Panasonic GH5 vs. Nikon D500

Panasonic GH5 vs Nikon D500

Panasonic GH5 vs Nikon D500

Panasonic GH5 – a Glorious camera from Panasonic that outshines various mirrorless as well as DSLR camera in its range. Now we chose Nikon D500 (Baby Nikon D5…most of the photographers like to call it), but looking at the specifications you cannot take the camera lightly since it has better AF system, APS-C sensor sizes etc. But somewhere the beast Panasonic GH5 is chasing it all the way and also beats this Nikon’s stuff, ultimately.

We will be much cleared when we go to detail comparison…

Panasonic GH5 vs. Nikon D500 Specification Comparison

Features / Models

Panasonic GH5

Nikon D500

Megapixel 20 megapixels 21 Megapixel
Sensor size / type Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm)
Image processor
Venus Engine Expeed 5
Low pass filter No Yes
Image stabilization 5-Axis No
AF System Contrast detect sensor Contrast + Phase detect sensor
AF points 225 points 153 Points
ISO 100-25600 50-1640000
Shutter Min/Max 60sec 1/16000 sec 30sec 1/ 8000 sec
Top Continuous Shooting Speed 12fps 8fps
Video 4k @60fps 4K at 30fps
Display 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Free-Angle Touchscreen 3.2″ 2,539k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
Hot-shoe Yes yes
Battery Life (CIPA) 410 shots 1110 shots
Wireless connectivity Built-In No
Weather Sealed Yes Yes
Dimensions  139 x 98 x 87 mm 147 x 115 x 81 mm
Weight 725 g 860g

Image quality

The larger APS-C sensor inside the Nikon D500 clears that much more clear images with outstanding colors and rich tonality can be achieved while shooting. On the other side, Nikon D500 also employs 21 MP (20.9mp) DX-format CMOS sensor a bit more numbers of pixels giving advantage to the users so that they can get large printout of the images etc. Panasonic GH5 employs M4/3 sensor, which is smaller than APS-C of D500.

One advantage Panasonic GH5 can gain that it can grab much more details of the subjects that Nikon D500 may not! Since it leaves off the Lowpass filter tools.

Image stabilization

The uncontrolled camera shakes leaves blurring over the images so a camera should have Image stabilization mechanism or that camera (non-IS) should be used with IS lenses. As a result, crisp and blur free images will be the sure part of the camera. Here you can see that Panasonic GH5 has 5-axis Dual I.S. (Image Stabilizer), Combining an O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer, 2-axis) and B.I.S. (Body Image Stabilizer, 5-axis) that work together to suppress the appearance of camera shakes and produce sharp images. On the other side, Nikon D500 doesn’t have I.S mechanism.

AF system

Nikon D500 incorporates the Multi-CAM 20K AF sensor module, with a separate dedicated processor for AF function and its 153-point AF, letting users flawlessly track and lock-onto subjects throughout the frame. On the other side, Panasonic GH5 has contrast detect and innovative DFD (Depth From Focus) technology, which comprehensively boosts the AF performance of the camera. Plus, for accurate focusing of the subjects GH5 offers more numbers of AF areas (225), which advantage the shooters while taking the stills of the subjects during lowlight shooting.


We know Nikon D5 is one of the best lowlight cameras currently existing in the Market, and Nikon D500 is the little sister of the Giant Nikon D5 that offers you the highest sensitivity range of 164000 that is only one stop lower than D5 (328000), ensuring you a consistent shooting in lowlight by delivering you clear images with minimum noise. On the other side, Panasonic GH5 offers the highest expandable ISO of 25600 only (much lesser than D500).

Continuous shooting speed

Panasonic GH5 has adjustable high-speed continuous burst shooting up to 12 fps enables the easy tracking and capturing of fast moving subjects almost any location of shooting. On the other side, Canon Nikon D5 offers the shooting speed of 8fps only.


GH5 allows their users to record 3840 x 2160p at 60fps and also offers 4096 x 2160p at 24fps. Its extraordinary video capabilities takes the attention of the cinematographers very immediately. But Nikon D500 offers highest 3840 x 2160p at 30fps only. Moreover, the GH5 delivers a high-end performance to photo enthusiasts and professional videographers looking to capture moments in 4K 60p/50p video and 6K PHOTO.


Panasonic GH5 integrates a static-type touch control system, the 3.2-inch free-angle rear screen in 3:2 aspect with 1,620K-dot high resolution that lets you to achieve almost 100% field of view and its touchscreen, allowing intuitive menu navigation and settings control etc.


Panasonic GH5 allows to take only 410 shots at a single time charge, whereas Nikon D500 allows to take around 1110 shots at a single time charge.


Undoubtedly the Nikon D500 is a ultimate shooting machine  for any professional photographer but it can’t compete with the video quality offered by the Panasonic GH5. Our Recommendation is very clear, get GH5 if you are a cinematographer and D500 if dedicated for still shooter.

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