Fujifilm has announced the launch of its first medium format mirrorless camera, the ‘GFX 50S’ which will be available for purchase in the US in late February. The camera was announced back at Photokina in September 2016 and the company revealed all the details yesterday, including its price and shipping date.
The brand new camera will cost $6,499.95 (Body Only) and its release will be accompanied by three new weather-resistant ‘FUJINON’ lenses: a 32-64mm f/4 zoom for $2,299.95, a 63mm f/2.8 for $1,499.95, and a 120mm f/4 macro for $2,699.95. Fujifilm says that they will also release a 45mm f/2.8, a 23mm f/4, and a 110mm f/2 lens later this year. A
ll the GF series lenses are weather resistant, and the company will be releasing an adapter for the GFX 50S that allows older film-based medium format lenses to mount on it.
The Fujifilm GFX 50S uses a 51.4MP ‘Fujifilm G Format’ medium-format CMOS sensor,(which is 1.7x the area of a full-frame sensor). The lens mount is known as a G-mount. The camera will directly face off with the similarly-priced Pentax 645Z and more expensive offerings from Hasselblad and PhaseOne.
- The camera has a 117-point contrast-detect AF system, and users can set the focus point using the touchscreen or a joystick on the rear plate.
- It has a NP-T125 lithium-ion battery is rated for 400 shots on a single charge which means that users can expect slightly more shots in real-life.
- The camera has a weather-sealed body which is made of a magnesium alloy and weighs just 825g/43oz with the battery and memory card installed.
- It has a 3.2 inch dual-tilt touchscreen LCD display and a 2.36M-dot OLED viewfinder.
- On the top plate lies a 1.28″ LCD which displays current shooting settings. Also, the camera comes equipped with two SD card slots.
Camera Modes and Settings
- The GFX 50S has Fujifilm’s Film Simulation modes, including a new Colour Chrome Effect option.
- It can capture Full HD video at up to 30p, with a bit rate of 36 Mbps.
- One of the highlights of the camera are the dedicated dials which can be used to independently set aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, which are the crucial factors in determining exposure.