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The GFX 50R recently launched by Fujifilm is similar to its GFX 50S medium format camera, especially when it comes to internal components. Where the two models differ is in their design, Bluetooth capability, and weight. Essentially, the 50R is like the 50S except that it comes in a rangefinder-style body.
In terms of looks, the 50R mostly resembles the X-E3. Compared to the 50S, it is a much lighter version, weighing around 145g less. Despite the differences in looks and weight, the 50R manages to pack many of the much-loved features of the 50S, such as build quality and weather sealing.
User friendly with a rugged body
A great camera is one you can confidently take anywhere without fear of damage. The Fujifilm GFX 50R comes with a magnesium alloy body and is weather-sealed in 54 places, making it the ideal companion for trips just about anywhere.
The 50R is also designed to be easy to operate. It does away with selector buttons in order to provide more space for hand-holding the camera. A Focus Lever is available for adjusting the focal point without much hassle. Lying on top of the camera’s body are two dials: one for controlling shutter speed and the other for taking care of exposure compensation.
Compact and lightweight rangefinder-style camera
At 775g, the 50R is 145g lighter than the 50S. Not only that, it is about 25mm slimmer than the 50S. The rangefinder style allows users to train one eye on the subject while using the other to compose the perfect shot.
51.4MP resolution G Format sensor
The GFX 50R continues the tradition of providing excellent color and tone reproduction thanks to the combined forces of a Fujifilm G Format 43.8 x 32.9mm sensor that has 51.4MP resolution and a X-Processor Pro image processing engine.
With such features, users can try out different well-known photographic film tones, such as ACROS, PROVIA, and Velvia. The micro lenses on the sensor help replicate the texture, feel, and atmosphere of the scene being shot.
This is the first model in the GFX lineup with support for Bluetooth wireless communication. With this capability, the camera can be easily paired with smartphones or tablets for the transfer of photos using the Fujifilm Camera Remote app.
Wide lens selection and software compatibility
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Since the 50R belongs to the GFX family, it has access to the seven Fujinon GF Lenses available for G Mount. The lens selection covers varying focal lengths, from 23mm to 250mm. All these lenses are also weather-sealed, making them ideal for taking along no matter the condition.
The GFX system also offers users flexibility in terms of compatible software, including Fujifilm’s very own Capture One Pro which enhances studio sessions for commercial and fashion photography. Tethering software, such as HS-V5 for Windows and Tether Shooting Plug-in PRO for Adobe, are also compatible with the GFX system.
The Fujifilm GFX 50R is expected in late November 2018 in the US and Canada where it will sell for US $4,499.95.