 megapixel sensor that made its debut in 2017’s 50S video camera.

The Fuji 50S II evaluates 900g and measures 150×104.2 x87.2 mm, making it somewhat larger and heavier than the original 50S, which weighed in at 740g as well as gauged 148x94x91mm, although the numbers for the GFX 50S are without the detachable EVF being fitted, and also most importantly it doesn’t have IBIS either, unlike the 50S II

Fujifilm GFX 50S II
Just like the GFX 100S, Fujifilm aren’t releasing an optional battery hold for the GFX 50S II – it does not even have the electric contacts on the bottom of the cam body – so there will certainly be no 3rd-party choices offered either.

Instead there is a metal hand grasp accessory called the MHG-GFXS that enhances the in-hand feeling of the cam, somewhat paradoxically by making it larger.

So if you’re a follower of either suitable an optional battery grasp to your video camera for far better battery life and also improved comfort designs when capturing in picture setting, sadly the GFX 50S II will not meet your demands, and also you’ll need to take into consideration the older 50S or 50R models rather.

So Fuji’s designers have actually included an in-body 5-axis stabilisation device for the first time in a 50 megapixel model, one that’s in fact even more effective than the device inside the GFX 100S.

The GFX 100 offers 5.5 stops of payment, the GFX 100S uses 6 stops of settlement, and the GFX 50S II uses a class-leading 6.5 stops of payment, thanks to a somewhat redesigned IBIS device.

Fujifilm GFX 50S II
This is the 3rd GFX and third ever average style electronic camera to include in-body photo stabilization. The Fuji GFX 50S II makes use of an acquainted 5-axis system which supplies up to 6.5 stops of image stabilization (when using the GF 63mm F2.8 R WR lens).

The first 2 50 megapixel GFX cameras really did not have IBIS integrated, instead depending on the lens to provide it, which not all GFX lenses do. With the GFX 50S II, any kind of lens that you affix to it will automatically gain from up to 6.5 stops of payment. Additionally, the same system is utilized to assist reduce shutter shock, which given the resolution available is a very welcome benefit.

Pixel Shift is an unique Multi-Shot feature that uses the IBIS unit to enable the GFX 50S II to produce 205 megapixel pictures. The camera’s IBIS system is utilized to move the picture sensing unit by approximately a pixel in numerous instructions throughout a sequence of 16 shots, which can then be immediately combine into a solitary photo utilizing Fuji’s Pixel Shift Combiner software application.

Fuji likewise upgraded the focal aircraft shutter system in order to reduce the size of the 50S II, however it still supplies the same fastest shutter rate of 1/4000th 2nd and also the lengthiest direct exposure time of 60 mins. There’s also an electronic shutter which provides an also faster shutter speed of as much as 1/16000 sec, which is useful for capturing in intense problems at wide-open apertures, for instance.

The 3rd major design choice that has assisted to make the GFX 50S II so small, along with the new IBIS and shutter systems, is the fostering of a smaller battery.

Fujifilm GFX 50S II
The Fujifilm GFX 50S II makes use of precisely the same NP-W235 battery as the X-T4 APS-C sensor video camera and also the GFX 100S, instead of the physically bigger TP-125 battery utilized by the GFX 100 and the GFX 50S, and it’s integrated into the bottom of the handgrip, again enabling the designers to make the 50S II smaller sized.

The NP-W235 provides a CIPA-rated battery life of as much as 455 shots on a single charge in typical setting, versus 400 shots for the TP-125, so it really out-performs the larger battery.

The Fuji GFX 50S II is a really sturdy cam, as you ‘d most likely expect for ₤ 3.5 K, with absolutely no flex or activity in its framework thanks to a die-cast magnesium alloy body and also machined control dials.

It’s likewise dust-resistant, waterproof as well as freeze-resistant to -10 ° C, making this a medium layout electronic camera that can be made use of outside in addition to indoors, more raising its adaptability.

In terms of its comfort designs as well as control design, the 50S II is the very best know GFX model yet, and the one that we’ve most taken pleasure in utilizing, primarily due to the fact that it manages similar to a costs full-frame DSLR or mirrorless electronic camera.

