Canon EOS R5 vs Fujifilm GFX 50S

In theory, these cameras should have the same dynamic range at base ISO values. Confirmation of this is on the nerd site photonstophotos.net. I was curious to check if this is the case and what will come out of comparing the best full frame for 2020 - Canon EOS R5 - versus the relatively old (2016) medium format - Fujifilm GFX 50S.

gfx 50s vs canon r5

What is there in terms of detail?

If you put on the top-end lens for a full frame, then the difference in detail will be minimal, but nevertheless, the medium format still has an advantage in micro contrast. I spent most of the test on TS-E 24mm f3.5L on Canon, but I also compared the photo with a better TS-E 17mm f4L... The GFX 50S is equipped with a Fuji GF 32-64mm F4 R LM WR lens, which demonstrates ideal image quality. In general, with the medium format, the story is such that you need to use native optics to fully reveal it. If on R5 I can put on a pancake EF 40mm f2.8 STMthen on medium format Although this lens provides almost complete coverage and high detail, the photography experience is not the same. In general, the details are very high on both cameras, but the GFX50S, anyway, is slightly ahead of the camera with a smaller matrix.

About dynamic range

If you just compare how these cameras pull out shadows and overexposures, then the original graph is correct and I tend to agree with it. The dynamic range plus mine is similar in extreme values. But this, if we talk specifically about the darkest and brightest areas. If we compare halftones and shadows - that is, the middle areas - then the medium format again has an advantage. It feels good, but the photo with the GFX 50S looks softer and more voluminous. I tried to achieve the same effect through post-processing. It turns out very close, but still not the same. So, the victory again belongs to the medium format.

Is there a big difference in quality between the R5 and the GFX50S?

No. The differences I'm talking about are extremely small. In terms of the aggregate characteristics, the R5 goes far ahead of the GFX50S. In terms of photo quality, the differences between them are very subtle. The medium format GFX 50R / S will be of interest to a photographer who does not even want to hear about the video button, but is chasing the maximum volume and detail in the frame.

It should be understood that the medium format will cost you more, despite the plus or minus the similar cost of carcasses. On the R5, it is not at all necessary to wear top-end RF optics to get a high-quality result. There are tons of quality EF lenses out there. But for the GFX system, native medium format optics are an indispensable condition. I chose a functional full frame and don't regret it, but the longing for medium format still remains ...

The tests themselves can be viewed in this video:

Should you buy the medium format?

Sony A7C review

Earlier i already wrote about this camera. Now she got my review.

The novelty from Sony should amaze with its compactness in the presence of a large full-frame sensor.

What came of this?

The carcass is really compact and relatively lightweight. Below you can see the appearance of the Sony A7C.

 

The problem is two things:

1) selection of full-frame optics for a compact camera with an awkward grip.
2) as always with Sonya - ergonomics.

The camera came to my view with two full-frame tele-lenses (70-200mm f4 and 85mm f1.4). You can forget about compactness with such optics. The camera has a kit Sony 24-60mm f3.5-5.6 lens. This is a really smart decision. Everything else on this camera would be out of place.

The second question is the quality of the viewfinder, screen, body and buttons. In general, as always, the standard diseases of Sonya. Sony A7C reminded me of a cheap amateur crop when I picked it up. The buttons are inconveniently located, the controls are frankly lame. In particular, it is not clear to me why it was necessary to remove the wheel under the index finger ... The viewfinder looks like something from the Fujifilm X-T20 series or Canon m50 - the same tiny and uncomfortable. Only this is a full frame for 2000 dollars. We believe in full frame magic, is not it?)

What about the image quality?

When it comes to Sony cameras, its adherents start screaming about an "incredible picture" and a cool matrix that forgives any amount of crooked hands. Just take a sony with a cool matrix and nothing else is needed. After all, the matrix shoots, not the photographer, right?

So ... I tested the Sony A7C side by side with Canon EOS... From the photographs I saw about the same thing - the dynamic range, ISO, noises. Full frame behaves +/- the same as Sony and Canon.

I ran a video test at ISO 3200K for Sony - full frame, for Canon R - with crop. The image from the A4C came out less noisy, but more blurry in the shadows. I shot in the studio with one light source and shot myself at different distances. Coming closer - you get overexposure, moving further - you get a flat, noisy and underexposed image. What is the conclusion after this test? It is important how you work with lighting, not what matrix and camera you have. Far from the light source, the "picture" on both cameras looked lousy.

Conclusion

When thinking about buying Sony cameras, many people believe that these devices will give them unearthly images due to the coolness of their camera (back-illuminated sensor, etc. marketing crap). The problem is that it isn't. A high-quality image forms light and straight arms of the photographer /videographer... The camera is required to be comfortable and reliable. This does not apply to Sony cameras.

