The Fujifilm X-H1 edges it in a close-fought battle
Our tests yielded some unexpected results. For shooting action, the Nikon D500 comes out as the clear winner. Although the autofocus systems on these cameras seem equally capable, the D500’s lag-free optical viewfinder made it much easier to follow fastmoving subjects. When you throw in its enormous 200-shot buffer capacity, it puts the result beyond doubt.
But most of us shoot more than just sports and will be looking for all-round capabilities, and here the tables are turned. Taking into account exposure, dynamic range and colour rendition, the X-H1 wins narrowly for image quality, and its mirrorless design means that you don’t compromise on autofocus when you switch to Live View mode.
The X-H1 is smaller and lighter than the D500; its exposure controls are a delight to use; its whisper-quiet shutter is amazing; and its in-body image stabilisation seals the deal.
For everything but sports, the X-H1 has the D500 beaten – not by much, but enough.