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Panasonic GH5S vs Sony A7S II

Sony A7S III panasonic GHS

Panasonic GH5S vs Sony A7S II – Take a look at the specification comparison between two. And actually which camera should you buy, Panasonic GH5S or Sony A7S III ?

Feature/Models Panasonic GH5s Sony A7s II
Megapixel 10.2 megapixels
12 megapixels
Sensor size Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Image processor Venus Engine 10
Bionz X
AF system Contrast detect Contrast Detect
AF points 225 AF points 169 AF Points
ISO 80-208400 50- 409600
Shutter speed 1/16000 to 30 sec
1/8000 to 30 sec
Image Stabilization No 5-axis
Continuous shooting speed 12fps 5fps
Video Cinema 4K @60 fps 4K Video at 30 fps
Display 3.2″ 1,620k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
3.0″ 1,228,800-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
Hot shoe Yes Yes
Wireless Built-in Built-in
Environmentally sealed yes yes
Battery life 440 shots 360 shots
Weight 660 g 627g
Size 138,5×98.1×87.4 127 x 96 x 60 mm

1. Sensor Size Comparison

When we look at the specification sheet of the camera, the biggest difference between the two is the sensor size. The Sony A7S II camera features fullframe sensor and the Panasonic GH5S camera features M4/3 sensor. And if you look at the resolution then we have marginal difference.. only of 2MP but the difference is pixel size is large (70.55µm2 vs 22.14µm2).

We have also done the High ISO test between the two camera as well as video comparison is also done and we can clearly see that Sony is leading in the comparison.

At the end we do expect high quality images and Videos from the Sony A7S II camera with less noise compared to the Panasonic GH5S camera.

2. Sony A7S II have better AF System

We do know that Panasonic camera do carry a dedicate hardware to perform DFD AF. But, at the end as we have seen in the AF test of Panasonic cameras, the GH5s AF performance is slow compared to the Panasonic G85 or Panasonic G9 camera which is more affordable compared to Panasonic GH5S.

But, we also know that Sony A7S II carry dedicated Phase AF points inside the sensor so the AF performance of Sony A7S II camera is better compared to the Panasonic GH5S.

Panasonic DFD AF system

3. Advance Image Stabilization inside Sony A7S II

Unfortunately, Panasonic GH5S doesn’t feature built-in IS and at the same time Sony A7S II camera features DUAL I.S.  So, you can carry the Sony A7S II camera with you anywhere without any extra gimble support.

Image Stabilization

4. DCI vs UHD 4K

As you can see in the image below the Panasonic GH5S camera features DCI 4K video compared to the 4K UHD video inside the Sony A7S II camera. So, if you are talking about the Video resolution then the Panasonic GH5S (4096 x 2060 vs 3840 x 2160) do have a upper hand compared to Sony A7S II camera.

UHD vs DCI 4K video

5. Rear Side Screen and Size Comparison

Despite of having a large sensor the overall body size of the Sony A7S II camera is smaller compared to the Panasonic GH5S camera. On the other side the Panasonic GH5s carry bit bigger high resolution screen compared to the Sony A7S II camera.

Panasonic GH5S vs Sony A7S II

The rear side screen of the Panasonic features touch display interface whereas the Sony A7S II haven’t.

6. Panasonic GH5S Fast Continuous shooting speed

The Continuous shooting speed of the Panasonic GH5s is more compared to the Sony A7S II camera. The Panasonic GH5S II camera shoots 14BIT RAW files at 11FPS and 12Bit RAW files at 12FPS without AF support and With AFC mode you get 7FPS with 14bit and 8FPS  when you have 12bit setting.

7. Card Slots

The Panasonic GH5S features Dual Card Slots including a UHS memoory card slot inside, but the Sony A7S II is limited to single memory card slot.

8. Noise in Image and Video

If you look High ISO test between the two the Sony A7S II camera have clear advantage. In High ISO test Video samples at 12800 one graded from V-Log and one from S-Log you can feel the difference, the Sony A7S II is more with better dynamic range clear compared to Panasonic GH5S.

Verdict

Based on specification comparison I prefer Sony A7S II over Panasonic GH5S.

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Panasonic GH5S vs Panasonic GH5 High ISO Test

Panasonic GH5s High ISO test with the Panasonic GH5s camera. We have done specification comparison review of both the camera aw while ago and we have also explained why Panasonic GH5s dropped the IS feature. Now, its time to compare the Panasonic GH5S camera for Panasonic GH5.

Panasonic GH5S vs Panasonic GH5 ISO 12800

In this sample image you can clearly see despite of having low resolution the Panasonic GH5S has 10 Megapixel sensor getting very clean images.
In Panasonic GH5 image you can see significant amount of noise is present but at the same time you are getting also with more details compared to the GH5s.

Panasonic GH5S vs Panasonic GH5 ISO 25600

Panasonic GH5S is able to maintain noise very effectively. The image captured by Panasonic GH5S showing minimal amount of noise at ISO 25600
Take a look at the image captured by the Panasonic GH5 camera at at ISO 25000. Panasonic GH5 showing a very high amount of noise at ISO 2500 and the image is completely useless. Panasonic GH5S camera is prove to be excellent tool still shooters as well as videographers / cinematographers.

