The Fujifilm GFX50S Mark II is a medium format mirrorless digicam with 51.four Megapixels and built-in stabilisation that prices $4000 or 3500 kilos for the physique alone or $4500 / 3900 with the brand new GF 35-70 equipment zoom.

At first, and even second look, the GFX50S II appears to be like rather a lot just like the earlier GFX100S and that’s as a result of they share the very same physique, and externally the one distinction is the badge on the aspect. So the too-long didn’t learn model is that the GFX50S II is basically the GFX100S however with the decrease decision 51.four Megapixel sensor of earlier fashions, permitting Fujifilm to cost it below $4500 or 4000 kilos with a lens. 

This implies the unique 51 Megapixel sensor enjoys built-in stabilisation for the primary time, now good for as much as 6.5 stops, in addition to inheriting a 3.69 million dot digital viewfinder with 0.77x magnification, three-way tilting touchscreen, prime info panel, twin UHS II card slots and 455 shot battery life, all packed into a cushty, surprisingly compact and weatherproof physique weighing round 900g. For extra info on the physique options and controls, take a look at my GFX100S overview. I briefly had an opportunity to check out a remaining manufacturing mannequin, so I’ll present you the whole lot I’ve realized up to now within the video under, or maintain studying for the highlights!

The large distinction is after all the sensor, with the 51.four Megapixel mannequin capturing photos with 8256×6192 pixels, which can be decrease than the 100S, however nonetheless aggressive towards the very best full-framers with the advantage of a bigger pixel pitch. By coupling it with the newest picture processor, the older sensor additionally enjoys a brand new lease of life, together with all of the movie simulations as much as Nostalgic Unfavourable, improved face and eye detection, and a Pixel Shift mode which captures 16 frames that may be composited in software program later to generate a 200 Megapixel picture.

The older sensor does nonetheless lack the 4k video and phase-detect AF of the 102 Megapixel fashions, so stays restricted to contrast-based autofocus and 1080 as much as 30p, so let’s take a look at their efficiency. Right here’s a video clip I filmed with the brand new 35-70 zoom in 1080 25p with out stabilisation, and now after IBIS has been enabled, eliminating the wobbles. And at last a model with IBIS and optionally available digital stabilisation that may present better compensation however with a crop.

Whereas the display nonetheless can’t face ahead, you possibly can try a handheld vlog, counting on the IBIS to maintain issues regular and the AF system to maintain you sharp.

As for the contrast-based autofocus, right here’s a take a look at exhibiting the GFX50S II with the brand new 35-70 at 70mm f5.6 refocusing between close to and much, the place it appears to be like high quality, however there’s an extra new Speedy AF choice which as soon as enabled accelerates the focusing to develop into fairly snappy. It could eat extra energy, however I’d be very pleased with this pace and except I used to be constantly autofocusing on a transferring topic I wouldn’t miss the phase-detect AF of the 100’s.

I’ve additionally been mentioning the GF 35-70mm f4.5-5.6, a brand new compact equipment zoom that employs a collapsing mechanism to scale back its dimension when being transported. A twist of the zoom ring extends the barrel to be used. It’s comfortably smaller than the prevailing 32-64 f4 zoom and light-weight too at simply 390g. It’s out there in a equipment with the 50S II or individually for $999 or 849 kilos. As I wrap-up, I’ll present you some photographs I took with it on the GFX50S II.

The GFX50S II brings Fujifilm’s medium format system to a extra inexpensive worth level whereas nonetheless delivering greater than sufficient high quality for many photographers. By taking the surprisingly compact physique of the GFX100S, the 50S II inherits the newest controls and options together with built-in stabilisation, however by swapping the sensor for the unique 51.four Megapixel mannequin, you save 2000 {dollars} or kilos on the worth. In use, 50 Megapixels remains to be greater than sufficient for many photographers and permits the digicam to stay aggressive with the very best of the full-framers, and in my checks the contrast-based autofocus proved fast and dependable even for filming informal items to digicam. The dearth of 4k video, and even 1080 past 30p, is undoubtedly a limitation within the present market, however you possibly can nonetheless get pleasure from good high quality outcomes, particularly with the Eterna profile. Solely you possibly can resolve if this – and the shortage of phase-detect AF to better-handle transferring topics – is a deal-breaker or not. 

In the end I reckon there’s loads of photographers who’d be delighted with the 50S Mark II, with the 2 grand saving over the 100 Megapixel model making it very aggressive towards rival full-framers. I beloved the GFX100S physique, so to have it right here in a extra inexpensive model with recordsdata that also have greater than sufficient decision for many of us is a win-win. Total it’s a very tempting choice, particularly with the brand new zoom lens.

I hope to check the 50S II side-by-side towards some full-frame rivals to essentially see how the photographs, movies and focusing compares, so examine again quickly!

Test costs on the Fujifilm GFX50S II at B&H, AdoramaWEX UK or Calumet.de. Alternatively get your self a replica of my In Digicam guide or deal with me to a espresso! Thanks!

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