The Great Mirrorless Camera Autofocus Shootout!

In the camera world, the MegaPixel war seems to gave way to an AF speed war and almost every manufacturer claiming its new AF system is “the fastest in the world”. Chris Niccolls from from the Camera Store in Canada decided to test these claims with some of the most advanced mirrorless cameras on the market put against the new Nikon D4S professional DSLR and the results are damn interesting.

Niccolls tested the Fuji X-T1, Sony A6000, Olympus OMD E-M1 and Panasonic GH4 all against the Nikon D4S on a very demanding environment – Wildrose Motocross Park. Keep in mind that Niccolls did try and plain the field by using the best AF telephoto lenses for each camera (so you might not necessarily get the same results from the camera if you are using a kit lens). 

At the end of the day the A6000 and the GH4 showed very impressive performance (the GH4 was even coming close to the D4S which is astonishing when you consider the price difference not to mention the size). The Olympus OMD E-M1 was good but not on the level of the Sony and Panasonic. The Fuji (despite the company claims) came out last in this test.

We are currently testing the A6000 ourselves and we will published a more in-depth review later on. You can read our take on the Fuji X-T1 here on LensVid.

More guides and comparisons of photographic gear can be found on our photography gear guides – here on LensVid.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.


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