Before we go to the detailed specifications comparison between Panasonic GH5 and Canon 80D we must introduce you these two cameras. Well, the loudest part of GH5 is its monster video capabilities and then the blazing fast AF system that create the ultimate impact over the cinematographers worldwide. GH5 offers you 4k @60fps, which is simply incredible. Moreover, it has 5-axis I.S etc. on the other side, Canon 80D is also able to surprise you with its performance that is not short to astounding… you will get more details if you see our head to head specifications comparison…
Features / Models
|Megapixel||20 megapixels||24 Megapixel|
|Sensor size / type||Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)||APS-C (22.5 x 15 mm)|
||Venus Engine||DIGIC 6|
|Low pass filter||No||No|
|AF System||Contrast detect sensor||Contrast detect+Phase detect|
|AF points||225 points||45 AF|
|Shutter Min/Max||60sec 1/16000 sec||30-1/8000
|Top Continuous Shooting Speed||12fps||7fps|
|Video||4k @60fps||Full HD 1080p Video at up to 60 fps|
|Display||3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Free-Angle Touchscreen||3.0″ 1.04m-dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||410 shots||960 shots|
|Dimensions||139 x 98 x 87 mm||147 x 115 x 81 mm|
|Weight||725 g||860 g|
Probably, Canon 80D presents image quality as the strongest and main element to the users since the camera comes with APSC sized sensor, which is comparatively bigger than that of M4/3 of GH5. Plus, this APSC sized camera also employs more number of effective pixels, clearing that along with the stunning image quality the users can also get outstanding dynamic range while shooting in the conditions where lighting conditions are not up to the mark. However, Panasonic is able to acquire maximum score for its video quality, but its imaging performance drifting it downwards while compared with Canon 80D.
Blurring is the common issue while shooting with slower shutter speed. Plus, during lowlight shooting or shooting handheld it is very difficult for the camera to avoid the uncontrolled camera shakes, which resulting in blurry photos. Thankfully, GH5 incorporates one of the latest I.S mechanism inside the core that is 5-axis dual I.S, Combining an O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer, 2-axis) and B.I.S. (Body Image Stabilizer, 5-axis), which suppresses blurring in more powerful and advanced ways for both photo and video recording, including 4K video. Moreover, this mechanism also helps you to use a max. 5-stop slower shutter speed plus the camera also gives you the advantage during wide angle and telephoto shots.
Unfortunately, the users need to work with the lenses that integrate I.S while shooting with Canon 80D since the camera doesn’t offers you the built in I.S
In the very beginning, we told you the AF system of Panasonic is magnificent and blazing fast. However, it uses only contrast detect sensor, whereas Canon 80d utilizes Dual Pixel CMOS AF for fast and smooth AF during Live View and movie shooting as well as a dedicated Phase AF sensor inside the camera. This intelligent technology also excels in providing stellar AF and tracking even in difficult shooting conditions. On the other hand, Panasonic GH5 uses contrast detect sensor only, but it uses DFD technology (Depth from Defocus) that works together with contrast detect AF technology, enhancing the users to track the subjects very fast and accurate as well. You should also know the speed of sensor drive has been increased to 780fps during auto focusing in photo shooting mode, letting the GH5 to lock down the subjects in just 0.05 sec (absolutely brilliant!).
Interestingly, Panasonic offers distinctive 225 AF points, allowing the users to choose focus areas as per the specific composition required and with the help of joystick located on the thumb position, they can control it easily. On the other hand, 80D dedicated Phase AF sensor manages to offers 45 AF points only.
Other Auto Focusing features including Post Focus function in GH5 enables users to select the specific focus point even after shooting — effectively helps the users during macro shooting (If focus is not exactly as the user intended when the shutter is pressed). Moreover, Focus Stacking function, allowing the users to take multiple images of the same frame with different focus points then you can combine them into one image with the defocus as they like.
Panasonic GH5’s incredible faster shutter speed of 1/16000 seconds allows you to capture fast actions of the subjects, such as fast moving train or speed running deer etc. Other benefit of faster shutter speed is that it allows you to use the wide aperture while shooting at bright lighting conditions. Unfortunately, you can use the faster shutter speed upto 1/8000 sec only with Canon 80D.
Continuous shooting speed
Sometimes it is difficult to capture the action that happens so quickly that getting perfect shot is impossible. But you can see GH5 offers continuous shooting speed of 12fps that allows you to capture 12 different numbers of shots at a time through which you can pick the best one. On the other hand, Canon 80D allows the faster shutter speed of 7fps only.
Panasonic GH5 is a must have camera for cinematographers since it features 3840 x 2160p @60fps with no time limit (not any other competitors in its range). It also gives you 4096 x 2160p @24fps. On the other side, Canon 80d allows you to record full HD video only (A huge difference between GH5 and 80D). In GH5, the signal readout speed has been accelerated by max 1.7x in the new Digital Live MOS Sensor, and the new Venus Engine processes signals at max 1.3x higher speed, allowing 4K 60p/50p ultra high-definition, smooth, video recording.
Canon 80D allows you to shoot 960 shots at a time, whereas GH5 allows you to take around 410 shots only.
Obviously, we must recommend Panasonic GH5 to all the photographers whose prime motive is to get superfine video or cinema cameras along with extraordinary specifications. The one whose primary purpose is image quality should pick Canon 80D DSLR camera.