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Panasonic GH5 vs. Sony A6500

 

Panasonic GH5 vs A6500 image

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

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Sony A6500 at DXO MarkLab

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Sony A6500 visited DXO Mark Lab and scored a total score of 85 Marks. It’s really good when someone scores 85 out of 100. But what about the improvement from previous version. If you look at the sensor score of Sony A6000 and A6300 you will notice a big jump in the overall performance of the sensor.

Sony A6300 vs Sony A6000

Sony A6300 vs Sony A6000

Now if you look at the sensor scores of Sony A6300 vs Sony A6500 you won’t find any difference

Sony A6500 vs Sony A6300

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From the test scores it’s very clear that the sensor of both the camera remains same compared to it’s predecessor.

Sony A6500 was announced just after the 8 months of it’s predecessor, the big reason was the overheating issue of the Sony A6300 camera unit while recording 4K video. The recently announced Sony A6500 doesn’t overheat but it does have 29 mins limitation while recording a video.

Sony A6500 vs A6300 vs Nikon D7200 vs Canon 80D

Features / Camera Name Sony A6500 Sony A6300 Nikon D7200 Canon 80D
Overall Score 85 85 87 79
Portrait (Color Depth 24.5 bits 24.4 bits

24.5 bits

 

23.6 bits
Landscape (Dynamic Range 13.7 Evs 13.7 Evs 14.6 Evs 13.2 Evs
Low-Light ISO 1405 ISO 1437 ISO 1333 ISO 1135 ISO

Take a look at the list of Best Lenses for Sony A6500 Camera.

Source – DXOmark Lab

Best Lenses for Sony A6500

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Best Lenses for Sony A6500 camera. Recommended lenses for your A6500 camera selected by our expert editors. The Sony A6500 camera is undoubtedly the best APS-C sensor mirorless camera of today. The camera features extensive core specification and a 24.2 MP Exmor CMOS sensor with world’s fastest AF. You Need the ultimate best lens for your A6500 camera that not only resolve 24 MP resolution but also supports blazing fast AF  and performance.

Sony A6500 Compatible lens list begin from Sony native lenses and then we move further to third party lenses.

Best Lenses Lens Category
 1. Sony 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens  Best Lens for Sony A6500 Camera
2. Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8  Best Zoom Lens 
 3. Sony E 10-18mm f/4 OSS  Best Wide angle Zoom Lens
 4. Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens  Get Perfect Portraits
 5. Sony 30mm F3.5  Best Lens for Macro Shooting

1. Best Lens for Sony A6500 Camera

Sony 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens

Sony 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens

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The Sony 16-70mm Lens is far better then the kit lens you are getting with A6500 camera. And I would like to say Sony A6500 is the best lens I have ever used with the camera. The lens produces super sharp images and features a constant F4 aperture throughout the zoom range. The build quality of the lens is very solid and the image stabilization of the lens is highly effective and works upto four shutter speed steps to benefit while handheld shooting.

If you think the price is high then just imagine that you are buying a bunch of high quality prime lenses. Since the 16-70mm F Lens performance is equivalent to prime lenses u have used with your DSLRs. It’s expensive but it’s a Zeiss OSS and you get what you pay for when quality is your priority.

The Good: The best lens available for Sony A6500
The Bad: Price

 

1.1 Affordable Option

Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens.

Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens

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Affordable Option – If you don’t want to spend $1K cash on Sony 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens then you should go for Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens. The lens cost approx 1/2 than the 16-70 F4 lens. But As we have said early the 16-70mm lens performance is equivalent to a series of prime lenses performed together and the difference between the two lens is visible when we test them together in Lab. The test result does shows the 16-70mm F4 is noticeably sharper than 18-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens. 

The Good: Covers wide range
The Bad: Affordable

2. Best Zoom Lens for Sony A6500

Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 – (105mm to 300mm when mounted over Sony A6500 due to 1.5X crop factor)

sony-70-200mm-lens-image

Buy Sony FE 70-200mm Lens from Amazon | B&H

The 70-200mm lens is one of the best lens that Sony ever made. For DSLR users I must say that this lens is as good as Canon 70-200mm F2.8 OR Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8 Since. The Sony A6500 and the 20-700mm F2.8 is a killer combo. A perfect lens for shooting sports, wildlife, wedding and Portraits. The Sony 70-200mm F2.8 lens focuses very fast when paired with Sony A6500 and delivers stunning images with excellent color and contrast without any noticeable Aberration/Distortion throughout the zoom range.

