The 3 Best Fujifilm Cameras for Portrait Photographers

Fujifilm cameras, with their gorgeous film simulations, excellent sensors, and great autofocus features, are ideal for portrait photography.

There was a time when the masses largely ignored Fujifilm cameras, but how quickly things can change. Starting with the X Pro 1, Fujifilm rapidly begun gaining traction, and just a few short years later, they now have some of the best cameras on the market that sport APS-C and Medium Format sensors. If you’re a portrait photographer who loves the look Fujifilm cameras give thanks to their sensors and film simulations, you owe it to yourself to check out these three outstanding Fujifilm cameras.

Captured with the Fujifilm GFX 50R

Whether you want to keep things on the small side with one of Fujifilm’s APS-C cameras, or you want to go big with a Medium Format beast, Fujifilm has you covered. The three Fujifilm cameras that we have chosen are all capable of producing images that will amaze you.

The X-Trans 4 sensor found in the latest APS-C offerings from Fujifilm produce colors and tones that are hard to beat, and the sheer amount of detail their Bayer Medium Format sensors can capture is almost unmatched. Couple these sensors with amazing autofocus systems that offer eye and face detection, as well as excellent tracking, and you have cameras portrait photographers will love. Check out the three Fujifilm Cameras we would reach for below.

Fujifilm X-T3

Fujifilm cameras - X-T3

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pro

  • Brand new 26.1MP X-Trans CMOS 4 Sensor
  • Brand new X-Processor 4 Image Processor
  • Excellent weather sealing
  • Very solid build quality
  • Excellent image quality
  • In body RAW processing with built-in film simulation profiles
  • Versatile RAW files
  • Amazing video capabilities
  • Dual SD card slots (if your workflow requires it)

Con

  • Battery life can use some improvement
  • Lacks in-body image stabilization
  • Low light performance is improved over the previous generation X-T2, but hit rates during high-speed low light situations still leave much to be desired

Buy now: $1,299

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Captured with the Fujifilm X-T3 and the 56mm f1.2

Fujifilm GFX 50R

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Great image quality
  • Excellent high ISO output
  • High-speed sync with the Profoto Air system is a delight
  • Autofocus that isn’t all that bad
  • Weather sealing that is top-notch
  • Lightweight
  • Not at all that large overall
  • The ergonomics are very good

Cons

  • This system really needs lenses faster than f2
  • The autofocus could still use some revamps

Buy now: $3,999

Shot with the 50R

Fujifilm GFX 100

Fujifilm cameras - GFX 100
Surely the Bayer sensor in the GFX 100 will find a home in this table soon?

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • 102 amazing Megapixels
  • Under $10,000 for one of the most powerful Medium Format cameras on the market
  • It uses the same autofocus system as the X-T3
  • A gorgeous electronic viewfinder
  • The menu system is perhaps only second to Canon’s in terms of design
  • The image quality is simply jaw-dropping
  • Fantastic high ISO capabilities
  • Very good battery life
  • The top and rear LCD and OLED panels are easy to see and read in bright conditions

Cons

  • Quite possibly the worst ergonomics of any camera we’ve used
  • The thumb rest on the back is poorly designed
  • The body of the Fujifilm GFX 100 feels incredibly cheap
  • The buttons are mushy and have hardly any tactile feel
  • The touchscreen cannot be used to navigate the menu system
  • The grip is too shallow
  • The vertical grip is untextured and incredibly slippery

Buy now: $9999.95

Captured with the Fujifilm GFX 100 and the GF 100-200mm f5.6

Brett Day

Brett Day is the Gear Editor at The Phoblographer and has been a photographer for as long as he can remember. Brett has his own photography business that focuses on corporate events and portraiture. In his spare time, Brett loves to practice landscape and wildlife photography. When he's not behind a camera, he's enjoying life with his wife and two kids, or he's playing video games, drinking coffee, and eating Cheetos.