Fujifilm GFX 50R review so far
Written by Gordon Laing
The Fujifilm GFX 50R is a rangefinder-styled medium format mirrorless camera with 50 Megapixels and a built-in electronic viewfinder. Announced in September 2018, it’s the second model in the GFX series, following the GFX 50S which launched the format two years previously. The new GFX 50R shares the same sensor and quality as the original 50S, but packs it into a comfortably smaller and lighter body which now includes an electronic viewfinder.
The Fujifilm G format employs a sensor measuring 43.8×32.9mm, making it larger than the 36x24mm of full-frame sensors, and like the G50S which launched the format, the G50R packs 50 Megapixels onto it; the sensor is identical to the G50S, as is the image quality. The body however is noticeably more compact with the viewfinder now built-into the corner rather than sliding onto the top as an accessory, and with the screen no longer protruding as far. The result is a body that, at 775g, weighs 145g less than the G50S with its viewfinder fitted, while measuring 25mm thinner. In your hands it’s much more manageable and the rangefinder styling evokes memories of vintage Fujifilm medium format film bodies like the GF670. The redesign does however mean the 50R loses the tilting viewfinder of the 50S along with its upper information panel, dedicated ISO dial and the chance to angle the screen sideways, although it still angles up and down and both the shutter and compensation dials remain.
The built-in viewfinder is electronic-only, employing a 3.69 Million dot OLED panel with 0.77x magnification. Tethered shooting is also available with support for Adobe photoshop and Capture One Pro. The GFX system has grown steadily since launch and I’ve been spending some quality time with a 50R for my review-so-far! Check out my sample images from Brighton and Tokyo, and if you’re interested in the new flagship body, also take a look at my Fujifilm GFX 100 review so far!
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