Testing the medium format Fuji GFX 50sII in snowy conditions

Testing the medium format Fuji GFX 50sII in snowy conditions

Fujifilm Greece generously provided us with the opportunity to test the Fuji GFX 50sII, the younger sibling of the GFX 100S, a remarkable 102-megapixel camera. Fujifilm had already established a solid foundation with the GFX 100S, incorporating IBIS (In-Body Image Stabilization). With the introduction of the Fujifilm GFX 50SII in September 2021, they presented a more budget-friendly alternative, featuring a 51.4-megapixel sensor akin to the Fujifilm GFX 50S. It’s important to note that this is not a comprehensive review of the camera. Given the abundance of existing reviews, adding one more wouldn’t be particularly meaningful at this time.

We had planned a visit to Mount Olympus over the upcoming weekend, and with the camera at our disposal, we decided to bring it along for testing. Throughout our time there, we exclusively used the camera, providing us with a brief but honest experience with this excellent and affordable camera in snowy conditions.

Images of the camera

Fuji GFX 50sII

The Fuji GFX 50sII is a medium format mirrorless camera that builds upon the success of its predecessor, the GFX 50s. Boasting a high-resolution 51.4MP sensor, the camera is designed to deliver stunning image quality and detail.

Image Quality: One of the standout features of the GFX 50sII is its exceptional image quality. The medium format sensor captures rich colors and incredible detail, making it an ideal choice for professional photographers and enthusiasts who demand the utmost in image fidelity. Through our test it proved to be an excellent choice for landscape photography, with its large and full of details image files.

Design and Handling: Fuji cameras are renowned for their intuitive controls and stylish design, and the GFX 50sII lives up to this reputation. The weather-sealed body ensures durability, and the familiar Fuji layout makes it easy for existing Fuji users to transition seamlessly. Despite being a medium format camera, the GFX 50s II, especially when paired with the GF 35-70mm lens, boasts a compact and lightweight design. It’s relatively portable, and the build quality is a major plus, providing a comfortable feel in the hand along with a weather-resistant rating. We’ve extensively used it in snowy and cold environments with no issues.

Performance: With the X-Processor 4, the GFX 50sII delivers impressive performance. The camera is capable, and the autofocus system appears to have been improved for faster and more accurate focusing, enhancing its usability in various shooting scenarios. We encountered no problems with focusing, even in low-contrast snowy scenes.

Display and Viewfinder: The inclusion of a high-resolution tilting touchscreen and a sharp electronic viewfinder enhances the shooting experience. These features are crucial for composing and reviewing images, especially in challenging shooting conditions. FUJI has implemented both of these aspects exceptionally well in the GFX 50s II. The touchscreen performed admirably, and the tilting function of the screen in the vertical format worked effectively for framing vertical shots.

Conclusion: The Fuji GFX 50sII stands out as a formidable contender in the medium format market. With its impressive image quality, improved performance, and user-friendly design, it caters to photographers who demand the best in both resolution and usability, making it an excellent choice for landscape photographers like ourselves.

Images taken with the camera

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