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Fuji X-T20 Sample Image

Fujifilm X-T20 is one of the best camera Fuji ever made if you compare the Price vs. The specification of the camera. It’s Fuji first mirrorless camera to offer you a X-Trans III sensor inside $899 body.

Not only X-Trans sensor the camera also features X-Processor Pro Image Processor under the same hood and a option to record 4K video. The camera features 91 points AF system that can be further 325 AF points. More about Fuji X-T20

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Shooting Mode Manual
Image Size 3000 x 2000
Sensitivity ISO 800
Dynamic Range 100%
Aperture F1.4
Shutter Speed 1/250
Lens Focal Length 16.0mm
White Balance Daylight
Film simulation PROVIA
Lens Modulation Optimizer ON
Lens XF16mmF1.4 R WR

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Fuji X-T20 Press Release, Full Specification And Videos

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Fuji X-T20 announced today, we have told you few months ago that Fuji X-T2 trim-out version will arrive with the same sensor as of X-T2 and finally it’s here.

The camera features III gen X-Trans sensor and do have the ability to record 4K videos @ 30fps. The camera features ultra fast AF speed 0.06 sec which is approx 0.01 sec behind the Sony A6500 and Panasonic GH5 camera.

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On the rear side of the camera we have 3.0 inch 1.04M-dot tilting TFT color LCD touchscreen monitor and 0.39 inch 2,360K-dot OLED color viewfinder.

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The camera is highly compatible with 24 high-performance FUJINON X-mount lenses for ultimate versatility

The new FUJIFILM X-T20 Body (Black and Silver) will be available in February 2017 in the U.S. and Canada for USD $899.95 and CAD$1,199.99. The X-T20 Body with XF18-55mm Lens Kit will be available for USD $1,199.95 and CAD $1,599.99; the X-T20 Body with XC16-50mm Lens Kit will be available for USD $999.95 and CAD $1,299.99.

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Pentax M-E Mirrorless Camera with APS-C Sensor Coming

 

Pentax M-E Mirrorless camera

According to a Japanese Mag Pentax is planning to re-enter in Mirrorless Market with it’s M-E Mirrorless camera (Name isn’t confirmed yet) that expected to be announced in next few months, possibly after the announcement of Pentax K-P DSLR.

The original M-E camera camera was announced on late 1970, a classic 35mm camera. Pentax is gearing up again to re-create the legacy of M-E film camera with M-E Mirrorless camera

Pentax M-E Rumored Specification

  • 20.1 / 24 MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • Ultra compact Retro body
  • Shake Reduction
  • AA Filter Simulator
  • Weather Resistant
  • Coming with K-mount Adaptor
  • Flipped LCD Monitor

Pentax M-E isn’t first mirrorless camera, Pentax announced its first mirrorless camera Q on 2011. The Pentax Q was the world smallest mirrorless camera ever made by having a 1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm). After Q camera Pentax announced Q10, Q7 and Q-S1. The last Q-S1 mirrorless camera was announced on 2014 and after that Pentax halted it’s production due to low demand.

(Thanks Mario Groleau) After Pentax Q Pentax announced K-01 Mirrorless camera on 2012 with same APS-C sensor that was used inside the Nikon D7000 DSLR and Pentax K-5 camera. But Pentax also discontinued it’s K-01 camera after some time.

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Panasonic GH5 vs. Sony A7R II vs. A7 II vs. A7S II

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Panasonic announced its new flagship cinema consumer mirrorless camera GH5 and we can say without a doubt as per the specification of the GH5 and future firmware updates promises us, it will continue to dominate the market for upcoming years.

We are comparing the Panasonic GH5 with Sony A7 series cameras, the common strength of A7 series is 2X sensor size compared to GH5. And due to sensor size per pixel area size (Photo diode) of the camera sensor is also large resulting more light capture capability.

Panasonic GH5 vs Sony A7R II

Panasonic GH5 features marvelous core specification but Sony A7R II camera domimated Mirrorless industry from past few months and also responsible for low sales volume of flagship fullframe DSLRs.  See what hap pen’s a camera holding 2X sensor size compared against a 4/3 sensor based mirrorless camera.

