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These issues existed at the time of review in March 2017 using the GFX-50R. Some issues might have been improved in firmware and/or with subsequent models. See 2020.06.30 firmware update notes and GFX100 firmware update all versions.
See also the serious drawbacks page, which lists the issues I consider serious.
Over a decade of testing, I have found that initial impressions tend to correlate very strongly with whether a camera “works out” or not—a few particulars improve with familiarity, but most do not. So right or “wrong” (how can a feeling or impression be wrong, it being what it is?), I record what here what I felt/reacted to in first setting up the GFX right out of the box. My reactions free of any pre-conceived notions other than a decade of shooting just about every pro and prosumer camera out there along with extensive field shooting with most of them, and knowing what works, and what does not work. That long experience provide a bedrock foundation for evaluating behaviors that work for me or against me.
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