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Fujifilm GFX 50R Review - Performance

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Fujifilm GFX 50R Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

Shutter Response <0.05secs
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.5secs
63mm - Focus / Shutter Response 0.4secs
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo 1.4secs
Shot to Shot without Flash 1.0secs (MF)
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down)
3fps (~ shots)
Continuous Shooting - RAW 3fps (14 shots)


Focus isn't the fastest. Continuous shooting is fairly typical for medium format, but better than some others. 

 

Fujifilm GFX 50R Sample Photos

Sample Photos - Exposure is reliable, with only occasional use of exposure compensation needed. Dynamic range captured is good, with the camera offering Auto DR and customisable DR options, although the difference between the settings is very subtle.

Colour reproduction is a strong point of Fujifilm, with the GFX 50S delivering Fujifilm's excellent colour reproduction, with saturated, and deep colours. You can also choose the film simulation of your own preference. 

Whilst the camera has been suggested as suitable for street photography by some (perhaps due to the rangefinder style of the camera?), it's not going to be a particularly good choice, due to the camera's size (did we mention it's big?), and the camera also has fairly slow focus speeds, which means while you hold the camera up to someone, they've plenty of time to notice you while the camera focuses. 

 

 

Fujifilm GFX 50R Lens test images

Lens Performance - The Fujinon 63mm f/2.8 lens gives a 50mm equivalent - focus is loud, and you can clearly hear the aperture blades as they adjust. Luckily the 45mm f/2.8 and 110mm f/2 lenses are much quieter. The 110mm lens is equivalent to 87mm, whilst the 45mm is equivalent to 35mm. 

The camera produces some large files, with an average Super Fine JPEG being around 26-30MB, and an uncompressed raw file is 114MB. 150 photos shot as Super Fine JPEG and RAW (Uncompressed) use 10GB, so a large memory card is recommended. You may also want to check your computer is up to the task of dealing with such large files. 

If you're impressed by the levels of detail captured in JPEG images from the camera, then you'll definitely want to have a look at the raw files, as you can get even more detail out of the files. Although, it's worth noting that the level of fine detail captured drops as the ISO speed increases.

All of the prime lenses we used produced exceptional image quality from centre to edge, and lens flare was rarely an issue. Purple fringing was occasionally noticed, particularly with the 63mm lens, in areas with high levels of contrast.

For portrait shots, the face and eye detection helps ensure that your focus is where you want it. 

Vignetting was not an issue, and bokeh (background blur) is very pleasing.

 

 

Fujifilm GFX 50R ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - Noise is very well controlled from ISO50 to ISO6400, with even ISO12800 producing good JPEG results with no further editing required. ISO25600 gives usable results (depending on your intended use), although noise is more noticeable at this setting. ISO51200 is best avoided, unless you're going to process the images. ISO102400 is where noise becomes high and image quality suffers. There's a drop in dynamic range when shooting at ISO50. Noise reduction options available include +4 and -4, with the default option 0. As expected, the GFX 50R gives the same noise performance as the GFX 50S. 

 

 

Fujifilm GFX 50R White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) gives warm results under tungsten (incandescent) lighting, with the tungsten preset giving a slightly more neutral result. AWB gives warm results under mixed lighting. Under fluorescent lighting, the AWB performs very well, with a very white result. There are a number of fluorescent presets available, however, these tend to give a colour cast. 

 

 

Fujifilm GFX 50R Digital filters

Digital Filters - There are a number of film modes available including: Provia (Standard), Velvia (Vivid), Astia (Soft), Classic Chrome, Pro Neg Hi, Pro Neg Standard, Black and White, Black and White (+ Yellow/Red/Green filter), Sepia, Acros, Acros (+ Yellow/Red/Green filter). There are also Grain and Colour Chrome effects with options of strong, weak and off. In-camera raw conversion makes it quick and easy to make changes in camera as well. There is no automatic panoramic shooting mode. 

 

 

Video - As the camera does not offer 4K video, it is perhaps not something you'd primarily be interested in using for video. However, FullHD (1080p) video recording is reasonable, with a number of different frame rates available, up to 30fps. The video records using the full width of the sensor, and there are stereo microphones built-in, as well as a 2.5mm microphone socket. With a large sensor, there is noticeable "Jello" effect when you quickly pan from side to side. It's most likely that you'll want to use manual or fixed focus to avoid lens noise while recording video. 

 


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