Fujifilm latest release is the GFX50S II, their third 50-megapixel medium format mirrorless camera. The GFX50S II is the latest edition to the GFX family, and the only other camera in the range to feature in-camera stabilisation aside from the GFX100S. Available later this month, the body will set you back $6,499, while the kit, including the GF35-70mm f/4.5-5.6 WR lens is priced at $7,299.
The GFX50S II has a 51.4-megapixel sensor with a surface area almost double that of a 35mm full-frame camera. A big focus for Fujifilm was to make the camera as portable as possible so that it’s practical for a variety of shooting scenarios. The weight of the GFX50S II is appealing, with the camera tipping the scales at just 900g, and is considerably lighter than its big brother, the GFX 100 which weighs 1400g. Especially useful in the field is the five-axis In-Body Image Stabilisation (IBIS) mechanism that provides up to 6.5 stops to counter camera shake during handheld shooting.
The GFX50S II also features 19 Film Simulations, including “Nostalgic Neg.”, developed for the launch of the GFX100S and characterised by high saturation and soft tonality.
Incorporating the X-Processor 4 and the latest algorithm to improve AF, the GFX50S II boasts improved AF performance along with more accurate autofocus in Face/Eye Detection compared to its predecessor. The use of a flat-shaped joystick responds with enhanced sensitivity when moving the focus point, allowing for quicker and easier focus point selection.
The body of the GFX50S II is constructed of highly rigid magnesium alloy with added thickness around the base of the lens mount, that is subject to a greater load, making the camera body highly robust. It is also weather-sealed at 60 locations to offer dust- and moisture-resistance and offers the ability to operate in temperatures as low as -10℃.
The 1.8-inch sub-LCD monitor located on the top panel displays key settings, such as shutter speed, aperture, ISO sensitivity, and exposure, along with the number of frames remaining when shooting stills and the remaining duration when recording video. The display can also be customised. The rear panel features a 3.2-inch LCD monitor with 100% coverage that can be tilted in three directions to enable high- and low-angle shooting.
The Pixel Shift Multi-Shot function relies on the camera’s IBIS to shift the image sensor by 0.5 of a pixel and records 16 RAW images, resulting in 200-megapixel captures. The Pixel Shift Combiner software transforms them into a single Digital Negative (DNG) file.
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