Camerajabber: Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Nikon D850 Comparison

Camera Jabber did an extensive Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Nikon D850 comparison that goes into great detail about how these megapixel monsters cameras compare under multiple shooting scenarios. The Nikon D850 certainly does well, but it can’t quite keep up with the Fujifilm GFX when it comes to image quality if you’re a pixel peeper, but if you need autofocus performance the D850 wins hands down. I would have liked to have seen the Sony a7RIII included in this comparison with all the work involved, but I still do not think it can rival the GFX. In their words:

In our extensive testing, shooting landscapes and portraits in a wide range of environments and different lighting conditions, the Nikon D850’s image quality isn’t quite as good as the Fujifilm GFX 50S, but it’s not far off.

The most telling difference is sharpness and low light image quality.

When the GFX nails focus, it’s outrageously sharp and its low light jpegs at high ISO are cleaner in the shadows while its raw files can be pulled about more without a significant impact on noise.

The D850 remains amazingly good and at roughly half the cost of the GFX, compatible with the vast range of Nikon and third party lenses and accessories and the performance credentials to effortlessly shoot virtual any subject it’s a mouth-watering prospect.

While their testing is very good I wonder why they decided to go beyond just using the standard JPEG profile/RAW and I’m curious if this might account for the difference in shutter speed they ran into because Fujifilm’s film simulations can vary quite a bit. JPEG performance can be interesting, but I do not think photographers using a $6,500 body are shooting JPG very often. They also promoted the limited HSS misnomer that I have tried to disprove since the GFX launched, but most of their comparison is natural lighting, but these are small things. Check out the full comparison here.

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Fujifilm GFX 50S: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Nikon D850: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama


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