Features / Models

Panasonic GH5

Sony A7R II

Megapixel 20 megapixels 42.3 megapixels
Sensor size / type Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Image processor
Venus Engine Bionz X
Low pass filter No No
Image stabilization 5-Axis (Dual IS) 5-axis
AF System Contrast detect sensor Contrast detect+Phase detect
AF points 225 points 399+25
ISO 100-25600 50-102400
Shutter Min/Max 60sec 1/16000 sec 1/8000 to 30 sec
Top Continuous Shooting Speed 12fps 5fps
Video 4k @60fps 4K @ 30 fps
Display 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Free-Angle Touchscreen 3″ Rear Screen Tilting LCD (1,228,800)
Hot-shoe Yes yes
Battery Life (CIPA) 410 shots 290 shots
Wireless connectivity Built-In Built-In
weather sealed Yes Yes
Dimensions 139 x 98 x 87 mm 127 x 96 x 60 mm
Weight 725 g 625 g

1. Sensor and Megapixels

Introduction

The Sony A7R II camera features world first 42.4 MP sensor that is made up with back-illuminated structure. The BinozX paired with the sensor enables faster readout , capability to record 4K videos and to capture amazing low-light shots  upto ISO sensitivities of 102400.

Panasonic GH5 uses newly develop CMOS sensor and new Venus engine processor in the heart of camera. The deadly combo allows users to capture 4K video at up to 60 fps, 10-bit 4:2:2 internal recording 12 fps continuous shooting, and sensitivities up to ISO 25600.

Sensor size comparison

Pixel and Sensor Size Difference

Whereas the Panasonic GH5 Features a M4/3 sensor with 20 MP resolution and A7R II feature FF sensor with 42 MP resolution. The Sony A7R II can extract 2X more details if we compare resolution only (20 MP vs 42MP) and the sensor size difference is also big and due to that the each pixel area (Photo Diode) of Sony A7R II is of 20.33µm2 and Panasonic is of 11.16µm2, hence the sensor pixel area / Photo diode of the Sony A7R II camera is approx 81% more compared to GH5.

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Despite of being a fullrame sensor and 2X more size compared to Fourthirds the A7R II features 5-axis image stabilization system. The Panasonic also features 5-axis IS with DUal IS  with one more advantage that it can sync with OSS lenses and can provide Image Stabilization upto 5-stops in some situations.

2. Dual I.S

Panasonic GH5 features Dual I.S tech and in that the Panasonic sensor shift 5 axis image stabilization synchronized with lens based IS system and combat with 5 stops of camera shake.  Whereas, the Sony A7R II also features Dual I.S system that can compensate with camera shake upto 4.5 stops.

3. Stops of ISO difference (102400 vs. 25600)

When you use low ISO speed of any camera then your camera gives out best tonal reproduction and colors quality with very minimal or no noise in the image but when you shift-up the ISO to next stop and more.. as per your need you gradually  notice noise increasing with ISO sensitivity

ISO range is a very vital part of camera when we talk about image quality. The Panasonic MAX ISO range remains limited to 25600 whereas the ISO range of Sony A7R II is 102400.

More ISO range will allow you to use faster shutter speed and 5-axis IS advantage will give you extra support while shooting in  low-light environment.

4. AF System

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The Sony A7R II AF screen as well as GH5 AF screen is shown above.

The Panasonic GH5 uses DFD (Depth From Defocus) AF system. The System quickly calculates the subject distance and lock AF in 0.05 Sec. The continues shooting speed of the Panasonic GH5 is 12FPS in Full Resolution on the other side the AF is supportive upto 9FPS only. The 225 AF zones of the camera system covers almost entire screen and helps you to lock and track AF without any hesitation.

Sony A7R II uses Fullframe sensor fabricated with 399 Phase AF points and 25 Contrast detect area.  Despite of having 2X More resolution and 2X More sensor size the Sony A7R II can attain 5FPS continuous shooting speed with Full time AF support.