As a blogger camera, I would much rather recommend Fujifilm X-S10... At half the price, this crop camera produces very good video. In this case, you can use really compact optics, and not deceive yourself with another unfinished novelty from Sony.

Watch my video review of the Sony A7C:

Fujifilm X-S10 vs Canon 90D - which should you choose?

These cameras combine sensor size and cost. Next are the differences. The 90D weighs without a lens, but with a 700g battery, while the Fujifilm X-S10 weighs 470g. Plus, the Canon DSLR is more bulky. Let's systematize the differences and similarities between these cameras.

Canon 90D Fujifilm X-S10
The weight 701g 465g
Matrix APS-C Crop 1.6 CMOS 32MP APS-C Crop 1.5 Backlit 26MP
ISO range ISO 100 - 25600 (expandable to 51200)

tolerantly shoots up to ISO 1000

ISO 160 - 12800

tolerantly shoots up to ISO 5000

Screen swivel 3 inches by 0.3 megapixels swivel 3 inches by 0.3 megapixels
Photo shooting speed 11fps on a mechanical shutter 8 fps on mechanics and 20 fps on electronic
Video resolution 4K (UHD) - 3840 x 2160 30fps

FullHD up to 120fps (120fps without AF)

4K (UHD + DCI) - 3840 x 2160, 4096 x 2160 30fps

FullHD up to 240fps (slow motion works with autofocus)

Battery Canon LP-E6
about 2 hours of video on 1 charge or 1300 frames
Fujifilm NP-W126-S
About 45 minutes of video on a single charge or 325 frames
Fairy matrix stub no
Yes
Log profile no (but you can put Technicolor Cinestyle)
Yes
10 bit video inside the camera - no, via HDMI - unknown
inside the camera - no, via HDMI - yes

On screen, it is of high quality both there and there. The color rendition is pleasant. Of the nuances, the kenon has a more convenient digital zoom mechanism for focusing or viewing captured photos. It also zooms closer than fuji. But the Fujifilm X-S10 camera has a digital viewfinder, which will be nice for videographers and unpleasant for photographers who want to shoot sports.

canon 90d vs fujifilm x-s10

The camera from Fujifilm has a kind of control. You can get used to and adapt to it, but I would not call it intuitive. Canon 90D is simple and in its place. By the way, the 90D's screen is fully touchscreen everywhere - both in live-view mode and when navigating through the menus. On Fujifilm cameras, the screen does not respond to touch during menu operation.

Generally speaking, the Canon 90D is simpler and has fewer bells and whistles. The Fujifilm X-S10 mirrorless camera has a bunch of settings for recording sound, video, timecode, etc. Of the little things - on the X-S10, you can set the shutter speed 1/48, not just 1/50. A situation similar to Sony cameras - you have an amateur camera, but with claims for professional video. This does not make him professional, but you have something to play with.

What will be important for everyone - the working ISO of the Fujifilm X-S10, which has a back-illuminated sensor, is significantly higher than that of the 90D with a CMOS sensor and 32 megapixels on a relatively small sensor. This applies to both photos and videos.

90D has no log profile, Fujifilm cameras in this price segment have one. Moreover, X-T3 even writes inside the camera 10 bit and 4k 60fps. This will help beginners feel like filmmakers. But for this to critically influence something, so no.

I don't like the 90D that it's a DSLR. For video shooting, this is not very convenient. The thundering live-view shutter annoys me. In general, shooting video with a DSLR is not as convenient as with a mirrorless. On the other hand, the 90D has a great battery, excellent autofocus and a huge fleet of inexpensive optics.

fuji vs canon lenses

Canon 90D application

The 90D will be mainly for beginners. The camera is easy to operate, convenient and does not create additional questions for the user. The main thing about this model (like many Canon cameras) is convenience. For those who are very fond of video shooting and want something fancy, this model will not work.

Fujifilm X-S10 Application

I'll tell you why I bought this model. It is handy for studio / home blogging. There is a rotary screen, working autofocus. I know I can choose a suitable prime lens from a new Viltrox rulers with f1.4... The camera has sharper 4K video compared to the 90D. The latter has a high detail mode, but with additional crop and overheating. It doesn't suit me. The X-S10 recorded 2 hours of video in my tests (4 times for 30 minutes) and did not overheat.

X-S10 is more compact and lighter. She has a higher working ISO for both photo and video. I'm used to management, but having Canon mirrorless, I recognize the advantage of the latter in ergonomics. As an experienced user, I find the Fujifilm camera more interesting. But I would not recommend it to those who want to water weddings and shoot anything. I'm filming video blog with additional lighting in the rooms (by connecting the camera to a power outlet). In these conditions, I like the X-S10 better.

Also read my review Canon 90D vs Canon R for video.