Panasonic GH5 Vs. Sony A99 II

Panasonic GH5 vs. Sony A99 II

Panasonic GH5 vs. Sony A99 II

Panasonic GH5 is really a game changer camera from Panasonic that incorporates highly standard, civilized and advanced specifications inside the core. Its video capability invincibly outperforms the other cameras in its zone that enhances the cinematographers to achieve desirable milestones in the fields they are ardent to create their impact. But interestingly, we compared its specifications with camera industries’ one of the beast and monster SLT camera Sony’s A99 II. The AF system of the camera is blazing fast and its quickest focusing response is just dynamic. To see the final result just read our detailed comparison…

Features / Models

Panasonic GH5

Sony A99 II

Megapixel 20 megapixels 42.4 megapixels
Sensor size / type Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) Full frame (36 x 24 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 399
ISO 100-25600   50-102400
Shutter Min/Max 60sec 1/16000 sec 1/8000 to 30 sec
Top Continuous Shooting Speed 12fps 12fps
Video 4k @60fps 4K @30 fps (3840 x 2160)
Display 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Free-Angle Touchscreen 3.0″ 1,228.8k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
Hot-shoe Yes yes
Battery Life (CIPA) 410 shots 490 shots
Wireless connectivity Built-In Built-In
weather sealed Yes Yes
Dimensions  139 x 98 x 87 mm 143 x 104 x 76 mm
Weight 725 g 849 g
Price $1,997.99 $3,198.00

 Image quality

Sony A99 II is really a monster camera that promises you to provide edge to edge sharp and more than crystal clear images… no matter where the location of shooting is. Talking about the pixel power of Sony A99 II then it incorporates back-illuminated full-frame 42.4MP Exmor R CMOS sensor that also features a gapless-on-chip design, maximizing the light gathering ability, plus fast readout of large volumes of data as well. On the other hand, Panasonic GH5 may be looking sturdy in other sections but its sensor size is comparatively smaller than that of Sony A99 II plus it has lesser resolution than Sony A99 II (20MP), which clearly means the camera won’t deliver you the sharp images as of A99 II.

AF System

The Full-Frame Sony A99 II features the Hybrid Phase Detection AF system with 399-Plane dedicated AF points and 79-pahse AF points based AF module the camera will provide high precision focusing and rich detection. Moreover, with 79-point Hybrid Cross AF, Sony A99 II will effectively capture the subjects (fast and accurate). Plus the Translucent Mirror Technology, ensuring flawless, continuous AF operation and live image preview during both still image and video shooting.

On the other side, Panasonic GH5 offers only contrast detect sensor, but incorporated Depth From Focus Hardware (DFD technology) that works together with contrast detect sensor and escalate the AF speed that lock down the subjects in 0.05sec only (as claimed by Panasonic), which clearly means that the camera will able to give quick focusing response that is very nearly to Sony A99 II. Moreover, the image sensor inside the core of GH5 features 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.

Additional features in GH5 for best and outstanding focus performance including Post Focus function (Not in  (If focus is not exactly as the user intended when the shutter is pressed) enables users to select the specific focus point even after shooting — effectively helps the users during macro shooting.

Next Feature is 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 etc.

Shutter speed

The pro-sports photographers must like Panasonic GH5’s incredible faster shutter speed of 1/16000 seconds, which clearly means that your camera will be able to freeze the high-speed movement of the subjects, and moreover, your camera will not miss any action of the desire subjects plus it also allows you to use the wide aperture while shooting in lowlight areas. On the other side, Sony A99 II offers the maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 sec only.


Of Course,  Sony A99 II is the camera for lowlight since it gives you the maximum ISO range of 102400, which is also backed up with full-frame 42.4MP Exmor R CMOS sensor that not only gives you noise free images, but also able to give you wide dynamic range. Unluckily, GH5 offers you the maximum ISO range of 25600 only, which might not be so beneficial for lowlight photography.


First of all you must see that Panasonic offers maximum video resolution of 4090 x 2160p at 24fps then it offers 4K (3840 x 2160p at 60fps) with no time limit — a great advantage for the cinematographers. On the other side, Sony A99 II  manages to offer 4k video ( 3840 x 2160p at 30fps) only. 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.

Moreover, both the two cameras comes a few extraordinary video features also. In Sony A99 II, capture tools we generally like to see, including zebra patterns, time code, S-Log2 and S-Log3 profiles and 4:2:2 output over HDMI are available.


Sony A99 II adopts a static-type touch control system, the 3.2-inch free-angle rear screen in 3:2 aspect with 1,620K-dot high resolution achieves approximately 100% field of view.


Sony A99 II lets you to take around 490 shots at a single time charge, whereas GH5 allows 410 shots at a time.

The other common advantages you can earn from both cameras are wireless function, both have sensor  shift I.S, atriculating screen etc.


Panasonic GH5 is no doubt one of the best video cameras in all groups (M4/3, DSLRs/ Mirrorless cameras), Plus it also offers faster AF system that emulates Sony A99 II camera. However, Sony A99 II has trademark AF system that maybe the best in SLT series cameras plus the camera also offers 4K videos at 30fps upto a limited time.

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