I’ve still not bought a mirrorless system, and with each sun-up and sun-down, I have more reason to think I’m letting the best in camera life pass me by. There’s a very handsome Fuji X-E2 staring at me from across my desk that I’m reviewing, which I very well may not give back, and with each new incarnation of mirrorless systems it seems almost unthinkable that they won’t be the dominant force in 5 years. Given what you’ll see and hear in this video, it could be sooner.
TheCameraStoreTV has put together what they have dubbed ‘The Great Mirrorless Camera Autofocus Shootout!” to help bring some clarity to the claim almost all the major camera companies are touting now; that their autofocus system is the fastest in the world. How better to test that than to actually take them out of the laboratory, into the real world, for an entirely unscientific test. I actually make no real mockery here, as I find these sorts of ‘real world’ tests far more relatable than ones made by pixel peepers, and always find these gents objective.
The cameras in question are the latest and greatest from each manufacturer; Sony’s A6000, Olympus OMD E-M1, Fuji’s X-T1, and the Panasonic GH4, with the Nikon D4s thrown in for good measure, and fun. All of these cameras lay claim to the ‘World’s Fastest Autofocus’ and were taken to a motocross park and put through their paces. While not a lab, there were controls so speak of, such as keeping the focal lengths similar and the apertures all to f/4. The D4 was what they were sort of all measured up against. Take a look. What you see may surprise you.
There is a demographic who will, undoubtedly, care about which really has the fastest autofocus in the world. I’m not part of it. Actually, I couldn’t care less about the title, and rather more interested in the camera as a whole. I’m beginning to become somewhat curmudgeonly regarding incremental camera upgrades as I spend more time looking into what really makes a great photograph, and the tools that make them.
However, the findings of this ‘test’ was really quite interesting. That Panasonic was to come out on top, I wouldn’t have guessed, but that he says the performance difference between it and the D4s was so negligible as to be non-existent, is quite something. I don’t think for a second the King of the Nikon sport shooters has been dethroned, but…