Revisiting the best prosumer cameras from 2017 for a great bargain

By Marcus Wong - 13 Apr 2021


 The Best Prosumer camera is…

Given how well the Nikon D500 performed in last year's test, this was a much closer result than we expected. However, the Fujifilm X-T2 consistently turned in better images with better detail and less noise in all the situations we put it in. The inclusion of the focus-selector joystick helped both in terms of selecting focus points and with navigation of menus, letting it bridge the gap in usability compared to the competition. And while it doesn't have the biggest buffer, the ability to go for 42 frames at 14 fps is certainly sufficient when you add the scary accuracy of the camera's autofocus system.

It's also able to produce 4K videos with support for output to external monitors and audio monitoring, making a better all-rounder. The support for dual cards also gives it an advantage over the A6500 for professionals, as it allows for immediate in-camera backup of your images. Compared to the D500, it's also about S$400 cheaper while offering the same level of weather sealing and robustness, so with all the right boxes checked, we declare the Fujifilm X-T2 the winner of this shootout.

Scoring breakdown
  Canon EOS M5 Fujifilm X-T2 Nikon D500 Olympus
OM-D E-M1 Mark II
Sony A6500
Performance 8.0 9.5 9.0 8.5 9.0
Design 8.5 8.0 8.0 8.5 8.0
Features 8.0 8.5 8.5 9.0 8.5
User-friendliness 9.0 8.5 8.0
(adjusted down from 8.5 in original review)
8.0 8.0
Value 8.5 8.5 8.0 7.5 8.5
Overall 8.0 9.0 8.5
(adjusted down from 9.0 in original review)
8.5 8.5
Price (body only) S$1,499 S$2,599 S$2,999 S$2,848 S$1,949


Our Final Ratings
Fujifilm X-T2


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Nikon D500

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

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Sony A6500

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Canon EOS M5

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