HEADTOHEAD Ver­dict

The Fu­ji­film X-H1 edges it in a close-fought bat­tle

Digital Camera World - - KIT ZONE -

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.

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