If we compare Number of available AF points then Sony A7R II is a undisputed winner and if we compare Continuous shooting speed then Panasonic Gh5 becomes our first choice. So, it depends on use, if you are a sports shooter than

5. Video – 4K @ 60FPS |

Panasonic GH5 can record 4K Videos at 60fps whereas the Sony A7R II features 4K videos @ 30fps. So fact of the matter is you are getting 30 More frames in 4K mode which is just awesome. And the Sony A7R II will record 4k video @ 30fps with a 4:2:0 sampling at 8-bit, whereas Panasonic GH5 has the ability to record 4:2:2 10-bit files at resolutions up to DCI and UHD 4K at 24/30 fps.

6.Post Focus & Focus Stacking

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Focus stacking is a feature in Post Focus Mode of Panasonic GH5. First you have to activate the Panasonic GH5 Post Focus Mode then you have to select either Auto Merging or Range Merging,  if u select the 2nd option then you have to select number of AF points (amount of area you want to keep in focus) and after stacking up all those points you get your subject under desired amount of Focus.

Other advantage of Panasonic GH5 camera includes a bit large and high resolution screen, batter battery life and $1000 less price.

Verdict:

Panasonic is the best consumer cinema camera available till date, not only consumer cinema Panasonic GH5 also features very advance DFD tech inside that that enables advance better AF system then A7R II. But, Sony A7R II camera is a entirely different approach, it features 2X sensor size compared to GH5 with more resolution and sensitivity level. Hence, if you want better image quality then go and get A7R II but if you want a all in one affordable system then GH5 is also a excellent option available in-front of you.

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Sony A7R II available at Amazon and B&H

Panasonic GH5 available at Amazon | B&H

Panasonic GH5 vs Sony A7S II camera

Panasonic GH5 features cutting edge specification and A7 II camera carry a FF Hybrid sensor, let’s take a look how a 2 year old FF Hybrid sensor stand against the recently announced Panasonic flagship camera.

Features / Models

Panasonic GH5

Sony A7 II

Megapixel 20 megapixels 24 megapixels
Sensor size / type Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Image processor
Venus Engine Bionz X
Low pass filter No No
Image stabilization 5-Axis (Dual IS) 5-axis
AF System Contrast detect sensor Contrast detect+Phase detect
AF points 225 points 117+25
ISO 100-25600 50-25600
Shutter Min/Max 60sec 1/16000 sec 1/8000 to 30 sec
Top Continuous Shooting Speed 12fps 5fps
Video 4k @60fps Full HD
Display 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Free-Angle Touchscreen 3.0″ 1,228.8k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
Hot-shoe Yes yes
Battery Life (CIPA) 410 shots 350 shots
Wireless connectivity Built-In Built-In
weather sealed Yes Yes
Dimensions 139 x 98 x 87 mm 126.9 x 95.7 x 59.7 mm
Weight 725 g 556 g

1. Sensor and Megapixels

Same as of Sony A7R II the A7 also features Fullframe (36 x 24 mm) sensor which is 2X bigger than the Panasonic GH5 Sensor (17.3 x 13 mm).

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The Sony A7 II camera offers bit more  resolution on the other side it also offers very large sensor pixels  35.50µm2 vs 11.16µm2. That’s you get a approx 218% large area of every pixel. That will help you to grab out vast amount of details from your camera sensor.

2. ISO

The ISO of both the camera is almost same at upper end, but the ISO range of Sony A7 II camera can touched to as low as 50 whereas the Panasonic base ISO level remains as ISO 100. So, having one more stop of increment in base ISO range supported by a Fullframe sensor will sure give u more more details in your images, better dynamic range and completely noise free images. The A7II images captured at base ISO have amazing details and will beat GH5 in no time and even due to larger pixel area the High ISO samples of the camera will carry less amount of noise compared to GH5.

3. AF Points and AF System analysis

The AF points of A7 II is bit less than the Number of AF points offered by Panasonic GH5 camera. The overall structure of AF system is also completely different in both camera. The AF acquisition time of Panasonic GH5 camera is as low as 0.05 sec . The Panasonic uses DFD AF system, as we have discussed several times the DFD is a dedicated AF hardware exclusively developed by Panasonic engineers that Match and even surpasses the AF speed of Sony A7 II Mirrorless camera Hybrid Sensor.

