Fujifilm introduced Thursday the value-priced GFX505 II 51 Megapixel medium-format camera model GFX 505 II that sets a new price threshold for the category.

The Fujifilm GFX50S II will be available in late October for $3,999 for the body only, or $4,499 for a bundle including the camera and a new 35-70mm F4.5-5.6 WR lens.

The compact model, for a medium format digital camera, has an SLR-style magnesium alloy body design and features a large format sensor with in-body image stabilization of up to 6.5 stops, capable of capturing ultra-high-resolution 14-bit stills with a 14-stop wide dynamic range as well as a broad sensitivity range of ISO 100-12800, extendable to ISO 50-102400.

Fujifilm is positioning the camera as a step-up from full-frame interchangeable lens cameras, providing the ability to capture higher sharpness across the frame from the 43.8 x 32.9mm image sensor.

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“Light is recorded to the pixel which is [1.7x] that of a full-frame sensor to achieve a wide dynamic range and a high signal-to-noise ratio,” the announcement said. “The resulting image reproduces deep tonality and texture from shadows to highlights, and delivers image clarity with minimal noise even when taken in low light. One of the strengths of the large format sensor is its ability to produce a very shallow depth of field, which, when complemented by the edge-to-edge sharpness of Fujifilm’s GF lenses, accentuate the main subject against a blurred background for added three-dimensional definition.”

The GFX50S II is positioned as a more affordable option to Fujifilm’s GFX100S, trading off some sensor resolution and the ability to capture 4K video. The new GFX 50S II will only capture video at up to Full HD resolution at up to 1920×1080/30p, 200 Mbps, in MOV, H.264 with Linear PCM.

The Fujifilm GFX50S II also employs a 117-point contrast-detect AF system, instead of the faster phase-detect system in the GFX100S.

Among some of the key features of the GFX505 II is an OLED information display, a two-axis tilting LCD monitor panel and a 3.69M-dot electronic viewfinder with an equivalent magnification of 0.77x.

The GFX505 II also has a large grip and dual SD card slots with support for UHS-II media.

Listed top burst shooting speed is 3 fps, and battery life is rated at up to 440 shots per charge.

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By Greg Tarr

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