Introducing the Fujifilm X-T50 and GFX-100S II

FujiFilm GFX100S II on white background

It’s a big day for Fujifilm and their fans with the release of the new FujiFilm X-T50 and FujiFilm GFX-100S II. To sweeten the pot even further, with the two new cameras comes news of two new lenses as well – the XF16-50mm F2.8-4.8 R LM WR and GF500mm F5.6 R LM OIS WR. There is a lot to cover here but whether you’re a fan of Fuji’s APS-C cameras or interested in going “large” format with the GFX line, there’s a little something for everyone. Let’s jump right into it.

FujiFilm X-T50 Featured Specs

  • 40-megapixel CMOS X-Trans 5HR sensor
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilization (IBIS) with 7.0 stops of stabilization
  • 6.2k/30P video recording with Tracking AF
  • New Film Simulation Dial
  • Minimum ISO 125
  • AI-powerd AF algorithm to for predictive tracking capabilities
  • New REALA ACE film simulation

FujiFilm GFX100SII Featured Specs

  • New 102-megapixel CMOS II sensor
  • X-Processor 5 imaging processor
  • Native ISO 80
  • 20 Film Simulation including REALA ACE
  • Pixel Shift multi-shot mode for up to 400-megapixel images
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilization
  • 7-frames-per-second highspeed shooting
  • 4k/30P video output with 4:2:2 10-bit video
    • 13-stop dynamic range in F-Log
    • Apple ProRes available with external SSD

Why it Matters

Both the FujiFilm X-T50 and GFX100SII solidify the new technologies that FujiFilm introduced in the post-Kaisen years. While Fujifilm continues to keep many of their legacy Trans-X sensor cameras going through firmware updates, the latest 40-megapixel sensor cameras and the X-Processor 5 almost digital medium frame GFX line represent what Fuji has to offer to their customers.

The X-T50 fills a niche for travel photographers who found the X-T30 II a bit long in the tooth; by bringing over the internals of the X-T5 into a body that’s roughly the size of the X100VI and gives users the option of swapping out lenses. The X-T50 fits easily in the hand as well as in a travel bag – and fans of mode dials in their cameras will find this paired with the new XF16-50MMF2.8-4.8 R LM WR the perfect travel companion.

For pros that need the resolution – the GFX100SII is an absolute beast of a camera that manages to keep things lightweight. At only 883 grams, the GFX100SII is smaller that GFX100II while bringing many of the features of its larger sibling. I’m very interested in checking this one out for a full review in the future. The new GF500mm F5.6 R LM OIS WR brings optical image stabilization and weather-sealing to the super-telephoto range.

Last Thoughts

I was fortunate enough to attend the launch for all four of these products and found myself eager to spend a longer bit of time with each. Much to the chagrin of FujiFilm’s reps, our rooftop event was a bit dampened by the rain in New York City but the cameras kept on trucking. Although the X-T50 isn’t rated for weather resistance, I saw many cameras out in the elements holding their own. Something to consider especially if you plan on taking this camera out on the road. Both cameras are attractive as they are functional but only time will tell if they live up to the hype. You can pre-order the FujiFilm X-T50 for $1399 and the FujiFilm GFX100SII for $4999.