The Burst Mode

The Panasonic GH5 features 12fps continuous shooting speed and Panasonic GH5 gives out AF support upto 9FPS. After 9FPS when you switch to 12FPS you need to Lock AF to a point. Whereas, the Sony A7 II continuous shooting supports continuous shooting mode upto 5 frames per second.

4. Sony A7II –  Dual 5 Axis System vs. GH5 Dual 5-Axis

Panasonic GH5 vs A7 II

The Sony A7 II is the first Sony camera to features 5-axis image stabilization support. And Do you know that Sony 2 years old A7 II camera also works in Dual IS mode when paired with OSS lenses, With OSS lenses the camera uses 3 axes on the sensor and the Pitch/Yaw of the optical stabilization of the lens. With Non-OSS lens that do AF and communicate the focus distance to the camera, the A7 Mark II will use 5-axes on the sensor. The Sony A7 II compensate camera shake upto 4.5 stops.

Implementing DUAL 2 (the first gen of Dual IS was used on Panasonic GX8 camera) I.S in Panasonic GH5 is a clear effort to grab out utmost sharpness from the frame. However, the Dual I.S need compatible lumix lenses that features O.I.S. Dual IS system and can compensate 5 stops of camera shake when paired with OSS lenses.

5. Video

4K vs Full HD vs others

No comparison, Panasonic GH5 can record 4K video @ 60fps whereas the Sony A7 II camera limited to Full HD mode.

6.Post Focus & Focus Stacking

With Panasonic GH5 and bit sacrifice in resolution you get POST FOCUS mode just like a Lytro camera. When you activate the Panasonic GH5 Post Focus Mode the camera allow you to select desired area which you want to keep under AF. After that the camera create a composite of images that merging each frame with other to create a stack of images by having a customized focused area as desired by the user.

7. Others

other features include touch screen, longer battery life, but surprisingly Sony A7 II is light-weight and  bit smaller than the GH5.

Verdict:

We recommend Panasonic GH5 features over Sony A7 II camera since the camera is two year old and waiting for an update. The Sony A7 II do have bigger pixel size but lastly it won’t make a ground braking difference due to limited resolution and ISO of the camera. And again as we have discussed  above the Video recording of A7 II is limited to Full HD mode only.

At an affordable cost you are getting Advance AF system, more burst rate, 4K photo mode,  Dual IS 2 featuring 5 stops of shake compensation, Post Focus & Focus Stacking and finally 4K video with 60fps mode.

Panasonic GH5 available at Amazon | B&H

Sony A7S II vs GH5

Panasonic GH5 is a wonder cam that completes almost all your wish if you are a cinematographer, even for still shots the GH5 is a excellent too but how it will stand against A7S II camera that have ability to capture crisp shots in moon light.

Features / Models

Panasonic GH5

Sony A7S II

Megapixel 20 megapixels 12 megapixels
Sensor size / type Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Image processor
Venus Engine Bionz X
Low pass filter No No
Image stabilization 5-Axis (Dual IS) 5-axis
AF System Contrast detect sensor Contrast detect+Phase detect
AF points 225 points 169 points
ISO 100-25600 50-409600
Shutter Min/Max 60sec 1/16000 sec 1/8000 to 30 sec
Top Continuous Shooting Speed 12fps 5fps
Video 4k @60fps 4K @ 30fps
Display 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Free-Angle Touchscreen 3.0″ 1,228,800-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
Hot-shoe Yes yes
Battery Life (CIPA) 410 shots 370 shots
Wireless connectivity Built-In Built-In
weather sealed Yes Yes
Dimensions 139 x 98 x 87 mm 126.9 x 95.7 x 59.7 mm
Weight 725 g 556 g

Sony A7S II has already become the first choice of photographers those who love to shoot in available light, the A7S series is world first camera to break out 409600 ISO Mark at consumer level.

Sensor and ISO

Sensor size and pixel

Before we begin we must let you know that the Sony A7S II camera pinned it’s name as one of the best camera available for low-light shooting.  Due to fullframe sensor low resolution of 12 MP the sensor have gigantic pixels / photodiode size of A7S II is approx 70.55µm2 whereas the sensor pixel area of Panasonic GH5  is 11.16µm2 which is very small compared to A7S II. So you can notice out the large difference in each pixel area of both sensor.