You Can also use  Both the 1.4x and the 2.0x teleconverters with this lens. The teleconverters maintain excellent image quality while boosting focal-length of the image upto 2X.

The only problem is sometimes availability of the lens become a issue due to its high-demand among Sony mirrorless users.

The Good: Constant aperture, super sharp output and Very fast AF
The Bad: Price

3. Best Wide angle Zoom Lens for Sony A6500 Camera

Sony E 10-18mm f/4 OSS

Sony Lens wide angle lens

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Sony E 10-18mm f/4 OSS Lens is the best zoom lens for Sony A6500 camera. Sony E10-18mm lens Effective focal length of 15-27mm on APS-C sensors and it make very useful for landscape and interior photography, and OSS optical image stabilization is handy for shooting in poor light.

The design of the website is completely rock solid and made of of metal. The AF performance is very fast and accurate, the amount of image distortion lens produces is very well controlled. The lens also work flawlessly with Sony A7R II camera.

The Good: The best wide angle zoom lens available for Sony A6500
The Bad: None

4. Get Perfect Portraits from A6500

Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens

Best Sony 50mm F1.8 Lens image

Buy Sony 50mm F1.8 Lens from Amazon | B&H

The Sony A6500 effective focal length of  50mm (75mm on APS-C sensor) is very sharp at center and it delivers sharp result even at Max aperture range, even at max aperture, excellent color and contrast ouput with creamy Boekh. The Lens also features silent and Fast internal AF motor and compact light-weight design.

Highly recommended for Sony E-Mount users

The Good: Excellent lens for portraits
The Bad: Nothing

5. Best Lens for Macro Shooting

Sony 30mm F3.5

Best Sony A6300 Lens image

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Sony 30mm F3.5 is the perfect Macro Lens for Sony A6500. The lens captures tack sharp images at 1:1 proportion and features very well controlled Chromatic aberration. The lens features minimum focusing distance of 9.5 cm and the focal-length of the lens is 30cm. In general the standard Focal-Length of a normal macro DSLR lens varies between 60mm to 100mm, so with a 30mm macro lens you have to get closer to the subject to get a prefect shot. The lens is very durable and made up of aluminum alloy.

The Good: Sharp images and creamy bokeh
The Bad: none


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Download Sony A6500 Camera User Manual, PDF Guide

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Sony A6500 camera is a successor Sony A6300 camera and does contain a lot of improvement compared to A6300. We all know that Sony A6300 was having overheating issue while recording 4K videos.

But the Sony A6500 is free from any overheating issue, During video recording test Sony A6500 performed very well compared to Sony A6300.

Sony A6500 user manual is under preparation and will go live soon — Sony support page

Pls bookmark this page for future reference

Sony A6500 Doesn't have Overheating Issue

In head-to-head  comparison with the Sony A6300 camera the A6500 showed excellent performance. As usual the Sony A6300 failed to record videos upto 29min due to overheating issue. During the test Sony A6300 camera stopped at 12 and a half minutes, while the a6500 was able to record 29minutes 50 seconds despite of showing heating icon.

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Take a look at the screen shot above when you can see the error msg displayed by Sony A6300 camera. Below is a complete video that will show up you the entire test done by newshooter team.

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You can See Sony A6500 comparison and more details here

Amazon now taking Preorders of Sony A6500, Shipping by December 6, 2016

Sony A6500 camera image

Finally Amazon.com is now taking pre-orders of the recently announced Sony A6500 camera. We have already done specification comparison review of Sony A6500 with others you can see here.  The shipping for the camera will start from December 6, 2016 (just before 2016 Christmas).

Preorder Sony A6500 camera from Amazon.com Now and get it before 2016 Christmas.

Sony A6500 vs Canon 7D Mark II

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Sony A6500 vs Canon 7D Mark II – We have no doubt on Canon 7D Mark II DSLR performance, it is one of the best DSLRs ever manufactured by Canon. But What will happen when we will compare class leading DSLR with flagship mirrorless camera ? Let’s find out.

