Full specifications, release dates and pricing for Fujifilm’s first medium-format digital camera, the GFX 50S, were announced at special events around the world on 19 January.



The new Fujifilm GFX 50S, shown with the GF 32-64mm f/4 R LM WR, one of three lenses that will be offered with the new camera. (Source: Fujifilm.)

Photo Review attended the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regional briefing in Kyoto, Japan, where the new camera’s details were revealed. Unfortunately, we were unable to take any pictures with the GFX 50S so we’re confined to reporting on the main technical features of the camera. A detailed specifications list can be found at the end of this report.


Front view of the GFX 50S with no lens fitted, showing the image sensor. (Source: Fujifilm.)


Angled back view of the GFX 50S with the EVF and GF 32-64mm f/4 R LM WR (Source: Fujifilm.)


Top view of the GFX 50S with no lens fitted and a plate covering the EVF contacts. (Source: Fujifilm.)

As revealed at Photokina last September, the mirrorless Fujifilm GFX 50S features a new Fujifilm G Format 43.8 x 32.9 mm CMOS sensor with 51.4 megapixels. We asked a company spokesperson at the media briefing why Fujifilm hadn’t opted for an X-Trans sensor and were told that it wouldn’t have been able to handle the required data transfer speeds, although it was quite possible X-Trans sensors could be used in future models. Covering   1.7x the area of full frame sensors, the sensor in the GFX 50S provides enhanced  resolution and sensitivity due to the larger size of each individual pixel.

The X Processor Pro image processing engine is the same processor as used in the X Series double flagship models X-Pro2 and X-T2, enabling the GFX 50S to support Fujifilm’s acclaimed Film Simulation modes for both stills and in the Movie function, which supports Full HD recording at 30p. Weighing approximately 1230 grams when paired with a standard lens (GF 63mm f/2.8 R WR the GFX 50S t is approximately 60% of the weight of a medium format DSLR camera equipped with the same size sensor and roughly the same weight as a professional ‘full frame’ DSLR.  The new camera’s  magnesium alloy body is similar in size to a pro DSLR camera.

Key features of the new camera include a detachable electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 3,690,000 dots and a three-directional tilting, 3.2-inch, 2.36M-dot touch panel monitor. An optional  EVF-TL1 EVF tilt adapter enables the angle of the EVF to be changed to a maximum of 90 ° when shooting horizontal landscapes and +/-45 ° when shooting in the portrait position. The focal plane shutter has been newly developed specifically for the new camera and offers a maximum shutter speed of 1/4000 seconds (1/16000 seconds when using the electronic shutter), a flash synchronisation speed of 1/125 seconds or less, and high performance and durability with a cycle rating of up to 150,000 shots. Photographers can choose between an electronic front curtain shutter and a complete electronic shutter, both with negligible shutter shock.

Three lenses will be offered with the GFX 50S, when it is released in late February 2017: the GF 63mm f/2.8 R WR standard lens (RRP AU$2399), the GF 32-64mm f/4 R LM WR standard zoom lens (RRP AU$3499) and the GF 120mm f/4 R LM OIS WR Macro lens (RRP AU$4199). The GFX 50S camera body will be priced at AU$9999. For more information visit www.fujifilm.com.au.

 FUJIFILM GFX 50S Spec Sheet

Model name


Number of effective pixels

51.4 million pixels

Image sensor

43.8mm x 32.9mm Bayer array with primary color filter

Sensor Cleaning System

Ultra Sonic Vibration

Storage media

SD Card (-2G) / SDHC Card (-32G) / SDXC Card (-256G) UHS-I / UHS-II*1

File format

Still Image

JPEG (Exif Ver.2.3)*2, RAW : 14bit RAW(RAF original format), RAW+JPEG, 8-bit TIFF(In-camera Raw Conversion Only)


MOV (MPEG-4 AVC / H.264, Audio : Linear PCM / Stereo sound 48KHz sampling)

Number of recorded pixels

L:4:3 – 8256ø—6192 / 3:2 – 8256ø—5504 / 16:9 – 8256ø—4640 / 1:1 – 6192ø—6192 / 65:24 – 8256ø—3048 / 5:4 – 7744ø—6192 / 7:6 – 7232ø—6192; S: 4:3 – 4000ø—3000 / 3:2 – 4000ø—2664 / 16:9 – 4000ø—2248 / 1:1 – 2992ø—2992 / 65:24 – 4000ø—1480 / 5:4 – 3744ø—3000 / 7:6 – 3504ø—3000

Lens Mount



Standard Output

AUTO1/AUTO2/AUTO3 (up to ISO12800) / ISO100 – 12800 (1/3 step)

Extended Output

ISO50 / 25600 / 51200 / 102400

Exposure control

TTL 256-zone metering, Multi / Spot / Average / Center Weighted

Exposure mode

P(Program AE) / A(Aperture Priority AE) / S(Shutter Speed Priority AE) / M(Manual Exposure)

Exposure compensation

-5.0EV – +5.0EV 1/3EV step(Movie: -2.0EV – +2.0EV)

Image Stabilizer

Supported with OIS type lenses

Shutter type

Focal Plane Shutter

Shutter speed

Mechanical Shutter

4sec. – 1/4000sec (P mode), 60 min. – 1/4000 sec. (All modes) Bulb mode (up to 60min), TIME:60min. – 1/4000sec.

