Fujifilm GFX 50R Review

Fuji GFX 50R Review

The Fujifilm GFX 50R is basically a slimmed down version of the Fujifilm GFX 50s. FUJIFILM GFX 50R Release date is November 2018. It is a rangefinder style camera so the viewfinder is on the left side of the camera. Fuji GFX 50R is also lighter than the GFX 50s it weighs about 775gr. vs. 920gr. for the GFX 50s so it is pretty much lighter and as I mentioned before it is slimmer as well. If you want a lower profile GFX camera 50R is gonna be it.

Fujifilm GFX 50R Box Content

Fujifilm GFX 50R comes with a nice white box. This box is a little smaller than the GFX 50S’ box, as the GFX 50R is a little bit smaller. So here is the box content;

    • Supplemental information for warranty and registration that you’re gonna get inside the box right away.
    • Information about Fujifilm pro service as well. So, make sure you read up on that information in there as well.
    • Instruction book. The number of these instruction books may vary depending on the number of languages spoken in your country.
    • Some really really cool information that came out when the camera was announced was support for Capture One. So, there is some information in the box regarding Capture One, where you can get the information, download and what options are available for Capture One.
    • Cautionary notes that you might want to make sure that you read up on as well about the AC adapter as well as the subsidiaries around the world that might be able to help you after you’ve purchased your camera.
    • What you can see on the top of the box is some QR codes and these are so you can get the electronic copies of those manuals as well so if you wanted to, for example, either download the remote release or download the instruction manual you can use the QR code from your mobile.

  • What’s really nice about the GFX is, that you actually get every adapter plug for every market. You can just kind of pull out a bunch of them in the box. Pretty much anywhere you go, anywhere you travel you’re gonna be able to charge your battery. There’s gonna be no problem with that.
  • Then we do have, as we did with the 50S, we do have a cable lock that allows you, for your tether cable, so that they don’t end up yanking out of the camera when you’re tethered.
  • The charger. It’s the same charger that you get with the 50S, There’s no difference there. And so if you already have the 50S, and this is a backup camera, then this is just an extra charger for you as well. Then you just attach the adapter plate to the back you just started kind of on an angle on the top and just snap it into place. Do you need to release it? Just press the button and it releases and then you can change to whichever one you need.
  • As with all of Fujifilm X-Series cameras, you also do get the little eyelets, the little rings for the camera strap itself, the little leatherettes to protect the sides of the camera when it’s attached as well as the little tool to help with the actual spreading of the rings to be able to attach it properly as well.
  • You get the nice premium GFX strap that’s included as well.
  • NP-T125 rechargeable battery.
  • The camera itself, the beautiful Fujifilm GFX 50R.

Fujifilm GFX 50R Body

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Fujifilm GFX 50R is weather sealed so in a day like gray and you’re not really sure if it’s gonna rain or not you can actually go out and shoot without having to worry about the rain or snowing or whatever because Fujifilm GFX 50R system is fully sealed.

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On top of the Fuji GFX 50R, it has the shutter speed dial and then next to it there is an exposure compensation dial. Up front around the shutter button, the command dial right there rotates and will be used primarily for ISO. Then there are custom function buttons. The first one being the drive button so you can change it to whatever you want. Up in the front, we have another function button.

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If we look at the back of the GFX 50R, there are three custom buttons that are not labeled so you can assign them to whatever you want. The focusing dial is in the back of the camera rather than on the front of the camera where it usually is. Fujifilm GFX 50R has a joystick in the back really useful for moving your focusing point around. Then there is also the Q menu button.

If you use to a DSLR kind of way of shooting by using dials to change your shutter speed and aperture you can actually do that with the Fuji GFX 50R. Simply have to put the shutter speed dial to T and the aperture ring to C that way you can actually control your aperture and shutter speed through the two command dials from the back and the front as well.

If we take a look around the GFX 50R on the right side, there is a dual card slot which is both UHS-II just up there a micro HDMI for recording to an external recorder because the Fuji GFX 50R can shoot video at 1080P.

When we look at the bottom side of the Fuji GFX50R, we do have an AC port and as well as USB-C connector and then just left to that we have the battery door. The GFX 50R uses the NP-T125  battery which is good for approximately 400 shots.

On the left side of the GFX 50R, there is a port for a cable release. On the front of the camera, we do have a PC sync if you would like to connect your flashes the old-school way you can connect it to the PC sync port in the front of the camera.

Fujifilm GFX 50R Lenses

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Fujifilm GFX 50R uses the GF lens mount so all of the GF lenses will be compatible with this camera. That includes seven lenses as of today that covers from 18mm to 198mm in full frame equivalent.

