The Nikon D500 tends towards underexposure in high-contrast scenes containing overcast skies, while the Fujifilm X-H1’s results are lighter and less likely to need adjustment.
Although the D500 scored higher when shooting lab charts, in real-world shooting the differences are hard to spot – if anything, the X-H1 captures slightly better defined textural detail.
The Nikon D500 offers higher ISO settings, but these two shots taken at ISO 25,600 show the Fujifilm X-H1 is at least as good up to this point. Beyond that, the D500’s quality degrades fast.
The D500’s optical viewfinder made it much easier to follow fast-moving subjects, but the two cameras’ autofocus systems proved equally capable with various types of subject movement.