It will really be a difficult task for Panasonic GH5 to beat Sony A6500 in terms of image quality. Though, not only image quality, but Sony A6500 also exceeds in AF system that features contrast detect as well as Phase detect sensor, ensuring blazing and super fast acquisition of the target subjects. However, it doesn’t mean that Panasonic GH5 is pushed away! Actually, the image quality offered by Panasonic GH5 is truly outstanding but somewhere due to implementation of bigger sensor sizes that is APS-C in the core of A6500, enhanced the image into a premium quality and snatching more number of grades compared to Panasonic GH5. Excitingly, there are some areas where Panasonic GH5 is showing its exceptional performance… let’s see the specifications comparison of both cameras in details.
Panasonic GH5 vs. Sony A6500
Features / Models
|Megapixel||20 megapixels||24.2 Megapixel|
|Sensor size / type||Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)||APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm)|
||Venus Engine||Bionz X|
|Low pass filter||No||Yes|
|AF System||Contrast detect sensor||Contrast detect+Phase detect|
|AF points||225 points||Phase Detection: 425
Contrast Detection: 169
|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|
|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|
Both Panasonic GH5 as well as Sony A6500 is highly acclaimed mirrorless cameras and each one can produce much sharper images with large details. However, A6500 is taking the advantages of bigger sensor size plus resolution as well (APS-C sized 24.2 MP8 Exmor CMOS sensor), ensuring crystal clear images almost everywhere. Moreoever, the LSI (Large scale integrated) technology of Sony makes it more obvious that you can get superior image and video quality. On the other side, somewhere Panasonic is lagging behind in terms of image quality.
In this Marathon, Sony A6500 is not giving side to Panasonic GH5…anywhere! Here it looks like the AF system of Sony A6500 is Jupiter that comes with 4D FOCUS system – a Fast Hybrid AF system that combines high-speed phase detection AF with extremely accurate contrast AF, which allows it to capture and lock on to moving subjects in as little as 0.05 seconds. Why Sony A6500 is taking the prime position in the race, not only from Panasonic GH5 but the camera also the best in the matter of focusing response? Because it features 425 phase detection AF points and High-density Tracking AF Technology, which significantly improves subject detection and tracking performance. Why Panasonic GH5 is not a good competitor of Sony A6500 in AF matters? Honestly, the AF system of Panasonic GH5 is also unmatched and super fast than all its other friends in the competitive market, but can’t walk step by step with Sony A6500 because it uses only contrast detect sensor and it features 225 AF points only. However, the overall AF performance must win the heart of the professional shooters but A6500 users must happy to see their camera on the front position in terms of AF.
The sensitivity range of Panasonic GH5 is not more than its competitor, Sony A6500. On the other side, Sony A6500 offers the expandable ISO range of 51200 backed up by a bigger sensor and its BIONZ X image processor and front-end LSI ensure superior image and video quality with low noise even when using higher ISO settings where Panasonic GH5 might struggle. Thankfully, Panasonic GH5 incorporates conventional Multi Process NR(Noise reduction) technology that probably boasts 4x the noise identification accuracy, which helps the users to preserve rich details of the subjects even when shooting at high sensitivities.
Sony A6500 might be the camera that enables you better working in bright conditions and also gives you the freedom to use the wide aperture since it avails the faster shutter speed of 1/32000 sec. On the other side, Panasonic GH5 offers you to use the highest shutter speed of 1/16000 secs.
Continuous shooting speed
When you shoot at 20fps the Panasonic GH5 allows to use the highest frame rates of 12fps, which is great to capture the action of the fast moving subjects when you shoot at the highest resolution. On the other side, Sony A6500 is looking a bit down that offers one frame lesser than GH5 when allows you shooting at its highest resolution of 24MP resolution. That’s not cool!
Both can capture 4k video… no doubt! But Panasonic GH5 is going to be the best that not only beats Sony A6500, but it is one of the best video cameras in the present world market that offers 4K video at 60fps and 50p (8-bit 4:2:0), with a bit rate of 150Mbps and no cropping (it uses the full width of the sensor).
Panasonic GH5 accelerates the signal readout speed by max 1.7x in the new Digital Live MOS Sensor and the incredible Venus Engine that significantly processes signals at max 1.3x higher speed and this combo helps the camera to record 4K 60p/50p ultra high-definition and flawless video recording. Furthermore, the capability of internal 4:2:2 / 10-bit video recording (color subsampling) of Panasonic GH5 – making it one of the best cinema cameras that reproduces colors (technique mostly used in film production).
On the other side, you can see that Panasonic GH5 offers you 4096 x 2160p at 24FPS, whereas Sony A6500 offers 3840 x 2160p / 30 fps. Also Panasonic GH5 offers 3840 x 2160p at 60 fps… obviously Panasonic GH5 is leaving it spots of being the best!
The users who want to achieve 100% field of view then Panasonic GH5 is looking at you that integrates a large 3.2-inch free-angle rear screen in 3:2 aspect with 1,620K-dot high-resolution.
Moreover Panasonic is also creating impact over the professional shutters that allows 410 maximum shots at a time. On the other hand, Sony A6500 offers 350 shots only at a time.
The Panasonic GH5 camera is the best mirrorless consumer cinema camera ever made that captures 4K video by doing full-pixels readout @60fps and you can also capture some decent still shots from 20MP 4/3 sensors, whereas Sony A6500 is affordable and features a hybrid Phase detect AF sensor with 425 phase AF points and not only that sensor is also larger (APS-C) than the GH5 (4/3). Hence for still shooters we still recommend Sony A6500, whereas if you are into Photography as well as cinematography then for a complete package you may go with Panasonic GH5.