Fujifilm’s GFX 50R is essentially a rangefinder-style version of the GFX 50S that was launched two years ago at Photokina 2016.
Because of its rectangular, flat shape, it’s most suited for use with Fujifilm’s smaller medium format lenses. When paired with the GF50mm f/3.5 R LM WR, for example, it’s the world’s smallest digital medium format camera system. Fujifilm is claiming that this makes it suitable for shooting street and documentary photography. That’s an exciting idea, but we’ve yet to try it in the real world. I wonder if the autofocusing will be fast enough?
The image quality won’t be in question. The GFX 50R uses the same technology as the GFX 50S and that produces stunning images.
Like the GFX 50S, the GFX 50R has a 3.69-million-dot organic electronic viewfinder. However, this is built-in so it can’t be removed. Also, rather than being in the middle of the of the top plate, the EVF is off to the left. It provides a nice clear view and it’s very comfortable to use. X-Pro 2 fans may be disappointed to learn that it’s not a hybrid viewfinder so you can’t opt to compose images in an optical viewfinder.
The GFX 50R doesn’t have such as modular design as the GFX 50S, which makes it less versatile, but also less bulky and more affordable. Nevertheless, there’s a 3.2-inch 2,360K-dot two-direction tiling screen that is touch-sensitive. This means you can use teh screen to compose images from low or high angles whether you’re shooting in landscape or portrait format.
I got my hands on a sample of the GFX 50R at Photokina and I’ll but updating this hands-on review with my thoughts about its handling as soon as possible. In the meantime, here are a few images of it showing the control layout.