Fujifilm's GFX 50S Medium-Format Mirrorless Camera Costs $6,500

Posted by Megalith 12:46 PM (CST)

Thursday January 19, 2017

What would you say if I told you that was actually a bargain? It wasn't too long ago that you had to pay over $10K, $20K, or even $30K to delve into medium-format photography, but now, that is no longer the case. What was once the exclusive domain of elite fashion and architectural shooters is now an option for many hobbyists and other non-professionals thanks to cameras like the GFX 50S and Pentax 645Z. Obviously, the appeal here is producing massive, 51.4-megapixel imagesآ—and I thought I was set when I got my D800e a couple years back, which "only" captures 36 MPآ…

Fujifilm has announced that its GFX 50S is set to hit stores in "late" February for $6,500 (body-only). While that price may seem steep, it's considerably lower than a competitor like Hasselblad's X1D, which sells for roughly $9,000. Fujifilm's new shooter features a massive 51.4-megapixel CMOS sensor (43.8 x 32.9mm), an X Processor Pro (same one that's on the X-Pro2 and X-T2), a 117-point autofocus system, as well as a high-res electronic viewfinder and 3.2-inch LCD touchscreen. Oddly enough, there's no 4K video support, with the GFX 50S only capable of capturing 1080p at 24, 25 and 30fps. That's going to be disappointing for users who were hoping to record Ultra HD content with this camera.