The large pixels of the Sony A7S II camera is able to grab out maximum amount of details from available light and hence you get a super clean noise free images with excellent color and contrast even at high ISO range. I have personally examined the high ISO samples of the camera and found that the A7S II images are usable upto 51200, whereas the Panasonic GH5 maximum ISO range of limited to 25600.

So if you are looking for image quality / low-light performance then stop reading this specification comparison right now and go get Sony A7S II camera.

Image Stabilization

Sony A7S II Dual IS

Panasonic doing a lot of effort to publicize it’s Dual I.S 2 and they also claims that it works upto 5 stops of camera shake. On the other side we have Sony A7S II camera that do have 5 axis IS inside it and also work in sync with OSS lenses (yep A7 series also use Dual IS tech.) and provides image stabilization upto 4.5 Stops.

You will be surprised to know that Sony A7S II also features Dual IS mode just like Panasonic GH5. The Sony A7S II camera compensates five types of camera shake that may occur during handheld shooting.  With OSS lenses the camera uses X and Y  axes on the sensor as well as Roll compensation and the Pitch/Yaw is managed by optical stabilization of the lens.

So, fact of the matter is Sony A7S II is giving you 4.5 Stops of shake compensation whereas the Panasonic GH5 is able to provide 5 Stops of shake compensation, so Panasonic GH5 is a clear winner.

But, I am not able to leave this topic here, as you know the basic of photography rules and exposure triangle. When you raise ISO value the camera allow you to use faster shutter speed and in-turn you lessen up the chances of getting a fuzzy shot. As you know the A7S II allows you to increase is ISO level upto 409600 and believe me with A7S II you can extract a crisp picture even in a full-moon night, no other light source required. 

AF System

Panasonic GH5 features better and fast AF system compared to Sony A7S II camera. As you know that the dedicated DFD (depth from De-focus) enables Panasonic GH5 to lock down AF in 0.05 sec and GH5 support Auto Focusing upto 9 frames per second whereas the continuous shooting speed of Sony A7S II remains limited to 2.5 FPS only with AF support.

Despite of having small sensor the Panasonic GH5 features large number of AF points(225) compared to Sony A7S II camera (169). Hence the frame coverage of Panasonic GH5 is more than of the Sony A7S II camera and undoubtedly the Panasonic GH5 will track AF more precisely compared to Sony A7S II camera.

Video

The Panasonic can shoot videos 4K @ 60fps whereas the Sony A7S II camera remains limited to 4K @ 30 fps. But again, with Sony A7S II you can push out your ISO range to 409600 whereas the Panasonic GH5 hold your hand when you reached ISO 51200.

while strictly talking to the video specification of the camera Panasonic GH5 do offers better video specification and not only that Panasonic also promised future firmware updates that will arrive on April month of 2017 This update will bring 10-bit 4:2:2 full HD capture to the camera.

WiFi and NFC

The Sony A7S II camera features WiFi and NFC connectivity and with playmemory app and you can  connect, share transfer and even control you A7S II camera with smartphone. Whereas, Panasonic GH5 doesn’t have such well featured connectivity option.

The Panasonic GH5 features better battery life as well as affordable body, yes you pay $1K less when you buy Panasonic GH5.

Verdict

Above we have very briefly discussed the core specification of booth the camera. The Sony A7S II camera is a flagship device for low-light photography and Panasonic GH5 is a flagship mirrorless camera for creating cinematic videos. Both camera are based entirely different approach, hence select you device based on your needs.

Buy Panasonic A7S II camera from Amazon

Panasonic GH5 available at Amazon | B&H

Red Helium - New Low Light KING at DXO Mark Lab

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Red epic Dragon and Helium become the first camera to cross 100 marks barrier in DXO mark lab test score. Till now the Sony A7R II camera was the undisputed winner of the DXO mark lab. But is it logical to test a $59K camera with $3K camera ? We don’t think so…

RED is the NEw King

The Red Helium camera features of 35.4 megapixel CMOS sensor and it can capture 8k @ 75 fps  and 8K RAW @ 60 frames. The Camera can also capture 120 FPS at 4K resolution. Take a look at the detailed specification of the camera

  • 35.4MP CMOS sensor
  • 75 fps 8K capture at 2.4:1 (8392 x 3456)
  • 60 fps RAW full 8K resolution
  • 120 fps at 4K resolution (240 fps at 2K)
  • 300 MB/second data readout
  • Captures in 16-bit RECODE RAW or Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHR/HD
  • Super 35-format sensor (29.90 mm x 15.77 mm)
  • Integrated dual-channel audio
  • Integrated REDLINK WiFi antenna
  • Upgrade path to WEAPON 8K VV (when available)

After the arrival of RED the Sony A7RII got slipped on third place in the table. But the red has established itself in the hearts of cinematographers.

