Panasonic GH5 vs Sony A7SII Comparison

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Panasonic has unveiled the GH5 for videographers with amazing features. So here is a Panasonic GH5 vs Sony A7SII comparison that shows the highlights to help you for decision.

If you want to have detailed information about the new GH5 impressions first please take a look at this article.

The Panasonic GH5 comes with a new 20.3 megapixel sensor without a low-pass filter. The video features include 4K internal recording at 10bit 4:2:2 up to 30fps (24 and 25p are also supported), 4K/60p recording, 6K photo capture for approximately 18 megapixel stills images, and a 5-axis Dual I.S. 2 (in-body image stabilization).

The Sony A7SII is a 12.2-megapixel full-frame mirrorless camera with 4K video recording, enhanced auto-focus, an expanded ISO range of 50 up to 409,600 (100-102,400 native) and a silent image capture mode that can be activated for 5fps continuous shooting.

Comparison of the Panasonic GH5 vs Sony A7SII Cameras

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Panasonic GH5 vs Sony A7SII Comparison

Feature Panasonic GH5 Sony A7SII
Megapixel 20MP sensor (5.2K) 12.2 Megapixel
Sensor size / type Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) Full-Frame (35.8 x 23.9 mm)
Low-Pass-Filter No No
AF System 5-axis – Contrast Detect (sensor) 5-axis – Contrast Detect (sensor)
AF points 225 169 
ISO 100-51200 100-102400
Shutter Min/Max 60 sec 1/16000 sec 30 sec 1/8000 sec
Top Continuous Shooting Speed 12fps 5fps
Video See video features section at the end of the post.
Display 3″ Rear Touchscreen Swivel Touchscreen OLED (1,040,000) 3″ Rear Screen LCD (1,228,800)
Viewfinder EVF 100% EVF 100% with 0.78x magnification
Hot-shoe Yes Yes
Wireless Built-In with NFC Built-In with NFC
Battery Life (CIPA) 330 shots 310 shots
Dimensions  133 x 78 x 63 mm 127 x 96 x 60 mm
Weight 487g 627g
Price $1,999 $2,998

The GH5 is the first mirrorless camera with 4K video at 60/50p. Panasonic adds internal 4:2:2 10-bit image capture for 4K video at up to 30 fps. The best feature of the Panasonic GH5 is its new 6K PHOTO mode. This function doubles the resolution captured, to 18MP, or about 6000 x 3000. The device also increases the frame rate in 4K Photo mode to 60fps.

Video Specs Comparison of Panasonic GH5 vs Sony A7SII

Features Panasonic GH5 Sony A7S II
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL Yes, NTSC/PAL
Video Resolution 4096 x 2160
3840 x 2160
1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160: 30 fps, 24 fps, 25 fps
1920 x 1080: 120 fps, 100 fps
1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
Video Format 4K
4096 x 2160p / 23.98 fps
4096 x 2160p / 24 fps
4096 x 2160p / 25 fps
3840 x 2160p / 59.94 fps
3840 x 2160p / 50 fps
3840 x 2160p / 29.97 fps
3840 x 2160p / 24 fps
3840 x 2160p / 23.98 fps
3840 x 2160p / 25 fps
3328 x 2496p / 59.94 fps
3328 x 2496p / 50 fps
3328 x 2496p / 29.97 fps
3328 x 2496p / 24 fps
3328 x 2496p / 23.98 fps
3328 x 2496p / 25 fps
High Definition
1920 x 1080p / 59.94 fps
1920 x 1080p / 50 fps
1920 x 1080p / 29.97 fps
1920 x 1080p / 24 fps
1920 x 1080p / 23.98 fps
1920 x 1080p / 25 fps
4K
XAVC S
3840 x 2160p / 29.97 fps (100 Mbps)
3840 x 2160p / 29.97 fps (60 Mbps)
3840 x 2160p / 23.98 fps (100 Mbps)
3840 x 2160p / 23.98 fps (60 Mbps)
3840 x 2160p / 25 fps (100 Mbps)
3840 x 2160p / 25 fps (60 Mbps)
High Definition
XAVC S
1920 x 1080p / 120 fps (100 Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 100 fps (100 Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 120 fps (60 Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 100 fps (60 Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 59.94 fps (50 Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 29.97 fps (50 Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 23.98 fps (50 Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 50 fps (50 Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 25 fps (50 Mbps)
High Definition
AVCHD
1920 x 1080p / 59.94 fps (28 Mbps)
1920 x 1080i / 59.94 fps (24 Mbps)
1920 x 1080i / 59.94 fps (17 Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 23.98 fps (24 Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 23.98 fps (17 Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 50 fps (28 Mbps)
1920 x 1080i / 50 fps (24 Mbps)
1920 x 1080i / 50 fps (17 Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 25 fps (24 Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 25 fps (17 Mbps)
High Definition
MP4
1920 x 1080p / 60 fps (28 Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 29.97 fps (16 Mbps)
1280 x 720p / 29.97 fps (6 Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 50 fps (28 Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 25 fps (16 Mbps)
1280 x 720p / 25 fps (6 Mbps)
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9 16:9
Video Clip Length Unlimited 4K Up to 29 Min 59 Sec
Audio Recording Built-in Mic: With Video, Stereo
Optional External Mic: With Video, Stereo + Mono
Built-in Mic: With Video, Stereo
Optional External Mic: With Video, Stereo + Mono
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