The new GFX 50R will be 25mm thinner and 145g lighter than its big brother. And it will be a lot cheaper too, with an anticipated price of $4,500 before tax when it goes on sale in November 2018.
It pairs a 51.4MP medium format CMOS sensor with the X Processor Pro. According to Fujifilm, the sensor has significantly better light reception capabilities than a 35mm sensor of comparable resolution, with micro lenses optimised to improve light-gathering performance and improved data-handling from the photodiodes. The X Processor Pro also provides access to Fujifilm’s popular Film Simulation Modes, allowing you to replicate the distinctive looks of specific film varieties from years gone by.
The R in the name of the camera stands for Rangefinder - and is a nod to the fact that this camera looks similar to the Fuji GW690 6x9cm-format rangefinder camera that was in production during the 1970s and 80s.
Control-wise, Fujifilm has equipped the GFX 50R with a focus lever to allow for quick adjustment of focus point, but has pared back a few of the buttons in favour of more grip space for a better hold on the camera. As you’d expect from Fuji, the controls are dial-led, with two aluminium dials on the top. The magnesium-alloy body is also weather-sealed in 64 places and can operate in temperatures as low as -10℃. Another nice addition – this is the first member of the GFX family to support Bluetooth connectivity for fast image transfer.
The camera will be launched with a new lens for the GFX mirrorless system - a 50mm f/3.5 lens, which when paired with the GFX 50R will be, Fujifilm claim, the world's lightest digital medium format combo.
Also announced at the same event, was the development of a new 100 megapixel model in the GFX system, the GFX 100S, which will go on sale in 2019.