Fujifilm GFX 50S II
The front of the Fujifilm GFX 50S II is embellished with the white Fujifilm logo design positioned above the lens. To the left of the lens install, if viewing the cam front-on, is a little black button that can be tailor-maked, which by default accesses the Performance Boost functions. On the bottom-left of the lens is a round button for launching the lens.

Thanks to the fostering of the NP-W235 battery and its placement, the 50S II has a very large grasp that I can conveniently fit even my pinky finger around whilst running the shutter switch with your forefinger as well as grasping the back of the cam with your thumb, which makes it exceptionally easy to hold for prolonged amounts of time. Even brief periods of one-handed usage are feasible – the number of tool style cameras can you claim that regarding?

Similar to they just recently did with the X-S10 APS-C camera, Fujifilm have actually made the very-unlike-Fuji choice to rather simplify the layout of the GFX 50S II by not including the typical shutter speed and also ISO speed dials that decorate the majority of its cams.

Rather, there’s a traditional shooting setting dial left wing, total without any less than 6 (!) Custom-made mode settings and the typical PASM settings, and also a big, monochrome top-panel LCD screen on the right, a combination that’s just like the one on the GFX 100S.

In front of the shooting mode dial is the all new capturing setting button, which toggles in between Movie as well as Still. This is a welcome simplification of the way in which you picked these settings on previous GFX cameras, although you do shed top-panel access to the Drive modes, which are currently instead accessed by the brand-new Drive switch on the rear of the camera.

Fujifilm GFX 50S II
The 1.8″ top-panel LCD screen skillfully changes the normal physical ISO and also Shutter rate dials by showing three “virtual” controls rather, with ISO left wing, shutter speed on the right as well as direct exposure payment under.

Relying on which capturing mode you’re in, as you utilize the front and back control dials to transform these settings, the virtual screen is upgraded in real-time.

It can likewise be toggled making use of the little unmarked button to the bottom-right of the top LCD screen to alternatively present either a pie chart or the Fuji GFX 50S II’s existing crucial setups, including the shutter rate, aperture, exposure payment, sensitivity, shooting mode, white equilibrium as well as movie simulation mode.

It’s not quite as convenient as having real dials, however is a creative idea however, particularly as when set to the crucial setups setting, the LCD screen stays on when the video camera is shut off, which serves as a quick pointer of your last used settings even prior to you transform the camera back on.

There’s additionally no helpful exposure payment dial, nonetheless, instead replaced by a small committed button in addition to the camera next to the shutter switch that’s rather awkwardly used in conjunction with the rear control dial.

Fujifilm GFX 50S II
Completing the top of the electronic camera is a little button for illuminating the top LCD panel, an unmarked, re-configurable Function button that by default toggles Face Detection on and off, and also an On/Off switch that borders the shutter launch button – this isn’t threaded for a conventional shutter release wire, though, as on some X-series electronic cameras.

The Fujifilm GFX 50R is outfitted with a 43.8 x32.9 mm CMOS sensing unit with a resolution of 51.4 megapixels and also no optical low pass filter that supplies 8256×6192 pixel still images.

The sensor is basically the same as the one discovered in the Fujifilm GFX 50S, 50R as well as Hasselblad X1D cameras.

This chip has an imaging area that’s 1.7 x more than that of a 35mm “full-frame” sensing unit, as well as over 3.7 times larger than the APS-C sized sensing units made use of in Fujifilm’s X-series electronic cameras.

Unlike those electronic cameras, however, the Fujifilm GFX 50R has a traditional Bayer colour filter array before the sensing unit. The pixel count isn’t really more than that of the highest-resolution 35mm full-frame DSLRs– the Canon EOS 5DS as well as 5DS R– yet the pixel pitch is better, guaranteeing a larger dynamic range and also a far better signal-to-noise ratio.

Fujifilm GFX 50S II
The Fujifilm GFX 50S II has the same contrast-detect kind autofocus system as the original 50S, without any phase-detection AF sensors installed in the sensing unit as on the GFX 100/100S electronic cameras, so if auto-focus speed is critical after that one of the GFX 100 models is the very best choice.

Having stated that, Fujifilm have actually added a brand-new Rapid AF option to the Mark II 50S, which quickens the contrast-based concentrating and additionally makes it more accurate by utilizing the brand-new IBIS system to manage sensor movement blur.