Electronic Shutter*3

4sec – 1/16000sec (P mode), 60min – 1/16000sec (All modes) Bulb mode (up to 60 min), TIME:60min. – 1/16000sec.

Electronic Front Curtain Shutter*4

4sec. – 1/4000sec (P mode), 60 min. – 1/4000 sec. (All modes) Bulb mode (up to 60min), TIME:60min. – 1/4000sec.

Mechanical + Electronic Shutter

4sec – 1/16000sec (P mode), 60min – 1/16000sec (All modes) Bulb mode (up to 60 min), TIME:60min. – 1/16000sec.

Electronic Front Curtain Shutter*4 + Electronic Shutter

4sec – 1/16000sec (P mode), 60min – 1/16000sec (All modes) Bulb mode (up to 60 min), TIME:60min. – 1/16000sec.

Synchronized shutter speed for flash

1/125sec. or slower

Continuous shooting

Approx. 3.0 fps ( JPEG:Endless Lossless compression RAW : 13 Frames Uncompressed RAW : 8 Frames)When Using the Electronic Front Curtain Shutter Approx. 1.8 fps ( JPEG : Endless Lossless Compression RAW : Endless Uncompressed RAW : 8 Frames)* Recordable frame depends on recording media.* Speed of continuous shooting depends on shooting environment and shooting frames.

Auto bracketing

AE Bracketing (2/3/5/7/9 frames) ±1/3EV – ±3EV, 1/3EV step, Film Simulation Bracketing (Any 3 types of film simulation selectable)Dynamic Range Bracketing (100%, 200%, 400%)ISO sensitivity Bracketing ( ±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV)White Balance Bracketing ( ±1, ±2, ±3)



Single AF / Continuous AF / MF


TTL Contrast AF

AF frame selection

Single Point AF: EVF / LCD: 13×9 / 25×17 (Changeable Size of AF Frame Among 6 Types)Zone AF: 3×3 / 5×5 / 7×7 from 117 Areas on 13×9 Grid Wide/Tracking AF: (Up to 9 Area)*AF-S: Wide *AF-C: Tracking

White balance

Automatic scene recognition / Custom / Color temperature selection (K) / Preset : Daylight, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light, Underwater


10sec. / 2sec.

Interval timer Shooting

YES Setting : Interval, Number of shots, Starting time

Flash modes



*When EF-X500 is set



Hot shoe

Yes (Dedicated TTL Flash compatible)


0.5 inch Approx. 3.69 millions dots OLED Color Viewfinder Coverage of Viewing Area vs. Capturing Area : Approx. 100% Eyepoint : Approx. 23mm (from the Rear End of the Camera’s Eyepiece) , Diopter Adjustment: -4 – +2m-1Magnification: 0.85x with 50mm Lens (35mm Equivalent) at infinity and Diopter set to -1.0m-1Diagonal Angle of View: Approx. 40 ° (Horizontal Angle of View: Approx. 33 ° ) Built-In Eye Sensor

LCD monitor

3.2 inch, Aspect Ratio 4:3, Approx. 2,360K-dot Tilt-Type, Touch Screen Color LCD Monitor (Approx. 100% Coverage)

Sub LCD monitor

1.28 inch, Aspect Ratio 1:1, 128×128-dot Monochrome LCD Monitor

Movie recording

[Full HD (1920×1080)] 29.97p / 25p / 24p / 23.98p 36Mbps up to Approx. 30 min.[HD (1280×720)] 29.97p / 25p / 24p / 23.98p 18Mbps up to Approx. 30min.

Photography functions

Color, Sharpness, Highlight tone, Shadow tone, Noise reduction, Long exposure NR, Lens Modulation Optimizer, Color space, Pixel mapping, Select custom setting, Edit/Save custom setting, Store AF mode by orientation, Rapid AF, AF point display, Pre-AF, Face/Eye detection AF, AF+MF, Focus peak highlight, Focus check, Interlock spot AE & focus area, Instant AF setting (AF-S/AF-C), Depth-of-field scale, Release/Focus priority, Touch screen mode, Mount adapter setting, Red eye removal, Movie AF mode, RGB Histogram, Highlight alert, Electronic level, Preview depth of field, AE lock, AF lock, AF-ON, Multiple exposure