But, is it fair to compare $29K or $59K camera with a $3K consumer camera? Share your thoughts with us. From our point of view DXO Mark should have a new category of PRO Cinema cameras and in that table they should stack up RED Dragon, Canon EOS C700 and Sony FS7 Mark II etc.

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Panasonic GH5 vs. Sony A6500

 

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Panasonic GH5 vs. Sony A6500 – Specification comparison between the two flagship camera will tell you the exact difference of both.

Features / Models

Panasonic GH5

Sony A6500

Megapixel 20 megapixels 24.2 Megapixel
Sensor size / type Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm)
Image processor
Venus Engine Bionz X
Low pass filter No Yes
Image stabilization 5-Axis 5-axis
AF System Contrast detect sensor Contrast detect+Phase detect
AF points 225 points Phase Detection: 425
Contrast Detection: 169
ISO 100-25600 100-51200
Shutter Min/Max 60sec 1/16000 sec 60 sec 1/32000 sec
Top Continuous Shooting Speed 12fps 11fps
Video 4k @60fps 4K @ 30 fps
Display 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Free-Angle Touchscreen 3.0″ 921.6k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
Hot-shoe Yes yes
Battery Life (CIPA) 410 shots 350 shots
Wireless connectivity Built-In, Built-In + NFC
Dimensions 139 x 98 x 87 mm 120 x 67 x 53 mm
Weight 725 g 453g

Sony A6500 camera features a APS-C CMOS sensor whereas the Panasonic GH5 features a 20 MP 43 sensor.

Sensor Comparison

The first difference between these two camera we notice is sensor size. The Sony A6500 camera features APS-C size sensor and hence bigger sensors are intend to capture more light and deliver better image quality. I do admire the wonderfulness of Panasonic GH5 core specification before the beginning of this article but at the same time if you are a still shooter you have to think twice before buying 4/3 sensor based camera instead of APS-C. Before we move to further discussion let’s take a deep look inside the sensor and other core specifications.

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The Sony A6500 camera sensor approx measurement in pink color and the Panasonic GH5 sensor is shown in yellow color.

ISO Difference

We can’t ignore the ISO difference of both the camera. The Sony A6500 camera features more ISO range (1 stop more than GH5) which will sure help you to get cleaner images in low-light environment. Not only that the 24 MP sensor will help you to drag out more details in your images compared to a file of 20MP created by GH5. Above all the one big and noticeable advantage Panasonic GH5 have is absence of low-pass filter.

Pixel Area

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As we know that the Sony features 24MP resolution but despite of that each sensor pixel area of Sony A6500 is 15.28µm2 Compared to the sensor pixel area of Panasonic GH5 which remains limited to 11.16µm2.

So the pixel area of Sony A6500 is more, we have bigger sensor and A6500 is also giving out options for more ISO range. Hence we recommend Sony A6500 i your prefer image quality

AF System

Panasonic GH5 main board

Panasonic GH5 Main Chip set Board

The Sony 6500 features 425 phase AF points and 169 contrast detection areas for precise focusing whereas the Panasonic GH5 features 225 focus areas. Now, if we compare only the Phase AF points of A6500 with GH5 then we have 200 more focus points in A6500. More AF points helps you to cover the entire frame of the screen and won’t let your subject go away from the tracking AF.

DFD AF System of Panasonic GH5

Now let’s see that type of AF system with camera uses the Sony 6500 camera uses hybrid autofocusing system where is the Panasonic GH5 uses contrast detect sensor and dedicated DFD AF system. The DFD system uses a dedicated piece of hardware that help to boost the auto focusing speed of a contrast detect sensor to a next level. The DFD AF system engine is a specially designed and developed by Panasonic engineers. And hence with the help of DFD AF the GH5 can track and AF even while shooting at 12 frames per second.