But and then we have to say that Panasonic GH5S is missing the built-in image stabilization system so you have to get external image stabilizer support that is a gimble while shooting at low light conditions

We have already compared to Panasonic GH5S camera with Sony A7S II camera

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image credit source imageresource

Why Image Stabilization is Missing Inside Panasonic GH5S ?

Panasonic GH5S wihout IS

Well we all have a this question in our mind, Why Image Stabilization is Missing Inside Panasonic GH5S ?

Panasonic announced Panasonic GH5S one of the best video centered mirrorless camera till date, and we all know that Panasonic image stabilization is just after Olympics OMD series (Olympus OMD E-M1 Mark II IS is best in the world). Panasonic GH5 camera features 5 Axis image stabilization with DUAL I.S support that synchronises with the lens based image stabilization and works parallely to keep give excellent support while you are working in low light conditions.

But why low light dedicated video camera missing image stabilization inside it ?
Before we begin let me tell you that the recently announced Panasonic GH5S camera features redesigned 10 Megapixel sensor with High ISO range starting from 80 to 204800. Not only that the Panasonic GH5S camera has become the first consumer camera to offer DCI 4K recording that is cinematic 4k recording which is better than the UHD 4K recording of the Panasonic GH5 camera. Also Dual native ISO so has been introduced which was present in the professional camcorders of Panasonic.

To process the low light videos and gives you a very clean output Panasonic GH 5S need enormous processing and increased sensor sensitivity
All this activity generate a lot of internal heat and that may affect the image or video quality when used for a longer period of time or during a hot day.

So, they have decided to put the sensor on solid object to sink up the sensor heat quickly. The floating sensor 5-axis IS module won’t tackle the sensor heat as effectively as the Sensor fixed sensor does with heat sink support. Hence to tackle the heat generated by the sensor possibly they have decided to remove IS system.

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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.

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Panasonic GH5S Now Available for Pre-Order

Panasonic GH5s

Finally, We have received the notification from B&H that Panasonic GH5S is now available for pre-order. See also Panasonic GH5s announcement page, more about the Panasonic GH5s  and Comparison with Sony A7S II.

Panasonic GH5s vs Sony A7S II High ISO Test

Take a look at the high ISO test comparison between the recently announced Panasonic GH5S Compared to the Sony 7s II camera. Panasonic GH5S as does arrived with lot of improvements inside camera. But, overall look and design of the camera in same except the addition of some red colours in the front or top of the camera. Images shown below credit belongs to imagine resource.com.

we are going to test Image Noise between the Sony A7 S II and Panasonic GH 5S camera

Sony A7 S2 camera using a 3+ year old Sony A7S sensor . The sensor used inside Sony A7SII camera is based on FSI technology not BSI. FSI means front side illumination and BSI means backside illumination (and of course the BSI is better). Sony A7 RII was the first camera to use the BSI full frame sensor and Sony A9 is the first camera to use stacked CMOS full frame sensor. So, lot of tech improved after the announcement

Panasonic announced a low light dedicated GH5S (series) just similar to the Sony A7S II camera but Panasonic should also know that the Sony A7 S II camera is 3 years old and desperately waiting for an update. And we do also believe that this year Sony will going to announce Sony A7 S II camera with at least BSI or stacked CMOS sensor inside it, that will going to uplift the over specification as well as low light performance of the camera to a next level

Before we begin let me tell you that if you are our subscriber all reader, we have told you 3 months ago prior to the announcement of Panasonic GH 5S camera that it’s coming. so do subscribe our website social networks and download our app for latest update live news and rumors.

Sony A7S II vs Panasonic GH5S

ISO 12800 Panasonic GH 5S is showing with more saturated colours compared to the Sony A7 S II camera but the noise levels minimal and images look somehow usable at this point

ISO 25600 is a point when you will notice the raise of noise level in the sample image of the Panasonic GH5s camera. But Sony A7S II sensor maintains the image quality without showing significant noise.

Look for shadow behind the bottles, the Panasonic GH5S s showing un-acceptable level of noise at ISO 51200.

I have nothing to say. At this point both images are unusable, but GH5s is showing more noise compared to Sony A7S II camera.

panasonicGH5svsA7SII image

And finally the 204800. Why camera company unlocks such a noisy ISO levels ? too get good marks in specification sheet or for specification comparison engines ?

Panasonic GH5s vs Sony A7S II High ISO Test

Panasonic GH5S is showing more noise compared to Sony A7S III camera. And we have already posted the Video comparison of Panasonic GH5S vs the Sony A7S II here.

 

Panasonic GH5 Additional Coverage

Yes Panasonic GH5s is one of the most professional consumer video camera ever announced. We are covering up latest hands on, previews and reviews related to the Panasonic GH5s camera.

I always look for Kai reviews. I am following him from DIgirev and now he is on CPTV.

Best intro of Panasonic GH5s

GH5s First Comparison with Sony A7S II

Now take a look at the lowlight test between the Sony A7S II and Panasonic GH6 camera done by the dpreview team. Panasonic arrived to compete against the Sony A7S II camera but at the same time we have to remember that the Sony A7S II is using a 3 year old sensor coming originally from A7S. The 12 MP FSI sensor performance is limited and now Sony do have BSI FF and Stacked CMOS FF Sensors. So,, we do believe that A7S III is on its way with BIG improvements.

Continue reading Panasonic GH5 Additional Coverage