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Price Drop Alert: Canon 6D, Canon 5D Mark III and Panasonic GH5

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B&H dropped down these three camera price to lowest level, for instance if you check Canon 6D [$999] at B&H Store whereas you’re getting the Same Canon 6D body at $1299  (Amazon) [$300 more than B&H.com]

So in short B&H dropped the price of new camera to lowest level

Stock clearance Sale

1. Canon 5D Mark III available at $1999 – B&H Store

2. Panasonic GH5 available at  – B&H Store

3. Canon 6D available at $999 – B&H Store

Fuji X-H1 vs Panasonic GH5

Fuji X-H1 vs Panasonic GH5

We are comparing the Fuji X-H1 camera with Panasonic GH5. Let me tell you that Fuji X series camera are prefect still shooting machines but by announcing the Fuji X-H1 camera they have showed their presence as a Cinematic camera makers. Now, with Sony, Panasonic we can count Fuji name also as best cinematic mirrorless camera makers of 2018. Not only that they somehow stopped the migration of Fuji users to Panasonic or other brands looking for a perfect consumer level Mirrorless camera.

So, Fuji X-H1 camera is win win for Fuji users as well as Fuji also.

Feature/Models Fuji X-H1 Panasonic GH5
Megapixel 24.2 Megapixel 20 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Image processor X-Processor PRO Venus Engine 10
AF system Contrast Detect+ Phase detect Contrast Detect
AF points 325 AF points 225 AF Points
ISO 100-51200 100-25600
Shutter speed 60 seconds-1/32000 secs 60sec 1/16000 sec
Image Stabilization 5-axis in-body stabilization of 5.5 stops 5-Axis Sensor Stabilization; Dual I.S.
Continuous shooting speed 14 fps 12fps
Video 4K at 24fps and 30fps 4K Video at 60 fps
Display 3-inch 1.04M-dot tilting touchscreen LCD 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Free-Angle Touchscreen
Hot shoe Yes Yes
Wireless Built-in Built-in
Environmentally sealed Yes yes
Battery life 320 shots 410 shots
Weight 623 g 725g
Size 139.8×97.3×85.5mm 139 x 98 x 87 mm

If you look at the specs then you can clearly see that Fuji features bigger X-Trans sensor compared to the Panasonic GH5 camera. The Fuji X-H1 ISO range is also 1 stop more than Panasonic GH5.

For still shooting purpose we recommend Fuji X-H1 camera

Fuji Hybrid AF vs Panasonic contrast based DFD AF

As we all know that Fuji X-Trans Hybrid Sensors are very fast we have no doubt that Fuji will outperform Panasonic GH5 in Still and Video AF test.

Fast Continuous shooting speed: Fuji X-H1 exhibit faster continuous shooting speed compared to the Panasonic GH5 camera.

Panasonic GH5S features advance Video modes than of Fuji X-H1

The Panasonic GH5 camera is capable to record 4K at 60Fps and Full HD at 120fps, X-H1 doesn’t have high bit rates option as of Panasonic GH5 camera. At the Panasonic GH5 camera offers bigger buffer compared to X-H1 camera and hence you get unlimited recording time.

Video Comparison between the X-H1 vs Panasonic GH5

DCI 4K Video Recording [4K (4096 x 2160)] 24p / 23.98p 200Mbps / 100Mbps / 50Mbps up to approx. 15min. No recording limit
UHD 4K Video Recording [4K (3840 x 2160)] 29.97p / 25p / 24p / 23.98p 200Mbps / 100Mbps / 50Mbps up to approx. 15min.

MOV*2/*4-59.94Hz <[4K] 3840×2160> 59.94p, 150Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP)

4K HDR video recording,

No recording limit

Full HD

[Full HD (1920 x 1080) High speed rec.] 59.94p / 50p / 29.97p / 25p / 24p / 23.98p 200Mbps up to approx. 6min.

50Mbps up to MAX approx. 20min

No recording limit

Fuji X-H1 vs Panasonic GH5, Which camera Should you buy ?

Panasonic GH5 is a ultimate consumer level camera for video recording purpose, but if you are a X-shooter and looking for a decent cinematic camera then you have a option Fuji X-H1.  Also if you are look for best of both the world, a perfect Still as well as Video camera then go with Fuji X-H1.

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Panasonic GH5S vs Panasonic GH5

panasonic GH5S

Panasonic GH5S vs Panasonic GH5 – Panasonic GH5S features exactly same exterior design compared to the Panasonic GH5. But it do have lot of improvements, take a look.

Feature/Models Panasonic GH5s
Panasonic GH5
Megapixel 12 megapixels
20 megapixels
Sensor size Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Image processor Venus Engine 10
Venus Engine 10
Low Pass Filter No No
AF system Contrast detect Contrast Detect
AF points 225 AF points 225 AF Points
ISO 80-204800 100-25600
Shutter speed 1/16000 to 60 sec
60sec 1/16000 sec
Image Stabilization No 5-Axis Sensor Stabilization; Dual I.S.
Continuous shooting speed 12fps 12fps
Video Cinema 4K @60 fps (4096 x 2160 @ 60fps) 4K Video at 60 fps
Display 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Free-Angle Touchscreen
Hot shoe Yes Yes
Wireless Built-in Built-in
Environmentally sealed yes yes
Battery life 440 shots 410 shots
Weight 660g 725g
Size 138×98×87 139 x 98 x 87 mm

 

ISO Range
before we begin let me tell you that the sensor inside the Panasonic GH5S is completely new.
The camera features 10 Megapixel sensor with ISO sensitivity starting from 80 to 204800, and the standard ISO range of the camera is 100 to 51200.