4D AF System in Sony A6500

4D system

Sony 6500 uses 4D autofocus in system. The 4D AF system enables to captures moving subjects even in 11fps. The 4D autofocusing system is world fastest among interchangeable lens digital cameras equipped with APS-C image sensor, now what actually happens in 4D auto focusing system the camera calculates the subject Movement and predict the and pre-focus the subject next position in time resulting secure AF on subject.

If you look at the auto-focusing is speed of both the camera then according to the claims made by both companies the auto focusing speed of both the camera is as low as 0.05 second.

It is very interesting that a with a contrast detector sensor and DFD the GH5 will support AF in 12fps Burst frame rate whereas Sony A6500 is not behind GH5 and captures 11 FPS Burst with AF.

Video

I am not video guy but the basic difference I noticed between the Panasonic GH5 and Sony a6500 is that Panasonic GH5 and shoot 4K videos @ 60 frames per second where is the Sony 6500 remains limited to 4K Mode @ 30 frames per second.

The Panasonic GH5 offers a direct HDMI port for high-quality output at 4:2:2 10-bit in all settings for use with external monitors and recorders. The Panasonic also offers 2.5x slower in 4K (60 fps) and 7.5x slower in Full HD (180 fps).

Post Focus

Yes, The Panasonic GH5 Camera can focus later in Post Focus Mode. You can grab still images and later you can select your AF points like a light field camera. Sony A6500 doesn’t have Post AF Mode.

Other Features

That A6500 Doesn’t Have

The Panasonic GH5 features longer battery life (410 shots vs 350 shots), The GH5 also carry a dedicated Headphone port that A6500 isn’t have. The Panasonic GH5 also features 6K and 4K Photo modes, that means you can grab out continuous 8MP stills at a 60 or 30 fps shooting rate or 18MP stills at a 30 fps shooting rate.

Features that Panasonic GH5 Doesn’t Have

Panasonic GH5 is missing NFC, whereas the Sony A6500 features NFC and ones you install the play memories APP in your smartphone all our images will get transferred in no time and you can fully control the A6500 with your smart device by using the APP. Physically the Sony A6500 is more compact, light weight and easy to handle.

Price

Sony A6500 ( $1398) is Affordable Compared to GH5 ($1997)

Verdict:

Panasonic GH5 is undoubtedly one of the best consumer cinema Mirrorless camera available right now. And not only video the GH5 also have very attractive specification for those who shoot still images, However Sony A6500 Camera features bigger sensor with more resolution and and better ISO range. The density of AF points is also more dense compared to GH5 and above all you save $600 if you buy A6500.

Our recommendation, if you are a still shooter the go with Sony A6500 camera and if you want best 4K mirrorless camera then your should pick Panasonic GH5.

Also see – Best Lenses for Sony A6500

Panasonic GH5 available at Amazon | B&H

Buy Sony A6500 from B&H Store | Amazon

Panasonic GH5 Sample Videos

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We have added some sample Videos as well as High ISO test of recently announced Panasonic GH5 camera. BTW, we have also added sample images of the camera with the high resolution versions. Before we begin to post the sample videos you must know that the Panasonic GH5 have very high-end core specification and it directly competes with the Sony FS7 camera with regard to it’s video specification. I do know that the FS7 do have some extra features and controls, but the video specification 4K 60p is similar to a $2K camera.

Currently there is no consumer camera in the industry to compete against the video core specifications of the recently announced Panasonic GH 5, not even Canon 1dx Mark II or Nikon D5. Even the recently announced Olympus EM1 Mark 2 camera is also pointed towards the still shooters the video section of the camera is inferior compared to the recently announced Panasonic GH5

Without a doubt out Panasonic is setting up New standards in photography industry with its high-end Core specification and very affordable price tags.

Panasonic GH5 Sample Video and High ISO Test

The high ISO Test of the camera starts from 13:00

Panasonic Lumix GH5: ISO Tests

Panasonic GH5 10 Bit 4K vs GH4 8 Bit