Fujifilm’s GFX medium format cameras have been around for almost five years now, and they’ve been getting progressively closer to the mainstream. The original Fujifilm GFX 50S, which was announced in 2016, was one of the few ‘affordable’ medium format cameras available at the time, but since then Fujifilm has even made 102MP options that are relatively affordable compared to their competitors.

However, Fujifilm’s 102MP medium format cameras are still pretty expensive, and that’s where the new Fujifilm GFX50S II comes in. It offers half the sensor resolution at 51.4MP, brings a few significant improvements over its predecessor, and all at a lower launch price than the original GFX 50S. This makes the GFX50S II a compelling alternative to high-resolution full-framers, if you’re not a speed junky.

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But if you can get a 65MP Sony A7R IV for a lower price than the GFX50S II, wouldn’t that be a better option? Sure, but sometimes (sensor) size does matter. The medium format sensor in the GFX50S II is about 1.7x bigger than a 35mm full-frame chip. And that means better light-gathering abilities, and thus a superior low-light performance and excellent dynamic range that few full-framers can match.

Fujifilm GFX50S II price and availability

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