Fujifilm has blessed the photography space with an interesting proposition in the form of its new GFX 50S II. At $3999 (body only), it happens to be the cheapest medium format camera out right now. It has achieved this with the help of a ten-year-old yet remarkable 51.4-megapixel large format sensor that has been equipped with special technologies for improving image sharpness.
The Fujifilm GFX 50S II comes with a 5-axis image stabilization mechanism which is good for up to 6.5 stops for vibration reduction. It even ships with a set of 19 Film Simulation modes that allow users to invoke the vintage look in their photographs.
This Fujifilm camera leverages a specialized design that places small, light-collecting microlenses on its sensor for creating a wide gap between adjacent pixels. The company claims that this maximizes light resolution per pixel and offers increased image sharpness. Additionally, the arrangement also leads to high ISO sensitivity and a wide dynamic range.
The GFX50S II holds the high-speed X-processor 4 engine that’s complemented by special algorithms for a fast and high-precision contrast-detection autofocus system. A 1.8-inch LCD makes its way onto its top panel for displaying key settings, while a 3.2-inch main LCD monitor with three-directional tilt support can be found on its back.
Fujifilm is also touting this camera’s Pixel Shift Multi-Shot function, which allows it to create 200MP images that are almost free of false color presentation. This technology uses the camera’s IBIS to shift the image sensor by 0.5 pixels and capture 16 RAW files, which it then combines into a single DNG RAW file.
The Fujifilm GFX 50S II will be made available this October for $3999. A lens kit package featuring the GF 35-70mm f/4.5-5.6 WR lens will be purchasable for $4499.