Also, the most recent X-Processor 4 inside the 50SII gain from having the most recent algorithm that enhances the AF’s refresh price, resulting in even more precise autofocus in Face/ Eye Detection compared to the previous design.

Depending on the lighting problems, the GFX 50S II is quicker than the original 50S model but still a little on the slow side to auto-focus, taking around 1/3 2nd to lock onto the subject and likewise vulnerable to searching in low-light settings.

The AF factor can be readied to one of six different sizes through the back control dial to accomplish extra specific focusing, as well as you can likewise just touch on the touchscreen to establish the AF factor. If you desire even more control, you can pick the 425 points alternative which splits the very same area of the frame right into a 17×25 grid of smaller AF points.

Fujifilm GFX 50S II
The Fuji GFX 50S II likewise offers Zone and also Wide/Tracking settings which utilise the larger 425-point location to catch moving topics.

In Zone mode, you can choose a 3×3, 5×5 or 7×7 zone out of the 425-point AF location. During AF-C focus, the video camera consistently tracks the subject, positioning it at the centre of the area.

The Wide/Tracking setting combines the Wide mode (during AF-S), in which the GFX 50S II instantly recognizes and tracks the area in focus throughout the 425 point AF area, and also the predictive Tracking setting (during AF-C), which uses the entire 425-point location to proceed tracking the topic. This feature makes it possible for continuous focusing on a subject that is moving up and down, left and also ideal or towards as well as far from the video camera.

Manual emphasis is also provided, and great it is also. As you would certainly anticipate, the hand-operated focus rings on all the GFX lenses have a wonderful feel, and 2 different concentrating help are offered – automobile zoom and also emphasis coming to a head. Along with the high-resolution electronic viewfinder, we located it simple to precisely establish vital sharpness.

The GFX 50S II uses a constant capturing price of 3fps, the same rate as the 50S, yet the barrier depth is a lot better – for limitless JPEGs or 31 pressed Raw data if you use a UHS-II SDXC card and the electronic shutter, making it among the quicker average layout cameras on the market. If you like to use the mechanical shutter, the price goes down to 2.2 fps for unrestricted JPEGs or compressed Raws.

Fujifilm GFX 50S II
The GFX 50S II provides precisely the exact same basic video clip setting as the 50S and also 50R, supporting either Full HD (1920×1080 pixels) or 720p recording at 29.97, 25, 24, as well as 23.98 fps in the H. 264 compressed MP4 style. There’s no 4K recording on this camera – you’ll require to step up to the 100 megapixel GFX 100/100S models for that function.

The Mark II does use an improved optimum recording time of 2 hrs, though, versus 30 minutes on the initial design.

There are both 3.5 mm Mic as well as 3.5 mm Headphone ports on the left-hand flank of the camera when checked out from the back, with USB-C, HDMI and also an X-Sync flash socket below them.

The GFX 50S II can be powered and also charged through the USB-C link, which serves if you’re out and concerning and have a compatible powerbank to connect the video camera right into.

Two sd card slots lie on the right-hand flank of the camera when seen from the rear. The GFX 50S II offers compatibility with Ultra High Speed UHS-II SDXC memory cards, which has the primary benefit of boosting the data composing speed in continuous mode to about two times that of a conventional UHS-1 card.

Likewise located on the right of the electronic camera body is the Remote socket, concealed under it’s own flap.

Fujifilm GFX 50S II
The Fuji GFX 50S II features both integrated wi-fi and also Bluetooth connection. The latter option creates a consistent, low-power connection in between the cam and a smartphone/tablet to transfer images and video clip using the Fujifilm Camera Remote smart device app, while the former permits you to from another location manage the GFX 50S II using a 2.4 Ghz wi-fi link utilizing a mobile phone or tablet and the Fujifilm application, and also transfer photos and video clip from one gadget to the other.

With its focal-plane mechanical shutter, the Fujifilm GFX 50S II has a leading shutter-speed limit of 1/4000th second in all shooting modes. This enables you to select a quicker aperture also in brilliant problems or when firing with flash during the day, although there’s no integrated ND filter.

The GFX 50S II also has an electronic shutter along with the mechanical one, which offers a much faster top shutter speed of 1/16,000 th secondly. This allows you to proceed firing wide-open with quick aperture lenses in the brightest of problems without having to turn to suitable a glass ND filter or utilizing exterior flash and also lights.