Being said that it clearly indicates that the Panasonic GH5S will going to create more cleaner images during low light conditions compared to the Panasonic GH 5 camera. Not any cleaner images Panasonic GH 5S is also optimised for low light video performance and Dual Native ISO also introduced to cut down the extra noise.

Dual Native ISO
and Panasonic introduced dual native ISO inside the Panasonic GH 5S camera which was first introduced with Panasonic S35
The dual native ISO range is used to cut down the extra amount of noise generated while recording video or still at low light conditions.

Multi-aspect sensor
Panasonic introduce multi aspect sensor so you can now shoot 16:9, 17:9, 4:3 and 2:3.wide formats.

AutoFocus System
The autofocusing system of both the camera remains same. both camera features a 225 points based DFD autofocusing system. but the Panasonic GH5S comes with slight improvement in low light detection range. Panasonic GH5S Camera AF detection improved one stop more (+5EV vs -4EV) compared to the Panasonic GH 5 camera.

14 Bit continuous shooting
The camera offers 14bit of RAW shooting but at 11 frames per second without AF support and when you use AFC mode continuous AF the speed slows down to 7fps.

Cinematic 4K
cinematic / DCI 4K also being introduced inside the Panasonic GH5S camera. Panasonic GH5 do offer standard / UHD 4K video recording but one step ahead Panasonic GH5S has become the first consumer level camera to introduced 4K cinematic video which carry a bit more resolution compared to the standard 4K video of the GH5 camera.

240 Frames @ Full HD
After that we have improvement in the frame rate of full HD video recording. with full HD video recording you get to 240 frames per second with the Panasonic GH5S camera.

Pre-installed Vlog
Yes the Panasonic GH 5S comes with pre installed Vlog and for that you have to pay extra money when you get for Panasonic GH5 camera.

Panasonic 4KHDR and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
You get 4K HDR with HLG in Panasonic GH5S with Firmware version 2.0. Panasonic GH5S
Comes with preinstalled.

No Built in Image stabilization
Panasonic GH5S doesn’t carry in built-in Image stabilization. So, you have to depend upon the OSS lenses only. BTW, the Panasonic GH5 carry Dual IS when sensor based IS sync with Lens based IS.So you get 5+Stops of IS with the Panasonic GH5 camera.

Final Word

The Panasonic GH5S camera is made for shooting in low-light environment. So, absence of IS will become a big issue for few filmkaers and lifestyle vloggers. But, overall the camera is more video centric compared to Panasonic GH5S.

Get Panasonic GH5S from Amazon.com | B&H Store

Panasonic GH5 Firmware Update Arrived

Panasonic GH5
Panasonic today announced the firmware update of ultra popular compact wireless Panasonic GH5 camera. The firmware update does bring a lot of improvements and bug fixes have a look

1. Compatibility with “LUMIX Tether” PC software
2. Improved auto focus performance
3. Improved performance in [6K PHOTO] and [4K PHOTO]
4. An additional ALL-Intra Video Recording mode
5. 4K HDR video recording
6. Enhancement of the Anamorphic video recording mode
7. Enhancement of Body I.S. (Image Stabilizer)
8. Correction of white balance setting
9.  Improved usability of Time Lapse Shot
10. Improved usability of Power Save LVF
11. Wireless functions
12. Other improvements

Download the Firmware Now

Panasonic GH5 DXO Mark Score

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We don’t have doubt on capabilities of Panasonic GH5 camera, it is one of the best Hybrid Mirrorless camera in the world. DXO Mark team today published the score of GH5, the camera overall score is really impressive and better than all the other Panasonic camera.

DXO mark team
Like its predecessor the GH4, there’s no doubt the Panasonic GH5 is oriented toward videographers, but there’s still plenty to like about the camera for stills use.

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Panasonic GH5 180 FPS Sample Videos and More Test

Panasonic GH High ISO Test image

Panasonic GH5 More test videos surfaced over the web, these sample video include a series of test videos that include 180fps 1080p Test, 10 bit vs 8 bit and High ISO test. Panasonic GH5 is a wonder machine for filmakers and even still shooter from the time of announcement the GH5 has become one TOP seller camera of B&H Store.  Now Let’s look at some test video of the marvelous Panasonic GH5 camera

1. Panasonic Lumix GH5 180fps 1080p Test

2. Testing the GH5 – 10 bit vs 8 bit, 180fps & gamma profiles

3. Panasonic GH5 – High ISO Test

Well all these video do have very good amount of information and will give you a bit more closer look to your fav machine. If you want to see more High ISO test you can click here

Panasonic GH5 specification comparison review

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

Panasonic GH5 image

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.

sensor-pixel-smaller-vs-lar

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

Focus-Stacking-image

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.

Best Lenses for Sony Sony A7R II | Best accessories for Sony A7R II

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).

sensor-pixel-smaller-vs-lar

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