Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Sony W290

Portability
59
Imaging
86
Features
80
Overall
83
Fujifilm GFX 50S front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 front
Portability
94
Imaging
36
Features
28
Overall
32

Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Sony W290 Key Specs

Fujifilm GFX 50S
(Full Review)
  • 51MP - Medium format Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Bump to 102400)
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Fujifilm G Mount
  • 740g - 148 x 94 x 91mm
  • Announced January 2017
Sony W290
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.3-5.2) lens
  • 167g - 98 x 57 x 23mm
  • Released February 2009
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Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Sony W290 Overview

Its time to take a more detailed look at the Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Sony W290, former being a Pro Mirrorless while the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by brands FujiFilm and Sony. There exists a sizable gap among the image resolutions of the GFX 50S (51MP) and W290 (12MP) and the GFX 50S (Medium format) and W290 (1/2.3") have totally different sensor dimensions.

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The GFX 50S was announced 8 years later than the W290 and that is a fairly significant difference as far as camera technology is concerned. The two cameras feature different body design with the Fujifilm GFX 50S being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Sony W290 being a Compact camera.

Before delving into a comprehensive comparison, here is a brief introduction of how the GFX 50S scores versus the W290 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Fujifilm GFX 50S over the Sony W290

 GFX 50S W290 
ReleasedJanuary 2017February 2009More recent by 97 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen size3.2"3"Bigger screen (+0.2")
Screen resolution2360k230kSharper screen (+2130k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Sony W290 over the Fujifilm GFX 50S

 W290 GFX 50S 

Common features in the Fujifilm GFX 50S and Sony W290

 GFX 50S W290 
Manual focus Very exact focus
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen

Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Sony W290 Physical Comparison

If you are going to lug around your camera regularly, you will want to factor its weight and volume. The Fujifilm GFX 50S has got outside dimensions of 148mm x 94mm x 91mm (5.8" x 3.7" x 3.6") along with a weight of 740 grams (1.63 lbs) whilst the Sony W290 has sizing of 98mm x 57mm x 23mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.9") and a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you are utilising during that time. Here is a front view sizing comparison of the GFX 50S against the W290.

Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Sony W290 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability score of the GFX 50S and W290 is 59 and 94 respectively.

Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Sony W290 top view buttons comparison

Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Sony W290 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it's difficult to envision the gap in sensor measurements just by going through specifications. The photograph here will give you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the GFX 50S and W290.

To sum up, both cameras feature different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The GFX 50S having a bigger sensor will make achieving bokeh less difficult and the Fujifilm GFX 50S will produce more detail with its extra 39 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also enable you to crop pictures way more aggressively. The newer GFX 50S will have a benefit in sensor tech.

Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Sony W290 sensor size comparison

Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Sony W290 Screen and ViewFinder

Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Sony W290 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Fujifilm GFX 50S Portrait photography info
Sony W290 Portrait photography info
91
you can focus manually
sensor resolution is amazing (51MP)
sensor size is big (Medium format)
provides face detection autofocus
saves RAW formats
28
focusing manually
lack of manual exposure
can't use external flash
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Fujifilm GFX 50S Street photography advice
Sony W290 Street photography advice
73
screen tilts up and down
sensor size is big (Medium format)
saves RAW formats
features touch to focus
environment proofing
does not have image stabilization
56
has image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Fujifilm GFX 50S Sports photography highlights
Sony W290 Sports photography highlights
74
silent mode (1/16,000s)
sensor resolution is amazing (51MP)
sensor size is big (Medium format)
provides tracking autofocus
environment proofing
low frames per second (3.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
no phase detect autofocus
26
has image stabilization (Optical)
slow fps (2.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Fujifilm GFX 50S as a Travel photography camera
Sony W290 as a Travel photography camera
70
environment proofing
features touch to focus
sensor resolution is amazing (51 megapixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
58
flash built-in
pretty wide (28mm)
no Time Lapse mode
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records

Landscape Comparison

Fujifilm GFX 50S Landscape photography highlights
Sony W290 Landscape photography highlights
84
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Fujifilm G mount)
pretty good screen size (3.2 inches)
sensor resolution is amazing (51 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Medium format)
saves RAW formats
environment proofing
2 card slots
does not have image stabilization
41
focusing manually
pretty wide (28mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
lack of manual exposure
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
no Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Fujifilm GFX 50S Vlogging features
Sony W290 Vlogging features
33
touch screen
provides face detection autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
comes with external mic support
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
29
pretty wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
no external mic support
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Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Sony W290 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Fujifilm GFX 50S and Sony W290
 Fujifilm GFX 50SSony Cyber-shot DSC-W290
General Information
Make FujiFilm Sony
Model Fujifilm GFX 50S Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290
Category Pro Mirrorless Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2017-01-18 2009-02-17
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by X Processor Pro -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Medium format 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 44 x 33mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 1,452.0mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 51 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3 and 3:2 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 8256 x 6192 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 12800 3200
Max boosted ISO 102400 -
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW files
Minimum boosted ISO 50 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 117 9
Lens
Lens mounting type Fujifilm G fixed lens
Lens focal range - 28-140mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture - f/3.3-5.2
Macro focus distance - 10cm
Number of lenses 12 -
Focal length multiplier 0.8 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen size 3.2" 3"
Resolution of screen 2,360k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 3,690k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 1.07x -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 360 seconds 2 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Highest silent shutter speed 1/16000 seconds -
Continuous shooting rate 3.0 frames/s 2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range no built-in flash 3.90 m
Flash modes Auto, standard, slow sync, manual, off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/125 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p) 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 740 gr (1.63 pounds) 167 gr (0.37 pounds)
Physical dimensions 148 x 94 x 91mm (5.8" x 3.7" x 3.6") 98 x 57 x 23mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 400 images -
Type of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model NP-T125 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC (dual slots, UHS-II supported) Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Card slots Two One
Price at launch $5,499 $230