There are some vital caveats with the electronic shutter – the ISO array is limited to 100-12800 and you can not make use of an external flashgun, yet on the whole it’s a terrific function that makes the GFX 50S II even more functional.

As opposed to a traditional optical viewfinder, the Fuji GFX 50S II utilizes the same 3.69M-dot OLED digital viewfinder that the GFX 100S makes use of, which is 0.5 inch in dimension with 100% scene coverage and also 0.77 x magnifying.

Fujifilm GFX 50S II
Unlike the original GFX 50, this digital viewfinder is dealt with in place and not detachable. The EVF can in fact be completely gotten rid of from the main cam body on the 50S model, whereas it’s taken care of in position on the brand-new GFX 50S II It supplies the same 3.69M-dot resolution but has better 0.85 x magnifying.

The optional EVF-TL1 tilt and also swivel adapter can also be made use of with the 50S’ viewfinder to transform the angle of the viewfinder to a maximum angle of 90 ° when firing horizontal landscapes as well as ± 45 ° when capturing in the portrait placement.

So the viewfinder on the 50S is extra functional as well as higher-resolution than the one on the newer version, at the expense of excellent complexity and an accompanying boost in rate.

The dimension of the rear LCD screen is 3.2-inches as well as the resolution is an excellent 2.36m-dots, exactly the like the screen on the GFX 50S as well as 100/S. It can also be usefully slanted backwards and forwards by about 90 degrees when in landscape mode as well as upwards when capturing in picture mode via a straightforward press of a button on the side.

The Fujifilm GFX 50S II has an user-friendly touchscreen interface, allowing you to either relocate the AF factor or at the same time move the AF point and focus on the topic.

Fujifilm GFX 50S II.
On the right-hand side of the display is a tiny icon which if you push it allows you to select in between using the display to establish the AF point, or to have it focus too. If you choose, you can shut off this functionality altogether, however it is quicker than using the joystick to establish the AF point.

One disadvantage to leaving the touchscreen AF on is that we maintained accidentally relocating the AF factor when altering lenses or making use of the EVF. In photo playback, you can just drag left as well as best to undergo the series of images and also pinch/double-tap to zoom in and also out, although you still can not use the main food selection system through the touchscreen.

Unlike the GFX 100 with its rather unfamiliar design, the back panel of the 50S II will certainly really feel much more welcoming to any individual that has ever handled a Fujifilm X-series camera prior to.

There’s the abovementioned Drive button and a Delete button situated to the left of the EVF and an AF Mode dial (S/C/M) on the right, with a small AF On switch for back-button concentrating as well as the rear control dial alongside that.

Fujifilm GFX 50S II.
The tiny Quick Menu button is set into the rear thumb rest. This offers quick access to lots of regularly made use of shooting setups consisting of the ISO speed, White Balance, File Size as well as File Quality, with either the focus joystick, front control dial or the touchscreen utilized to swiftly alter between them.

Rather than a typical 4-way controller with a centred Menu/OK switch, the Fujifilm GFX 50S II has an upright column of buttons, beginning with the brand-new, responsive 8-way joystick which is mainly used for establishing the AF factor and afterwards the AE-Lock button.

Underneath those controls in the Menu/OK switch which accesses the 7 various Shooting and Set-up menus, the Disp/Back switch which is utilized for transforming the LCD show or going back, and also finally the Playback button.

The base of the cam features a screw tripod thread that’s inline with the centre of the lens mount as well as the battery compartment.

Picture Quality
All of the example images in this review were taken using the 51.2 megapixel SuperFine JPEG setting, which offers an average picture size of around 25Mb.

The Fujifilm GFX 50S II created pictures of superior high quality throughout the review duration.

This camera creates noise-free photos at ISO 50 as much as ISO 3200, with some sound appearing at ISO 6400. The faster setups of ISO 12800 and 25600 are still useful, although we ‘d suggest staying clear of ISO 51200 as well as higher ideally.

The RAW data were additionally exceptional, showing more noise yet still producing really functional photos from ISO 50-12800.

The evening photo was excellent, with the maximum shutter speed of 60 mins allowing you to capture sufficient light in mostly all scenarios. The Dynamic Range settings subtly enhance detail in the shadows as well as highlights, while the Film Simulation modes hark back to a lost age.

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