Features/ Models

Sony A6500

Canon 7D Mark II

Megapixel 24 megapixels 20.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) APS-C – 22.5 x 15 mm
Low pass filter Yes Yes
Image processor Bionz X Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors
Image Stabilization Yes – 5 Axis Image Stabilization No
AF system Phase Detection: 425
Contrast Detection: 169
65-Point All Cross-Type Phase-Detect AF
AF Hybrid  Hybrid
ISO 100-51200 100-16000 Standard and 100-51200 Expandable
Shutter Min/ mix 30 – 1/4000 Shutter 30 seconds -1/8000
Continuous shooting speed Up to 11 fps at 24.2 MP for up to 301 frames in JPEG format
/ 107 frames in raw format
10fps
Video 4K @ 30 fps Full HD 60fps
Display 3.0″ 921.6k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Clear View II LCD Monitor
Viewfinder Yes Optical
Hot shoe Built-In Yes
Wireless Yes Wi-Fi, NFC. Remote shooting
Environmentally sealed yes Yes
Battery life 350 Shots 670
Dimensions 120 x 67 x 53 mm 149 x 112 x 78 mm
Weight  453 g 910g

Canon 7D Mark II camera features 20  Megapixel CMOS sensor and Sony A6500 camera feature 24 MP sensor. ISO range of both the camera is same.The camera sensor size of the Sony A6500 is little big compared Canon 7D Mark II. We all know that the Sony A6500 camera does have the same sensor as of A6300 but due to thin copper wiring, enhanced circuit processing, and an enhanced front-end LSI we may see major improvement in image quality of the camera.

Sony A6500 camera features built-in image stabilization system to compensate camera shake upto 5 stops the other big advantage you get that OSS based lenses Image stabilization system will get synchronized with the in Body IS of A6500. No Built-in IS available inside the Canon 7D Mark II camera.

But the most important thing is both the camera is designed on different technological background, the Canon 7D Mark II camera features Dual-pixel CMOS AF sensor whereas the Sony A6500 camera uses Hybrid CMOS AF sensor. With the Hybrid AF system the camera Sony A6500 camera offers 425 Phase AF points and 169 Contrast based AF points. So you get a entire display covered with dense AF that will track and lock AF in no time. Sony A6500 AF system is more advance compared to Canon 7D Mark II.

The continuous shooting speed of the Sony A6500 camera is superior. The A6500 Can shoot 11frames per second @ 24 MP whereas Canon 7D Mark can shoot 10 frames per second @ 20MP. The large buffer inside the Sony A6500 can intake 301+shots of JPEG files in single burst mode and 107 RAW frames.

Sony A6500 captures 4K video mode whereas the Canon 7D Mark II limited to Full HD video mode only. The A6500  2.4x oversampling renders greater detail and full pixel readout is possible and there is no pixel binning. Sony A6500 Full HD 1080p recording can be done @ 120 fps whereas Full HD Video recording of the 7D Mk II camera remains limited to 60fps only.

On the rear side of A6500 we have touch screen that allow user to capture images just tapping. The other major advantage is we can use the display screen as touch-pad to select AF point while we are looking through the viewfinder.

Canon 7D Mark II features twice battery life compared to Sony A6500.

The weight and Size of the Canon is twice as of Sony, So if you prefer light-weight camera or you work continuously for hours than Sony A6500 is best for you.

Sony A6500 vs Canon 7D Mark II – Sensor Test

Sony A500 vs Canon 7D Mark II

From the sensor test conduct by the DXO Mark Lab it’s very clear that despite of having same ISO range on paper the DXO given a better low-light score compared to Canon 7D Mark II.

From the test score we concluded that

  1. The Sony A6500 Showing better portrait color depth
  2. Sony A6500 showing better dynamic range then the 7D Mk II
  3. Low light score of the Sony A6500 is also good when compared to 7D MK II

Now Finally time for some real test – We are comparing High ISO Test images against Each other

Sony A6500 vs Canon 7D Mark II – High ISO Test

Sony A6500 vs Canon 7D Mark II

@ ISO 6400

On the left side we have Sony A6500 and on the right side we have Canon 7D Mark II camera.

Both camera set at ISO 6400 setting and we are surprised to see that Sony A6500 is able to grab bit more details compared to the Canon 7D Mark II camera. The other reason behind the better perofmrance of Sony A6500 is 24 MP sensor whereas the Canon 7D Mark II camera features a 20 MP sensor .

Verdict

Sony A6500 does offer superior specification compared to Canon 7D Mark II camera.  You get more resolution with big bigger sensor, 5-axis image stabilization and Advance Hybrid AF mode. The continuous shooting mode of the A6500 is better as well as you also get touch screen for more convince. We recommend Sony A6500 over Canon 7D Mark II camera.

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