Sensor and Processor

The Fujifilm GFX 50R uses a CMOS sensor and X Processor Pro. These are the same sensor and processor as the GFX 50s. Fuji GFX 50R has the 51.4MP sensor as well as the X Processor Pro giving you 14 stops of dynamic range and getting access to the film simulations which Fujifilm is very famous for. Adding to that you get the color chrome effect which can give you a nice pop to your images and that really high-resolution image as well.


The Fujifilm GFX 50R has 425 autofocusing points which are contrast detection. You can select the size of them, you have six different sizes which you can put your focus to and if you really want to pinpoint your focus you can make it really really small to make sure you nail that focus.

Electronic Viewfinder (EVF)

The EVF is a 3.96 megapixel with a magnification of 0.77 making it really big in highly detailed to compose your pictures. And more nice addition is that the diopter adjustment on the side is now lockable just like a crown on the watch so you’re not gonna accidentally bump it and change the diopter adjustment on the camera.


The Fujifilm GFX 50R has a two-way tilt screen. It is also a touchscreen that is 2.39 megapixel. You can do a couple of different things with that touchscreen you can assign functions to it so you can swipe right left up and down to access different functions. You can also pinch to zoom or swipe through images when you’re on the playback but you can also move your focus point around if you would like and you can touch the shoot as well.

Fuji GFX 50R Image Quality

The GFX 50R comes with a digital 44 x 33mm digitally format sensor, or around 68% bigger than “Full Frame.” The Fujifilm is able to deliver excellent picture quality, as you might expect, and we remain great supporters of the JPEG engine. Image quality is essentially the same as the GFX 50S. Excellent resolution and high noise quality. JPEG engine pumps out nice colors, handles high ISO retention in good detail. Dynamic range is excellent, but not as much for certain full-frame competitors as you can expect because of the differences in sensor technology. Maybe you find that moiré is an issue.

Fujifilm GFX 50R Sample Images


For up to 29 minutes, 59 seconds, the GFX 50R can shoot 1080 video at up to 30p. It is captured at a 36Mbps bitrate as H.264 MOV files. Unfortunately, it will display a considerable amount of rolling shutter because its large sensor is relatively slow to read-out. Through line-skipping, the footage is also achieved, so it is not particularly detailed either. Finding the GFX 50R is not a camera we would recommend for video shooting is probably not going to come as a surprise. That said, it’s not exactly far behind some other contemporary video-capable cameras in full HD when it comes to detail capture.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Like all of Fujifilm’s latest cameras, GFX 50 are features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. That allows you to basically if you have your smartphone connected with the Fuji GFX 50R you can geotag your images constantly with your phone. Other than that you can remotely trigger your camera by using the Bluetooth trigger so that’s a constant connection between the camera and the phone. Just open up the app and it’s already connected, just open up the trigger and start shooting. Adding to that the standard operations you can do with the Wi-Fi is transferring your images to your smartphone or actually remotely control the camera from your smartphone as well.

Capture One Support

Also a lot of photographers will be happy to know that Capture One is going to support the GFX system really soon so if you were looking to buy into GFX system but were kind of holding back because Capture One supporting well again you’ll be happy to know that there’s a version of Capture One Pro and Express that will be compatible with the Fuji GFX 50R.

You can reach the Fujifilm GFX 50R manual and all Fuji GFX 50R Specs from the official Fujifilm website.


The GFX 50R is the cheapest digital camera available in medium format. It benefits from an interface that was under the evolutionary pressures of the mass market, just like the Pentax 645Z. The GFX is as simple to operate as a Fujifilm X-E3 (although one more difficult to transport and more slowly focussed). The downside is you may feel a bit tightly controlled on the GFX 50R and, I dare say, cheap for a camera that costs so much money.

However, the image quality is awesome. Combined with a superb selection of lenses, this large, state-of-the-art CMOS sensor allows you to achieve some of the best picture quality, this side of a 54x40mm/645 system. The slow-moving autofocus system is very good to deliver the best it can offer consistently.

The difference in quality between the Fujifilm and the best of its full-frame peers (including more modern sensors) is slightly and nonexistent, however, because the format of 44x 33 mm only exceeds the full-frame by 70 percent. You, therefore, have to pay a great deal for a marginal profit. And, in terms of focus, shooting rate or video, these smaller format cameras are, of course, much stronger and more adaptable for a wider range of challenges.

All in all, the GFX is a lovely camera but it’s maybe the best way to get into the GF lens system is to afford it. This is a camera which fully rewards distinguished and detailed photographers, but it will probably be the more sensible option for most people out there to use a flexible camera using the smaller sensor format.

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