Touch Screen Mode

Shooting Mode

Touch AF, Focus Area, OFF

Playback Mode

Swipe, Zoom, Pinch-in / Pinch-out, Double-tap, Drag

Film Simulation mode

15 modes ( PROVIA / Standard, Velvia / Vivid, ASTIA / Soft, Classic Chrome, PRO Neg.Hi, PRO Neg.Std, Black&White, Black&White+Ye Filter, Black&White+R Filter, Black&White+Gfilter, Sepia, ACROS, ACROS+Ye Filter, ACROS+R Filter, ACROS+G Filter )

Grain Effect


Color Chrome Effect


Dynamic range setting

AUTO, 100%, 200%, 400%

Playback functions

Switch slot, RAW conversion, Erase, Erase selected frames, Crop, Resize, Protect, Image rotate, Red eye removal, Voice memo setting, Copy, Photobook assist, Multi-frame playback (with micro thumbnail), Favorites, RGB histogram, Highlight alert

Wireless transmitter


IEEE 802.11b / g / n (standard wireless protocol)

Access mode



WEP/WPA/WPA2 mixed mode

Wireless function

Geotagging, Wireless communication (Image transfer), View & Obtain Images, Remote camera shooting, instax printer print

Other functions

Exif Print, Date/Time, Time difference, 35 Languages, My menu setting, Sensor cleaning, Battery age, Sound set-up, EVF brightness, EVF color, LCD brightness, LCD color, Image disp, Auto rotate displays, Preview exp./WB in manual mode, Preview pic. effect, Framing guideline, Autorotate PB, Focus scale units, Disp. custom setting, Sub monitor setting, Focus lever setting, Edit/Save Quick menu, Function(Fn) setting, Selector button setting, Command dial setting, Shutter AF, Shutter AE, Shoot without lens, Focus ring, AE/AF-Lock mode, Expo. Comp. button setting, Touch screen setting, Lock, Auto power off, Shooting stand by mode, Auto power save, Frame No., Save org image, Edit file name, Card slot setting, Switch slot, Movie file destination, Copyright Info


Digital interface

USB 3.0 (High-Speed) / micro USB terminal*connectable with Remote Release RR-90 (sold separately)

HDMI output

HDMI Micro connector (Type D)


ø¸3.5mm, stereo mini connector (Microphone) / ø¸3.5mm, stereo mini connector (Headphone) / ø¸2.5mm, Remote Release Connector DC IN 15V Connecter *Compatible with AC-15V (Optional) Only / Hot shoe / Synchronised terminal

Power supply

NP-T125 Li-ion battery (included)

Battery life for still images*5

Approx. 400frames When GF63mmF2.8 R WR is set. (Auto power save ON)

Continuance battery life of movie capture*5

Full HD : approx. 145 min. *Face detection is set to OFF

Actual battery life of movie capture*5

Full HD : approx. 70 min. *Face detection is set to OFF


147.5mm (W) x 94.2mm (H) x 91.4mm (D) / 5.81in. (W) x 3.71in. (H) x 3.60in. (D)(Minimum Depth : 41.6mm / 1.64in.)


Approx. 825g / 29.1 oz. (including battery and memory card), Approx 920g / 32.5 oz. (including EVF)Approx. 740g / 26.1 oz. (excluding accessories, battery and memory card)

Operating Temperature

-10℃ – 40℃ (+14 °F – +104 °F)

Operating Humidity

10% – 80% (no condensation)

Starting up period

Approx. 0.4 sec. * Fujifilm research

Accessories included

Li-ion battery NP-T125, Battery charger BC-T125, Plug adapter, Body cap, Shoulder strap, Metal strap clip, Metal strap clip lock, Cable protector, Interchangeable electronic view finder EVF-GFX1, Hot shoe cover(Body/EVF), Connector cover(EVF), Vertical Battery Grip connector cover, Sync terminal cover, Owner’s manual

*1 Please see the Fujifilm website to check memory card compatibility.

*2 Exif 2.3 is a digital camera file format that contains a variety of shooting information for optimal printing.

*3 The Electronic Shutter may not be suitable for fast-moving objects. Flash can not be used.

*4 When using the electronic front curtain shutter, the continuous shooting speed drops and using high speed shutter, the shutter switches to mechanical shutter. (1/640 sec. to 1/4000 sec.)

*5 Approximate number of frames or movie recording time that can be taken with a fully-charged based on CIPA Standard.

Memory Card Capacity and Image Quality / Size

Still Image


RAW 66 / RAW(Lossless compressed) 127 / L:(4:3/SUPER FINE) 254 / L:(4:3/FINE) 381 / L:(4:3/NORMAL) 607


Number of images

RAW137 / RAW(Lossless compressed) 265 / L:(4:3/SUPER FINE) 524 / L:(4:3/FINE) 785 / L:(4:3/NORMAL) 1253



Full HD(1920ø—1080) 26min. / HD(1280ø—720) 51min.


Recording time

Full HD(1920ø—1080) 54min. / HD(1280ø—720) 105min.

* For recording movies, use a card with UHS Speed Class 1 or higher.

* Although movie recording will continue without interruption when the file size reaches 4 GB, subsequent footage will be recorded to a separate file which must be viewed separately.